Observations from all around London

A nice, basic idea - showing you observations of buses from all corners of this great city. It will keep you up to speed on London's buzzing bus scene throughout the Summer and Autumn.

First up is Abellio's 8318 (BX54 DLU) seen on loan to Go-Ahead London who gained Abellio's route 100, between Elephant & Castle Newington Causeway and Shadwell Station.

The new buses should be arriving towards the end of November or the start of December.

Next up in line is Barking's (DX) T24 on route 135 seen at Isle of Dogs ASDA on a sunny day, owned by Arriva London. This is one of three Enviro 400s at Barking garage which has a special registration plate. This bus carries '324 CLT', although when delivered was LJ08 CUX for the start of then-new route 135. Next year, the route has been unfortunately lost to Go-Ahead. 

I did this route, and I think this is one of the best routes London has to offer, it's fast, frequent and definitely most interesting.

Seen after is recently acquired by RATP group, DE91 (YX11 FZT) seen on a quiet Sunday afternoon in Chaplin Road, Wembley whilst working route H17 towards Harrow Bus Station. The bus had gained new LS RATP logos.
This observation is an interesting one, as Ensignbus' RT8 (FXT 183) is seen parading about Tower Hill in the sunset whilst on Private Hire. Route 11, between Fulham Broadway and Liverpool Street Station, is to be operated by a large number (17, to be exact) of heritage vehicles on the Sunday 2nd November 2014. Could this be one of the vehicles used?
Go-Ahead London's ELS5 (YU02 GHD) on route 42 towards Liverpool Street Station. The bus had just crossed Tower Bridge. This is the only batch of East Lancs Myllenium Single Deckers, which are on a Scania Chassis.
Another Go-Ahead bus, this one is an ex-First London one, DMN5 is seen void of any destination blinds whilst serving route 193 at Romford Station towards what should be displayed, County Park Estate (Essex Gardens). The route 193 is allocated the one-door 8.9m version (DMS), however the longer ones intended for school routes 646 and 648 often stray every now and then.
Seen here is ex-Arriva London D13, then 3524 at Arriva Southern Counties acting as a spare on route 499 between Heath Park Estate in Becontree and Gallows Corner, Tesco. 

This photograph was taken at Queen's Hospital, Romford on the last official day of 3524's TfL operation. The bus has been since moved to the provinces. 
Seen here is recently refurbished TE1720 (SN09 CEA) on Bakerloo Line rail replacement duties at Sudbury, Bridgewater Road (Where buses stand as there is usually an enhanced service between Queen's Park and Wembley Central).

This bus prior to June 2014 worked on routes E1 and E3 which terminated at Greenford Clifton Road and Ealing Broadway (E1)/ Chiswick, Edensor Road (E3). However, both routes were lost respectively to Abellio and RATP Group. This bus will later take duties on routes 282 and 482, when 482 is taken over early next year. Meanwhile, other buses from this batch have received refurbishment whilst others have been transferred for a mere 6 weeks for route 91. TE1751 (SN09 CGV), the last of the batch has a 'Visit Dubai' advert.

To round off our post, here's something from the Docklands, Silvertown (SI) SE150 YX61 DTV on route D8 towards Stratford International is seen at Isle Of Dogs Asda, in Crossharbour. This is one of 5 actual E20Ds/ New-Style Enviro 200s at SI. These buses are specifically allocated to route D8 and is actually quite a rare find if you see them on 276, 549 or route D6. 

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  1. the route 100 is now operating at London General from Mandela Way Garage and the route 100 will soon get E20D/Enviro 200 Flywheel Hybrid single deckers and can't wait to see hybrid on route 100 and the buses is hired from Abelio London until new hybrids arrive. These are the first E20Ds for London that will be fitted in due course with the electric - flywheel technology. Several more batches of E20Ds are due in the coming months for similar treatment and are for routes 100,

  2. Please remove the title of this post; the Random Obs series is copyright to London Buses On The Go..... Please remove immediately. Not impressed.

    1. LBOTG, I am extremely sorry - I forgot this was your title, I will change it immediately.