Saturday, 28 March 2020

‘Scene’ on ‘trentbarton (tb) for the last time. ‘rapidone’ on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

There has been a public transport link between the Derbyshire town of Ripley and the City of Nottingham for over a century.

 

A tramway between the two destinations opened as early as 1914.

 

This in turn was replaced in 1933 by trolleybuses.

 

When I moved to the East Midlands in the 1960’s, the trolleybuses had gone to be replaced by buses run by the ‘Midland General Omnibus Company’. (MGOC).

 

This situation continued until 1971 when the ‘MGOC’ came under the control of ‘Trent Motor Traction’ as it was then after the formation of the 

‘National Bus Company in 1969.

 

‘Trent’s route eventually became the Rainbow1 then ‘rainbowone’.

 

The route was unusual that buses were all identified as rainbowone even though they ran from three places, Alfreton, Heanor and Ripley. 

 

At Eastwood the three routes combined to run to Nottingham every 10 minutes.

 

This continued until 2011 when one of the two per hour Ripley rainbowones became ‘rapid1’ into Nottingham.

 

This ran non stop from Langley Mill along the A610, a considerable saving in time.

 

2018 saw a second rainbowone introduced from Ripley making two buses an hour plus the rapidone.

 

The timings from this point were unfortunate in that departures from Ripley during 

the day were timed as rainbowone at XX-15 and XX-45 with the rapidone being timed at XX-20. 

 

Effectively the XX-15 and the XX-20 buses were competing with each other as far as Langley Mill.

 

The same thing happened on the return journey with the two services competing from Heanor back to Ripley.

 

Not surprisingly the ‘rapidone’ attracted very little local traffic that was swept up by the ‘rainbowone’.

 

So in early 2020 the decision was taken to axe the ‘rapidone’ service.



 

The buses used in the early days were Volvo B7RLE’s with Wright bodies.

They were replaced in 2014 by new Optare Versas which in turn were replaced in 2018 Volvo B7RLE’s with Wright bodies. 

 

 

 

Full circle then!

 

 

 

The two Versas being redeployed on strengthening the rainbowone services.


 

FJ09 BXE ‘trentbarton’ No. 740 ‘rapid 1’. Volvo B7RLE / Wright Eclipse Urban

 

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


FJ09 BXE ‘trentbarton’ No. 740 ‘rapid 1’. Volvo B7RLE / Wright Eclipse Urban on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

 



YJ14 BSU ‘trentbarton’ No. 851 ‘rapidone’. OptareV1170 Versa

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


YJ14 BSU ‘trentbarton’ No. 851 ‘rapidone’. OptareV1170 Versa on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

 

 

 

FJ08 WHS ‘trentbarton’ No. 727 ‘rapidone’. Volvo B7RLE / Wright Eclipse Urban

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


FJ08 WHS ‘trentbarton’ No. 727 ‘rapidone’. Volvo B7RLE / Wright Eclipse Urban on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘rapidone waves goodbye’.


rapid one




Wednesday, 25 March 2020

‘Scene’ on the ‘Bridgford Bus’ in Nottingham on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

‘Nottingham City Transport’ have recently introduced a batch of Alexander Dennis Ltd. (ADL) E20D / ‘ADL’ Enviro 200MMC’s branded as ‘Bridgford Bus’ because they link Nottingham to the town of West Bridgford.

 

All are shorter buses than normal seating 31.

 

Numbered 301/2/3/4/5/6/7/8 and 9 and registered YX69 NRE/F/J/K/L/N/O/U and V.

 

YX69 NRF ‘Nottingham City Transport’No. 302 ‘Bridgford Bus’. Alexander Dennis Ltd. (ADL) E20D / ‘ADL’ Enviro 200MMC

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


YX69 NRF ‘Nottingham City Transport’No. 302 ‘Bridgford Bus’. Alexander Dennis Ltd. (ADL) E20D / ‘ADL’ Enviro 200MMC on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

YX69 NRJ ‘Nottingham City Transport’No. 303 ‘Bridgford Bus’. Alexander Dennis Ltd. (ADL) E20D / ‘ADL’ Enviro 200MMC

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


YX69 NRJ ‘Nottingham City Transport’No. 303 ‘Bridgford Bus’. Alexander Dennis Ltd. (ADL) E20D / ‘ADL’ Enviro 200MMC on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

YX69 NRN ‘Nottingham City Transport’No. 306 ‘Bridgford Bus’. Alexander Dennis Ltd. (ADL) E20D / ‘ADL’ Enviro 200MMC

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


YX69 NRN ‘Nottingham City Transport’No. 306 ‘Bridgford Bus’. Alexander Dennis Ltd. (ADL) E20D / ‘ADL’ Enviro 200MMC on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

 YX69 NRL ‘Nottingham City Transport’No. 305 ‘Bridgford Bus’. Alexander Dennis Ltd. (ADL) E20D / ‘ADL’ Enviro 200MMC

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


YX69 NRL ‘Nottingham City Transport’No. 305 ‘Bridgford Bus’. Alexander Dennis Ltd. (ADL) E20D / ‘ADL’ Enviro 200MMC on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

Friday, 20 March 2020

‘Scene’ in Stamford, ‘Delaine’ single deck on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

Stamford in Lincolnshire is a beautiful town. The golden stone of many of its elegant buildings give it an almost Cotswold-ish feel.

 

The bus station is well situated in the town centre being almost circular which gives the photographer a variety of vantage points depending on where the sun is.

 

The Delaine’ has long been one of my favourite operators. 

 

The elegant livery in shades of blue and cream is always immaculately presented.

 

The Wright bodied Volvo B7RLE is the companies standard single decker and there were a number passed through the town.

 

SF55 HHA ‘Delaine Buses No. 148. Volvo B7RLE / Wright Eclipse Urban

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

 

New to ‘Whitelaws’, Stonehouse, Scotland.


SF55 HHA ‘Delaine Buses No. 148. Volvo B7RLE / Wright Eclipse Urban on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

SF55 HHD ‘Delaine Buses No. 151. Volvo B7RLE / Wright Eclipse Urban

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

 

New to ‘Whitelaws’, Stonehouse, Scotland.


SF55 HHD ‘Delaine Buses No. 151. Volvo B7RLE / Wright Eclipse Urban on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

BX04 CKV ‘Delaine Buses No. 146. Volvo B7RLE / Wright Eclipse Urban

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

 

New to ‘Perrymans’, Berwick-on Tweed.


BX04 CKV ‘Delaine Buses No. 146. Volvo B7RLE / Wright Eclipse Urban on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

SF55 JUO ‘Delaine Buses No. 147. Volvo B7RLE / Wright Eclipse Urban

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

 

New to ‘Whitelaws’, Stonehouse, Scotland.


SF55 JUO ‘Delaine Buses No. 147. Volvo B7RLE / Wright Eclipse Urban on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

Tuesday, 17 March 2020

‘Scene’ at ‘Nottingham Heritage Vehicles’ Open Day /4 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

‘Nottingham Heritage Vehicles’ premises are located in what was the bus garage of ‘Trent Motor Traction’ in the Nottinghamshire town of Hucknall.

 

A small but busy operation that is worth a visit on one of their opening days.

 

‘Trent Motor Traction’

 

Vehicles formerly operated by ‘Trent Motor Traction’ feature but there are other East Midlands operators represented at Hucknall.

 

YRC 191 ‘Trent Motor Traction’ No. 191. Leyland Tiger Cub / Alexander

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

 

New in 1962.


YRC 191 ‘Trent Motor Traction’ No. 191. Leyland Tiger Cub / Alexander on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

LRC 454 ‘Trent Motor Traction’ No. 1054. Leyland Titan PD/3 / Willowbrook

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

 

New in 1958.


LRC 454 ‘Trent Motor Traction’ No. 1054. Leyland Titan PD/3 / Willowbrook on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

F600 GVO ‘Trent Motor Traction’ No. 600. Volvo B10M Citybus / Alexander RV

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

 

After service with ‘Trent’ it worked for ‘Plymouth Citybus’, ‘Diamond Bus Northwest’ and ‘Wigan Coachways’ that I know of.


F600 GVO ‘Trent Motor Traction’ No. 600. Volvo B10M Citybus / Alexander RV on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

FJ10 EHG ‘trentbarton’ No. 485 ‘Hucknall Connect’. Optare Solo

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

 

It just happened to be passing by so I have included it for completeness sake.


FJ10 EHG ‘trentbarton’ No. 485 ‘Hucknall Connect’. Optare Solo on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

Saturday, 14 March 2020

‘Scene’ in Derby on 06/03/2020 Once More on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

This is the second blog blog to come from my visit to Derby. The first was published on 07/03/2020.

 

FJ58 KXO ‘ARRIVA Midlands’ No. 4215. Volvo B9TL / Wright Eclipse Gemini

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

 

After one of the wettest winters on record it was a pleasure to record this blue bus set against an equally blue sky.


FJ58 KXO ‘ARRIVA Midlands’ No. 4215. Volvo B9TL / Wright Eclipse Gemini on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

YR59 NNV ‘ARRIVA Midlands’ No. 3515. Scania K230UB / Wright Solar

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

 

New to ‘Centrebus’ as No. 751.


YR59 NNV ‘ARRIVA Midlands’ No. 3515. Scania K230UB / Wright Solar on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

YX65 ZHU ‘trentbarton’ (tb) No. 88 ‘red arrow’. Volvo B11RT / Plaxton Elite

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

 

It is 5 years this year since ‘tb’ introduced these magnificent vehicles on the flagship Derby to Nottingham express service and they look just as good now as they did then.


YX65 ZHU ‘trentbarton’ (tb) No. 88 ‘red arrow’. Volvo B11RT / Plaxton Elite on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

FJ09 XPE ‘trentbarton’ No. 746 ‘the comet’. Volvo B7RLE / Wright Eclipse 

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


Inbound from Chesterfield on this limited stop service.


FJ09 XPE ‘trentbarton’ No. 746 ‘the comet’. Volvo B7RLE / Wright Eclipse  on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’  Inbound from Chesterfield on this limited stop service.

 

 

 


YJ11 EKU ‘trentbarton’ No. 492. Optare M950 Solo 

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


Normally, the Mickleover service is operated with pink liveried Alexander Dennis Ltd. (ADL) E20D / ‘ADL’ Enviro 200MMC’s.

 

YJ11 EKU ‘trentbarton’ No. 492. Optare M950 Solo  on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 


YJ12 NBE ‘trentbarton’ No. 496. Optare M960 Solo SR 

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


YJ12 NBE ‘trentbarton’ No. 496. Optare M960 Solo SR  on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

N178 LAU M. Pearson, Chesterfield. Volvo B10M / Van Hool Alize

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

 

New to ‘Tappins Coaches’, Oxfordshire.


N178 LAU M. Pearson, Chesterfield. Volvo B10M / Van Hool Alize on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

Wednesday, 11 March 2020

‘Scene’ at Manchester International Airport (MIA) 4 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

For ‘Scene’ at (MIA) 1 see blog posted 29/07/2019. For ‘Scene’ at (MA) 2 see blog posted 30/08/2019. For ‘Scene’ at (MA) 3 see blog posted 04/11/2019.

 

Thanks go to friend John Beastall who provided much of the information accompanying the images.

 

Readers seeking further details on particular aircraft are recommended to Google the aircraft type and the c/n. Ie Airbus A320 c/n 1125.

 

EC-MCB ‘Iberia Express’, Spain. Airbus A 320-214 c/n 1125

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

 

On the day, the aircraft taxied out to take off from Manchester’s second runway.

 

It then stopped for some time prior to getting to the runway, then taxied as if to take off. 

 

It stopped again for quite a while and eventually returned to the terminal. 

 

That was the last I saw of it. Presumably some technical problem.

 

It first flew in October 1999 as HB-IGZ (Switzerland) since then has worked mainly on the Italian register.

 

EC-MCB ‘Iberia Express’, Spain. Airbus A 320-214 c/n 1125 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

EI-EPD ‘Ryanair’, Irish Republic, ’Krakow Malopolska’. Boeing 737-8AS c/n 40310

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

 

The translation of ‘Krakow Malopolska’ is that the City of Krakow is the capital of the region of Malopolska also known as ‘Lesser Poland’.

 

It first flew in March 2011.


EI-EPD ‘Ryanair’, Irish Republic, ’Krakow Malopolska’. Boeing 737-8AS c/n 40310 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

G-FXCR ‘Flexjet’, UK. Beech 400A Beechjet c/n RK423

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

 

A reminder that ‘MIA’ also caters for the aviation business market.

 

It first flew in 2005.


G-FXCR ‘Flexjet’, UK. Beech 400A Beechjet c/n RK423 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

 

 

A7- BAV ‘Qatar Airways’. Boeing 777-3DZER c/n 41740

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

 

It first flew in March 2014.


A7- BAV ‘Qatar Airways’. Boeing 777-3DZER c/n 41740 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

 


LY-KEA ‘Icelandair’ Airbus A319-112 c/n 4691

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

 

Although an ‘Icelandair’ service, it was operated by ’GetJet Airlines’ using this Lithuanian registered aircraft.

 

The only sign of a livery were the green painted engines.

 

It first flew in April 2011 for ’Germania’ registered D-ASTB for whom it worked until January 2019.


LY-KEA ‘Icelandair’ Airbus A319-112 c/n 4691 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’


Saturday, 7 March 2020

‘Scene’ in Derby on Friday 06/03/2020 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

It is a long time since Derby featured in my blog so a visit was long overdue.

 

All of these images were captured in the bus station.

 

BJ 332BU ‘Slivtour’, Bardejov, Slovakia. Mercedes-Benz Tourismo

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

 

I don’t usually include all white buses/coaches but as its a visitor from the Slovak Republic, I will make an exception.

 

BJ 332BU ‘Slivtour’, Bardejov, Slovakia. Mercedes-Benz Tourismo on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

L30 URG ‘Linburg’. Van Hool T917 Acron

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


L30 URG ‘Linburg’. Van Hool T917 Acron on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 


YN56 AHY ‘notts+derby’ No. 1180. Optare M920 Solo

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

 

New to fellow ‘Wellglade’ group member ‘TM Travel’.

 

Service 59 from Derby to Ilkeston and then on to Shipley View was a route operated by ‘yourbus’ of Heanor until October 2019 when the company went out of business.

 

The 59A is an interesting modification to the route in that on two journeys a day in both directions (about lunchtime) it diverts to serve the Windmill Inn at Oakwood.

 

Now that is what I call service!


YN56 AHY ‘notts+derby’ No. 1180. Optare M920 Solo on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 


FN04 HSC ‘Bowers Coaches Ltd.’ ‘skyline’. Scania L94UB / Wright Solar

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

 

‘Bowers Coaches Ltd.’, is part of ‘High Peak Buses’ which in turn is jointly owned by ‘Centrebus’ and ‘trentbarton’.

 

This bus should feel at home in Derby because that’s where it started life in ‘trentbarton’s fleet.

 

Service 114 which starts at Derby railway station and runs to Ashbourne was a route operated by ‘yourbus’ of Heanor until October 2019 when the company went out of business.


FN04 HSC ‘Bowers Coaches Ltd.’ ‘skyline’. Scania L94UB / Wright Solar on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 


KX54 AVD ‘ARRIVA Midlands No. 9551 ‘ARRIVA Training Bus. VDL SB120 / Wright Cadet

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

 

New to ‘MK Metro’ as No. 60.


KX54 AVD ‘ARRIVA Midlands No. 9551 ‘ARRIVA Training Bus’. VDL SB120 / Wright Cadet on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

 

 

FJ03 VVZ ‘notts+derby’ No. 611. Scania L94UB / Wright Solar

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

 

This bus used to be part of the small number that worked on the ‘Pronto’ service between Chesterfield and Nottingham.

 

‘Pronto’ was a joint operation between ‘trentbarton’ and 

‘Stagecoach in Chesterfield’.

 

This has recently ceased with ‘Stagecoach’ taking over sole responsibility for the route.

 

Knowing how well ‘Wellglade’ group utilise their vehicles it was only a matter of time before those buses displaced turned up elsewhere.

 

The word ‘pronto is clearly visible where the vinyl has been removed.


FJ03 VVZ ‘notts+derby’ No. 611. Scania L94UB / Wright Solar on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

FJ09 BXP ‘trentbarton’ No. 735. Volvo B7RLE / Wright Eclipse

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

 

A ‘Mango’ liveried bus without any branding.

 

Seeing that it is working on the ‘Kinchbus’ ‘skylink’ service to Leicester It could have been transferred to that company and is awaiting a re-paint.


FJ09 BXP ‘trentbarton’ No. 735. Volvo B7RLE / Wright Eclipse on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

YY67 HDL ‘ARRIVA Midlands No. 4545 ‘arriva sapphire. Alexander Dennis Ltd. (ADL) E40D / ‘ADL’ Enviro 400MMC

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

 

Included for no other reason than I like the livery.


YY67 HDL ‘ARRIVA Midlands No. 4545 ‘arriva sapphire. Alexander Dennis Ltd. (ADL) E40D / ‘ADL’ Enviro 400MMC on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’