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August 2015

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31-08-15 posted 19-10-15:

  • Reading Transport Fleet List: A further acquisition was to be Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 DU61 FVY (LC61 WYN) from Lloyds Coaches, however Lloyds have since decided to retain the vehicle. Training vehicle 311 was sold to Rotala in late August. Thanks to Brian Coney for this. 212/3 have been repainted into Lion livery as expected, 213 loosing its MegaRear for Pack Send. 212 was back in service in full Lion livery by 28th. 214/7 gained full Lion livery for the official launch on 27th.
  • Reading Transport Former Vehicle Fleet List: Wright Streetdeck demonstrator 106 had arrived by 24th.
  • Carousel Buses Fleet List: 553 has been transferred in from Thames Travel and reregistered C3 WYC. Thanks to Malcolm Crowe for this. Presumably 803 has been reregistered back to YJ56 WUC.
  • Courtney Buses Fleet List: Correcting the August update, Mercedes RK15 DNX was not acquired. In addition, Optare Tempos YJ10 EXS/T are X1260 models rather than X1200.
  • Reading & Wokingham Coaches Fleet List: Tri-axle Leyland Olympian K346 OFM has been acquired.
  • Oxford Bus Company Fleet List: 251-4 are now regarded as official acquisitions instead of loans from Southern Vectis. Thanks to Malcolm Crowe for this. Withdrawn 94 and 99 have been sold to Travellers' Choice. Thanks to Gez for this.
  • Thames Travel Fleet List: 831/2 had returned to Oxford Bus Company by the end of August. In exchange 866/8 have transferred in gaining Connector livery, with 865 due for collection in early September. Thanks to Ralph Adams for this.
  • Weavaway Travel Fleet List: A146 OFR carries Ribble fleetnames rather than Noah Vale. Thanks to Derek Dawson for this. 653 GBU has been reregistered back to RX12 HWK
  • Stagecoach in Oxfordshire Fleet List: 28744 entered service on 25th August. Thanks to Graham Low for this. 34469 has gained a new MegaRear for Fostering & Adoption, whilst Banbury 34470/2 have gone into reserve at Oxford/Banbury respectively. Thanks to Martin Townsend for this.
  • Stagecoach in Warwickshire Fleet List: Following the creation of Stagecoach Midlands in 2010 and it's continued development as a combined unit, and the distance of it from the core Bus Zone area, it no longer seems relevant to keep this list up to date. Thanks to those who have contributed over the years.


  • News Page: Mereoak Park & Ride Opens with photo of 423
  • Reading Transport Fleet List: The identity for the 4/X4 which replaces the 90 from 31st August was confirmed as the Lion on 5th August. The colours are the reverse of the Leopard 3 colours. 803 has been repainted into generic silver/grey, returning to service by 5th. 214 was back in service in base Lion livery by 9th and 215 by 15th. 651/2 went away on 17th for repaint into two-tone Blue Loddon Bridge Park & Ride livery, ahead of a re-launch and move to the new Winnersh Triangle site in October. As at 17th 212/3 & 1210/1 were also away at Thornton's for refurbishment and 802/7-9 at South Eastern Coachworks for deep refurbishment into Claret "Spritzers" livery, these latter examples not being expected back until mid September. Thanks to Brian Coney for this. 1210 re-entered service on 22nd in near full Lion livery with just some lettering on the offside missing.
  • Reading Transport Former Vehicle Fleet List: A series of demonstrators have been in use recently - 102 BV14 TZY Mercedes Citaro K, 103 BP14 FJZ Mercedes Citaro and 105 LTZ 1586 New Routemaster. Optare Metrocity YJ64 DWK has also arrived and is expected to enter service next week.
  • Reading Transport ColourBuses: 861 gained a livery for Rugby in Berkshire on approx 24th, being launched on 25th July.
  • Reading Transport Alexander Dennis Enviro 300SGs: 432 finally lost its branding for Peppard Common between 23rd and 26th July. Thanks to James Cusworth for this. This was almost exactly one year since the service was changed.
  • Reading Transport East Lancs Olympuses: 859's rear branding was updated to every 10 minutes by 1 August joining 855. 856/8 have yet to be treated.
  • Reading Transport Wright Solars: New photos of former 1023 and 1033 with Sanders added. Thanks to Richard Sharman for this.
  • Aldermaston Coaches Fleet List: A new addition is King Long XMQ690 BX11 HHC. It has been given fleet number 3, presumably replacing existing 3 YN03 WYJ. Thanks to Brian Coney for this.
  • Courtney Buses Fleet List: A new addition in July was KX58 GUU, and YJ11 OJK remains in the fleet. Thanks to Brian Coney for this. Enviro 300 KX10 DVG was in use by 19th. Thanks to Paul Blackman for this. YJ08 PJV, YJ08 PJY, YJ11 OJK, YJ62 FCC and YJ13 HJX have been repainted into Lemon & Dark blue livery (PJY originally being light blue, the others plain white). YJ62 FMA and YJ62 FEU have been repainted into Yellow and Red from Green & White, with YJ10 MBV/X repainted Green & White in their place. Renault Scenic KG02 JJE has also been added to the ancillary fleet. Thanks to James Cusworth and Glenn De Sousa for this.
  • First Berkshire Fleet List: Enviro200 44507 transferred in to Slough from First Hampshire & Dorset in early July in exchange for Optare Solos 53052. Similar 44504/505/560/561/562 transferred from Bracknell to Slough during July. 44565-7 all have MegaRears for East Berkshire College. Thanks to David Fuller for this. 33142/5, 53065 and 63190-2 have transferred to First Hampshire & Dorset, along with 33147 which has been repainted into First Urban livery with Berkshire logos, but looks unlikely to return. 33142/5/7 were in use in Portsmouth for Amercia's Cup shuttles in late July. 64021/30 have transferred from Bracknell to Slough. 42343 went for disposal on approx 2 July, withdrawn 65620/4 had also departed by 30th July and 65621-3/5 by mid August, whilst 40721 was withdrawn during July and 42339 in early August. 20809 is currently away for repaint. Greenline spare 32348 appears to have left the fleet to an unknown location. Thanks to Brian Coney for this. 20611 gained the RailAir & you're there livery with Plymouth to Pisa rear by 22nd July and 20806 Swindon to Sydney rear by 22nd August. Thanks to Martin for this.
  • Oxford Bus Company Fleet List: 660/1 are in red Oxford Bus Company livery. 656/61 were in service on 14th and 657-60 by 21st. Thanks to Ralph Adams for this.
  • Stewarts of Mortimer Fleet List: New are a Mercedes Atego / Unvi Voyager PO15 AZX and Irizar i6s YS15 LSY/Z. Thanks to Brian Coney and James Cusworth for this.
  • Weavaway Travel Fleet List: RX12 HWK has been reregistered 653 GBU, whilst W30/40/50/60/70 OOW have gone back to their original AF/BF/CF/DF/EF53 OXF. Thanks to David Wilder for this.
  • Stagecoach in Oxfordshire Fleet List: 36984 has been on loan from Oxford to Banbury, returning on 19th. Thanks to Martin Townsend for this. 10438 was in service by 21st and 10439 by 22nd. Thanks to Ralph Adams for this.


  • Carousel Buses Fleet List: 551/2 have been reregistered C1/2 WYC. Thanks to Malcolm Crowe for this.
  • Oxford Bus Company Fleet List: The new Streetdecks are 651-61. 1583/4 have been renumbered 253/4, with 1581/2 looking likely to follow to 251/2. 655 was in service by 31st July. Thanks to Ralph Adams for this. 651-4 entered service on 22nd July. Thanks to Mat Bullock for this.
  • Thames Travel Fleet List: 864 has transferred in from Oxford Bus Company, and was in service in Connector livery by 8th July. Thanks to Malcolm Crowe for this. 120 has transferred in from Carousel Buses for route BB1. 865-8 are expected from Oxford Bus Company following entry into service of further Streetdecks and repaint into Connector livery. Loaned 828/30-2 from Oxford are then likely to transfer to Carousel Buses. Fiat Van 993 has joined the fleet. Thanks to Ralph Adams for this.
  • Stagecoach in Oxfordshire Fleet List: In the process of delivery are Enviro 400s 10431-42 for Oxford route 1 and Enviro300s 28742-6 to Gold specification for Banbury route S4. Also on order are Envrio200s 37401-5 for Oxford in December. Thanks to Stuart Curwen for this. 10431-7 were in service by 31st July. Thanks to Ralph Adams for this. The first of the E400s arrived on 21 July. 15434-5 transferred to South West on 2nd with 15436-9 being prepared for Stagecoach South East. 10067-71 have lost their Headington Connect branding, being replaced on route 700 by E400Hs. Van 93040 has replaced 95185.
  • Stagecoach in Warwickshire Fleet List: 39680/7 have been repainted out of Matrix livery. Thanks to Keith Wood for this. New additions are Dennis Trident / Alexander ALX400 17486/511/567/613/614 at Rugby, Leamington, Stratford, Rugby and Stratford respectively with Stratford 16683, Rugby 16685 and Leamington 16873 going into reserve. 1 Also acquired are 17493 plus 17494/527/575 for conversion to open top. Rugby 34491 has gone into reserve with 47038 returning to service. 36951 has transferred from Leamington to Stratford with Stratford 47010 going into reserve. Stratford reserve 47128 went into service at Nuneaton in June before going into reserve, whilst Leamington reserve 16223 has been sold. Nuneaton 34496 has transferred to Corby with 39692 returning from loan to Northampton. Rugby Megabus 59302-5 entered service in June, with 59303 transferring to Stagecoach South East in July and reserve Megabus Europe 55011-6 reregistered with UK registrations and put back into service in July. 54220/1 are also redesignated for Megabus Europe from UK operations. Car 91622 has replaced 92304.


  • News Page: Reading Buses Purchase First Bracknell Route 90 with photos of 216, 849 and 1113
  • Reading Transport Fleet List: New additions are Dennis Trident / Plaxton Presidents 521-3 to replace ex Lothian 551/53/57/58/59/69. They have entered service in plain white on Tube Strike replacement services. 1107 has also lost its Green Bus branding following the withdrawal of the RC1 service. 217 has followed 216 returning from refurbishment and repaint into base livery for route 4. The new identity is "The Lion" and is to be applied just prior to the launch of the new timetable on 31 August. 1210/11 are away for refurbishment at Thorntons Bus, whilst 802/7-9 are at South East Coachworks for refurbishment which has included the removal of their seats. 805/6 are in use on route 90 pending repaint.
  • Carousel Buses Fleet List: New is Wright Streetlite 401 SM15 HWC with Link Uxbridge - Heathrow branding.

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