Sunday, 4 September 2011

Sunday Lost Scenes #2

My Sunday Lost Scene today is a view of Bude outstation in North Cornwall, photographed on 30th July 2006.


Bude was once a large First Western National/First Devon & Cornwall operating centre. Pre-2002, First Western National operated into Bude on the 122/124 from Boscastle, Tintagel and Newquay, the X3 and X4 from Truro, the X76 from Plymouth, and more. The network was then cut back a lot - Western Greyhound took over the 122/124 and more - but the allocation for Bude was still quite substantial in 2006. Routes operated from the depot were:
  • Bude town service 128 - which is still operated by FDC.
  • X9 Bude - Exeter, using three Volvo B7R coaches rather than the Enviro400s of today.
  • 85 to Holsworthy and Barnstaple, now operated by Stagecoach
  • 285 to Holsworthy, now withdrawn and covered by First's X9, some WGH services and a dial-a-ride service
  • 319 to Hartland - now covered by WGH's service.
  • one bus was used on the X8 Bude - Plymouth - PVR was 3 at this point - the other two buses were supplied by Plymouth.
Pictured from left to right:
  • 20412 - S312SCV
  • 20145 - S315SRL
  • 42434 - P434ORL
  • 42430 - P430ORL
  • 52566 - S866NOD
  • 20352 - WA05UNE
  • 52531 - S531RWP
  • 47111 - P411MLA
  • 42783 - S683SNG - now with First Hants & Dorset at Hoeford.
  • 20108 - N608APU
  • 46230 - N22BLU
None of the above buses are in service with First Devon & Cornwall today on route work. Coaches 20108 and 20412 are still in service with the company, as is 20145 but it is withdrawn with accident damage.

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