Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Trent Barton buys felix bus

Wellglade – which owns Trent Barton – has bought the Ilkeston-Derby bus operation of Stanley-based Felix.
It is taking on the 10 staff and the six buses used by Felix, which started its bus operations on the route in 1924, is one of the few remaining pre-deregulation independent bus operators.
The Ilkeston Flyer provides an express service into Derby whilst the Black Cat follows a route via Stanley and Chaddesden into the city centre. 
The assets involved in the agreement – sold for an undisclosed sum - will be transferred at the end of January 2012. Meanwhile Felix will retain its own brand name and continue its coach operations.

The following buses will pass to Wellglade

Scanias (YN03 YRA), (YN04 AGY), YN05 GZB).

VDLs (YJ56 KBF), (YJ08 EFL).

Volvo (FL10 NFV)

The Volvo is expected to go to Kinchbus on the SkyLink service.

The date of sale is end Jan 2012, Felix will retain the solos, and the V and M
plate volvos to operate Kirk Hallam schools until the end of March 2012 when the
operators licence expires.

The coach work, but not the coaches themselves, will pass to Swiftsure of
Burton-on-Trent. The coaches will be sold.

London 26th november

well what can i say london on the 26th was great lot's of coaches to photo lots trains and buses bashed .

so it began with 19589 on the 6:20am citi8 from histon to cambridge and the a quick swap on to 19619 to the rail stn as was hopeing to get on the 6:45 due to the citi8 running early in to town but that failed when i finally got through the ticket barriers as i see the train go past me on it way to london D'oh . but not to worry i got the next first capital connect train

WA61AKU  on the 446 kings lynn to london seen on park lane

SJI1631 at west ham stagecoach depot
that was  317-343 on a full 1h25min stopper so i hopped on as was nice and toasty head phones in my ears and a bit of  clapton the time flew past with and by 8:20 i arrived in to kings cross i quickly headed for the underground and got the victora line to victora  were i then don my first 455-838 to clapham jcn then 377-303 & 377-318 back to victora after i arived back in victora i took a 3 min walk to the coach station to get my ''fix'' of megabus b10m jonks i didnt have to wait long when 52659-V909DDY arriverd just as i was off to get a bacon roll and tea for just £2 bargin. i then stood at the top of vcs by the oxford tube stop on the corner about a hour later after photoing many new lavanies  and megabus i took wvl76 from vcs to victora then done HV30 from victora to marble arch  as i jumped off it due to the fact i just passed the brand new greys of ely panther 2 after i happly photoed it i stop on a grass bank  on park lane photoing many new coaches  includeing a kings ferry vip coach ,a  brand new chaffont volvo b13 vanhool (get in ) i photoed many other coaches in the time i was there i then after traveling around wills mothers and half of north west london to stratford (dont ask ) to photo the mega bus sleeper coach at west ham depot  after photoing it i went on a random jolly around london of bashing both bus and train photos off the day can be fould  here 

buses and trains bashed
19589 histon to cambridge citi8
19619 cambridge to cambridge rail stn citi1
WVL76 vcs -victora 44 go ahead
HV30 victora - marble arch  72 arriva london
PVL325 marble arch - sussex gardens
SEL750 Sussex gardens- paddington 7 metroline
TE1101 paddington-maids of ale 332 metroline
DLD173 kings cross -angel stn 274 metroline
HDC7 angle stn-liverpool st 153 CT plus
WVL414 canningtown to east ham 474 go ahead
DE94 victora-victora coach stn c1 london united
pvl200 Vaxhall-covent garden market 87 go ahead
E138 covent garden market -vaxhall 77 go ahead
vle44 charring cross -aldwich 9 london united
tp417 aldwich-barbican 4 metroline
15156 barbican-angel stn 56 stagecoach london
DW426 angle-holborn 38 arivva london
317-343 cambridge to kings cross (first capital connect) 
455-838 victora to clapham jcn  (southern)
377-204 + 377-126 clapham jcn to victora  (southern)
378-215 wilsden jct - west Hampstead  (london overground)
319-437 West Hampstead- st Pancras  (first capital connect)
321-319 + 321-353 liverpool st - stratford (National express east Anglia)
357-209 West ham - fenchurch st  (c2c)
377-204 + 377-126 victora- clapham jcn    (southern)
455-912  clapham jcn-vaxhall  (south west trains)
450-567+450-549 vaxhall-waterloo  (south west trains)
465-173 + 465-037 waterloo east - charring cross  (south easten)
365-525 +365-507 kings cross-cambridge  (first capital connect)

victora line
bakerloo line
northen line
DLR -stratford-star lane

photos of the day can be fould  here 

Friday, 25 November 2011

Trip to Cambridge

Had a trip in to Cambridge today to meet up with a mate on the 75's . on my way to town i took the busway from Histon to The science park  to have a look up cowley rd  to have a look up the depot so see what was about and to some good luck i was lucky to see newly converted sighseeing trident 17079-T679KPU just leaving on it day of touring around Cambridge . also noted was 17078  had been put on to  private plate TSU369 this was thanks to one of the mechanic's coming a cross to me at the fence asking if i could send him a photo of him driving 22315 up  to the depot in return he was saying that all the new open tops are to have private plates but the rest are still unknown at present but left me another time to photo it on it new plates        

17078 showing it new plate TSU369

17079-T679KPU with it original reg at the moment 

rear of 17079
 After my trip up to cowley  rd i walked back to science park to get a bus in to town i landed 19308-AE07KZK on milton p+r to cambridge  were i meet up with a driver mate at whippet and took a trip with him on the 75 with k713ASC which was a first time on that bus for me and rare to see it in cambridge now days. you cant beat a good leyland olys in Cambridge after my two hour  around trip to croydon and back it was time to go to back to work . so i decided to get the citi 8 back to histon which produced 19611-AE11BYA all in all not a bad day in the city .london tomorow who knows what the day will bring a full report  of the day will be posted here on sunday 
k713asc leaveing on the 14:00 75 to orwell

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

52644-ksu461 back on X5

It brings me great delight to tell you that 52644-ksu461 is now starting to show again on the X5 after a good 18 months absence it back and still as great if not better. ksu has been called to the ''front line'' as the b10ble at Bedford have been band on the x5 due to lack of luggage space. so ksu461 is a stand in along with 52485-R185DNH as well as the usual b7 coaches so keep your eyes piled for the b10's  .i was lucky to catch it on the 16th of November as i got the heads up it was on the 10:30 Cambridge to Oxford.  
so i done it as far as St Neots  and was brillant still as quick to pick up speed

sat at parkside cambridge about to work the 10:30 to oxford

loading up at st neots to continue on to oxford 

big thanks to chris for the top gen and info 

going for gold-line on X4

As said earlier on the  x4 Peterborough to Milton Keynes  via  Northampton  is receiving 13 scania e400's with leather seats WiFi and air-con there numbered 15739-51  and are due to enter service on the 26th of this mouth with the current standard  scania  E400s going on the 50 (Kettering to Bedford) as said earlier and the rest to go on the x46 & x47 (Thrapston  to Northampton)   I will be having a trip to  next Saturday to sample them   from Peterborough to oundle fall run up off that day will be posted on here of the events of the day

two of the new scania E400's having branding added  photo (c) mutlys bus fots  

Thanks go's to Steve Buckley and sir Annan  for info and photo 

Go whippet latest respray

Go whippet have resprayed one of there alx 400 volvo b7tl  (V185OOE)  in to a long road  livery for it new long road six form contract. the service runs from long road via rail stn to Cambridge city centre . this service is for long rd students only and runs Monday to Friday term  time only 

thanks to chipmunk for the heads up