End of the Midland Red Nationals
The final Leyland National in the Stagecoach in Warwickshire (Midland Red South) fleet, 25402 said goodbye on a farewell tour of Warwickshire yesterday. Setting off from Nuneaton the bus visited Coventry, Leamington, Warwick, Stratford and Rugby by shadowing buses on ordinary routes (48, X16, X16 (part), 64, 86, 157 (part)).
Drivers from various depots took turns at the wheel, including some who could remember driving these vehicles when new in the 1970s. From the same era, Rugby's ECW bodied Leyland Olympian 14943 joined 25402 on the X16s and 64 to add some variety, and because Rugby's Olympians are to be confined to schools work following the delivery of four Transbus Enviro 300s for route 64 after Easter.
About to set off on its final journey, the last Leyland National 25402 shadows a departure on route 157 from Coventry to Nuneaton.
Preparations for OmniDekkas - More Detail
Further news about forthcoming fleet changes in October/November is being made known.
Lastly keep your eyes open on forthcoming Saturdays, 974 is likely to be trialled on the Loddon Bridge Park and Ride one weekend!
Preparations for OmniDekkas Begin
Reading Mk2 Metrobus 455 has recently received partial Newbury Buses livery as part of a recent full repaint. It sports a green Newbury stripe on both sides, but without fleetnames. The front and back have ordinary Reading Buses logos, as do the message displays in the windows. It is not yet clear why it has been done so far in advance of September/October, but one may expect 456-9 and possibly others to be similarly treated over the coming months. Internally very little seems to have changed, with a mixture of its original yellow/orange seats, and others in Excel purple having been repaired at some point. Many of the Mk2 Metrobuses have featured such a mixture of moquettes for a number of years now, some even having a third variety in grey.
455 leaving Reading Station today on Woodley Circulars.
457, 465 and 468 have also received full repaints in recent months, 457 into a revised ColourBus livery and 468 following an engine fire.