Monday, 17 May 2021

‘Scene’ in Derby yet again.’ ‘Glovers of Ashbourne’ on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

AIG 4114 ‘Glovers of Ashbourne’. Volvo B10M / Alexander (Belfast) ‘Q’ type /1

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

 

This particular vehicle has appeared on my blog before albeit in a slightly different livery.

 

New to ‘trentbarton’ registered M54 PRA in November 1994.

 

One of a batch of 5 coaches that were purchased for use on the ‘Transpeak’ service which for many years linked Derby with Manchester.

 

A link that was broken in 2019.

 

Correspondant Oliver Spencer at the time advised that they had spent eleven years on that service.

 

The story doing the rounds was that ‘Alexanders’ were very keen to get the work so concluded a deal that was ‘buy four, get one free’.

 

Whatever the truth, Trent got 5 magnificent vehicles which served the company well.

 

I travelled on them many times and they seemed indestructible.

 

The fact that one is still earning its keep today 25 years later means that this one probably is!

 

After service with ‘Trent’, it worked for ‘South Lancs Travel’ before coming back to Derbyshire in 2015.

 

AIG 4114 ‘Glovers of Ashbourne’. Volvo B10M / Alexander (Belfast) ‘Q’ type /1 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

 

AIG 4114 ‘Glovers of Ashbourne’. Volvo B10M / Alexander (Belfast) ‘Q’ type /2

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


AIG 4114 ‘Glovers of Ashbourne’. Volvo B10M / Alexander (Belfast) ‘Q’ type /2 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

 

AIG 4114 ‘Glovers of Ashbourne’. Volvo B10M / Alexander (Belfast) ‘Q’ type /3

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


AIG 4114 ‘Glovers of Ashbourne’. Volvo B10M / Alexander (Belfast) ‘Q’ type /3 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

Saturday, 15 May 2021

‘Scene’ in Derby yet again. Other Operators 1 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’.

BV67 JZM ‘Whippet Coaches’, Cambridge ’27'. Scania K410EB6 / Caetano Levante 2

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

 

On Thursday last the 13th. of May I posted  the following image complete with my comments.

 

Today  Saturday 15th. I have received the following Email from ‘Shieldsman’ whom I thank.

 

The Whippet coach is on a Flixbus working from London.

Whippet's fleetlist shows their whole coach fleet renumbered from NX (for National Express) to FX prefixes.


BV67 JZM ‘Whippet Coaches’, Cambridge ’27'. Scania K410EB6 / Caetano Levante 2 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

Friday, 14 May 2021

‘Scene’ newly delivered to ‘Lothian Buses’ on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

Friend Stuart Montgomery, one of  ‘Lothian Buses’ volunteer photographers has just forwarded a selection of images of new buses in Edinburgh his home city which I am delighted to post.

 

As usual with Stuarts work, the images have not been edited by me and are reproduced with his permission.  

 

SJ21 MYB ‘Lothian Buses’ No. 602. Volvo B5TL / Alexander Enviro 400MMC

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

 

SJ21 MYB ‘Lothian Buses’ No. 602. Volvo B5TL / Alexander Enviro 400MMC on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

 

SJ21 MYH ‘Lothian Buses’ No. 607. Volvo B5TL / Alexander Enviro 400MMC /1

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

 

SJ21 MYH ‘Lothian Buses’ No. 607. Volvo B5TL / Alexander Enviro 400MMC /1 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

 

SJ21 MYD ‘Lothian Buses’ No. 604. Volvo B5TL / Alexander Enviro 400MMC

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

 

SJ21 MYD ‘Lothian Buses’ No. 604. Volvo B5TL / Alexander Enviro 400MMC on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

 

SJ21 MYH ‘Lothian Buses’ No. 607. Volvo B5TL / Alexander Enviro 400MMC /2

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

 

SJ21 MYH ‘Lothian Buses’ No. 607. Volvo B5TL / Alexander Enviro 400MMC /2 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

Thursday, 13 May 2021

‘Scene’ in Derby yet again. Other Operators 1 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’.

BV67 JZM ‘Whippet Coaches’, Cambridge ’27'. Scania K410EB6 / Caetano Levante 2 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

A bit of a mystery. 

 

I know that since being new to ‘Whippet’, it has been on contract to 

‘national express’ (nx). 

 

My guess is that with ‘nx’ cancelling all of their services during the most recent  Covid-19 lockdown, the coach has had its branding removed and it is employed by ‘Whippet’ on whatever work can be found for it.

 

A good policy, because no coach is earning its keep if it’s sat in the depot.

 

The 27 above and behind the door is  I think a carry over from when it worked on (nx) contracts.

 

The service No. 005 is not one that ‘nx’ uses.

 

So, where has it come from, where is it going to and who for?

 

BV67 JZM ‘Whippet Coaches’, Cambridge ’27'. Scania K410EB6 / Caetano Levante 2 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

 

 

FJ09 BXN ‘Kinchbus’, Loughborough No. 733. Volvo B7RLE / Wright Eclipse

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

 

I presume that it is working a ‘skylink’ service via the East Midlands Airport but it doesn’t say so.

 

New to ‘trentbarton’.

 

FJ09 BXN ‘Kinchbus’, Loughborough No. 733. Volvo B7RLE / Wright Eclipse on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

 

 

AGZ 9365 ‘Littles Transport Ltd’ No. B12, Ilkeston. Optare Solo M920

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

 

New to ‘trentbarton’ registered W409 WAL fleet number 409.

 

The first bus in the second batch of Solo’s delivered to ‘tb’ in March 2000.

 

Not many Solo’s make into their 21st. year.

 

AGZ 9365 ‘Littles Transport Ltd’ No. B12, Ilkeston. Optare Solo M920 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

 

YX65 RGU ‘Bowers Coaches’ t/a ‘High Peak Buses’, Chapel en le Frith, Derbyshire. Alexander Dennis Ltd. (ADL) E20D / ‘ADL’ Enviro 200 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

‘Bowers Coaches’ part of the ‘Centrebus’ group own ‘High Peak Buses’ in partnership with the ‘Wellglade’ group.

 

YX65 RGU ‘Bowers Coaches’ t/a ‘High Peak Buses’, Chapel en le Frith, Derbyshire. Alexander Dennis Ltd. (ADL) E20D / ‘ADL’ Enviro 200  on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

 

BX65 WBW Scania K440EB4 / Caetano Levante.

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

 

New to ‘Durbin’ t/a ‘South Gloucestershire’, Patchway.

 

BX65 WBW Scania K440EB4 / Caetano Levante. on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

Tuesday, 11 May 2021

‘Scene’ in Chesterfield once more. ‘Hulleys of Baslow’ 2 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’.

Regular readers/viewers of my blog will probably remember that during April 2021, I ran a lengthy series of blogs to celebrate the 100 years of operation by ‘Hulleys of Baslow’ the well known Derbyshire operator.

 

This particular bus made an appearance in that series pictured in Sheffield in the all white livery in which it had been delivered.

 

MK63 XAU ‘Hulleys of Baslow’ No. 15. Alexander Dennis Ltd. (ADL) E20D / ‘ADL’ Enviro 200 /1

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

 

New to ‘Flights Hallmark’.

 

Painted in a ‘Heritage’ livery of ‘Silver Service’ of Darley Dale who at one time owned ‘Hulleys’.

 

Pictured parked in Chesterfield coach station.

 

MK63 XAU ‘Hulleys of Baslow’ No. 15. Alexander Dennis Ltd. (ADL) E20D / ‘ADL’ Enviro 200 /1 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

 

MK63 XAU ‘Hulleys of Baslow’ No. 15. Alexander Dennis Ltd. (ADL) E20D / ‘ADL’ Enviro 200 /2 

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

 

Pictured parked in Chesterfield coach station.

 

MK63 XAU ‘Hulleys of Baslow’ No. 15. Alexander Dennis Ltd. (ADL) E20D / ‘ADL’ Enviro 200 /2

 

 

 

 

MK63 XAU ‘Hulleys of Baslow’ No. 15. Alexander Dennis Ltd. (ADL) E20D / ‘ADL’ Enviro 200 /3 

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

 

Pictured having just left Chesterfield coach station.

 

MK63 XAU ‘Hulleys of Baslow’ No. 15. Alexander Dennis Ltd. (ADL) E20D / ‘ADL’ Enviro 200 /3  on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

Sunday, 9 May 2021

‘Scene’ in Chesterfield once more. ‘Hulleys of Baslow’ 1 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

Regular readers/viewers of my blog will probably remember that during April 2021, I ran a lengthy series of blogs to celebrate the 100 years of operation by ‘Hulleys of Baslow’ the well known Derbyshire operator.

 

In the last blog of the series I said,

 

   “As I indicated earlier in the series, there are buses out there that I have still to

    see and photograph.

 

    I look forward to doing so and including them in future blogs.”

 

Here then is the first of those ‘missing’ buses that I have caught up with.

 

BX55 XNT ‘Hulleys of Baslow’ No. 2. Volvo B7TL / Wright Gemini /1

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

 

New numbered V64 to ‘Travel London’.

 

It also had a spell on Merseyside with ‘Peoples Bus’.

 

Note that it retains its two door London layout which is a requirement in the capital.

 

Pictured leaving Chesterfield coach station.

 

BX55 XNT ‘Hulleys of Baslow’ No. 2. Volvo B7TL / Wright Gemini /1 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

 

BX55 XNT ‘Hulleys of Baslow’ No. 2. Volvo B7TL / Wright Gemini 2

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

 

Pictured having just left Chesterfield coach station.

 

BX55 XNT ‘Hulleys of Baslow’ No. 2. Volvo B7TL / Wright Gemini /2 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

Friday, 7 May 2021

‘Scene’ in Derby yet again. ARRIVA 4 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’.

A number of my most recent Derby based blogs have focused exclusively on the buses of ‘Trent Motor Traction Ltd’.

 

However, there are other operators who work on the streets of Derby, one of which is ‘ARRIVA Midlands’.

 

The company has its roots in what I knew as ‘Derby Corporation Transport’ which has travelled its own complicated route to become the company it is today.

 

YX17 NLE ‘ARRIVA Midlands’ No. 3104. Alexander Dennis Ltd. (ADL) E20D / ‘ADL’ Enviro 200MMC

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

 

The blue and white livery is a leftover from the days when it was employed on car park shuttle duties at the East Midlands Airport at Castle Donington.

 

YX17 NLE ‘ARRIVA Midlands’ No. 3104. Alexander Dennis Ltd. (ADL) E20D / ‘ADL’ Enviro 200MMC on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

New as No. 60 to ‘MK’Metro’.


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

 

 

 

 

FJ13 FYX ‘ARRIVA Midlands’ No. 3769. VDL SB200/ Wright Pulsar /1

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

 

FJ13 FYX ‘ARRIVA Midlands’ No. 3769. VDL SB200/ Wright Pulsar /1 on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

 

FJ13 FYX ‘ARRIVA Midlands’ No. 3769. VDL SB200/ Wright Pulsar /2

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

 

FJ13 FYX ‘ARRIVA Midlands’ No. 3769. VDL SB200/ Wright Pulsar /2 on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’