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Old 31st July 2014, 16:48   #1
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Default Stagecoach West/South West/South Wales - Fleet News & Discussion

Couldn't see a current thread for Stagecoach SW and quite a lot is happening down here at the moment! Updated on 04/03/15 to include Stagecoach West and South Wales

This thread is for fleet news and general discussion regarding Stagecoach operations in the West area and the South Wales and South West, please post any unusual sightings or comments..

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So, to start us off, Exeter depot has received a new 14 plate batch of Enviro 200's, they had their public 'unveiling' yesterday, and ironically (or perhaps by design?) ALX200 Dart 34067 found itself on the 'R' Rifford Rd Circular as the public launch of the E200's took place - the ALX200's look to be ousted in Torquay by Pointer Dart's from Exeter that the new buses replace.

34067 on the 'R' (not my pic): https://www.flickr.com/photos/swbuspics/14603020817/

E200 launch (again, not my pic): https://www.flickr.com/photos/swbusp...n/photostream/

Meanwhile down in Torquay, with the end of the school term Olympian R129 EVX (16129) - hired in from Stagecoach West after two Enviro 400's were seriously damaged in a fire at Paignton bus station - is no longer in regular use, not sure what the future holds for it!

Torquay also now have Solo's CN57 FWM and CN57 FWO from Stagecoach South Wales to operate the Route 66 from Newton Abbot to South Devon College, which has been increased to an hourly frequency.

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Old 31st July 2014, 17:40   #2
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The 66 has been hourly for quite a while now - it's just been re-routed in the Aller area because of the South Devon Link Road works and Solos are more suited to the new route. 47698/9 have also moved from Exeter - Torquay.

Dart SLFs 34776/7 (PX 55 EFE/F) have also arrived from Wales. Both were new to Merseyside.
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There must be changes afoot for vehicles to be coming in in addition to the new E200s.

On paper there are sufficient new E200s to replace all non-DDA darts, which at this stage is all that a region can expect to do.
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35153 (formerly Barnstaple allocated) was on the 4 Exeter - Axminster corridor today.

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Old 20th August 2014, 21:23   #5
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Not sure of the number, but there is an an former Exeter Optare Solo on the 18 Brixham - Kingswear route at the moment. Its gone from being Exe-Citi to Ex-City!

....I'll get me coat.

Also: any ideas why several Tridents have been put back on the 12, even though Hop12 branded Enviro's are being seen on the 32/13/22/23?

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Old 23rd August 2014, 21:37   #6
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Hi,
Exeter City Enviro 36222 was on the 157 Exmouth - Sidmouth service today whilst 35153 worked one of the turns on the Seaton - Taunton 20 route.
47600 Solo was also noted at Honiton on a 4a service from Exeter.
34725 one of the ex Scottish Darts was on a 4 into Axminster as well but has probably visited before.
And to finish the day the two Lancaster Bombers with two smaller aircraft [Spitfire's ?] passed over Axminster Station at 17.03 as I waited for my train back home.
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both spitfires had a brief stop at Bristol airport at about 18:00
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both spitfires had a brief stop at Bristol airport at about 18:00
Guess they were coming back from Dawlish Air-Day. Lovely sight though.
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The R/S routes in Exeter have a variety of vehicles allocated - anything from Solos to Deckers. The 'R' in particular seems to get a MAN/E300 quite often but I've never seen one running an 'S'.
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Hi,
Quite a mix on route 99 today with only 1 Versa in traffic 4 Darts and Trident 17053 also working in the morning/early afternoon.
Due to various electrical issues only 25256 of the 6 Chard based Versa's was on the road, although told a bus broke down earlier in the morning.
17053 which had only arrived back from Exeter on Friday was used on the 12.15 service from Chard to Yeovil returning with the 13.28 Yeovil as far as Chard.
35171 presumed empty from Exeter as it was seen at Crewkerne on the 17.40 Yeovil to Chard. 3 Other Darts on route were 34729,34863 and 34866.
At Taunton 34766 was on the 14.15 20 departure.
Darts perform well when on this route and would seem a better bet than the somewhat unreliable Versa's which are subject to problems
Wonder if the Barnstaple ones have similar setbacks although I suppose they accrue less mileage.
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The R/S routes in Exeter have a variety of vehicles allocated - anything from Solos to Deckers. The 'R' in particular seems to get a MAN/E300 quite often but I've never seen one running an 'S'.
Indeed. Did see a Trident on the 'D' a couple of weeks back as well, out of term time as well!


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The R/S routes in Exeter have a variety of vehicles allocated - anything from Solos to Deckers. The 'R' in particular seems to get a MAN/E300 quite often but I've never seen one running an 'S'.
IIRC the MAN on the R is a Park and Ride spare. The R is about the only city route that can fit full sized buses.

Also IIRC the turn from the High Street into South Street is restricted for vehicles over a certain length (ie longer then a Dart). The R has a much easier turn from Market Street
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Hi,
Quite a mix on route 99 today with only 1 Versa in traffic 4 Darts and Trident 17053 also working in the morning/early afternoon.
Due to various electrical issues only 25256 of the 6 Chard based Versa's was on the road, although told a bus broke down earlier in the morning.
17053 which had only arrived back from Exeter on Friday was used on the 12.15 service from Chard to Yeovil returning with the 13.28 Yeovil as far as Chard.
35171 presumed empty from Exeter as it was seen at Crewkerne on the 17.40 Yeovil to Chard. 3 Other Darts on route were 34729,34863 and 34866.
At Taunton 34766 was on the 14.15 20 departure.
Darts perform well when on this route and would seem a better bet than the somewhat unreliable Versa's which are subject to problems
Wonder if the Barnstaple ones have similar setbacks although I suppose they accrue less mileage.
Cheers, Mike
Versas don't have a particularly good reputation. The Welsh ones (on the 151) experienced reliability issues, and Optare and electrics are not happy bedfellows.
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One of the Barnstaple based Versa's showed up on the 17:35 Barnstaple-Tiverton and 19:05 return Service 155 on Friday - a turn that sometimes produces a North Devon Wave liveried Enviro instead of the usual Trident - not seen a Versa on it before though.
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Indeed. Did see a Trident on the 'D' a couple of weeks back as well, out of term time as well!


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I'm not sure how many we get in term time though - I only ever used to see the one go up the hill through the uni at about 9:10 in the morning, at all other times (day and night), solidly the Enviro single deckers in Ex-citi branding.
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