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Issue 264
(OBP-477)
Monday 5th May 2008

(next update week ending 17th May 2008)

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Editorial

More new vehicles have been entering service over the past week, with further Siroccos for easyBus and Scania/Irizars on the new Ipswich-Stansted service. Further new order have been revealed for Arriva as new buses will enter service in September time on the 321 and 6 routes.

This week Gavin Francis has provided some nice pictures from Oxford and John Hammond and Perverel have also contributed. A week ago saw the introduction of a revised schedule for the X90 London service and it now seems that I see more "Sorry coach full" services than before.

Under the National Express heading you will find a report on a double deck coach with trailer operating the 303 service through Oxford, this must be a first in Gloucester Green. I understand that the trailer was uncoupled to enable reversing to take place.

Loadings on express services have been heavy as today is the May bank holiday and the roads have also been very busy with the seemingly inevitable accidents on the M40, especially near junction 3.

On the photographic side, this issue could be called one of pairs.

Centrebus buys two Huddersfield operations

Stagecoach’s Huddersfield operation and K-Line of nearby Honley have both been bought by the Huddersfield Bus Company Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Centrebus Holdings Ltd. Together, both companies operate around 60 vehicles.

Centrebus Holdings was formed last month, and Arriva describes itself as a 40% venture partner in the company, which is separate from the other Centrebus companies.

Centrebus’ Julian Peddle told routeONE that both companies will have separate identities and remain based at separate sites. He said the staff will be consulted on what identities they think the companies should have.

Despite Centrebus’ two purchases, First remains the dominant operator in Huddersfield and the surrounding area.

Whipsnade follow up

Well, I really got the origin of the Fleetline wrong and have been corrected on two counts by Gavin Francis and Mike Penn.

Gavin writes "Sorry to disappoint you but as I suspected the DMS at Whipsnade is not 327 but DMS 2127. 327 was scrapped in 1985! As the body and stock numbers were never changed on these buses it was a give-away with the body number still in view. 

It does have a local interest in that it was sold in September 1994 to Whipsnade by Bob Vale Coach Sales of Great Kingshill."


I have attached the only picture I have of it. It was new in August 1976 and this picture was taken in 1977.

Mike Penn adds "Sorry to disagree with you but the Fleetline at Whipsnade Zoo is actually the former DMS2127 (OJD 127R).  It was converted to open top for London Cityrama who were later taken over by Ensign.  Ensign allocated the fleet number 327 and this was probably superimposed on the numeric part of the London Transport fleet number in the cab, thus giving misleading information.  I believe the number D2127 shown would have been the London Transport body number.  As a matter of interest this has been at Whipsnade since 1996 and originally it had a closed top counterpart, the former DM1069 (GHV69N)." 


I am attaching photos of both of these taken in August 1996.

Oxford's buses by John Hammond

I was out taking pictures for the front cover of the June 2008 county bus guide today and thought you'd like some of the following to use on your website.


Arriva Trident in advertising livery passes Queen's College in Oxford.


Motts Solo on the 118 irregular service from Oxford to Brill.


Whites Solo on the 63 in New Road, Oxford.



Brookes buses at Queens Lane stops on U1 / U5 service


A chance line up of vehicles from all three Stagecoach in Oxfordshire depots. Witney Trident, Oxford Solo and Banbury B10M.


812 - on 5's at New Road


A picture from the south of the county taken today (Saturday) of Arriva's Thames Valley Line branded ex Wycombe Bus Co B10M N414 NRG
 on service 800 complete with long out of date route branding for the old 328/9 services.

VR trip in June by Ant Poulton

For all you VR lovers Anthony Poulton writes to advise saying :

I have been requested to let you all know that following the success of the recent Damory VR Tour of the South a similar event is being planned for THE 21ST OF JUNE.

However this will take a different format in that it will not be a pre bookable tour, but instead all of Damory's routes - 310, 387, 347 - will be operated by their VR fleet, normal fares and conditions will
presumably apply although it is in the early stages of planning at the moment.

Obviously we want as many of you to support it and to make it as successful as the tour was - the reason this is going ahead is because of the great response the tour provoked, which is thanks to many of
you out there.

Ants pictures may be found at:
 

Malta from Chris Maxfield

Chris has just returned from holiday in Malta and has provided enough pictures to keep me going for the next 12 month. I am intending to put some on the page from time to time and start with three of personal and local interest.


Picture 1 is again DBY349 which is ex COMS, this time we have a nearside picture of a bus which was one 413 - HFC413.
Bodywork is by Barbara dating from 1960, though the chassis was new in 1939. It now seats 40 passengers.


The second picture is of a 1953 Leyland Royal Tiger which was new to Ribble as their 933. Starting life as a 32 seat touring coach
with Burlingham bodywork it was later updated to 41 and had a central entrance.
It came to Malta and was rebodied in 1975 with an Aquilina body seating 44.
My interest lies in the fact that I last drove this bus on September 1st 1965 on Ribble Manchester's duty AV10.
This was a kiss and turn duty to Penrith on the X10 Edinburgh service and I returned south to Manchester with 933.
The coach was Manchester based to the 1965 season and I drove it several times including one memorable duty of 20 hours paid,
Being a Sunday double Burnley followed by late "Ossy Tod" a round trio to Blackpool returning via Burnley, Todmorden and Rochdale as an X4.


The third picture and last for this week is of an ex North Western/Willowbrook "black top" 860 - RDB860 which I drove when working for Melba Motors of Reddish.
This was a subsidiary company of NWRCC and I had 860 for a ladies night out to somewhere in north Lancashire, a lake or something.
Anyway I do remember 43 ladies were all drunk on the return and life as a young male driver was a little difficult to say the least!
The bus is now in Malta and has a 1974 Spiteri body.

A request re Starline, Buckingham

Colin Richardson writes "I have been told that Star Travel Slim Line Solo was painted in an attractive livery for route 3 by Roundabout Motors at Buckingham."

Can anyone supply pictures of this bus? Ed.

NCP gets an additional new bus at Luton Airport

A further new M A N 14.220 in use at Luton Airport is M A N 14.220/MCV Evolution AE08DKF.

Regular features

Travel on a Concessionary Pass 2008

Nothing to report this week.

Buses in the Landscape

No contributions this week.

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HISTORY IN PICTURES AND WORDS

If you have any pictures or historical memories and wish to submit them for this page please send them to the me at  malcolmhc@aol.com

Let me have your contributions

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Marcus Lapthorn once again provides some interesting pictures from days gone.


Bournemouth Corporation no. 131 at Southsea Spectacular on 10th June 1978


Bournemouth Corporation no. 147 at Southsea Spectacular on 10th June 1978


Newcastle Transport numbers 40, 595 & 586 at Denton Square on 26th July 1966

Open Day at Aldenham 

Gavin Francis writes "Just been reading through the latest page and I had an ' I was there moment'. 

Marcus Lapthorn was at Aldenham for the open day in 1979 and so was I. Can't believe it was nearly 30 years ago!. Not only were the Metrobuses new but the Titan class was also being delivered at the same time.


Titan T44, one of four on show that day (T43-46)

Peter Edgar writes "East London Buses have yet another reincarnation, this time it is RM 1941 with the White Bulls eye on the sides which was used on LT buses throughout the 70 / 80's.At the moment it still retains its cream cantrail, hopefully this will be repainted white in due course."

Peter also sent a nice picture of what was once a mobile uniform store, RLH44.

Future dates for your diary from Peter Cartwright 

4th Slough/Windsor Running Day Sunday 11 May based on Slough Bus Station with a number of alterations this year.

The programmes for the above event have now been printed and can be obtained by post from my address:

54 Guinions Road
HIGH WYCOMBE
HP13 7NX

Please note that the price is £5 in advance but will be sold at £6 on the day. The increase is due to increased costs in staging these events. Public Liability Insurance is NOT cheap!

Uxbridge/Northwood Running Day is on Sunday 1 June when routes 158 and  211 will be serving Ruislip Lido (for the narrow gauge railway etc) as well as several other former Central and Country area routes. Programme price is £3 before the day and £4 on the day. Programmes ready early May.

3rd Hemel Hempstead Running Day is on 22 June. Programmes £5 before the day, £6 on the day. Programmes ready late May.

20th Amersham Running Day is on 5 October. Programmes £5 before the day. £6 on the day. Programmes ready circa 10 September.

Please note cheques should be payable to "Amersham & District Motorbus Society". Please do not send your remittance in an envelope larger than A5 and please affix the proper postage - a 2ND CLASS stamp now costs 27p!  I am unable to pay the excess postage now demanded by Royal Mail and any bearing underpaid postage will not be received by me.

Amersham & District Running Days for 2008 are:

Uxbridge/Northwood Running Day Sunday 1 June which, it is intended, will cover routes 309 309A 347 158 220 223 & 225. Details are still to be finalised.

3rd Hemel Hempstead Running Day Sunday 22 June based on Hemel Bus Station. Marking 60 years since the first Country RTs came into service. These were allocated to Tring and Hemel Hempstead (Two Waters) garages for the 301 and 302 routes. It is hoped that a number of RTs will be operating on these routes on 22 June.

20th Amersham Running Day Sunday 5 October based on car park adjoining Amersham MET Station. This has become a very popular event and no doubt it will still attract many after 20 years when again there will be some alteration to routes operated.


Malcolm Crowe - Monday 5th May 2008

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News of the local companies – 5th May 2008

Arriva have been having some strange visitors to Wycombe as recorded by Nigel Peach who writes "You've mentioned before that some Milton Keynes buses appear to be being sent to Wycombe for maintenance. Today (Sat 3rd) there were four such vehicles, all of which were also here last week. 


3331 (M782 PRS) an Alexander PS bodied Volvo B10M is with yellow Dart 3334 (L124 YVK) with Northern Counties Paladin bodywork.
Also in the picture is ex Oxford Marshall Dart 3833 (M503 VJO). (I wonder if that has been taken out of service.) 


The green bus is Wright Handybus Dart 3517 (K379 RTY) which bears fleet number 426. 

Also at the depot was yellow liveried 3537 (HDZ 2606), another Dart, but this time with UVG UrbanStar bodywork. All it needed was one of the traditional Plaxton Darts to complete the picture of different Darts! Talking of which, 3824 has now gained the new red and cream livery, making 5 of the 6 in that batch at Wycombe so treated. 3822 was still in the old livery a few days ago.

 
The Alexander PS, this time on Staff Transport in Wycombe. Picture Gavin Francis.


Glenn Knight caught up with 3196, just out of the paint shop and working a 70 at Luton Airport. He say this bus is out-stationed at Leighton Buzzard.


The red Darts are now all completed for Wycombe with return of 3824 and 3826. Pictures by M Crowe.
Note 3824 has lost its rear destination screen.


Another MK bus, this time in Milton Keynes. Picture by Glenn Knight.

Glenn Knight writes regarding new buses and report that "in Autumn 2008 Watford's line 321 and 6 will have new buses . Mercedes Benz single deck Citaros for 321 and seven Volvo Geminis for 6."

Air Direct

This operation is part of Excel, Stansted, now owned by TGM which is in turn owned by Arriva, hence my decision to include the news here.


First of the two new 53 seat Scania/Irizar Century coaches for the Ipswich-Stansted service which started last Saturday.


The timetable for the service.

Centrebus


On the 19 in Luton - picture by Glenn Knight.

easyBus

Further new Siroccos have been introduced on the Stansted EB2 service. This seems to spell the end for the older Mercs, none of which have been seen in the last few days and I am told that the Temsa coaches will leave around 15th May.


0315-0317 YX08 AOR/S/T - pictures by M Crowe.

First Berkshire

Stephen Le Bras writes "In the last page, the Green line coach is 20367 not 20537 and the Enviro 300 is actually an MAN 14.240 with an Enviro body, numbered 39652 by all accounts. 

42412 has received an "all over the windows" advert for John Nike Leisuresport.

On Tuesday, 42406 was in Slough yard with "335" on the blinds alongside 64005 also with a 335 sticker. 34275 and the burnt out Solo remain in situ. 

Repainted (Barbi liveried) 42406 has been operated on route 77 Friday. It was originally L6 and was purchased for route A10 at Uxbridge. It has recently been replaced there by a batch of E200s.

Saturday 3rd May 

Citaro 64013 is another blue repaint- just one to go and 42406 was on the 58 today (after the 77 yesterday)."


Blue Citaro 64015 on the 74 in Wycombe last week. Picture by Gavin Francis.

Heyfordian-Tappins

Steve Warwick writes "The following Heyfordian vehicles have been re-registered this week :- 

Volvo B12M Je  SN02 NGL  now B10 HTL
Volvo B12M Je  SA02 UCE  now B11 HTL
Volvo B12M Je  SJ04 KAK   now B12 HTL
Volvo B12M Je  SJ04 KAE  now  B13 HTL 


Now in fleet livery, this Dart has been around in white for a few months now. Picture by Richard Sharman.

Steve Warwick advises more registration changes.

Tappins four vehicles have been re-registered this week as follows:

Volvo B10M  VH    R184 VSJ   is now B12 TLC
Volvo B10M VH     S810 MCC  is now B13 TLC
Volvo B10M  VH    T991 JNW  is now B17 TLC
Volvo B10M  VH    T992 JNW  is now B18 TLC

Motts

During the day one of the two Solos runs the M1 service between Stokenchurch and Reading. In the early morning and late afternoon it works a school service from Stokenchurch Middle School to Radnage.

http://www.nationalexpress.com/


New livery - picture entitled "going - going - gone"

Levantes are now operating the 717, 727 and 797 services through Stansted on an increasing basis.


VC16 on the 797, first time I've seen this one at Stansted. M Crowe.


SC42 was on the 717 on Sunday, a service which operates via Hatfield.

Many of the earlier Levantes are gaining the new livery and as a result a number of tri-axles are running around in plain white having had the now obsolete livery removed.

With regards to Sipson road vehicles on the 787 they have two return workings each day 1 am / 1 pm the rest covered by burtons, I have also discovered that burtons now outstation the coach used on the 010 to Kings Lynn at the Norfolk Green depot, would be interesting to find out whether they lodge drivers out or have a couple of drivers based in Kings Lynn to cover these workings.

 
This Scania/Irizar has come south an was seen working a 767 service last week. It looked rather shabby.

The Volvo on loan from Volvo, Loughborough, FJ57SKF Volvo B9R/Plaxton Panther C49FTL NX was working the 797 service on Sunday through Stansted.

A real surprise occurred on Saturday last when a Roadliner double deck coach complete with trailer operated the 303 service through Oxford Gloucester Green. I was told it only operated between Southampton and Birmingham. Gavin Francis was on hand to get the event on picture.


Pictures by Gavin Francis.

Various contributors often make very special efforts to catch the unusual and Gavin Francis is no exception. The picture below was the best he could get although he had briefed the driver of Y27OXF to stop by Y25OXF. Sadly the driver on Y25OXF was gone before the NEx coach.


The ex Oxford Y27OXF is now with Miles of Thatcham. Photo by Gavin Francis.
(Gavin achieved his target to get this coach near but not next to an existing COMS Excalibur in VCS. - Well done Gavin)

Gavin has also been busy in Oxford and produced a number of pictures last Saturday.


I said we had pairs this week.
Picture by Gavin Francis.

Airline branded Scania coaches repainted into Oxford espress livery now include 39 N1OXF which now leaves P1OXF and R1OXf in Airline livery as planned.

Redline, Aylesbury


Redline have some interesting Wrights buses ex National Express, Heathrow I think. Pictured in Leighton Buzzard by Glenn Knight.

More on that new Enviro 200 for South.


A brand new Enviro 200 for Stagecoach South passes through Leamington en route. Picture by Adam Rideout.

A correction to last week's notes include the following from Adam Rideout "I took the photo and it was in Northampton depot!!!!!"  Sorry Adam.

Andy Gilmour writes "The MAN for Stagecoach South is actually 39652 - the second of the batch of 50. BBP have (not for the first time) got it totally wrong. There are 5 for south, for the 20 service Aldershot to Guildford."

Lenny Howard writes "I know it is a silly question but do you know what of Stagecoach South the new Enviro 300 is heading for? Fantastic website by the way, I read it every week! 

I have just found out that the Enviro 300 is NOT an Enviro 300 at all but a Enviro 200 with rounded gasket windows. Clues to this are the thicker black bar above the side windows, thick black bar underneath the windscreen, the black glass underneath the nearside quarterlight and the number of windows on the side."

Vix writes "Just trolling through recent photo's and landed on this one - again a subject of comment by yourself recently."


I took this on Monday 21st April - no need to tell you where of course. 
15440 by Vix.

Gavin Francis  has been busy around Oxford with his camera

Gavin Francis has been busy with his camera in Oxford and found some interesting shots of the Stagecoach fleet.


The Olympian double deck is still to be seen on the X5 though so far there is no news of the results of the survey done on this service.


Meanwhile the more normal vehicles on this service remain to be now rather elderly Volvo coaches such as the one
Seen above showing off a recent super rear advert for the service at Gloucester Green.


Just as a difference and bringing back memories for your Editor of days spent on the Manchester-Blackpool route of Ribble,
the route X60 is this North West Volvo working a Megabus Glasgow service from London Victoria.
It carries Mersey Express branding for the Manchester-Blackpool route.


16523 has remained at Oxford and is nominally based at Harwell outstation. Here it is seen working a 31 service in Oxford's St Aldates.
It has a new super rear advert for Fiat.


The Oxford Tube continues with heavy loadings, mainly running a 15 minute service.


The use of branded buses off route always provides a subject of interest.
Here Dart 34467 with Vale branding is seen on a route 14 working.


Richard from CSS sent this picture of an old Oxford Dart, 33802 on a local working in Cambridge.

TT surprised everyone by acquiring another Scania decker from Blue Bus. YN55NDY is seen on a Wallingford working out of Oxford in the pictures below taken By Gavin Francis. However Ben Morroll says YN55NDY is a rental vehicle from Blue Bus Penwortham.


Vix sent this picture of the offside as the blinds are changed for an X39 dash to Wallingford.


A temporary fleet addition is this white  M A N, also from Blue Bus we understand. Picture by Gavin Francis.


Finally representing all three companies seen in Oxford is this picture from Gavin Francis.

Walters Limousines


I was surprised to see this Countryrider bus working the 101/102 Stokenchurch services more normally served by an Alero.

PHOTO CORNER
If you have a digital camera and wish to submit photos for this page please send them to the me at 
malcolmhc@aol.com

A note regarding photographs which show drivers faces.
Following one complaint from a bus driver in Oxford but considering the fact that the photographs are taken of the vehicle not any person,
I will blank out the face to avoid any discomfort to the individual concerned. If you are the person involved send me an email to have this action taken.
I am sure people will realise that to ask everyone in advance of publication, whose face may appear in a picture is wholly impractical in both time and practice.
I am sorry to have to mention such a matter but we now live in a world of human rights and political correctness which must be considered.

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New Trident model with an Oxford flavour

ukbus 1036 Alexander Dennis ALX400-bodied Trident

 Stagecoach in Oxfordshire

Creative Master Northcord is proud to release a brand new livery on its well-known casting – the Alexander Dennis ALX400-bodied Trident. This is ukbus 1036 carrying standard Stagecoach livery but with special route branding livery.

This model represents Stagecoach in Oxfordshire 18394 (KX55 TLN). This is the second Stagecoach in Oxfordshire ADL ALX400-bodied Trident model that CMNL produced. The previous one is ukbus 1026 with Brookes bus colours. 

Stagecoach in Oxfordshire 18394 is one of a fleet of seven Tridents introduced onto route 27 in March 2006 to replace Volvo B10M single deckers. Route 27 operates between Oxford and Bicester up to every 15 minutes at busy times with three main route variants around Bicester – 27A to Glory Farm and Launton, 27B to Glory Farm and Langford and 27C to Ambrosden and Arncott. 

18394 is one of three vehicles which carry supplementary branding for the Bicester Duo ticket which was introduced during 2007. The ticket allows two people to travel from Bicester to Oxford for the price of one.

 

The replica features excellent detailing, inside and out, including an opening engine door, engine detail and the representation of LED lights at the rear. This is a one-piece casting whose clean lines accentuate the windows and livery application on which all logos and lettering are clearly legible. The model has no unnecessary metal poles to hold it together.  

It will be a good opportunity to make a twin Stagecoach in Oxfordshire bus model set with ukbus 1036 and ukbus 1025 representing the common street scene in Oxford.

 

PSV Circle publishes latest issue of the fleet list for Berkshire and Oxfordshire

Ken MacKenzie writes to note that the new PSV Circle fleet list for Berkshire/Oxfordshire (G432) is now available.

Those readers wishing to buy a copy should write to: PSV Circle, 59 Palmer Avenue, Cheam SM3 8EF - Cost id £7.00 plus 50p P & P and it will also be available at the PSV Circle sales stand at Showbus 2007.

This will be a most useful reference for all those interested in the local scene.

Editors review - I have now had chance to review this book and it is indeed very useful, giving details of all known fleets in Berks and Oxon. Whilst some information is not totally up to date it allows the readers to have a comprehensive view of the local fleets and up dates can be gained by joining the PSV Circle. At £7.00 this represents value for money as it also includes a number of good photographs.

Britbus

A new casting with a local flavour has been released by Britbus as a picture from Mark Lyons shows. It is a nice model but as Mark says, a little pricey at £33.

Model News of an Oxford bus

Guy writes to send a picture of the latest offering on the model front related to Oxford.

 

A photo disc for your collection

This week I can bring details of a really super new photo disc from Vics cliix. The disc contains pictures taken in the early 1970s by Vic Zealey and copies can be obtained through Malcolm Hyland's web site http://www.cliix.co.uk.

Here are some samples of the 158 pictures on this disc.

       
The quality is good and they are all at high resolution.

Oxford Bus 125 commemorative book

In last week's issue I mentioned that Oxford Bus were publishing a book to commemorate the 125 years of public transport in Oxford. Thanks to Phil Ashworth I have had a review copy and hereunder give my thoughts on this book.

The book is well presented and includes a number of historical pictures of interest including some I had not seen before. The modern pictures have received a nice treatment reflecting the modern fleet against a background of typical Oxford architecture. The Botley Road rail bridge gets a mention and a picture of an AEC pre war decker which has done battle with said bridge and come off worse from its encounter is included.

The book, whilst rather small to reflect the 125 years in detail is nevertheless a must for all who love Oxford, historians and enthusiasts alike.

Copies of the book can be bought from the Oxford Bus Company, Cowley House, Watlington Rd, Oxford OX4 6GA. The cost is £5.95 including postage. Cheques should be made payable to "Oxford Bus Company", it is also available in person from the Oxford Bus Museum during normal opening hours. 

New DVD by Robin Clare - http://www.robinclare.co.uk

Robin sent me a copy of his latest DVD to review. "Today's buses - Oxfordshire" is the compelling title which includes Henley, Wallingford and Didcot before the viewer is taken onto Wantage, Witney, Banbury and finally Bicester. Each of these locations is covered in2 to 5 minutes and each shows the current selection of buses and coaches to be found. Finally over 37 minutes is devoted to Oxford with filming in a variety of locations in the city.

On another subject the road sense and behaviour of cyclists in Oxford has to be seen to be believed!!!!

The quality of the DVD is excellent and one can really see clearly the details of each vehicle, something which older video always seemed unable to do. All the latest developments are shown in this September 2007 DVD, including workings from Broad Street during the St Giles Fair weekend.

The DVD provides a unique record of events in Oxfordshire during this period and at £10 is not a very large outlay.

Robin Clare Transport Video
74 Polruan Place, Fishermead,
Milton Keynes MK6 2EA

The full details of DVDs available from Robin Clare may be found at his web site :- http://www.robinclare.co.uk/

Citaro models

Dave Rogers sent the following press release.

CREATIVE MASTER NORTHCORD - PRESS RELEASE 

Mercedes-Benz Citaro - ukbus 5004 Arriva Manchester  -  ukbus 5007 Oxford Bus

 

Creative Master Northcord Limited is proud to release two brand new liveries on its well known Mercedes-Benz Citaro casting. Both models have received significant, yet different, modifications to the tooling in order to represent, as close to 100% accuracy as possible, the real buses on the roads. 

ukbus 5004 represents fleet number Arriva North West’s 2851 (CX55 EAA). This Mercedes Citaro is one of three such vehicles with dedicated route branding for service 700 and with the destination set to Manchester. The model features a redesigned interior layout that includes the reduced seating capacity and luggage racks. 

Starting on 29th October 2005, Arriva North West’s service 700 runs from Manchester’s Piccadilly Railway Station to Liverpool’s John Lennon Airport. For the service, 3 Mercedes-Benz Citaro buses were purchased and numbered 2851-3. They were painted in the same style and colours as the Scania OmniCity buses that already operated between John Lennon and Liverpool city centre. 

ukbus 5007 represents fleet number 830 (X13 OXF) of Oxford Bus Company. 830 entered service in December 2003, to upgrade the X3 & X13 Oxford – Abingdon services. The bus was painted in a new and distinctive livery designed by Best Impressions. 

ukbus 5007 features the smooth, curved windscreen with the destination display set behind the windscreen glass rather than the protruding destination found on the Park & Ride Citaros in the fleet. This feature is one of the standard specifications on other Citaros that the Go-Ahead Group has purchased. 

Mercedes-Benz Citaro ukbus 5004 and 5007 models are each a one-piece casting whose clean lines accentuate the square-mounted, double-glazed windows and the livery application on which all logos and lettering are clearly legible. Another main feature on both models is the extensive portrayal of handrails. The headlight / indicator units at the front and indicator / tail light units at the rear are made of individual components to look more realistic.

 

The brand new single-door Mercedes-Benz Citaro bus models will be distributed by John Ayrey Die-Casts Limited (UK), Porte Publishing Company (Japan) and Concorde Hobby Shop (HK) respectively. The ukbus 5004 and 5007 models are limited to 1700 pieces worldwide respectively. 

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Chris Lowe's Photo page - mainly North West UK

John Marsh's pictures with a difference

The Oxford Bus Museum


Ray Jackson Art

A web site which has paintings of buses.
Nice present for a Christmas or Birthday wish list !!

http://www.rayjacksonart.co.uk/index.htm
 

 


Stagecoach Handbook for 2008
from British Bus Publishing

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from British Bus Publishing

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The latest handbooks are now on sale, the ever
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Links

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