Fleet News

June 2003

Arriva Midlands
(Ascot Drive depot, Derby)

Tues 24th:
2 unconfirmed Mercedes minibuses have transfered here from another Midlands depot, for routes 101/2.

Thurs 19th:
Another sighting has been reported of a mystery minibus, on routes 101/2. Atransfer from Fox? Have any been missing?

Thurs 12th:
Can you help?: I recieved this email today.

sorry to bother you, just wondered if you have a nearside front view of yau128y (derby citybus), just my dad did a comercial motor road test on it when it was new, just wondered what it looks like now thanks piers

If anyone can help please email me.

Wed 11th:
Citybus 4355 (F111 TML) has joined similar 4354 here at Derby transfering from Wigston.
2183 (E23 ECH) now 3401
2192 (N432 XRC) now 3492
2193 (N432 XRC) now 3493
2604 (V604 DBC) now 3604
2605 (V605 DBC) now 3605
2606 (V606 DBC) now 3606

Mon 9th:
At least 1 Mercedes/Plaxton Beaver 2 minibus has been noted on new routes 101/2 today.
Some re-numbering has taken place in the fleet.
More details soon.

Mon 2nd:
Volvo Citybus 4354 (F114 TML) has returned to Derby, either a permenant transfer or on loan.
New services, 101 and 102 are to start from June 9th. They will connect The Wyvern, Pride Park, Chaddesden and the Meteor Centre 7am - 7pm Monday to Saturday.

TrentBarton/notts and derby/Kinchbus
Wright/Scania update page. Click here

Wed 25th :
Excel 233 (X233 WRA) was operating on route 92 today (Sutton). It is ex R5 and is now in Trent Barton livery with new branding for the Zig Zag ticket. 3 other buses are due to get the same treatment, possibly 230-2?

Tue 24th :
TrentBarton Dart 939 (R939 RAU) on The Mickleover.
Trent Solo 447 (FE02 KDO) on The Spondon Flyer.
Mercedes Minibuses 282 (R282 RAU) and 824 (R824 MJU) are currently working for Notts & Derby at Derby. 282 is regularly used on Route 9.

Mon 23rd :
Trentbarton Solo 466 (FG02 BGO), was on the H1 again.
Barton B10B 121 (L121 LRA) on the D1 P&R.
Excel 198 (V198 DRC) on The Mickleover.
B10M 58 (P58 ETO) on the Borrowash Flyer, a bit cushier than the usual Mercs.

Sat 21st :
TrentBarton Solar 625 (FJ03 VWM) on the Rainbow 5.
Derby Trent buses Solo 448 (FE02 KDU) on the Spondon Flyer.
Merc Vario 298 (T298 LCH) now carries notts and derby livery.
Optare Excels 226-9 (X226-9 WRA), are ready for the start of Kinch routes 11/12 next week.
Merc 297 (T297 LCH) (ex Oakham Hopper), is thought to be due a repaint into Kinch livery.

Fri 20th :
TrentBarton Excel 234 (X234 WRA), on the Rainbow 4.
Optare Excels,198 / 9 (V198 DRC / V199 ERA) were on The Mickleover.

Thurs 19th :
Commuter Express Volvo B10M coach, 57 (P57 ETO), was on the R64, in the morning rush - leaving the Commuter Express using a bus - unless 56 was used.

Sun 15th :
B10B 118 (L118 LRA). Trent Langley Mill to Barton Nottingham.
Dart 916 (R916 RAU) unusually operated on the 13:35, 93 Ripley to Mansfield yesterday.

Sat 14th :
Langley Mill Black Cat branded Excel 216 (W216 PRB) broke down in Chaddesden and was towed to the nearby Meadow Road depot, in Derby.
Of the ex Rainbow 5 Excels:
154 (S154 UAL), 155 (S955 NRA), and 156-68 (S156-68 UAL) are for sale.
226-29 (X226-9 WRA) - Kinchbus Loughborough.
230-3 (X230-33 WRA) are being repainted at Langley Mill.
234 (X234 WRA) Trent Barton Nottingham.
Barton Excel 253 (Y253 DRC) was on the Rainbow 4.
Trent Barton Darts 918 and 939 (R918/39 RAU) were noted on the Spondon Flyer alongside trent Buses dart 923 (R923 RAU). Mercedes minibus 47 (R47 LNU) was on this route earlier in the day.
Dart 921 (R921 RAU) on the Mickleover, due to two Mickleover Excels being in for repairs.
Langley Mill Excel 205 (V205 ENU) was on the H1.

Trent buses Optare Excel 216 (W216 PRB) at Meadow Road depot after breaking down earlier in the day.

Fri 13th :
Both B10B 138 (M138 PRA) and Dart 937 (R937 RAU) were seen on The Red Arrow to Nottingham.
Frio Excel 199 was on The Mickleover.

Thurs 12th :
Transpeak B10M 55 (M455 TCH) was on the D1 Park and Ride.

Wed 11th :
Transpeak B10M 53 (M53 PRA) was on the V2 to burton, th3 second transpeak vehicle this week.
B10B 138 (M138 PRA) was again of the Red Arrow to Nottingham.
Dart 934 (R934 RAU) on the H1.

Tue 10th :
Transpeak B10M 55 (M455 TCH) was on the V2 to Burton.
Trent buses B10B 138 (M138 PRA) was on the Red Arrow.

Mon 9th :
Merc mini 47 (R47 LNU) was on the Borrowash Flyer route this morning, with 285 (the branded one) being subed on in its place later.
Trent buses Excel 189 (T789 XVO), was on the R4.
Optare Solo 448 (FE02 KDU), was on The Allestree, whilst Frio Excel 199 was on The Mickleover, with one of the branded vehicles for the afore mentioned routes parked up at the Derby depot.

Wed 4th :
Barton Dart 933 (R933 RAU) was on the Rainbow 5.
B10B 112 (L112 LRA) on the D1 again. Seems to be a regular.
One of the Commuter Express coaches (B10Ms) was on the R60 routes at around 4pm - so something else was on the CE.
merc mini 282 (R282 RAU) on N+D route 9.
NOT CONFIRMED, but 457 (FE02 KFD) may be in Trent Barton livery. On the H1 today (or was it KDO that was seen??).

Mon 2nd :
Derby B10B 112 (L112 LRA) now carries Trent buses names (not Barton). In service on the D1 Park and Ride today.

Sun 1st :
Nottingham Keyworth Connection Dennis Dart 907 (P907 CTO) is currently awaiting repairs at Nottingham.
Nottingham Solo 421 still carries Trent buses names although earlier reported to be carrying Barton names.

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