Sunday, 6 May 2018

Loans and more loans Eastbourne helping Hastings out


A repaint programme has led to loans to provide cover this was the Hastings 09 reg repaint programme which saw their 09 reg Scanias getting a respray. This led to Eastbourne lending them a helping hand by sending their Buses over on loan to provide the cover. The Buses featured have all been loaned to Hastings so far this year which led to me capturing some of them. However, I've been unable to photograph them all during their stay so i'm going to be showing them 2 Buses before and after their loans all 4 are in order ranging from the first to the most recent loan.
The Scanias were:
 15546 (GN59 EWV)
15771 (GN61 EVU)
15503 (GN09 BCY)
15770 (GN61 EVT)

15546 (GN59 EWV) was the first of this years loans to Hastings I was unable to photograph it during its stay so here it is long after it returned.


I was lucky to capture this photo it shows old Wave Scania 15771 (GN61 EVU) on the 98 it was the second loan to them. Once it returned, it took its time to enter service down here again it was also my first photo of an Eastbourne Bus on the 98.

Old Breeze Scania 15503 (GN09 BCY) is seen on the Wave 99 during its spell on loan to Hastings covering for one of the MMCs.

The most recent loan to Hastings has been old Wave 99 Scania 15770 (GN61 EVT) seen just before its loan started on the 51 it went over after service in the evening to allow 15503 to return.

Sunday, 15 April 2018

A week of odd workings as well as the replacement for the Beach Bus


Who would of thought there would be so many Buses on odd workings in one week I was surprised with how many odd workings showed up. However, I was sadly unable to photograph them all which is a shame but I did manage to capture some. This post isn't just about odd workings as the Beach Bus and South Downs Bus which were regular performers on the Coaster have now been replaced by 2 Geminis in standard livery. 

Lets start with Single-Deckers: E300s 27580 (GX58 GKN) and 27582 (GX58 GKP) made appearances on the 56/5A/5 which are workings that are meant to be E200s during the holidays. 

Beast of a Bus the 56/5A/5 had a few appearances made by the GX58 batch of ADL E300s with one of 2 sighted appearances made. 27580 (GX58 GKN) is normally found on the 1/1A but took an outing on the 56/5A/5 a really odd working.

The second sighted appearance of a GX58 later on in the week was made by E300 27582 (GX58 GKP) known to me as the white moustache Bus it works a 5A.
 Meanwhile, it was interesting on the Double-Decker front with 09 plate Scanias appearing on the Wave 99 a route which is meant to be operated by Scania MMCs. This probably was due to the lack of MMCs available for the service 2 older Scanias appeared on it 15503 (GN09 BCY) and 15489 the latter still hasn't gone off for paint. 15503 is a loan to provide repaint cover for Hastings 09 reg Scanias. Another interesting thing was the fact that 3 Loop branded E400s appeared on the 1/1A the other day this led to 2 unbranded ADLs and one Scania E400 on the Loop. 19650/3/9 were on it in one day something in the way prevented me from getting photos of 2 of them. However, I did managed to capture one of them which is something. 
I've been trying to capture Eastbourne Scanias on loan to Hastings to provide repaint cover for their fleet of GN09s former Breeze 15503 (GN09 BCY) is seen on the Wave 99 covering for one of the MMCs another one was also on the service. 

It's a Loop on the 1 Loop branded E400 19653 (SP60 DPV) loads for its former service. 19650/9 were also on the service that particular day. 
 Elsewhere away from odd workings saw Brighton&Hove Geminis (Beach Bus 489 BJ63 UJT and South Downs Bus 490 BJ63 UJU) move homes so I will no longer be seeing them however, old 5 Geminis 477 (BJ63 UJE) and 478 (BJ63 UJF) replaced them. The good thing is that they are different Buses for me to photograph. 
Brighton&Hove Gemini 2 477 (BJ63 UJE) is seen on the 12A this replaced the Beach Bus.

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Tribute to some of the Bus interchange

Due to the building work, part of the Bus interchange has to be handed over to the builders resulting in Bus stop movements to a place which isn't good for photos as there is loads of other traffic on that road. Here are a selection of photos I've managed to capture of the Bus types in service or are declining rapidly. The original style E300s have been declining so fast as of recently it's only been 27522 in service this is due to the type being withdrawn from service to become trainers their replacements being the GX58s which alongside some Doubles, replaced them on the 1/1A.
The Buses featured are 27523, 15506, 36122, 27571, 489, 19655, 28607 and 15331.

This was my last ever photo of original style E300 27523 (GX06 DZE) it was used in service for a bit and it was then withdrawn here it is at stop K on the 1A.

Scania E400s on the 51/251/252 worked from stop H like 15506 (GN09 BDF) photographed on the route earlier this week.

My E200 example isn't an E20D but these later variants of  Euro 4 E200 Darts sound very similar to the Euro 5s. The 98 also went from stop H Hastings based 36122 (GN10 JCY) works the service.

These replaced the original style E300s 27571 (GX58 GKA) works the 1/1A at stop K it's a shame the blind didn't come out.

My Brighton&Hove example sees the Beach Bus Gemini 2 489 (BJ63 UJT) work the 12A from stop J sadly, I won't be seeing this unless I go to Brighton as 489 and 490 have been replaced by standard liveried Geminis from the same batch.

L is for Loop and what a decision it was for the route to work from stop L. Loop branded E400 19655 (SP60 DPY) works the service it has been quite common for these to go off route.

Scania E300 28607 (GN61 EVL) also works a clockwise Loop from stop L. 

Whilst I've been unable to get MMCs on that side a poorly 15331 (YN67 YLD) waits for help.
I really hope this is temporary but I've done this incase it isn't temporary.

Friday, 30 March 2018

The sun is back for full sun Buses

When the clocks go forward and the sun is out you know what that means full sun bus photos for longer. With the main interchange being unsuitable for full sun photos and the fast approaching closure of part of it. I used spots where you can get full sun photos until mid afternoon when shadows would make it impossible. Here are some Buses soaking up some sun whether it's full sun or a brief sunny spell. 

Scania E400 15545 (GN59 EWU) soaks up some sun before doing the 51

The Scania E300s like it as well like 28609 (GN61 EVP) working the 5A

Meanwhile, ADL E400 19668 (SP60 DTO) enjoys some sun after finishing the 51 it would work a short working after

Waves in full sun Scania 15336 (YN67 YLJ) works the Wave 99 it doesn't go all of the way to its normal terminus

One of the other MMCs picks up for a Wave 99 this one doing the whole journey

If Loops are behaving and are actually on their route then they would enjoy the sun as well like  E400 19652 (SP60 DPU)

It's starting to become a challenge now in this spot as an MMC works the Wave 99

Old Breeze Scania E400 15503 (GN09 BCY) enjoys a brief bright spell the sun


Another Scania this time 15504 (GN09 BCZ) as it enjoys some sun

During a brief spell of  hazy sun is Scania 28610 (GN61 EVR) note the black window surrounds have returned it's seen after completing a 54
Here's to the many more to come!

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Rail Replacement 17/3/18

I've been hiding away at home when there has been Rail Replacement Buses in my local area until yesterday. I knew nothing about it until I saw a few Buses go past me when I was on the Bus which weren't from the area. I knew I had to get down to that station and get those photos. This particular Replacement had a big surprise on it which was one of the Winchester MMCs which was on loan to Portsmouth for the day for the rail showed up and I was so surpised that it showed up in Eastbourne.

The Rail Replacement was between Eastbourne and Lewes and the local Companies were using Buses on it as well as Southern Transit, Stagecoach South and Go-Ahead London. This led to the train station being turned into a Bus park/Bus station for the day. The main stars in the station were East Lancs 755 and E200 403 both belonging to Seaford and District a really friendly and popular independent in East Sussex. They stood out the most from everyone else that was there. Here are the Buses fleet numbers I was able to photograph. 

Seaford and District:
403
755
Stagecoach South: 
10893
Southern Transit 
TA386
Brighton&Hove
404
This used to be with Go-South Coast in Dorset is Seaford and District East Lancs 755 (SE51 SEA).

The biggest surprise of the afternoon was Winchester MMC on loan to Portsmouth for the Rail 10893 photographed with 403 behind I wasn't expecting this to show up.

After an absence from Eastbourne Rail Replacement, Southern Transit Trident ALX400 TA386 (Y386 NHK) waits for its next journey.

After last weeks failed photo of a Bus in BH4 I was able to get a good photo of one of route 6 branded Buses with BH4 route 6 branding Brighton&Hove Volvo B9TL/Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 404 (BJ11 XHD) drops off passengers. 

My aim for sometime was to get a photo of the Seaford and District E200 after I missed it last week, I was able to photograph it this week here is 403 (YX09 FLK) about to work its next trip.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Compass Bus return to the 125

A small post on an operator stepping in to take over Seaford and Districts normal Bus services. Back in April 2017, Worthing based independent Compass Bus decided to give up the 125 service linking Eastbourne with Lewes which led to Seaford and District taking over. However, Seaford and District operation of the route was only temporary as at the start of the year they were to give up their normal services to focus on other things they do like hires, the open top tour, rail replacement and school services. This led to Compass expanding into Kent as well as some more work in East Sussex. What was a surprise, was the fact that Compass decided to take over the 125 like they never gave the service up. The main allocation for the route is Mini Enviro200s however, nearly any Single-Decker could appear on the route. Some of these mini E200s were originally on Brighton City services until they lost nearly all of their Brighton work. Here is Compass: The 125 in the first month after the takeover.


Mini E200 4108 (GX62 CJU) loads for a 125
 My first ever photo of an 15 plate Compass E200 sees 4118 (YY15 NHL) resting before taking up a 125. They tend to get the Bus for the 125 in early and it sits in the Cornfield Road stop doing nothing for a long time.
Mini E200 4118 (YY15 NHL) rests before taking up a 125

Another Mini E200 this time 4112 (GX13 FSN) loads up for a 125
What is interesting is that these 3 E200s are from different batches the GX62s, the GX13s and the YY15s.

Friday, 2 March 2018

Buses in the coldest week

It is so surprising how many people interested in Buses from what I've seen on Facebook have braved the freezing cold temperatures to do what they like doing. I was also brave enough to take on the "Beast from the East" despite it being really cold to take some Bus photos. I managed to get quite a few despite fearing that I wouldn't be able to get that many due to the weather.

Buses photographed 26/2/18:
27581
19662
36901
15504
36903
15335
19653
19656
Buses photographed 28/2/18:
15332
15772
27517
It comes from the best batch of ADL E300s the GX58s 27581 (GX58 GKO) it has to look the best with its replacement seat cushions and the new livery is seen on the front it's seen on the 1A

E400 19662 (SP60 DRX) works the Loop

A screaming heap of a Bus E200 36901 (GN13 HHS) picks up for a 1X

Knowing it can breeze around whatever the weather is former Breeze Scania E400 15504 (GN09 BCZ) on the 1

Also on the 1X is E200 36903 (GN13 HHU) a former Loop Bus

Scania MMC 15335 (YN67 YLH) rests before taking up a Wave 99

Seen on the Loop is branded E400 19653 (SP60 DPV)

From the same batch as 19653 is unbranded 19656 (SP60 DPZ) it's photographed having just finished a short working of the 51

Old and new: Wave 99 MMC 15332 (YN67 YLE) is photographed infront of old Wave 99 Scania 15772 (GN61 EVV)

Former Wave 99 Scania E400 15772 (GN61 EVV) is seen covered in muck on the 51

A dying breed in service in the South East is the original style E300 one of the endangered Buses is 27517 (GX06 DYW) picking up for a 1A
Temperatures will be starting to pick up which is something.