S837BWC was new to Stagecoach London as TA37 in 1999, before being transferred to Cambridge , complete with Centre door, and painted green for the Cowley Road - City Centre- Barbraham Road Park & Ride service. Stagecoach numbered it 17037 as part of the national fleet numbering system. August 2007, saw 17037 along with sisters 17007-11/36/38/51-53/55-58 being transferred to Stagecoach Devon. For a while, they operated in full Cambridge Park & Ride livery (minus the lettering) with just the lower front panel painted in Stagecoach corporate livery and with centre doors. This was so they could quickly oust the Volvo B10M/Northern Counties Palatines off of key route 57 Exeter - Brixington. Gradually , the S/T reg Tridents appeared in full Stagecoach "beachball" livery, with a neat single door conversion and rear number displays.
|S837BWC in Torquay - 15th June 2013|
With the arrival of a batch of Scania N230UD/Enviro400's in 2010 for route 57, seven of these ex-London Trident's; 17036/7/55-8 were transferred down to Torbay, operating local routes. 17037 was my favorite of the bunch along with 17055. On June 20th 2013, 17037 (along with some of the others) were sent up to Stagecoach Manchester (Wigan) to replace the East Lancs bodied Dennis Arrow's that had been acquired from First Group earlier in the year. Towards the end of 2013, S837 was once again on her travels , leaving the others behind at Wigan , she ventured off up to Fife, where she (along with some Y/51 reg London Tridents) replaced some Volvo Olympians on school work. In April 2014, I was quite surprised to read that 17037, with 17060 T660KPU had made the long trek down to Kettering, not a great distance from their home stomping ground. I expect the pair are mainly used for school work, though as I mentioned at the start of the post, S837BWC pretended to be a 'Gold' spec vehicle and worked an X4 yesterday (4th June). I believe the X4 is one of Stagecoach's longest routes in the Country, with a journey time of around 4 hours. Wonder if I'll be so lucky to get 17037 if I do the X4? hmm, likely
not unfortunately! You never know, there may still be time for us to see a T reg on the South West Gold route yet! I do hope so anyway!
|17037 playing 'Gold' 4th June 2014 - thanks to Steve Mutly, used with permission|