Friday, 5 June 2020

‘Scene’ outside Nottingham’s Railway Station (NRS) 1 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

The original ‘NRS’ was opened in 1839 by the ‘Midland Counties Railway’.

 

Substantially rebuilt in 1904 by the now ‘Midland Railway’ using brick, terracotta and faience (a form of glazed terracotta) instead of stone.

 

Further re-worked in 2013 when the trackwork was remodelled resulting in the beautiful building seen today.

 

All of the images in this blog show part of the station exterior in the background.

 

Nottingham  Railway Station frontage 2020

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


Nottingham  Railway Station frontage 2020 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

YX67 UXT ‘trentbarton’ (tb) No. 114 ‘mainline’. Alexander Dennis Ltd. (ADL) E20D / ‘ADL’ Enviro 200MMC 

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


YX67 UXT ‘trentbarton’ (tb) No. 114 ‘mainline’. Alexander Dennis Ltd. (ADL) E20D / ‘ADL’ Enviro 200MMC  on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

YN18 EFY ‘Nottingham City Transport’ (NCT) No. 487 ‘Navy Line 49’. Scania N280UD / Alexander Dennis Ltd. Enviro 400CBG City 

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

 

One of ‘NCT’s fleet of gas powered double deckers that now totals over a hundred with more to come.


YN18 EFY ‘Nottingham City Transport’ (NCT) No. 487 ‘Navy Line 49’. Scania N280UD / Alexander Dennis Ltd. Enviro 400CBG City  on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

FJ03 VWM ‘trentbarton’ No. 625 ‘skylink’. Scania L94UB / Wright Solar

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

 

Links Nottingham with the East Midlands Airport.


FJ03 VWM ‘trentbarton’ No. 625 ‘skylink’. Scania L94UB / Wright Solar on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

YJ67 GBF ‘Marshall of Sutton on Trent’ No. OP118. Optare V1170 Versa

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

 

Inbound on the hourly service from Newark.


YJ67 GBF ‘Marshall of Sutton on Trent’ No. OP118. Optare V1170 Versa on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

YX17 NTK ‘trentbarton’ No. 109 ‘mango’. Alexander Dennis Ltd. (ADL) E20D / ‘ADL’ Enviro 200MMC

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

 

Branded for ‘mango’ ‘tb’s discounted cashless travel card.

 

Effectively, the ‘mango’ branded buses are used as spare buses anywhere in the system.


YX17 NTK ‘trentbarton’ No. 109 ‘mango’. Alexander Dennis Ltd. (ADL) E20D / ‘ADL’ Enviro 200MMC on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

Tuesday, 2 June 2020

‘Scene’ on the ‘West Somerset Railway’ (WSR) 1 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

The ‘WSR’ at 20 miles, is the longest ‘Heritage’ steam railway in England. 

 

Running from Taunton to Watchet originally and then being extended to the terminus at Minehead.

 

Minehead these days is the main operating base and there is a Museum and some rolling stock storage at Washford which is well worth a visit.

 

Minehead is also the location where all the images in this blog were taken.

 

9351 ‘Great Western Railway’ (GWR inspired)  2-6-0 Mogul /1

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

 

A very interesting loco in that it started out as 2-6-2 tank locomotive No. 5193 built in 1934 at Swindon.

 

Withdrawn in 1962 and rescued from Woodhams scrapyard at Barry in 1979, it was bought by the ‘WSR’ in 1999 who decided in 2000 to rebuild it as a tender loco.

 

This was a class of locomotive that was NOT built by the ‘GWR’ but might well have been being a smaller version of ‘GWR’ class 4300 which was built by the GWR.

 

It probably qualifies as the largest ‘Kit conversion’ ever.


9351 ‘Great Western Railway’ (GWR inspired)  2-6-0 Mogul /1 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

9351 ‘Great Western Railway’ (GWR) inspired  2-6-0 Mogul /2

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


9351 ‘Great Western Railway’ (GWR) inspired  2-6-0 Mogul /2 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

7822 ‘British Railways’ ‘Foxcote Manor’. GWR 7800 class /1

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


Built at Swindon in 1950 (post Nationalisation) it was withdrawn in 1965, rescued from Woodhams scrapyard at Barry in 1974 and preserved initially at Oswestry.

 

Since then it has been overhauled twice and has been at the ‘WSR’ since 2018.


7822 ‘British Railways’ ‘Foxcote Manor’. GWR 7800 class /1 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

7822 ‘British Railways’ ‘Foxcote Manor’. GWR 7800 class /2

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


7822 ‘British Railways’ ‘Foxcote Manor’. GWR 7800 class /2 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

7829 ‘British Railways’ ‘Odney’ Manor’. GWR 7800 class

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

 

Built at Swindon in 1950 (post Nationalisation) it was withdrawn in 1965, rescued from Woodhams scrapyard at Barry in 1981 and preserved initially at the ‘Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway’.

 

It came to the ‘WSR’ in 1995 who bought the loco in 2004.

 

In June 2011 it was re-named ‘Norton Manor’ after the the nearby No.40 Royal Marine Commandos base at Norton Fitzwarren.


7829 ‘British Railways’ ‘Odney’ Manor’. GWR 7800 class on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

Friday, 29 May 2020

‘Scene’ on another trip ‘Down Memory Lane’, ‘Stevensons of Spath 1’ on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

These days, I suppose that the majority of photographers store their images on hard drives on various computers, tablets etc.

 

So it was with some surprise that I recently discovered some of my older images in that most familiar of storage locations, an old shoe box.

 

All of the images were taken on film in the days before I had graduated to automatic digital cameras so any slight focus or colour problems are due entirely to me.

 

It was sometime in the early 1980’s that I had occasion to visit the village of Spath where ‘Stevensons’, a legendary bus operator of that time was based.

 

Lunchtime saw me there, camera in hand.

 

So enjoy this selection dating back many years.

 

‘Stevensons of Spath eventually became ‘Stevensons of Uttoxeter & Burton’ (pronounced Uchetter by the locals) and eventually disappeared into 

‘ARRIVA Midlands’.

 

The star of the day for me was this.

 

Unregistered (but I think it became Q246 FVT). ‘Stevensons Bus Services’. Leyland Olympian / Eastern Coachworks 

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

 

This bus was one of the prototype Olympians built by Leyland and bought by ‘Stevensons’ as a bare shell which was fitted out by the company at Spath.

 

It was unusual for a number of reasons. One was the fitting of Bristol VR front panel.

 

It eventually became No. 99.

 

Pictured at Spath.


Unregistered (but I think it became Q246 FVT). ‘Stevensons Bus Services’. Leyland Olympian / Eastern Coachworks  on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

UWW 6X ‘Stevensons Bus Services’ No. 98. Leyland Olympian / Eastern Coachworks

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

 

Pictured I think at Sandtoft Trolleybus Museum.

 

New to ‘West Yorkshire PTE’ as No. 2005.


UWW 6X ‘Stevensons Bus Services’ No. 98. Leyland Olympian / Eastern Coachworks on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

PAX 466F ‘Stevensons Bus Services’ No. 30. Leyland PD3 / Massey Lowbridge

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

 

New to ‘Bedwas & Machen U.D.C’The very last low bridge body to be built in the UK.

 

For those not old enough to remember low bridge buses. The were lowered by means of having four seats abreast upstairs served by a sunken gangway on the offside which intruded into the downstairs saloon.

 

For those sitting on the offside downstairs it was ready made for banging your head on when leaving your seat.

 

For those sitting upstairs nearest the nearside window it generally meant climbing over the passenger(s) sat to your right.

 

An abomination that was resolved by the introduction of the drop centre rear axle as on the Bristol Lodekka, Dennis Loline and the Albion Lowlander.

 

Pictured I think at Sandtoft Trolleybus Museum.


PAX 466F ‘Stevensons Bus Services’ No. 30. Leyland PD3 / Massey Lowbridge on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

JGF 298K ‘Stevensons of Uttoxeter & Burton’ No. 38. Daimler Fleetline / Park Royal

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

 

New to ‘London Transport’ as DMS298.

 

‘Stevensons’ operated a substantial number of the former ‘London Transport’ DMS class of Daimler Fleetline / Park Royal buses.

 

Pictured at Spath.


JGF 298K ‘Stevensons of Uttoxeter & Burton’ No. 38. Daimler Fleetline / Park Royal on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

Tuesday, 26 May 2020

‘Scene’ again in Somerset, Other operators on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

WH55 JKK ‘Ridlers’ Chassis unknown / Plaxton Paragon

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

 

Pictured in Minehead.


WH55 JKK ‘Ridlers’ Chassis unknown / Plaxton Paragon on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

YJ14 JFK ‘Truronian’. Yutong  TC12

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

 

New to ‘Hamilton’, Uxbridge.

 

Previously with ‘First South West’ and ‘Somerset Passenger Solutions’.

 

Pictured in Taunton.


YJ14 JFK ‘Truronian’. Yutong  TC12 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

YX19 ONL Somerset Passenger Solutions’ No. D602. Alexander Dennis Ltd. (ADL) E20D / ‘ADL’ Enviro 200MMC

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

 

Pictured leaving Watchet railway station.


YX19 ONL ‘Somerset Passenger Solutions’ No. D602. Alexander Dennis Ltd. (ADL) E20D / ‘ADL’ Enviro 200MMC on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

 

 

YJ14 BHW ‘Hatch Green Coaches’. Optare M8900 Solo SR /1

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

 

Pictured in Taunton.


YJ14 BHW ‘Hatch Green Coaches’. Optare M8900 Solo SR /1 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

 

 


YJ14 BHW ‘Hatch Green Coaches’. Optare M8900 Solo SR /2

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

 

Pictured in Taunton.


YJ14 BHW ‘Hatch Green Coaches’. Optare M8900 Solo SR /2 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

 

 

YJ14 BHX ‘Hatch Green Coaches’. Optare M720 Solo SE

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

 

Pictured in Taunton.


YJ14 BHX ‘Hatch Green Coaches’. Optare M720 Solo SE on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’


Friday, 22 May 2020

‘Scene’ in Edinburgh 1. ‘Borders Buses’ on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

Based in Berwick-upon-Tweed with a history going back to the 1970’s operating as ‘Perryman’s.

 

Since 2016 part of the ‘West Coast Motors’ group and re branded in 2017 as ‘Borders Buses’ the company operates widely across Northern England and Southern Scotland.

 

YN16 CFU ‘Borders Buses’ No. 11622 ‘My Name’s Doddie Foundation’. Scania N250UD / ‘ADL’ Enviro 400MMC

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

 

New to ‘Scania’, Worksop, Notts. as a demonstrator.


YN16 CFU ‘Borders Buses’ No. 11622 ‘My Name’s Doddie Foundation’. Scania N250UD / ‘ADL’ Enviro 400MMC on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

YN66 BBV ‘Borders Buses’ No. 11622. Scania N250UD / ‘ADL’ Enviro 400MMC

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

 

New to ‘Reading Transport’ as No.776.

 

It was delivered to Reading as a stopgap prior to that fleet receiving its gas powered Scania N280UD / ‘ADL’ Enviro 400MMC’s.

 

Pictured leaving Edinburgh Bus Station.


YN66 BBV ‘Borders Buses’ No. 11622. Scania N250UD / ‘ADL’ Enviro 400MMC on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

LX59 CLU ‘Borders Buses’ No. 10909. Scania N230UD / Scania OmniCity

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

 

New to ‘Stagecoach London’ as No. 15125.


LX59 CLU ‘Borders Buses’ No. 10909. Scania N230UD / Scania OmniCity on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

BF12 KWW ‘Borders Buses’ No. 11226. Volvo B7RLE / Wright Eclipse Urban

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

 

New to ‘Whitelaw of Stonehouse’.


BF12 KWW ‘Borders Buses’ No. 11226. Volvo B7RLE / Wright Eclipse Urban on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’ BF12 KWW ‘Borders Buses’ No. 11226. Volvo B7RLE / Wright Eclipse Urban on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

SN15 LJF ‘Borders Buses’ No. 11501. Alexander Dennis Ltd. (ADL) E30D / ‘ADL’ Enviro 300

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

 

New to the original ‘Perryman’s operation as No. 24.

 

Pictured entering Edinburgh Bus Station.


SN15 LJF ‘Borders Buses’ No. 11501. Alexander Dennis Ltd. (ADL) E30D / ‘ADL’ Enviro 300 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

YA13 AEN ‘Borders Buses’ No. 11311. Optare Versa V1170

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

 

New to the original ‘Perryman’s operation as No. 18.


YA13 AEN ‘Borders Buses’ No. 11311. Optare Versa V1170 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

Tuesday, 19 May 2020

‘Scene’ in Somerset. ‘Firstbus’ 3 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

The ‘Firstbus’ fleet in Somerset falls into two distinct categories.

 

In one of those categories are the members of the fleet that carry the full green or branded liveries and the other are those that don’t.

 

Blogs covering the ‘green’ fleet were published on 01/05/20 and 05/05/20.

 

HIG 1533 ‘First Kernow’ No. 65759 ‘Atlantic Coasters’. Scania L94UB / Wright Solar

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

 

New registered YN05 GXF to ‘Reading Transport’ No. 1006.

 

Something of a puzzle. Painted in full ‘First Kernow’ livery working a local

‘First Southwest’ local route.

 

Route 21 heads North from Taunton to Burnham on Sea.

 

The most likely explanations are that it is on temporary loan or has been transferred permanently and ‘First South West’ have not as yet got round to repainting it.

 

Pictured in Taunton.


HIG 1533 ‘First Kernow’ No. 65759 ‘Atlantic Coasters’. Scania L94UB / Wright Solar on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

LT02 NVP ‘First South West’ No. 33127. Dennis Trident / Plaxton President

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

 

New to ‘Centrewest’, London as TN1127 but previously with ‘First South Yorkshire’

 

Pictured in Taunton Bus Station.


LT02 NVP ‘First South West’ No. 33127. Dennis Trident / Plaxton President on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

YX58 HVF ‘First South West’ No. 44076. Alexander Dennis Ltd. (ADL) Enviro 200 / (ADL) Enviro 200

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

 

Formerly with ‘First Capital’, London as No. DML 44076.

 

Pictured in Taunton Bus Station.


YX58 HVF ‘First South West’ No. 44076. Alexander Dennis Ltd. (ADL) Enviro 200 / (ADL) Enviro 200 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

YN54 NZC ‘First South West’ No. 65007. Scania CN94UB / Scania Omnilink

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

 

Previously with ‘First Hampshire & Dorset’.

 

Pictured leaving Watchet railway station.


YN54 NZC ‘First South West’ No. 65007. Scania CN94UB / Scania Omnilink on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’


Friday, 15 May 2020

‘Scene’ in Nottingham. Diesel engined buses/1 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

Over the last couple of years I have covered the introduction of gas powered buses on a number occasions.

 

However, there are still large numbers of diesel buses in the City that are worthy of illustration.

 

SIL 7025 ‘Skills Coaches’ Volvo B7TL / Plaxton President

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

 

Pictured in the livery of its previous owner ‘Lothian buses’.


SIL 7025 ‘Skills Coaches’ Volvo B7TL / Plaxton President on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

YR10 BDX ‘Nottingham City Transport’ No. 995 ‘Lime line 56,57,59’. 

Scania N230UD / Optare Omnidekka 

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


YR10 BDX ‘Nottingham City Transport’ No. 995 ‘Lime line 56,57,59’.  Scania N230UD / Optare Omnidekka  on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

YP63 WFA ‘Nottingham City Transport’ No. 601. Scania 230UD / Alexander Dennis Ltd. Enviro400

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

 

Unusually devoid of any route branding


YP63 WFA ‘Nottingham City Transport’ No. 601. Scania 230UD / Alexander Dennis Ltd. Enviro400 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

YN14 MUW ‘Nottingham City Transport’ No. 628 ‘Orange line 35’. 

Scania 230UD / Alexander Dennis Ltd. Enviro400 

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


YN14 MUW ‘Nottingham City Transport’ No. 628 ‘Orange line 35’.  Scania 230UD / Alexander Dennis Ltd. Enviro400  on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

YT11 LTK ‘Nottingham City Transport’ No. 903. Scania N230UD / Optare Omnidekka

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

 

Pictured in the silver ‘go anywhere’ spare bus livery.


YT11 LTK ‘Nottingham City Transport’ No. 903. Scania N230UD / Optare Omnidekka on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’