Hastings Bus Rally 2018! 

With last year’s event proving to have more than twice the number of buses there had been at the past five rallies before that, many enthusiasts had high expectations for this year’s event, especially with this year being promoted as Happy Harold’s 90th birthday celebration. Did the event deliver? 

In terms of buses, last year’s event had only just a few more vehicles than this year, but there was thankfully still a great range of buses of differing ages, ranging from the aforementioned 90 year old trolleybus ‘Happy Harold’ to an example of a 2017 Wave branded Scania MMC that belongs to the YN67 batch. Perhaps the only notable absentees this year were Rambler of Hastings and Paul Houselander’s open top Bristol VR RVB977S, but Paul more than certainly made up for it with what he brought in replacement of it- N386LPN, an ex Stagecoach Alexander RL Volvo Olympian that has not been out at a rally for almost two years after entering preservation. We had almost given up hope on it,  so it was a very special surprise when it appeared and something we were not expecting at all! 
Above: A total of 28 vehicles attended this year’s event. Photo is copyright of Michael Amos.

A complaint some have brought up about the Hastings rally in the past is that there is not a lot of variety in terms of what vehicles go out for rides; many years typically see only Routemasters and open toppers going out for rides, but the complaint was without a doubt rectified this year. Happy Harold gave rides around the town unlike at last year’s event, with other vehicles providing rides including preserved Arriva DAF DB250LF S223JUA, ex Stagecoach Volvo B10M L345KCK, the aforementioned N386LPN, Stagecoach Cancer Research liveried Scania Enviro 400 15586 and Seaford and District open toppers HKE690L and VDV818
Above: Recently preserved ex Arriva DAF DB250LF S223JUA is seen alongside fellow DAF DB250LF X425FGP at the rally. This was the former’s first outing in preservation. Photo is copyright of Michael Amos. 

Above: At the end of the day, there was a beautiful lineup of classic preserved ex-Stagecoach vehicles. From left to right is preserved ex Stagecoach Alexander RL bodied Volvo Olympian N386LPN, preserved ex Stagecoach Alexander RL bodied Volvo Olympian N389LPN and preserved ex Stagecoach Alexander PS bodied Volvo B10M L345KCK. Photo is copyright of Michael Amos.

Plenty of cars were also on display at the event and there were plenty of stands with a decent variety of models. Everyone who helped to organise the event deserves a pat on the back as many smiling faces were spotted around the venue. I think we can all agree that Happy Harold had a lovely 90th birthday party!

2018 South East Bus Festival! 

This is my article on a great day out at the 2018 South East Bus Festival on 7th April 2018. I hope you enjoy reading!- Michael Amos, The SEBEG

Kicking off the 2018 rally season in style was the eighth annual South East Bus Festival. Taking place at the Detling show ground in Kent as part of the Heritage Transport Show, the event promised an exciting array of vehicles both old and new, and my expectations were high for the event. 

Upon arriving at the event just before 10am, an impressive influx of buses was still arriving at the show ground. Some were far travellers to the event, none more so than H132GVM, a preserved MagicBus liveried Dennis Dominator that came all the way down from North West England to attend this event, and it proved to be one of the highlights of the show. Of course, many vehicles based within Kent and Sussex attended the event as well: Rambler, Stagecoach South East, Nu-Venture and Arriva are just some of the public operators that brought vehicles to the event. Indeed, Arriva contributed a satisfying amount of vehicles to the event since they play a significant part in organising it. Bringing vehicles like Sapphire ADL Enviro 200 MMC YX17NYS and Sapphire ADL Enviro 400 MMC YX17NEN allowed the company to really show off their most recent investments. 

Above: Preserved Northern Counties bodied Dennis Dominator 15032 H132GVM, now owned by the Town and District Transport Trust, is seen on display at the event.

In terms of preserved buses, there were many first timers in addition to many of the regulars, including the aforementioned H132GVM, the recently repainted G29TGW and the recently acquired L345KCK, an Alexander PS Volvo B10M that I had the pleasure of travelling on to the event. But the star of the show- in my opinion at least- was N389LPN, a recently preserved Alexander RL bodied Volvo Olympian that has been repainted into the stunning Stagecoach stripes livery.

Above: Privately preserved Alexander RL Volvo Olympian 389 N389LPN is seen on display at the event.

Above: An impressive display of buses and coaches is seen at the event. Believe it or not, this was just one of several rows of vehicles!

Away from the buses themselves, the event had a great selection of bus memorabilia in the Clive Emson Conference Centre; there was what seemed like an infinite amount of bus models, old timetables and pictures to choose from and buy, not to mention the very well laid out model displays. Plenty of food outlets were also available to cater for the large numbers of people. All areas of the event worked together to create an excellent day out. With the display numbering up to 150 vehicles and all other aspects being very well organised, Detling can definitely be described as one of the best days out there is for a bus enthusiast.

20 Years of Nu Venture in the Medway Towns!

This is my write up on the 20 Years of Nu-Venture in the Medway Towns bus rally that took place in the Acorn Wharf Coach Park in Rochester, Kent on 30th December 2017. I hope you enjoy reading!- Michael Amos, The SEBEG

Being held in the middle of winter in Rochester, the 20 Years of Nu-Venture in the Medway Towns bus rally was a welcome event that helped to keep bus enthusiasts satisfied while the official rally season is not taking place. I was accompanied to the event by SEBEG members Harry H & Harry P and his dad while good friend of ours, George Green kindly took us up in his preserved Dennis Dominator N715TPK. Sadly Alex was not able to come on this particular occassion.

First of all, the change in venue for this year’s event must be commended. While I did not attend last winter’s High Floor Running Day in Medway, I was able to gather from pictures that the event was held outside Gillingham ASDA, and the buses were just lined up at the bus stop behind the supermarket. This year, the organisers wisely moved the venue to Acorn Wharf Coach Park in Rochester, which is more of a proper setting for a bus rally, and this change in venue meant that more buses could attend.

Above: Preserved former Derby City Transport Volvo Citybus E153BTO, now with Bromley Bus Preservation Group, is seen departing the showground on a free service. Photo copyright SEBEG Michael Amos.

Speaking of buses, the event had an excellent range of buses with a great mix of old and new vehicles attending. Some of the youngest vehicles at the rally included Sullivan Buses Enviro 200 MMC LS66SUL, Sullivan Buses Enviro 400 MMC RC17SUL and locally based Arriva Sapphire liveried Enviro 400 MMC YX17NEJ. Even a Borismaster turned up at the event to give free rides, and there was a far traveller at the event in the form of Brighton and Hove Chestnut Tree House liveried Gemini 472 BK13OAU. At the other end of the spectrum, you had plenty of older vehicles attending, including a pair of AEC Regals, an AEC Swift, an Ensignbus AEC Regent and a couple of AEC Routemasters amongst many more vehicles from the 70s, 80s and 90s.
Above: A nice lineup of modern vehicles at the event included Arriva Sapphire ADL Enviro 400 MMC YX17NEJ, Sullivan Buses ADL Enviro 400 MMC RC17SUL and Sullivan Buses ADL Enviro 200 MMC LS66SUL. Photo copyright SEBEG Michael Amos.

The free services that operated on the day were also very well organised; the event programme had a very detailed schedule of the free routes and the vehicles that were operating them, allowing visitors to ride on buses around many parts of Medway. Also appreciated were the feeder services that ran from major towns in the area like Gravesend, Maidstone and Chatham to the showground at Rochester, which allowed visitors to get a connecting service to the event from major transport hubs. For enthusiasts, it must have been an added bonus to travel on a preserved bus to the event! 
Above: Several buses are seen at the showground having just completed some of the free services that ran on the day. The vehicles in this photo from left to right include preserved Leyland Titan B101WUV, Autocar East Lancs Scania N113 OSJ1X and preserved Northern Counties Volvo Olympian 5928 P928MKL. Photo copyright SEBEG Michael Amos.

The event programme itself was a lovely souvenir to take away from this rally, but I did have a little bit of trouble finding out where they were being sold, resulting in me having to ask several people. A sign telling visitors where the event programmes were being sold would have been welcome. In addition to this, I would liked to have seen more bus models being sold; I could only find one stand that only had a handful of models for sale, which is small when compared to other rallies I have been to.

But, to be completely honest, I am nitpicking at this point; this rally was extremely well organised, and it had a great variety of vehicles on display and on the road. The organisers must be given a huge pat on the back for making this event such a success, and I would love to see it return in the years to come so it can become a holiday tradition for many enthusiasts.

Thank you very much for reading!- Michael Amos, The SEBEG

November at Stagecoach South East

Good evening all. Over the past week or so, and yet to come there have been many interesting, exciting and also rather sad movements across the Stagecoach South East division. We have combined and put together a clear list of all of these movements which can be seen below. This is not limited to but includes twelve brand new ADL Enviro 400MMC bodied Scania N250UD double decks which are due to enter service in a few weeks on Wave service 99 between Hastings and Eastbourne. It is believed Eastbourne will have three of these, with Hastings having nine. We hope you find this list of the latest and soon upcoming movements useful, and if you have any queries or comments feel free to contact us. Please bear in mind that although some of these movements have already taken place, and some vehicles are already in service at certain places, some of these have not yet taken place and are unlikely to at least until the new Scanias enter service.

15328 YN67YLA New – Eastbourne/Hastings
15329 YN67YLB New – Eastbourne/Hastings
15330 YN67YLC New – Eastbourne/Hastings
15331 YN67YLD New – Eastbourne/Hastings
15332 YN67YLE New – Eastbourne/Hastings
15333 YN67YLF New – Eastbourne/Hastings
15334 YN67YLG New – Eastbourne/Hastings
15335 YN67YLH New – Eastbourne/Hastings
15336 YN67YLJ New – Eastbourne/Hastings
15337 YN67YLK New – Eastbourne/Hastings
15338 YN67YLL New – Eastbourne/Hastings
15339 YN67YLM New – Eastbourne/Hastings
15500 GN09BCU Hastings – Dover
15501 GN09BCV Eastbourne – Dover
17538 LY02OAD Herne Bay – Reserve
17699 MW52UJF Hastings – Reserve
18161 GX54DVB Ashford – Herne Bay
18162 XIL1575 Ashford – Herne Bay (GX54DVC)
25242 YJ59GFK Ashford – Thanet
25243 YJ59GFO Ashford – Thanet
27516 GX06DYV Eastbourne – Driver Training
27517 GX06DYW Eastboune – Driver Training
27518 GX06DYY Eastbourne – Driver Training
27519 GX06DZA Eastbourne – Driver Training
27520 GX06DZB Eastbourne – Driver Training
27521 GX06DZC Eastbourne – Driver Training
27522 GX06DZD Eastbourne – Driver Training
27523 GX06DZE Eastbourne – Driver Training
27580 GX58GKN Dover – Eastbourne
27581 GX58GKO Dover – Eastbourne
27582 GX58GKP Dover – Eastbourne
33098 MX04AXN Eastbourne – Reserve
33305 AE51VFX Eastbourne – Hastings
34492 KV53NHJ Reserve – Hastings
34542 GX04EYT Herne Bay – Ashford
34544 GX04EYV Herne Bay – Ashford
34547 GX04EYZ Herne Bay – Folkestone
47065 SF04SKJ Eastbourne – Reserve
47066 SF04SKK Dover – Reserve
47067 SF04SKN Dover – Reserve
47112 GX54DXK Folkestone – Reserve
47113 GX54DXL Folkestone – Reserve
47119 GX54DXU Dover – Eastbourne
47120 GX54DXV Dover – Eastbourne
47176 YJ05XMV Reserve – Eastbourne
47661 GN58NXF Ashford – Dover
47663 GN58NXH Ashford – Dover
47666 GN58NXL Ashford – Dover
47667 GN58NXM Ashford – Dover

The fleetlist pages will also be updated accordingly for each depot in the near future. If we know of any updates or alterations, we will update you all where we can!

The SEBEG Team.

Stagecoach South East September Update

Good evening all.
Sorry this update comes to you quite delayed. I have had no internet over the past week and the other members of our team have been busy. Thankfully though I am now able to share with you all, whether or not you already know, the rather interesting and exciting transfers that happened over the course of last weekend within Stagecoach South East! Along with this update, the fleetlists for each depot will be update accordingly, by Sunday, so be sure to check them out if you wish. A note to make is that despite some rumours, the GX06 Enviro 300s at Eastbourne have remained in service and not all of the GX58 Enviro 300s have transferred to Eastbourne from Dover, but only 27571-6 to Eastbourne and 27577/8 going to Thanet, with 27579-27582 remaining at Dover. It is believed though that some brand new Scania Enviro 400 MMCs due for either Hastings or Eastbourne may have a possibility of a knock on effect causing the GX06 Enviro 300s to go at that point. Enjoy! – The SEBEG.

15442 KX08KZN Ashford – Dover
15480 GN09AZW Herne Bay – Dover
15497 GN09BCF Herne Bay – Dover
16950 MX07BUW Fife – Herne Bay
16955 MX07BVF Fife – Herne Bay
18161 GX54DVB Herne Bay – Ashford
18167 GX54DVK Thanet – Ashford
18291 MX03KZP Eastbourne – Herne Bay
19019 MX06XAU Eastbourne – Dover
19048 MX56FRR Eastbourne – Dover
19049 MX56FRU Eastbourne – Dover
19051 MX56FRZ Thanet – Dover
22945 OV51KAE Eastbourne – Reserve
27571 GX58GKA Dover – Eastbourne
27572 GX58GKC Dover – Eastbourne
27573 GX58GKD Dover – Eastbourne
27574 GX58GKE Dover – Eastbourne
27575 GX58GKF Dover – Eastbourne
27576 GX58GKG Dover – Eastbourne
27577 GX58GKJ Dover – Thanet
27578 GX58GKK Dover – Thanet
33098 MX04AXN Reserve – Eastbourne
33305 AE51VFX Reserve – Eastbourne
34399 WA03WWZ Reserve – Eastbourne
34483 SV53DDK Folkestone – Ashford
34620 PX04HTZ Herne Bay – Reserve
34646 GX54DWV Hastings – Eastbourne
34651 GX54DXB Herne Bay – Reserve
34655 GX54DXF Thanet – Reserve
34730 SP05FPG Hastings – Eastbourne
35256 NDZ3023 Dover – Thanet
36898 GN13HHO Eastbourne – Hastings
36899 GN13HHP Eastbourne – Hastings
36900 GN13HHR Eastbourne – Dover
47066 SF04SKK Eastbourne – Dover
47067 SF04SKN Eastbourne – Dover
47164 YJ05XND Eastbourne – Dover
47662 GN58NXG Eastbourne – Dover

We hope this update is helpful and of use to our viewers. Thank you very much for reading and we hope you all have a great weekend.

The SEBEG – Alex

Hastings Bus Rally 2017!

Hello All! Firstly, Thank you to all those who brought along your lovely vehicles, visited the event, or helped to organise the Hastings Trolleybus Restoration Group’s Bus Rally on Sunday, 21st of May. It was a fantastic day with a smile on most people’s faces with very positive comments passing around the grounds! The lovely weather certainly encouraged people to come and also the appearance of Hastings Trolleybus’ Happy Harold DY4965. A very impressive total of 36 buses and coaches attended on the day, including some rather far travellers. The event would not have been as great as it was, had it have not been for everyone that played an important role there today so we thank you all. We really hope next year is just as great of a success and we have every confidence that it will be! We hope you all enjoyed yourselves and had a good time! If you did not manage to come to the event this year, we have compiled a list below of all the buses and coaches that came along to Hastings Bus Rally 2017. -Alex Fairweather, The SEBEG

All 36 bus and coach attendances are listed below.

DY 4965 – Hastings & District Motor Services 
1928 Guy BTX6 Tri-Axle Trolleybus / Dodson (O30/27R)
New to Hastings Tramways in 1928 and is now
maintained and operated by Hastings Trolleybus
Restoration Group on behalf of the council.

CMG 30  –  Rambler Coaches of Hastings No.2 (Preserved)
1935 Bedford WLB / Duple (C20R)
New to Garners of Ealing – Now wears Rambler green & cream.

JK 8418 – Preserved as Eastbourne Corporation No. 12.
1939 Leyland Lion LT8 / Leyland (B43F)
New to Eastbourne Corporation in B32F configuration.
It is preserved in the yellow and blue colour scheme
by the Eastbourne Lion Preservation Group.

KYY 529 – Preserved as London Transport RT1702
1950 AEC Regent III / Park Royal (H30/26R)
New to and preserved as London Transport as RT1702.

AHC 411 –  Stagecoach in Eastbourne 39911 (Preserved)
1950 AEC Regal III / East Lancs (DP30R)
New to and preserved as Eastbourne Corp as No.11

DKT 16 – Preserved as Maidstone & District 558.
1950 Leyland Tiger TS7 / Harrington (C32F)
New to and preserved as Maidstone & District as 558.

NKT 875 – Preserved as Maidstone & District DH379.
1951 Leyland PD2 / Leyland (H32/26R)
New to and preserved as Maidstone & District as DH379.

NLE 918 – Preserved as London Transport RT3028.
1953 AEC Regent III / Park Royal (H30/26R)
New to and preserved as London Transport as RT3028.

VKR 39 – Preserved as Maidstone & District DL39.
1956 AEC Regent V / Park Royal (L30/26RD)
New to and preserved as Maidstone & District as DL39.

PUF 647 – Preserved as Southdown Motor Services 547.
1956 Guy Arab IV / Park Royal (H33/26RD)
New to and preserved as Southdown as No. 547.

WLT 349 – Preserved as London Transport RM349.
1960 AEC Routemaster R2RH / Park Royal (H36/28R)
New to and preserved as London Transport as RM349.

397 CLT – Preserved as London Transport RM1397.
1963 AEC Routemaster R2RH / Park Royal (H36/28R)
New to and preserved as London Transport as RM1397.

CUV 363C – Preserved as London Transport RML2363.
1965 AEC Routemaster R2RH / Park Royal (H40/32R)
New to and preserved as London Transport as RML2363.

GJG 739D – Preserved as East Kent Road Car 7739.
1966 AEC Regent V / Park Royal (H40/32F)
New to and preserved as East Kent as 7739.
Wears East Kent’s Sealink Blue & White livery.

JJD 463D – Preserved as London Transport RML2463
1966 AEC Routemaster R2RH / Park Royal (H40/32R)
New to and preserved as London Transport as RML2463.

SMK 731F – Preserved as Metroline London RML2731.
1967 AEC Routemaster R2RH / Park Royal (H40/32R)
New to London Transport as RML2731.
It currently wears the livery it wore with Metroline.

AKM 425K – Preserved as Maidstone & District 3425.
1971 Leyland Leopard PSU4A / Willowbrook (B45F)
New to and preserved as Maidstone & District as 3425.

GHV 999N – Preserved as London Transport DM999.
1975 Daimler Fleetline / Park Royal (H44/27D)
New to and preserved as London Transport as DM999.

LKP 385P – Preserved as Maidstone & District 5385.
1975 Volvo Alisa B55-10 / Alexander AV7 (H44/35F)
New to and preserved as Maidstone & District as 5385.

VLT 8 – Preserved as London Transport RM8.
1976 AEC Routemaster R2RH / Park Royal (H36/28R)
New to and preserved as London Transport as RM8.

PCD 80R – Preserved as Southdown Motor Services No.34
1976 Leyland 11351A / Leyland National (B49F)
New to Southdown – Wears Grass Green NBC colours.

UPB 340S – Preserved as London Country SNB340.
1977 Leyland 10351A / Leyland National (B41F)
New to London Country – Wears Grass Green NBC colours.

WKO 138S – Preserved as Maidstone & District 5138.
1978 Bristol VRT SL3 / Eastern Coach Works (H43/31F)
New to Maidstone & District – Wears M&D light green & cream.

RVB 977S – Preserved as East Kent Road Car 0977.
1978 Bristol VRT SL3 / Willowbrook (O43/31F)
New to East Kent Road Car as No. 7977.
Originally ordered by Maidstone & District.
Wears a livery for the East Kent Thanet  Open Top Seaside Special.

JDY 888Y – Rambler Coaches of Hastings (Preserved)
1983 Bedford VAS5 / Plaxton Supreme (C29F)
New to Rambler and is preserved in Rambler Green/Black/Cream.

C658 KVW – Preserved as Fords Coaches of Althorne, Essex.
1986 Bedford YNV / VanHool (C53F)
New to Fords of Althorne and is preserved in their livery.

M916 MKM – Preserved as Arriva Kent & Sussex 5916
1994 Volvo Olympian / Northern Counties Palatine I (H47/30F)
Preserved in a special Arriva Old Style / Kent People’s Trust livery.

M91 MYM – Preserved in Hams colours with lettering removed.
1995 Volvo Olympian / Alexander Royale (H45/29F)
New to Go-Ahead London Central as AV8.

P238 MKN – Preserved as Maidstone & District 3238.
1997 Dennis Dart SLF / Plaxton Pointer (B40F)
New to Maidstone & District – currently wears their Retro livery.

T916 KKM – Preserved as Arriva Kent Thameside 3916.
1999 DAF SB220 / Plaxton Prestige (B39F)
New to Arriva Kent Thameside in 1999. Wears Old Arriva livery

X425 FGP – Preserved as Arriva Kent Thameside 6250.
2000 DAF DB250 / Alexander ALX400 (H43/22F)
New to Arriva London as DLA225. Wears Allover Arriva Blue.

KX08 KZK – Stagecoach South East (Ashford) 15443
2008 Scania N230UD / ADL Enviro 400 (H47/29F)
New to Stagecoach in Oxford (Thames Transit)
In a special East Kent 100 Centenary Livery.

WU11 OSP – 247 Coaches of Hastings
2011 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Minibus
This is a recent acquisition at the company.

YJ16 DBO – Autocar Bus & Coach Services of Tonbridge No.OM1
2016 Optare MD1050 / Optare MetroDecker (H41/22D)
New to Go-Ahead London Central as OM1 in 2016.
Still Operates in London red, with Autocar lettering.

SN66 VWO – Stagecoach in Hastings 10723
2016 ADL E40D / ADL Enviro 400 MMC (H45/32F)
New to the operator in 2016.
Operates in a livery for Wave Services 100/101/102.

CR17 RAM – Rambler Coaches of Hastings No.10
2017 Mercedes-Benz Tri-Axle Tourismo (C53Ft)
Brand new vehicle wearing the company’s standard
coach colours – green & cream with a striped black skirting.

A small selection of some of our photos from Hastings Bus Rally 2017 can be found below…

Above: Photographed towards the end of the day was this line up of three preserved low floor vehicles, all of which are former Arriva. On the left is Maidstone & District Plaxton Pointer I bodied Dennis Dart SLF, 3238 P238MKN, owned by the 3238 Preservation Group (R.Jones, D.Walker, G.Walker). In the middle is ex Arriva London Alexander ALX400 bodied DAF DB250LF, DLA225, X425FGP owned by M&D Preservation. It carries Southern Counties fleetnumber 6250 and is in allover Arriva blue with a yellow stripe. Finally on the right is Arriva Kent & Surrey Plaxton Prestige bodied DAF SB220LF, 3916 T916KKM, owned by 3043/3916/5928 Preservation. Photo Copyright SEBEG Harry Powell.

Above: One vehicle which has not attended the rally before, which was fantastic to see at Hastings Bus Rally 2017, was Paul Llewelyn’s 1976 Southdown Leyland National, No.34 PCD80R, which is preserved in NBC Southdown Grass Green. You can visit his website here. Photo Copyright SEBEG Harry Powell.

Above: It was great to see Rambler Coaches of Hastings’ very own beautifully preserved 29 seat 1983 Plaxton Supreme bodied Bedford VAS5, which was new to them 34 years ago. It was the first rally it has attended for a few years. Photo Copyright SEBEG Harry Powell.

Above: Eastbourne Lion Preservation Group’s Preserved 1938 Eastbourne Corporation Leyland Lion LT8, No.12 JK8418 meets again with Stagecoach in Eastbourne’s slightly younger 1950 Eastbourne Corporation East Lancs bodied AEC Regal III, No.11 AHC411. Photo Copyright SEBEG Harry Powell.

Above:  Recently preserved Alexander Royale bodied Volvo Olympian M91MYM attended the event. It still retains the Gold and Black livery of Hams Travel of Flimwell but was originally new to London Central in 1995 as AV8. Hastings Bus Rally 2017 was its debut appearance in preservation. Photo Copyright SEBEG Harry Powell.

Above: A popular vehicle at the event was Hastings Trolleybus Restoration Group’s very own preserved Hastings & District Trolleybus, a 1928 Tri Axle Guy BTX6 with a Dodson open top body. It now runs on a Diesel engine so it can make more attendances to rallies. DY4965, also known as Happy Harold has been off the road for some time so many locals and enthusiasts alike enjoyed it’s prescence at Hastings Bus Rally 2017! Photo Copyright SEBEG Harry Powell.

Above: Rambler Coaches of Hastings exhibited a lovely display of vehicles varying in age, livery, types and size! On the left is brand new Tri-Axle Mercedes-Benz Tourismo 53 seater, CR17RAM (fleet no. 10) which wears Rambler’s green and cream with orange and green striped black skirting livery. In the middle is their preserved Bedford VAS, JDY888Y which has a Plaxtons body and wears Rambler’s green and cream with black skirting livery. Hastings Bus Rally was the first appearance JDY888Y had made for a few years. Finally, on the right is their preserved 1935 Duple bodied Bedford WLB, CMG30, which wears a green livery with a cream stripe. Photo Copyright SEBEG Harry Powell.

Above: An attempted photo to try and show off the impressive amount of bus and coach attendances to Hastings Bus Rally 2017! 36 in total! Photo Copyright SEBEG Alex 

Below: Stagecoach South East also kindly brought along 3 vehicles to the event, two of which were Stagecoach in Ashford, East Kent Centenary Bus 15443 KX08KZK (Scania N230UD/Enviro 400) on the right  and Stagecoach in Hastings Wave branded 10723 SN66VWO (ADL Enviro 400 MMC) on the left. Photo Copyright SEBEG Alex.

Above is only a small selection of many, many photos we took at Hastings Bus Rally 2017. For more details or pictures of specific vehicles, feel free to contact us using the Contact Us page. Thank you very much for reading!

2017 May Movements – Stagecoach South East

Hello All! I am sorry the website has not been updated much recently, but we have been very busy! Below you are able to find a list of the latest movements toward the end of April and start of May and plans or rumours of movements within Stagecoach South East. Enjoy! The SEBEG

Enviro 400 MMC 10711 SN66VVZ has returned to service at Folkestone after being repaired from a major RTA.

Dennis Tridents 17402 Y103GHC & 17699 MW52UJF are permanent members of the Hastings fleet until further notice.

Dennis Trident 18164 XIL1568 (GX54DVG) has transferred from Ashford to Stagecoach East, at either Mansfield or Peterborough.

Dennis Trident 18291 MX03KZP remains in reserve and is stored at Herne Bay.

Dennis Darts 33305 AE51VFX and 34399 WA03WWZ are in reserve at Herne Bay.

Dennis Dart 34433 KV53EZK has been moved from Ashford to Reserve due to a blown engine.

Dennis Dart 34487 SV53DDU has been moved from Hastings to Ashford to replace 34433.

Dennis Darts 34645 GX54DWU, 34649 GX54DWZ and 34731 SV55BZF have moved from Hastings to Thanet due to a PVR decrease at Hastings.

Mercedes-Benz Optare Solo 47174 YJ05XNH was replaced into the Reserve fleet from Hastings although it is currently seeing extra use as a Crew Shuttle Car between the Eastbourne Depot and Eastbourne Town Centre.

Notes: It is believed that some of the remaining MAN 18.220LF/Alexander ALX300s will become part of the Driver Training Department across the South East, including 22942 OU51WLK and 22944 OU51WLN from Ashford which were not so long ago withdrawn. It is believed these may see out all remaining Volvo B10M Training Coaches.

It has also been announced that the South East are to receive a brand new batch of Scania N250UD/ADL Enviro 400 MMC buses, which we believe may be for the Wave 99 between Hastings and Eastbourne. It has been rumoured that the GN61 Scania buses currently on the route may be transferred to Eastbourne for their Loop services.

It is also believed Ashford may getting rid of all of their Dennis Trident vehicles to other divisions or depots within the South East – replacing them with newer buses. One Trident is rumoured to be going to Eastbourne.



Latest Stagecoach South East News

Good evening to all of our site viewers!
As you may or may not be aware, this weekend has seen the launch of 30 brand new (16/66 reg) Mercedes-Benz EVM Sprinter City 45 minibuses being launched and entering service on Local Ashford Routes, branded as the “Little & Often”. The service aims to provide a frequent and simple bus service connecting different parts of the town and features comfortable leather seats and the accepting of “contactless” payment methods for ticket purchasing. However, as well as this, the new vehicles seem to have had an apparent cascade occur across the division, with what seems like an aim to gradually upgrade their fleet. We do know of some movements which have taken place today and yesterday and have decided to share them with you.

44001-44030: Brand new minibuses at Ashford. A full list of these vehicles can be found on our Ashford Fleet List

17402 Y103GHC: Withdrawn from the Hastings fleet, in storage at Eastbourne.

18162 XIL1575: Transferred from Reserve to Ashford (former GX54DVC).

33098 MX04AXN: Transferred from Ashford to Herne Bay (Replace 34438)

22942/4 OU51WLK/N: Withdrawn from the Ashford fleet.

34435 KV53EZM: Transferred from Hastings to Ashford.

34438 KV53EZP: Transferred from Herne Bay to Folkestone.

34482 SV53DDJ: Transferred from Hastings to Thanet.

34789 PX55EFU: Transferred from Hastings to Folkestone.

36122/3 GN10JCY/Z: Transferred from Folkestone to Hastings.

36124/5 GN10JDF/J: Transferred from Ashford to Hastings.

47065 SF04SKJ: Withdrawn from the Eastbourne fleet.

47117/47173 GX54DXR/YJ05XNG: Withdrawn from the Ashford fleet.

47174 YJ05XNH: Withdrawn from the Hastings fleet.

47660 GN58NXE: Transferred from Ashford to Hastings (Replace 47174).

47662 GN58NXG: Transferred from Ashford to Eastbourne (Replace 47065).

Above: Photographed here is ADL Dart SLF 4 Enviro 200 36122 GN10JCY in the Hastings depot on 12/2/17 after arriving from Folkestone. It is warmly welcomed in by fellow former Folkestone vehicle 15483 GN09BAA. Strangely, this will not be 36122’s first time in service at Hastings, as it was on loan to the depot in 2011, (before Hastings had any of their current Enviro 200s) for evaluation of the vehicle type before later receiving a batch of them the year after, in 2012. (Please note this photograph is copyright SEBEG Alex).

We hope you found this news helpful!
Many Thanks,
The SEBEG – Alex 🙂

Latest Seaford Coach

The latest addition to the Seaford & District Motor Services coach fleet comes in the shape of former Stagecoach 658/52608 S658JSE, which is a Jonckheere Modulo bodied Volvo B10M-62 new to Stagecoach Bluebird in 1998. It has been repainted into the Seaford & District livery and we are led to believe it will be entering service later this month, mostly on Railway Replacement, local private hires and school services. It also still features it’s original Stagecoach interior. Another note to make is that sister coach 52609 S659JSE is based at Stagecoach Eastbourne as a driver trainer, so there is a possibility they will one day reunite, which would be their first time since both were in Scotland. As well as this, We have also included some photographs of the interior and exterior of the vehicle below, taken at the Ensign Bus yard in Purfleet, and used with very kind permission of Ben Fowler. In our opinion we think it looks quite great.

The above photos, used with permission are copyright Ben Fowler and should only be used with permission.
Thank you very much! – The SEBEG 🙂

Latest Update

Good evening everybody!
We have a few recent updates which we thought we could share with you all, and possibly hear what you think about them…

Seaford & District Motor Services have acquired former Stagecoach Dennis Darts 34416 GX53MWG and 34450 GX53MWU

-We are planning to relaunch the Stagecoach Hastings Unusual Workings Page from tomorrow (February 4th) which should hopefully be slightly clearer to understand, as well as it being a fresh new page which we hope to update more often, as much as we are able to.

-The Ensign Bus of Purfleet List has temporarily been made private as it is currently quite outdated and some information may be inaccurate and misleading, so over the next few days we will be planning to release a more up to date version. Sorry for any inconvenience caused by this.

-We are considering removing the Stagecoach Hastings VOR List as we have not been updating this page a huge amount recently, and we thought that it may be clearer and simpler if when a vehicle has faults, it is listed next to the vehicle on the Relevant Fleet List, so this information can be found in the same place. We would love to hear your views about this.

-Finally, we are hoping to make some additional companies’ fleetlists available within the near future, adding to our current lists already available, which we are quite excited about! 🙂

Also, On a side note, we have been informed that Hams Travel of Flimwell have acquired Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President LN51AZW and is understood they also have Volvo B7TL/Alexander ALX400 X57XAW on a loan.

Many Thanks!
The SEBEG. 🙂