A few days holiday based in Weymouth allowed me to have a look at what goes on in that part of the world. The coaches of the Southwest have featured in an earlier ‘blog’.
‘First Hampshire & Dorset’ (FH&D) are the dominant operator in the area with the usual mixture of old and new buses in old and new liveries.
‘Barbie’ is now getting on in years but she is still alive and well............!
A Dennis Trident with East Lancs Myllenium bodywork which has been cascaded from Bristol where at one time it worked in a dark blue livery on the Bath Road Park & Ride operation. Before coming to Weymouth it had a spell in Poole.
A Volvo B6BLE with Wright’s Crusader 2 bodywork picking up on Weymouth’s sea front.
A Volvo Olympian with Northern Counties Palatine bodywork. It was new to ‘Centrewest’ working in London (Uxbridge). It moved to ‘First Bristol’ in 2005 and came to ‘FH&D’ in 2009.
A Volvo B7TL with Alexander ALX 400 bodywork which at one time worked in Southampton for ‘First’.
A Dennis Dart SLF with Plaxton Pointer 2 bodywork. It previously worked for ‘First Berkshire’.
An Optare Solo SR. It was so new that the titling/branding had not yet been applied.
A Wright Streetlte DF was another bus that was bereft of any titling
An Alexander Dennis Ltd. Enviro 200 that was new to ‘First Cymru’ and was one of a batch that came to ‘FH&D’ to modernise the fleet.
A Scania N94UD with East Lancs Omnidekka bodywork. At one time it was painted in the ‘Jurassic Coast’ livery and appears to have recently been repainted.
I have never liked this new ‘First’ livery and I think that without the benefit of advertisements it looks even blander and more half finished than usual.
A Volvo B7TL with Wright Gemini bodywork working on the X53 ‘Jurassic Coaster’ (JC) service loading in Weymouth. Until it was recently repainted into fleet livery, it appeared in the branded ‘JC’ livery seen 2 images down.
A Scania N94UD/East Lancs Omnidekka in Bridport seen on the X31 ‘JC’ service.
The X31 runs between Axminster and Dorchester whilst the X53 runs between Poole and Exeter. I have travelled on the X53 which takes a full 4 hours. Tiring but worth it !
The section between Bridport and Lyme Regis is common to both routes.
Another Volvo B7TL with Wright Gemini bodywork in the full ‘JC’ livery once more in Weymouth.
An Optare Versa owned by Dorset County Council on its own Park & Ride service to the Mount Pleasant car park.
An Optare Solo seen in Bridport. Part of ‘Damory Coaches’ fleet which is part of ‘Wilts & Dorset’ who in turn are owned by the ‘Go-Ahead’ group.
An Alexander bodied Mercedes-Benz 709D now operated by ‘South West Coaches’ previously worked in Weymouth in a blue livery for ‘Sureline’ who were based on nearby Portland.