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25 minutes ago, Six-cylinder said:

This is our local bus yard 5 miles away with all the school run buses, I often meet them and the road to their village is unclassified.

The question is what am I looking at, highs, lows or are the whole lot the biggest pot of grey porridge you have seen in a long time? 

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The bus in front of you is a Toyota.

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1 hour ago, Six-cylinder said:

This is our local bus yard 5 miles away with all the school run buses, I often meet them and the road to their village is unclassified.

The question is what am I looking at, highs, lows or are the whole lot the biggest pot of grey porridge you have seen in a long time? 

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The bottom picture left to right is a Jonckheere bodied Volvo, Plaxton President, East Lancs bodied something, Plaxton coach probably Volvo chassis and an ADL Enviro200. 

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22 hours ago, Inspector Morose said:

The bus in front of you is a Toyota.

I'm amazed that old Toyota Optimo is still going, they've had it about 15 years now and there can't be many left. It still seems wrong to see Langston & Tasker running fairly decent coaches as I remember that yard being full of Fords and Bedfords, the archetypal village school bus operator. 

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32 minutes ago, quicksilver said:

I'm amazed that old Toyota Optimo is still going, they've had it about 15 years now and there can't be many left. It still seems wrong to see Langston & Tasker running fairly decent coaches as I remember that yard being full of Fords and Bedfords, the archetypal village school bus operator. 

A couple of independent operators near me have had to update their fleets over the last few years after getting into trouble over the average age of fleet, in one case they were given about 4 months to replace pretty much the entire fleet if they wanted to keep school contracts. TBF maintenance was fine but a fleet of 30+ year old Bedfords and Fords was too old. 

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When you release the parking brake, you quickly have to dump a lot of air into the parking brake system to overcome the springs that hold the brakes on (safety features, run out of air, brakes come on automatically). Depending on the design of the pipes and valves, you get different noises.

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7 minutes ago, lanciamatt said:

Drove up from barnsley to Northumberland today, nearly crashed on a1 near Newcastle, saw a Leyland atlantean come past, people on it too, wonder if it's still in service 

Be on their way to a rally, been there, done it, got the T shirt and broken down more than once ( I used to know the head bolt sequence and torques for an AEC 470 off by heart!).

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some lovely photos! I would not mind in the slightest to see some more :) 

I really must find out where these running days? are announced so I can try and actually make it to one! (I say Try, because sadly my back has scarpered several attempts in the past)

(I know the RMOOA announce them sometimes on their facebook page etc sometimes, one of these days I need to renew my membership with them!)

 

I think I mentioned it before, but I must be the only person who looks forward to tube strikes as it means all the Routemasters and RTs come out to save the day once more :)

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10 minutes ago, LightBulbFun said:

some lovely photos! I would not mind in the slightest to see some more :) 

I really must find out where these running days? are announced so I can try and actually make it to one! (I say Try, because sadly my back has scarpered several attempts in the past)

(I know the RMOOA announce them sometimes on their facebook page etc sometimes, one of these days I need to renew my membership with them!)

 

I think I mentioned it before, but I must be the only person who looks forward to tube strikes as it means all the Routemasters and RTs come out to save the day once more :)

If I remember I'll put some more up before work tomorrow, I'm too knackered at the moment.

 

This wasn't a running day as such, it was a photographic charter organised by Neil Cave of timelineevents.org who do all manner of interesting photography days. They do a few bus events during the year but generally only one a year in London. We had 5 buses at our disposal, departing Brooklands bus museum at 1845 and not returning until 0400 the next day! 

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I've stopped giving way to buses. I got a parking ticket for stopping in a bus stop to run into my favourite butchers to buy some steak pies. I was well out of the way and wasn't causing an obstruction. The camera on the but must have taken a photo and I got the fine in the post.

Buses can all get in the sea from now on as far as I'm concerned.

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1 hour ago, 83C said:

Eh? You parked illegally, got caught doing so by an automated system, but you’re going to take out your frustration with being caught by not giving way to bus drivers?

I don't understand the logic either, I wasn't sure if it was a wind up post or not. 

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Rule 223

Buses, coaches and trams. Give priority to these vehicles when you can do so safely, especially when they signal to pull away from stops. Look out for people getting off a bus or tram and crossing the road.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/the-highway-code/road-users-requiring-extra-care-204-to-225

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13 hours ago, gm said:

excellent photos, do you mind if I 'steal' the third one to use as a desktop wallpaper ? I won't do anything else with it

Please be my guest. I'm not sure if they're uploaded in full resolution so they may not look great as a wallpaper, but let me know if not and I'll put the full resolution one up.

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15 minutes ago, Crackers said:

Please be my guest. I'm not sure if they're uploaded in full resolution so they may not look great as a wallpaper, but let me know if not and I'll put the full resolution one up.

the Autoshite image uploader does tend to shrink images a bit, but depending on rez of his monitor it might be fine still, checking info on my side, the image comes back as 2000x1333

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10 hours ago, LightBulbFun said:

ah your iMac is 2560x1440, so might be worth getting the full rez version from @Crackers assuming it is higher rez :)

The full res is 24Mp, 6000x4000, and does look extremely sharp on a 4k monitor. Will send it tomorrow morning, other teenage escapades have taken priority tonight. 

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Link, which hopefully works, to original size of St Pauls picture here: https://imgur.com/a/Sc0KzIf 

Meanwhile, here's a few more pics.

2 from Horseguards Avenue, 1 from Newbury Park. Might do 1 more post at some point to finish off the Newbury Park images if anyone wants to see them.

 

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They are lovely pictures. Sounds like a great way to spend a night. It's slightly odd to see such familiar places totally empty, looks like the Martians have invaded (but the buses are still running!). I've done a few Routemaster overnighters, always enjoyable. 

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10 hours ago, busmansholiday said:

Lovely pictures those. I've seen similar in  Buses mag a year or two ago. 

Thanks. Didn't know Buses Mag was a thing, perhaps I should send them in. 

 

8 hours ago, Yoss said:

They are lovely pictures. Sounds like a great way to spend a night. It's slightly odd to see such familiar places totally empty, looks like the Martians have invaded (but the buses are still running!). I've done a few Routemaster overnighters, always enjoyable. 

Cheers 👍 It was a good night, quite tiring (enough to send me to sleep on the bus!) but good fun. With the usual caveat at these events, being the miserable old farts who will complain at any opportunity. 

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Me to organiser: 'Can we have the headlights on for just a couple of minutes please?' 

Some stupid fart: 'Who asked for the bloody headlights? They didn't run with them on in service. No I'm not arguing but they didn't. No I'm not arguing.'

OK mate, stick that up your fundamental orifice, I'm 18, never saw them in service, and I literally couldn't care less what you think. We've got hours here and I'm having my way for 2 minutes!

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Buses mag editor;

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Send in a low Res shot(s) first. Alan will get back to you if he wants the full shot. If it's published you get paid, was £15 quid a shot last time I had one in.

As for boring old farts, it's bad to speak ill of the dead, but there was one person on bus tours who was like that. Every bus had to be posed so the sun perfectly illuminated the FNS of the bus. One winter we arrived at an operator to find the vehicles covered in snow. They looked superb, really made a different photo. Guess who went and found a sweeping brush and brushed the snow off them?

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