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January 2008

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  • Reading Transport Fleet List: 631 replaced 630 on loan to Newbury on approx 23rd. 456 has been sold to GM Coaches, joining 457 and 467. 117 has been repainted and refurbished into Newbury Transport Excellence livery and is expected back in service on approx 30th. 471 departed for repaint on 21st January in exchange for 721. Thanks for Brian Coney for this. Meanwhile 458 has been withdrawn from Newbury following the arrival of 721 and placed in reserve at Reading. 925 has a new MegaRear for Thames Valley University replacing its one for Ascot Races. Thanks to James Cusworth for this. 926 also has a new MegaRear for Thames Valley University.
  • Reading Transport MegaRears: New photo of rear on 926 added. 471 is likely to loose its MegaRear for Chatham Place (cross dressing pink shoes) during repaint.
  • Reading Transport Optare Spectras: 731-7 initially departed to Ensignbus on 3rd December. Thanks to Brian Coney for this.
  • Thames Travel Fleet List: 957 is longer than 157-457, possibly B36F.


  • Reading Transport Fleet List: 721 (former 737) arrived in Newbury on 22nd ready for service in full livery. Thanks to David Wilder for this.
  • Thames Travel Fleet List: 957 has been incorrectly quoted as being OU57 FHB, but is actually FKB. Thanks to Derek Bradfield for this.


  • News Page: MANs in Service with photo of Thames Travel 757 from Mac Head and Reading 803 from David Settle.
  • Reading Transport Fleet List: 472 returned to service from repaint by 19th. New is Citroen van RJ54 WTF in cream with Quality Travel Reading Buses logos. 456 was still present in Reading on 13th, but by 19th it appears to have departed for a new owner, although this is not yet confirmed.
  • Thames Travel Fleet List: OU57 FHB has been numbered 957. Thanks to Derek Bradfield for this.



  • First Berkshire Fleet List: 64016 has been repainted into blue from silver Heathrow link livery. Thanks to Stephen Le-Bras for this.


  • Reading Transport Fleet List: 472 has been repainted into Quality Travel livery, and is due to return to Reading any time now. Thanks to Alistair Liddle for this. 932 have been repainted into plain white with 3 Busabout lettering. Thanks to James Cusworth for this. 709 has been named Thunderbird 3.
  • Courtney Coaches Fleet List: New in December was Optare Solo M1020 YJ57 XXE. Thanks to Derek Bradfield for this. List converted to Excel format.


  • Reading Transport Fleet List: It appears that the report of 456 being sold was incorrect, and that it was 457 and 467 which have departed. These are confirmed as having arrived at the EST Bus Group (EST, GM Coaches & Cartel Travel), South Wales.
  • Courtney Coaches Fleet List: An ADL Enviro 400, two ADL Envrio 200s and a further 4 Optare Solos are on order. Thanks to Route One magazine and Derek Bradfield for this.
  • Fleet Buzz (Countywide Travel) Fleet List: New is Optare Solo YJ57 YDA numbered 51. Thanks to Steve Foster for this.
  • Thames Travel Fleet List: Another vehicle apparently on loan is Optare Solo PL06 TFY in plain silver.
  • Stagecoach in Oxfordshire and Warwickshire Fleet List: 32627/8 have now departed from reserve to Stagecoach South. Oxford 20822 and 20542 have taken their place in reserve, 20822 at Witney and 20542 at Banbury. Like the Darts they may see occasional service, more often at Witney than Banbury. The fleet number for new van YN57 CYY is 92952. 20208 has gone from temporary driver trainer at Leamington and loan to Stratford to reserve, and 20219 has gone from Stratford to reserve now that 20224 has returned.



  • Reading Transport Fleet List: 456/7 have been sold to an operator in South Wales and departed last week.
  • Thames Travel Fleet List: The third new MAN is AE57 LYP, which was in service by 24th December. Thanks to Chris Maxfield for this.
  • Oxford Bus Company Fleet List: New are Mercedes Benz Citaros 860-70 branded for the 13/X3/X13 which have started to enter service in the last day or two. Similarly branded 849-59 have had their lettering for these routes removed. 613 has returned from Go West Midlands, or did not transfer there as stated in August. Thanks to Malcolm Crowe for this.
  • Stagecoach in Oxfordshire and Warwickshire Fleet List: 20224 has returned to service in Stratford. Thanks to Keith Wood for this.


  • First Berkshire Fleet List: New is BMC School bus registered something like BG57 ZGJ. Thanks to Ian Mihell for this. 64810 was withdrawn from Bracknell on 29th. Thanks to Mat Wooll for this.
  • Thames Travel Fleet List: Another new MAN is AE57 LYJ. Thanks to James Cusworth for this. A sixth Enviro 200 Dart is OU57 FHB, which along with the MANs still awaits fleet numbers.
  • Weavaway Travel Fleet List: RX06 WPP/R/T have been sold to McGill's. Thanks to Michael for this.

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