Saturday, 24 December 2011
Im sure a lot more Ecxiting and sad events will happen on the Transport Scene in 2012!
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Thursday, 22 December 2011
|P102HCH with Banga Travel,Thanks to Tom Pearce.|
Starting with P102HCH and its sister P108HCH, Im not quite sure where the Vario's started their life back in 1996. Riverlink Of Dartmouth (Later Railriverlink as of summer 2010) aquired the Sisters back when Stagecoach had pulled out of the Contract for route 25 (Goodrington-Paignton-Stoke gabriel). At first Riverlink used a Faresaver Mercedes 709D which was on Loan. In spring 2010, 102 and 108 had their brandings updated to the newer logo's. By April 2011,the route 25 had ended with Riverlink and when Dial-a-Bus Local Link took it over,Riverlink sold the Vario's. I was led to belive that the sisters had been sold to Country Bus Devon for breaking up. However a couple of days ago I found pictures of 102 and 108 with a independant company called Banga Travel up in the Midlands wearing a funny Yellow and Blue. These buses gave a rather unpleasent ride all through the bumpy streets of St.Micheals however it is nice to see these good old Varios in further service.
|P102HCH seen wering old Riverlink lettering in 2009.|
|P394FEA seen wering Banga's Livery.Thanks to Tom Pearce for the Photo.|
Friday, 16 December 2011
I boarded the service 88 this afternoon at Totnes.I asked for Newton abbot and presented my Stagecoach Bronzerider bus pass. He took a few seconds to look at it,he then said you can't use that pass on here,you should get the X64. Before I had time to argue,he allowed me on. IT CLEARLY STATES ON THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS THAT YOU CAN USE STAGECOACH BRONZERIDERS ON THE 88. I would have more likely been refused on the X64.
Many people have told me that you can use the Bronzeriders on country bus service 177. Until now I have not been questioned about it when boarding.I boarded the 177 last week and showed the Driver me pass and he wouldn't accept it.My understanding was that you COULD use Bronzeriders on there so as I do I put up an argument over it.Eventually he phoned his boss to prove that he was right. It turned out that I was wrong and I paid full child single.
I do find it amazing that the drivers ate not told what tickets and passes to accept and what not to.
Thursday, 15 December 2011
Also we have seen Plymouth Citybus become 100% low floor and even introducing a very smart new livery on the buses and coaches. I like the new Citycoach livery however I feel its a bit of a clone of Shearings new livery.
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