Monday, 20 March 2017

‘Scene’ in Manchester Picadilly Railway Station on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

A bright sunny day in Manchester no less.

 

I remember this station in steam days when it was smokey and gloomy and the sun did not shine in like it did on this visit.

 

I would like to say that I missed it, but I did’nt.

 


Class 323 227 ‘Northern Rail’ Electric Multiple Unit

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

 

Class 323 227 ‘Northern Rail’ Electric Multiple Unit on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

Class142 053 ‘Northern Rail’ Diesel Multiple Unit

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

 

Class142 053 ‘Northern Rail’ Diesel Multiple Unit on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

Class142 053 ‘Northern Rail’ Diesel Multiple Unit /1

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

 

Class142 053 ‘Northern Rail’ Diesel Multiple Unit /1 on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

Class 220 020 Voyager ‘Arriva Cross Country Trains’ Diesel Multiple Unit

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

 

Class 220 020 Voyager ‘Arriva Cross Country Trains’ Diesel Multiple Unit on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

Class 390 154 Pendolino ‘Virgin West Coast’ Electric Multiple Unit

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

 

Class 390 154 Pendolino ‘Virgin West Coast’ Electric Multiple Unit on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

Class 150 149 ‘Northern Rail’ Diesel Multiple Unit

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

 

Class 150 149 ‘Northern Rail’ Diesel Multiple Unit on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

Class 390 141 Pendolino ‘Virgin West Coast’ Electric Multiple Unit

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

 

Class 390 141 Pendolino ‘Virgin West Coast’ Electric Multiple Unit on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

Class 150 139 Northern Rail’ Diesel Multiple Unit

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

 

Class 150 139 Northern Rail’ Diesel Multiple Unit on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

‘Scene’ wearing new colours in Derby on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

‘Arriva Midland’s corporate livery is well established so the appearance of something different has to be remarked upon.

 

Carrying an overall light blue livery which would seem to be a close match to the blue used on the front of ‘Sapphire’ branded buses.

 

My understanding is that ‘Arriva’ group is to update its branding with a revised colour and a new logo.

 

I have not as yet seen the new logo.

 

Watch this space !!

 

FJ58 KXW ‘Arriva Midland’s No. 4222 ‘light blue’ Volvo B9TL / Wright Eclipse Gemini

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

 

FJ58 KXW ‘Arriva Midland’s No. 4222 ‘light blue’ Volvo B9TL / Wright Eclipse Gemini on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

FJ58 KXW ‘Arriva Midland’s No. 4222 ‘light blue’ Volvo B9TL / Wright Eclipse Gemini /1

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

 

FJ58 KXW ‘Arriva Midland’s No. 4222 ‘light blue’ Volvo B9TL / Wright Eclipse Gemini /1 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

FJ58 KXW ‘Arriva Midland’s No. 4222 ‘light blue’ Volvo B9TL / Wright Eclipse Gemini /2

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

 

FJ58 KXW ‘Arriva Midland’s No. 4222 ‘light blue’ Volvo B9TL / Wright Eclipse Gemini /2 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

FJ58 KXW ‘Arriva Midland’s No. 4222 ‘light blue’ Volvo B9TL / Wright Eclipse Gemini /3

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

 

FJ58 KXW ‘Arriva Midland’s No. 4222 ‘light blue’ Volvo B9TL / Wright Eclipse Gemini /3 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

When ‘yourbus’ of Heanor first appeared on the public transport scene their buses were painted in an uninspiring all over dark red.

 

At the ‘Bus & Coach’ show at the NEC in 2014, ‘yourbus’ introduced a new livery which was very much based on ‘Lothian Buses’ madder and white.

 

Buses acquired since then which has included Mercedes-Benz Citaro’s and Alexander Dennis Ltd. Enviro 200’s have carried the new livery.

 

Recently however, ‘old’ liveried buses are appearing in the ‘new’ livery and I must admit, they look very smart.

 

BF62 JYW ‘yourbus’ No. 3020 Mercedes-Benz Citaro

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

 

BF62 JYW ‘yourbus’ No. 3020 Mercedes-Benz Citaro on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

BF62 JYW ‘yourbus’ No. 3020 Mercedes-Benz Citaro /1

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

 

BF62 JYW ‘yourbus’ No. 3020 Mercedes-Benz Citaro /1 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

BF62 JYU ‘yourbus’ No. 3018 Mercedes-Benz Citaro /2

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

 

BF62 JYU ‘yourbus’ No. 3018 Mercedes-Benz Citaro /2 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

BF62 JYW ‘yourbus’ No. 3020 Mercedes-Benz Citaro /3

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

 

BF62 JYW ‘yourbus’ No. 3020 Mercedes-Benz Citaro /3 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

Sunday, 12 March 2017

‘Scene,’ further competition in Derby on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

Regular readers will know of my frequent reports from the East Midlands in general and the City of Derby in particular.

 

On December the 1st 2016, I published a blog detailing how ‘yourbus’ (yb) of Heanor were competing with ‘Arriva Midlands’ (AM) on two routes in Derby.

 

Well, the competition continues and has recently intensified with additional competition now on services 1 and 1A which serve the suburb of Alvaston and the Boulton Lane Estate.

 

From my observations, ‘AM’ are using VDL SB200’s with Wright bodies in special route branding. whilst yb’ are using Mercedes-Benz Citaro’s without any additional branding.

 

Looking at what is happening in Derby, it puts me in mind of what has happened in nearby Burton on Trent where ‘AM’ have given up most of the town services to competitor ‘Midland Classic’.

 

Could it happen in Derby ???

 

 



YJ59 BVG ‘Arriva Midlands’ No. 3745 ‘F1 livery’ VDL SB200 / Wright Pulsar

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

 

YJ59 BVG ‘Arriva Midlands’ No. 3745 ‘F1 livery’ VDL SB200 / Wright Pulsar on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

YJ59 BVF ‘Arriva Midlands’ No. 3744 ‘F1 livery’ VDL SB200 / Wright Pulsar

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

YJ59 BVF ‘Arriva Midlands’ No. 3744 ‘F1 livery’ VDL SB200 / Wright Pulsar on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 
 




YJ59 BVG ‘Arriva Midlands’ No. 3745 ‘F1 livery’ VDL SB200 / Wright Pulsar 1

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

 

YJ59 BVG ‘Arriva Midlands’ No. 3745 ‘F1 livery’ VDL SB200 / Wright Pulsar 1 on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

YJ59 BVF ‘Arriva Midlands’ No. 3744 ‘F1 livery’ VDL SB200 / Wright Pulsar /1

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

 

YJ59 BVF ‘Arriva Midlands’ No. 3744 ‘F1 livery’ VDL SB200 / Wright Pulsar /1 on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

BD64 NCE ‘yourbus’ No. 3104 Mercedes-Benz Citaro 

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

 

BD64 NCE ‘yourbus’ No. 3104 Mercedes-Benz Citaro /1 on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 



BD64 NCE ‘yourbus’ No. 3104 Mercedes-Benz Citaro /1

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

 

BD64 NCE ‘yourbus’ No. 3104 Mercedes-Benz Citaro /1 on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

BD64 NBZ ‘yourbus’ No. 3105 Mercedes-Benz Citaro

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

 

BD64 NCE ‘yourbus’ No. 3104 Mercedes-Benz Citaro /1 on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’






BD64 NBZ ‘yourbus’ No. 3105 Mercedes-Benz Citaro /1

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

 

BD64 NBZ ‘yourbus’ No. 3105 Mercedes-Benz Citaro /1 on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

Thursday, 9 March 2017

‘Scene’ Tuk Tuk’s on Madeira on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

This is my 400th. blog since I started blogging almost 4 years ago and I thought that something a bit more lighthearted than usual might be appropriate.

 

I think that the ‘Tuk Tuk’ originates in India and it is basically a motor scooter re worked to carry either additional passengers or freight.

 

Not cheap to hire but a lot of fun !

 

 

 

 

The four seater (5 if you include the driver)

 

Tuk Tuk’s on Madeira 1

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

 

Tuk Tuk’s on Madeira 1 on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrailways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

The 2 seater ‘sports’ version

 

Tuk Tuk’s on Madeira 2

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

 

Tuk Tuk’s on Madeira 2 on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrailways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

The 2 seater convertible

 

Tuk Tuk’s on Madeira 3

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

 

Tuk Tuk’s on Madeira 3 on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrailways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

How about a white one for a wedding ?

 

Tuk Tuk’s on Madeira  4

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

 

Tuk Tuk’s on Madeira 1 on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrailways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

 

Not quite a Tuk Tuk but a near relative.

 

I saw the operator of this with two ‘substantial’ passengers on board and if you know how hilly Madeira is, you will appreciate just what hard work these things are.


‘Daisy’ A bicycle made for 2 (or 3)

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

 

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Wednesday, 8 March 2017

‘Scene’ in the SouthWest 1. ‘Hop 22’ it in Devon on ‘Dennis Basfords railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

‘Stagecoach South West’s ‘Hop 22’ service runs from The South Devon College via Paignton,Torquay, Babbacombe to St Marychurch with an hourly extension that continues via Shalford, Teignmouth and Dawlish to terminate at Dawlish Warren.

 

In recent years I have used this service which allows me to walk from Dawlish Warren along the famous footpath back to Dawlish that has the main railway line to the right and the beach and the English Channel to the left.

 

In the past it has been run with standard ‘Stagecoach’ liveried deckers. However this time produced something different. Similar layout but with different colours.

 

I was also advised that other colour variations for other routes ‘might’ be in the pipeline !!

 

 

WA62 AKV ‘Stagecoach South West’ No. 15861 ‘hop 22’ Scania N230UD / Alexander Dennis Ltd. Enviro 400

on ‘Dennis Basfords railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

WA62 AKV ‘Stagecoach South West’ No. 15861 ‘hop 22’ Scania N230UD / Alexander Dennis Ltd. Enviro 400 on ‘Dennis Basfords railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

WA62 AKV ‘Stagecoach South West’ No. 15861 ‘hop 22’ Scania N230UD / Alexander Dennis Ltd. Enviro 400 /1

on ‘Dennis Basfords railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

WA62 AKV ‘Stagecoach South West’ No. 15861 ‘hop 22’ Scania N230UD / Alexander Dennis Ltd. Enviro 400 /1 on ‘Dennis Basfords railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

WA62 AKV ‘Stagecoach South West’ No. 15861 ‘hop 22’ Scania N230UD / Alexander Dennis Ltd. Enviro 400 /2

on ‘Dennis Basfords railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

WA62 AKV ‘Stagecoach South West’ No. 15861 ‘hop 22’ Scania N230UD / Alexander Dennis Ltd. Enviro 400 /2 on ‘Dennis Basfords railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

WA62 AKV ‘Stagecoach South West’ No. 15861 ‘hop 22’ Scania N230UD / Alexander Dennis Ltd. Enviro 400 /3

on ‘Dennis Basfords railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

WA62 AKV ‘Stagecoach South West’ No. 15861 ‘hop 22’ Scania N230UD / Alexander Dennis Ltd. Enviro 400 /3 on ‘Dennis Basfords railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’th

Saturday, 4 March 2017

‘Scene’ at Manchester’s Portland Street on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

One of the main thoroughfares in Manchester, it sees a lot of traffic but unfortunately, I was only there for a few minutes. None the less what I saw was quality.


Working from Wigan depot and seen branded for the X34 service serving Leigh from Manchester.


SN65 NZA ‘Stagecoach  Manchester’ 10445 Dennis Trident 2 / ADL Enviro 400MMC

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


SN65 NZA ‘Stagecoach  Manchester’ 10445 Dennis Trident 2 / ADL Enviro 400MMC on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

Seen in First’s ‘Vantage’ livery for use on the Leigh-Manchester guided busway (see blog dated 13th May 2016).

 

BL65 OXV ‘First Greater Manchester’ 39256 Volvo B5LH / Wright Eclipse Gemini 3

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


BL65 OXV ‘First Greater Manchester’ 39256 Volvo B5LH / Wright Eclipse Gemini 3 on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

The registration is a treasured one having appeared on previous vehicles in the fleet.

 

M300 TMG ‘Travel Master’, Manchester, Yutong TC9

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


M300 TMG ‘Travel Master’, Manchester Yutong TC9 on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

Seen in the ‘magic bus’ subsidiary livery.

 

MX08 GKO ‘Stagecoach Manchester’ 19232 Dennis Trident 2 / Alexander Enviro 400

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


MX08 GKO ‘Stagecoach Manchester’ 19232 Dennis Trident 2 / Alexander Enviro 400 on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

The livery is known as ‘First Dynamo’ and is ‘First’s way of highlighting the vehicles Hybrid credentials.

 

BN61 MWW ‘First Greater Manchester’ 39218 Volvo B5LH / Wright Eclipse Gemini 2

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


BN61 MWW ‘First Greater Manchester’ 39218 Volvo B5LH / Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

New to ‘Eavesway’, Ashton-in-Makerfield, then to ‘Brookline Coaches’, Ryarsh, Kent.

 

YJ06 LGD ‘Middletons’ Van Hool T917 Astron

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


YJ06 LGD ‘Middletons’ Van Hool T917 Astron on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

‘Scene’ working for ‘Transdev’ in Chorlton Street, Manchester on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’,

Chorlton Street is just one of many terminus points in Manchester being just off Portland Street and a minutes walk from Piccadilly Gardens.

 

Close by is the Coach Station which is used by many ‘National Express’ services.

 

Transdev’ use Chorlton Street as the terminus for its service ‘the witchway’  (my italics) linking Manchester through North Lancashire over the Yorkshire border to Skipton.

 

The ‘witch’ reference relates to the witches who were said to live on Pendle Hill near Burnley.

 

To refer to any of the following vehicles as buses is in my mind wrong. Although built on bus shells they are Coaches with all the services and comfort that that word implies these days.

 

BF63 HTP ‘Transdev’Burnley & Pendle’ No. 2774 Volvo B9TL / Wright Gemini Eclipse

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

 

BF63 HTP ‘Transdev’Burnley & Pendle’ No. 2774 Volvo B9TL / Wright Gemini Eclipse on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

BF63 HTP ‘Transdev’Burnley & Pendle’ No. 2774 Volvo B9TL / Wright Gemini Eclipse /1

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

 

BF63 HTP ‘Transdev’Burnley & Pendle’ No. 2774 Volvo B9TL / Wright Gemini Eclipse /1 on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 




BF63 HTP ‘Transdev’Burnley & Pendle’ No. 2774 Volvo B9TL / Wright Gemini Eclipse/ 2

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

 

BF63 HTP ‘Transdev’Burnley & Pendle’ No. 2774 Volvo B9TL / Wright Gemini Eclipse/ 2 on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 


BF63 HTP ‘Transdev’ Burnley & Pendle’ No. 2774 Volvo B9TL / Wright Gemini Eclipse /3 

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

 

BF63 HTP ‘Transdev’ Burnley & Pendle’ No. 2774 Volvo B9TL / Wright Gemini Eclipse /3  ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

More recently (April 2016) a new service, the X41 ‘redexpress’ has been launched from Manchester to Blackburn.

 

This uses Volvo B7TL/Wright Gemini Eclipse buses cascaded from ‘Transdev’s X36 service that runs from Leeds to Ripon. (This service having had new rolling stock).

 

X2 VTD ‘Transdev Lancashire United’ No. 3602 Volvo B7TL / Wright Eclipse Gemini

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

 

X2 VTD ‘Transdev Lancashire United’ No. 3602 Volvo B7TL / Wright Eclipse Gemini on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’



X2 VTD ‘Transdev Lancashire United’ No.3602 Volvo B7TL / Wright Eclipse Gemini /1

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

 

X2 VTD ‘Transdev Lancashire United’ No.3602 Volvo B7TL / Wright Eclipse Gemini /1 on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’