On 22nd January I had little time for photography, but managed
to snap Midland Red South 32704 at Durranhill terminus.
29th January 2005
Seen at the Durranhill terminus of route 76 is Midland Red South
Returning to Carlisle on 22nd January I was taken aback to
see Dennis Darts in London red, and got to ride on one. On 29th they
were still around, including 34101, a single door example. As low-floor
buses, these Darts spend most of their time on routes 67 & 68, which
had nice new Dart SLFs in 2004.
Another of the ex-London Darts is single door variety 34083,
seen at The Courts on 29th January.
And another is 34088, seen at the foot of Devonshire Street.
Stagecoach Manchester 20943 is seen laying over on The Crescent,
wearing a nice coaitng of grime. The bus behind is one of the Busways
Scanias with the same style of bodywork.
On Lowther Street, nearing the end of a journey from Keswick is
ex Greater Manchester Northern Counties bodied Olympian 13297, now in the
Stagecoach North West fleet, but not normally at Carlisle.
Seen on West Tower Street is Stagecoach in Hartlepool 32124
(legally a Busways vehicle), a Plaxton bodied Dennis Dart which started
life in London.
Also on West Tower Street is Rhondda 32989, a Dennis Dart with
a less stylish Wright body than the current products.
A more unusual bus is Busways 21001, a Volvo B10B with Alexander
Strider bodywork, one of only two in the Busways fleet, and seen on The
Crescent on route 61.
It was only on this day that I noticed that several of the Manchester
buses were carrying adverts for the Environment Agency floodline! 20881
is one, seen on English Street. I am informed by Gary Mitchelhill that
this ad was to be seen on some Carlisle buses prior to the flooding, but
I had never noticed them. I guess the adverts on a bus are of little relevance
to me, as I tend to concentrate on what the bus is and where it is going.
Another Dennis Dart with Alexander Dash bodywork is 32604, this
one from the East Kent fleet.
Brought in to replace some of the Bluebird Volvos is 52027,
a Fife B10M-62 with Berkhof bodywork, of 1995 vintage, and recently re-registered.
It is seen laying over in the Bus Station. Behind is elderly Leyland Titan
Seen on West Tower Street on 4th February is Stagecoach London
34140, with the centre doors not in use and adverts for the Bromley Park
and Ride!. Judging from the interiors of these buses, with almost all
TfL signs removed and the lack of blinds I assume they were bound for
pastures new before the intervention of Carlisle's emergency. Which Travelcard
Zone is Carlisle in?
On a strangely quiet Lowther Street is ex London Titan 10728. If
only the trafffic was always like this!
As the fleet settled down, I spent the following weeks photographing
those buses which had previously eluded me, totally or which were determined
to be out of focus or in poor lighting conditions. At some point the buses
began carrying Cumberland legal lettering, but for ease of notation I continued
to quote the previous owner.
On 24th March Western Volvo B6 30342 was snapped on The Crescent.
On 2nd April a walking wexpedition involved travelling to Keswick on
21001, not abus used to long periods of high speed running as experienced
on route 555. Photo by Steve MItchell.
On 9th April another walking excursion involved waiting at the Bus
Station, which yielded a line up of three buses: Stagecoach Manchester
B10M 20944, Busways Scania 28937 and Stagecoach London Dart 34083.
Waiting at The Courts on 9th April is Hartlepool 20291, which I
missed snapping several times because from a distance I just assumed it
was one of the Manchester Northern Counties bodied B10Ms. This time I got
Fife Volvo B6 30653 was seen on 9th April, havimg a rest in the Bus