Monday, 6 December 2010

Snow Report - part 3

The final part of my snow report comes from Cosham and returns back to buses. Having caught the train up from Portchester to Cosham, I found that there were more buses around than last year on day two of the snow. Whether this reflects a lighter snowfall, better management, and benefit from experience is open to debate- I suggest it is a part of all three. Anyway, to the buses...
I'll start off with Stagecoach, who were out and about on route 23 (Leigh Park - Southsea) seemingly unaffected by the snow. Last year route 23 was cut during the snow and operated between Farlington and Portsmouth city centre. The Enviro300s were also out - although it was more "Skate" than "Surf" for the branding... first up is Enviro 27562 (GX58GNJ) seen with Portsdown Hill in the misty background. The second photo illustrates 27555 (GX58GMG) pulling away from the stand at the Health Centre.
There were some odd workings from First Hants & Dorset about. When I arrived, route 1/1C were in the process of being transferred from Hilsea depot over to the usual operator, Hoeford depot. Here is former London Dennis Dart SLF 41165 (R165TLM), pictured heading for Southsea on route 1.
Another route in the process of changing over from Hilsea to Hoeford was route 5. Former First Midland Red 52558 (S558RWP) is seen with the destination set for Fareham, although in reality the bus emptied at this stop and returned to Portsmouth. Like last year, minibuses from Hilsea operated the first routes in Portsmouth after the snow.

By mid morning, Hoeford were out on their regular routes. Here is 42112 (R612YCR) pictured at Cosham bus interchange heading for Southsea on route 1C. Going the other way, the 1C did take some time to return to Paulsgrove, and terminated at QA Hospital at the time this photo was taken.

Routes 40 and 41 took some time to return to service. Only one bus was out on the 40 until Thursday lunchtime, and route 41 operated a shuttle service at reduced frequency between The Hard and Waterlooville. Here are both services in Cosham - operated by 69392 (HY09AOR) on the left operating route 41, with 69384 (HY09AKF) on the right operating route 40.

Finally for this evening, here is my former arch-nemisis 69393 (HY09AZD) - the only Volvo B7RLE at Hilsea I hadn't managed to photograph yet. Thursday finally gave me that oppurtunity - and here she is heading from Waterlooville for The Hard, pictured on route 41. Thanks for viewing over the last few days; I'll move away from the snow theme now until it returns again.

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