Wednesday, 20 October 2021

‘Scene’ at the GCR’s Bus & Train Spectacular 2 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

Staged at the ‘Great Central Railway’s Quorn & Woodhouse station just south of Loughborough.

 

The day was blessed with dry, warm and sunny weather together with a turnout of buses that exceeded my expectations.

 

The City of Leicester’s transport department was well represented with a wide range of buses on display and also giving rides to the large numbers of people who were visiting.

 

Friend Peter Rose accompanied me on the day and the following images of the show are a mixture of his and mine.

 

FJF 40D ‘Leicester City Transport’ No. 40. AEC Renown / East Lancs /1

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

 

FJF 40D ‘Leicester City Transport’ No. 40. AEC Renown / East Lancs /1 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

FJF 40D ‘Leicester City Transport’ No. 40. AEC Renown / East Lancs /2

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

 

FJF 40D ‘Leicester City Transport’ No. 40. AEC Renown / East Lancs /2 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

ARY 225K ‘Leicester City Transport’ No. 225. SCANIA BR111MH / MCW METRO-SCANIA

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

 

Produced at a time when Leyland were perceived as holding too much of monopoly on the UK bus industry.

Metro-Cammell teamed with Scania to produce single and double deck versions of this bus.

 

Foden also ventured into the field with its double decker built with a Northern Counties body

 

None of them were wildly successful.

 

The METRO-SCANIA having problems with corrosion.

 

Still, this specimen looks to have survived well.

 

ARY 225K ‘Leicester City Transport’ No. 225. SCANIA BR111MH / MCW METRO-SCANIA on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

UFP 233S ‘Leicester City Transport’ No. 233. Dennis Dominator / East Lancs

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

 

UFP 233S ‘Leicester City Transport’ No. 233. Dennis Dominator / East Lancs on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

FUT 240V ‘LEICESTER CITYBUS LTD’ No. 240. Dennis Dominator / East Lancs

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


FUT 240V ‘LEICESTER CITYBUS LTD’ No. 240. Dennis Dominator / East Lancs on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’


Monday, 18 October 2021

‘Scene’ in Manchester. ‘redEXPRESS’ meets ‘national express’ on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

‘redEXPRESS X41’ is a bus service run by the ‘Blackburn Bus Company’ which is in turn part of the ‘Transdev’ group.

 

Originating in Accrington and serving Haslingden, Ramsbottom, Prestwich, Harpurhay and Collhyurst on its journey into Manchester.

 

FJ58 LTN ‘Lancashire United’ No. 1868 ‘redEXPRESS’. Volvo B7RLE / Wright Eclipse /1 of 3 

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

 

FJ58 LTN ‘Lancashire United’ No. 1868 ‘redEXPRESS’. Volvo B7RLE / Wright Eclipse /1 of 3

 

 

 

FJ58 LTN ‘Lancashire United’ No. 1868 ‘redEXPRESS’. Volvo B7RLE / Wright Eclipse  /2 of 3 

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

 

FJ58 LTN ‘Lancashire United’ No. 1868 ‘redEXPRESS’. Volvo B7RLE / Wright Eclipse  /2 of 3  on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

FJ58 LTN ‘Lancashire United’ No. 1868 ‘redEXPRESS’. Volvo B7RLE / Wright Eclipse /3 of 3 

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

 

FJ58 LTN ‘Lancashire United’ No. 1868 ‘redEXPRESS’. Volvo B7RLE / Wright Eclipse /3 of 3  on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

BV19 XSF ‘Selwyns Travel, Runcorn’ No. 336 ‘national express’. Scania K410EB6 / Caetano Levante III

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

 

I have been an admirer of the Portuguese built Caetano Levante coach body which over three versions has been produced exclusively for ‘national express’ contractors.

 

BV19 XSF ‘Selwyns Travel, Runcorn’ No. 336 ‘national express’. Scania K410EB6 / Caetano Levante III on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

BV19 XRY ‘Selwyns Travel, Runcorn’ No. 333 ‘national express’. Scania K410EB6 / Caetano Levante III

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

 

BV19 XRY ‘Selwyns Travel, Runcorn’ No. 333 ‘national express’. Scania K410EB6 / Caetano Levante III on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

BV19 XRP ‘Edwards Coaches’, Bristol. Scania K410EB6 / Caetano Levante III

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

 

Parked at Shudehill Transport Interchange.

 

From its grubby appearance, no ‘national express’ (ne) branding and a 17 sticker in the windscreen. 

 

It looks to me that it has been withdrawn from ‘ne’ work and its owner is seeking a living for it wherever it can be found.

 

BV19 XRP ‘Edwards Coaches’, Bristol. Scania K410EB6 / Caetano Levante III on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

Friday, 15 October 2021

‘Scene’ Once More in Edinburgh on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

Something of a bonus blog. 

 

Earlier this year, ’Lothian Buses’ took delivery of a substantial number of Volvo B5TL buses with Alexander Dennis Ltd. Enviro 400MMC bodies. 

 

Numbered from 601 to 650.

 

The B5TL being the replacement for Volvo’s B9TL.

 

It is interesting to note that with the availability of alternative power sources i.e. Hydrogen, Gas, Electricity etc. that ‘Lothian’ is still buying diesel powered buses in some numbers.

 

A further batch numbered from 651 to 698 are being delivered at the moment  and across the rest of this year.

 

As usual, friend Stuart Montgomery who is one of ’Lothian Buses’ volunteer photographers has been out to welcome them to Edinburgh and his images are reproduced here with his approval and my thanks.

 

SJ71 HJG ’Lothian Buses’ No. 656. Volvo B5TL / Alexander Dennis Ltd. Enviro 400MMC /1

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

 

SJ71 HJG ’Lothian Buses’ No. 656. Volvo B5TL / Alexander Dennis Ltd. Enviro 400MMC /1 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

SJ71 HJG ’Lothian Buses’ No. 656. Volvo B5TL / Alexander Dennis Ltd. Enviro 400MMC /2

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

 

SJ71 HJG ’Lothian Buses’ No. 656. Volvo B5TL / Alexander Dennis Ltd. Enviro 400MMC /2 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

SJ71 HJN ’Lothian Buses’ No. 658. Volvo B5TL / Alexander Dennis Ltd. Enviro 400MMC

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

 

SJ71 HJN ’Lothian Buses’ No. 658. Volvo B5TL / Alexander Dennis Ltd. Enviro 400MMC on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

SJ71 HJC ’Lothian Buses’ No. 652. Volvo B5TL / Alexander Dennis Ltd. Enviro 400MMC

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

 

SJ71 HJC ’Lothian Buses’ No. 652. Volvo B5TL / Alexander Dennis Ltd. Enviro 400MMC on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

Thursday, 14 October 2021

‘Scene’ at the GCR’s Bus & Train Spectacular 1 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

Staged at the ‘Great Central Railway’s Quorn & Woodhouse station just south of Loughborough.

 

The day was blessed with dry, warm and sunny weather together with a turnout of buses that exceeded my expectations.

 

The City of Leicester’s transport department was well represented with a wide range of buses on display and also giving rides to the large numbers of people who were visiting.

 

Friend Peter Rose accompanied me on the day and the following images of the show are a mixture of his and mine.

 

CBC 921 ‘Leicester City Transport’ No. 329. AEC Renown / Northern Counties

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

 

New in 1939.

 

My star of the show. Superb!

 

CBC 921 ‘Leicester City Transport’ No. 329. AEC Renown / Northern Counties on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

 

 

FJF 193 ‘Leicester City Transport’ No. 154. Leyland PD2 / Leyland /1

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

 

New in 1950.

 

FJF 193 ‘Leicester City Transport’ No. 154. Leyland PD2 / Leyland /1 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

FJF 193 ‘Leicester City Transport’ No. 154. Leyland PD2 / Leyland /2

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

 

Pictured outside the ‘GCR’ Loughborough station.

 

Friend Peter Rose is sat behind the 3rd. window from the front upstairs.

 

Give him a wave!

 

FJF 193 ‘Leicester City Transport’ No. 154. Leyland PD2 / Leyland /2 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

TBC 163 ‘Leicester City Transport’ No. 163. Leyland PD3 / Park Royal

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

 

New in 1958.

 

The colours used are the same as for the two earlier images pictured above.

 

However, the different proportions in their application makes the bus seem much brighter and cleaner.

 

This styling was probably the best that half cab bus styling ever got.

 

In the late 1950s the ‘Birmingham & Midland Motor Omnibus’ Co. (Midland Red) had been building their own buses. 

 

One of the features was a full width panel at the front, hiding the radiator and blending in the wings.

 

They asked Leyland if they could produce something similar for the front of buses the company had on order.

 

This was Leyland’s answer.

 

The blank space between the vertical openings just below the Leyland badge was created to house the stylised initials BMMO.

 

Obviously, other operators wanted something different. 

 

In this case they have used what appears to be the City of Leicester’s coat of arms.

 

Known as ‘tin fronts’.

 

Suddenly AEC, Daimler, Guy, Alexander and others adopted what had virtually become a fashion item.

 

TBC 163 ‘Leicester City Transport’ No. 163. Leyland PD3 / Park Royal on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

90 HBC ‘Leicester City Transport’ No. 90. Leyland PD3A / East Lancs

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

 

If memory serves me right: For the PD3, the ‘tin front’ now became fibreglass.

 

New in 1964.

 

90 HBC ‘Leicester City Transport’ No. 90. Leyland PD3A / East Lancs on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

217 AJF ‘Leicester City Transport’ No. 217. AEC Bridgemaster / Park Royal /1

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

 

New in 1961.

 

217 AJF ‘Leicester City Transport’ No. 217. AEC Bridgemaster / Park Royal /1 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

217 AJF ‘Leicester City Transport’ No. 217. AEC Bridgemaster / Park Royal /2

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

 

217 AJF ‘Leicester City Transport’ No. 217. AEC Bridgemaster / Park Royal /2 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

Monday, 11 October 2021

‘Scene’ at the East Midlands Airport. DHL freighters on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

Whilst passenger services have plummeted because of the pandemic, freight traffic has rocketed so not surprisingly, this blog illustrates freighters.

 

Many thanks go to friend John Beastall who provided all the identification and operational details.

 

Readers seeking further details on particular aircraft are recommended to Google the aircraft registration. e.g. G-BMRA.

 

I then go to ‘www.airfleets.net'

 

‘DHL’ are one of the largest air freight carriers in the world and are in and out of the airport regularly during the evening and night.

 

G-BMRA ‘DHL Airways’. Boeing 727-236SF

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

 

It first flew on 13/02/1987 for ‘British Airways’ which makes it 34 years old at the time of writing.

 

G-BMRA ‘DHL Airways’. Boeing 727-236SF on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

D-DHLE ‘DHL Airways’. Boeing 767-3JHF

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

 

It first flew on 28/07/2009 for ‘DHL’ which makes it 12 years old at the time of writing.

 

D-DHLE ‘DHL Airways’. Boeing 767-3JHF on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

D-AALM ‘DHL Airways’. Boeing 777-FZN

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

 

It first flew on 23/09/2019 for’ DHL’ which makes almost 2 years old at the time of writing.

 

Operated for ‘DHL’ by ‘Aerologic'.

 

D-AALM ‘DHL Airways’. Boeing 767-FZN on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

EI-DGU ‘DHL Airways’. Airbus A300B4-622RF

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

 

It first flew on 27/02/1990 which makes it 31 years old at the time of writing.

 

New registered SU-GAR for ‘Egyptair’.

 

Operated for ‘DHL’ by ‘ASL Airlines Ireland’.

 

EI-DGU ‘DHL Airways’. Airbus A300B4-622RF on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

Friday, 8 October 2021

‘Scene’ in North Norfolk’ 1 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

Friend Peter Rose recently spent some time on the ‘North Norfolk Railway’ (NNR) where he captured these images.

 

As regular readers/viewers will know Peter’s work appears regularly on the blog with his permission and my thanks.

 

For further and fuller details of any of the locomotives featured in this blog, Google ‘British Preserved Steam Locomotives’ followed by the loco number.

 

On 02/10/2014, I posted a blog re the ‘NNR’ in which I went into some detail regarding the rolling stock on the line. Particularly the coaches.

 

For anyone interested, it is still available.

 

 

564 ‘Great Eastern Railway’ Class Y14 0-6-0. Stratford built steam Locomotive

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

 

I have seen and ridden behind this loco in the past but it never looked as good as this!

 

In 1923, it became ‘LNER’ Class J15 No. 7564 later being re-numbered 5462 and then became No. 65462 under ‘British Railways’ ownership.

 

Finally withdrawn in 1963 coming to the ‘NNR’ in June 1967.

 

Pictured at Weybourne.

 

564 ‘Great Eastern Railway’ Class Y14 0-6-0. Stratford built steam Locomotive on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

8572 ‘LNER’ Class B12 4-6-0. Beyer Peacock built steam Locomotive /1 of 2

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

 

The class  was originally constructed by the ‘Great Eastern Railway’ commencing in 1912 as Class S69 which were also known as Class1500.

 

8572 was one of the last batch built for the ‘LNER’ in 1928.

 

It became No. 61572 in 1948 when the LNER was Nationalised and became part of ‘British Railways’.

 

Withdrawn in 1961 it eventually arrived on the ‘NNR’ in 1967.

 

Pictured at Weybourne.

 

8572 ‘LNER’ Class B12 4-6-0. Beyer Peacock built steam Locomotive /1 of 2 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

8572 ‘LNER’ Class B12 4-6-0. Beyer Peacock built steam Locomotive /2 of 2

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

 

Pictured at Sheringham at the head of a train made up largely of a Gresley designed ‘quad/art’ set.

 

The abreviation ‘quad/art’ means ‘Quadruple Articulated’. 

 

Basically four coaches carried on five bogies.

 

See my blog posted 02/10/2014 for more details.

 

The final vehicle in the rake is a four wheeled former LNER pigeon van which is used to carry cycles for those wishing to continue their journey on two wheels.

 

8572 ‘LNER’ Class B12 4-6-0. Beyer Peacock built steam Locomotive /2 of 2 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

53809 ‘British Railways’ class 7F Midland Railway built 2-8-0 steam locomotive

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

 

Although built by the ‘Midland Railway’ at Derby it was one of eleven almost identical loco’s built in two batches for use on the ‘Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway’.

 

The ownership of which was joint with the ‘London & South Western Railway’ sharing with the ‘Midland’.

 

At the grouping in 1923, the new owners were the ‘LMS’ and ‘Southern Railway’.

 

Built in 1925 by Robert Stephenson and Co. it later became No. 13809 in LMS livery and No. 53809 under ‘British Railways’.

 

Withdrawn in 1964.

 

The 4 wheel van to which it is coupled is provided for the carriage of cycles on the train.

 

53809 ‘British Railways’ class 7F Midland Railway built 2-8-0 steam locomotive on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

 

92203 ‘British Railways’ class 9F Swindon built 2-10-0 steam locomotive

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

 

Built in 1959 and withdrawn in 1967.

 

Bought for preservation by David Shepherd and named ‘Black Prince’. 

 

Currently owned by the ‘NNR’.

 

92203 ‘British Railways’ class 9F Swindon built 2-10-0 steam locomotive on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

Tuesday, 5 October 2021

‘Scene’ in Chatsworth Park, Derbyshire 3 Visitors on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

There cannot be many readers / viewers of my blog who are unaware that 2021 marks the 100th. anniversary of the founding of ‘Hulleys of Baslow’.

 

It had been intended to mount a bus rally in Chatsworth nearer to the original anniversary date but this was set back to September 26th. 2021 because of the Covid-19 crisis.

 

The buses I saw on the day split nicely into, 

 

Those owned by ‘Hulleys’, preserved buses and those that were visiting or passing through.

 

I do not claim that those pictured were the only buses on display because there were others that were out visiting elsewhere that I would have missed.

 

SL64 JCU ‘Stagecoach Manchester’ No. 10428 ‘ PROUD TO SERVE MANCHESTER FOR 25 YEARS’. Alexander Dennis Ltd. (ADL) E40D / ‘ADL’ Enviro 400MMC

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

 

An unusual livery.

 

SL64 JCU ‘Stagecoach Manchester’ No. 10428 ‘ PROUD TO SERVE MANCHESTER FOR 25 YEARS’. Alexander Dennis Ltd. (ADL) E40D / ‘ADL’ Enviro 400MMC on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

 YN06 JYK ‘TM Travel’ No. 11. Scania N94UD / East Lancs Omnidekka

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

 

Pictured working between Sheffield and Bakewell.

 

New to ‘Metrobus’ as No. 925.

 

Wearing ‘TM Travel’ titles on a ‘notts+derby’ paint scheme.

 

Both companies being part of the ‘Wellglade’ group.

 

YN06 JYK ‘TM Travel’ No. 11. Scania N94UD / East Lancs Omnidekka on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

YN06 JYO  ‘TM Travel’ No. 1175. Scania N94UD / East Lancs Omnidekka

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

 

Pictured working between Sheffield and Bakewell.

 

New to ‘Metrobus’ as No. 927.

 

YN06 JYO  ‘TM Travel’ No. 1175. Scania N94UD / East Lancs Omnidekka on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

M444 BUS ‘Maxfields Travel’, Sheffield. Auwater Neoplan Euroliner N 313 SHD

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

 

New registered YR02 UMK to ‘Pagan’ of Hounslow.

 

The badging N 316 SHD on the coach is incorrect.

 

M444 BUS ‘Maxfields Travel’, Sheffield. Auwater Neoplan Euroliner  N 313 SHD on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

WX69 PMU ‘IGO TRAVEL’. Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 516 CDI

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

 

WX69 PMU ‘IGO TRAVEL’. Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 516 CDI on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

BK13 XYJ ‘Bakers Dolphin’. Merceded Benz Tourismo

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

 

BK13 XYJ ‘Bakers Dolphin’. Merceded Benz Tourismo on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’