Today (20th June) , Stagecoach South West Dennis Trident S805/6/2BWC 17005/6/2 in that order departed Torquay depot for Wigan depot at 05:58 and S803/10/11/37/38BWC & T650/1KPU from Exeter at 06:48. They made it to Wigan without a hiccup at around 3pm. This leaves 17004 (S804BWC) and 17055/6/7/8 (T655/6/7/8KPU) in Torquay and 17052 T652KPU in Exeter which I belive will go (unless it went slightly later than the others). As Barnstaple have recently taken delivery of 22 new Scania Enviro 400's (which I've been told are most unpleasant to travel on), the Transbus Tridents have become surplus so they have been sent to Torbay to replace the 17 series Tridents. 18131 and 18132 (ex ND Wave KN04XJF/G) have been branded for all new HOP11 route and 18063-73 are being transferred to Torbay for use on all routes.
|18132 at Dawlish Warren|
|North Devon Wave Scania WA13GEK Thanks to Laurence Mayhew|
|A Pair of Scanias at Barnstaple , Thanks to Laurence Mayhew!|
Apart from Riverlinks Olympians and VR's, Torbay really is "nothing" now in the bus scene, all low floor modern rubbish!
Those S and T plate Tridents really have travelled around , new to London in 1999, then to Cambridge by 2004 (except S802-6BWC which came to Torbay in 2003 then Exeter for 2004) and the rest were devided between Exeter and Hull in 2007. Some of the Exeter ones came to Torbay in 2008 and finally were joined in Febuary this year by 17002-6. Now today, they depart the South West for adventures up country. They do extremely well and I hope they continue in service for years to come! A Video of them leaving CAN BE SEEN HERE
|The Line up in Exeter about 06:30 this Morning|
|Two Tridents having a "chat" before heading up to Wigan!|