25 August 2014


Thanks to David Devoy for his photo of ODV203W:
One ex Padarnbus vehicle yet to attract a buyer is ODV203W. This Leyland Atlantean AN68B/1R / East Lancs OH43/28D was new to Plymouth City Transport as their 159 in February 1981, and is currently in the stock of Drew Wilson (dealers)

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Lots to catch up on as I restart after a short break...
  • NORWICH BUSES: First Training Bus sighted in Norwich For sitting opposite First's Rouen Road office was the recently returned 60807 S568RNA, which now carries the special training livery.
  • IAN VISITS: London Bus themed bar to open next month Next month the Design Junction returns to London, and as in previous years, will include a London Transport themed bar.
  • DENNIS BASFORD: 'Scene’ on the West Coast of Scotland part 1 I recently had a short break staying at the Alexandra Hotel in Oban where most of these images were taken. The tour company was ‘Highland Heritage’ (HH) with whom I have no connection other than as a satisfied customer
  • BRITISH BUS BUGLE: Western Greyhound woes and sabotage claims Some unsettling reports from Cornwall. BBC News is rather muted, but the Cornish Guardian pulls no punches in hinting at behind-the-scenes trouble at one of the country's biggest and most respected independent bus operators.
  • PUBLIC TRANSPORT EXPERIENCE: A Tram.I.Am; but not Well Known [2] The Tramway was offered to the Council, who declined to take it over. The trams and the track were by now worn out and re-equipment was essential if it was to continue. The Directors gave notice of intent to close it on 29th September 1927, and that the 10.30p.m. from each end would be the last to run.
  • ALL OVER LONDON BLOG: The New Additions At Bow Stagecoach's Bow (BW) garage in East London has seen not one, but two changes recently. The count will be three by the end of summer and Bow (BW) will become almost a fully-hybrid garage bar the route 277, between East India (Leamouth, Billingsgate Market) and Highbury & Islington Station
  • FOCUS TRANSPORT: PROPOSALS FOR A FURTHER LONDON ORBITAL RAILWAY London mayor Boris Johnson revealed the scheme in his London Infrastructure 2050 plan and predicted the capital would see a population shift to the east with Barking possibly becoming the next Piccadilly Circus within 100 years time.
  • NORWICH BUSES: Sanders Joe Wilson kindly informed me this afternoon that Sanders Services of Holt have taken on three more VDL SB120 Wright Cadet buses.
  • BENJIS BUSES: 14-64 Plate Buses Weekly 14 / 64 Plate Photo's : W/E 23rd Aug 14
  • TRANSPORT ILLUSTRATED: Edinburgh One of the hazards of keeping tight records of your photo collection is that you can ask yourself the question "Surely it's only been five or six years since I was in Edinburgh" and be able to answer "No, it's been fifteen". Time really does fly so my visit on the last day of my tour was very overdue.
  • PUBLIC TRANSPORT EXPERIENCE: All Change Grimey : All Say Blimey [1] fbb does wonder why this company is entering the risky bus market, especially in view of the sudden (but not unexpected) demise of Redline. Waterson's web site does not mention any bus services. It is hard to see how an extra two journeys to Grimethorpe ill attract new and additional business,
  • FOCUS TRANSPORT: Rail Companies Shortlisted for Northern & TransPennine Express Three companies have been shortlisted to run the Northern franchise, while 3 companies are being considered for the TransPennine Express franchise. All of these companies have successfully passed the pre-qualification stage, and will now be asked to develop their plans for the franchises before they receive the government’s invitation to tender in Decembe
  • PUBLIC TRANSPORT EXPERIENCE: All Change Grimey : All Say Blimey [2] You have to feel sorry for the distressed folk of Grimethorpe. Their bus service used to be frequent and simple to remember. Now it has become complicated and well-nigh impossible to remember.
  • IAN VISITS: Weekly round-up of London’s railway transport news First Great Western says it is working on building better trust with its customers after a survey found it was among the worst performing train companies for customer satisfaction. BBC News
  • FOCUS TRANSPORT: Whitby locomotives mark opening of second platform Managing director Philip Benham, said: "We are delighted that we are now in a position to increase the number of NYMR trains serving Whitby to cater for the growing popularity of visitors to travel to and from the resort by heritage steam trains.
  • FOCUS TRANSPORT: 15m Scania Irizar i6 for megabus The UK's first 15-metre overall length Scania Irizar i6 coach is set to enter service later this month when it embarks upon long-term trials on a megabus.com route.
  • PUBLIC TRANSPORT EXPERIENCE: fbb's Steyning Day; NOT Stenning, Ray. [1] Note that local city crusties get a better deal than "furriners", being allowed free travel from 0900 to 0400; BUT the nice kind council does offer mitigation by allowing free travel ford the rest of us TWO MINUTES EARLY from Steyning.
  • HUMBER TRANSPORT: After 15 years, changes for the 160/162 Look at the EYMS website for the pdf for the current 160/162 timetable and the timetable available is dated 15th August 1999. The two services run on Wednesdays and Saturdays linking various small villages into Goole and Howden.
  • IAN VISITS: Crossrail Tunnels uncovered at Paddington Over the past couple of years, Costain Skanska Joint Venture has excavated down to the new Crossrail tunnels which run some 16 metres below ground. Using the under-digging method, they built the roof of the station at street level first, then excavated out the soil underneath, slowly working their way down to the tunnels beneath them.
  • FOCUS TRANSPORT: Lincoln Martin Arrand has sent us the pictures below, taken in Lincoln.
  • FOCUS TRANSPORT: Northampton Bus Station - STILL NOT SORTED Our new bus station continues to prove the inadequacies of the design, location and layout. Indeed, much of the time it only works because of the goodwill of drivers. It is particularly annoying when buses are unable to access stands and therefore passengers are held captive on the buses until the stand becomes free – frustrating when you sit and watch your next bus leave the bus station without you because you couldn’t alight from your arriving service.
  • TRANSPORT ILLUSTRATED: Fairbourne Railway I first visited the Welsh narrow gauge in 1971 and over the years have explored almost all. The one exception is the Fairbourne Railway so when I found a visit to the Talyllyn over the Spring Bank Holiday coincided with the Fairbourne's 'Little to Large' gala weekend I headed up the coast for my first visit.


  1. This went in the Pardon bus auction for £6k ish, the dealer is currently trying to sell it for £11k hoping for a quick profit I think.....

  2. £9K + VAT not cheap

  3. that is interesting post ? It isn't unwanted it sold for almost £6000 including vat on auction day it would appear buyer hasn't come up with the goods and its now remaining unsold which is annoying as I asked the agents handling the sale to let me know if the bus was uncollected as I knew the bidder had paid well over the odds for it. Jason Beverley

  4. Fingers crossed that the PCTPG can snap her up, it would be good for them to have another open-topper

  5. I bet the buses nowadays won't last half as long as these great work horses have. Considering this bus is 33 years old, it still holds its value. Is 158 (ODV202W) still around?

    1. Holds its value? It's only worth what someone is willing to pay - £11k would be utter madness, even £6k is pretty ridiculous. In reality most people might consider £3k fair, however people seem to think that open-toppers (with all their inherent rot problems and storage difficulties command a premium.... but if people are happy to pay those figures, then good luck to them!


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