First Midland bluebird Survival

Driver362

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Loved our B7 RLE's. Drove all the 07 batch and 09 batch @ Larbert. Thing was ours were limited to 62mph. Larbert 09 batch were 50 mph, the 07's at L. W had far more comfy seating than the 09's
 
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The B7RLEs were all fine until the ECUs kept on kicking up and forcing them to go slow....or not work at all. That happened years ago of course.
 

Driver362

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I mind driving them at 6 months old and they had eml lights on! We're told to run it!!. You just sat waiting for the enviable engine derate to happen. Although a lot of the times it was add blue related. After running scanias that were pre add blue it was a bit baffling to them that this stuff could cause so much issues. But the recycle it culture didn't do them any favours. They had a hard life at L.w but are still going strong :D
 

Zakforbes4

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I have a couple of questions
1. What is Addison news all about like one bus every 3 ish hours and like why is it called news.
2. why are alot of first midland bluebirds in barbie livery.
and 3 what is the difference between this new x38 and the old 38.

Sorry if I sound stupid I'm from glasgow just interested in first midland bluebirds.
 

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I have a couple of questions
1. What is Addison news all about like one bus every 3 ish hours and like why is it called news.
2. why are alot of first midland bluebirds in barbie livery.
and 3 what is the difference between this new x38 and the old 38.

Sorry if I sound stupid I'm from glasgow just interested in first midland bluebirds.
1. It's just one man and his 15 seater minibus, nothing to do with First. Been running that for many years. Used to own a newsagent in Callander, timetables on stops say Addison of Callander.
2. Repainting the whole fleet takes time and there's been so many liveries since Barbie, by the time Larbert was mostly painted up blue then came the current livery.
3. No real changes, just matching the Lothian Country number.
 

Zakforbes4

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1. It's just one man and his 15 seater minibus, nothing to do with First. Been running that for many years. Used to own a newsagent in Callander, timetables on stops say Addison of Callander.
2. Repainting the whole fleet takes time and there's been so many liveries since Barbie, by the time Larbert was mostly painted up blue then came the current livery.
3. No real changes, just matching the Lothian Country number.
why doesn't he run it more often or is he unable?
 

JumpinTrainz

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They don’t care half as much about FSE fleet or presentation compared to Glasgow. Things have improved more now but previously there have been buses running around looking very untidy.

FSE has the nicest livery now out of all of them IMO.
 

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The main thread has been moved to other sub section https://www.railforums.co.uk/threads/buses-and-the-coronavirus.202117/page-7

Does anyone know what is going on with these operations? is it still a normal timetable?
Aberdeen and Scotland East are on a standard "University closed" timetable. So everything is running as normal except the Stirling UL and Aberdeen 1B, 9U & 20. I suspect the reason for this is because the network manager for Aberdeen/Scotland East was/is on holiday and they (as in the other management staff) couldn't be bothered making temporary timetables like Glasgow did.
 

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Aberdeen and Scotland East are on a standard "University closed" timetable. So everything is running as normal except the Stirling UL and Aberdeen 1B, 9U & 20. I suspect the reason for this is because the network manager for Aberdeen/Scotland East was/is on holiday and they (as in the other management staff) couldn't be bothered making temporary timetables like Glasgow did.
I think this is incredibly harsh, the number of people involved in planning in that area are a much smaller group than in Glasgow and no doubt decisions were likely to have been made early last week before events fully evolved. No doubt the folk involved will be busy planning things from next week.
 

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I think this is incredibly harsh, the number of people involved in planning in that area are a much smaller group than in Glasgow and no doubt decisions were likely to have been made early last week before events fully evolved. No doubt the folk involved will be busy planning things from next week.
I dont think its harsh at all. Especially not given that that's pretty much how things have been for the last 2 or so years. In past service changes and meetings their excuse for not adjusting timetables following a consultation has nearly always been because the network manager had went on holiday.

It's nothing against anyone personally but it's pretty evident that the management for Aberdeen/FSE are not able to keep up with the changing dynamics of the operating area and are often far too preoccupied by West Lothian. Even if you look at Aberdeens online timetables and maps it's very clear that there's a lack of local knowledge and that's without even talking about the state of the network!
 

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Surprising it will take place on Monday, Also X23 are now gone. while in Forth Valley its minaly a Sunday service however with extra early morning runs especially on the x38.
 

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Further changes are happening this monday.

Timetables from Monday 20th April
Thank you very much to all the feedback we have received from our key workers. We have revised our timetables were possible, but please continue to send us your comments via the Key Worker Feedback link below.

From Monday 4th May, the following timetables are NOT CHANGING and will continue with the current timetable; C1, H1/H2, X10, X10A, C11, C30, X36, C48, 57, 59, UL. These can be viewed via the links below or on our timetable page via the ‘Current’ tab, click here.

From Monday 4th May, the following timetables are CHANGING; 1, 2, 3/4, 5, 6, 8, F14, F16, 20, 21, X22, X24, X25, 26, 27, 29, X35, X37, X38, F45, 51/52, 54, 600. These can be viewed via the links below or on our timetable page via the ‘Forthcoming’ tab, click here.

1

Dunipace - Denny - Bonnybridge - Falkirk - Redding - Polmont - Maddiston - Linlithgow - Bridgend

Monday to Saturday New journey – 0624 Maddiston to Dunipace
The 0710 Dunipace to Falkirk journey will now depart at 0718 and extend to Bridgend via Maddiston and Linlithgow

2

Limerigg - Slammanan - Falkirk - Grangemouth - Bo'ness

Monday to Saturday The 0742 Limerigg to Falkirk journey will now depart at 0737

3 / 4

3: Falkirk - Grangemouth - Falkirk
4: Falkirk - Grangemouth - Falkirk

Monday to Saturday

New journeys – 0535 (3), 0605 (4) and 2215 (4) Falkirk to Grangemouth and return

Sunday New journey – 2215 (4) Falkirk to Grangemouth and return

6: Falkirk Wheel - Tamfourhill - Falkirk - Bainsford - Carronshore - Stenhousemuir - FVRH

Monday to Saturday New journey – 0631 FVRH to Tamfourhill


Service X24

Monday to Sunday All journeys to Edinburgh will operate 10 minutes earlier

Service X38

Monday to Sunday The 2120 Stirling to Falkirk journey will now depart at 2145 New journeys – 2230 Falkirk to Stirling and 2315 Stirling to Larbert


51 / 52

51: Alloa - Tullibody - Stirling - Bannockburn - Cowie
52: Stirling - Menstrie - Tillicoultry - Sauchie - Alloa

Service 51 Monday to Saturday New journey - 0620 Alloa to Stirling

Service 52 Monday to Saturday New journeys - 0544 & 0644 Menstrie to Alloa adn 0606 Manor Powis via Alloa, Tillicoultry, Alva, Menstrie to Stirling

54

New journeys – 0620 Bridge of Allan to Stirling 2215 Alloa via Stirling, Bannockburn to Cowie
 

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Several posts referring to Mackies of Alloa have been removed due to being off-topic. If anyone wishes to discuss this, please do so in a new thread. Please also remember to include sources to back up any claims.
 

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