Tuesday 20 March 2012

Riding buses

Today's post is a selection of different interior shots I've gathered over the years. Interior shots are usually rarer (and harder to get) than exterior shots, but as modelling becomes more advanced and expectations become higher, perhaps the number of interior shots I take should increase. I hope these are of interest - especially to those people out of area who won't get a ride on these buses.

First Hants & Dorset Leyland Olympian 34810 (C410HJN) - this is a shot of the top deck looking backwards. As you can see, First reupholstered the seats before it entered service at FHD.

First Hants & Dorset Dennis Dart 40623 (M254VWW) - this bus came from Leeds and has red covered seats.

A shot from on board a moving 46366 (N466ETR), pictured in service heading for Stubbington on route 72.

BlueStar this time - and this is what will greet you if you ride on of the Scania Omnicitys on route 1 - this bus is 1127 (HF58KCC).

Now withdrawn and scrapped, here is 47306 (N606EBP) - one of 7 UVG Urban Star bodied Darts new to People's Provincial.

First Hants & Dorset Volvo B7TL/Wright Eclipse Gemini 37162 (HY07FSV) - a driver kindly let me board the bus while paused at Hedge End rail station back in 2007, and I was able to get photos of the then brand new buses. This shot is downstairs looking backwards.

I hope these are of interest - it is certainly interesting to see how older buses have the bench rows and the new buses have individual seats. I know I'd rather have the bench row, but for purposes of sitting next to a stranger, perhaps the individual seat is better.


  1. Very interesting shots there... You rarely see the interiors of buses other than when you actually get on one!

    I personally think that the Olympian interior looks much better than the Wright Eclispe!

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  3. Hi,

    Have you thought about adding some of your Solent Blueline/Bluestar pictures to the Bluestar timeline?

    Info can be found here; http://www.bluestarbus.co.uk/feature-article.php?articleid=1215

  4. Shame that C410 HJN didn't retain her lovely plush coach seating from her time in Essex. Far nice than the 'standard' bus seating she later received, although very smart in its own right. Photo below links to my photo of C417 HJN's interior with original seats.


    Not sure if you know, but I have reason to believe that a couple of the N-EDB Darts will be making it into Cornwall for use on the routes that were won from Western Greyhound. Will have to see what comes to fruition on April 1st though!

  5. @ Andi - sorry for the late reply. I believe one of the moderation team has created an account for you. Please let me know if you have any problems :-)

    @ Anon - I may do. Thanks for the idea!

    @ Laurence - I'd heard a rumour about the Darts. Certainly 47302 (N602EBP) has moved up to Bristol apparently for future transfer. Hoeford will have a lot of spare Darts soon, and some are finding new homes already. It will interesting to see where they all end up!

  6. Hi @bus80d I would like you to send me pics of the b7tl geminis in Southampton of interiors and exteriors please.