Stagecoach 2018/2019 Orders
#1
While the order hasn't officially been confirmed, the first Enviro400s are in the process of delivery. Thanks to Steve Mutly on the 'Stagecoach Enthusiasts' Facebook Group, they are:
10941 SN18KNE

10942 SN18KNF
10943 SN18KNG
10944 SN18KNH
10945 SN18KNJ
10946 SN18KNK
10947 SN18KNL
10948 SN18KNM
10949 SN18KNO
10950 SN18KNP
10951 SN18KNR
10952 SN18KNS
10953 SN18KNU
10954 SN18KNV
10955 SN18KNW
10956 SN18KNX
10957 SN18KNY
10958 SN18KNZ
10959 SN18KOA
10960 SN18KOB
10961 SN18KOD
10962 SN18KOE
10963 SN18KOH
10964 SN18KOJ
10965 SN18KOU
10966 SN18KOV
10967 SN18KOW
10968 SN18KOX
10969 SN18KPA
10970 SN18KPE


They are Worthing Depot to replace Scania E400s on 'Coastliner' 700. They aren't due into service until July so are going into store until then.
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#2
Still no sign of an order announcement but we do have some confirmations and some speculation:

Steven Knight Media have confirmed on the Fleet Rambling page of their website that Mansfield are due a batch of E400MMCs later in the year to replace 9 year old MAN E300s and 4 year old E300s on 'Pronto'.
Meanwhile, it has been mentioned on the 'Travel South Yorkshire' forum that new deckers (chassis type unconfirmed) are due for Chesterfield - either for services 50/50a/50b (Sheffield to Chesterfield via Eckington and Whittington) which is rumoured to be going 'Gold'; or service X17 (Sheffield to Chesterfield and Matlock), for which there are some 'improvements' coming soon. Rumour are that the X17 may be extended from Sheffield City Centre to Meadowhall - given the recent commercial risks made by Yorkshire (the X65 between Barnsley and Meadowhall, the X10 between Barnsley and Leeds and the 54/56 extensions to East Midlands Designer Outlet), that could be reality rather than rumour.
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#3
(01/05/2018, 11:26)Kuyoyo Wrote: Still no sign of an order announcement but we do have some confirmations and some speculation:

Steven Knight Media have confirmed on the Fleet Rambling page of their website that Mansfield are due a batch of E400MMCs later in the year to replace 9 year old MAN E300s and 4 year old E300s on 'Pronto'.
Meanwhile, it has been mentioned on the 'Travel South Yorkshire' forum that new deckers (chassis type unconfirmed) are due for Chesterfield - either for services 50/50a/50b (Sheffield to Chesterfield via Eckington and Whittington) which is rumoured to be going 'Gold'; or service X17 (Sheffield to Chesterfield and Matlock), for which there are some 'improvements' coming soon. Rumour are that the X17 may be extended from Sheffield City Centre to Meadowhall - given the recent commercial risks made by Yorkshire (the X65 between Barnsley and Meadowhall, the X10 between Barnsley and Leeds and the 54/56 extensions to East Midlands Designer Outlet), that could be reality rather than rumour.

E400MMC for Chesterfield.
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#4
Is stagecoach north east getting new buses this year or is second hand buses again
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#5
Just seen 5 of the new low entry Plaxton Leopard coaches heading North on the A1 just before the Scottish Border. I believe these are for East Scotland for the X55 route? All YX18L** reg’d.
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#6
(04/05/2018, 22:27)Cobalt271 Wrote: Just seen 5 of the new low entry Plaxton Leopard coaches heading North on the A1 just before the Scottish Border. I believe these are for East Scotland for the X55 route? All YX18L** reg’d.

Here is a photo of YX18 LHM
https://www.flickr.com/photos/128789124@...14130@N06/
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#7
And to show the branding, it is the same one during the delivery run (the original photo appears to have been taken at Plaxtons)

[Image: 41908461991_6b8f9b208a_b.jpg]Stagecoach Fife YX18 LHN by Yorkshire Paper Buses & Bus Photos, on Flickr

On the subject of Plaxton, a since-deleted tweet by Alex Hornby has revealed that Plaxton have secretly developed a double-decker coach bodywork in a similar styling to the Elite I. More as they confirm it
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#8
(05/05/2018, 21:15)Kuyoyo Wrote: And to show the branding, it is the same one during the delivery run (the original photo appears to have been taken at Plaxtons)

[Image: 41908461991_6b8f9b208a_b.jpg]Stagecoach Fife YX18 LHN by Yorkshire  Paper Buses & Bus Photos, on Flickr

On the subject of Plaxton, a since-deleted tweet by Alex Hornby has revealed that Plaxton have secretly developed a double-decker coach bodywork in a similar styling to the Elite I. More as they confirm it

Interesting I have always liked the Plaxton Bodywork, good to see them expanding on the products they offer, clearly looking to fill void with heavyweight vehicles while others continue to push on with lightweight vehicles.
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#9
(05/05/2018, 21:15)Kuyoyo Wrote: And to show the branding, it is the same one during the delivery run (the original photo appears to have been taken at Plaxtons)

[Image: 41908461991_6b8f9b208a_b.jpg]Stagecoach Fife YX18 LHN by Yorkshire  Paper Buses & Bus Photos, on Flickr

On the subject of Plaxton, a since-deleted tweet by Alex Hornby has revealed that Plaxton have secretly developed a double-decker coach bodywork in a similar styling to the Elite I. More as they confirm it

They look really quite smart. Any pictures of the interior anywhere? 

I'd assume that means no more Astromega's bought for Megabus?
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#10
(05/05/2018, 22:11)mb134 Wrote: They look really quite smart. Any pictures of the interior anywhere? 

I'd assume that means no more Astromega's bought for Megabus?

No interior shots now available - the aforementioned Tweet did include one which showed 2+1 seating in the low floor area (with the standard leather coach seating).

As for Megabus - Astromegas are now more-or-less only to be found on the M11 from Scotland to London and on any linked Scottish Citylink turn around from Glasgow. At present, only 50253 remain south of the boarder - for how long following the closure of the unit at Plymouth and the redistribution of their Elite Is between Rugby and Cwmbran (50253’s home) is unclear. Indeed, 50234 (one of the Cwmbran originals) is now in Fleet livery.
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#11
(06/05/2018, 09:00)Kuyoyo Wrote: No interior shots now available - the aforementioned Tweet did include one which showed 2+1 seating in the low floor area (with the standard leather coach seating).

As for Megabus - Astromegas are now more-or-less only to be found on the M11 from Scotland to London and on any linked Scottish Citylink turn around from Glasgow. At present, only 50253 remain south of the boarder - for how long following the closure of the unit at Plymouth and the redistribution of their Elite Is between Rugby and Cwmbran (50253’s home) is unclear. Indeed, 50234 (one of the Cwmbran originals) is now in Fleet livery.

50234 must have got repainted pretty quickly, was still Megabus branded two or three weeks ago! (Is it now Aberdeen based - it's been allocated to both of my last two journeys to Edinburgh?) I'll be sad to see the Astromegas leave the Megabus network, they've been brilliant workhorses over the past decade. I must say that I am a big fan of the Elite i bodywork, one of the best ever coach bodies imo.
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#12
(09/05/2018, 05:45)mb134 Wrote: 50234 must have got repainted pretty quickly, was still Megabus branded two or three weeks ago! (Is it now Aberdeen based - it's been allocated to both of my last two journeys to Edinburgh?) I'll be sad to see the Astromegas leave the Megabus network, they've been brilliant workhorses over the past decade. I must say that I am a big fan of the Elite i bodywork, one of the best ever coach bodies imo.

Aberdeen no longer have an allocation of Megabus stock - their allocation moved to Glasgow a few years back. Not sure where 50234 is allocated now.
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#13
(09/05/2018, 09:15)Kuyoyo Wrote: Aberdeen no longer have an allocation of Megabus stock - their allocation moved to Glasgow a few years back. Not sure where 50234 is allocated now.

Steven Knight Media are showing it at Cumbernauld.  It's not always an accurate source, but they're usually pretty good! Wink
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#14
(09/05/2018, 05:45)mb134 Wrote: 50234 must have got repainted pretty quickly, was still Megabus branded two or three weeks ago! (Is it now Aberdeen based - it's been allocated to both of my last two journeys to Edinburgh?) I'll be sad to see the Astromegas leave the Megabus network, they've been brilliant workhorses over the past decade. I must say that I am a big fan of the Elite i bodywork, one of the best ever coach bodies imo.

Sorry, got the wrong one  Blush  It's 50242 that's been repainted and moved to Ayr alongside the original batch of Oxford Tube examples. However, seems Ayr are due new coaches for the X77.
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#15
(09/05/2018, 09:15)Kuyoyo Wrote: Aberdeen no longer have an allocation of Megabus stock - their allocation moved to Glasgow a few years back. Not sure where 50234 is allocated now.

Ah okay, just assumed with the amount of services that end there late at night, and start there early in the morning it had some sort of vehicle/driver allocation. 
(09/05/2018, 13:03)Kuyoyo Wrote: Sorry, got the wrong one  Blush  It's 50242 that's been repainted and moved to Ayr alongside the original batch of Oxford Tube examples. However, seems Ayr are due new coaches for the X77.

Assuming it's currently seeing work on the X77 before the replacements arrive? Amazing how Stagecoach see express routes to how Arriva/GNE do...
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#16
(09/05/2018, 13:50)mb134 Wrote: Ah okay, just assumed with the amount of services that end there late at night, and start there early in the morning it had some sort of vehicle/driver allocation. 


Most of those that appear to finish there late evening and start there early morning will likely be the same vehicle and driver - so the 0245 M11 arrival will more than likely run to the depot for refuelling and driver break before working the 0440 departure. The same way in that Walkergate is used by Megabus vehicles on the terminates but doesn't have an allocation of vehicles at this present time (there is, however, a Megabus driving unit at Walkergate who work the M12s and M20 hauls)

(09/05/2018, 13:50)mb134 Wrote:
Assuming it's currently seeing work on the X77 before the replacements arrive? Amazing how Stagecoach see express routes to how Arriva/GNE do...

Likely be a spare for the X77 for now - hard to see however where the displaced Astromegas will go. After all, not many other 'Express' routes in Scotland for them to be used on that don't already have quite modern coaches on already. Then there's the added complication of the present Oxford Tube Astromegas, which will be due for replacement next year.
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#17
Interior view of the B8RLE/Plaxton Panther LE looking to the rear - apologises for the mis-remembered interior, 2+2 in the low floor area apart from the single seat where the wheelchair bay is
View from the rear looking at the low floor area - showing the location of the Bells and USB ports
Photos @ 'Dunfermline Dave'

Also confirms the fleetnumbers are 54501 onwards - YX18LHM is 54503 and YX18LHP is 54505.
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#18
Anything for Newcastle/Sunderland coming?
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(09/05/2018, 13:59)Kuyoyo Wrote: [/font][/size][/color]

Most of those that appear to finish there late evening and start there early morning will likely be the same vehicle and driver - so the 0245 M11 arrival will more than likely run to the depot for refuelling and driver break before working the 0440 departure. The same way in that Walkergate is used by Megabus vehicles on the terminates but doesn't have an allocation of vehicles at this present time (there is, however, a Megabus driving unit at Walkergate who work the M12s and M20 hauls)

Makes sense - would Stagecoach Bluebird have any drivers capable of operating a run should they be required, or indeed any obligation to provide a vehicle?

(09/05/2018, 15:02)Kuyoyo Wrote: Interior view of the B8RLE/Plaxton Leopard LE looking to the rear - apologises for the mis-remembered interior, 2+2 in the low floor area apart from the single seat where the wheelchair bay is
View from the rear looking at the low floor area - showing the location of the Bells and USB ports
Photos @ 'Dunfermline Dave'

Also confirms the fleetnumbers are 54501 onwards - YX18LHM is 54503 and YX18LHP is 54505.

They really do look quite smart, I like the split-glass front section. I've said it before, but they'd be great Omni replacements...
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#20
(09/05/2018, 21:43)JM03 Wrote: Anything for Newcastle/Sunderland coming?

Preliminary lists no, but orders (UK Bus) can and have changed. 
There's been no official order release, so as it stands orders cannot be factually confirmed until vehicles are in the course of delivery or the list is published.
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