Fleet News

October 2003

Arriva Midlands
(Ascot Drive depot, Derby)

Tue 28th:
The new MPDs were re-registered before entering service and are infact 2276/7 (SN53 ESG/O).

Mon 27th:
Mercedes minibus 1164 (R164 UAL) was unusually on the 109 today.

Wed 22nd:
Two new Mini Pointer Darts have arrived here for services 101/102 Pride Park to the Meteor Centre via Chaddesden. They are:
2276 (FN53 ESG)
2277 (FN53 ESO)
They are believed to carry thier own route vinyls - which they are awaiting.

Fri 17th:
Driver training Scania K92 2184 (E24 ECH) has been sold for scrap.
Fleetline 4306 (GTO 306V) has been sold to Fleetlink (dealer).

Wed 15th:
A second white MPD is reported here.

Tue 14th:
The new Dart is said to be an MPD.

Mon 13th:
Scania K93 3402 (F28 JRC) is reported back at Derby from the Southgates depot.
A new White Dennis Dart is reported at Ascot drive. This is likely to be one of the two new Darts for the 111 Pride Park & Ride service.

Sat 11th:
Pride Park & Ride Dart 2216 (R46 VJF) was on the 109 today to Ashbourne.


Mon 13th:
Metrobuses (GOG 248W) and (LOA 366X) were reported on the Derby College shuttle today in the place of the usual colourfull deckers, alongside Volvo coach (M734KJU) in University of Derby livery.

Harpurs & Sons

Mon 13th:
Ex Stotts Atlantean (JKW 281W) has been repainted.

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

Wed 29th:
Trent Barton Excel 234 (X234 WRA) was on the Rainbow 4.
B10M Coach 56 (P56 ETO) was on the Red Arrow.

Tue 28th:
Dart 928 (R928 RAU) was on the V2 today.
Vectas 806/7 (M806/7 PRA) were on driver training duties at Derby.

Mon 27th:
Ex Spondon Flyer Dart 928 (R928 RAU) was back on the RED route on the Spondon Flyer today.

Sun 26th:
Dart 901 (P901 CTO) is now at Sutton after being on loan to Derby.
Similar Dart 903 (P903 CTO) has been repainted into Trent Barton livery and is at Sutton.
Dart 928 (R228 RAU) was put on the Rainbow 5 yesterday in place of one of the Scanias which was noted at Derby depot.

Sat 25th:
Dart 929 (R929 RAU) has been repainted and is now branded for the X38 Derby - Burton express service.
Belper Darts 919 (R919 RAU) and 923 (R923 RAU) were operating on Villager services today.
A Rainbow 5 Scania and a Black Cat Excel were both noted at the Derby depot around midday today.

Wed 22nd:
Dart 937 (S937 UAL) was on the D1 Park & Ride.
Merc 825 (R825 MJU) was on the 92.
One of the Spondon Flyer Scanias was on the garage at Derby today - so something else was covering on the Spondon Flyer.

Tue 21st:
Saturday 18th saw B10B/Paladin 121 (L121 LRA) on the evening Ilkeston Flyer service, and had also been on the X38.
Monday 20th saw 2 Spondon Flyer Scanias parked at the back of Derby bus station - one being replaced by excel 198. Solo 448 (FE02 KDU) was on the R61.
Today B10b 135 (M135 PRA) was on the 107 - displaying Trent buses in the destination. X38 Merc 275 (R275 RAU) was again absent from its branded route - seen on other non descript duties.

Fri 17th:
Ex Spondon Flyer Dart 928 (R928 RAU) was on the X38 - still carrying the clouds.

Thurs 16th:
Dart 938 (S938 UAL) was unusually on the Transpeak today.

Wed 15th:
Dart 901 (P901 CTO) is thought to only be temporarily at Derby whilst 926-9 are repainted.
Darts 926-9 (R926-9 RAU) are to be used and branded for the following routes with one for each route: The Borrowash Flyer, The Ilkeston Flyer and The X38. The final Dart will be painted into the TrentBarton livery (possibly Zig Zag). 928 is said to have been sent in for a repaint - so it will be interesting to see what it comes out as.

Tue 14th:
Dart 901 (P901 CTO) is now at Derby in TrentBarton colours. On the V1 service today.
X38 Mercedes minibus 275 (R275 RAU) was on the Notts + Derby Royal Connection route.
Kinchbus Mercedes minibuses 38 (L807 YBC) and 819 (N819 RFP) are withdrawn from service.

Mon 13th:
Both Darts 930 (R930 RAU) and 937 (S937 UAL) were unusually on the Red Arrow this morning.
Dart 938 (S938 UAL) was on the 107 again.
Solos 401-20 may be sold to Wilts & Dorset soon.
Dennis Lance 359 (N359 VRC) was noted operating a Hucknall Flyer journey on Friday 10th (reported by Simon on UK Bus Fleetnews group).

Sat 11th:
The X38 Mercedes minibus 275 (R275 RAU) remains parked up at the side of the Meadow Road depot in Derby. However Vecta 805 (M805 PRA) which has been alongside for a few weeks has moved.
Dart 938 (S938 UAL) has been on the 107 for the last 2 days.
Derby Solos (FE02 KDU) was on the R63 and (FE02 KDO) was on the V2.
Dart 930 (R930 RAU) was on the Mickleover.

Wed 8th:
Olypian 717 (C717 LTO) is to be repainted into an allover advert livery for Asda.
X38 Merc 275 (R275 RAU) has been parked at the side of Derby depot for much of this week, alongside returned Vecta 805 (M805 PRA).
Dart 937 (S937 UAL) was on the Spondon flyer.
There was also a B10B/Paladin on the R61 and an R5 Scania in the back of Derby Bus Station.

Sat 4th:
Notts + Derby Paladin/B10B 117 (L117 LRA) now carries an allover advert for Asda Long Eaton.
B10B/Paladin 110 (L110 LRA) and Dart 905 are at notts + derby, both still in Trents red livery. They are covering for Lance 364 which is currently out of use.
Excels 149 and 150 (P201/2 BNR) have been sold to Littles Travel, Ilkeston for use on service 9.

Thurs 2nd:
Dart 921 (R921 RAU) has gained a rear end advert for gas fires.
Dart 922 (R922 RAU) was today on the BF (Borrowash Flyer).
Frio Excel 201 (V201 ENU) on the Rainbow 4.
Trent Barton Excel 236 (X236 WRA) on the Rainbow 5.
Barton B10B/Paladin 121 (L121 LRA) was on the D1 Meteor Centre P&R.
Dart 929 (R929 RAU) was on the V2 this morning - still carrying the Spondon flyer clouds.

Wed 1st:
Barton B10B/Paladin 121 (L121 LRA) was on the Transpeak today.
Ex Spondon Flyer Dart (R929 RAU) on the V2.
Dart 923 (R923 RAU) broke down on the A6 on its way to Belper.
Merc 284 (R284 RAU) reported on the H1.
A second Excel is reported Sold to littlebus Ilkeston - possibly 150 as they already have similar 149.
Unibus B10B 106 (L106 LRA) was unusually on route 6, usually operated by the Lances. 805 (M805 PRA) is the Vecta being stored at Derby.

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