Bus Fleet News

February 2008

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Here you will find all the latest bus fleet news for many bus operators in and around the Derbyshire area. If you have anything to report please contact me by clicking here.
Former Hulley's of Baslow MCW B47D bodied Leyland Panther (PSUR1A/1), (RKA 955G) which for the last quarter of a century has been in use as a roadside cafe alongside the A6 between Ambergate & Whatstandwell has been sold to the Merseyside Transport Trust for 500. It was collected on the morning of Thursday 7th February and is believed to be used as a source of spares to assist in the restoration of Liverpool Corporation 1054, (FKF 933G). (RKA 955G) was of course new to Liverpool Corporation as a total of 110 new to that operator.

Leyland Panther (RKA 955G) in its final year as a roadside cafe in Ambergate.
(C) Andrew Bagshaw


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Andrews of Tideswell

NEWS
Fri 4th Jan:
The latest bus here is Scania K93 / Plaxton Derwent (RIL 4615). Its in a dark blue livery. Thanks Ian.
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Arriva Derby

NEWS
1st February:
3605 has been dismantled at Ascot Drive, so that it can be repaired. It has had a problem with its emmissions.
Burtons X38 Dart 2299 collided with Trent Excel 227 in the Wardwick, Derby on Wednesday recieving fairly severe damage to the front end. It was recovered by Burrows.

2299 after its incident.
(C)



Sat 12th Jan:
4355 now at Stafford Bus Centre.

SIGHTINGS
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Bowers Coaches

NEWS
Mon 25th February:
The Mercedes Plaxton beavers here is in fact (M70 TGM), from the Centrebus fleet, NOT (N70 TGM)!
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Doyles

NEWS & Sightings

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Felix

NEWS

Fri 29th Feb:
A new Plaxton Centro bodied bus is due here in March.
Lynx (E263 TUB) is currently off the road, and may not return to service.

Mon 25th Feb:
Vario (V707 ENN) has been sold for further use.
Lynx (E261 TUB) has left the fleet, towed away by PVS.

Sat 26th Jan:
The Felix website can be found at: www.felixbusandcoach.co.uk

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G&J Holmes

NEWS
Fri 29th Feb
Two more slimline Solos are expected here later this year. They would replace Vario (YN54 XXP) and long Solo (YG55 YGZ).

Wed 6th Feb
Mercedes Benz Plaxton Vario (SK52 SRZ) has been sold to Horans Coaches of Mount Mellick, County Laiose, Rep of Ireland, and is currently awaiting imminent collection. Mercedes Benz Sprinter 16 seater (W231 MDT) has passed to Autocourt of Allesley near Coventry. Thanks Andy.

Fri 18th Jan
New here is slimline Solo (MX57 UPO). Thanks Andy.

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Glovers of Ashbourne

NEWS
February 29th
Cheetah (W635 MKY) is new here.

February 1st
The latest addition to the fleet is (AIG 8900) a Jonkhere bodied Volvo coach. Thanks Chris.

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Harpurs Coaches

NEWS + SIGHTINGS

Tues 18th Dec
New here from Burtons, Haverhill is Volvo B10M / Plaxton (T300 BCL). It still carries its former operators livery. Thanks Chris.

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Hawkes Coaches

NEWS + SIGHTINGS

March 2nd
Metrobus (ROX 646Y) has arrived here from Travel West Midlands.

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Hulleys of Baslow

NEWS + SIGHTINGS
Sat 26th Jan:
Another Solo may be due here to replace the last Vario, ex trent 280.


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Johnson Bros / Redferns

NEWS & SIGHTINGS

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Littles Travel

NEWS + SIGHTINGS
Fri 11th January.
Titan (CUL 81V) has been withdrawn.

Fri 21th December.
Scania Irizar (R11 OAM) and Van Hool (S53 VGV) are new arrivals here.


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Midland Classic

NEWS
Fri 29th Jan
Metrobus 78 (GBU 7V) has been repainted.

Sat 26th Jan
The latest addition to the fleet is Plaxton Pointer bodied Volvo B6 (L608 WWK), ex Redbys, Sunderland. Its in allover yellow livery. It is numbered 68.

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Stagecoach East Midlands
Chesterfield, Mansfield, Worksop

NEWS
25th February:
Dart (K110 SRH) 32148 has been withdrawn, joining 32115/6 (K115/6 SRH).
Olympian 16586 is now in service.
Open top Fleetline 15513 is now back on the road. Thanks Dave.

15th February:
An updated fleet list is now on this site.
B-Line advert liveried B10M (L340 KCK) is set to receive a revised advert soon. Other B10Ms still at Chesterfield are: (L339 KCK), (L344 KCK), (M606 VHE), and (M412 RRN), although some of these may go soon!
Olympians (P158 KWJ) and (P160 KAK) appear to have been repainted, (R582 JVA) HAS NOT.
Thanks to Dave kelly for the above.

11th February:
Volvo B10M / Alexander (L341-3KCK), (M411 RRN) are now in Yorkshire and no longer at Chesterfield. (L339 KCK) is still here for now.
Former yorkshire Traction Dart (N109 CET) has arrived here.

(N109 CET) in Chesterfield.
(C) John Moore



1st February:
2 more Alexander bodied Olympians transfered from Yorkshire to Chesterfield are (R584 JVA) and (R585 JVA). Olympian (N719 LTN) should also have arrived at Chesterfield.
Also gone from Chesterfield is the last Volovo B10M/Paladin, (R721 RPY).
Former Yorkshire Traction Darts 32931/2/3 (N107/8/9 CET) should have also arrived with further Darts 32926/7/8 (N430/1/2 CHL) due to follow. Thanks Jack.

Fri 7th December:
Olympian 16583 (R583JVA) has been repainted and is now in service. Thanks Jack.
Mercedes (J214 AET) is reported withdrawn.
All 3 of the recently acquired Solos - 47292, 47285 and 47286 are now in service.

SIGHTINGS
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TM Travel

NEWS
February 19th:
The two Excels are now in service in all over red.
The latest Dublin Olympian (91 D 1089) has been re-registered (H784 PVW).

February 19th:
A second Excel (R379 DJN) has arrived here joining (R374 DJN). Neither are in service yet.
The 30th Solo to join the fleet is (X385 VVY).
A 5th ex Dublin Olympian/Alexander has been acquired from Ensign's. it has yet to be re-registered but was (91 D 1089). It is here to replace Olympian/Optare (E152 OMD), which has been withdrawn following engine failure.
Varios (R933 AMB), (R938 AMB), (W444 TMT) and (Y161 HWJ) have all been sold to Dawson Rentals. (R107 GNW) has been sold to Mistral, Knutsford and Volvo B7/Plaxton coach (YN03 WXS) has been sold to Plaxton, Anston.
The Q reg Tiger should be in use in March.

Centro (YJ56 JYA) has been repainted in the new style livery.
(C) South Yorkshire Bus Photos




February 1st:
Further Varios reported withdrawn here are (W444 TMT) and (Y161 HWJ) with (R107 GNW) and (Y162 HWJ) to follow.
New liveried Solo (W289 EYG) is now back in one piece and in service! Thanks Chris.

Sat 26th Jan:
8 MK1 Optare Excels are said to be arriving soon (ex Harris bus).

Fri 18th Jan:
Tiger coach (G435 MWU) has entered service, still in East Yorkshire livery.

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Translinc

NEWS
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The Wellglade group

NEWS
27th February:
The Volvo / Plaxton Centros for the Kinchbus Skylink Derby Loughborough service are:

(YN08 CWT)
(YN08 CWU)
(YN08 CWV)
(YN08 CWW)
(YN08 CWX)
(YN08 CWY)

Numbers soon......

19th February:
41 Wright bodied Volvos are due here over the next 12 months. New vehicles will appear in the autumn on flagship route Rainbow 5, and later on services to Calverton in Nottingham and Mickleover in Derby. The buses will feature leather seats and air conditioning. The displaced buses will be used on other routes, allowing the Darts to be sold, and reducing the average age of the fleet to just 5 years.

2 of the new yellow Volvo / Plaxton Centros, destined for the Kinchbus Skylink Derby Loughborough service (SDL), have arrived at Langley Mill.

Coach 67 is at Langley Mill for refurbishment.

Minibus 44 has re-entered service with notts + derby. It is used on Unibus 4.

Withdrawn Radcliffe Solo 415 has been moved from Manvers St for repair - it may be at Langley Mill. It has corrosion around the windows and a problem with the floor. It has been used for spares, although its not yet known if it will be scrapped or repaired.
Former Keyworth Dart 910, complete with notts and derby liveried front end remains on loan as cover.

Excel 227 is currently away for repair after an Arriva Dart crashed into the back of it on The Wardwick in Derby on Wednesday. 226 is currently operating from Derby in its place, complete with dark red bumper at the front. Excel 199 has joined 201 at Dove Holes.

Kinchbus shall shortly receive 6 new Plaxton Centro bodied Volvos, for the Derby Skylink service. The new yellow buses will be on the road from March 23rd. The service will replace the Airline Shuttle. The Darts currently on the service are expected to be sold.

Early indications are that a number fo Wright bodied Volvo single deckers are to arrive in the later half of the year. The new buses are expected to be allocated to Rainbow 5 and "Mickleover". This information is not confirmed, so please don't take it too seriously :) !

All the Vectas except 815 have gone from Langley Mill!

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