Wednesday, 21 October 2020

‘Scene’ at the Bus & Coach show at the NEC in 2019 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

The annual B&C show at the NEC has been cancelled for 2020 because of the Covid 19 Pandemic.

 

Regular readers/viewers of my blog will know that I would normally have published a number of blogs built round what was new in the 2020 show.

 

As I am not able to do so, I will fill the gaps created by re-running some of the highlights from previous shows.

 

Sometimes (but not always) a veteran bus from earlier years  puts in an appearance.

 

The 2019 show today.

 

Tomorrow? who knows.

 

The 2021 show is scheduled for the end of October 2021 and hopefully, I will be there but a lot of water has got to go under a lot of bridges before then.

 

Meanwhile, I hope you have enjoyed this trip down memory lane. 

 

Be positive and stay safe.

 

TX69 SON ‘sharpesofnottingham.com' club class. VANHOOL TDX21 Altano

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


TX69 SON ‘sharpesofnottingham.com' club class. VANHOOL TDX21 Altano on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 


Alexander Dennis Ltd. (ADL) E20D / ‘ADL’ Enviro 200MMC ‘Stagecoach’ group Autonomous Technology demonstrator

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

 

The bus that drives itself. There is a driver but he is simply a safety feature.

 

The battery of sensors that surround the bus do its thinking for it.

 

Alexander Dennis Ltd. (ADL) E20D / ‘ADL’ Enviro 200MMC ‘Stagecoach’ group Autonomous Technology demonstrator on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

Yutong E10 for London

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

 

Yutong E10 for London on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

NO69 NTL 'Nova Tours’, Chesterfield. YUTONG GT 12

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

 

Unfortunately, ‘Nova Tours’ were one of the first business victims of the Covid 19 pandemic going out of business in April 2020.

 

Speaking personally, My wife and I will miss Nova, we have had many enjoyable holidays with the company.

 

NO69 NTL 'Nova Tours’, Chesterfield. YUTONG GT 12 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

Volvo B11RLE / Plaxton Panorama demonstrator

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

 

For more images, see my blog posted 06/10/2019.

 

Volvo B11RLE / Plaxton Panorama demonstrator on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

Alexander Dennis Ltd. (ADL) E40D / ‘ADL’ Enviro 400MMC. Dawson group

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

 

‘ADL’s best selling E20D / ‘ADL’ Enviro 200MMC has featured a number of times in this series of blogs so it is only right to finish the series with ‘ADL’s other best selling bus the E40D / Enviro 400MMC.

 

Alexander Dennis Ltd. (ADL) E40D / ‘ADL’ Enviro 400MMC. Dawson group on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

Tuesday, 20 October 2020

‘Scene’ at the Bus & Coach show at the NEC in 2018 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

The annual B&C show at the NEC has been cancelled for 2020 because of the Covid 19 Pandemic.

 

Regular readers/viewers of my blog will know that I would normally have published a number of blogs built round what was new in the 2020 show.

 

As I am not able to do so, I will fill the gaps created by re-running some of the highlights from previous shows.

 

Sometimes (but not always) a veteran bus from earlier years  puts in an appearance.

 

The 2018 show today, 2019 tomorrow.

 

Neoplan Tourliner

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

 

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

 

 

 

YN67 VDK ‘CT Plus’ Irizar i2e

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

 

At last years show in prototype form.

 

YN67 VDK ‘CT Plus’ Irizar i2e on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

EHA 424D ‘BMMO’ (Midland Red). BMMO D9 / Willowbrook

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

 

Arguably one of the best double deckers of its period. 

 

Sadly, I never got to ride on one.

 

EHA 424D ‘BMMO’ (Midland Red). BMMO D9 / Willowbrook on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

Volvo B8RLE / Plaxton Panther LE demonstrator

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

 

At the time, I wrote

 

  ”The Plaxton Panther LE is basically a low floor front end married to the rear end of a coach.

 

Thus giving the operator and passengers the benefits of low floor accesability and  the ride and comfort that coach passengers accept as normal.

 

Ideal for the longer interurban routes where I expect such vehicles will spend most of their time.”

 

 

Produced I believe primarily at the request of the ‘Stagecoach’ group.

 

I expected this to sell like hot cakes whereas the only ones I know of in service are with ‘Stagecoach Fife’ and operate between Edinburgh and Dunfermline.

 

For further images. See my blog posted 12/06/2020.

 

Volvo B8RLE / Plaxton Panther LE demonstrator on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

Plaxton Panther demonstrator

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

 

Plaxton Panther demonstrator on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

Optare MetroCity EV ‘London General’ No. MC1

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

 

For further images. See my blog posted 05/11/2018.

 

Optare MetroCity EV ‘London General’ No. MC1 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

Monday, 19 October 2020

‘Scene’ at the Bus & Coach show at the NEC in 2017 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

The annual B&C show at the NEC has been cancelled for 2020 because of the Covid 19 Pandemic.

 

Regular readers/viewers of my blog will know that I would normally have published a number of blogs built round what was new in the 2020 show.

 

As I am not able to do so, I will fill the gaps created by re-running some of the highlights from previous shows.

 

Sometimes (but not always) a veteran bus from earlier years  puts in an appearance.

 

The 2017 show today, 2018 tomorrow.

 

JH67 COM jhcoaches.com. Scania K450EB6 / Ayats Eclipse

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

 

Elegantly Exotic!.


JH67 COM jhcoaches.com. Scania K450EB6 / Ayats Eclipse on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

Irizar i2e electric bus demonstrator 

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

 

The search for alternative power sources continued.

 

For more images see my blog posted 05/10/2017.

 

Irizar i2e electric bus demonstrator  on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

Irizar i6s ‘Kings Ferry’

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

 

Irizar i6s ‘Kings Ferry’ on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

 

Alexander Dennis Ltd. (ADL) Enviro200 / ‘ADL’ Enviro 200

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

 

Although Alexander Dennis Ltd. had been building the (ADL) E20D / ‘ADL’ Enviro 200MMC for some considerable time, they were still in the process of clearing the production of earlier buses out of the system.

 

Many operators took advantage of the bargain prices that were offered for new buses built to an older specification.

 

Alexander Dennis Ltd. (ADL) Enviro200 / ‘ADL’ Enviro 200 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

DAF vanHool Acron TX16 ’70 years (of vanHool production) (1947 I 2017) anniversary livery

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

 

Stunning!

 

DAF vanHool Acron ’70 years of vanHool production (1947 I 2017) anniversary liveryon Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

Irizar i4h integral

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

 

The ‘blurb’ on the side panelling reads.

 

 “UK’s 1st. Hybrid coach”.

 

I cannot remember ever seeing one on the roads.

 

Irizar i4h integral on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

Sunday, 18 October 2020

‘Scene’ at the Bus & Coach show at the NEC in 2016 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

The annual B&C show at the NEC has been cancelled for 2020 because of the Covid 19 Pandemic.

 

Regular readers/viewers of my blog will know that I would normally have published a number of blogs built round what was new in the 2020 show.

 

As I am not able to do so, I will fill the gaps created by re-running some of the highlights from previous shows.

 

Sometimes (but not always) a veteran bus from earlier years  puts in an appearance.

 

The 2016 show today, 2017 tomorrow.

 

LJ66 CHK ‘Go-Ahead London General’ No. SEe37. BYD D9UR / Alexander Dennis Ltd. (ADL) Enviro 200EV 

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

 

The E200EV  how now got the hump so to speak which housed the BYD battery pack.

 

‘ADL’ were very quick to adapt their E200MMC body to accommodate the BYD power source.

 

See my blog dated 04/11/2016 for more images.

 

LJ66 CHK ‘Go-Ahead London General’ No. SEe37. BYD D9UR / Alexander Dennis Ltd. (ADL) Enviro 200EV  on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

DD16 GAS ‘Scania’ demonstrator. Scania N280UD / Alexander Dennis Ltd. (ADL) Enviro 400CBG City

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

 

At the time, a number of ‘alternative’ power sources were eagerly being evaluated but who would have thought that a fleet of over 100 gas powered buses would appear on the streets of Nottingham with another substantial fleet running in Reading?

 

I have produced many blogs over the past 2 or 3 years covering Nottinghams gas bus fleet.

 

DD16 GAS ‘Scania’ demonstrator. Scania N280UD / Alexander Dennis Ltd. (ADL) Enviro 400CBG City on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

Mercedes Benz Citaro, ‘McGills Bus Services’, Greenock. 

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

 

With more than 50,000 produced, the Citaro’ is a true worldbeater.

 

Mercedes Benz Citaro, ‘McGills Bus Services’, Greenock.  on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

SJ66 LOA ‘Lothian Buses’ No. 441. Volvo B5TL / Wright Gemini 3

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

 

The stunning livery was/is known as ‘Fleet of the Future’.

 

SJ66 LOA ‘Lothian Buses’ No. 441. Volvo B5TL / Wright Gemini 3 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

Alexander Dennis Ltd. (ADL) E20D / ‘ADL’ Enviro 200MMC

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

 

The first of many of the type for my local operator ‘trentbarton’.

 

They are still buying them four years later with more to come.

 

For more images see my blog posted 01/11/2016.

 

Alexander Dennis Ltd. (ADL) E20D / ‘ADL’ Enviro 200MMC on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

3705 VM ‘City of Manchester’ No. 3705. Leyland PD2 / Metro Cammell

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

 

The half cab double decker was the type of bus I grew up with and although I am very much a fan of today’s ‘scene’, I still look at these ‘old timers’ with a great deal of affection.

 

New in 1964.

 

3705 VM ‘City of Manchester’ No. 3705. Leyland PD2 / Metro Cammell on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

Saturday, 17 October 2020

‘Scene’ at the Bus & Coach show at the NEC in 2015 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

The annual B&C show at the NEC has been cancelled for 2020 because of the Covid 19 Pandemic.

 

Regular readers/viewers of my blog will know that I would normally have published a number of blogs built round what was new in the 2020 show.

 

As I am not able to do so, I will fill the gaps created by re-running some of the highlights from previous shows.

 

Sometimes (but not always) a veteran bus from earlier years  puts in an appearance.

 

The 2015 show today, 2016 tomorrow.

 

Volvo B11R / Plaxton Elite ‘trentbarton’ ‘red arrow’.

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

 

‘trentbarton’ is my local operator and all the local enthusiasts knew that the new ‘red arrows’ were coming.

 

The Plaxton Elite body was still relatively new in 2015 however my first sight of one at the NEC literally took my breath away. It was stunning.

 

I have travelled on them many times in service between Derby and Nottingham. 

 

This being the service that they were built for and they are as good to ride on as they look.

 

Still the flagship of the fleet after 5 years.

 

See my blog dated 01/10/2015 for more images.

 

Volvo B11R / Plaxton Elite ‘trentbarton’ ‘red arrow’. on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

YX15 OXT ‘national express West Midlands’ No. 6701. Alexander Dennis Ltd. (ADL) E40D / ‘ADL’ Enviro 400MMC

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

 

YX15 OXT ‘national express West Midlands’ No. 6701. Alexander Dennis Ltd. (ADL) E40D / ‘ADL’ Enviro 400MMC on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

HC65 HWC ‘Holmeswood Coaches Group’ MAN 19.360 / Barbi Galileo

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

 

I had just had a week on holiday in Italy where our transport was one of these coaches.

 

It was very impressive, comfortable, quick, smooth, rattle free etc. The list goes on.

 

I was very surprised then for whatever reason it did not sell well in the UK.

 

It deserved to.

 

HC65 HWC ‘Holmeswood Coaches Group’ MAN 19.360 / Barbi on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

KFM 775 ‘Crosville’ No. KG126. Bristol L5G / Eastern Coachworks

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

 

KFM 775 ‘Crosville’ No. KG126. Bristol L5G / Eastern Coachworks on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

Alexander Dennis Ltd. (ADL) E20D / ‘ADL’ Enviro 200MMC

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

 

The prototype shown at the 2014 show was short bodied.

 

In the year that has elapsed since then, it has now grown to 5 metres in length.

 

Alexander Dennis Ltd. (ADL) E20D / ‘ADL’ Enviro 200MMC on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

BN63 NYC ‘Bakers’. King Long XMQ6130Y

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

 

King Long were the first of the Chinese bus and coach manufacturers to have a real ‘ go’ at cracking he UK market and for a while they did moderately well.

 

Recent years however have seen them fade away.

 

BN63 NYC ‘Bakers’. King Long XMQ6130Y on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

Friday, 16 October 2020

‘Scene’ at the Bus & Coach show at the NEC in 2014 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

The annual B&C show at the NEC has been cancelled for 2020 because of the Covid 19 Pandemic.

 

Regular readers/viewers of my blog will know that I would normally have published a number of blogs built round what was new in the 2020 show.

 

As I am not able to do so, I will fill the gaps created by re-running some of the highlights from previous shows.

 

Sometimes (but not always) a veteran bus from earlier years  puts in an appearance.

 

The 2014 show today, 2015 tomorrow.

 

Alexander Dennis Ltd. (ADL) E20D / ADL Enviro200MMC

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

 

This was the first time I had seen what was to turn out to be the most significant single deck bus design of recent years.

 

Alexander Dennis Ltd. (ADL) E20D / ADL Enviro200MMC on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

OP14 ARE Optare MetroDecker

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

 

At the time I wrote that, 

 

  “Optare have set out to produce a bus that ticks all the boxes and still weighs under 10 tons. 

 

According to all the reports, they have achieved it and all that is left to do is for someone to buy it and prove that it is as good as it looks.”

 

Six years later, despite there being diesel, hybrid and electric versions, it still seems to struggle to achieve really significant sales.

 

I have ridden on it and admired it from a distance. I think that it is a lovely bus. I would love to see it do enormously well.

 

OP14 ARE Optare MetroDecker on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

BD64 NBO ‘yourbus No. 3101. Mercedes-Benz Citaro

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

 

At the time I wrote that,

 

“To my eyes, it has the look of ‘Lothian’s livery about it. 

 

However, I think that the colours and the style of application is excellent and it will no doubt brighten up Heanor marketplace on a dark, misty winters morning”.

 

Indeed, it and others like it did until October 2019 when ‘yourbus’ ceased trading.

 

BD64 NBO is still earning its keep. Now with ‘Diamond North West’ where oddly enough it is numbered 33010.

 

Not much different from its ‘yourbus’ days.

 

BD64 NBO ‘yourbus No. 3101. Mercedes-Benz Citaro on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

DFB 704D ‘Hearsons Heritage Tours of Nottingham ‘London General Omnibus Company’ ‘B’ type replica

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

 

At the time I wrote  that,

 

“1,200 of the buses (and their drivers) were commandeered by the War Office in 1914”. (for use as troop carriers in France). “The drivers were still dressed in their ‘LGOC’ uniforms”.

 

I wonder how many of the drivers survived?

 

DFB 704D ‘Hearsons Heritage Tours of Nottingham ‘London General Omnibus Company’ ‘B’ type replica on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

VDL Futura ‘Leger Holidays’ ‘Luxuria’

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

 

At the time I wrote  that,

 

“This coach has only 31 seats all arranged in 2 and 1 with two pairs of the singles facing each other across a table.

 

Each seat comes with its own fully interactive touch screen TV offering TV programmes, films and music. The screens are fitted in the seat backs as one finds in airliners today while the seats without seat backs in front of them have their screens on stalks”.

 

‘Luxuria’ indeed.

 

VDL Futura ‘Leger Holidays’ ‘Luxuria’ on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

‘VanHool ‘Astromega’ ‘Stagecoach Western Buses Ltd’ ‘megabusGold.com.'

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

 

At the time, it seemed like a great idea but it never really took off.

 

‘VanHool ‘Astromega’ ‘Stagecoach Western Buses Ltd’ ‘megabusGold.com.' on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

Thursday, 15 October 2020

‘Scene’ at the Bus & Coach show at the NEC in 2013 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

The annual Bus & Coach show at the NEC has been cancelled for 2020 because of the Covid 19 Pandemic.

 

Regular readers/viewers of my blog will know that I would normally have published a number of blogs built round what was new in the 2020 show.

 

As I am not able to do so, I will fill the gaps created by re-running some of the highlights from previous shows.

 

Sometimes (but not always) a veteran bus from earlier years  puts in an appearance.

 

The 2013 show today, 2014 tomorrow.

 

M NP 3780 ‘MAN Truck & Bus AG’. NEOPLAN starliner

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

 

Still in my view 7 years later one of the most iconic coach designs ever.

 

I have travelled on one of these vehicles owned by ‘Hawkes’ tours of Derby and it is as good on the inside as it looks on the outside.

 

M NP 3780 ‘MAN Truck & Bus AG’. NEOPLAN starliner  on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

152 CLT ‘London Transport’ No. RM1152. AEC Routemaster / Park Royal

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

 

152 CLT ‘London Transport’ No. RM1152. AEC Routemaster / Park Royal on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

‘Wrightbus’. Volvo B5LH EuroVI Hybrid / Wright Gemini Eclipse

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

 

‘Wrightbus’. Volvo B5LH EuroVI Hybrid / Wright Gemini Eclipse on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

‘Optare’.  Optare Versa ‘100% ‘electric

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

 

‘Optare’.  Optare Versa ‘100% ‘electric on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

‘TLC Travel Ltd.’ Optare Solo SR

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

 

‘TLC Travel Ltd.’ Optare Solo SR on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

‘City Circle’. Mercedes-Benz 0814D / Plaxton Cheetah

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

 

Now no longer in production mainly because  Mercedes-Benz ceased production of the chassis.

 

‘City Circle’. Mercedes-Benz 0814D / Plaxton Cheetah on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’