Tuesday, 15 January 2019

MMCs: First year in service

I'm a bit sorry for the lack of pictures of the MMCs first year in service it's all because of whats been going on in the town centre. Today marks a year since the Scania MMCs entered service on the 99 alongside spare unbranded MMC 15328 which can be used on any route. I remember going on a couple of them on their first day and I was impressed with them. 

Unbranded MMC 15328 takes the title for the MMC I've been on the most due to its high presence on Eastbourne locals mainly the 1/1A and an appearance on the Loop can't be ruled out. This post is highlighting the MMCs and may they have many years on the route with them being Scania and not ADL.

15333 one of the many Wave branded ones on its normal route

The Eastbourne trio have been busy here is 15329 loading for another trip

Meanwhile, a very recent shot sees 15339 working a shortened 99 which is common during term time
 Whilst trying and struggling to get up to date shots, the unbranded MMC and the odd one out because it doesn't have branding is 15328 it's seen on the 1 in my most recent shot of it.
15328 the unbranded MMC is seen in a very recent photo on the 1 what appears to be its favourite route
I don't know when I can get the up to date photos again.

Saturday, 29 December 2018

The 2018 Bus review some of the Buses which were highlights of 2018

It's hard trying to pick out some of the highlights of 2018 as the year draws to a close and we move into 2019. A story of different angle of photos, the Wave 99 MMCs first year in service, new operators I haven't photographed before, loan Tridents over the summer, the return of the StreetDeck demonstrator to Brighton&Hove, a new type of Bus photographed and the Santa Bus which ran a week before Christmas. 

January saw the entry into service of Scania N250UD Enviro400 MMCs on the Wave 99 between Eastbourne and Hastings here is 15333 photographed sometime this month.


January saw the entry into service of new E400 MMC Scanias on the 99 the recent shot of 15333 is an example.
 I went to East Anglia on 2 holidays this year to see family up there and my next highlight is of an independent operator in the county. What struck me was Border Bus with their neat livery as shown by 107 BB12 BUS.
A 146 Border Bus off route what caught my eye on holiday was Border Bus as shown by 107 BB12 BUS on the 580.
 The Summer of 2018 saw 2 Trident ALX400s come to Eastbourne on loan this one was here practically the whole summer the first time Eastbourne have operated the type in 2 years 17590 LV52 HFZ was on the when this photo was taken. 
Summer 2018 saw Trident ALX400s loaned from the East Kent area as shown by 17590 LV52 HFZ on the 1.
 I also tried a new angle for my photos the first time I had used it in Eastbourne and what better Bus to choose than Scania MMC 15329 YN67 YLA on the 1.
2018 saw me try a different style of photo which I hadn't used in Eastbourne before as shown by Scania MMC 15328 YN67 YLA on the 1.
 Another holiday came in August 2018 this was when I took my very first photo of a E200 MMC a new type for me as shown by 37441 SN16 ORZ in Devon.
A highlight of 2018 was my very first E200 MMC photo which I took on holiday in Devon in the Summer as shown by 37441 SN16 ORZ
 2018 saw StreetDeck demonstrator SN64 CTU return to Brighton&Hove this time numbered 703 it has seen high use on the Coaster between Eastbourne and Brighton. 
The return of StreetDeck SN64 CTU to Brighton&Hove for the third time happened in 2018 here it is on the 12A.
 Finally, the very popular Santa Bus returned a week before Christmas. This saw E300 27574 GX58 GKE decorated with Christmas decorations as well as a driver dressed as Santa. It ran between the 18th and 24th December all for charity. 
The Santa Bus made a comeback the week before Christmas all decorated to raise money for charity the 2018 Santa Bus was 27574 GX58 GKE a ADL E300 which was new in 2008/9.

Friday, 21 December 2018

Santa Buses since 2016

The annual Santa Bus has returned and the current one is the best one ever compared to previous Buses that have taken the title. This post shows every Bus which has been selected since 2016 all the way through to the current 2018 Bus. The chosen Bus is decorated with a wide range of decorations ranging from lights to toys hanging from the roof with the driver being dressed as Santa himself all in aid to raise money for charity. 

The Santa Bus back in 2016 was Scania E300 28609 GN61 EVP it had a special blind, tinsel inside, stickers and a few added extras. 
Back in 2016, the chosen Bus was Scania E300 28609 GN61 EVP
 The Santa Bus in 2017 was E200 36902 GN13 HHT this to had everything 28609 had as well as hanging toys, a giant teddy and Santa Bus on the front of it. 
The chosen Bus in 2017 was E200 36902 GN13 HHT.
 Now onto this years chosen Santa Bus this time it was E300 27574 GX58 GKE which was chosen to be decorated. This was by far the best Santa Bus to date with the same decorations as what 36902 did in 2017 as well as extras. The only thing it didn't have was the special Santa Bus blind it has been showing normal blinds. 
The current Santa Bus is E300 27574 GX58 GKE here it is working the 1X service.
I have been on every single Santa Bus since 2016 and they just get better and better.

Friday, 2 November 2018

Buses on the hill main location now for photos

I am getting better at my photos of Buses moving so a hill in Eastbourne has been the main focus. The Bus has to be in the right place before pressing the button which allows you to take photos to avoid cutting parts of the Bus off. However, it's not always clear on the hill so I have to wait until it's clear and if a Bus is going down, then I could take the photo. Here are my hill photos from the past few weeks. 

Scania 15773 is seen going down the hill last week these are really good Buses

E300 27574 is seen working the 1A as it goes down the hill

Time for an odd working going down the hill as shown by E300 27580 working the 56 instead of the normal Scania E300 for that working

E300 27575 is seen going down the hill at the start of the week

Loop E400 19650 is also seen going down the hill

A rarity something that doesn't happen often is Double-Deckers on the 1X Scania 15771 is seen working the route this week

Scania 15503 is seen going down the hill this is one of my favourite Scanias

ADL E300 27582 is seen going down the hill this is my 3rd photo of it without the white moustache

A week later, 27574 is going down the hill again
Here is to many more hill photos.

Saturday, 6 October 2018

The challenge now facing me

I have now lost another photography spot this time thanks to wire fences making it more of a challenge to take photos. The only for me now to take photos from there is standing in the road but that is very dangerous I don't know how to take photos with it there. I will have to find an alternative spot again which there hardly is in the town centre. 

The buses in these photos were all taken before the wired fencing was put on the other side which back then was easier for photos. 

28606 is seen working the 1

27576 also looks good in the sun!

15328 working the 1 which is what appears to be its main route as it's always on there.

This was taken on the day when the wired fences were being delivered 15490 is seen at a stop the Bus has had a fresh repaint and now has its second tree guard.

28607 is seen in the town centre this was on the 1 and the blinds refused to come out.
Wish me luck in finding another spot.

Thursday, 6 September 2018

More Bus stop moves

April saw one side of Buses kicked out of Terminus and September saw the rest kicked out of Terminus. My story is a new challenge for photos of Buses in the town centre I've been unable to photograph the Doubles due to the trees and I have only been able to photograph the Singles in the new location. I wouldn't recommend the area for any photographs sadly, I'm stuck here because my parents won't let me out of the town when I want to leave the town to see Buses.

The best time to take the photos is when it's cloudy as the trees are an issue when it's sunny I have to hand pick the best time in which the trees wouldn't be an issue. Anyway, here is some of the photos of the Buses in the new location and a bit further down.
E200 36901 is seen working the 1X from the new stop.

The Buses sometimes go straight down to the next stop after the new stop E300 27574 shows how it's done.

The works have meant that the Buses have to stop further back in the next stop Scania E300 28606 does the honours.

Even the Wave isn't stopping properly this is because there was another Bus in the stop. 

One of the other allocation of 1X E200s is seen in the new location. 

A shadow from the trees prevented me from getting a photo in the new spot of the camera shy 27575 here it is a bit further down.

E300 27573 is also seen in the new location for Bus stops.
Hopefully the challenge won't be difficult.

Sunday, 2 September 2018

Buses in Devon part 2 Buses in the city

Part one featured photos of the Hop 22 Bus route focusing on some of the Double-Deckers of Devon. In part 2, I went to the city of Exeter to focus on some of the Single-Deckers of Devon. The trip to the city led to me photographing 2 types of Bus I had never photographed before and that was the E200 MMC and MAN E300. I have many photos of the E400 MMC so wanted to add a few of the E200 ones to my MMC collection. 

Ages ago, some E200 MMCs transferred to the South West divison from somewhere up North in exchange for other Buses.

One of the E200 MMCs is seen in the big city

Meanwhile there were some MAN E300s about they're different to the ADL and Scania E300s operated down here

My main aim was to photograph the Cancer Research Bus here it is

As well as the MMCs, they operate many older E200s as demonstrated by this example

As well as the older ones they also operate the E20D classic E200s here is one of them

Another E200 is also photographed this is an older one

One of the other E200 MMCs is seen in the city 
Also to add, the City routes there are letters instead of numbers which is rather odd.