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Showbus - Woburn

20th September 2015

 

I attended Showbus at Woburn today with my wife and daughter and it was good to meet up with regular contributors Bob Belcher and John Bennett. The day was fine with sunny intervals and the temperature about 19 degrees. There is no model news to report from the Show. I took photographs of many of the buses that attended, I do not know how many there were but there seemed to be fewer than in previous years judging by the number of photographs I took (although I stand to be corrected if I am wrong on this).

With regards the site, there were a number of problems evident throughout the day. There was a distinct lack of road signposts for the event which caused me some confusion when my sat nav (post code taken from the Showbus website) decided to take me in a different direction to the traffic in the centre of Woburn village. Secondly, it took over 3/4 of an hour to get from the park gate in Woburn village to the car park. A friend of mine walked back to the rally site from the park entrance faster than the traffic on the road (I suppose the drive was about a mile+ long). Thirdly, the ground underfoot was soft which caused a number of buses to get bogged down. A large crowd gathered to watch a tri-axle coach being dragged out. The buses getting stuck then caused a massive backlog of buses waiting to get on the site. There were still buses entering the rally site at 14:00, and I spoke to one driver in a queue of approximately 50 that I photographed on the driveway who told me that he had been waiting for 3 hours to get in! I spoke to another visitor who told me that he had come on an organised trip to the event and the passengers got off the bus and walked onto the rally site. There was next to no mobile phone coverage on the site which caused problems for some traders relying on a mobile signal for their credit card machines to work. Finally, I did not see any designated parking for disabled visitors and saw a gentleman on his disabled scooter struggling on the very uneven ground to drive back to his car in the car park. I also spoke with a disabled lady who I met on the rally site who struggled to walk and she said she had not seen any designated parking and it was causing her issues getting around.

On a positive note, being in a different location to the usual Duxford there were many buses that I had not seen before so I had a very enjoyable walk around the event taking photographs. I hope you enjoy a small selection of vehicles that were on display.


MODELS FROM THE SHOW
 

There was NO model news to report from this years show

 



 

REAL BUSES

Please see photographs of a selection of vehicles from the Show which for one reason or another caught my eye.

 

Click here for a higher resolution image ADL ENVIRO400 - READING BUSES

This photograph shows fleet number 1211 (KX59 GNV) in Lion livery. Parked behind can be seen Southend Transport - Van Hool Astromega (See photograph and text below).

Photograph British Model Buses



Click here for a higher resolution image ADL ENVIRO400 - STAGECOACH LONDON

This photograph shows fleet number 19000 (LX55 HGC) "Spirit of London".  I will be travelling on this bus on 17th October 2015 on the Visions International - London Bus Club "2nd Stagecoach Bash" tour to a number of Stagecoach depots.

Photograph British Model Buses



Click here for a higher resolution image ADL ENVIRO400 MMC - STAGECOACH LONDON - New 24/09/2015

This photograph shows fleet number 10301 (YY15 OYS). On 28th June this year I was able to photograph 10301 in the Stagecoach, North Street, Romford Depot when brand new having just been delivered and minus its fleet markings etc CLICK HERE

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Click here for a higher resolution image ROUTEMASTER RML - LONDON TRANSPORT - New 24/09/2015

This photograph shows fleet number RML2700 (SMK 700F). This is the actual vehicle represented earlier in its life as EFE model 31901A

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Click here for a higher resolution image VAN HOOL ASTROMEGA TD824 - SOUTHEND TRANSPORT 
This photograph shows the recently restored fleet number 245 (JEX 245Y) which is now operated by Ensignbus. I will be travelling on this bus on Saturday 26th September on the Visions International - London Bus Club "Astro on the X1" tour following the original X1 route from Southend to Reading.

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This page last updated Thursday, 24 September 2015

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