Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Replacement Rolls in!

I know that I am nearly two weeks late posting this but as most of you are aware, there is Rail Replacement coach services between Plymouth-Exeter and Tiverton Parkway. This started last Saturday (19th Febuary) and will go on for 6 weeks from then every Sunday.

Of course as an Enthusiast myself I use it for "Spotting" purposes and I have definatley seen and been on some great Buses and Coaches that are there over the last two weeks.The coaches I have been on so far are:
Spearings Volvo B12M/Vanhool WA54HXU
C.J.Down Volvo B10M/Jonckheere 3504CD
Carmel Coaches Dennis Javelin /Marcopolo R632VNN
Holmans Volvo B10M/Jonckheere P241AUT
Redwoods Iveco/Plaxton Panther SC52AHC
Hamilton Grey Volvo B10M/Vanhool Alizee COU980
Hamilton Grey Volvo B10M/Plaxton Premiere P113DCW

Abbot Coach Travel Scania Century/Irizar C20ACT
L.A Hamilton (Hamilton Grey) Volvo B10M/Plaxton Premiere L126NAO
L.A Hamilton (Hamilton Grey) Volvo B10M/Plaxton Premiere N98VWC
First Truronian Volvo B12/Plaxton Panther TT04TRU
Dartline Volvo B10M/Plaxton Premiere SLZ4570
Mid Devon Coaches Scania/Plaxton Paramount MIL6684
First Devon and Cornwall Volvo Olympian/Alexander Royale 530OHU

These Rail Replacement days are always very fun as you can get on coaches that you wouldnt usually get on.

Here are some pictures:

Thursday, 16 February 2012

All change in the South West!

Of course over the last few weeks there has been gradual changes in Stagecoach South West's fleet. There are now approximatley 8 Scania N230UD/Enviro 400's now in service. The Volvo Olympians have now unfortunatley vanished from Torbay and the first Torbay Trident is now in Barnstaple.

Ex-Torbay 18070 (WA04CSF) was seen in Barnstaple 15/2/12

Im still wondering what is going to happen to the remainder of the Tridents and when the last of the Olympian's from Barnstaple will go. Only time will tell.

Some are clueless!

Not very often I post about cars etc but I thought i'd bring you these photo's of some illeagal parking in an appalling place.

There was a whole line of cars parked further up the lane however my phone died so i could get them on camera. There is a sign clearly stating not to park there as bigger vehicles have to get through past them.Of course the lane down to Cockington Village is narrow enough and buses like Devonian's service 50 which uses Mercedes 709D's struggle to get through there as it is without the cars there so with them there causes a nightmare all round. Also with the tight bends on that lane,visibility of whats coming the other way is also made harder by these cars.

The car owners would be the first to complain if their cars got scraped by another vehicles and would more than likely deny that it is their own fault despite the signs being there telling them not to park.

These photo's are being passed on to Torbay Council by Devonian Motor Services so this problem will hopefulyl end.

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

A piece of history!

Today , just looking through some files on my PC ,  I found an old clip of Stagecoach Devon's R164HHK which is a Northern Counties bodied Volvo Olympian. Please view the video...

A lot has changed since this video, My old Granny now has the old samsung J700 and R164HHK seems to have dissapeared from the South West fleet. if you have any news on this bus please let me know!!!