Thursday, 31 December 2015

New route branding introduced

Good evening everyone, welcome to my new blog post. You may remember that in Summer this year, I published a blog post on SP60 Enviro400s replacing ADL Enviro300s on the 1/1A. Very recently, new ONE branding was introduced after the route not being branded for a while because the Enviro300s lost their 1/1A branding last year and earlier this year. This is because of some service changes taking place next Monday that involve the 1/1A.
Only one Bus wears the new ONE branding at the moment and it is ADL Enviro400 19652 ( SP60 DPU ) which was one of a batch new in 2010 to the Tayway 73 in Scotland. The new ONE branding is really basic and it isn't very detailed. 19652 was taken out of service for a number of weeks to under go its transformation. It has been repainted, had its purple removed from the destination blind, had its fleet number applied again and the new branding applied.
19652 and similar 19648 in Terminus Road

A rear shot of 19652 with the branding where the engine is

Front shot of 19652
This is just the first Bus to receive the branding and with the other members of batch to follow in the new year. I boarded this today and it is still sounds the same as it did when I last went on it. Although it is really basic, Stagecoach have done a really good job with the branding.

Thursday, 17 December 2015

RRBS last Sunday part 2 Go - Ahead companies

Welcome to part 2 of my Rail Replacement post at Eastbourne last Sunday. Part 1 was on the independents that did it so if you haven't read that one yet, then I think you should read that one first before reading this one. The Go - Ahead 
companies involved were:

Brighton & Hove
Go - Ahead London

This one won't be as wordy as Part 1 because I explained in part 1 the stations they were running in between. Enjoy the read :-)
Brighton & Hove South Downs Volvo B9TL/Gemini 2 490 BJ63 UJU

Go - Ahead London E40D\Enviro400 E214 SN61 DDL

E214 SN61 DDL

Rear view of 490 BJ63 UJU

Brighton & Hove Gemini 2 Coach 551 BF12 KXT

490 BJ63 UJU

E214 SN61 DDL at the front

Go - Ahead London E40D\Enviro400 E211 SN61 DDF

MetroBus Enviro200 6735 SN12 AAF

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

RRBS last Sunday Past 1 independent Bus companies

Good Evening everyone, welcome to my new blog post. You have seen quite a few of my posts on Rail Replacement Bus Services in Eastbourne. Last Sunday, engineering works closed the Railway line between Eastbourne and Lewes. Buses were drafted in to provide a Replacement Bus service between the 2 stations. This is a 2 part blog 1 part is on the independent Bus companies and part 2 is going to be on the Go - Ahead Companies. Most of the independent Bus companies that did it are mentioned in this post.

Seaford and District provided some of their B7TL ALX400s and a Trident ALX400, whilst Southern Transit provided a couple of their Ex - Stagecoach London Trident ALX400s.

Seaford and District Volvo ALX400 AV20 X20 SEA

Southern Transit Trident ALX400 TA400 Y514 NHK

TA400 in front of a Seaford and District Trident

Southern Transit Trident ALX400 TA406 Y517 NHK

A close up shot of Seaford and District AV20 X20 SEA
TA406 Y517 NHK
 Both of these companies have run extras in London before due to Tube Strikes. Part 2 of this series will follow within the next couple of days enjoy the read.

Monday, 14 December 2015

Olympian back in service in the South East

Good Evening everyone, welcome to my small blog post nothing much to report tonight. Stagecoach Volvo Olympian 16380 ( N380 LPN ) made a return to service a few weeks ago after being withdrawn for sometime. It transferred to Hastings depot late Summer this year from Thanet. It only managed a week in service then it was withdrawn because of some problems with the Bus. 

After being parked in death row alongside some other withdrawn Buses 16380 came back to life. I have seen it a few times now on the 98 and here are my 2 photos of it.

Close up shot of 16380

Far out shot of 16380

Some enthusiasts in Thanet called it the beast and they want it preserved as well this petition some time ago got loads of Signatures.

Monday, 30 November 2015

Photos of the month November 2015

We have now come to the end of another month and that means it's Bus photos of the month time for November 2015. I've selected my best bus photos of each type of bus I've photographed this month a representative of each bus is shown with ADL Enviro400s we have a representative from the Ex Tayway 73 batch and one that was with Manchester, the representatives are:

17623 V623 DJA - Longer Trident/ALX400
19648 SP60 DTF - Ex Tayway 73  
28606 GN61 EVK - Scania Enviro300
19019 MX06 XAU - Ex - Manchester Enviro400
15588 GX10 HAA - Scania Enviro400 Coastliner 700
27518 GX06 DYY - Enviro300 - TransBus body
36903 GN13 HHU - Eastbourne Loop Enviro200
47066 SF04 SKK - Optare Solo
35102 SP06 FMZ - ADL Pointer Dart
17529 LX51 FON - Shorter Trident/ALX400
17623 V623 DJA on the 99
19648 SP60 DTF on the 51

28606 GN61 EVK on the Eastbourne Loop

19019 MX06 XAU on the 51

15588 GX10 HAA on a Rail Replacement Service

27518 GX06 DYY

36903 GN13 HHU on the Eastbourne Loop

47066 SF04 SKK on the 3

35102 SP06 FMZ on the 99

17529 LX51 FON on the 99
That's it for this month hope you enjoy the read.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Trident that made a comeback to Eastbourne for a little bit

Good evening everyone and welcome to my new blog post. You may remember that months ago I paid tribute to Trident/ALX400 18529 ( GX06 DYT ) on its move from Eastbourne to Ashford back in March/April this year. I knew I wouldn't see it again but months later 18529 came back to Eastbourne to cover for an Enviro400 that went to Ashford possibly for a repaint for one week only and this is what my blog post is going to be about. You all are possibly aware at Ashford 18529 has had quite a few problems ouch.

Picture time now:

A rather dirty looking 18529 on the 51

18529 leading a Solo and Enviro400 the Enviro400 I think is an SP60 

18529 waiting to do a trip on the 99

18529 loading sorry about blind not showing in this one

18529 on the 1 all the way to Hailsham
I only found out about this last week when someone sent a message saying they feel sorry for me because Stagecoach Eastbourne were getting 18529 for a little while enjoy the read. :-)

Friday, 13 November 2015

Double Deckers on Loop revisited

Good Evening everyone,welcome to my new blog post. You may remember ages ago I wrote a post on Double Deckers on the Loop a route that is meant to be operated by Enviro200s. Well since that last post I did, my phone, which I've used as my camera has caught some more Double Deckers on the Loop because more Double Deckers have appeared on it since that last post I've not taken pics of all the Double Deckers I've seen on it just some.

The Loop can be a bit busy sometimes with the Single Deckers that are allocated to it so Stagecoach have started to put Double Deckers on it a bit releasing some of the Enviro200s to other routes like the 1/1A. The Double Decker Buses I've included in this post are: 19049 ( MX56 FRU ), 19654 ( SP60 DPX ), 18173 ( GX54 DVR ), 17529 ( LX51 FON ), 17528 ( LX51 FOM ), 19650 ( SP60 DTN ) and 19651 ( SP60 DPO ). Enough of that onto the pictures:
Enviro400 19049 ( MX56 FRU ) on the Eastbourne Loop 

Enviro400 19654 ( SP60 DPX ) on the Eastbourne Loop

Trident/ALX400 18173 ( GX54 DVR ) on the Eastbourne Loop

Trident/ALX400 17529 ( LX51 FON ) on the Eastbourne Loop

Trident/ALX400 17528 ( LX51 FOM ) on the Eastbourne Loop

Enviro400 19650 ( SP60 DTN ) on the Eastbourne Loop

19654 ( SP60 DPX ) 

Enviro400 19651 ( SP60 DPO ) on the Eastbourne Loop
After I write this post there might be more Double Deckers appearing on the Eastbourne Loop. Look out for my picture of 19651 ( SP60 DPO ) on Flickr because that will be up in the next few days this post is like another part to the one I did in September.

Thursday, 5 November 2015

More and More Rail Replacement

Welcome everyone to my new blog post, you may remember that a few weeks ago I did a Rail Replacement post on some of the Buses that replaced trains due to engineering works. Well last Sunday Buses and Coaches replaced trains again this time between Eastbourne and Lewes. I would like to thank Harry P for letting me know about the Rail Replacement the day before and in advance. Without you I wouldn't of known about it. 

So last Sunday I headed into town and the Station to see what was being used on it. This time Stagecoach South and Renown did it along with Southern Transit and Seaford and District as well as some Coach companies now onto the pictures.

Stagecoach South: 
Coastliner 700 branded Scania N230UD/Enviro400 15588 GX10 HAA resting in Terminus Road

Doesn't that branding look stunning 15588 GX10 HAA
Trident/ALX400 75 T675 KPU still showing Stagecoach fleet number 17075 at Eastbourne Train Station

38 Y438 NHK still showing Stagecoach fleet number 17438
 Seaford and District:
A beast of a Bus Volvo B7TL/ALX400 AV20 X20 SEA at Eastbourne Train Station

A close up shot of AV20 X20 SEA 
 Southern Transit:
Southern Transit Y517 NHK at the front of the line in Eastbourne Train Station with a Southern Transit Scania in the back ground

Y386 NHK not a good photo but I've decided to put it on this post
What a good Sunday afternoon it was and to make it better I got my favourite Scania Enviro300 back 28606 GN61 EVK.