Go North East: Latest News & Discussion - January 2016
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#2
I don't ever remember the M1 going to Newcastle?


https://www.flickr.com/photos/55509539@N05/24056232476/ - this is from 2009
#3
(01/01/2016, 18:43)Michael Wrote: I don't ever remember the M1 going to Newcastle?

https://www.flickr.com/photos/55509539@N05/24056232476/ - this is from 2009

I think it was for Boxing Day only?
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(01/01/2016, 19:19)BJ10VUS Wrote: I think it was for Boxing Day only?

Possibly to try and maintain a link between Washington and Newcastle, if the X1 wasn't in operation?
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(01/01/2016, 19:19)BJ10VUS Wrote: I think it was for Boxing Day only?

Not sure, the photo says it was took on January 1, 2009 - although the date could be wrong.
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(01/01/2016, 18:43)Michael Wrote: I don't ever remember the M1 going to Newcastle?


https://www.flickr.com/photos/55509539@N05/24056232476/ - this is from 2009
(01/01/2016, 19:19)BJ10VUS Wrote: I think it was for Boxing Day only?

Boxing Day service iirc. It was before the M1 route was changed to what the 4 is now. 

I don't think 4937 has ever been a Washington bus either.
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(01/01/2016, 19:36)Adrian Wrote: Boxing Day service iirc. It was before the M1 route was changed to what the 4 is now. 

I don't think 4937 has ever been a Washington bus either.

Here is a photograph of the M1 (heading to Easington Lane) on Boxing Day 2008, again in the hands of 4937: https://www.flickr.com/photos/emdjt42/43...7ap-nc97kA

Is it possible it was operated by Deptford, given that it later spent a number of years there, branded as ''Fab56''?
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(01/01/2016, 19:36)Adrian Wrote: Boxing Day service iirc. It was before the M1 route was changed to what the 4 is now. 

I don't think 4937 has ever been a Washington bus either.

Seems a long time since it was changed to the 4...... its flew over.
#9
(01/01/2016, 19:36)Adrian Wrote: I don't think 4937 has ever been a Washington bus either.

Wasn't last boxing day the first ever time Washington (And Stanley) had operated their services? I'm pretty sure Depford used to operate all of Washington's service on boxing day. I know for sure the X1 used to be allocated Prince Bishops Solars, then in 2014 it was allocated Fab 57 B9 (as well as 6099 & 6100) so maybe that might be why?
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(01/01/2016, 19:41)Davie Wrote: Wasn't last boxing day the first ever time Washington (And Stanley) had operated their services? I'm pretty sure Depford used to operate all of Washington's service on boxing day. I know for sure the X1 used to be allocated Prince Bishops Solars, then in 2014 it was allocated Fab 57 B9 (as well as 6099 & 6100) so maybe that might be why?

In 2014, the X1 was operated with Deptford-based B9TLs but driven by Washington drivers I believe.
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(01/01/2016, 19:44)R852 PRG Wrote: In 2014, the X1 was operated with Deptford-based B9TLs but driven by Washington drivers I believe.

Washington drivers may have volunteered to work out of Deptford Depot that day - certainly wasn't just Washington drivers though.
#12
(01/01/2016, 19:55)Dan Wrote: Washington drivers may have volunteered to work out of Deptford Depot that day - certainly wasn't just Washington drivers though.

Guessing something similar has happened in the past when Chester-le-Street has operated Stanley's services, with Stanley drivers offering to work out of Chester-le-Street depot?
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#13
Out of interest, is anybody aware of whether or not some special services operated today? I remember the Jewish scholars services that Riverside do operated on New Year's Day last year, using Riverside's Olympians, and then I seem to recall the X40 was in operation with a reduced PVR, and using some ''TEN'' B9TLs. Does anybody know if anything similar has happened today?
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(01/01/2016, 20:17)R852 PRG Wrote: Out of interest, is anybody aware of whether or not some special services operated today? I remember the Jewish scholars services that Riverside do operated on New Year's Day last year, using Riverside's Olympians, and then I seem to recall the X40 was in operation with a reduced PVR, and using some ''TEN'' B9TLs. Does anybody know if anything similar has happened today?

The X40 service only operated last year because NUFC were playing at home.

I don't think the 850/851 scholars services operated today, but at least three National Express coaches were travelling up and down the country today.
#15
Something that has always seemed to puzzle me is that some of the ''Tyne Tees Express'' B9TLs have red leather headrests on the seating, and some don't. Anybody know why this is?
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(01/01/2016, 21:26)R852 PRG Wrote: Something that has always seemed to puzzle me is that some of the ''Tyne Tees Express'' B9TLs have red leather headrests on the seating, and some don't. Anybody know why this is?

6056 - 6083 also have them.
#17
(01/01/2016, 21:51)Davie Wrote: 6056 - 6083 also have them.

That's common knowledge. I'm asking as to why some of the batch that are allocated to the X9/X10 (6043-6048) have the red leather headrests, and some don't. I think the first three (6043-6045) do and the last three (6046-6048) don't, based on my observations, and I'm curious as to why there is an inconsistency.
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(01/01/2016, 22:12)R852 PRG Wrote: That's common knowledge. I'm asking as to why some of the batch that are allocated to the X9/X10 (6043-6048) have the red leather headrests, and some don't. I think the first three (6043-6045) do and the last three (6046-6048) don't, based on my observations, and I'm curious as to why there is an inconsistency.
Maybe they did but then got removed?
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(01/01/2016, 22:14)Davie Wrote: Maybe they did but then got removed?

The original question still remains why though. Smile
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(01/01/2016, 22:14)Davie Wrote: Maybe they did but then got removed?

A photograph of 6048 (which does not currently have red leather headrests) taken when it was new in 2012 shows that it didn't have them then, either: https://www.flickr.com/photos/emdjt42/78...HjG-rMumJ7

Same case with 6046 and 6047. Personally, I couldn't see the sense in removing the headrests... Another thing of note, is that the website states that the ''Tyne Tees Xpress'' has ''luxury seating''. I'm guessing that these headrests are what defines the seating as luxurious? If so, how can the service provide luxury seating when only half of the vehicles branded for the service have them, and the other half are absent of them?
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