Last day Route 493 with London United/RATP 30/03/12

These are observations on the last day of London United/RATP operation of Route 493. As of today, Go-Ahead London continue their invasion of London with Routes 493, 19, 249 and all of Northumberland Park Garage. The route most local to me was the 493, so I decided to cover that.

 DE71 (SK07 DXW) at Richmond Station
 DE67 (SK07 DXS) at Roehampton
 DE71 at Putney Heath, Green Man
 DE69 (SK07 DXU) at Putney Heath, Green Man
 DE57 (SK07 DXE) at Tooting, St. George's Hospital
 New Timetable up a day before impletmentation (above), but some stops still have old timetable (bottom)

DE71 at Tooting Broadway


Southall/Hayes/Heathrow/Feltham Trip 23/03/12, including Route 350

After school, I decided to do a slightly different trip - one not really planned out. But, my aims were to go past Feltham and Hanwell, which I did.
First London DN33519 (LK08 FNO) on Route 607 at Southall/Ealing Hospital. These buses are taken from Route 23 for Route 607, as newer buses were needed.
First London DML44183 (YX11 AEZ) on Route 95, Southall Broadway
The London United/RATP VPs and VAs still soldier on Route 120, as VP109 (W453 BCW) and VA74 (V190 OOE) are in service at Southall. But, these buses will be replaced by Enviro 400s for a change (in London United/RATP terms...)
After a short hop on Heathrow Connect, I saw London United/RATP DLE8 (SN60 EBJ) on Route H98 at Hayes & Harlington Station
Metroline VP343 (LR52 BOH) on Route 140 at Hayes & Harlington Station
Metroline MM812 (LK57 AYF) on Route 90 at Hayes & Harlington Station
Abellio London 8511 (LJ08 CZU) on Route 350 at Hayes & Harlington. 350 is soon to be double-decked.
First London DML44009 (LK08 FNH) on Route A10 at Stockley Park.
Metrobus 536 (YN03 WRF) on Route X26 at Heathrow Central. The X26 will soon be passing to Quality Line with Citaros.
Metroline VW1176 (LK11 CXL) on Route 105 at Heathrow Central
London United/RATP SP48 (YT09 BND) on Route 111, Heathrow Central
The buses that are planned to take over Route 350 to double-deck it. Abellio London 9763 (YN51 KVW) on Route 350, Heathrow T5. These buses formerly ran on Route 3.
Abellio London 8102 (LJ56 VST) on Route H25, Hatton Cross
London United/RATP MCL5 (BD11 LWS) on Route 203, Hatton Cross.
 Courtney Coaches YJ10 MBX on Route BL1, Feltham Station.
London United/RATP (YX58 DVO) on Route 285 and Abellio London 8483 (KP02 PUJ) on Route 490, Feltham Station. My camera lens decided to act oddly in the final few shots, for some apparant reason.

There wasn't much reason for this trip, but just for more buses, and I ended up getting an 'upgraded' 607 and 350.


Routes 20 and 462 24/03/12

This is a special post for the two ex-Arriva routes that changed hands to Go-Ahead Blue Triangle, doing first end to end Route 20, then Route 462.

After a journey to Walthamstow Central, these are the observations on Route 20:
 Go-Ahead Blue Triangle WVL460 (LJ61 NUU) at Walthamstow Central Bus Station
 Go-Ahead Blue Triangle WVL461 (LJ61 NUV) at Walthamstow Central Bus Station
 Inside upper deck of WVL461.
 Inside upper deck of WVL461.
 Looking towards lower deck from upper deck of WVL461.
 Go-Ahead Blue Triangle WVL465 (LJ61 NVA)
 Go-Ahead Blue Triangle WVL463 (LJ61 NUX)
Go-Ahead Blue Triangle WVL464 (LJ61 NUY) at Debden stand.

After a quick two Central Line train trip via Woodford, I got to Grange Hill for the 462, and this is what I got:
 462 timetable at Grange Hill Station
 Arriva/Go-Ahead Blue Triangle PDL54 (LJ51 DBU) at Grange Hill Station.
 Streetlite Go-Ahead Blue Triangle WS2 (LJ12 CGG)
 Interior of WS2, facing rear.
 Interior of WS2, facing front.
 WS2 iBus display
 WS2 at Hainault, The Lowe
 WS2 at Hainault, The Lowe

These were the reasons why I went to East London. Other observations from that day will be on a new post.


Hackney Central Trip 16/03/12

This trip was just to get the NB4L, which a special post was published a few days ago. These are the observations at Hackney Central:
Hackney Community Transport (CT Plus) HX03 MGZ on Route 394
Arriva London VLW154 (LJ03 MDK) on Route 254
Go-Ahead Docklands Buses SE139 (YX61 BYA) on Route D6
First London DML44287 (YX61 FYK) on Route W15
Stagecoach London 17505 (LX51 FNH) on Route 48
Arriva London DW407 (LJ11 AEX) on Route 38
Arriva London DW425 (LJ61 CEN) on Route 242.
After the NB4L pictures, here are other observations in Central London.

 Go-Ahead London General bus on trial on Route 19, before it moves to Stockwell. NB4L conductor confirmed this for me. No blinds mean weird light display :) Taken from inside the NB4L.
 Arriva London DW437(?) (LJ11 ABU) on Route 73 at Victoria Bus Station. Taken from inside the NB4L.
 Go-Ahead London General MEC9 (BG09 JKF) on Route 507 at Waterloo Taxi Rank.
Abellio London 9736 (Y36 HWB) blinded for Route 211 at Waterloo Taxi Rank.