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August 2009

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  • News Page: Reading Rock Festival with photo of 709
  • Reading Transport Fleet List: 116/8 are expected to transfer from Newbury to Reading for storage and assessment shortly following the reduction to route 11 in July. 601-4 and 606-10 (but not 605) are to transfer from Newbury to Reading from 7th September along with the operation of routes 1, 1A and 11. This will allow the Vodafone vehicles to return to Newbury depot from an outstation at New Greenham Park. Thanks to Brian Coney for this.
  • Reading Transport Optare Excels: New photo of former 933 with Blackpool Transport added. Thanks to Richard Woodhead for this.
  • First Berkshire Fleet List: Further new Tridents to arrive were 33147 on 27th and 33148 on 30th. Thanks to Mat Wooll for this. In total 33141-8 are expected from London for route 190, all refurbishing and in First corporate livery. Thanks to Brian Coney for this.
  • White Bus Services: NEW PAGE! including photos and full current and historical fleet list. Thanks to Mac Head for assistance with this.


  • First Berkshire Fleet List: 33143 arrived at Bracknell today and is the first of several refurbished Tridents expected to transfer from London for use on route 190. Thanks to Mat Wooll for this.


  • Stagecoach in Oxfordshire Fleet List: Five new Scania N230UD / Alexander Dennis Enviro 400s to Stagecoach Gold specification have unexpectedly become available and are to be allocated to Witney for route S2. The vehicles are expected to arrive next week and to be numbered 15533-7 with registration VX59 JCU/CY/CZ/DF/DJ.
  • Stewarts of Mortimer Fleet List: The exchange of new/old Unvis was delayed until 19th. Thanks to Derek Bradfield for this.



  • Oxford Bus Company Fleet List: New are 792-7 from Brighton & Hove, but it is not yet known what these are intended for. 207/8 and probably 209-11 are now in service. Consequently 629-33/8 have been withdrawn again and 640-3 have gone into reserve pending their final appearances for five weeks from the start of term in September. 630/3/8 have been sold to Dews Coaches, Cambridge and 631/4 to Grey, Ely.
  • Stagecoach in Oxfordshire Fleet List: 50205/7/8/12 are the four vehicles used on special runs on 1st August. 50202/3/4/6/9/10 entered service on 3rd along with 50205/7/8/12, and then 50201/11/13-15 on 4th.
  • Stagecoach in Oxfordshire Fleet List: 50104/07/11/12/13/17/20/24 were withdrawn on 2nd August and departed for Plaxton for refurbishment pending disposal. 50119 was withdrawn on 7th August and followed suit. 50133 was returned off loan to Stagecoach Western, and is to re-enter service at Kilmarnock after a repaint. Thanks to Malcolm Crowe for this.
  • Stagecoach in Warwickshire Fleet List: 31330 has had its route 3/3A branding replaced with branding for route 4. Thanks to Keith Wood for this. Stratford reserve 20225 has been returned to service at Leamington. 33911 has transferred from Leamington to Stratford. 54052 has arrived. Reserve 20541/57-60/803/804/808/821/823 have or are about to transfer to Stagecoach East Midlands leaving just 20214/20/23/24 in reserve, all now at Leamington.



  • News Page: Review of July with photos of 849, YJ58 BZY and W454 XKX
  • Fleet Buzz Fleet List: Optare Versa demonstrator YJ58 BZY has been on loan since mid July. Thanks to Derek Bradfield, Stephen Tallent and Martin for this. 71 and 73 have been advertised for sale in the trade press.
  • Stagecoach in Oxfordshire Fleet List: 50207/9 arrived on 27th July and 50205/8/10/12 on 29th. 50202/3/4/6 have had their 'coming soon' branding replaced with the full livery this weekend. All ten delivered so far are expected to be in service tomorrow (four having run special journeys on 1st August for disadvantaged children and 261 competition winners), whilst 50201/11/13/14/15 are to be collected early this morning to enter service on 4th. A further eight Neoplan Skyliners have been withdrawn today and are to leave for Plaxton this evening (joining already withdrawn 50103), whilst 50133 will return to Scotland in the next few days. A further five (making a total of 15) will depart in a week or two once the 15 Astromegas have settled down into service. The next batch of Astromegas are not expected until October.

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