Monday, 16 October 2017

‘Scene’. New Buses on ‘the allestree’ in Derby 15/10/2017 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

Allestree is an upmarket suburb of the City of Derby and its inhabitants have been treated to some new buses by ‘trentbarton’

 

The Optare Solo SR’s that the new Alexander Dennis Ltd. (ADL) E20D’s with ‘ADL’ Enviro 200MMC bodywork are replacing are themselves only five years old but the extra capacity will be useful.

 

They were launched to the public in Derby Market Place on Sunday 15th. October 2017 prior to going into service on Monday 16th.

 

Also invited to the occasion was a selection of preserved buses from ‘Trent’, ‘Midland General’ and ‘Barton’ Fleets.

 

 

YX67 VGC ‘trentbarton’ No. 166 ’the allestree’ Alexander Dennis Ltd. E20D /  ‘ADL’ Enviro 200MMC

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

 

YX67 VGC ‘trentbarton’ No. 166 ’the allestree’ Alexander Dennis Ltd. E20D /  ‘ADL’ Enviro 200MMC on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

YX67 VGE ‘trentbarton’ No. 168 ’the allestree’ Alexander Dennis Ltd. E20D /  ‘ADL’ Enviro 200MMC /1

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


YX67 VGE ‘trentbarton’ No. 168 ’the allestree’ Alexander Dennis Ltd. E20D /  ‘ADL’ Enviro 200MMC /1 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

YX67 VGE ‘trentbarton’ No. 168 ’the allestree’ Alexander Dennis Ltd. E20D /  ‘ADL’ Enviro 200MMC /2

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


YX67 VGE ‘trentbarton’ No. 168 ’the allestree’ Alexander Dennis Ltd. E20D /  ‘ADL’ Enviro 200MMC /1 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

YX67 VGE ‘trentbarton’ No. 168 ’the allestree’ Alexander Dennis Ltd. E20D /  ‘ADL’ Enviro 200MMC /3

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

 

YX67 VGE ‘trentbarton’ No. 168 ’the allestree’ Alexander Dennis Ltd. E20D /  ‘ADL’ Enviro 200MMC /3 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 



YX67 VGE ‘trentbarton’ No. 168 ’the allestree’ Alexander Dennis Ltd. E20D /  ‘ADL’ Enviro 200MMC Seating 1

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

 

YX67 VGE ‘trentbarton’ No. 168 ’the allestree’ Alexander Dennis Ltd. E20D /  ‘ADL’ Enviro 200MMC Seating 1 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

YX67 VGE ‘trentbarton’ No. 168 ’the allestree’ Alexander Dennis Ltd. E20D /  ‘ADL’ Enviro 200MMC Seating 2

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

 

YX67 VGE ‘trentbarton’ No. 168 ’the allestree’ Alexander Dennis Ltd. E20D /  ‘ADL’ Enviro 200MMC Seating 2 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

Saturday, 14 October 2017

‘Scene’ in Leeds City Bus Station (LCBS) on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

The variety and quality on display at ‘LCBS’ are outstanding. 

 

The only down side particularly on a bright sunny day is that it is almost totally surrounded by railings, overhanging  trees, shrubs and of course the bus station building.

 

Hard work for the photographer !

 

 

YJ16 DWM ‘Keighley & District’ No. 243 ’Aireline’ Optare Versa V1170

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

 

YJ16 DWM ‘Keighley & District’ No. 243 ’Aireline’ Optare Versa V1170 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

YJ67 FZC ‘Keighley & District’ No. 276 ’Aireline’ Optare Versa V1170 /1

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

 

YJ67 FZC ‘Keighley & District’ No. 276 ’Aireline’ Optare Versa V1170 /1 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’ 0336

 

 

 

YJ67 FZC ‘Keighley & District’ No. 276 ’Aireline’ Optare Versa V1170 /2

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

 

YJ67 FZC ‘Keighley & District’ No. 276 ’Aireline’ Optare Versa V1170 /2 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’ 335

 

 

 

YJ67 FZC ‘Keighley & District’ No. 276 ’Aireline’ Optare Versa V1170 /3

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

 

YJ67 FZC ‘Keighley & District’ No. 276 ’Aireline’ Optare Versa V1170 /3 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

'Scene' at ‘Coach & Bus UK17’ part 6 on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

The annual pilgrimage to the NEC seems to come round quicker every year.

 

This years offerings were a bit disappointing because out of the major UK bus manufacturers neither Optare nor the Wright group attended.

 

However there was still plenty of interest.

 

I come to the end of my ‘Coach & Bus UK17’ coverage with a few other items that I found interesting.

 

 

 

‘Coach & Bus UK17’ Irizar i4h /1

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

 

Irizar featured on my first blog of this series and here they are again with what is claimed to be the UK’s first Hybrid Coach.

 

‘Coach & Bus UK17’ Irizar i4h /1 on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

‘Coach & Bus UK17’ Irizar i4h /2

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

 

‘Coach & Bus UK17’ Irizar i4h /2 on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

‘Coach & Bus UK17’ ‘kingsferry’ Irizar i6s

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

 

As Bernard Matthews used to say

         “Bootiful, just bootiful”.

 

‘Coach & Bus UK17’ ‘kingsferry’ Irizar i6s on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

‘Coach & Bus UK17’ Van Hool TX16 Acron 13.2M

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

 

 

A stunning image celebrating 70 years of Van Hool.

 

‘Coach & Bus UK17’ Van Hool TX16 Acron 13.2M on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

‘Coach & Bus UK17’ ‘Hemmings Holidays’ VDL Futura FHD2 MX11

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

 

‘Coach & Bus UK17’ ‘Hemmings Holidays’ VDL Futura FHD2 MX11 on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

‘Coach & Bus UK17’ ‘arriva bus and coach’ Van Hool EX15H

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

 

A stylish coach from a quality constructor. I do not know what the current production situation is but the only other time I have seen one of these was at last years show.

 

‘Coach & Bus UK17’ ‘arriva bus and coach’ Van Hool EX15H on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

‘Coach & Bus UK17’ ‘arriva bus and coach’ Temsa Safari HD 12RHD

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

 

It seems to have been around for some time but I have not seen many.

 

‘Coach & Bus UK17’ ‘arriva bus and coach’ Temsa Safari HD 12RHD on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

‘Coach & Bus UK17’ Alexander Dennis Ltd. (ADL) Enviro 200 demonstrator

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

 

With the new ‘ADL’ E20D / ADL Enviro 200MMC well established and I would think the UK’s current best selling single decker I was surprised to see ‘ADL’ still pushing the old styling which presumably comes with a Euro 5 engine?

 

‘Coach & Bus UK17’ Alexander Dennis Ltd. (ADL) Enviro 200 demonstrator on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

'Scene' at ‘Coach & Bus UK17’ part 5 on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

The annual pilgrimage to the NEC seems to come round quicker every year.

 

This years offerings were a bit disappointing because out of the major UK bus manufacturers neither Optare nor the Wright group attended.

 

However there was still plenty of interest.

 

Ayats, the Spanish coachbuilder has ventured into the British market a number of times, usually with large, high capacity coaches.

 

Their offering is another of the same which carries the name ‘Eclipse’.

 

On close examination it is a very impressive vehicle.

 

JH67 COM ‘jhcoaches.com’  Scania / Ayats Eclipse

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

 

JH67 COM ‘jhcoaches.com’  Scania / Ayats Eclipse on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

‘Coach & Bus UK17’ MAN / Ayats Eclipse

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

 

‘Coach & Bus UK17’ MAN / Ayats Eclipse on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

Mercedes-Benz have been making appearances at the NEC for a long time .

 

This year they have introduced a re worked ‘Tourismo’ coach

 

With some 30,000 or more of the earlier version having been produced the new one will have to go a long way to ‘Eclipse’ it !

 

‘Coach & Bus UK17’ Mercedes-Benz Tourismo RHD /1

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

 

‘Coach & Bus UK17’ Mercedes-Benz Tourismo RHD /1 on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

‘Coach & Bus UK17’ Mercedes-Benz Tourismo RHD /2

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

 

‘Coach & Bus UK17’ Mercedes-Benz Tourismo RHD /2 on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

 

On a nearby stand, ‘Dawson Rentals’ had the earlier Tourismo on display allowing direct comparisons to be made between the two variants.

 

 

‘Coach & Bus UK17’ Mercedes-Benz Tourismo

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

 

‘Coach & Bus UK17’ Mercedes-Benz Tourismo on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

Monday, 9 October 2017

‘Scene’ today (09/10/17) in Nottingham on ‘skylink’ on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

I am taking a short break from my coverage of last week’s ‘Coach and Bus UK17’ to bring some ‘hot news’ from Nottingham.

 

‘trentbarton’ continue to introduce new Alexander Dennis Ltd. (ADL) E20D’s with ‘ADL’ Enviro 200MMC bodies.

 

The latest tranche are on the ‘skylink’ service linking Nottingham with Loughborough and Coalville via the East Midlands Airport.

 

They will be replacing Wright bodied Scania L94UB’s on that service.

 


YX67 VFB ‘trentbarton’ No. 124 ‘skylink’ Alexander Dennis Ltd. E20D / ‘ADL’ Enviro 200MMC

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

 

YX67 VFB ‘trentbarton’ No. 124 ‘skylink’ Alexander Dennis Ltd. E20D / ‘ADL’ Enviro 200MMC on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

YX67 VFC ‘trentbarton’ No. 125 ‘skylink’ Alexander Dennis Ltd. E20D / ‘ADL’ Enviro 200MMC /1

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

 

YX67 VFC ‘trentbarton’ No. 125 ‘skylink’ Alexander Dennis Ltd. E20D / ‘ADL’ Enviro 200MMC /1 on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

YX67 VFC ‘trentbarton’ No. 125 ‘skylink’ Alexander Dennis Ltd. E20D / ‘ADL’ Enviro 200MMC /2

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

 

YX67 VFC ‘trentbarton’ No. 125 ‘skylink’ Alexander Dennis Ltd. E20D / ‘ADL’ Enviro 200MMC /2 on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

YX67 VFC ‘trentbarton’ No. 125 ‘skylink’ Alexander Dennis Ltd. E20D / ‘ADL’ Enviro 200MMC /3

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

 

YX67 VFC ‘trentbarton’ No. 125 ‘skylink’ Alexander Dennis Ltd. E20D / ‘ADL’ Enviro 200MMC /3 on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

Sunday, 8 October 2017

'Scene' at ‘Coach & Bus UK17’ part 4 on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

The annual pilgrimage to the NEC seems to come round quicker every year.

 

This years offerings were a bit disappointing because out of the major UK bus manufacturers neither Optare nor the Wright group attended.

 

However there was still plenty of interest.

 

My older readers may well remember the ‘Bread van’ era of bus operation of 30 years or so ago. 

 

Many operators put fleets of mini-buses on the streets a lot of which were based on Ford Transit van conversions hence the ‘Bread van’ tag.

 

The plan was to use amall capacity vehicles operating on high frequency services. 

 

In some respects it was too succesful in that the small buses could not cope with the loadings generated and bigger buses were required.

 

Both ‘Stagecoach’ group and ‘Arriva’ are going down the mini buses route again and it will be interesting to see how it works out this time.

 

I would hasten to add that the current mini buses are by no means ‘Bread van’s. Indeed the ones I have seen are sophisticated pieces of machinery.

 


‘Coach & Bus UK17’ ‘Arriva Southern Counties’ No. 1004 Mercedes-Benz City Sprinter 45 /1

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

 

‘Coach & Bus UK17’ ‘Arriva Southern Counties’ No. 1004 Mercedes-Benz City Sprinter 45 /1 on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

 

‘Coach & Bus UK17’’Arriva Southern Counties’ No. 1004 Mercedes-Benz City Sprinter 45 /2

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

 

‘Coach & Bus UK17’’Arriva Southern Counties’ No. 1004 Mercedes-Benz City Sprinter 45 /2 on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

‘Coach & Bus UK17’’Arriva Southern Counties’ No. 1004 Mercedes-Benz City Sprinter 45 /3

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

 

‘Coach & Bus UK17’’Arriva Southern Counties’ No. 1004 Mercedes-Benz City Sprinter 45 /3 on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

‘Coach & Bus UK17’’Arriva Southern Counties’ No. 1004 Mercedes-Benz City Sprinter 45 /4

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

 

‘Coach & Bus UK17’’Arriva Southern Counties’ No. 1004 Mercedes-Benz City Sprinter 45 /4 on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

Saturday, 7 October 2017

'Scene' at ‘Coach & Bus UK17’ part 3 on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

The annual pilgrimage to the NEC seems to come round quicker every year.

 

This years offerings were a bit disappointing because out of the major UK bus manufacturers neither Optare nor the Wright group attended.

 

However there was still plenty of interest.

 

Caetano the Portuguese coachbuilder has done well in the UK in recent years with some hundreds of the ‘Levante’ coach body for ‘National Express’ and its contractors.

 

They chose this years show to launch the ‘Levante III’.

 

‘Coach & Bus UK17’ ‘National Express’ Volvo B11R / Caetano Levante III /1 

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

 

‘Coach & Bus UK17’ ‘National Express’ Volvo B11R / Caetano Levante III /1  on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

‘Coach & Bus UK17’ ‘National Express’ Volvo B11R / Caetano Levante III /2 

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

 

‘Coach & Bus UK17’ ‘National Express’ Volvo B11R / Caetano Levante III /2  on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

‘Coach & Bus UK17’ ‘Translink Goldline’ Scania DC13 115SCR / Caetano Invictus 

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

 

 

This Northern Ireland operator has recently taken delivery of 12 of these superb vehicles to use primarily on service 212 from Belfast to Londonderry.

 

‘Coach & Bus UK17’ ‘Translink Goldline’ Scania DC13 115SCR / Caetano Invictus  on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

‘Coach & Bus UK17’ ‘Caetano Alpha’

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

 

Looking a bit forlorn outside was this what I think is an IVECO based midi bus.

 

‘Coach & Bus UK17’ ‘Caetano Alpha’ on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’