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Back at the end of February this year I was able to take a trip to the London area and do a bit of transit fanning on the various modes. Here's a fairly current look at some of the system: Red route buses: I believe these are all privately owned and operated under contract by a variety of operators. Major operators/contractors in the London network include Abellio, Arriva, London United|RATP Group, Metroline, and Stagecoach. You can find others as well. Common new models are of course the Wrightbus New Routemaster (Borismaster) and also the Gemini 3, and Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 and 400 MMC version. A large number of older Enviro 200, 400, eclipse Gemini and Gemini 2 were also seen. Beyond those there are also some other makes and models depending on the contractor. The electric buses are doing well it seems, route 507 and 521 are run completely with the Alexander Dennis Enviro 200EV on BYD chassis: ...and a short ride clip of one. London Trams Trams serve the Croydon area to the south of London. A mix of equipment is operated, with the older refurbished Bombardier Flexity-Swift CR4000 and newer Stadler Rail Variobahns. London Underground A mix of older and newer equipment is operating. Piccadilly Line was still the 1973 stock while a couple of others I rode were more recent. Open gangways are the standard now for all new trainsets. This helps a bit with some of them ore crowded periods and also with some of the older stations where the back set of doors on the train won't open! I didn't get a lot of photos of the Underground equipment due to the general poor photography conditions in the stations which make for blurry and dark shots, plus all the crowds which make it hard to get clear shot anyways. Here are a few however. DLR - Docklands Light Railway Finally we have the DLR trams, the DLR is completely automated (think Vancouver SkyTrain) and consists of multiple lines around the Docklands area in the southeast of Greater London. The majority of the equipment I observed were the newer Bombardier B07 type. However a few of the older cars were also seen. I was also able to ride once on the Overground, however I didn't get any significant photos, so I'll leave that out. Overall a very impressive system. This is my main photo collection for stations, stops, and vehicles of Transport for London if interested: https://www.flickr.com/photos/thetransitcamera/collections/72157680919743146/
Victoria Coach Station in London opened on 10 March 1932. Over the weekend of 10-12 March 2017 an event was staged to celebrate the 85th birthday. I travelled there on Saturday 11 March and some of the photographs I took on the day may be seen here: http://www.ipernity.com/doc/davidslater-spoddendale/album/968462 David
Hello, Thought id start a new topic as I couldn't find a related one, but recently a few company's from around my area have taken delivery of some new buses so I thought Id share some photos of them with you. Arriva Wakefield 1009 [YY14 LFV] by West Yorkshire Bus Photo's, on Flickr Above is a photo of one of 31 the brand new Alexander Dennis Enviro 200s that have been ordered by Arriva for their Wakefield and Castleford depots. These buses are still in the process of being delivered from Alexander Dennis. They feature e-leather seats and Cummins engines with ZF transmissions. Yorkshire Tiger (Flying Tiger) 793 [YJ14 BWX] by West Yorkshire Bus Photo's, on Flickr Above is a photo of one of 5 brand new Optare Versas V1170 with Euro5 Cummins engines and Allison transmissions that are now in service with Yorkshire Tiger. They have been ordered to a high spec for the popular airport service from Leeds Bus Station and Leeds Bradford International . They will feature Wi-Fi, charging points, luggage racks, next stop announcements, wood effect floor and e-leather seats.