Where Are They Now ?
Photographer Jamie Dyke took this picture of reliveried 20111 in mid January 2009 - just over 2 weeks since its final use on the X1. It is pictured at First Hants & Dorset's Southampton Portswood depot looking very smart. Jamie adds that the FHD coaches are a rare breed to track down and 111 may be found working off Dorchester depot, quite often on the daily 253 service to Beaminster. See the blog of 24th September 2008 for a picture of 20111 as we remember her.
20509 AO02RDU seen approaching Glasgow Buchanan Street on an X11 service recently. One thing retained from its East Anglian use is the yellow sticker to the right of the passenger door informing boarders that their may be CCTV in operation. Check out the 26th October 2008 blog for a final look at 509 in Excel livery. Photo : Andrew Shirley
This is our old friend 20507 in its new X11 express livery and branded for the Newmains to Glasgow service. The blog of September 1st 2008 features a photo of 507 as she was. Photo by kind permission of Andrew Shirley.
I was going to make a small feature on the whereabouts of the coaches which left the X1 route at the turn of the year, but having secured permission from the photographers Jamie Dyke and Andrew Shirley, I promptly lost all my retained emails with their details ! Anyway I can now show some pictures taken in Scotland by Andrew and at Portswood, Southampton by Jamie of our old stalwarts in new guises. I may feature more of our old coaches in a future blog.
Check out more of Andrew's comprehensive collection of First Glasgow photos at :http://1276-busstop-firstglasgow.fotopic.net/
Jamie has a large site on Fotopic.net at : http://buspicssouth.fotopic.net/
Many thanks to Andrew and Jamie for agreeing for me to use their pictures in this blog.