Picture Archive Post 71

Docklands Buses SO2 on Route 474, London City Airport
Docklands Buses SO2 on Route 474, London City Airport, 20/04/2013
© Aubrey

Route 474 started as a route replacing the 69 between Silvertown and North Woolwich, as well as provide new links towards across Silvertown. Starting on 1st May 1999, the route was operated initially by Blue Triangle using Dennis Trident/East Lancs Lolyne buses from Rainham Ferry Lane (FL/BE). From 17th December 2005, the route was diverted to London City Airport to replace Route 69 between Canning Town and London City Airport. Also, an extension to Manor Park Station supplemented Route 101 between Cyprus and Manor Park, as well as replace the 101 to North Woolwich (which was diverted to Gallions Reach). This required additional buses, so some Scania N94UD/East Lancs OmniCity buses were ordered (as seen).
Go-Ahead Group took over the then independent Blue Triangle on 29th June 2007, and soon, a multitude of different cascaded buses started to appear on the 474, replacing the Tridents. This included buses from London General/Central and Metrobus. 3rd November 2007 saw a night service introduced to the route, and the route transferring to Docklands Buses in Silvertown (SI).
During 2011, the route was allocated a Volvo B9TL/MCV DD103, but eventually, the allocation from 2011 tended to be the Volvo B9TL/Wright Gemini 2. When River Road (RR) opened on 30th April 2016, the route moved back to Blue Triangle at River Road.

As of 5th May 2018, the route is now with Stagecoach London at West Ham (WH), using existing Enviro 400s and Tridents temporarily, until new hybrid double deckers replace them.

SO2 started out as a Blue Triangle bus, for the 474 extension in late 2005. Once the bus had moved with the 474 to Docklands Buses (SI), the bus was also used on the 425 and 541. It led an uneventful life on the Docklands Buses routes until 17th February 2016, when the bus was withdrawn. It was later sold to Midland Classic for use on their routes in Burton-upon-Trent, where it is today as their 56.

As some of you have may noticed, we have not been very active over the past two months. This is mainly because we have very busy lives, especially as I'm doing my final year project at university. We have been unavailable to cover and do posts, so we thoroughly apologise. Things will be getting back to normal as soon as possible.
Thank you all.

Post by Aubrey
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Crossrail[ing] it to the West side

The May 2018 timetable change saw the second unfurling of the TfL Rail network, prior to the full unveiling of the Crossrail Elizabeth Line service (and brand) in 2019.

On Sunday 20th May, the former GWR Heathrow Connect services between Paddington and Heathrow T4 transferred over to TfL. This service has retained the existing class 360s for the time being on the T4 services due to current incompatibilities between the BAA Heathrow signalling and the new Class 345s. Going forward, these services will also be run by the new Class 345s to T4, (and then T5 from 2019).

TfL 360203 at Paddington
© Tommy Cooling

The former Heathrow Connect 360s showing their temporary TfL Rail branding from day one; better than some TOCs ...
© Tommy Cooling

New TfL Rail line diagrams graced the 360s from day one
© Tommy Cooling

TfL Rail 360203 stands at Heathrow T4
© Tommy Cooling

Monday 21st May saw the introduction of the Class 345s into passenger service on the Great Western side, running between Paddington and Hayes & Harlington, as the Hayes short workings are not timetabled to operate on Sundays. These workings used to be operated by 8-car GWR Class 387 Electrostars.

TfL Rail 345014 arrives at Hayes & Harlington
© Tommy Cooling

TfL Rail 345014 and GWR 387150 at Hayes & Harlington
© Tommy Cooling

TfL Rail train to Paddington
© Tommy Cooling

Interior of the Old Oak Common based TfL 345s in use on the GWML
© Tommy Cooling

TfL Rail 345014 at Paddington
© Tommy Cooling

TfL Rail 345017 at Acton Main Line
© Tommy Cooling

Post by Tommy Cooling
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Picture Archive Post 69

Last Coventry BendiBus
The last Coventry BendiBus, for the last time. (20/03/2018)
(© Aubrey Morandarte)

On the 20th March 2018, Coventry saw its last articulated bus, as 6021 rolled into Coventry Garage at about 6:30pm after doing a run on Route 4.

Articulated buses started out in May 2003, with these Citaros running then route 27 between Coventry Station and Walsgrave, University Hospital. Older Mercedes-Benz O405GN transferred from Travel West Midlands also ran on the 21 from 2004. Those buses had ran on the 67 in Birmingham from 1999, and were replaced by Scania N94UAs. In 2011, the older bendy buses were replaced with Enviro 400s on Route 21, leaving the Citaros to continue running on the 27. In 2012, the 27 was rerouted at Coventry City Centre to run to Arena Park, and renumbered 4.

Bendy at Night
NX Coventry 6018 on Route 4, Pool Meadow, 30/10/2015
(© Aubrey Morandarte)

The buses soon gained National Express Coventry names and continued on the branded Route 4 until 2018, when the last "bendibus" ran on the 4. Replacement of these buses are existing double deckers from within the National Express West Midlands umbrella, most of which are ironically older than the Citaros.

Round A Bend
NX Coventry 6018 on Route 4, Pool Meadow, 02/09/2015
(© Aubrey Morandarte)

6021 itself started out as a Travel West Midlands bus, operating on the 67. However, it moved along with the O405GN2s to Coventry in 2004 where it ran mainly on the 21, then the 27/4. It will be sold for scrap.

NX Coventry 6021, Coventry Pool Meadow
6021 entering Coventry Garage for the last time.
(© Aubrey Morandarte)

Last Coventry BendiBus
A load of transport enthusiasts film/take photos of 6021 as it enters the bus garage.
(© Aubrey Morandarte)

Post by Aubrey Morandarte
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