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July 2005

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  • Reading Transport Fleet List: It appears that Olympians 82-6 have been placed into reserve, although it's not yet clear whether this is just for the school summer holidays. Thanks to Brian Coney for this.
  • First Berkshire Fleet List: 21121 and 34194 were returned to their normal homes on 31st May. 68531 has become a ColourBus for "Computer Associates" as part of a sponsorship deal for the bus, which carries students from schools within 30 miles of the company's headquarters in Datchet to their education centre. Thanks to Brian Coney for this.
  • Optare: Improvements to the Solera SR have been introduced with a restyled dashboard, cruise control and powered boot.




  • Reading Transport: Link added to VisiBuzz website with photos of former 192 converted to a promotional vehicle
  • Stagecoach in Oxfordshire and Warwickshire Fleet List: 14516 has transferred from Rugby back to it's traditional home of Leamington, with 14932 returning from reserve at Rugby. Leamington 20821 has gone away for refurbishment, whilst 20823 has been returned. Leamington 41505 has gone into reserve at Nuneaton, whilst accident damaged Leamington 47003 has been repaired.






  • Reading Transport Fleet List: 703 has been involved in a low bridge accident
  • First in Berkshire Fleet List: 43833 has lost it's Airoute Link livery and MegaRear for Queensmere Observatory in favour of First corporate livery. 42411 remains at Bracknell, it's appearance at Slough during June appears to have been a two day loan. Thanks to Stephen Le-Bras for this.




  • Courtney Coaches Fleet List: New are Optare Solos YJ05 XMT and YJ05 XNA, with a third expected. There does not appear to be a fourth example on order as previously reported. Also new from HAD Shotts is Optare Solo X939 NUB (along with previously reported W289 EYG). YE52 FGX was previously operated by Zaks, Birmingham. Thanks to Derek Bradfield for this.
  • Stagecoach in Oxfordshire and Warwickshire Fleet List: 13605 is reported to have transferred to Leamington from Newcastle



  • News Page: Excels in New Zealand - first photograph of 921. Thanks to Peter Thompson for this.
  • Reading Transport Optare Excels: Text updated following the arrival of the Solars
  • First Berkshire Fleet List: 64813 has been repainted into First corporate livery, loosing it's 'Go Shopping @ Bracknell' MegaRear. Thanks to Stephen Le-Bras for this.
  • Thames Travel Fleet List: Mini Pointer Dart T546 HNH is on loan to cover for new 305 which has gone away for attention. Thanks to Fred Spressor for this via the Oxford & Chiltern Bus Page.



  • News Page: Just Passing - with photo of ST 922. Thanks to Mac Head for this.
  • Stagecoach in Oxfordshire and Warwickshire Fleet List: 18127-35 have received branding for route 100 instead of their 'now low floor' lettering. 18136 has also lost its 'now low floor' lettering, but 18137 still retains it. It seems that 22052/4 are no longer scheduled to be branded for route 1 as was once suggested, whilst 22209 regained it's branding straight after a repaint a month or two ago.


  • Stagecoach in Oxfordshire and Warwickshire Fleet List: 20543 is on loan to Banbury from Witney (whilst on loan to Witney from Oxford). Thanks to Ralph Adams for this. It is reported that in total four Olympians are eventually expected at Leamington for school contracts in Birmingham, and will wear a special livery.



  • Reading Transport: New links added to four photos on Paul Jones website of former Leyland Titans 73 and 74 operating with Coachman Travel





  • Stagecoach in Oxfordshire and Warwickshire Fleet List: 20543 has also transferred from Oxford to Witney. Meanwhile 42379 and 42380 are the two Varios that have gone on loan from Witney to Banbury pending the delivery of four new Optare Solos for Banbury later in the summer.

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