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Issue 263
Monday 28th April 2008

(next update week ending 10th May 2008)

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An interesting week with a full mail bag. Your contributions really do make the page! Further new buses are covered in the issue and once again Marcus Lapthorn has come up trumps with some evocative pictures from a visit to the London Transport overhaul works at Aldenham.

Gavin Francis and Glenn Knight have continued to provide many interesting pictures and John Hammond has joined the ranks of contributors with some nice pictures from Cowley Centre.

I took a grand daughter to Whipsnade last Saturday and came across an ex LT Fleetline running a free service around the park.

There are also a number of interesting articles from contributors which add much to this issue.

Interesting item from Chris in Banbury

Saw this story in today’s Oxford Times, which I am sure will get some comments from your page readers too.

Of interest, there are currently at least five Double Deckers in the "Back Field" at Leamington Spa Garage, awaiting disposal or transfer to dealer. One is an ECW Olympian, in the original white and stripey Stagecoach livery. Maybe worth a photo trip up there, as there can't be many examples like this left now !!

Thanks as usual for a very good read.

Memories of dreaming spires and other thoughts from P Connell 

As a student of the dreaming spires for just a term at the end of last year (ah, the stresses), you might be interested to know that Megabus workings up to Edinburgh/Inverness up the M1, M62 and A1 via Newcastle are mostly in the hands of tri-axle Volvos, not sweltering Neoplans.

In my experience Metro's temporary bus stop flags are the country's most widely travelled - I saw one in between Sunderland and Durham off one of the shiny Go North East buzzes that way. From what I gather it's quite a source of amusement at Wellington House, Leeds LS1 2DE.

As you've probably gathered re. free travel there's nothing in the legislation about which bus routes it applies to - it's just up to the Secretary of State (who kindly doesn't say owt on her website). As a
rule of thumb if (one of) its purpose(s) is to take people 50 miles or less it's free (subject to the time rules).

If only I'd stayed to see buses on Longwall St en route to lectures...


Damory Olympus

I was pleased to receive a picture from Alistair Liddle showing a new Scania ELC Olympus for Damory and photographed at Darwen East Lancs.

This must be one of the first new vehicles for Damory in a long while. Photo by Alistair Liddle.

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 Tim Hall

Having just read you latest excellent page I would like to add a couple more pics from Malta

Picture 1 is again DBY349 which is ex COMS, I did not know this until I returned from holiday and bought a new Malta bus fleet book 2008 at the Wisley gathering

Picture 2 might be better in your buses in the landscape feature showing ex Thamesdown transport of Swindon Fleetline COY 003 ex UMR193T passing a church at Msida just outside of Valletta returning to Sliema on the south tour

I drove this and all the Thamesdown Fleetlines when new and several on the last day as well both photos taken in March 2008.

Milton Keynes Coachway from Ian Brown

Readers may remember that MK Coachway was the subject of a fire sometime ago. Ian Brown writes to let us know the latest developments. 

From Ian Brown, Hemel Hempstead

Enjoyed your last posting. Keep going...! 

On this Saturday morning, April 26th, at 0805 precisely, Milton Keynes Coachway will close for almost 12 months for a much needed rebuild. The 440 NX from Leicester to VCS will call in at MK at 0805...and after that vehicles will be diverted to the new temporary Coachway. This is located opposite the cricket pavilion at Campbell Park, close to the centre of MK. Vehicles will leave J14 of the M1 as before, but head towards the centre of MK. The temporary coachway has a line of Portacabins for the usual facilities. There is a two-lane off-road lay-by for coaches. Whilst NX and United Counties (who also use the Coachway for Cambridge-Bedford-Oxford services) have little choice in the matter, the heavy city-bound congestion in the morning rush and vice versa in the evening will delay services. Incidentally, the return trip J14 to Campbell Park is almost 4 miles.

I look forward to some pictures of the temporary facility. Ed.

A new Oxfordshire operator from Ken MacKenzie

A new operator to Oxfordshire has purchased a very nice Renault Master with Tawe conversion. They are HK Chauffeur Services from Sutton Courtneay and the vehicle carries registration OO 08 HKS - a 16 seater. 

Oxford pictures from John Hammond 

Some pictures taken at Cowley Centre this morning 25/4

Stagecoach 47316 - 16A to Minchery Farm.

Stagecoach 33763 & 22941 on the 10's with the JR bound bus having to do the U-turn in the road.
Note the different blind display indicating which is a town bound bus.

Stagecoach 33763 - rear view of bus and branding with advert for pensioners free travel.

Thames Travel 257 navigating around the taxis which continue to park in the layby

Heyfordian B6 - L409GPY picking up passengers on Weds/Friday only service 85 to Iffley & Rose Hill.

Your Editor visits Whipsnade Zoo

Last Saturday I was detailed to be present by the household authorities in order to provide transport and company for my wife and grand-daughter on a visit to Whipsnade Zoo. I don't mind such excursions but whilst working they do take some pre-planning to ensure a day off.

The day dawned bright and sunny and the forecast promised a near summer's day. We left home around 11am and took the route through Chinnor, Wendover and near Tring, a distance of some 28 miles. The weather got progressively warmer as we drove along the Chilterns and on arriving and having paid out what seemed like a small fortune for our small group, now including my grand daughters friend parked up inside the ground to have our picnic lunch.

Now the point of this narrative is to indicate that we had not seen any buses or coaches between Stokenchurch and Whipsnade and I was just enjoying my picnic box when the sound of a familiar bus engine caught my attention.

It can't be was my first thought but by jove it was, a Fleetline ex London Transport in green and yellow with an open top. It sounded most healthy and I really enjoyed its departure past our parked car though she who must be obeyed was not so impressed. "Can't you forget buses for one day" was the not unexpected comment. Ah bless I thought, lets get pictures.

Several pictures were taken and this one of the bus near the entrance was my last.

Other pictures including the cab detail of the bus.

At one point later in the day I was near enough to the stop to see the inside of the driver's cab and could note the bus was DMS327 - see above - and to see it working a regular service around the park.

Another treat was the steam train, which could be heard around the park on its hourly service where it passed through an area called Asia. The station with level crossing and passing loop was delightful and another must for enthusiasts.

Apart from the delights mentioned above, I do have to say that the whole place was very well organised, care was taken of the animals, mammals, birds and reptiles on view and an overall impression of care for the visitors also applied.

In summary a most excellent day out and one for all the family. The cost for the whole day probably equated to a meal for four in a good restaurant and you don't get a Fleetline in a restaurant, or at least none that I've found so far.

From Dave Francis re National Express

First of all, may I congratulate you again on an excellent & informative website, I look forward to each update.
As National Express operations feature quite regularly on your site, I thought you may be interested to know that the 2008 edition of the GB-BG National Coaches data file has recently been released and is available from:
I also run an online 'fleet list' for National Express operations, where updates for the data file can be found. The address is:
In the meantime, I'd like to wish you continued success with the O&C site.

Review of National Coaches 2008

This is a significant work and covers a great number of UK operators. It is very useful for checking up on where a coach is and I also liked the reference of which operator operators which National Express service. This is covered by each route number and specific departure. Indeed it was, as far as could ascertain, bang up to date.

Airlinks and Dot-2-Dot operations and vehicles are also covered, a useful feature. Kings Ferry, a recently acquired company, is covered in detail.

Megabus operations are covered with vehicle allocations as is Shearings and National Holidays.

Finally a registration number index with operator reference is an invaluable aid in this most useful publication.

To purchase a copy just refer to this link :

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.

The travels of Glenn Knight

Glenn has been out and about again, sending in some most interesting pictures which I include below.

Visited Hemel Hempstead, Welwyn Garden City, St Albans, Aylesbury & Milton Keynes today, 18th April

3807 - KC03PGF on 301
An unusual performer on the 300/301 services.

3234 - V234HBH in full livery now at Hemel.

Uno 310 BV57VHJ UNÕ Bus in Welwyn

Luton Airport and Luton Town 21st April

3497 W497YGS 61 Luton airport 21.04.2008.
This bus is really getting around having been to Wycombe on Line 300.

Arriva 2415 N175DWM is at Luton from Grays depot currently used as staff shuttle.

Luton Bus Station is set to fast disappear under demolition.


Visited Rush Green motors today 22nd April

I saw five Mercedes Benz 0305, three without registrations and two with: UBH 394/5W Mercedes Benz 0305G Lex AB35D, 6138/9/40 Fleet no. 7/8/9. Ex-Luton Airport.

Watford, Luton and Dunstable 25th April

ARRIVA 5831 G231VWL 5831 Leyland Olympian Ex-Oxford Bus Co. taken in Dunstable when this bus was operating the 16:33 38 Luton to Dunstable.

Centrebus 601 FH06KGK - DAF SB120 in Luton on the 16:00 17 to Telscombe Way.

I also saw ARRIVA Watford/TFL 6008 KL52CWZ a DAF DB250 Alexander which was just out of the paint shop in TFL London Red but with NO cream sweep.  (No Photo).

Red Rose on 27th April 

Dennis Enviro 200 Red Rose of Aylesbury on 223 Harlington in the new livery from plain white.

Thanks to Glenn for some very interesting photos.

Bus Users AGM by Stephen Le Bras

Saturday 26th April and it was James Freeman at Reading Buses who arranged the Bus Users UK AGM at the Wesley Methodist Church hall in Queens Road, Reading. Highlight of the day for many was the use of 1101 the first ethanol powered double decker in the world!. It was used to carry members from the station to the AGM site. If I had known beforehand, I would have tipped you off!

There are photos on Robert Williams' site - 

David Percy in Oxford

I have spent three days in Oxford this week on school routes, including today, relieving a tour driver on his rest day at Abingdon who was touring with a team of young American ladies, it's a tough job, etc etc... 

How do you cope with Oxford traffic, I had bikes up my nearside over the bridge on the Cowley Road twice, I used to deliver to Tesco in Cowley Road, but the traffic seems to have become worse!

I had a wander round Gloucester Green (Not been there for over 20 years!) with three other drivers, all parked up on Oxpens (£5.00 for all day coach parking seems reasonable), so much has changed!

Anyway, here is an image of my steed for Tuesday 22/4/2008, and ex Oxford X90 Volvo/Van Hool vehicle, taken on layover at Culham (6 hours between services can be a bit boring!)

An interesting slogan in a Wycombe shop window

Gavin Francis found this interesting slogan in the window of a motor bike dealer opposite the new High Wycombe bus station.

Rail replacement services bring out interesting vehicles

Recent rail replacement services have produced some interesting vehicles.


Here various buses were in use including several from Weavaway. Pictures by Gavin Francis.


A tragic accident at Harlow resulted in the closure of the Liverpool Street-Stansted service on Monday 22nd April. some interesting buses and coaches were used including those pictured below by M Crowe.

NCP gets new buses at Luton Airport

I have been including correspondence and photos of the DAFs recently in  use by NCP at Luton Airport. I was pleasantly surprised to find new M A N 14.220s in  use. So far I have seen three buses, all with MCV Evolution dual door bodywork AE08DKA, DKD and DKE.

Two of the new buses, DKA and DKD.

Regular features

Travel on a Concessionary Pass 2008

From Geoff Cunliffe.

In your latest web page, you ask about readers’ experiences with their OAP Bus Passes. 

I have been waging a bit of a campaign locally (Lancashire’s Fylde coast) but nobody seems to be interested. The problem is that, in about 25% of cases, drivers “over-book” you. This is either a scam where the bus operators are ripping off the local Council’s by overcharging them for journeys undertaken, or they are compensating for the fact they only get 70% reimbursement for journeys made by pass holders (don’t they?). 

The matter has been defended by Blackpool Transport’s Manager who said that the drivers are only booking you to the next fare stage but that is not true and you can’t fool a bus enthusiast with such an excuse. They can actually book you two or more stages further on. 

To be fair, they occasionally “under-book” you and, I believe, the errors are decreasing slightly. 

Another anomaly is on Blackpool trams. Lancashire-based pass owners can ride the trams. Holders of passes issued from outside Lancashire cannot and have to use the parallel bus service. But if a local uses the trams, Blackpool Transport gets reimbursed from Blackpool Council. If a visitor uses the bus, Blackpool Transport gets reimbursed from Blackpool Council but has to provide and find a parallel bus service. Logic suggests that all passes should be valid on the trams and the costs of providing the parallel bus service could be saved.

Geoff adds,

I have found another scam being operated by some drivers when dealing with National Free Travel Passes for the over 60s. 

On a local north west bus between two Fylde coast towns, the driver dispensed himself full journey tickets as he approached a stop if it looked as if a pass holder was waiting. These he simply gave to the boarding passenger without inspecting the pass or putting it onto his issuing machine. It certainly saved time but may cause problems because everyone appeared to be undertaking a full journey and the local authority would be charged as if that was the case.

I would comment that these are not isolated cases and I think many people could relate similar experiences. One wonders when the day of reckoning comes what will happen? 

From your Editor

My planned excursion to Cornwall on my pass has had to be postponed due to problems with my leave. I hope to re-schedule the trip in early June.

Buses in the Landscape

Gez from Lancaster writes "I've finally managed a proper buses in the landscape up in Edinburgh last week and took this off the castle a selection of Lothian tour buses and a couple of airport buses sitting on Waverley Bridge."



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Marcus Lapthorn has excelled himself this week with pictures of a visit to London Transport's Aldenham works in 1979.

Open Day at Aldenham 

Open day at the formerly great London Transport overhaul works at Aldenham on 16 September 1979, some 29 years ago. 

What a wonderful selection of vehicles with the building looking like a cathedral for buses.

A Routemaster heaven, can there have been anything similar anywhere in the world.

When the Metrobus was new. How pristine they looked and I am sure they were great to drive then.

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
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 28th April 2008

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News of the local companies – 28th April 2008

James at Aylesbury writes "Not much to report this week, mainly because I've been helping out at MK Metro. A few buses from MK Metro are being stored at Aylesbury, They arrived yesterday... Unsure of fleet numbers but know that one of them is B6 3119 (Still in ARRIVA Livery) that we gave to them quite a while back."

Unusual working on the 280 last week was this DAF 3445 in full Lakes advertising livery. Picture Gavin Francis.

Another unusual working on the 261 last week was this Dart 3509 with yellow fleet numbers. Picture Gavin Francis.

Somehow on a theme, Gavin Francis caught U9 allocated Dart 3839 in Wycombe bus station last week.

Dart 3826 now in the red livery - but awaiting branding for Red Route 33."

Gavin took this picture of Olympian 5836 new based at Wycombe. Sources refer to this bus as a "dog". I wonder why?
It appears to be used on a school run, 921, judging by the scruffy bit of paper in the window this morning, Monday.

The interior of a refurbished DAF for use on the Milton Keynes Line 100 from James of Aylesbury.

Once the pride of the Thames Transit Dart fleet of buses on the Blackbird Flyer, this bus is now a trainer with MK. Picture by Glenn Knight.


As mentioned last week Gavin Francis has a goal to achieve and that is to see how many easyBus vehicles he can photo in Buckingham Palace Road. His latest score is FIVE as seen below.

Picture by Gavin Francis.

First Berkshire

Gavin Francis
got a rear near side shot of 20367 in traditional Green Line livery. It is still awaiting vinyls.

First in trouble last week at Wycombe. M Crowe.

First use two of these Wright's buses at Luton on the Parkway service.
They appear to supplement the Streetcars at busy times. M Crowe.

Stephen Le Bras writes "Re: Your photo of the 74 bus, First 60754 has recently made its way to Slough from Bracknell. It is likely to stay for the time being. 

The fire damaged Solo is parked in Slough garage yard with a tarpaulin over it, making it impossible to see its number. As a result, Darts are now appearing on the 1A. 

Add First 64015 in blue."

Martin White writes "Another interesting read of your page once again, keep up the good work, 

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.

Last of the new coaches for Burtons on the 787 route. FJ08 KMG.
There are drivers based at Kings Lynn as mentioned above.

Visited the Brighton coach rally yesterday very low key this year not very much on the trade front or many coaches entered in the rally either, is it beginning to lose it touch ?."

Richard Sharman writes "It would appear that the National Express 310 trips previously operated by Arriva TGM Portsmouth depot have now transferred to fellow Arriva group member Classic/Moore Dale in the last few weeks. Although in the first week of operation some trips where crewed with Burtons Haverhill Depot drivers. 

A number of unfamiliar coaches to Oxford have been operating this service, various Levante's/Panther's and even today (Monday 21st) Scania Irizar Century YN08DGF in Classic livery."

The ex Oxford Y27OXF is now with Miles of Thatcham. Photo by Gavin Francis.
(Gavin has a target to get this coach next to an existing COMS Excalibur in VCS.

New stop and new shelter, at Sandhills outbound stop, Oxford. The 737 is not using the new interchange facility at Thornhill.
Since I published this picture last week vandals have broken the glass and the National Express bus stop sign has gone.

An update on this fleet includes the following.

Sunday 20th April. 

Coach 31 was on the X80 Gatwick service. 

Monday 21st April 2008. 

Trident 101 has been repainted into the new livery as per sister 103.

Picture by Gavin Francis.

Coach 18, now the oldest in the fleet, was on the X80 Gatwick service as was coach 25. 

Airline branded Scania coaches repainted into Oxford espress livery now include 37 L1OXF and 38 M1OXF until recently fleet numbers 59 and 60. Like others they have regained their original fleet numbers now.

Pictures by Gavin Francis.

The X90 service saw a timetable change from last Monday when at certain times of the day frequency is reduced to every 30 minutes.

I understand that nr 62 and 63 are to remain in Airline service. Thus only 61 (39) is awaited for Oxford espress service. One wonders if they will be repainted?

Some interest has been caused by the various re-registrations in this fleet and I append details with thanks to the company web site.


Volvo coaches completed in 5/07 

 8 – R401 DWL  ex R8OXF sold

11 – R402 DWL; ex R11OXF sold

14 – V283 SBW ex R14OXF now with Olympian of Harlow

15 – V282 SBW ex R15OXF now with Olympian of Harlow

16 – V284 SBW ex R16 OXF now training vehicle 961

17 – V281 SBW.ex R17OXF  now with Brown’s Executive Travel, Birmingham

Sold coaches

8, 11, 69, 70: Wilts & Dorset, Poole

27 to Miles of Thatcham 

Vehicles Acquired (ex Go North East):7 and 8/2007

Dennis Trident 2 Plaxton H47/28F new 2001

902 R2 OXF (ex NK51 UCH)
903 R3 OXF (ex NK51 UCJ)
904 R4 OXF (ex NK51 UCL)
905 R5 OXF (ex NK51 UCM)
906 R6 OXF (ex NK51 UCV)
907 R7 OXF (ex NK51 UCW)
908 R8 OXF (ex NK51 UCX)
909 R9 OXF (ex NK51 UCY)


Coach 63 in George St. Can anyone spot the difference on this coach?

Unusual working by a Citaro with 835 on the 5, nice coincidence of the registration. Picture by Gavin Francis.

Red Rose

An interesting shot from a new contributor Ian Petersen, of a new Enviro 200 on the recently gained 352 service at Hemel.

Gavin has been busy catching up with further super rear branding on route 1 buses.


A fine study of Neoplan 50107 in Oxford by Gavin Francis.

noit quite the normal coach as we see this ex Manchester Alexander PS on the X5 last week. Gavin Francis.

A brand new Enviro 200 for Stagecoach South passes through Leamington en route. Picture by Ray Ramsey.
Stephen Le Bras tells me that this bus is an M A N 14.240 to be numbered 39696.


Marcus Lapthorn writes "Apparently our regular performers on the 66 route between Oxford & Swindon are having tachographs fitted and this has resulted in an older bus being loaned to Swindon from Gloucester. The vehicle is of the same type as our usual buses, but has not been refitted and therefore lacks new seats and dot matrix destination displays. It is number 20203 (M 203 LHP). However it is unreliable apparently and today failed to show up for the 1025 departure from Farringdon to Swindon, resulting in many frustrated intending passengers waiting forlornly at bus stops. I am informed that the problem is that the bus, "loses air" and the only way to rectify this is to rev the bus like mad when it is stationary! Not sure what this means, but I guess it either means gears cannot be engaged or the brakes are deficient?" 

A reader writes "Just a little note to advise if you were not fully aware that Perth Megabus Control has closed with Rugby now handling all England and Wales operation with Glasgow Joint Venture handling Scottish ops.

Also based at Rugby is the new UK Bus Rail Replacement Section which is to take over from National Express on 18 May in providing all Rail Replacement services in respect of the East Midlands Trains division. Six additional, Megabus liveried B10's are to be stationed at Rugby to provide the backbone for this venture with some additional 8 drivers to come under the Rugby Megabus Unit control.   All England and Wales Megabus B10's are to come under Rugby for maintenance with all B12's being maintained by Cwmbran."


Steve Annells writes "I've noted two all-white Volvo B12/Plaxton Panthers so far this week passing through Sutton Courtenay on morning school contracts, Monday 22/04  KX08OMF, Tuesday 23/04 KX08OMC; I believe these are Weavaway coaches.  Also noted Whites silver Versa on the regular school contract through Sutton this morning (Tuesday)."


Michael writes "Just a quick message to advise that ex-COMS Leyland Lynx B51F W50\33\34 C63\4\6 HOM have been sold to Qualiti Conversions, Southampton, Bzee Bus and Travel, Canterbury and Javelin Coaches, Basingstoke respectively. 

Re-registrations to note are Leyland Tiger / Plaxton Paramount W56 F341 XFR to B8 WTN, Volvo B10M / Van Hool W35 P822 GBA to B9 WTN and Leyland Tiger / East Lancs Myllennium Hyline W59 D315 SGB to B11 WTN.



Fleet \ Registration No.      Year    Chassis Make & Type          Body Make & Type               Seats              Former Owner 

W46 W100 TEN (YN06MXY) 2006   Volvo B12B 420                  Plaxton Panther                  53 \ 49 Exec  New

W45 YN06 MXX                 2006   Volvo B12B 420                  Plaxton Panther                  53 \ 49 Exec  New

W44 YN06 MXW                 2006   Volvo B12B 420                  Plaxton Panther                  53 \ 49 Exec  New

W43 YN06 MXV                  2006   Volvo B12B 420                  Plaxton Panther                  53 \ 49 Exec  New

W42 YN06 MXU                 2006   Volvo B12B 420                  Plaxton Panther                  53 \ 49 Exec  New

W41 YN06 MXT                 2006   Volvo B12B 420                  Plaxton Panther                  53 \ 49 Exec  New

W40 YN06 MXS                 2006   Volvo B12B 420                  Plaxton Panther                  53 \ 49 Exec  New

W39 YN06 MXR                  2006   Volvo B7R                         Plaxton Profile                    57                New

W38 HSV 673 (R551TKV)     1998   Volvo B10M MK4                 Plaxton Premiere 350 57                Country Lion, Northampton

W37 B12 WTN (R186TKU)    1998   Volvo B10M MK4                 Plaxton Premiere 350 53 \ 49 Exec  Gordons, Rotherham

W36 B10 WTN (P288ENT)    1997   Volvo B10M MK4                 Plaxton Premiere 350 53 \ 49 Exec  Bysiau Cwn Taf, Whitand

W35 B9 WTN (P822 GBA)     1997   Volvo B10M MK4                 Van Hool Alizee                  53                Shearings, Wigan

W4 B7 WTN (N289OYE)       1996   Volvo B10M MK4                 Plaxton Premiere 350 53 \ 49 Exec  Redwing Coaches, London

W30 WJI 2849 (N903ABL)    1996   Volvo B10M MK4                 Berkhof Excellence 1000L     53                Truemans, Fleet

W49 BIG 7048 (DAZ1562)    1994   Volvo B10M MK4                 Plaxton Premiere 320 70                Ulsterbus, Belfast

W51 BIG 2625 (DAZ1557)    1994   Volvo B10M MK4                 Plaxton Premiere 320 70                Ulsterbus, Belfast

W48 JIL 2199 (L904NWW)   1994   Volvo B10M MK4                 Jonckheere Deauville 45       57                Horseman, Reading

W52 SIJ 305 (L901NWW)     1994   Volvo B10M MK4                 Jonckheere Deauville 45       57                Horseman, Reading

W56 B8 WTN (F341 XFR)     1989   Leyland Tiger 260               Plaxton Paramount 3500      53                Holmeswood Coaches, Ormskirk


Fleet \ Registration No.      Year    Chassis Make & Type          Body Make & Type               Seats              Former Owner

 W62 A234 USR                  2000   Leyland Tiger (Rebody)        East Lancs Myllennium         49                Stagecoach Strathtay

W61 DFP 492Y                   2000   Leyland Tiger (Rebody)        East Lancs Myllennium         49                Stagecoach Strathtay

W60 MSL 469X                  2000   Leyland Tiger (Rebody)        East Lancs Myllennium         49                Stagecoach Strathtay

W59 B11 WTN (D315 SGB)   2000   Leyland Tiger (Rebody)        East Lancs Myllennium         49                Stagecoach Strathtay

W58 A127 ESG                  2000   Leyland Tiger (Rebody)        East Lancs Myllennium         49                Stagecoach Strathtay

W57 THL 290Y                   2000   Leyland Tiger (Rebody)        East Lancs Myllennium         49                Stagecoach Strathtay

W16 ABW 310X (VUD33X)    1990   Leyland Leopard (Rebody)    Willowbrook Warrior             48                Oxford Bus Company, Oxford

W31 E227 CFC                  1988   Leyland Olympian                Alexander                          77                Arriva, High Wycombe

Preserved Vehicles

 Fleet \ Registration No.      Year    Chassis Make & Type          Body Make & Type               Seats              Former Owner

W54 SWC 24K (In store)     1972   Bristol RELL6L                    Eastern Coach Works          53                K & J Travel, York

W53 A869 SUL                  1983   Leyland Titan                     Leyland                            70                Oxford Bus Company, Oxford

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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.

One place you can still ride a Lynx is in Wycombe on the 333 or 334 services. This one is operated by Magpie Coaches.
Picture by Gavin Francis.

The shape of things to come? The Skyliner 2 in Oxpens last weekend.
Picture by Gavin Francis.

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.


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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Visit the "OXFORD BUS PAGE" Archive 1998 - 2002

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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 2008
from British Bus Publishing

Arriva Handbook for 2007-2008
from British Bus Publishing

The latest handbooks are now on sale, the ever
popular Stagecoach edition now in its 15th 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