Fleet News

May 2004

Arriva Derby

Tue 25th
Mercedes minibus 1163 (R163 UAL) has been withdrawn.
Fleetline 4311 (MTV 311W) has moved on from the Stafford Bus Centre to Horrocks of Brockton, Shropshire, where it retains the City Rider livery.

Tue 18th:
Volvo B10BLE 3605 (V605 DBC) was on the 109 to Ashbourne.

Sat 15th:
3 DAFs were absent on the 22/24/26 routes today, 2 B10BLEs and Citybus 4383 (A133 DTO) in thier place.

Fri 14th:
Marshall bodied Citybus 4376 (YAU126Y) is withdrawn.

Fri 7th:
Ex health hopper MPDs 2217/8 (T47/8 WUT) have returned from the paintshop and now carry the Arriva livery. Volvo Citybus 4342 (B142 GAU) was on the 44/45 Alvaston routes.

Tue 4th:
Fleetline 4301 (GTO 301V) was out on school bus work.
On Sunday and Monday Olypian 4642 (R642 MNU ) was on the 22/24/26 routes.


Fri 21st
New Scania (YN04 AGY) has been branded for the Ilkeston Flyer. It replaces the Solo which was used on the route. The Solo is set to replace unpopular Merc Vario (V707 ENN) on the 59.

Fri 14th
Leyland Lynx (E260 TUB) was on the 59.

Littles Travel

Thurs 27th
National (TAE 638S) on the 9 again. The Excel is off the road awaiting repair.

Wed 26th
Unibus liveried National (TAE 638S) was on the 9 today, sounding and being driven well this morning. The Excel is off the road yet again due to an oil problem last week.

trent barton, notts + derby, Kinchbus

Thurs 27th
Ex Royal Connection Merc 40 on the Pride Park Shuttle, and 51 was on the D1 - yet again.
On the Spondon Flyer were: trent barton Dart 939 (S939 UAL) and Frio Excel 199 (V199 ERA).
The Langley Mill Frio Excel 225 (V109 LVH) was on the Black Cat.

Wed 26th
Ex Royal Connection Merc 40 (L810 CJF) was on the Pride Park Shuttle today.
Transpeak B10M 51 (M51 PRA) was on the D1 P&R.
Barton Dart 936 (R936 RAU) was reported on the H1.

Tue 25th
Transpeak 51 (M51 PRA) was on inter-worked Villager routes 1 and 3 today.
New Red Arrow Scania/Irizar coach 64 is still off the road at a Scania deler in Nottingham.
Solos off Kinchbus Shepshed Flyer are expected to be used/branded for the new Long Eaton Flyer.

Sat 22nd
Excel 203 (V203 ENU) (back in service) was on the Rainbow 1 today , alongside Frio Excel 225 (V109 LVH), trent barton Excel 235 (X235 WRA) and two of the Trent Barton Scanias 637/9 (FD53 WWJ/L).
At Langley Mill Rainbow 1 Excels 174 (T174 LCH), 177 (T977 LCH) and 182 (T182 LCH) were off the road. Trent Barton Scania 638 (FD53 WWK) was also parked up with 1 Nottingham on the blinds.
8 of the new Rainbow 2 Scanias were also parked up - most with Rainbow 2 branding applied to most. slogans are carried on the back, in the same style as on the Red Arrow coaches. There should be 9 though - which one is missing?? Its either 641 or 643!!
Dart 907 was parked up with no blinds fitted. Trent buses names (small) have been applied on the sides. It had a piece of paper in the windscreen with H1 printed on it, and a separate bit with HEANOR on it. There was also a Rainbow 1 "Via Nuthall by-pass" card in the windscreen.
Driver trainers present were Ex Rainbow 5 Excel 157 (S157 UAL) and Trent buses Excel 204 (V204 ENU).
Several buses stored at Langley Mill:
Two Ex transpeak Alexander Q bodied B10Ms 54 (M54 PRA) and 55 (M455 TCH). Ex Red Arrow B10M 59 (P59 ETO) is parked up awaiting a repaint.
MAN Vectas were Trent buses 807/9 (M807/9 PRA) and Kinchbus 808/10/2/3 (M808/10/2/3 PRA).
Ex Rainbow 5 Excels were 156 (S156 UAL) 158 (S158 UAL) and 166-8 (S166-8 UAL). The shell of Excel 200 was also there.
3 Kinchbus Darts were also there 890 (L402 CJF), 894 (M406 HFP) and 899 (P411 BNR).
Only 1 Mercedes Vario ex Villager 277 (R277 RAU).
Barton Dart 916 (P916 CTO) remains stored here for some reason.
Notts + derby Lance 356 (N356 VRC) is at Langley Mill for repairs.
Back at Derby Excel 202 (V202 ENU) has been repainted into a Meteor Centre Park and Ride livery. This is N+D green with a blue skirt around the bottom with a white line above that. The lettering is yellow and white in the same font style as trent barton. As a result 202 has transfered to Notts + Derby at Derby.

Fri 21st
B10B/Paladins 124/5 have transfered to Notts + Derby. Both carry N+D names on the Trent buses livery and are based at the Meadow Road depot.
B10B/Paladin 135 (M135 PRA) was on the R64.
other unuasual workings today were B10B/Paladin 109 (L109 LRA) on N+D route 10, Frio Excel 225 (V109LVH) on the 125, and TrentBarton Excel 234 on the Rainbow 4.

Thurs 20th
Merc 47 (R47 LNU) was on the V3, later replaced by TrentBarton Dart 939 (S939 UAL).
Optare Solo 425 (W245 RTO) was on the H1.

Tue 18th
Merc minibus 40 (L810 CJF) has had a Notts + Derby fleet name added to the front. It was on route 17 today.
Derby based Darts were out on unusual routes - 924 (R924 RAU) on the Mickleover Blue route and 925 (R925 RAU) was on the Spondon Flyer.
Merc 47 (R47 LNU) was on the D1 P&R.
Scania 636 (FD53 WWH) was on the Rainbow 4.

Sat 15th
There was a Trent buses B10B/Paladin on the R64, and a Trent Merc Vario on the BF.

Fri 14th
Dart 931 (R931 RAU) was on the Borrowash Flyer.
Barton Excel 253 (Y253 DRC) and trent Barton Excel 234 (X234 WRA) were on the Rainbow 4.
Trent Barton Solo 466 (FG02 BGO) was on the H1.

Thurs 13th
On the Red Arrow was Excel 198 (V198 DRC) and Trent buses B10M Coach 56 (P56 ETO).
B10B/Paladin 135 was used on the X38.

Tue 11th
N+D Merc Mini 40 (L810 CJF) had a run on route 17 today. It has the branding removed and is in its grey and white livery.
Trent Barton Excel 236 (X236 WRA) was on the Rainbow 4 and Trent buses 198 (V198 DRC) was on the Mickleover.

Mon 10th
Merc mini 275 (R275 RAU) is the new staff bus at Sutton. It has had its X38 branding removed and now just carries the blue livery. It replaces the last Layland National in the Wellglade group of companies - Barton 561 (NOE 555R) which remains at the depot up for sale, or perhaps even sold?
Transpeak B10M/Alexander Q 55 (M455 TCH) is in a withdrawn state (Sold??) at Langley Mill.
A B10B/paladin was on the R63 to Ripley this afternoon, and one of the Allestree Solos was involved in an accident in Allestree this morning.
The last two of the new R2 Scanias, 647/8 (FN04 HTC/T) are reported at the Scania Dealers in Nottingham.

Fri 7th
Red Arrow Scania coach 67 (FN04 BSV) is off the road at the Scania Dealership in Nottingham with engine problems. 2 of the Yellow Scanias, 645/6 are also reported here. Thanks Paul. Back on the Borrowash Flyer is branded 286 (S286 UAL) after recovering from its engine "fault".
Excel 198 (V198 DRC) on the D1 P&R.
Merc 273 (M273 URC) remains parked up at the side of the depot on Meadow Road in Derby.

Thurs 6th
B10B/Paladin 138 (M138 PRA) was on the V2.
Frio Excel 199 (V199 ERA) was on the Mickleover and Solo 447 (FE02 KDO) on the Allestree.
Dart 923 (R923 RAU) was on the Ilkeston Flyer and i think a Solo 448 (FE02 KDU) was on the Borrowash Flyer.
Kinchbus - Vecta 812 (M812 PRA) was on driver training in Derby and a Merc was on the Air Line Shuttle service AL1.

Wed 5th
Kinch Dart 893 (M405HFP) and a Merc minibus were on the Air Line Shuttle.
Trent buses Excel 198 (V198 DRC) was today on the R62.
Frio Excel 199 (V199 ERA) was on the Mickleover and 201 (V201 ERA) on the Rainbow 4 - Trent buses coach 56 (P56 ETO) was on the Red Arrow.
Kinchbus Vecta 812 (M812 PRA) was on driver training in Derby today.
A Trent buses B10B/Paladin (cant rememeber the number) was on the V2.
A Trent buses Merc was on the Ilkeston Flyer and Solo 447 (FE02 KDO) was on the Borrowash Flyer.
One of the Mickleover Excels was taken off the route in Derby City Centre today because sparks were coming out of the engine.

Tue 4th
The last remaining Leyland National - Suttons former staff bus fleet number 561 (NOE 555R) has been withdrawn and is for sale. Kinchbus Mercedes minibus 821 (N821 RFP) was parked up at the back of Derby Bus Station.
Frio Excel 201 (V201 ENU) was on the Rainbow 4.

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