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Calumbus

Established 1977

2018  A year in pictures

For this years "A year in pictures",  have gone for a different format, where  we put on an individual picture and try and give you the story behind the picture.  It may be a topical picture or one which we feel is creative. We hope you like it.  Please keep looking back at this section as pictures will be getting add all the time.

In the early months of 2018 Nottingham City Transport borrowed this little Mercedes Citaro for evaluation. 

It was put to work on the 30 service serving Nottingham to Wollaton Vale via Ilkeston road, Wollaton Park and Bramcote.  It is seen turning in to Wollaton Village. 

Carrington Street on a dreary sunday afternoon in January.  We have a South Notts branded Scania with ADL E400 bodywork working on a short working to Clifton.  Could be a scene from a Sillitoe play, as we have the mostly demolished site of the Broad Marsh carpark and bus station, and the Starbucks providing much needed to warmth to the weary traveller who has just come in on the Rail replacement bus and wished they hadn't made the journey.
This Bedford YMT with Plaxton Supreme coach work was seen in Coventry City Centre near the motor museum.  I understand that this coach has since gone to Ireland for continued preservation.
Seen in the darkness at Watford Gap Services back in Feb 2018, this Plaxton Elite I is seen working a Megabus duty.  The coach is mounted on a Volvo B11R chassis and a member of the Snowdons fleet.

March 2018 was a particularly cold month, with the beast from the east bringing snow to many parts of the UK causing problems. 


Here we have Leyland Atlantean ARC666T carrying an experimental body constructed by Northern Counties.  It is seen here on park and ride duties for the Nottingham Model Railway exhibiton.  passing through Bilborough on the western side of Nottingham.


I must admit I rather like to see a preserved bus in what would have been its natural habitat rather than on a rally field. 

Late march saw the conversion to Gas buses of two more routes in Nottingham, namely the 45 City- Gedling via the Woodborough corridor, and the 36 Nottingham-Beeston- Chilwell via Derby Road.  This now means Nottingham now has one of the biggest fleets of biogas buses


The picture sees one of the Skyblue buses which are allocated to the 45 route, climbing out of Nottingham along Woodborough road on its first day in service.

AEC Regent with Roe bodywork new to Doncaster Corporation seen under Lincoln Cathedral during the LVVS spring open day.  To see more pictures of the event please look at LVVS spring gathering in the gallery section.
Our very own Calum's day job as a freelance coach driver takes him all over the country on a variety of different jobs.  In April he was taking a school group to Kendal for several days, which involved staying several days in the area.  whilst going for a walk he chanced upon the A66 during mid afternoon and captured this coach heading to a school to pick up its passengers for the school run home.  It was even better when he realised that it was one of the former Trent Barton Irizar bodied Scania's formerly used on the Red Arrow express service between Nottingham and Derby.

The end of April means the UK Coach rally, which is held at Blackpool.  It usually sees 50 entries plus trade stands.  One regular attendee is Paul S Winson Coaches from Loughborough. 


Over recent years their standard coach has been the Irizar bodied Scania.  up until this year being the triaxle version.  However this years delivery is the 2 axle version. 


The coach is seen here looking smart during one of the driving tests. 

Also announced at the UK Coach rally was that Lothian was going back in to coach work after an absence of a number of years.  They caused a sensation by having 2 Plaxton bodied Volvo's on display and a third was parked elsewhere in the town. 


We see one of the coaches here looking very smart indeed on the seafront just prior to a photoshoot for publicity. 

One of the Trent Barton Spare Volvo B7RLE with Wrights bodywork seen on the A453 near East Midlands Airport on a Skylink Express duty


In the background are cooling towers of Ratcliffe on Soar power station and just visible is the East Midlands parkway station. 


This picture was taken early evening as the sun shines perfectly on the cooling towers.

Sometimes whilst being out and about can throw up a few surprises, as Calum found out when doing a trip away for a few days.  This image was taken at Wetherby services during a comfort break for his passengers.


  Once the passengers had left the coach and the mode switch set to rest, out came the camera and this is the result.  The bus was bound for New Zealand and the fleet of Richies transport.  It has a Volvo chassis with ADL Enviro MMC bodywork constructed to New Zealand spec. 


The bus is seen reversing out the coach bay for its journey to Southampton Dock and onwards to New Zealand.

 
 
 
 
 

A retro style picture created in Ilkeston Market place,  We have 2 former Midland General buses which could have passed each other at this location at sometime in the past. 


The image was taken at the 2018 Ilkeston classic car show. 

Another attendee at the Ilkeston classic car show was this Yeates bodied Bedford SB new to Felix, who were a local operator who are sadly no longer with us.  This was the Bedford's first outing after restoration. 


It is seen here leaving the event for its base at NABS who are based at Ruddington site of the GCRN. 

The final picture from the Ilkeston Classic car event. 


We have a Bedford VAL with Yeates coachwork new to Barton and it is seen leaving the event for Ruddington. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

During September saw The presidential Weekend of the Omnibus Society being held in Nottingham, which NCT's Mark Fowles being President. 


 On the Saturday of the weekend a display was held in the Market Square of Nottingham, with a selection of Modern and preserved buses from Not only Nottingham City Transport, but ones which were purchased over the years which form part of the current make up of the municipal.   In this image we have 2 Nottingham City Transport double deckers, namely OTO540M which was the standard bus of the 1970s, and ARC666T, which had many experiment features.  The third bus in the lineup is G129NRC which is restored in the livery of South Notts who were purchased in 1991.

Another one of the preserved buses in attendance was this Leyland National new to Nottingham City Transport in 1985


Our very own Calum was to drive this bus on many occasions when it was with Bellamy coaches between 2002 and 2010, when the bus passed in to preservation and restored back in to this livery.

A representative of West Bridgford UDC is this AEC Regent  restored in their attractive Crimson and cream livery


The buses of West Bridgford passed to Nottingham City Transport in Sep 1968.

A big deal is being made of alternative fuels, which include Gas and electric powered vehicles, however they are not new forms of powering vehicles,


We have a trolleybus, which