Rambler Coaches of Hastings Fleetlist 

Here we have a fleetlist for Rambler Coaches of Hastings, a locally based coach and bus operator, who have been established in the town since 1924. They operate an immaculate fleet of coaches, which are used on a variety of work, including tour contracts and private hire, amongst many others. As well as this, they also operate a bus fleet, which are mostly used for School Services around the Sussex Area, as well as several Tesco Shopper Free Bus services and occasionally Railway ReplacementThe company also has a heritage fleet which is not yet listed on here but may be added in due course.  -We hope you enjoy and find this useful 🙂

  • LATEST FLEET NEWS.
  • Former Fleet No. 17 ODY607 (M613ORJ), a 1994 Jonckheere Deauville bodied Volvo B10M has been stripped for spares and scrapped.
  • Volvo B12B 9700s JG07RAM (FDY83) and CR08RAM (FDY383) have been moved to Rothbury Travel Group, Alnwick in return for two Mercedes-Benz Tourismos as replacements. These are BT66TZU and BN17JNZ which are fleet numbers 01 and 38 respectively.
  • Vintage Bedford OB/Duple Vista JAB661 has been resprayed and is undergoing restoration work.



Picture Copyright ©SEBEG Harry Powell, above is No.31 SK52OJD, in Battle, operating School Service 355. It is a Dennis Super Pointer Dart that was new to Lothian Buses as No.60 and was acquired through EnsignBus. The inside has been refurbished with custom seat moquette and has had Rambler PowerBlinds fitted.

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Picture Copyright ©SEBEG Alex, above is No.23 VDY468, arriving at Three Bridges on a Rail Replacement Bus Service for Southern. It is a VanHool Alizee T9 bodied Volvo B12B that was new to Browns Coaches of Edinburgh as SK07FUW and also operated with Rambler as LR07RAM.


Rambler Coaches of Hastings Fleet

Fleet No. 01
Registration. BT66TZU
Chassis. Mercedes-Benz O350
Bodywork. Mercedes-Benz Tourismo
Seating. C51Ft
Livery. Plain White
Notes. New to Rothbury Travel Group in 2016.


Fleet No. 02
Registration. CR65RAM
Chassis. Yutong ZK6938HQ
Bodywork. Yutong TC9
Seating. C35F
Livery. Standard Rambler Coaches
Notes. New to the operator in 2016.


Fleet No. 03
Registration. BDY389
Previous Registrations. GX02AEE
Chassis. Volvo B10M-62
Bodywork. Plaxton Panther
Seating. C53F
Livery. Standard Rambler Coaches
Notes. New to the operator in 2002. Outstationed at Rye.


Fleet No. 05
Registration. DDY557
Previous Registrations. GX02AED
Chassis. Volvo B10M-62
Bodywork. Plaxton Panther
Seating. C53F
Livery. Standard Rambler Coaches
Notes. New to the operator in 2002.


Fleet No. 06
Registration. DDY222
Previous Registrations. Y222PDY
Chassis. Volvo B10M-62
Bodywork. VDL Berkhof Axial 50 
Seating. C70F
Livery. Standard Rambler Coaches
Notes. New to the operator in 2001. Since new, it has been updated with a newer VDL Berkhof Mark Two front and has been upseated to 70 seats, with 3×2 seating. Originally C49Ft seating.


Fleet No. 09
Registration. PDY272
Previous Registrations. CR06EDY
Chassis. Volvo B12B
Bodywork. VDL Berkhof Axial 50 Mk2
Seating. C53Ft
Livery. Standard Rambler Coaches
Notes. New to the operator in 2006. It was formally in a white and yellow livery with ‘Just Go Holidays’ branding.


Fleet No. 10
Registration. CR17RAM
Chassis. Mercedes-Benz O350
Bodywork. Mercedes-Benz Tourismo (Tri-Axle)
Seating. C53Ft
Livery. Standard Rambler Coaches
Notes. 
New to the operator in 2017.


Fleet No. 14
Registration. EK51XXC
Previous Registrations. 02-D-18253
Chassis. Dennis Dart MPD
Bodywork. Plaxton Pointer 2
Seating. B29F
Livery. Rambler Standard Bus Livery
Notes.
New to Bus Eireann in 2002 as DPC109 (02D18253) and later operated with Strawberry Buses, South Lancs Travel and Regal Busways, all as No.14. Off road, undergoing repairs.


Fleet No. 15
Registration.
UK15RAM
Year New.
2015
Chassis.
Mercedes-Benz O350
Bodywork.
Mercedes-Benz Tourismo (25th Anniversary)
Seating.
C51Ft
Livery.
Grand UK Holidays, White with UK flag & Grand UK logos.
Notes. New to the operator in 2015.


Fleet No. 18
Registration. LDY173
Previous Registrations. XEL606, W87RRU
Chassis. Volvo B10M-62
Bodywork. Plaxton Panther
Seating. C70F
Livery. Standard Rambler Coaches
Notes. New in 2000 to Excelsior Coaches of Bournemouth as No.355 (XEL 606) and later operated with Amport & District of Thruxton, as W87 RRU. This was previously C53F seating.


Fleet No. 19
Registration. SDY788
Previous Registrations. YN55WSW
Chassis. Volvo B12B
Bodywork. Plaxton Panther
Seating.  C57F
Livery. Standard Rambler Coaches
Notes. New to Tellings Golden Miller in 2005 as YN55 WSW. Later operated with Classic Coaches of Annfield Plain. This vehicle features Hanover LED destination equipment.


Fleet No. 20
Registration. YK53GXO
Chassis. Volvo B7RLE
Bodywork. Wright Eclipse Urban
Seating. B43F
Livery. Rambler Standard Bus Livery
Notes. Named as “Oscar”. New to First West Yorkshire in 2003 as 66705 and later operated with Stagecoach Merseyside as 21253. Currently not in use.


Fleet No. 22
Registration. CR13RAM
Previous Registrations. YN13EHD
Chassis. Irizar i6 Integral (DAF engine)
Bodywork. Irizar i6 Integral
Seating. C57Ft
Livery.
Standard Rambler Coaches.

Notes.
New to Clarkes Coaches of London in 2013, as YN13 EHD.


Fleet No. 23
Registration.
VDY468
Previous Registrations. 
SK07FUW, LR07RAM
Chassis.
Volvo B12B

Bodywork. Van Hool Alizée T9
Seating. C49Ft
Livery. Standard Rambler Coaches
Notes.
New to Browns Coaches of Edinburgh in 2007 as SK07 FUW. Previously in a white livery with blue Rambler logos and also operated with Rambler as LR07 RAM.


Fleet No.24
Registration.
HDY405
Previous Registrations. 
07-LH-2460, PE56XMJ.
Chassis.
Mercedes-Benz 1022L

Bodywork. Unvi Cimo
Seating. C29F
Livery. Standard Rambler Coaches (without Striped Skirting)
Notes. New to McCabe of Dundalk in 2007.


Fleet No. 25
Registration. GDY493
Previous Registrations. 96-D-42478, P428LJH
Chassis. Volvo B10M-62
Bodywork. Plaxton Premiere 350
Seating. C53F
Livery. Plain white with Purple Rambler fleet names & wheels
Notes. New to Bus Eireann in 1996 as No.VP35 (96D42478) and was also registered P428LJH for a short time before receiving its current registration.


Fleet No. 26
Registration. MV54BLU
Chassis. Dennis Dart SLF
Bodywork. Alexander Pointer 2
Seating. B37F
Livery. Rambler Standard Bus Livery
Notes. New to Bluebird Buses (Dunstan) of Greater Manchester in 2004 as No.10 and later operated with Stagecoach Greater Manchester as 33863.


Fleet No. 27
Registration. MW54BLU
Chassis. Dennis Dart SLF
Bodywork. Alexander Pointer 2
Seating. B37F
Livery. Rambler Standard Bus Livery
Notes. New to Bluebird Buses (Dunstan) of Greater Manchester in 2004 as No.11 and later operated with Stagecoach Greater Manchester as 33864.


Fleet No. 28
Registration. YK53GXP
Chassis. Volvo B7RLE
Bodywork. Wright Eclipse Urban
Seating. B43F
Livery. Rambler Standard Bus Livery
Notes. Named as Treo D.M. New to First West Yorkshire in 2003 as 66706 and later operated with Stagecoach Merseyside as 21254.


Fleet No. 29
Registration. X661LLX
Chassis. Volvo B7TL-57
Bodywork. Plaxton President
Seating. H47/33F
Livery. Rambler Standard Bus Livery
Notes. New to Metroline Travel of North London in 2001 as VPL161.


Fleet No. 30
Registration. GDY500X
Previous Registrations. YR52MEU
Chassis. Volvo B10M-62
Bodywork. Plaxton Paragon
Seating. C53F
Livery. Standard Rambler Coaches
Notes. The last B10M built for the UK. New to Princess Coaches of Southampton in 2002. Outstationed at Peasmarsh.


Fleet No. 31
Registration. SK52OJD
Chassis. Dennis Dart SPD
Bodywork. Plaxton Pointer 2 
Seating. B42F
Livery. Rambler Standard Bus Livery
Notes. New to Lothian Buses of Edinburgh in 2002 as Fleet No. 60.


Fleet No. 32
Registration. 1924RH
Previous Registrations. BK09LVD
Chassis. Mercedes-Benz O350
Bodywork. Mercedes-Benz Tourismo
Seating. C49FT
Livery. Standard Rambler Coaches
Notes. New in 2009 to Fecheira (PF Coaches/Evo Coaches) of Acton.


Fleet No. 33
Registration. R853PRG
Chassis. Volvo B10BLE
Bodywork. Wright Renown
Seating. B43F
Livery. Plain Lime Green with Rambler fleetname
Notes. New to OK Motor Services of Newcastle in 1998 as No. 4853; later what was known as Go-Ahead North East.


Fleet No. 34
Registration. CR14RAM
Chassis. Mercedes-Benz O350
Bodywork. Mercedes-Benz Tourismo
Seating. C49Ft
Livery. Plain White with Rambler Fleetnames
Notes. New to the operator in 2014 and previously operated in Trafalgar Tours livery.


Fleet No. 35
Registration. BG14OOE
Chassis. Volvo B11R
Bodywork. VDL Jonckheere SHV
Seating. C53Ft
Livery. White & Yellow “Just Go!” Holidays
Notes. New in 2014 to Volvo Coach Sales of Coventry, as a demonstrator.


Fleet No. 36
Registration. CR12RAM
Chassis. Mercedes-Benz O350
Bodywork. Mercedes-Benz Tourismo
Seating. C49Ft
Livery. Silver, Mercedes-Benz 125! Years of innovation
Notes. New to the operator in 2012 and previously operated in Trafalgar Tours livery.


Fleet No. 37
Registration. JG12RAM
Chassis. Volvo B9R
Bodywork. Plaxton Panther Elite i
Seating. C53Ft
Livery. White & Yellow “Just Go!” Holidays
Notes. New to the operator in 2012 and operated in Plain White for a short time before receiving Just Go! Branding.


Fleet No. 38
Registration. BN17JNZ
Chassis. Mercedes-Benz O350
Bodywork. Mercedes-Benz Tourismo
Seating. C53Ft
Livery. Plain White
Notes. New to Rothbury Travel Group in 2017.


Fleet No. 39
Registration. ODY395
Previous Registrations. MX07NTA
Chassis. Mercedes-Benz Vario O816D
Bodywork. Optare Toro
Seating. C28F
Livery. Standard Rambler Coaches (without Striped Skirting)
Notes. New in 2007 to Britannia Airport Parking of Bournemouth.


Fleet No. 40
Registration. RDY155
Previous Registrations. YN51WGY
Chassis. Volvo B10M-62
Bodywork. Plaxton Paragon
Seating. C57F
Livery. Standard Rambler Coaches
Notes. New in 2002 to Tellings Golden Miller of Twickenham and later operated with Classic Coaches of Annfield Plain.


Fleet No. 41
Registration. UDY512
Previous Registrations. YN51WGZ
Chassis. Volvo B10M-62
Bodywork. Plaxton Paragon
Seating. C57F
Livery. Standard Rambler Coaches (without striped skirting)
Notes. New in 2002 to Tellings Golden Miller of Twickenham and later operated with Classic Coaches of Annfield Plain.


14 thoughts on “Rambler Coaches of Hastings Fleetlist ”

    1. Thanks for the info, SK52OJD has replaced M606UTV and is No.31.
      I am currently working on a new Rambler fleet list which should be similar to the Renown List.

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  1. an unknown rambler bus got written off due to an RTC and got replaced by a citaro on hire from Bolton the Reg is bu04 EXS, today it was on T1 and T5, on Thursdays they are done in loops I managed to get it on the t1 once and the t5 twice, by getting the bus from pennine rise then getting off at tesco and waiting for it to turn into T1 then getting 95 into bexhill and luckily the 12:41 21 was late so I arrived just in time to get the t5 back up to Malvern way and I asked the driver if rambler were doing showbus this year and he said so far they are saying yes and planning on taking the new irizar

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    1. Yep thanks Noah! We knew about the RTC and the Citaro. Unfortunately I went to photograph the Citaro at St Johns Church, Pevensey Road on the T5 and it never turned up this afternoon, I was very annoyed. I work for Rambler too so I actually cleaned the Citaro on Saturday haha 🙂 Yeah, I heard they are planning on doing it this year and they may be taking a surprise guest too! Many Thanks, Alex F 🙂

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  2. has the irizar been registered yet, I saw it over the hill on the 100 earlier and what bus was involved in the RTC and according to the driver of the citaro, it is costing the insurance company 4 grand a week to hire the citaro, I love citaros, wish it was bendy though, s’pose it would be hard to navigate a bendy in hastings over wise someone will have them already

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    1. Yes it’s CR13RAM, number 22. I’m trying to gain the history of it. I’m not sure which. That could be true about the lease cost, but didn’t think it would be that expensive because it would probably work out cheaper for them to get a permanent replacements. It’s very hard with Hastings roads plus it is too big for their garage.

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  3. Yeah, reminded me slightly of the old alx 200s on the arrows, you know that sound when the bus reaches higher revs and gear change, it’s almost like whistling, my first ride on an MPD as well

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