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11-07-19:

  • Reading Transport Fleet List:
    • 175 was sold to Hunts Coaches and departed Greenham on 17th June. 180 followed the following week. 178 remains stored in Reading whilst 176/7 have returned to service for sporadic use at N&D pending sale.
    • New arrivals on 10th June were Scania / Levante II 1415-7 BV19 XPC/D/S for National Express work. 1416 was in service by 14th June, 1415 by 17th and 1417 was doing type training on 13th and 14th June before entering service by 20th. 1403/4 were withdrawn as a result by 17th and 1405 by 20th, and 1402 has transferred to Newbury & District, retaining Reading Buses livery.
    • 1409 arrived on 14th June in Newbury & District white coaching livery, but went away for engine work before entering service.
    • 1413/4 were returned to Weavaway / Tappins at the end of half term on 24th May.
    • 205 returned from Magtec on 17th June following conversion to pure electric, and will now undergo MoT and other testing before re-entering service.
    • 756 returned to service following repaint into generic silver orbits livery from Royal Blue on 28th June. 1204 was repainted into Newbury & District livery, transferring there during June.
  • Courtney Buses Fleet List: YP12 NUO went on loan to Newbury & District from 3rd June until approx 21st June before departing for a new owner following an extended period for sale. It was numbered 1410 whilst there. Provisional Reading Buses fleet numbers have now been allocated, but are not being displayed on vehicles for the time being.

02-06-19:

  • Reading Transport Fleet List:
  • General
    • Newbury & District Ltd was acquired from the Weavaway group on 13th September 2018, including the depot at Greenham Business Park and 24 vehicles. Maintenance transferred from Tappins depot at Didcot to Mill Lane in Newbury, the site in Greenham Park being purely parking and offices. The acquisition was partly funded by changing the planned upgrade of the Jet Black route with new vehicles with two year old vehicles cascaded from N&D. Fleet numbers were applied to the acquired vehicles during December. The gain of three additional school contracts and the need for some engineering spare vehicles led to two coaches 1411/12 coming in on loan from Weavaway, and the transfer of 842, 852, 853 and 1401 in from Reading.
    • Courtney Coaches Ltd, Courtney Bodyworks Ltd and Courtney ATF Ltd were purchased on 30th April 2019 following announcement that terms had been agreed on 5th March. This included the main depot in Bracknell and support site at Hogwood Industrial Estate, several outstations and 53 vehicles. The depot in Market Street Bracknell was earmarked for redevelopment, and the planned relocation to the Maple Centre in Bracknell was being organised. Operations relocated on 22 May, whilst the workshop temporarily moved to Hogwood whilst the new workshop adjacent to the Maple Centre was vacated by the previous occupier.
  • Fleet
    • Acquired with Newbury & District were 175-80, 650, 655-8, 783-94, 1406, plus two coaches on loan 1411/12.
    • 106 was renumbered 700 on 18 May 2019, having been purchased on 17 January.
    • 175-80 were registered back to their original registrations during May.
    • 176-78 were withdrawn from 23 April following reductions to the N&D network.
    • Former demonstrator SN59 AWW was purchased during March as a replacement for fire damaged 215. It had been converted to diesel prior to purchase, and went directly for centre door removal, refurbishment and repaint into generic silver to match those done the previous year. It arrived in Reading on around 28 May and allocated fleet number 233.
    • 530 was reregistered back to LJ04 LEU on 17th April 2019, with X100 RDG transferring to 801.
    • 840 was withdrawn from Reading on 13 August and sent to Ensignbus to be seat belted. As the original seats were not suitable for this, Esteban seats similar to those in the later examples were sourced from another vehicles in an unusual black graffiti moquette. It then transferred to Newbury & District upon acquisition in September, still in base Sky Blue livery. Officially it was advertised for sale through Ensignbus prior to the N&D acquisition and additional school work being confirmed.
    • 852 and 853 were reacquired from Ensignbus in August 2018, having been exchanged with 1102/3 through Ensignbus back in January. The vehicles were seat-belted at Ensignbus, 853 arriving in Reading in base Midland Classic livery for MoT work on 22nd August. 853 entered service at N&D on 22nd September followed by 852 in late October.
    • 1401 transferred to Newbury & District in September to cover additional school contracts won whilst the acquisition was being completed. It retains full Reading Buses livery.
    • 1403-5 FJ13 EBL/N/X Volvo B9 / Caetano Levantes were acquired from National Express to operate route 925 between Woking and Heathrow Airport from 17th September pending delivery of new vehicles.
    • 1407 FD54 DHN was acquired on 17 April for a new school contract to Langtree School starting in May. It is plain white with 70 seats to 3+2 configuration.
    • 1408 YN08 NNB was delivered to Reading on 14th May in base white, up-seated to 77 seats in Reading Buses moquette.
    • 1409 YN08 NNE is expected to the same specification shortly.
    • Three Scania / Caetano Levante coaches are on order for National Express work and delivery in mid 2019.
    • The order for two Ensign Enterprises for delivery in summer 2018 was cancelled due to issues meeting Reading Buses specification.
    • The delivery of the five Optare Metrodeckers for Green Line expected this June has been delayed until October.
  • Disposals
    • 2 was sold to Scania (dealer) in August, it's disposal being the last of the part exchanges for 21-26.
    • 135 was returned to Dawson Rentals in August having been replaced by 166.
    • 527 was sold to Lynx Bus on 18th April, followed by 530 on 9 May. 530 was reregistered UWW 3X by it's new owners on approx 6 May prior to collection from Reading.
    • 528/9 were sold to Warrington's Own Buses on 17th May 2019.
    • 531 was sold to A-Bus, Bristol in mid December after going on loan there on 7th November following a depot fire which destroyed former 848 on 5th November.
    • 843-45, 861 and 1106/07 were sold to Vision Bus, Bolton in July though Ensign (dealer). 844's last day in service was 13th July, and was at Vision Bus on 15th. 845 was there on 15th July and 843/1107 by 15th August.
    • 1411/12 had returned to Weavaway by 4th April and were replaced on loan by Bova Futuras WA64 CWY/Z numbered 1413/14.
  • Demonstrators
    • 27 left the fleet after use on 27 July following the completion of warranty work on 21-26.
    • 106 demonstrator DD16 GAS returned on 22nd August 2018 covering warranty work on the Purple 17 vehicles, before being acquired on 17 January 2019 upon completion of that work.
    • 232 left the fleet after use on 26th February on completion of the first phase of warranty work on 751-774 and immediately went to First Glasgow, although it is expected back later in the year for further work.
    • 899 was repainted into Green Line livery during June, and launched at the Annual Open Day on 1 July. It is expected to remain until the new vehicles are delivered.
    • 900 a Yutong E12 full electric bus registered YK66 CBC was trialled for two weeks from 16th July at Slough working Green Line route 703.
    • YW68 OVT an Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 MMC was on loan from Dawson Rentals from 1st until 22nd February in plain white to assess the type for the future, operating from N&D without a fleet number for the duration of its stay. It passed to Falcon Buses in March 2019.
  • Livery
    • 2 and 4 lost their Thames Valley branding in early June 2018 following the withdrawal of Thames Valley route 2.
    • 131-3 were repainted into base Little Orange livery during August, and were branded ready for the re-introduction of routes 19a/19b/19c from 3 September.
    • 134 gained red bands for a couple of weeks during the football world cup in August to turn the vehicle into an English flag. It returned to plain white sooner after, retaining Reading Buses fleet names.
    • 182 was re-vinyled for "connect Henley-on-Thames" in place of Greenwave for use on the newly won Henley Town service contract on 3rd August. It was displayed in Henley on 4th August.
    • 218 returned to service after conversion from hybrid to diesel power, refurbishment and repaint into Sky Blue livery on 2nd October, completing the program of repower and refurbishment works.
    • 219 was repainted from base Berry livery to generic silver during October, being surplus to requirements on the Berry route following timetable changes.
    • 220 went away for refurbishment during October, having previously only been repainted, returning on 31st.
    • 222 returned from conversion to diesel power, refurbishment and repaint into base Berry livery in early July.
    • 220-23 received the Berry brand name in late August ready for the new timetables starting on 3 September.
    • 224 returned to service after conversion from hybrid to diesel power, refurbishment and repaint into Sky Blue livery in September
    • 226 returned to service after conversion from hybrid to diesel power, refurbishment and repaint into Sky Blue livery in mid August.
    • 414 was repainted from Scarlet into a new Tiger livery for route 7 to Fleet during September 2018, followed by 415 from generic to Tiger during October.
    • 532/33/35 were loaned to Courtney Buses from 25 July until approx 1 September.
    • 536 was repainted into generic silver "orbits" livery from Stagecoach in August, being noted at Hants & Dorset trim on 17th. Thanks to James Cusworth for this.
    • 537 was repainted into generic silver "orbits" livery from Stagecoach in October, returning to service on 9th. Thanks to James Cusworth for this.
    • 654 was repainted into Little Orange livery during September to supplement 131-3.
    • 757 was repainted into generic silver orbits livery from Green Line Royal Wedding during May 2019, being completed on 30th.
    • 783-7 were previously in Newbury & District livery, 789-91 in Countywide livery and 792-4 in South Midland livery. 787, 789, 792 and 794 lost this around the time of acquisition, operating in plain black with red highlights.
    • 783-7 were partially repainted and rebranded into the new black with lime green Newbury & District livery between 8 and 19 April 2019.
    • 788 was repainted into a new orbits version of Jet Black livery in early March 2019, followed by 789 in April. All transferred from Newbury & District to Reading once completed. 790-94 are expected to follow.
    • 801 was re-trimmed in-house into the latest Reading Buses moquette at the start of April.
    • 840 was repainted into base N&D black in late October, followed by 852/3 in December.
    • 844, 845 and 847 and 1103 gained illuminated Christmas adverts for the Oracle back in December 2017, before returning to normal in January 2018.
    • 1207 was repainted into Newbury & District livery in February 2019, transferring to Greenham on 23rd February. It was followed by 1203 in March. 1201/2/4-6 are expected to follow.
    • 1402 lost its Green Line lettering sometime around January to allow use as an emergency spare for the National Express 925 contract.
    • 1406, 1407 and 1408 gained Newbury & District white and lime coaching livery on 30th May, although the intention is for 1406 to operate on a school contract under Reading Buses.
    • 358 is confirmed as HN65 HXA which arrived by August 2017 and is white with Kennections logos. 359 is confirmed as HY65 AUU acquired by September 2017, whilst 354 V98 KOF left the fleet some time ago. 360 (RO60 FVD) is a diesel powered Volkswagen Caddy van that was acquired in summer 2018; this was black and is now adorned with white cow print vinyls. Fiat Punto vans RK60 RXF/G were acquired with Newbury & District and allocated numbers 361/2. 363 (OY10 OJX) and 364 (KX07 VGY), both CNG powered Volkswagen Caddy vans were acquired towards the end of 2018; 363 is white with black cow print vinyls (the opposite of 360) and 364 is pillar box red. Finally, Citroen Berlingo 309 (RJ54 WTF) is withdrawn for scrap at Newbury. 360/3/4 have been acquired to support maintenance in Slough, crew reliefs at Heathrow (National Express), and to replace 309 at Newbury.
  • Allocations
    • 4 transferred to Newbury during August to act as a Vodafone and Kennections spare, allowing 166 to transfer to Slough gaining Thames Valley lettering.
    • 166 transferred from Newbury to Slough following the withdrawal of competitive Jet Red services 101/2 on 27th July, gaining Thames Valley lettering on base Kennections livery.
    • 191/2 transferred to Newbury & District from 23 April following reductions to Vodafone operations, although have regularly been used on loan at Newbury.
    • 205 was sent back Magtec in January 2018 to convert it to full electric, and remains there at present.
    • 215 was withdrawn following a fire on 29th November.
    • 310 was sold to Compass Bus, Worthing, West Sussex in May 2018.
    • 426 was withdrawn following a fire on 31st January.
    • 532 went on loan to First Bristol between 15th and 26th October to assist on the Bath University service.
    • The lack of sufficient capacity on 1401/2 led to their use on Green Line being limited to additional journeys during the summer, and increased used of 532-5 in Reading to release generic 758-9 and 1209 on a regular basis, with liveried 757, 899 and 1208/12/14 making up the rest of the regular fleet.
    • 1204 was loaned to Newbury & District from 14th September until 853 arrived on 22nd September
    • V11 OOL and WA64 CVX individually spent periods of time on loan to Newbury & District in place of 1411/12 during late January and February 2019, with V11 OOL also appearing briefly in April 2019 prior to 1413/14 arriving.
  • Reading Transport Coaches: New page covering 1401-9.
  • Reading Transport ColourBuses: 706 gained a ColourBus livery for Hits Radio in September, and then gaining a silver front around 9th January. The livery was removed in February and replaced by one for Heart FM in March, the vehicle running in purple 17 livery with a silver front for a few weeks. It is considered a generic vehicle whilst the advertising livery is in place. 1114 lost its livery for Autism Berkshire in January, being replaced by the new Charity of the Year Cancer Research UK Kids & Teens.
  • Reading Transport East Lancs Kinetec+: Former 501 was acquired by Kingfisher Minicoaches sometime around September 2018, it being noted at Renault Trucks on Bennett Road in November having a new engine fitted.
  • Reading Transport History: Page updated with new sections on the 1980s/1990s, Goldline and the New Millennium to capture the recent expansion of the company.
  • Reading Transport MegaRears: 1113 gained a new MegaRear for Smarty in March.
  • Reading Transport Mercedes Sprinters: New page!
  • Reading Transport Optare Metrodeckers: New page!
  • Reading Transport Optare Spectras: Former 721 passed to Atlantic Travel in Bolton following Geldards going into administration in September 2015 following a fire at their depot the previous month. It is not clear what happened to 731 which was also there. 721 was acquired from Atlantic Travel preservation in the Reading area in April 2019.
  • Reading Transport VanHool Alizees: Former 241 was sold from Grindles Coaches in October 2017, returning to it's original registration before sale. Thanks to Michael May for this. It passed to Acorn Coaches from there.
  • Reading Transport East Lancs Olympus: Former 841 entered service in Malta in blue livery (North Tour) on 5th March 2018 registered LPY007, 846 entered service a few days later as XPY023 in red livery (South Tour). 842 became LPY008 and 847 LPY010. Thanks to Mac Head for this.
  • Carousel Buses Fleet List: Previously unreported here is Mercedes Citaro 876 BD09 ZRC which arrived in early 2017. 216 transferred to Thames travel in May 2017. Thanks to Alan Leask for this. 911 was sold to Vision Bus in March 2018. 912/3 transferred to Thames Travel in April 2018 for additional schools work. 871 transferred to Oxford in June 2018. 857 gained Red One branding in August 2018. 214 transferred to Thames Travel and 220-22 to Oxford Bus in September 2018.
  • Courtney Buses Fleet List: Optare Solo SR KP63 RHE rejoined the fleet during 2018, in green and white Courtney livery. Also added during the second half of 2018 were Envrio400 MMC City SN66 WLK for Milton Park, Enviro 200MMCs YX17 NLF/MN/XA and YX68 ULZ. As a result of these plus other previous arrivals RX06 WRU, YJ56 KCK, KX58 GUU, RX58 HVJ, KX10 DVG/H , YJ10 EYZ/EZX, KX11 EES, YJ62 FAM/FMA/FME, YA13 AAE, YJ13 HMY and KY63 VTL left the fleet. Following the loss of the Bedfont Lakes contract in March, the E200s from the contract have been redeployed to allow Optare Solos YJ11 OJK, YJ62 FCC, YJ62 FEH and YJ62 FYA/B to be returned to Dawson Rentals. The fleet is shown as it was immediately prior to acquisition by Reading Buses.
  • Horseman Coaches Fleet List: New in November 2018 were Volvo B8R / Plaxton Panther 3 YX68 UAU/V/W/Y/Z, UBE/F/G/H/J. Thanks to Brian Coney for this.
  • Reading & Wokingham Fleet List: RJI 4797, now with Kingfisher Travel, and YN55 NFR and SF05 GGP had left the fleet by August 2017. BX14 KPE was sold in early 2018 and CXZ 4801 in June 2018.
  • Mortons Travel Fleet List: R26/27 RED were debranded following the withdrawal of the TadRed service from 27th November 2017, now carrying branding for Queen Mary College.
  • Oxford Bus Company Fleet List:
  • General
    • The company purchased Tom Tappin Limited on 8th December 2017, operator of Oxford City Sightseeing along with 11 vehicles and depots at both Osney Mead and Didcot (leased to Weavaway/Tappins). Oxford City Sightseeing will continue to operate as a stand-alone business.
  • Registrations
    • 686 registration corrected to SK17 HHR  (was listed as HHE). Thanks to Ian Murray for this.
    • 829-38 were reregistered GX53 WDP/CN/EP/YW/UC/BY/ZL/DC/YV/DA in November 2017 prior to sale.
    • 826/7 & 829-836 transferred to GoAhead Dublin by June 2018 as their 8101-10.
  • Additions
    • A second Sprinter arrived in December 2016 numbered 956, and licensed with 955 to operate a NUS shuttle service, rather than being crew vehicles as previously assumed.
    • New in November 2017 were staff vehicles 957/8.
    • New in November and December 2017 were 56/7 for National Express work, followed by 58-60 in February 2019.
    • The acquired City Sightseeing vehicles in December 2017 were numbered 2055/56/58/59 and 2902-8.
    • New in June 2018 were six Mercedes Sprinters numbered 971-6 for a new demand responsive service called Pick Me Up which commenced on 25th June 2018 . A further two 977/8 were added in November 2018.
    • Two Sprinter vehicles arrived on loan for Pick Me Up - 969 in August 2018, followed by 970 by March 2019.
    • New for Brookesbus in September 2018 were Wright Streetdeck 371-6, replacing 201-6.
  • Allocations
    • Demonstrator 821 had left by 4 May 2015.
    • 822-3 were transferred to Carousel in September 2017. Thanks to Alan Leask for this. 824 also transferred around that time.
    • 71 was destroyed by fire in October 2017.
    • 223 was transferred to Thames Travel in October 2017 and branded for River Rapids with Visit Henley lettering.
    • In September 2018 201-3 went for open top conversion, (203/4 being brief used at Carousel) and 206 transferred to Thames Travel.
    • 41-44 and 47 were withdrawn following reductions to the X90 from 28th October 2018.
    • 307 was withdrawn following a fire on 26th October 2018, followed by 304 on 18th December 2018
    • 50 was returned to National Express sometime before March 2017, and 53-55 were withdrawn following the arrival of 58-60 in February 2019.
  • Livery
    • 365/6 were repainted into base blue City 2 livery in November 2017, with vinyls in place by January.
    • 871 was converted for use as a bike bus in June 2018, first appearing on rail replacement in July capable of carrying 8 bikes with 12 seats.
    • 662 gained an advertising livery for Great Western Railway in August 2018.
    • 601/2 lost their Brookesbus branding in September 2018, with 601 going into Blue City 2 livery and 602 eventually gaining an advertising livery for Chiltern Trains in January 2019.
    • 603-8 were repainted from Brookesbus gray to into Oxford Bus Company with Brookesbus logos in September 2018.
    • 201 returned to service in City Sightseeing livery in January 2019 reregistered VAZ 9101, followed by 202 in February reregistered SNZ 1102 and 203 in April reregistered SNZ 1103.
    • 204 has its Brookesbus lettering removed in October 2018, whist 205 continued with it in place.
    • 24/5 gained Sn-ap lettering on base Airline livery following reductions to the X90 from 28th October 2018.
    • 51/52 were debranded into plain white with "Ox" lettering in August 2018.
  • Stagecoach in Oxfordshire Fleet List: 12007 gained standard livery in September 2018 following repairs to fire damage sustained on 27th May 2017.
  • Thames Travel Fleet List: 879-81 gained River Rapids branding in October 2017 with the creation of route X38 from Oxford to Reading via Wallingford and Henley, partly replacing Carousel route X80. They also have Visit Henely, Oxford and Wallingford lettering respectively. 228/9 and 251-4 also had their branding updated with the new route map, matching transferred 223 from Oxford Bus Company. 856-9 were transferred to Carousel by August 2018. New in September 2018 were Volvo B5TL / Wright Gemini 3 621-3 in Connector livery. 206 was repainted into blue/green by December following transfer from Oxford in September. 709 was repainted into white in January 2019 with adverts for the mobile app, and Carousel, Oxford Bus and Thames Travel logos to allow use in any location. Operations relocated from Wallingford to Didcot in February 2019 on expiry of the depot lease, making use of part of the site acquired from Tom Tappin under shared occupation with Weavaway / Tappins.
  • Weavaway Travel Fleet List: YX65 RWV/W were rebranded South Midland and YY66 PFF/G Newbury & District in January. RA15 OBV, YX65 ZJN and YX65 ZJO had been sold by August 2018. R835 OVN however remained in the fleet in September 2017 rather than being sold. New additions in June 2018 were Mercedes-Benz / Caetano Levantes FJ60 KUH/K which were reregistered X70/90 OXF. The sale of the Newbury & District operation to Reading Buses is covered above, with NMW 329X, A146 OFR, SHY 807S, R140 EVX, R178 EVU, CW51 TOP, WA64 CVY/Z, BL64 MEV/FA, YY64 TYC and PO16 CCV transferring to Didcot as a result. By September R9 BRD had been repainted into black with Rockbird Bussing lettering, WA54 CVW branded Weavaway and CVX Countywide instead of Tappins. YY64 TYA/B/C were rebranded from Newbury & Distirct to Orbiter soon after. Thanks to the late Ralph Adams for this. DAF SB3000 / Van Hool T9 Alizee Y462 HUA was acquired by February 2019 and reregistered V11 OOL.
  • White Bus Service: Updated recent history
  • White Bus Service Fleet List: Fleet numbers were introduced during July 2018 to fit in with the Fernhill fleet and provide room for expansion of both fleets. The Fernhill fleet is numbered from 1 upwards so the White Bus coach fleet runs from 26 to 50 and the bus fleet from 51 upwards. Optare Solo YJ55 YHP transferred in from Fernhill in July, having been replaced by a hybrid vehicle on it's previous Fujitsu contract, and Volvo B7R YN61 EOL had also joined the fleet by then and LD04 MCT and YX58 DTY had left. Enviro 200s SN16 OSV/W arrived on 26th July for route 446, and allow a cascade to replaced loaned BX54 DMO/V. Five E200MMCs entered the fleet in September registered YX68 ULT/U/V/W/Y. Thanks to Geoff Lovejoy for this. GX66 AEN is appears to be numbered within the Fernhill range but carries White Bus lettering.
  • Further updates to follow, including First Berkshire, Horseman Coaches, Reading & Wokingham Coaches, Stagecoach in Oxfordshire and Stewarts of Mortimer, amongst others.

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