Friday, 18 August 2017

‘Scene’ going Solo in Leicester on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

The Optare Solo is not the prettiest bus but it has served many operators and served them well.

 

A small selection from a quick visit.


YJ09 MJY ‘Arriva Midlands’ No. 2528 ‘Blue livery’ Optare Solo M950

on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

I did not expect to see one of ‘Arriva’s old Solo’s to appear in the new livery but here one is.

 

YJ09 MJY ‘Arriva Midlands’ No. 2528 ‘Blue livery’ Optare Solo M950 on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

YJ58 VCG ‘Arriva Midlands’ No. 2408 Optare Solo M950

on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

A direct comparison between the new and old liveries seen here only goes to show how dark and dismal the old livery is.

 

New to ‘Arriva The Shires’.


YJ58 VCG ‘Arriva Midlands’ No. 2408 Optare Solo M950 on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 


YJ56 AUN ‘Centrebus’ No. 251 Optare Solo M990

on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

New to ‘Dunn-Line’, Nottingham as it No. 5608.

 

YJ56 AUN ‘Centrebus’ No. 251 Optare Solo M990 on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

MX06 BPO ‘Centrebus’ No. 385 Optare Solo M920

on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

New to ‘Huyton Travel’, Liverpool as its No. 64.

 

MX06 BPO ‘Centrebus’ No. 385 Optare Solo M920 on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

YJ06 YRX ‘Centrebus’ No. 254 Optare Solo M920

on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’ 

 

New to ‘Paul James’, Hugglescote, Leicestershire as its No.38.

 

YJ06 YRX ‘Centrebus’ No. 254 Optare Solo M920 on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

‘Scene’ in Melton Mowbray on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

It has been several years since I last featured Melton Mowbray so it was due for a re visit.

 

The town, situated in North Leicestershire is more famous for Stilton cheese and Pork Pies than it is for its buses but it was the buses I was here to see. (I also sampled the cheese as well).

 

Very much a ‘Centrebus’ town, there is only one service operated by another operator which is ‘Arriva Midlands’ service 5A to Leicester.

 

 

Melton Mowbray bus routes listing

on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

Melton Mowbray bus routes listing on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

 

YX16 OKF ‘Arriva Midlands’ No. 4527 Alexander Dennis Ltd. E40D / Enviro 400MMC

on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

YX16 OKF ‘Arriva Midlands’ No. 4527 Alexander Dennis Ltd. Enviro 400MMC on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 


‘Centrebus’ major route through the town is the ‘five counties’ branded service19 that links Nottingham with Peterborough. A journey of nearly 60 miles.

 

The ‘five’ counties incidentally are Cambridgeshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and Rutland.

 

On the day I was there, it was being operated with a mixture of buses. (see also blog dated 27/04/2017 which covers an additional bus on this service).

 

 

YY64 GWG ‘Centrebus No. 532 Alexander Dennis Ltd. E20D / ADL Enviro 200

on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

YY64 GWG ‘Centrebus No. 532 Alexander Dennis Ltd. E20D / ADL Enviro 200 on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 


KB10 BUS ‘Centrebus’ No. 758 VDL SB200 / Wright Pulsar 2

on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

Note the different livery application on this bus that came into the ‘Centrebus’ fleet when ‘Kimes of Folkingham’ was taken over in 2011.

 

 

KB10 BUS ‘Centrebus’ No. 758 VDL SB200 / Wright Pulsar 2 on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 


‘Centrebus’ service 8 passes through the town on its way to and from Loughborough and Grantham.

YX63 LGJ ‘Centrebus’ No. 505 Alexander Dennis Ltd. Enviro 200

on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

YX63 LGJ ‘Centrebus’ No. 505 Alexander Dennis Ltd. Enviro 200 on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

 

 



YH63 CXC ‘Centrebus’ No. 670 VDL SB180 / MCV Evolution

on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

YH63 CXC ‘Centrebus’ No. 670 VDL SB180 / MCV Evolution on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

 

 

On my previous visits to Melton, the local services were being operated by Plaxton bodied Mini Pointer Dennis Darts.

 

These seem to have gone and have been replacedby baby Optare Solo’s.

 

 

YJ11 EKF ‘Centrebus’ No. 324 Optare Solo M780

on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

This one was was new to ‘network warrington’.

 

YJ11 EKF ‘Centrebus’ No. 324 Optare Solo M780 on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

 



MX07 JNN ‘Centrebus’ No. 394 Optare Solo M780

on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

 

MX07 JNN ‘Centrebus’ No. 394 Optare Solo M780 on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

 

 



YJ11 EKC ‘Centrebus’ No. 322 Optare Solo M780

on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

This one was was new to ‘network warrington’.

YJ11 EKC ‘Centrebus’ No. 322 Optare Solo M780 on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

 

Standard sized Solo’s were also in service.

 

YJ60 LPZ ‘Centrebus’ No. 399 Optare Solo M950

on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

YJ60 LPZ 399

 

 

S20 PJC ‘Centrebus’ No. 242 Optare Solo M950

on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

S20 PJC ‘Centrebus’ No. 242 Optare Solo M950 on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

 

 B3 CEC ‘Viking Travel’ Dennis Javelin / Plaxton Paramount

on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

Formerly registered J718 KBC when new to ‘Pailton’, Warwickshire in 1992 and a real ‘blast from the past’.

 

B3 CEC ‘Viking Travel’ Dennis Javelin / Plaxton Paramount on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

‘Scene’ at the Midland Railway Trust (MRT). Class 20’s at Butterley on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

The Class 20 locomotives of ‘British Railways’ or ‘British Rail’ (BR) as it became were built to an English Electric design by both English Electric at Newton-le-Willows and by Robert Stephenson & Hawthorn at Darlington between 1957 to 1968.

 

One of the more successful of the early diesels, the class totalling 228 is still widely seen both in preservation and still in service.

 

 

8001 ‘British Rail’ Class 20 loco /1

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

8001 ‘British Rail’ Class 20 loco /1 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

8001 ‘British Rail’ Class 20 loco /2

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

8001 ‘British Rail’ Class 20 loco /2 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

 

20 189 ‘British Rail’ Class 20 loco /1

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

20 189 ‘British Rail’ Class 20 loco /1 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

20 189 ‘British Rail’ Class 20 loco /2

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

20 189 ‘British Rail’ Class 20 loco /2 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk




20 205 ‘British Rail’ Class 20 loco /1

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

20 205 ‘British Rail’ Class 20 loco /1 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

20 205 ‘British Rail’ Class 20 loco /2

on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

20 205 ‘British Rail’ Class 20 loco /2 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

Saturday, 5 August 2017

‘Scene’ in Kings Lynn, ‘Other Operators’ on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

For my earlier blog on ‘Stagecoach Group’ in Kings Lynn go to blog dated 27/07/2017.

 

‘Lynx’, the trading arm of ‘Coastal Red Ltd’. is a relative newcomer on North Norfolk bus services having started operations in January 2015.

 

The fleet smartly turned out in a red livery consists largely of Optare Tempo’s which is a bit unusual.

 

 

YJ05 JWZ ‘Lynx’ No.1 Optare Tempo X1060

on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

Formerly with ‘Reay’s of Wigton’ in a blue and silver livery.

 

YJ05 JWZ ‘Lynx’ No.1 Optare Tempo X1060 on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

 

YJ55 BKK ‘Lynx’ No.4 Optare Tempo X1200

on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

Previoulsy with ‘Arriva Wales’ on the ‘Traws Cambria’ service and then with ‘Marchants of Cheltenham’.


YJ55 BKK ‘Lynx’ No.4 Optare Tempo X1200 on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

 

YJ55 BKU ‘Lynx’ No 5 Optare Tempo X1200

on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

Previoulsy with ‘Arriva Wales’ on the ‘Traws Cambria’ service and then with ‘Marchants of Cheltenham’.


YJ55 BKU ‘Lynx’ No 5 Optare Tempo X1200 on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

 

YJ55 BKV Lynx No. 6 Optare Tempo X1200

on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

Previoulsy with ‘Arriva Wales’ on the ‘Traws Cambria’ service and then with ‘Marchants of Cheltenham’.

YJ55 BKV Lynx No. 6 Optare Tempo X1200 on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 


PF10 MDY ‘Lynx’ No. 9 Optare Tempo X1060

on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

Previously with ‘South Lancs Transport’ (registered T800 SLT) who were taken over in 2015 by the ‘Rotala’ group and became ‘Diamond Bus Northwest’.

 

PF10 MDY ‘Lynx’ No. 9 Optare Tempo X1060 on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

 

YJ58 CEY ‘Lynx’ No. 7 Optare Tempo X1060

on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

Previously with ‘South Lancs Transport’ (registered T100 SLT) who were taken over in 2015 by the ‘Rotala’ group and became ‘Diamond Bus Northwest’. Still wearing its basic ‘Diamond Bus Northwest’ blue livery.

 

YJ58 CEY ‘Lynx’ No. 7 Optare Tempo X1060 on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

 

YJ58 CEY ‘Lynx’ No. 7 Optare Tempo X1060 /2

on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

Previously with ‘South Lancs Transport’ (registered T100 SLT) who were taken over in 2015 by the ‘Rotala’ group and became ‘Diamond Bus Northwest’. Still wearing its basic ‘Diamond Bus Northwest’ blue livery.

 

YJ58 CEY ‘Lynx’ No. 7 Optare Tempo X1060 /2 on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

 

YX63 LKF ‘First Eastern Counties’ X1EXCEL No. 33817 Dennis Trident 2 / ADL Enviro 400

on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

YX63 LKF ‘First Eastern Counties’ X1EXCEL No. 33817 Dennis Trident 2 / ADL Enviro 400 on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

 

YN03 UWK ‘Coach Services’ Scania CN94UM OmniCity

on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

YN03 UWK ‘Coach Services’ Scania CN94UM OmniCity on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

‘Scene’, when a ‘Red Gas’ descends on Nottingham on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

Nottingham’s Scania/ Aexander Dennis gas powered double deckers are slowly coming into service.

 

See blog dated 13th July 2017 for the earlier introductions.

 

This time its on ‘Red Line 44’.

 

I think that the very strong red with the silver grey looks magnificent!

 

YP17 UGC ‘Nottingham City Transport’ No. 411 ‘Red Line 44’ Scania N280UD / Alexander Dennis Enviro 400CBG City /1

on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

YP17 UGC ‘Nottingham City Transport’ No. 411 ‘Red Line 44’ Scania N280UD / Alexander Dennis Enviro 400CBG City /1 on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

YP17 UGH ‘Nottingham City Transport’ No. 416 ‘Red Line 44’ Scania N280UD / Alexander Dennis Enviro 400CBG City

on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

YP17 UGH ‘Nottingham City Transport’ No. 416 ‘Red Line 44’ Scania N280UD / Alexander Dennis Enviro 400CBG City on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 



YP17 UGC ‘Nottingham City Transport’ No. 411 ‘Red Line 44 Scania N280UD / Alexander Dennis Enviro 400CBG City /2

on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

YP17 UGC ‘Nottingham City Transport’ No. 411 ‘Red Line 44 Scania N280UD / Alexander Dennis Enviro 400CBG City /2 on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 




YP17 UGC ‘Nottingham City Transport’ No. 411 Scania Red Line 4 N280UD / Alexander Dennis Enviro 400CBG City /3

on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

YP17 UGC ‘Nottingham City Transport’ No. 411 Scania Red Line 4 N280UD / Alexander Dennis Enviro 400CBG City /3 on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’


Monday, 31 July 2017

‘Scene’, Tidy in Turquoise in Nottingham on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

On the 16th. of July 2017, I published a blog which featured amongst others ‘trentbarton’ having re deployed Volvo B7RLE / Wright buses last used on ‘the mickleover’ service in Derby to 

‘the keyworth’ in Nottingham.

 

Well, they have done it again. This time on to what was ‘the cotgrave connection’ which is now simply ’the cotgrave’.

 

FJ09 BXO ‘trentbarton’ No. 734 ‘the cotgrave’ Volvo B7RLE / Wright Eclipse /1

on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

FJ09 BXO ‘trentbarton’ No. 734 ‘the cotgrave’ Volvo B7RLE / Wright Eclipse /1 on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

FJ09 BXM ‘trentbarton’ No. 732 ‘the cotgrave’ Volvo B7RLE / Wright Eclipse 

on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

FJ09 BXM ‘trentbarton’ No. 732 ‘the cotgrave’ Volvo B7RLE / Wright Eclipse  on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

FJ09 BXO ‘trentbarton’ No. 734 ‘the cotgrave’ Volvo B7RLE / Wright Eclipse /2

on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

FJ09 BXO ‘trentbarton’ No. 734 ‘the cotgrave’ Volvo B7RLE / Wright Eclipse /2 on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

FJ09 BXO ‘trentbarton’ No. 734 ‘the cotgrave’ Volvo B7RLE / Wright Eclipse /3

on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

FJ09 BXO ‘trentbarton’ No. 734 ‘the cotgrave’ Volvo B7RLE / Wright Eclipse /3 on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

Sunday, 30 July 2017

‘Scene’ at Manchester International Airport on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

Question? When is a military transport aircraft not a military transport aircraft?

 

Answer. When it is a military transport aircraft on lease to a civilian operator.

 

Nine Airbus Voyager KC2/3’s were acquired for the Royal Air Force for use in the air tanker role between 2011 and 2014 serialed ZZ330 to ZZ338

 

In addition four Airbus A.330-243’s were bought and allocated the serials ZZ339 to ZZ342.

 

The operation of the aircraft is managed by a civilian contractor called ‘Air Tanker’ and part of their remit is to lease out to civilian operators spare capacity that is not immediately needed.

 

An excellent arrangement that gets the best utilization out of the fleet.

 

It should be stressed that although allocated a military serial the aircraft has not as far as I can determine ever flown with its serial on display although it has flown in the RAF’s grey colour scheme.

 

 

 

G-VYGL (ZZ341) ‘Jet2’ Airbus A.330-243 /1

on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

 

First flown 17/07/2104  as F-WWYI, then to EC-336 for fitting out in Spain and delivered to the RAF  as G-VYGL 22/06/2015.

 

G-VYGL (ZZ341) ‘Jet2’ Airbus A.330-243 /1 on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

G-VYGL (ZZ341) ‘Jet2’ Airbus A.330-243 /2

on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

 

G-VYGL (ZZ341) ‘Jet2’ Airbus A.330-243 /2 on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’