Monday, 24 June 2019

‘Scene’ in Sutton Coldfield. ‘National Express West Midlands’ (NXWM) 1 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

A busy little town with all the bus stands on the streets. There can be problems with deep shade taking photographs on a sunny day.

 

It would seem that all West Midlands area operators are soon to lose their individual liveries in favour of a West Midlands livery. 

 

This is pretty much what happens in London where a very large percentage of the bus must be painted in red no matter what the normal livery of the operating company is.

 

See blog dated 30/11/2018 for an example of the new livery.

 

Speaking personally, I think this is a backward step. I prefer the form of colour route branding within a recognisable livery layout such as is used by ‘trentbarton’

 

The intending passenger can tell from half a mile away what service is approaching and because the livery follows a ‘standard’ form of application it is obvious who the operator is.

 

SN66 WDP ‘NXWM Platinum’ No. 6810 ‘X3, X4, X5. Alexander Dennis Ltd. (ADL) E40D / ‘ADL’ Enviro 400MMC

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

 

The bus carries the name ‘Bethany Grace’.


SN66 WDP ‘NXWM Platinum’ No. 6810 ‘X3, X4, X5. Alexander Dennis Ltd. (ADL) E40D / ‘ADL’ Enviro 400MMC on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

 

SN66 WDE ‘NXWM’ Platinum No. 6802 ‘X3, X4, X5. Alexander Dennis Ltd. (ADL) E40D / ‘ADL’ Enviro 400MMC

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


SN66 WDE ‘NXWM’ Platinum No. 6802 ‘X3, X4, X5. Alexander Dennis Ltd. (ADL) E40D / ‘ADL’ Enviro 400MMC on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’ 33

 

 

 

 


SN22 WEA ‘NXWM’ Platinum No. 6820 ‘relax/stay connected’. Alexander Dennis Ltd. (ADL) E40D / ‘ADL’ Enviro 400MMC

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


SN22 WEA ‘NXWM’ Platinum No. 6820 ‘relax/stay connected’. Alexander Dennis Ltd. (ADL) E40D / ‘ADL’ Enviro 400MMC on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

 

 

 



SN66 WEH ‘NXWM’ Platinum No. 6823 ‘relax/stay connected’. Alexander Dennis Ltd. (ADL) E40D / ‘ADL’ Enviro 400MMC

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


SN66 WEH ‘NXWM’ Platinum No. 6823 ‘relax/stay connected’. Alexander Dennis Ltd. (ADL) E40D / ‘ADL’ Enviro 400MMC on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BJ03 EWR ‘NXWM’ No. 4483 /1. Volvo B7TL / Wright Eclipse Gemini

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


BJ03 EWR ‘NXWM’ No. 4483 /1. Volvo B7TL / Wright Eclipse Gemini on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BJ03 EWR ‘NXWM’ No. 4483 /2. Volvo B7TL / Wright Eclipse Gemini

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


BJ03 EWR ‘NXWM’ No. 4483 /2. Volvo B7TL / Wright Eclipse Gemini on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’


Friday, 21 June 2019

‘Scene’ in Lincoln, ‘Stagecoach’ on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

I know some bus enthusiasts who are dismissive of ‘Stagecoach’ buses because 

“they all look the same”.

 

This small selection of images taken on the same day within just over an hour prove that they do not.

 

FX10 AFO ‘Stagecoach in Lincolnshire’ No. 15653. ‘Marie Curie Great Daffodil Appeal’. Scania N230UD /  Alexander Dennis Ltd. (ADL) Enviro 400

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


FX10 AFO ‘Stagecoach in Lincolnshire’ No. 15653. ‘Marie Curie Great Daffodil Appeal’. Scania N230UD /  Alexander Dennis Ltd. (ADL) Enviro 400 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

 

 

FX10 AFY /1 ‘Stagecoach in Lincolnshire’ No. 15656. ‘Protect Our Marine Life’

Scania N230UD /  Alexander Dennis Ltd. (ADL) Enviro 400 /1

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


 

It is a bit unusual to see the same bus with entirely different branding on opposite sides.


FX10 AFY /1 ‘Stagecoach in Lincolnshire’ No. 15656. ‘Protect Our Marine Life’ Scania N230UD /  Alexander Dennis Ltd. (ADL) Enviro 400 /1 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FX10 AFY /2 ‘Stagecoach in Lincolnshire’ No. 15656. ‘Love our country’’

Scania N230UD /  Alexander Dennis Ltd. (ADL) Enviro 400 /2

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


 

It is a bit unusual to see the same bus with entirely different branding on opposite sides.


FX10 AFY /2 ‘Stagecoach in Lincolnshire’ No. 15656. ‘Love our country’’ Scania N230UD /  Alexander Dennis Ltd. (ADL) Enviro 400 /2 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

YX67 VCK ‘Stagecoach in Lincolnshire’ No. 10897 ‘Interconnect’. Alexander Dennis Ltd. (ADL) E40D / ‘ADL’ Enviro 400MMc

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


YX67 VCK ‘Stagecoach in Lincolnshire’ No. 10897 ‘Interconnect’. Alexander Dennis Ltd. (ADL) E40D / ‘ADL’ Enviro 400MMc on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FX06 AOF ‘Stagecoach in Lincolnshire’ No. 16944 ‘Interconnect’. Volvo B7TL / Wright Gemini Eclipse

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


FX06 AOF ‘Stagecoach in Lincolnshire’ No. 16944 ‘Interconnect’. Volvo B7TL / Wright Gemini Eclipse on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FX10 DUU ‘Stagecoach in Lincolnshire’ No. 16944 ‘Proud to be Lincoln’. Alexander Dennis Ltd. (ADL) Enviro 300 / ‘ADL’ Enviro 300

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


FX10 DUU ‘Stagecoach in Lincolnshire’ No. 16944 ‘Proud to be Lincoln’. Alexander Dennis Ltd. (ADL) Enviro 300 / ‘ADL’ Enviro 300 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DK09 GYE ‘Stagecoach in Lincolnshire’ No. 21270 ‘Interconnect’. B7RLE / Wright Eclipse Urban

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

 

An interesting bus. New to ‘First Potteries’ as No. 69494. 

 

Then moving to ‘First Chester & The Wirral’ where it joined ‘Stagecoach Merseyside & South Lancashire’ when that company took over the ‘First’ operation in Chester gaining the fleet number 21270 in the process.

 

In Chester it worked in Park & Ride livery where I photographed it and it subsequently appeared in my blog dated 22/02/2015.


DK09 GYE ‘Stagecoach in Lincolnshire’ No. 21270 ‘Interconnect’. B7RLE / Wright Eclipse Urban on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’





Wednesday, 19 June 2019

‘Scene’ Coaching in York 1 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

Although York is a major railway centre it still depends largely on the coach industry for its supply of daily leisure visitors. 

 

To support that industry the City of York provides an excellent coach park on the North side of the city where many of these images were captured.


 

8B6 7800 ‘Lechner CZ’, (Czech Republic). Neoplan Skyliner

 

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


8B6 7800 ‘Lechner CZ’, (Czech Republic). Neoplan Skyliner on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’


 

 


 

 

YX14 SFN ‘Plymouth citycoach’ No. 321. Volvo B11R / Plaxton Panther

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


YX14 SFN ‘Plymouth citycoach’ No. 321. Volvo B11R / Plaxton Panther on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

 

USV 810 ‘Dodsworth’s. DAF / Van Hool Alizee

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


USV 810 ‘Dodsworth’s. DAF / Van Hool Alizee on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

 

 

 


OU15 ZWW ‘ Tynedale Group Travel’ Neoplan Starliner 

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


OU15 ZWW ‘ Tynedale Group Travel’ Neoplan Starliner  on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’ 0


Monday, 17 June 2019

‘Scene’ in Liverpool, ‘ARRIVA’ 3 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

SM15 HWB ‘ARRIVA Merseyside’ No. 6005. Wright Streetlite D/F

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


SM15 HWB ‘ARRIVA Merseyside’ No. 6005. Wright Streetlite D/F on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

 

MX12 KVM ‘ARRIVA Merseyside’ No. 3137 ‘Sapphire’. VDL SB200 / Wright Pulsar

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


MX12 KVM ‘ARRIVA Merseyside’ No. 3137 ‘Sapphire’. VDL SB200 / Wright Pulsar on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

 

MX59 AAE ‘ARRIVA Merseyside’ No. 3000. VDL SB200 / Wright Pulsar 2

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


MX59 AAE ‘ARRIVA Merseyside’ No. 3000. VDL SB200 / Wright Pulsar 2 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

 

MX59 JJV ‘ARRIVA Merseyside’ No. 3029. VDL SB200CS / Wright Pulsar 2 

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


MX59 JJV ‘ARRIVA Merseyside’ No. 3029. VDL SB200CS / Wright Pulsar 2  on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

Friday, 14 June 2019

‘Scene’ in South Yorkshire. The Leyland Atlantean on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

The first mass produced front exit, rear engined double decker built in the UK.

 

The layout is so widely accepted these days that anything else is regarded as ‘unusual’.

 

Back in the late 1950’s when my home town fleet of ‘Sheffield Transport’ introduced what were described in the local press as ‘monsters’ there was much excitement amongst the local enthusiasts.

 

I remember seeing a lady who was walking round the rear end of the bus trying to to find the way on and having to point out to her that the door was at the front.

 

“It wont last’ she said. Little did she know!

 

The majority of these images were captured at Sandtoft, the home of the Trolleybus Museum, North East of Doncaster.

 

 

657 BWB ‘Sheffield Joint Omnibus Committee’ No. 1357. Leyland Atlantean PDR1 / Park Royal /1

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

 

‘Sheffield Transport Department’ (STD) were early buyers of the Atlantean which at that time was the PDR/1 model

 

Although seen in full Sheffield livery as preserved. It was owned by ‘Sheffield Joint Omnibus Committee’ which was a joint venture between ‘STD’ and the railway company’s.

 

Originally this had been the LMS & LNER but by this time it was now ‘British Railways’.

 

This bus was originally delivered in 1962 and at that time had a Weymann built body. 

 

It was re-bodied in 1968 with the Park Royal body seen here following a serious fire.


657 BWB ‘Sheffield Joint Omnibus Committee’ No. 1357. Leyland Atlantean PDR1 / Park Royal /1 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

 

657 BWB ‘Sheffield Joint Omnibus Committee’ No. 1357 ‘Driver Training Bus’. Leyland Atlantean PDR1 / Park Royal /2 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’ 

 

‘Sheffield Transport Department’ (STD) were early buyers of the Atlantean which at that time was the PDR/1 model.

 

This bus was originally delivered in 1962 and at that time had a Weymann built body. 

 

It was re-bodied in 1968 with the Park Royal body seen here following a serious fire.

 

Now seen as part of ‘South Yorkshire’s Transport’ (SYT) driver training fleet. ‘SYT’ being ‘STD’s successor.


657 BWB ‘Sheffield Joint Omnibus Committee’ No. 1357 ‘Driver Training Bus’. Leyland Atlantean PDR1 / Park Royal /2 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

 

SWB 287L ‘South Yorkshire’s Transport Ltd.’ No. 287 ‘Mainline’. Leyland Atlantean AN68 / Alexander /1

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

 

The Leyland Atlantean PDR/2 model followed the PDR/1 into the fleet in 1968. 

 

The AN68 model joined the (STD) fleet in 1973 just prior to the company disappearing into what became ‘South Yorkshire PTE’. (South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive).

 

Originally delivered to ‘Sheffield Transport’ in 1973.


SWB 287L ‘South Yorkshire’s Transport Ltd.’ No. 287 ‘Mainline’. Leyland Atlantean AN68 / Alexander /1 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

 

SWB 287L ‘South Yorkshire’s Transport Ltd.’ No. 287 ‘Mainline’. Leyland Atlantean AN68 / Alexander /2

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

 

The Leyland Atlantean PDR/2 model followed the PDR/1 into the fleet in 1968. 

 

The AN68 model joined the (STD) fleet in 1973 just prior to the company disappearing into what became ‘South Yorkshire PTE’. (South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive).

 

Originally delivered to ‘Sheffield Transport’ in 1973.


SWB 287L ‘South Yorkshire’s Transport Ltd.’ No. 287 ‘Mainline’. Leyland Atlantean AN68 / Alexander /2 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

 

VET 611S ‘South Yorkshire’s Transport Ltd.’ No.105 ‘DRIVER UNDER INSTRUCTION’. Leyland Atlantean AN68 / Roe 

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

 

New to ‘SYPTE’ as No.1611.


VET 611S ‘South Yorkshire’s Transport Ltd.’ No.105 ‘DRIVER UNDER INSTRUCTION’. Leyland Atlantean AN68 / Roe  on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

 

CWG 689V ‘South Yorkshire PTE’ No. 1689 ‘Sheffield MAINLINE’. Leyland Atlantean AN68 / Alexander

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


CWG 689V ‘South Yorkshire PTE’ No. 1689 ‘Sheffield MAINLINE’.  Leyland Atlantean AN68 / Alexander on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

 

JKW 297W ‘South Yorkshire PTE’ No. 1797 ‘Doncaster Transport’. Leyland Atlantean AN68 / Alexander 

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

 

New to ‘SYPTE’ but wearing the final version of Doncaster’s livery prior to becoming part of ‘SYPTE’.


CWG 689V ‘South Yorkshire PTE’ No. 1689 ‘Sheffield MAINLINE’.  Leyland Atlantean AN68 / Alexander on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

 

CWG 762V VET 611S ‘South Yorkshire Transport Ltd.’ No.1762 ‘Premier’ Leyland Atlantean AN68 / Roe

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

 

Wearing the livery of ‘Premier Coaches’, Stainforth who ‘SYT’ had just taken over.


CWG 762V VET 611S ‘South Yorkshire Transport Ltd.’ No.1762 ‘Premier’ Leyland Atlantean AN68 / Roe on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

Sunday, 9 June 2019

‘Scene’, Colourful AEC Routemasters (RM) Part 2 on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’’

I must admit that for the first 20 or so years of their lives I was not particularly interested in them.

 

To me the fact that London was still building half cab buses into the late1960’s when my home town fleet ‘Sheffield Transport’ and most of the rest of the country had been running ‘modern’ Leyland Atlanteans and Daimler Fieetlines since the late 1950’s only went to ‘prove’ how backward them ‘darn sarth’ were.

 

It was at least 20 years later before I actually travelled on an ‘RM’.

 

It was only when ‘London Transport’ started taking them out of service that I took any interest in them at all.


 

CUV 217C ‘ARRIVA London’ No. RM 2217. AEC Routemaster / Park Royal

 

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


CUV 217C ‘ARRIVA London’ No. RM 2217. AEC Routemaster / Park Royal on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

 

 

 

ALD 993B ‘Southampton CityBus’ No 404. AEC Routemaster / Park Royal

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

 

Formerly RM1993.


ALD 993B ‘Southampton CityBus’ No 404. AEC Routemaster / Park Royal on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

 

 

 

CUV 276C ‘Go-Ahead London’ No. RML 2276. AEC Routemaster / Park Royal

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


CUV 276C ‘Go-Ahead London’ No. RML 2276. AEC Routemaster / Park Royal on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

 

 

 

SMK 660F ‘Leaside Buses’ No. RML 2660. AEC Routemaster / Park Royal

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


SMK 660F ‘Leaside Buses’ No. RML 2660. AEC Routemaster / Park Royal on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JJD 412D ‘London Country’ No. RML 2412. AEC Routemaster / Park Royal

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

 

What had been ‘Green Line’ became ‘London Country Bus Services’ within the 

‘National Bus Company’ which initially retained the old base colour with the addition of dark green but with some yellow instead of the earlier light green contrast.


JJD 412D ‘London Country’ No. RML 2412. AEC Routemaster / Park Royal on ‘Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’