20/09/2018

Picture Archive Post 75

London General 8306 on Route 100, St Paul's
London General 8306 on Route 100, St Paul's, 20/09/2014
(© Aubrey Morandarte)

8306 was originally Travel London's DP306, ordered for Route 100 in September 2004 from their then newest base of Walworth (WL). It stayed with the 100, even with the contract moving to London General (Go-Ahead London). As their Enviro 200s were not delivered for the start of the 100 contract, they leased the existing buses from Abellio London. Based at Mandela Way (MW), this arrangement lasted until the new buses entered service. Once this had taken place, it was withdrawn from Abellio London service in May 2015. It is now found in the West Midlands, operating for Thandi.

This bus is seen at a place that it no longer serves, as the 100 was truncated to Barbican, London Wall/Museum of London.
This however, is still longer than the original route, having run only between Liverpool Street and Shadwell upon introduction in June 1989. Under sectorisation, it moved from Clapton (CT) to Bow (BW) in 1990, thus falling under East London (and eventually Stagecoach East London). 1992 saw the route move to Stratford (SD), and 1998 saw new Dennis Dart SLFs for the route. 18th September 1999 saw the route be extended to its longest extent, Elephant & Castle to Shadwell. Travel London, then reentering the London tendering market for the second time, gained the 100 off Stagecoach in September 2004, with the Darts as seen above. New Enviro 200s arrived in 2010 in order to supplement the Darts. After the loss of the 100 to Go-Ahead on September 2014, the allocation temporarily moved to cover the lack of new Enviro 200s. Once those new buses entered service, the ex-Abellio buses returned to their owner. The 100 was truncated to Barbican on 8th April 2017, replaced by the 388 being extended to Elephant & Castle.

Ironically, under the future TfL Central London cuts, the 388 will be truncated to Finsbury Circus, thus the 100 will return to St Paul's. Considering the 100 was cut back in 2017, it seems that planners are messing heavily with financial implications for the 100 contract, as well as the general public. Although, extending the 100 may not require more than 1 extra bus, as it is a very short distance between Barbican and St Paul's.

Post by Aubrey.

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07/09/2018

Metroline Swaps

Saturday 1st September also saw three Metroline routes reallocated garages, two of them returning to their former homes.

With the H12 disappearing back to London Sovereign, it was decided that the 186 should move back into Harrow Weald to take the space and drivers of the H12. The Edgware allocation of the N5 needed to move with it so Harrow Weald does not exceed capacity at night times.
To then avoid leaving a hole in work at Edgware, the 32 was moved five miles up to A5 from Cricklewood. The hole at Cricklewood gets filled by the 168 in October, which will be a convenient move to give Holloway more room to begin works for the 43 electric charging points, and latterly the contract win of the 393.



32 TA657 in Cricklewood.
TAs and LTs will sadly no longer form any part of the 32s allocation.
© Tommy Cooling
32 TE1100 at Edgware Bus Station.
The allocation now comprises mainly of TEHs at Edgware from the 113, and the occasional TE.
© Tommy Cooling



186 TEH1228 in Harrow.
The 186 ADL era is now over and a Wrightbus chapter is now born.
© Tommy Cooling
186 VW1468 in Harrow Town Centre.
20 VWs were transferred into Harrow Weald for the 186 and 640.
© Tommy Cooling
186 VWH2216 in Harrow Town Centre.
 Some of the hybrid HD fleet have been treated to new blinds for 186 flexibility, and the N5 which must be hybrid.
© Tommy Cooling



N5 TEH1110 at Trafalgar Square.
The N5 will now use VWHs from Harrow Weald.
© Tommy Cooling




113 VMH2437 at Edgware Bus Station.
In order to release TEHs for the 32, the VMH class is progressively being introduced onto the 113.
© Tommy Cooling


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04/09/2018

Tempo-rary Quality

*NEW OPERATOR* RATP Epsom Quality Line: OT30210 | YJ11EHS || 293: Morden - Epsom Hospital
OT30210 seen at Lower Morden on the first day of RATP service enroute to Epsom.
(© Alisha Juszczyk)

After an absence of nearly 10 years, Quality Line has returned to running Route 293. However the formerly independent Quality Line operation is now part of the RATP Group, and integrated into the RATP London operations. As before, the route is run from their sole base in Epsom, with the award including one hybrid Enviro 400 for the school journey.

Quality Line ADH45006 on Route 293, Morden
ADH45006 approaching the end of the school journey at Morden.
(© Aubrey Morandarte)

The hybrid Enviro 400 comes from Route 94, made free after the 94 was reduced in frequency. This will be the oddball in the Epsom fleet at the moment, being the sole hybrid bus there. At time of writing, the bus was one of the few that were transferred to Stamford Brook for the 27, then moved in August 2018 to Epsom in preparation for the 293. As this is the only double decker with 293 blinds, this bus has been the rigid allocation for the school journeys.

Quality Line OT30234 on Route 293, Morden Station
OT30234 shows its London United pedigree with its logos, at the end of the route at Morden.
(© Aubrey Morandarte)

Currrently, the 293 is borrowing Optare Tempos from Route H37, with Scania Omnicities replacing the Citaros on the 203, allowing the H37 to have Enviro 200s, Citaros and the remaining Optare Tempos. All these buses have had their legals changed, and their logos are mostly changed.

Quality Line OT30212 on Route 293, Merton Civic Centre
OT30212 starts a journey to Epsom General Hospital at Morden.
(© Aubrey Morandarte)

New 11.3m Enviro 200MMCs are currently delayed for the route, and will be introduced once prepared for service. They will replace these Optare Tempos. This delay is part of a larger delay of Alexander-Dennis buses for RATP's new gains (including 288, 303, H18, H19).

Hopefully, Quality Line will run a quality service on their 293, even if their buses may not be to the highest quality.

Post by Aubrey Morandarte
Photos by Alisha Juszczyk and Aubrey Morandarte

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31/08/2018

ImberBus 2018

2018 saw over 20 past and present London double deck buses descend on the Wiltshire town of Warminster to operate the annual 23A service to the lost village of Imber (and beyond).

The village of Imber nestled in the Salisbury Plains was taken over by the military in 1943 to assist with the war efforts, yet in 1945, was not handed back, and has remained with the Army ever since. Parts of the military range are opened up to the general public for a few days each year, usually around late August and mid December.

In 2009, a group of bus industry professionals achieve a long standing ambition to run a bus service from Warminster to this lost village of Imber. It has proved so popular that ImberBus has now become an annual event, with most journeys continuing beyond to places rarely seen by public transport users.


RMC1510 was the first bus out to Imber Village.
© Tommy Cooling
Abellio LT700 and RML2735.
© Tommy Cooling


RATP LT1000 and the 23A "bus stop".
© Tommy Cooling

RM1400 at New Zealand Farm Camp
© Tommy Cooling


RM1400 & RM1451 at the Imber Park & Ride site.
© Tommy Cooling

RM1941.
© Tommy Cooling

RMC1485 & RML2735
© Tommy Cooling

RM1941 crosses the Berril Valley Bridge.
© Tommy Cooling

RML2735 also crosses the bridge followed by 2 special guests.
© Tommy Cooling

First discover, 69502.
© Tommy Cooling

TfL VP20.
© Tommy Cooling

RML2344 & Lothian RM(X)242
© Tommy Cooling

RM613.
© Tommy Cooling

MD60 was another special guest.
© Tommy Cooling


RM1400 & RM597 at Gore Cross.
© Tommy Cooling

RM1400 & RM597 at Gore Cross Interchange bus station.
© Tommy Cooling

RM597 & Metroline ST812 in Chitterne.
© Tommy Cooling

RM597 outside Chitterne Church.
© Tommy Cooling

RM597, RM1005 & RM1941.
© Tommy Cooling

Side-on front profiles.
© Tommy Cooling

RM1005 in Tilshead.
© Tommy Cooling

RM1941 in Tilshead.
© Tommy Cooling

Buses departing Gore Cross.
© Tommy Cooling

Abellio LT700.
© Tommy Cooling

Abellio LT700.
© Tommy Cooling

Arriva LT1, RML2344 & RM613 at Gore Cross bus station.
© Tommy Cooling

First duo reunited, RMC1510 & RML2735 at New Zealand Farm Camp.
© Tommy Cooling

RMC1510 & RML2735.
© Tommy Cooling

RM9 and LT700.
© Tommy Cooling

LT700.
© Tommy Cooling


RM1005.
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Stagecoach LT264.
© Tommy Cooling

LT700.
© Tommy Cooling

Four heading back towards Imber & Warminster.
© Tommy Cooling

RM9, LT700 and LTNM Battle Bus in Imber.
© Tommy Cooling

MD60 crossing the bridge.
© Tommy Cooling

RM1978, RM1654 & RM1005 at Gore Cross.
© Tommy Cooling

MD60, RM597 & RM1941 at Gore Cross.
© Tommy Cooling

"Taking down" the Gore Cross bus station until 2019.
© Tommy Cooling

The convoy heading back towards Imber.
© Tommy Cooling

The convoy climbing Sack Hill.
© Tommy Cooling

MD60 on Sack Hill
© Tommy Cooling

LT1000 going home.
© Tommy Cooling


Buses waiting at Imber.
© Tommy Cooling


The 2018 "line-up" drive past getting organised.
© Tommy Cooling

Snaking through the Plains.
© Tommy Cooling

You wait one year then fifteen turn up at once!
© Tommy Cooling


RMC1510, RM597 & RM1400 at Warminster station at the end of the day.
All over until 2019!
© Tommy Cooling


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