Tuesday, 22 September 2020

The first East Sussex Single-Deckers in new colours

 After 15329 emerged as the first East Sussex Double-Decker in the new colours, a few more East Sussex Buses this time Single-Deckers have now appeared in the new Stagecoach local colours. The buses are Eastbourne E300 27578 GX58 GKK and Hastings E200 36497 GN12 CLU. Both buses feature no black window surrounds and the addition of black headlights on the front and rear.

The selection of images featured are both the buses in their first few weeks back in service in the new colours with 36497 sometimes doing the 99 and 27578 doing a wide range of routes mainly the 1/1A I'm going to start with the most recent images I have got of both buses.

I snapped 36497 on its first day back out and 27578 emerged a few days later.

E300 27578 stands in Eastbourne Town Centre in its new colours it was on the 1

E200 36497 stands at the 99 stop just before it works the 13:03 Wave 99 to Hastings

27578 is also seen on the 1s in this photo here it's seen picking up for a 1

27578 has been doing a few 5s here it's seen on the 5A
Here are some nice sunny shots of both 27578 and 36497 27578 was doing another 1 and 36497 is seen on its first day back.
27578 picks up again on another 1 service in full sun

36497 is seen on its first day back in new colours it even looks better than the Street Deck behind depsite being an E200.
There will eventually be more Singles and even Doubles appearing soon in the new colours.

Friday, 21 August 2020

ADL MMCs and the 99

 There has been a high volume of ADL MMCs on the 99 recently with most of the ADL MMCs in East Sussex appearing in the local area in one week. These buses are 66 plate and at least half of the daily 99s have been done by these recently. The Buses in this post are 10701/3/4/21/2/3/4/5 the first 3 buses mentioned in the list are unbranded whilst the rest are Wave branded.

Let's start with the unbranded MMCs 10701/3/4 the 3 of them all made appearances on the route this week as 10702 was absent the first 3 photos are the unbranded MMCs.

The first in the batch 10701 is the most recent MMC I've snapped on the route is seen on the 99 
10704 is seen looking good in full sun on a 99
10704 joined the East Sussex fleet the same time as 10703 did here is 10704 at the 99 stand this is my first full sun of this bus
A moving photo sees 10703 which was taken as part of clip zooming past stand C2 in the town centre

All of the Sussex Wave branded ADL MMCs appeared on the 99 this week. These buses were new to the 100 group of Wave routes but had their maps of of the route removed when the route was split so are just known as Waves.
The very last in the batch 10725 was a bus that was really hard to snap for a very long time but I have many photos of it now here it works the route.
10721 was another bus on the route this week here it picks up at its usual stand for a Wave 99 service
A really shy bus this is it has to be my least snapped MMC but it came for a visit on Tuesday this week and was able to snap it here is 10724 looking good in the sun.
10723 is also seen looking good in the full sun as it awaits its next trip
10722 is also seen in full sun with a ugly terminating Brighton bus behind another ADL MMC that has been on the route quite a bit recently.

The ADL MMCs are running alongside the Scania MMCs and various other buses on the route they seem to out number the Scania ones on it at the moment. However, the route is operated by ADL and Scania MMCs.

Wednesday, 5 August 2020

Buses in North Devon: Part 2 other buses

Welcome to Part 2 this time the post will feature other buses that were seen whilst I was away a few weeks back. The post features unbranded Scanias, Euro 3 E400s and a dumped Trident. I hope you enjoy the buses that are on show in the post. All of these buses like the Waves were photographed using a mobile phone camera so no proper camera was used. 
Seen with a really scruffy advert holder and missing some of the advert was Euro 3 E400 19094

Dumped Trident in bright yellow it's not often you see a bus doing nothing.

ADL E400 Euro 3 19107 brought back so many memories of when Eastbourne ran some older examples in the form of the 06 and 56 plates which I miss loads here it's seen in the bus station. It was nice to see some Euro 3 E400s after almost 3 years.
Scania 15669 WA10 GHN is seen showing a Face mask blind in the Bus Station.
Unbranded Scania 15795 is seen laying over after coming in on a 155 and it was possible to do a nearside because of how it was parked.
Another early E400 this time 19109 MX07 HMG it's also seen in the Bus Station.
Finally a Scania from the same batch as 15795 is 15793 here it's also seen like 15795 having completed a 155 service.
I hope you enjoyed my posts of these lovely buses and overall, the area is pretty good for photos in particular the Bus Station where buses were so frequent coming in.

Tuesday, 4 August 2020

Buses in North Devon Part 1: North Devon Waves

I haven't been blogging for a few months now so have decided to blog after I went away the other week. I visited a place in Devon that I hadn't visited before and I was up in North Devon. I will be writing about the buses I had seen there in 2 parts the 1st part is all about the North Devon Wave with Scanias in a blue based livery. Part 2 will have other buses that I saw there, ranging from unbranded Scanias, ADL E400s and a Trident I had found on the site.

The North Devon Wave runs between Westward Ho! and Ilfracombe it uses mainly Scania E400s that have names on them and the blue based version of Beachball with other branding as well. Here are a selection of the Scania E400s that mainly do it. I wanted to make sure I had the chance to photograph them and a selection are shown here.

15884 WA13 GCY 'Amy Grace is seen showing a mask blind whilst in the bus station

15886 WA13 GDE 'Chloe' is seen in nearside form

15887 WA13 GDF 'Poppy' is also seen in the bus station

Another shot of 15886 seen with an ADL E400 behind showing the different combinations of ADL and Scania E400s.
15891 WA13 GDU 'Adam Luke' is also seen in the bus station this was the only Scania of the selection that the screen failed to show.

Finally we have 15890 'Isabelle Skye with unbranded Scania 15793 just behind that's one branded and one unbranded in one photo.

Sunday, 31 May 2020

15329 from being a Wave bus into the new livery.

This is my first post in a few months and it's based around the one bus. In this case it's Scania MMC 15329 which was part of the Wave 99 fleet and carried branding now it wears the new Stagecoach local livery. This is mainly used to identify buses that normally do the small routes like town routes. But 15329 is more suitable for long routes though like the Wave 99. 

Here are a few photos of 15329 from my very first photo of it to my most recent of it in the new colours.

I'm going to start with 15329 in Wave branding and my first set show that.

My first photo of it in December 2017 when it was driver training

15329 looks a bit lost as it works the 1A

Off route again this time doing an outing on route 6

Here is 15329 doing its allocated Wave 99 route in Eastbourne Town Centre

Off route again work the 5 service back in March this was my last photo of it in branding
 The new colours as mentioned earlier 15329 now has the new local livery here are a few of it near my house.
15329 works local route 1A again in Hampden Park Eastbourne

15329 is seen from a distance also doing the 1A but this was done as a clip and got a photo from that
It would be interesting to see what the next bus will be though.

Friday, 27 March 2020

Some very interesting workings from past few weeks

Bus spotting is impossible now with what has been going on recently and I haven't been able to see if there have been any odd workings in the local area as I haven't looked at the bus tracker for just over a week when there was a really interesting Loop working which was done by one of the Tridents. Here are a few interesting workings from the past few weeks all captured using my mobile phone starting with a recent to an interesting working from a few weeks ago.

Let's start with a Scania the 5/5A service uses a mixture of buses but one time in the past few weeks, there has been a Scania E400 on the normally Scania E300 working 15545 is seen working the route it had also worked the 99 the week before.

Here's 15545 on the Wave 99 a few weeks before

15545  GN59 EWU gets really adventurous on the 5A 
The Loop route normally uses E400s but ALX400 Trident 18160 was working the Anti-Clockwise of the route last week.
Trident 18160 GX54 DVA works the E400 operated Loop
 On a working normally done by an E200 sees E300 27579 work the 5A service last week so is classed an odd working.
E300 27579 works the 5A normally done by an E200
 Another interesting working on the Wave 99 early last week was Scania E400 15505 covering for 15329 on the route and 15328 was doing the other working covering 15330 I think here is 15505 picking up.
15505 GN09 BDE is seen working a Wave 99 service
 The 10 plate E200s hardly ever appear in the area but one did last week as demonstrated by 36123 GN10 JCZ.
White moustache E200 36123 works the 98
 Finally, another really rare working to note from a few weeks back was the use of a Wave Bus on the 5 Scania MMC 15329 does the honours.
15329 YN67 YLB works route 5

Monday, 2 March 2020

The sudden transfer of 15773

It's such a shame when Buses leave an area and transfer away for good leaving 3 others of the same batch behind. Well that was the case with Scania 15773 I first discovered about it when I came back from my mini  break and I feel sad that I wasn't able to get any recent photos of it in its final few weeks here which I should of. It left 15770, 15771 and 15772 behind all still doing the routes in the area.

What I've had to do is use some of the photos from last year of it as well as a few others which I have tried to get together to remember what was such a really good bus.
15773 is seen back in its Eastbourne days seen in Cornfield Road in Eastbourne Town Centre

15773 picks up in Gildredge Road with Scania MMC 15328 behind

15773 seen back in November or December 2019 the sun was a pain back then 

I sadly wasn't able to get any photos of it in its last weeks down here as back then, I didn't know it was leaving the fleet here is my final photo of 15773 on a 5A

Another photo of 15773 also from November 
It just shows how often the buses transfer away and I never was able to sample it when it did the 99 like I did with the others.