Sunday, 3 July 2022

‘Scene’ on a PSV Circle Organised Visit ‘REDFERN TRAVEL’ 3 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

The PSV Circle (of which I have been a member for some years) aims to hold an Annual General Meeting in a different location in the UK every year. (Covid permitting).

 

Usually held at a weekend, they also include visits to operators and other bus related venues for the attending members to visit and enjoy.

 

This year, the location was in my part of the world, the East Midlands.

 

The second visit of the second day was to ‘REDFERN TRAVEL’ who work out of a large modern depot at Mansfield Woodhouse, Notts.

 

The company are part of the ‘JOHNSON BROS. TOURS’ (JBT) group of Hodthorpe, Worksop, Notts. 

 

(More of which another day).

 

71 RT ‘REDFERN TRAVEL’. ‘JOHNSON BROS. Euro Cruiser Lady Denise’.

Irizar i4 / Irizar

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

 

New registered YN16 NZO. It has also carried  registration 76 RT.

 

71 RT ‘REDFERN TRAVEL’. ‘JOHNSON BROS. Euro Cruiser Lady Denise’. Irizar i4 / Irizar on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

RV71 EWH ‘REDFERN TRAVEL’. ‘JOHNSON BROS’, ‘Euro Star’.

Iveco 70C21/ Ilesbus

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

 

RV71 EWH ‘REDFERN TRAVEL’. ‘JOHNSON BROS’, ‘Euro Star’. Iveco 70C21/ Ilesbus on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

300 RT ‘REDFERN TRAVEL’. ‘JOHNSON BROS’.

Volvo B9R / Caetano Levante

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

 

New registered FJ12 FXA to ‘Stott’, Milnsbridge, Huddersfield for use on 

‘national express’ services.

 

300 RT ‘REDFERN TRAVEL’. ‘JOHNSON BROS’. Volvo B9R / Caetano Levante on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

63 RT ‘REDFERN TRAVEL’. ‘JOHNSON BROS’.

Mercedes-Benz 516 cdi / Excel

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

 

63 RT ‘REDFERN TRAVEL’. ‘JOHNSON BROS’. Mercedes-Benz 516 cdi / Excel on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

67 RT ‘REDFERN TRAVEL’. ‘JOHNSON BROS Euro Roamer’.

Van Hool TX16 Alicron

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

 

New registered YJ15 EUX.

 

67 RT ‘REDFERN TRAVEL’. ‘JOHNSON BROS Euro Roamer’. Van Hool TX16 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

L3 JBT ‘REDFERN TRAVEL’

Mercedes-Benz 511 CDi

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

 

L3 JBT ‘REDFERN TRAVEL’ Mercedes-Benz 511 CDi on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

Friday, 1 July 2022

‘Scene’ in Halifax 2 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

My first real day out ‘bus hunting’ in 2022 was to the two West Yorkshire towns of Halifax and Huddersfield.

 

Only 9 or so miles apart in distance but separated in fact by an enormous hill along the top of which runs the M62 Motorway.

 

My first stop wherever I go is usually the local bus station.

 

Unfortunately, the one in Halifax was undergoing severe rebuilding work at the time of my visit and the bit that was still in operation was restricted viewing so it was time to take to the streets.

 

Whilst ‘First West Yorkshire’ is the dominant operator, there are others.

 

Probably the largest is now ‘team Pennine’ (tP) which is part of the ‘Transdev Blazefield’ (TB) group.

 

‘TB’ bought the ‘Yorkshire Tiger’ (YT) operation from ‘Arriva’ in 2021 and renamed it as ‘team Pennine’.

 

The ‘tP buses I saw in Halifax with one exception were all wearing their former ‘YT’ livery with the addition of vinyls that read,

 

 “Im joining team Pennine… they’re going to make me better”.

 

I would suggest to ‘tP’ that they do that as quickly as possible because the ex ‘YT’ livery does the buses no favours.

 

YJ07 JVM ‘team Pennine’ No. 1224.

VDL SB120 / Wright Cadet 

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

 

Pictured wearing the remains of the ‘flying tiger’ livery from when it worked in Leeds on the Leeds/Bradford airport shuttle for ‘Arriva’.

 

YJ07 JVM ‘team Pennine’ No. 1224. VDL SB120 / Wright Cadet  on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

YJ62 FBL ‘team Pennine’ No. 202.

Optare Versa V1110

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

 

New to ‘Webberbus’, Bridgewater, Somerset.

 

YJ62 FBL ‘team Pennine’ No. 202. Optare Versa V1110 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

YK08 ERV ‘team Pennine’ No. 180.

Optare Solo M950

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

 

New to ‘Arriva Durham County’ No. 2803.

 

Optare Solo M950 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

YJ57 YCA  ‘team Pennine’ No. 201.

Optare Versa V1110

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

 

New to ‘Webberbus’, Bridgewater, Somerset.

 

YJ57 YCA  ‘team Pennine’ No. 201. Optare Versa V1110 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

YJ55 BLZ ‘Stotts Coaches’.

Optare Solo M780SL

 

New to ‘Hughes & Goodsir’, Holyhead.

 

YJ55 BLZ ‘Stotts Coaches’. Optare Solo M780SL

Wednesday, 29 June 2022

‘Scene’ on a PSV Circle Organised Visit ‘REDFERN TRAVEL ’ 2 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

The PSV Circle (of which I have been a member for some years) aims to hold an Annual General Meeting in a different location in the UK every year. (Covid permitting).

 

Usually held at a weekend, they also include visits to operators and other bus related venues for the attending members to visit and enjoy.

 

This year, the location was in my part of the world, the East Midlands.

 

The second visit of the second day was to ‘REDFERN TRAVEL’ who work out of a large modern depot at Mansfield Woodhouse, Notts.

 

The company are part of the ‘JOHNSON BROS. TOURS’ (JBT) group of Hodthorpe, Worksop, Notts. 

 

(More of which another day).

 

The fleet comprises a mixture of luxury coaches, which are a familiar sight across the UK, together with a fleet of double deck buses which are occupied on contract work.

 

59 RT ‘REDFERN TRAVEL COMMERCIAL VEHICLE REPAIRS / JOHNSON BROS. ‘Euro Service’.

Renault Trafic

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

 

It must give the group’s drivers a lot of confidence to know that if they encounter any difficulties they have this superb vehicle to call on.

 

59 RT ‘REDFERN TRAVEL COMMERCIAL VEHICLE REPAIRS / JOHNSON BROS. ‘Euro Service’. Renault Trafic on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

L826 BKK ‘REDFERN TRAVEL’ ‘VISION West Nottinghamshire College’.

Leyland Olympian / Northern Counties

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

 

New to ‘Stagecoach East Kent’ as No. 14826.

 

There are five of these in the fleet.

 

L826 BKK ‘REDFERN TRAVEL’ ‘VISION West Nottinghamshire College’. Leyland Olympian / Northern Counties on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

S805 BWC ‘JOHNSON BROS. TOURS www.johnsonstours.co.uk

Dennis Trident / Alexander ALX400

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

 

New to ‘East London’ as No. TA5 passing to ‘Stagecoach Devon’ as No. 17005.

 

S805 BWC ‘JOHNSON BROS. TOURS www.johnsonstours.co.uk Dennis Trident / Alexander ALX400 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

YV03 PZK ‘REDFERN TRAVEL’. ‘Crosskeys’.

Scania N94UD / East Lancs Omnidekka

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

 

New to ‘Metrobus’ as No. 440 but acquired from ‘Crosskeys’, Folkestone’.

 

YV03 PZK ‘REDFERN TRAVEL’. ‘Crosskeys’. Scania N94UD / East Lancs Omnidekka on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

YN04 UJJ ‘REDFERN TRAVEL’.

Scania N94UD / East Lancs Omnidekka

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

 

New to ‘Nottingham City Transport’ as No. 746.

 

YN04 UJJ ‘REDFERN TRAVEL’. Scania N94UD / East Lancs Omnidekka on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

Monday, 27 June 2022

‘Scene’ in Edinburgh by Peter Rose Coaches 1 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

Peter, a friend of many years standing, was in Edinburgh on holiday recently and has forwarded these images for me to share with you.

 

As usual, they appear with his consent and my thanks.

 

Many images in this selection were captured on Princes Street which is shared with other forms of transport including Edinburgh’s trams.

 

The track of which can be observed beneath some of the coaches.

 

MXZ 1754 ‘Lothian ‘Motorcoaches’ No. 844.

Volvo B9TL / Wright Eclipse Gemini

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

 

New to ‘Lothian Buses’ registered SN57 DDU.

 

MXZ 1754 ‘Lothian ‘Motorcoaches’ No. 844. Volvo B9TL / Wright Eclipse Gemini on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

SB19 GMO  ‘Lothian Buses’ No. 1132 ‘Airlink Express 24/7’.

Volvo B8L / Alexander Dennis Ltd. Enviro400XLB

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

 

A fleet of ten of these magnificent vehicles maintains the link to Edinburgh Airport.

 

SB19 GMO  ‘Lothian Buses’ No. 1132 ‘Airlink Express 24/7’. Volvo B8L / Alexander Dennis Ltd. Enviro400XLB on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

HSK 655 ‘Parks of Hamilton’ ‘Edinburgh Glasgow 24hr shuttle up to every 15 mins’.

Volvo B11RLET /Plaxton Panorama

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

 

The registration HSK 655 is a cherished registration that is owned by Parks which has appeared on a total of seven previous coaches.

 

HSK 655 ‘Parks of Hamilton’ ‘Edinburgh Glasgow 24hr shuttle up to every 15 mins’. Volvo B11RLET /Plaxton Panorama on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

 

YX64 WDC ‘Stagecoach Fife Scottish Omnibuses’ No. 54317.

Volvo B11RT / Plaxton Elite

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

 

It served ‘Stagecoach Cambus’ at one stage in its career.

 

A livery that I have never seen in the ‘flesh’ so to speak and with the situation at ‘Stagecoach’ at the time of writing, might never see.

 

YX64 WDC ‘Stagecoach Fife Scottish Omnibuses’ No. 54317. Volvo B11RT / Plaxton Elite on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

Saturday, 25 June 2022

‘Scene’ in Royal Leamington Spa by Peter Rose 2 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

Peter has forwarded a number of images he has collected of buses in this elegant Warwickshire town.

 

As usual, they are reproduced here with his permission and my thanks.

 

YD21 NGE ‘Stagecoach Midlands’ No. 39890 ‘national grid’.

Yutong E10 / Yutong

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

 

New to ‘Pelican Engineering’, Castleford, Yorks.

 

‘Pelican Engineering’ being the UK agent for Yutong.

 

YD21 NGE ‘Stagecoach Midlands’ No. 39890 ‘national grid’. Yutong E10 / Yutong on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

KX12 GXJ ‘Stagecoach Midlands’ No. 10040.

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

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

 

The livery is the old version of the ‘unibus’ livery.

 

The ‘uni’ being that of Warwick.

 

New to ‘Midland Red (South)’.


KX12 GXJ ‘Stagecoach Midlands’ No. 10040. Alexander Dennis Ltd. (ADL) E40D / ‘ADL’ Enviro 400 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

SN69 ZDE ‘Stagecoach Midlands’ No. 11224 ‘Stagecoach unibus’.

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

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

 

The ‘new unibus’ livery is obviously simpler and presumably much cheaper to apply.

 

The ‘uni’ being that of Warwick.

 

New to ‘Midland Red (South)’.


SN69 ZDE ‘Stagecoach Midlands’ No. 11224 ‘Stagecoach unibus’. Alexander Dennis Ltd. (ADL) E40D / ‘ADL’ Enviro 400MMC on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

 

 

SN69 ZDF ‘Stagecoach Midlands’ No. 11225 ‘Stagecoach unibus’.

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

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

 

The ‘new unibus’ livery is obviously simpler and presumably much cheaper to apply.

 

The ‘uni’ being that of Warwick.

 

New to ‘Midland Red (South)’.


SN69 ZDF ‘Stagecoach Midlands’ No. 11225 ‘Stagecoach unibus’. Alexander Dennis Ltd. (ADL) E40D / ‘ADL’ Enviro 400MMC on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

 

 

KX55 TLZ ‘Stagecoach Midlands’ No. 18399.

Dennis Trident 2 / Alexander ALX 400

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

 

New to ‘Stagecoach Thames Transit’.

 

KX55 TLZ ‘Stagecoach Midlands’ No. 18399. Dennis Trident 2 / Alexander ALX 400 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

New to ‘Midland Red (South)’.


SN63 KFY ‘Stagecoach Midlands’ No. 36942. Alexander Dennis Ltd. (ADL) E40D / ‘ADL’ Enviro 200 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’


Thursday, 23 June 2022

‘Scene’ in Edinburgh by Peter Rose More Tourist Buses on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

Peter, a friend of many years standing, was in Edinburgh on holiday recently and has forwarded these images for me to share with you.

 

As usual, they appear with his consent and my thanks.

 

Many images in this selection were captured on Princes Street which is shared with other forms of transport including Edinburgh’s trams.

 

The track of which can be observed beneath some of the buses.

 

SJ16 CTV ‘Lothian Buses’ No. 233. ‘Cobbles Tour’.

Volvo B5TL / Wright Eclipse Gemini 3

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

 

SJ16 CTV ‘Lothian Buses’ No. 233. ‘Cobbles Tour’. Volvo B5TL / Wright Eclipse Gemini 3 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

JJD 407D 'WWW.REDBUSBISTRO.CO.UK' ‘AFTERNOON TEA TOUR’.

AEC Routemaster RML / Park Royal

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

 

New in 1966 to ‘London Transport’ as RML 2407.

 

JJD 407D 'WWW.REDBUSBISTRO.CO.UK' ‘AFTERNOON TEA TOUR’. AEC Routemaster RML / Park Royal on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

ACZ 7494 ‘Bright Bus Tours’.

Dennis Trident / Alexander ALX400

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

 

New registered X274 NNO to  ‘Selkent’ as No. TA274, then to ‘Stagecoach East’. as No. 17274.

 

ACZ 7494 ‘Bright Bus Tours’. Dennis Trident / Alexander ALX400 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

CUV 343C ‘GHOSTBUSTOURSLTD’. ‘NECROBUS TRANSPORT’.

AEC Routemaster RML / Park Royal

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

 

New in 1965 to ‘London Transport’ as RML 2343.

 

I particularly like the ‘destinations’ listed. 

 

All twists on local Edinburgh destinations.

 

Holyrood Hearse, St. Andrew Scare and National Ghoulery’.

 

‘SPOOKY’.

 

CUV 343C ‘GHOSTBUSTOURSLTD’. ‘NECROBUS TRANSPORT’. AEC Routemaster RML / Park Royal on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

Tuesday, 21 June 2022

‘Scene’ on a PSV Circle Organised Visit ‘REDFERN TRAVEL (RT)’ 1 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

The PSV Circle (of which I have been a member for some years) aims to hold an Annual General Meeting in a different location in the UK, every year. (Covid permitting).

 

Usually held at a weekend, they also include visits to operators and other bus related venues for the attending members to visit and enjoy.

 

This year, the location was in my part of the world, the East Midlands.

 

The second visit of the second day was to ‘REDFERN TRAVEL’ who work out of a large modern depot at Mansfield Woodhouse, Notts.

 

The company are part of the ‘JOHNSON BROS. TOURS’ (JBT) group of Hodthorpe, Worksop, Notts. 

 

(More of which another day).

 

The fleet comprises a mixture of luxury coaches, which are a familiar sight across the UK, together with a fleet of double deck buses which are largely occupied on contract work.

 

YN55 NGE ‘REDFERN TRAVEL’. ‘www.johnsonstours.co.uk'.

Scania N94UD / East Lancs Omnidekka

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

 

Nearby, ‘Nottingham City Transport’ (NCT) having taken into stock over 100 gas powered double deckers in the last few years and have been selling on large parts of their good quality diesel powered fleet, a number of which have been snapped up for both ‘RT’ and ‘JBT’ fleets.

 

This line up contains 8 similar buses

 

New to NCT as No. 690.

 

YN55 NGE ‘REDFERN TRAVEL’. ‘www.johnsonstours.co.uk'. Scania N94UD / East Lancs Omnidekka on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

YN08 MSO  ‘REDFERN TRAVEL’. ‘www.johnsonstours.co.uk'.

Scania N270UD / East Lancs Omnidekka

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

 

New to NCT as No. 945.

 

Bought from ‘First West of England’ where it was No. 36080.

 

YN08 MSO  ‘REDFERN TRAVEL’. ‘www.johnsonstours.co.uk'. Scania N270UD / East Lancs Omnidekka on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

YN55 NGZ ‘REDFERN TRAVEL’, ‘www.johnsonstours.co.uk'.

Scania N94UD / East Lancs Omnidekka

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

 

New to NCT as No. 691.

 

YN55 NGZ ‘REDFERN TRAVEL’, ‘www.johnsonstours.co.uk'. Scania N94UD / East Lancs Omnidekka on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk

 

 

 

V108 MEV ‘REDFERN TRAVEL’, ‘www.johnsonstours.co.uk'.

Dennis Trident / Alexander ALX400

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

 

New to ‘Selkent’ as No. TA108.

 

V108 MEV ‘REDFERN TRAVEL’, ‘www.johnsonstours.co.uk'. Dennis Trident / Alexander ALX400 on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’

 

 

 

L830 BKK ‘REDFERN TRAVEL’, ‘www.johnsonstours.co.uk'.

Leyland Olympian / Northern Counties

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

 

New to ‘Stagecoach in East Kent’ as No. 7830 but by the time it had been sold it had been renumbered 14830.

 

L830 BKK ‘REDFERN TRAVEL’, ‘www.johnsonstours.co.uk'. Leyland Olympian / Northern Counties on Dennis Basford’s railsroadsrunways.blogspot.co.uk’