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December 2004

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  • Reading Transport Fleet List: 193 is officially in reserve but will not be disposed of for a year or so. With a surplus of deckers, one or two others may also be put into reserve. Thanks to Brian Coney for this. The new Wright Solars are due in late February or early March.
  • First in Berkshire Fleet List: RX54 AOV/Y have been numbered 68511/2. 46082/3 were withdrawn during November and are to transfer to First Somerset & Avon. 21090 and 68502 might also have been withdrawn recently. S102 CSG has now received its correct fleet number 65602 having worn 65633 for three months. Thanks to Brian Coney for this.
  • Stagecoach in Oxfordshire & Warwickshire Fleet List: The swap of 20417 and 20821 has now taken place. However 41505/6 remain in service despite their withdrawn status. This is likely to remain the case until a buyer is found for them. As correctly recorded on the updates page last month, but not the fleet list, it was 14942 not 14932 that transferred from Rugby to Leamington. 14932 remains in service at Rugby.


  • Reading Transport Fleet List: 931 was on loan to Newbury between 16th and 19th November, 86 between 29th November and 1st December and 911 from 9th December onwards to cover for broken down vehicles. Thanks to Michael Todd and Brian Coney for this. 86 was covering for 455 which broke down whilst in in Reading, and 911 is/was covering for 942 for engineering attention. Thanks to Pete Baggett for this.
  • Stagecoach in Oxfordshire & Warwickshire Fleet List: 20560 has been refurbished. Leamington 20417 is about to be swapped with 20821 from Rugby. 40150 is to transfer from reserve at Nuneaton to Rugby and 40152 to be reinstated at Nuneaton. 41506 is withdrawn from Rugby and is to be disposed of along with similar 41505. 52308 is now withdrawn rather than in reserve.




  • Stagecoach in Oxfordshire & Warwickshire Fleet List: 18179 is confirmed as the fifth loan Trident from Manchester, with both it and 18178 actually noted in service today. All five have Brookesbus logos in place of fleetnames, as per 16518-20 at present. 33821/2 are about to receive route branding for services 5A/5B/5C, the 5A/5B being taken over from Oxford Bus on 13th.


  • Reading Transport Fleet List: 11 was renumbered 311 between 5th and 7th having also become a full time training vehicle as planned. On the new Reading Buses official fleet list 624 is shown as allocated to Newbury now, although it may not have physically moved there yet. 73 appears to have now left the yard for a new owner.
  • Reading Area Bus Routes: Change of operator on Saturday service X2 from Marlborough to Newbury. Thanks to James Cusworth for this.
  • Stagecoach in Oxfordshire & Warwickshire Fleet List: 20209 has received branding for the 56/57. Thanks to Keith Wood for this. 18180/1 are two more Manchester loan Tridents confirmed at Oxford, so the fifth is assumed to be 18179. The five are expected to enter service on 13th.


  • Stagecoach in Oxfordshire & Warwickshire Fleet List: 20206 is actually in service at Leamington rather than being in reserve. 20201 is confirmed back at Rugby, and 20560 has returned from refurbishment. Thanks to Keith Wood for this. 18178 is confirmed as having arrived in Oxford on loan from Manchester plus three others still to be identified.


  • Reading Transport Fleet List: 13 has been renumbered 313 to reflect its new role as a full time driver training vehicle. 473 has lost its MegaRear for 7-Up.
  • Reading Optare Excels: 920 and 939 have been converted back from Bright-Tech LED displays to their previous calculator / Power Blind configuration!




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