Edited by John Podgorski, BA Hons, MSC, CMILT.

Welcome to the the August 2021 edition of Busmopolitan Volume 2. The first issue of Volume 2 in fact.

So, another summer is coming to a close, but weather forecasts suggest an “Indian summer” for September. Here is a tranquil corner of Greenwich Park pictured on 7/8/13. Exit via the gates onto Blackheath, head east, and a route 108 bus will whisk you into “Busmopolitan land” (via the Blackwall Tunnel). (Leah Harrison).

And proof that bus photography can be fun…. (John Podgorski).

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE COLCHESTER.

Above: 4334 on North Hill, Colchester on 6/8/21. (John Podgorski).

‘Sapphire’ Wright StreetLite 4334 (SK68 TXB) was on loan from Northfleet in August. Odd sightings: 2/8/21: P&R ADL/E200 4074 on 77; R133 StreetLite 4324 on 8. 3/8/21: 4075 on 77; R133 4323/24 on 1. 4/8/21: 4072 on 77. 5/8/21: 4074 on 77. 6/8/21: 4075 on 77. 9/8/21: 4075 on 77. 17/8/21: 4015 failed at Maldon Court @ 1230 and later recovered on a low loader. 23/8/21: 1564 on 1. 24/8/21: 4261/62 on 1. 27/8/21: 1564 on 1; R133 4324 on 1. 28/8/21: R133 4324 on 8. 31/8/21: 4074 on 77; R133 4324 on 8. 1/9/21: 4324 on 8.

ARRIVA KENT THAMESIDE SOUTHEND.

Above: ADL/Enviro 400 MMC 6499 received heritage Southend Corporation livery in 2019, to commemorate the centenary of route 1. It was subsequently named after Geoff Arthur, a long serving employee. Pictured at Southend Travel Centre on 6/7/21. (Daniel Pretty).

ARRIVA LONDON NORTH.

Above: Volvo B5LH/Wright Gemini3 HV364 on the A406 North Circular Road at Palmers Green on 7/8/21. The TfL34 contract was regained from Metroline in 2019. (John Podgorski).

BICKERS OF CODDENHAM.

Above: Bickers was an independent in the Ipswich area, who sold out to Ipswich Buses c1991. Bickers continues its film support business Bickers Action, which specialises in stunts. Back in the late 1970s/early 1980s, Bickers took over an Ipswich town service from Eastern Counties, and used an ex Tyne & Wear PTE former South Shields Corporation Bristol RELL6G/ECW ECU 201E on it. The picture shows sister ECU 202E in its native town of South Shields in the summer of 1973. (Malcolm Flynn).

BLUE TRIANGLE. ‘Cross border’ commercial route 575 (Harlow-Romford) ceased after 27/8/21.

COLAS RAIL.

Above: 37175 on the 3Q66 at Colchester on 6/8/21. (James Cole).

3/8/21: 37175 + 9702 on 3Q61 Cambridge-Ferme Park via Chingford/Liv St/Southend Vic. 4/8/21; 37175 + 9702 on 3Q70/3Q71 Ferme Park-Kings Cross-Colchester. 6/8/21: 37175 + 9702 on 3Q66 Colchester-Derby via FLX and London. 26/8/21: 37116 on 3Q71 Thorpe Le Soken-Cambridge-Norwich.

DAN’S LUXURY TRAVEL, WALTHAM ABBEY.

Above: This operator ceased in June 2020. Ex operated Yutong Tc12 YG65 APK, was spotted on Streatham High Road, London SW16 on 28/8/21. (John Podgorski).

DBS. 5/8/21: 66162 on 4L45 Wakefield-FLX. 66206 on 4M79. 6/8/21: 66077 on EM Gateway-FLX. 7/8/21: 66183 on 4M79 FLX-EM Gateway.

FIRST ESSEX. ADL/Enviro 400 33425 (SN59 AWV) has received a multi coloured “rainbow” livery for Pride. The ex First Capital ADL/E200s 44001-03, 44080/81 at Hadleigh, moved to Chelmsford at the end of August. Streetlite 47650 went from Basildon to Hadleigh. Odd sightings: 1/8/21: 32669 on 67B; 37017 on 64A; 37036 on 66; 37036 on 64A; 37054 on 64. 2/8/21: P&R ADL/E200 67191 on 31C. 3/8/21: 30567 on 66; 37015 on 66; 37027 on 64; 67192 on 31C; 67194 on 31B, 67196 on 31C. 4/8/21: 32485 on 67; 32628 on 103; 37034 on 64A; 37037 on 67; 37054 on 104; R62 37133 on 75; 67192 on 31C; 67197 on 31X. 5/8/21: 32547 on 104/175/174; R62 37136 on 88; R62 37138 on 65/61; 42945 on 71D; 67190 on 31C; 67194 on 31X. 6/8/21: 30564 on 66B; 32628 on 103; 37004 on 67; 37006 on 64; 37027 on 104/174/175/1A; R62 37133/135 on 65; R62 37136 on 70/74B; 42939 on 71A; 66828 on 62; 67195 on 31C; 67197 on 31X. 7/8/21: 32485 on 175; 37005 on 103; 37020 on 64; R62 37133 on 74B; R62 37136 on 174; 42968 on 71A. 8/8/21: 30567 on 64; 37004 on 102; 37005/042 on 64A; R62 37133 on 70; R62 37135 on 64; R62 37136 on 65; 42931 on 70; 66759 on 100; 67192 on 71C. 9/8/21: R62 37133 on 75; 42922 on 71A. 15/8/21: 32068 on 64A; 37006 on 66; 37007 on 67B; 37015/034 on 64; R62 37135 on 65; R62 37136 on 64A; R62 37138 on 61; R62 37139 on 65. 16/8/21: 32669 on 175; 37020 on 67; R62 37133 on 65/1A; R62 37134/136 on 88; R62 37138 on 66B; 67193 on 31C. 17/8/21: 32669 on 67; R62 37134 on 65; R62 37135 on 61; R62 37136 on 75; R62 37138 on 70; 67191 on 31C. 18/8/21: 37007 on 64; 37035 on 67/103; R62 37133 on 64A; R62 37135/136 on 61; R62 37139 on 70; 67190 on 31C; 67195 on 31X; 67196 on 36. 19/8/21: 32628 on 67; 37010 on 66; 37017 on 64A; R62 37138 on 75; 67189 on 36; 67196 on 31C. 20/8/21: 67193 on 31C. 21/8/21: 32673 on 175; 37005 on 64; 37035 on 103; R62 37138 on 70; 67193 on 42B. 22/8/21: 30567 on 64; 32547 on 64A; 32628 on 64; 37010 on 64A; 37015 on 64; R62 37133/135 on 65; R62 37139 on 76; 37140 on 102. 23/8/21: 32087 on 67; 67189 on 31C; 67192 on 36; 67193 on 31X. 24/8/21: 37005 on 64; R62 37133 on 61; R62 37138 on 65; R62 37139 on 61; 67189 on 36; 67192 on 31X; 67196 on 31C. 25/8/21: 32547 on 103; 37010 on 67; R62 37133 on 61; R62 37134 on 65/61/68; R62 37135 on 61/2A; 42933 on 71; 67192 on 31C; 67195 on 36. 26/8/21: 30567 on 64A; 37020 on 175; 37034 on 67; 42934 on 71A; 67189 on 36; 67191 on 31C. 27/8/21: 30567 on 64A; 32629 on 64; 37005 on 64; 37007 on 67; 37017 on 174; 37034 on 64A; 42936 on 71A; 67192 on 31C; 67194 on 31X. 28/8/21: 37006 on 175; 37034 on 64; 37054 on 175; R62 37134 on 61; R62 37136 on 88A; R62 37139 on 61; 67197 on 36. 29/8/21: 37010 on 102; 37037/062 on 64A.

Above: Wright StreetLite 63336 (SM65 EEU) failed at Great Totham on 6/8/21, while on a Maldon bound 75. It is seen being recovered back to Colchester depot by LJ Transportation’s DAF XF ‘wrecker LJ21 TOW. (Will Jesney).

FREIGHTLINER.

Above: 08785 + 66518 depart from Felixstowe on 7/8/21. (Toby Cullum).

08785 has been moved by road from Southampton to Felixstowe. 2/8/21: 90007/006 on 4L91. 3/8/21:59004 on Chelmsford stone. 90046/043 on 4M87 FLX-Trafford. 4/8/21: 90046/043 on 4L91 Trafford-FLX. 5/8/21: 66418 on FLX-Lawley Street. 66517 on 4M81 FLX-Crewe. 66558 on FLX-Leeds. 66596 on 4L36 Wentloog-FLX. 6/8/21: 08785 delivered to Felixstowe by road. 66501 on 4L85 Tinsley-FLX. 66520/62 on Whitemoor-Ipswich light loco. 66956 on 4L87 Leeds-FLX. 90049/047 on 4L91 Trafford-FLX. 7/8/21: 08785 + 66518 dit ran 0R57 FLX to Ipswich light loco. 66517 on Garston-London Gateway. 11/8/21: 66503 on FLX-Ditton. 90047/044 on 4M87 FLX-Trafford. 19/8/21: 90005/012 on 4L91. 90016/011 on 4L97. 90042/045 on 4M45. 20/8/21: 90044/014 on 4L91. 21/8/21: 90005/012 on 4L97. 90044/014 on 4L91. 26/8/21: 90016/011 on 4L91 and 4M87 return. 27/8/21: 90016/011 on 4L91 and 4M87 return. 28/8/21: 90016/011 on 4L91.

GALLOWAY, MENDLESHAM. National Express liveried Scania K410EB6/Caetano Levante IIIs 101-103 (BF68 LCC/F/G) have returned from loan to Lucketts at Fareham. Ex Clarkes of Sydenham is similar 109 (BU18 OTF).

GBRf. 5/8/21: 66731 on N Walsham-Harwich tanks. 66757 on 4L02 Hams Hall-FLX. 66785 on 4M29 FLX-Birch Coppice. 6/8/21: 66726 on 4E53 FLX-Tinsley. 66745 on Doncaster-FLX. 66771 on 6L04 Willesden-Barrington. 10/8/21: 47727 towed EMR 360106 on 5Q98 Cricklewood-Northampton via Stratford. 66791 on Harwich-N Walsham tanks. 11/8/21: 66730 on 4L02. 12/8/21: 66791 on Harwich-N Walsham tanks. 17/8/21: 66757 on N Walsham-Harwich tanks. 24/8/21: 66725 on 6L37. 25/8/21: 66790 on Harwich-N Walsham tanks. 28/8/21: 66739 on 4747 Hams Hall-London Gateway.

GREATER ANGLIA. 21/8/21: 745108 on Norwich-Liv Sts.

Above: 360119 at Wellingborough, in its new role with EMR on 14/8/21. (Simon Austin).

HAVERING TRANSPORT. New are ADL/Enviro 200 MMCs YX21 RVC/F.

HEDINGHAM. Optare Solo 911 (SF04 SKE) was returned from KN to CN on 3/8/21, but than back to KN on 13/8/21. 910 returned later. The two Solos were regulars at KN in late July and early August. The Clacton Airshow was held again for 2021 on 26th/27th August; (suspended in 2020 due to Covid), but in a reduced form, featuring a fly-past to celebrate 150 years of Clacton as a resort. Hedingham provided extras on routes 134 and 135, but not a park and ride/shuttle service to the seafront as in previous years. The summer extension of route 63 to East Mersea finished after 31/8/21. It seems unlikely there will be a repeat, as loadings were very low. Odd sightings: 2/8/21: Solo 910 on D1; Solo 911 on D2 + 95. 3/8/21: 910 on 15 + 63. 4/8/21: 910 on 15/63/50A. 5-6/8/21: 910 on 15/63. 7/8/21: 910 on D1/95/D2. 9/8/21: 910 on 63. 10/8/21: 910 on 63. Omnidekka movements: 3/8/21: 815 – KN-CN. 14/8/21: 811 – KN-CN. 17/8/21: 800 – Chambers-CN. 20/8/21: 811 – CN-KN. 24/8/21: 812 – CN-KN. 26/8/21: 813/814 – CN-KN.

Above: ADL/Enviro 400 616 (SN10 CCV) in Sible Hedingham depot on 23/7/21. This was the last bus bought new by the old independant Hedingham. (Laurence Kinsella Ilott).

Above: Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President 586 at Prettygate Road, Colchester on 23/7/21. The Busmopolitan/Bus Fayre editor is driving. (James Cole).

Above: The two Optare Solos, 910/911 (SF04 SKD/E) moved from Clacton to Kelvedon at the end of July. 911 was seen at Tey Road, Earls Colne on 28/7/21, on diversion of route 82, due to closure of Swan Street, Chappel for emergency water works. 911 returned to Clacton in early August. (John Podgorski).

IPSWICH BUSES. Long ADL/Enviro 200s are now increasingly appearing on routes 4 and 11 in Colchester. Odd sightings: 23/8/21: Route 8 ADL/E200 104 (SN16 OGK) on 4 + 11.

LONDON TRANSPORT COUNTRY AREA.

Two buses from the predecessor of today’s Arriva Herts & Essex.

Above: AEC Regal MkIV/Metro Cammell RF539. Preserved as a Harlow based bus. Pictured at the Peterborough Bus Rally on 8/8/21. (Daniel Pretty).

Above: AEC Park Royal Routemaster RCL2233. Preserved in its original identity as a Green Line coach. Presented as working from Romford garage in the mid to late 1960s. Pictured at the Peterborough Rally on 8/8/21. (Daniel Pretty).

NATIONAL EXPRESS.

Above: Scania K410EB6/Caetano Levante III SH317 (BF21 CZB), on a Stansted Airport bound A6 service, on the A406 North Circular Road at Palmers Green, London N on 7/8/21. (John Podgorski).

NETWORK RAIL. 13/8/21: 97304 on 0Z41 Welwyn-Southend Vic circular.

PRESERVATION.

Above: Bristol RELL6G/ECW UFM 53F is now preserved in Essex. This picture shows it in its original life with Crosville Motor Services fleet no ERG53. Seen outside Runcorn depot on 5th July 1970. (Malcolm Flynn).

ROG. 11/8/21: 37716 on 0Z16 Willesden-Norwich light loco. 16/8/21: 37716 on 0Z80 Norwich-Willesden light loco.

SOUTHEND PIER RAILWAY.

The pair of Severn Lamb Diesel Multiple Units, new in 1986 are due for replacement with new battery electric trains, although Covid-19 has delayed this.

Above: ‘Sir John Betjeman’ at the Pier Head station on 30/7/21. (John Podgorski).

Above: ‘Sir William Heygate’ out on the pier on 30/7/21. (John Podgorski).

STEPHENSONS.

Above: YN56 FEO at Boreham depot on 27/8/21. (John Podgorski).

Scania Omnicity saloon 7056 (YN56 FEO) is a NHS Covid vaccine bus, liveried in blue and white. Scania Omnidekka 639 has moved from Haverhill to Boreham/Braintree. Dart SLF/Mini Pointers 403/404 (EU03 CFX/Y) contunue in service from Haverhill. These were the original ‘Blackwater Link’ buses. A staff shortage was experienced during August, to the extent that emergency timetables had to be put in place, with a reduced service frequency.

Above: Braintree depot on 16/8/21. This is in the old First Essex yard on Springwood Drive. Stephensons had two previous bases in Braintree; firstly off East Street, and then the old Wicks site at Skitts Hill. They took over many local routes from First in November 2015. These Scanias are used mainly on schools and as crew ferries. (Laurence Kinsella Ilott).

UNO, HATFIELD. New are Volvo B8RLE/MCV EvoSetis BV21 ONU/V.

WEST COAST RAILWAYS.

Above: ‘Mayflower’ at Colchester. (John Podgorski).

On 14/8/21, B Class loco 61306 ‘Mayflower’ and 47772 visited Colchester on the Steam Dreams railtour to/from Bury St Edmunds and Norwich. On 16/8/21: 47772 tnt 61306 on 5Z60 Colchester-Southall.

Above: 47772 at Colchester on 14/8/21. (John Podgorski).

On 26/8/21: 61306 tnt 47245 on 5Z39 Southall-Colchester. On 28/8/21: 61306 tnt 47245 on 1Z40 Chelmsford-Lincoln.

With thanks to: Anglia gen, S Austin, J Cole, T Cullum, M Flynn, L Harrison, W Jesney, L Kinsella Ilott, D Pretty.

Some of the Busmopolitan team. Contributors, regular and occasional.

John Podgorski. Editor. (Picture: L Harrison).

Simon Austin.

James Cole. (Picture: J Podgorski).

Leah Harrison. (Picture: J Podgorski).

Laurence Kinsella-Ilott. (Picture: J Podgorski).

Daniel Pretty.