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Issue 253
Tuesday 15th January 2008

next update week ending 31st January 2008


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As I write this page, the rain is coming down in buckets and the emergency sirens of various response vehicles have been rushing off down the M40 here at Stokenchurch. It seems as if the M40 between junctions 5 and 1 and v.v. has a jinx on it. There have been almost daily crashes, some very serious. This has done nothing for the regular coach services which use this motorway and one feels sure that commuters who use these services are by now most heartily fed up. No one seems to know why this section of motorway is so blighted by accidents, only to say that when one sees how man y people drive it is not that surprising that there are accidents.

The Stokenchurch Rider services offer connections to main line services from the surrounding villages.
Above we can see one of the Walters Aleros used on these services waiting at Stokenchurch this morning 15th January.
One can also see how wet and miserable the day is.
Details of the services can be found at the following link :

A week ago I took advantage of my elderly persons bus pass and went to Thame market using Line 40. What an excellent service this is and quite well patronised. I have included a write up further down the page.

St Albans saw a bus rally last Sunday and this is covered by Colin Cooke. My regular contributors, Gavin Francis and Glenn Knight have been busy

Stagecoach have sent an interesting item on a consultation on route 20 which I am sure readers will find most interesting. It can be found under the Stagecoach heading.

St Albans - January 13th by Colin Cooke

Colin sent a few pictures which show some of the interesting buses running in St Albans last Sunday. Colin says "One again ex LT buses mixed with current day vehicles in the centre of St Albans for another popular 'running day' of preserved London Transport buses running over previous local routes. A couple of my photos show current day buses mixing with the old. Unfortunately the original LT bus garage in St Albans is gone, but the sight of these 'icon' buses running through some unchanged parts of the city centre, manage to recall so many childhood memories for the locals !"

St Albans is multi coloured, with a number of operators serving the city. Here a UNO Scania and a Centrebus Solo - on the 320 -
pass a heritage RT working the 321 from Luton.

The famous route 84, which runs between St Albans and New Barnet passes an RF on the 355.

Worthy of an entry into "Buses in the Landscape" the RT comes into St Albans from Harpenden on the 321 last Sunday.

A pensioners day out to Thame by your Editor

Last Tuesday, having a day off, I decided to use my "Bus Permit" issued by Wycombe District Council for a morning out in Thame. Tuesday is market day in Thame and most of the local bus services into the town are busy and do prove that people still use the bus. Indeed my fist picture below shows the crowd using the Red Rose 124 service to Watlington at 1215 after a morning at market.

The service is operated by one of the new Enviro 200s and the passengers seemed very happy with their transport arrangements.

My journey began at the end of our road, the Health Centre stop on the A40, as you come out of Stokenchurch. I waited for the 1035 from High Wycombe which is due at 1055 in Stokenchurch to arrive in Thame at 1127. I wasn't sure if one of the two dedicated Solos would be in use as from time to time other buses appear on Line 40, including long Darts and even a Versa in the evenings when the service only runs to Stokenchurch.

You can find details of the service at the following link :   and there is also a very nice map of the route at the following link :  This link gives the timetable, route map, fares and other useful information.

Spot on time at 0956 my bus arrived being one of the two branded Solos specially acquired for the service.

The weather was not so good earlier in the day as the photo shows. 2492 heads out of Stokenchurch, Thame bound.

From Stokenchurch the route takes the A40 down Aston Rowant hill towards Lewknor and then turns right onto the B4009 towards Chinnor. Sadly it misses taking in the Oxford Tube stops at Lewknor which could generate a lot more traffic for people wanting Oxford or London.

On the road through Crowle we passed the Wycombe bound service operated by 2491 running a little late. However this earlier service takes a lot more people to Thame and was doubtless full on the earlier trip.

In Chinnor the bus takes a square route around the church and shops before gaining the B4445 towards Thame. Passing Emmington and Sydenham junctions the bus then has a fairly fast run towards Thame before turning off toward Towersey. Indeed I was quite impressed by the Solos performance as it seemed to easily reach 50+ mph on this straight stretch of road.

We had picked up passengers in Chinnor and the Emmington/Sydenham junction before picking up more passengers in Towersey. We were running exactly to time all along the route and the Solo really was warm and comfortable. It offered easy access to the elderly passengers suing the service and was stable on the run, not so bouncy like a Dart.

Approaching Thame we made a deviation to include a number of residential roads and picked up another elderly passenger complete with shopping trolley. I was impressed by the fact that the driver showed care and patience, always waiting for the passengers to be seated before pulling away.

This picture was taken just after our last passenger boarded near to the Star and Garter in Thame.

We then passed the market in Thame and after a right turn went round the block to terminate at Thame Town Hall where there was quite a queue for the return journey departing at 1135.

Passing Thame market inbound.

Quite a lot of passengers were waiting for the 1135 to High Wycombe.

Thame is an interesting place and you can read about it at the following link :

For the bus enthusiast it offer a variety of services operated by Arriva and Red Rose plus an odd other independent operator.

Arriva have been investing in their Olympian fleet based at Aylesbury by fitting digital destination displays.
They certainly improve the buses which from personal experience of the same type of bus with London General give a very comfortable ride.

The Town Hall makes an excellent backdrop for pictures and the Solo, 2492, looks well in this picture which also includes the Red Rose Enviro on local service.

My allotted time passed quickly and I enjoyed the market, a cup of coffee in the church hall, 50p was quite a bargain these days, and it was all too soon time to wait for my return bus at 1235. One often finds small country towns produce characters and I hope the gentleman in my picture below will not mind my including him on this week's page. He was so colourful and in some ways reminded my of a gentleman who used to tap dance outside Marks & Spencer's in Oxford. This character recently passed on at 97 but I well remember him taking a late night X90 service from London to Headington on a number of occasions.

A good advert for the Oxford Mail. I also liked his chair to take the weight of his feet whilst he waited for his bus.

The 1235 service was well on time and we boarded a number of passengers who had been on my inbound service, including the elderly lady for the Star and Garter.

The 1235 service arriving in Thame, operated by Solo 2491.

We departed promptly on time at 1235 and retraced our steps toward Towersey and Chinnor, depositing our passengers at the various stops. Leaving Chinnor we ran along the foot of the Chilterns until turning up towards Stokenchurch on the A40 at Aston Rowant. On this section of road we passed the Thame bound service once again operated by 2492.

Our driver acknowledges his colleague Thame bound.

Only too soon I was back at my stop in Stokenchurch, feeling that I had an enjoyable morning all for 50p. A bargain in anyone's book. One wishes Arriva and Bucks and Oxford County Councils good luck with this service which certainly offers those along its route an excellent service. Let us hope many people use the service as funds are limited and we often lose good services due to lack of patronage.

East Lancs –Darwen Group – Alistair Liddle

I was at Darwen East Lancs factory yesterday and sitting in the yard was a Scania/Olympus shell for Wilts & Dorset. I've looked at the photographs from all angles and there is no question in my mind that it is definitely an Olympus body (the upper deck front side window frame is a dead giveaway). I have read that they are waiting for new Omnicities from Scania but I hadn't heard about any Olympus's. Does anyone know how many are on order?


Photographs at: 

COMS MUD27W on e-bay 

M J Wootten advises that MUD27W is on e-bay.

A blast from the past by Paul Davis 

Paul writes "I was just going through some old slides and came across this.  It looks like an ex-Midland Red vehicle?  Sorry I wasn't particularly into that kind of bus.  However it was Didcot October 1980, so has become much more interesting with age!"

Indeed it is ex Midland Red and was used by COMS for the Blewberry Route.


An Enviro 400 away from home by Graeme Selway

Graeme Selway writes "Solent Blue Line's Volvo B7TL / Enviro 400, SN56 AWX, well away from home, seen on Three Bridges Station forecourt this morning, 130108"

I liked the advert - quite appropriate for some of the youngsters one sees in George St, Oxford on a Saturday night.

M1 closed causes gridlock in Hemel Hempstead by Ian Brown

Ian writes "Wednesday morning (9th January) brought gridlock to Hemel Hempstead, St Albans and Redbourn areas after a lorry overturned on the M1 northbound during the night. The road surface was damaged. National Express services northbound out of London via the M1 were diverted to avoid the Junction 8-9 stretch. Also affected were Airport services routing through Hemel area - Northampton, Cambridge, Stansted to Heathrow, Gatwick and Oxford."

Ian asks were you caught up in this?  I went Hemel to Dunstable through single track roads. Certainly no go for an NEx coach! The answer was yes, it took 1 hour to go 2 miles towards Redbourne and I was one hour late at Luton Airport on my way to Stansted. Not much fun on that occasion and the M1 only reopened at 1440 that afternoon.

Route 459 - more information from Steve Bunce

Following on from Dave Stewart's piece on the take-over of route 459 (Uxbridge - Langley) by Red Line, I attach a photo of the vehicle employed by Jason's Travel to run the route prior to change of operator. M165LNC is a Mercedes 709D with Alexander Belfast B23F body new to Timeline Travel in 1994. This picture was taken in Uxbridge Station on October 1st 2003.

Steve Bunce

A correction on the Blewbury bus and more on that Versa seen around Sutton Courtney

Steve Annells writes "Looks like your correspondent has got it nailed - I noted the Optare Versa demonstrator eastbound through Sutton Courtenay this morning (Monday - first day of term), albeit with no destination and no lights on in  the saloon, so it looks like it's currently with Whites. (see advice from Sue Bainbridge under Whites heading below)

Incidentally that step-entrance Mercedes M836ATC on the 94 to Blewbury is Abingdon Bus Company, not Whites."

John Hammond writes "The plain white ex Badgerline Mercedes 709D (M836 ATC) in the picture taken by Chris Maxfield at Didcot parkway does not belong to Whites Coaches. It in fact belongs to Abingdon Bus Company (Atherton, Abingdon) who currently operate the 94/95 services around Didcot, The Hagbournes and Moretons. 

The Didcot town services 91/2/3 are worked by Whites Coaches with the Solo in the other picture. Whites bus fleet is all Optare Solo based now."

Big Bus gets rather different buses than of late by Gavin Francis

Buses in the Landscape

This nice shot of an RH Solo on the 25A was sent in by Richard Sharman.

Paul Dudfield was in Exeter to take this picture of Solos galore on New Year's Day.

Malcolm Crowe - Tuesday 15th January 2008

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 News of the local companies – 15th January 2008

Glenn Knight writes "DAF 4426 has been transferred from Garston to Aylesbury and was  used on LINE 100 this evening at 16.45 MK The Point - Aylesbury." 

Dart 3209 R209GMJ seen on the 46 transferred from Garston to Hemel Hempstead 11.01.2008 - photo by Glenn Knight

Solo 2477
YJ07VPY seen on 321 Watford 13.01.2008 - photo by Glenn Knight

Gavin Francis sent pictures of two recently transferred Darts to Wycombe saying "Please find attached two pictures of the Darts which have recently arrived at Wycombe. Obviously different types of LED blinds fitted. Not great shots but sometimes these buses only stay a short time so best to get something."

The fleet numbers used on these buses are not those normally used by Arriva in 2008.

Nigel Peach writes "I wrote before Christmas that the latest "Buses" states that Volvo B6 3115 (L315HPP) has been transferred to MK Metro. Well if it was, it wasn't there long! It has been parked up at Cressex depot this week as the attached photo shows. Also in this photo, parked up, is Wright bodied Dart 3365 (L415NHJ) - I wonder if it has reached the end of its days with Arriva."

3115 is back but I understand that sister 3116 has been transferred to Harlow. If so, I think this is another of those rarities, having been based at HW since new - which was in 1994. (No doubt someone will correct me if I'm wrong!) It suffered a serious fire in Amersham - the arson attack that also destroyed 3247."

The third picture shows Olympian 5113 which has had its Duxford Super Rear Ad replaced by one for the Eden Centre -
High Wycombe's new long awaited shopping centre which opens in nine weeks time.

During my visits to Stansted I often see odd workings. Volvo B6BLE, 3250 is seen on the 510 on 9th January.
This route is normally worked by new Volvo B7RLEs.

DAF 4429 is seen at Wycombe Bus Station on the 32 last Saturday.

Cressex depot line up last Saturday. See the comments from Nigel Peach above.

One of Wycombe's two Versas is somewhat sick and a demonstrator has been loaned by Optare whilst rectification work is carried out.
This white Versa, YJ57 EHE is seen in Wycombe Bus Station last Saturday.


An interesting variation for me was to see the little Primo on line 2 last Saturday heading fro Marlow.
This is very speedy little bus and sped up the hill in front of me like a pocket rocket.

I have yet to see this ex Cardiff decker on the road but hope someone can send a picture of the bus in service.


I was passing through Hemel last week and saw this rather drab Dart on the H2 service.
I was therefore pleased to receive a picture of the bus from Glenn Knight.

Glenn has sent the latest fleet list which makes interesting reading. Glenn writes "Attached a photo of Centrebus Dennis Dart J125 DUV 125 on H2`s in Hemel Hempstead 06.01.2007 also Dennis Dart KUI 6564 (503) was used from Luton.

I also attach a 07.01.2007 fleet list for Luton & Stevenage. J134 DUV awaiting new engine, M214 EGF & J126 DUV awaiting body repairs & L713 JUD rumoured to be for the scrap heap due to bad engine."


Woodside Depot


103 J103 DUV Dennis Dart 8.5SDL3010 Plaxton Pointer B24F Ex-London Buses Ltd DR103

110 L710 JUD Dennis Dart 9.8SDL3035 Plaxton Pointer B37D Ex-MK Metro 710

112 L712 JUD Dennis Dart 9.8SDL3035 Plaxton Pointer B40D Ex-M K Metro 712

113 L713 JUD Dennis Dart 9.8SDL3035 Plaxton Pointer B38D Ex-M K Metro 713 (AWAITING NEW ENGINE/SCRAPPED)

181 XIL 6081 Ex-K860 LGN Dennis Dart 929HMN1080 Plaxton B34F Ex-London Buses Ltd DRL60

118 XIL 8418 Ex-K866 LGN Dennis Dart 9SDL3016 Plaxton Pointer B34F Ex-London General

121 M821 RCP Dennis Dart 9.8SDL3040 Plaxton Pointer B40F Ex-Centrebus Leicester

124 J374 GKH Dennis Dart 8.5SDL3010 Plaxton Pointer B24F Ex-London Buses Ltd DR74

125 J125 DUV Dennis Dart 8.5SDL3010 Plaxton Pointer B24F Ex-London Buses Ltd DR125

126 J126 DUV Dennis Dart 8.5SDL3010 Plaxton Pointer B24F Ex-London Buses Ltd DR126 (UNDER BEING REBUILT)

127 P27 MLE Dennis Dart Pn B37F Ex-Centrebus Leicester & Armchair, Brentford

128 K828 NKH Dennis Dart 9SDL3016 Plaxton B34F Ex-London Buses Ltd CRL28

129 M829 RCP Dennis Dart 9.8SDL3054 Northern Counties B39F Ex-Country Hopper, Ibstock

130 K863 PCN Dennis Dart 9.8SDL3017 Wright Handybus B40F Ex-Sunderland & District 8063

134 J134 DUV Dennis Dart 8.5SDL3010 Plaxton Pointer B24F Ex-London Buses Ltd DR134 (AWAITING NEW ENGINE)

148 KUI 8148 Ex-H118 THE Dennis Dart 8.5SDL3003 Reeve Burgess B28F Ex-Roberts, Coalville

170 J370 GKH Dennis Dart 8.5SDL3010 Plaxton Pointer B24F Ex-London Buses Ltd DR70

189 M389 KVR Dennis Dart 9.8SDL3054 Northern Counties B37F Ex-Country Hopper, Ibstock

201 M210 EGF Dennis Dart Plaxton Pointer B35F Ex-London General DPL10

214 M214 EGF Dennis Dart Plaxton Pointer B35F Ex-London General DPL14 (UNDER BEING REBUILT)

228 K628 YPL Dennis Dart 9.8SDL3025 Plaxton Pointer B40F Ex-Safeguard,Guildford

248 J648 XHL Dennis Dart 9.8SDL3004 Plaxton B40F Ex-Plaxton,Scarborough

258 P158 MLE Dennis Dart Plaxton B37F Ex-Centrebus Leicester & Armchair, Brentford

260 P160 MLE Dennis Dart Plaxton B37F Ex-Centrebus Leicester & Armchair, Brentford

351 Y451 TBF Dennis Dart SLF Plaxton Pointer B29F (new)

410 K510 FYN Mercedes Benz 811D Wright Nimbus B28F Ex-MK Metro

412 L812 CJF Mercedes Benz 709D Marshall B27F Ex-South Lancs Transport

431 Y131 TBF Mercedes-Benz 814D Plaxton Beaver B31F (new)

448 R248 XDA Mercedes Benz 814D Alexander B27F Ex-West Midlands 248

454 L954 MBH Mercedes Benz 811D Plaxton B31F Ex-Sovereign 454

502 S502 APP Dennis Dart SLF Plaxton Pointer B39F Ex-Sovereign 502

503 KUI 6564 Ex-S782 RNE & 98-D-70567 Dennis Dart SLF Plaxton B38F Ex-K~Line,Huddersfield

522 W922 JNF Dennis Dart SLF Plaxton Pointer B29F Ex-Connex DP22

566 W566 XRO Dennis Dart SLF Plaxton Pointer B40F Ex-Sovereign 566

601 FH06 KGK VDL SB120 Plaxton B40F (new)

602 KE06 NZW VDL SB120 Plaxton B40F (new)

603 KE06 NZX VDL SB120 Plaxton B40F (new)

604 KE06 RXL VDL SB120 Plaxton B40F (new)

611 T411 LGP Dennis Dart SLF SCC B30D Ex-Independent Way,Battersea

619 T419 LGP Dennis Dart SLF SCC B30D Ex-Independent Way,Battersea

670 L170 EKG Scania N113CRB Alexander B48F Ex-Newport Transport 70  

On Loan from Dealer

Gone away for repair

On-Loan to opposite garage

Gone to Centrebus North (Manchester etc.)

Recent Addition 

Pin Green Depot


132 N132 XND Dennis Dart Plaxton B27F Ex-Stuart,Dunkinfield 132

323 R823 MJU Mercedes Benz 814D B32F Ex-Kinch,Barrow

362 S462 LGN Dennis Dart SLF Plaxton Pointer B29F Ex-Centrebus Leicester

383 MX53 FEH Optare Solo M850 B29F Ex-Winson,Leicester 92

382 MX53 FEG Optare Solo M850 B29F Ex-Winson,Leicester 91

501 P501 VRO Dennis Dart SLF Plaxton Pointer B39F Ex-Sovereign 501

605 FJ56 YBV VDL SB120 Plaxton B40F (new)

606 FJ56 YBW VDL SB120 Plaxton B40F (new)

607 FJ56 ZWC VDL SB120 Plaxton B40F (new)

608 YJ56 JYB VDL SB120 Plaxton B40F (new)

387 MX03 YCM Optare Solo B29F Ex-Cumfybus,Churchtown

388 Y38 HBT Optare Solo M850 B29F Ex-First Somerset & Avon 53039

389 Y39 HBT Optare Solo M850 B29F Ex-First Somerset & Avon 53038

390 MX03 YDA Optare Solo M850 B26F Ex-Ex-Even,Birkenhead

391 VU02 TSV Optare Solo M920 B29F Ex-Ex-Irvine,Law

392 VU02 TSX Optare Solo M920 B29F Ex-Ex-Irvine,Law

393 MX07 JNL Optare Solo M780SL B23F (new)

394 MX07 JNN Optare Solo M780SL B23F (new)

395 MX07 BCF Optare Solo M920 B33F (new)

444 R244 XDA Mercedes Benz 814D Alexander B27F Ex-West Midlands 244


Tappins 325 was on loan for a day to Yarnton depot last week.

Roger Spence sent a couple of interesting National Express pictures.

Gavin Francis sent these pictures of the new mini bus service VWs in London

Glenn Knight caught up with this ex Cambridge Coach Services Volvo, in Railair livery but working the 787 in Luton last week.
He comments
Yesterday 07.01.2008 S320VNM Volvo B10M-62 Plaxton Premiere C48Ft Ex-Cambridge Coach Services
normally used on London - Heathrow - Woking this was taken at Luton Galaxy Centre 12:18 towards Heathrow."

The latest tri-axle to be delivered for service at Stansted is SC36 which as yet is un-liveried.
I understand it will carry the new corporate livery when applied. The time was 0410hrs.

One of the last new coaches in the "old livery" is therefore SC32 seen at Stansted last week.

Gavin Francis got an important picture of one of the Commuter Levantes from Milton Keynes taken outside VCS last week.
The branding is significant.

I suppose this picture might be entitled "what might be - a stop in Harpenden on the 737"
59215 pauses at Harpenden en route from Hatfield to Luton Airport on a very quiet and early Sunday morning.

Several of the 56 registered batch Citaros have now appeared with City 4 branding. They are at least 849-854.

851 and 854 by Gavin Francis

850 seen on the Iffley Road with City 4 branding.

Seen prior to City 4 branding being applied 849 is seen in town.

Last of the latest batch 870 seen first by Queens College (M Crowe) and second at the Rail Station (Gavin Francis.)

A nice picture of 869 sent in by Richard Sharman.

Premier of Luton Airport

Sometime ago I published some picture of new coaches delivered to Premier of Luton. These coaches seem to have been re-registered and one is shown below.

Red Rose

Glenn Knight sent some pictures of Red Rose buses in the Luton area. It certainly shows another part of Red Rose's very wide operating area.

Red Rose N802GRV Mercedes on meal break between routes

Optare Metrorider P507NWU on 231 13.01.2008.

Stagecoach in Oxfordshire consultation on route 20

Stagecoach in Oxfordshire are currently in the process of completing a wide ranging consultation with the users of routes 20/20A and 100/200/X1 pending service changes from 30th March 2008 associated with the delivery of the new Scanias.

With the introduction of the new vehicles to the 20/20A it was felt that the opportunity to make improvements to the timetable should be taken as well. Therefore in an unprecedented move, a draft timetable for route 20/20A was placed on the company website a week before Christmas with a feedback form for people to write in and comment.

In addition, freepost comment cards were handed out to users of route 20/20A in the week before Christmas, and have remained available onboard buses until this weekend (13th Jan).

Lastly three public meeting / drop in sessions were held for passengers to pass on their comments to members of the Stagecoach management team face to face. They were in Charlbury on 7th January, Woodstock on 9th January and Chipping Norton on 10th January.

Comments were invited on any aspect of the service, from timetables to fares. Anything outside the control of the company is to be passed on to the relevant authorities.

A slightly lower-key process took place on routes 100/200/X1, but still with a draft timetable for the 200/X1 and comment cards available on the buses.

The deadline for all replies was Monday 14th January. The traffic commissioner's 56 day window means that the changes will need to be registered by 1st February.

During the process it has been revealed that the Scanias are to be fitted with automatic vehicle location equipment to allow the 20/20A to be added to Oxfordshire's real time bus information system from March. Meanwhile the 5 Volvo B10Ms currently operating route 200/X1 are to be replaced by Tridents currently allocated to the 27. Some of the Scanias will therefore be used on the 27, allowing the maintenance of the whole batch to be kept under one roof.

There will obviously be more to come, with changes to route branding likely, as well as some other little extras.

I understand that a Swindon based Dennis Trident/ADL Enviro 400 was used recently to test the suitability for Scania buses with similar bodywork to work under the Botley Road railway bridge. These tests were successful and so we now await the new buses.

Marcus Lapthorn writes regarding the picture on the last page from Gavin Francis of the Warwickshire Olympian on the 20 on a Sunday saying "This bus has been used before on Sunday 20 services. Maybe it is a regular turn for the d/d now?"

Marcus adds "Coach 52144 came into GG on the X5 on Monday 14 Jan. The vehicle looked modern but had an old style registration which I think may have included VPU. (I had no pen with me to write it down at the time). Is this a 'special' coach do you know, as it looked quite different to all off the rest?"

I couldn't resist this picture taken last weekend, which shows all the operating aspects of Oxford depot - bus, Tube, Brookes and National Express.

Richard Sharman sent this picture of 22946 fresh back from repaint.

Another Richard Sharman picture is of 22945 display its new super rear advert.

Gez from Stagecoach in Lancaster sent three pictures which I found interesting. They are of Tridents employed on the long 555 services from Lancaster to Keswick. The livery is appropriate to the Lakeland scene.


Mike Bennett writes regarding the new Scanias saying "I went out today to try to photograph some of the new Scania/Wright single deck buses on their first day in service with Thamesdown Transport.  Fleet numbers 511-5 were meant to be in service, shared between routes 1/1A and the 13/14.  Firstly I tried the terminal point of route 1A at Stratton Park, outside Sainsbury's.  I waited for over 40 minutes and saw 3 buses come, and go, but they were from the original batch with the 06 registrations.  As my wife had finished her shopping, I decided to try the northern terminus of the 13/14 route at the Orbital Shopping Centre.  Within moments of arriving there, bus number 513  -  WX57 TLV came into the mini bus station, so I took some photos quickly, before the rain started again.  The next two buses on the same route were Darts, and the rain showed no sign of stopping, so I gave up and headed for the shops myself.  Still, I had a photo, and that will have to do for now."

John Hammond writes to say "PL06TFY has been working on the 105 / 106 over the last couple of days. It still has Moffat & Williamson legal lettering but has spent some time last year with Wardle Transport in Stoke on Trent, who appeared to have run it in the same condition."

I am told that this bus is from Blue Bus of Penwortham who hire buses out.

Suzy Scott wrote saying "I enclose a picture of PL06TFY taken by Tails Prower and posted to the Dundee Area Bus Forum; “Attached picture of vehicle seen in St Andrews on the 9 on 21 August 2007.”

TT s new Enviro 200 nr 257 on service in St Aldates - picture by Richard Sharman

Whites of Abingdon

I was delighted to hear from Sue Bainbridge who took the time and trouble to advise on recent developments in their company. She writes "I thought you might like an up to date fleet list, the Versa was on loan to us we have now taken delivery of another new Solo." 









T645 HBF




































P175 NAK




S484 UAK












"Just a small error on last weeks page, the white vehicle is not one of our vehicles it belongs to Abingdon Taxis who do a route from Didcot to Blewbury.  All our vehicles are low floor and have been for about a year."

The new Solo mentioned by Sue.

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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Coming events, models and useful links

New Trident model with an Oxford flavour

Date: 21st December 2007. 

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.


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

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 -

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 :-

Citaro models

Dave Rogers sent the following 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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These are nine most interesting sites which I do recommend

Bus Zone Logo (2421 bytes)

Mike Penn's photo page with much from Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire as well as Buckinghamshire

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 !!


Stagecoach Handbook for 2006
from British Bus Publishing

Arriva Handbook for 2006-2007
from British Bus Publishing

The latest handbooks are now on sale, the ever
popular Stagecoach edition now in its 13th year.


Bus Services in Buckinghamshire

Bus services in Oxfordshire

Bus services in Hertfordshire

Hertfordshire Logo/link

Where are the Chilterns?

Visit this informative site through the link below.

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Map showing the Chilterns Hills beginning in Oxfordshire in the Thames Valley and stretching north-east through Buckinghamshire and Bedfordshire to Hitchin in Hertfordshire. The highest points are over 250m. There are various water courses running from the Chilterns to the South East.

Visit the "OXFORD BUS PAGE" Archive 1998 - 2002

Visit the "OXFORD & CHILTERN BUS PAGE " Archives from October 2002