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Last updated: 31 October 2017

 
     
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For November’s Photo of the Month, we have selected one of the more recent arrivals at Hoeford depot – Transbus Trident II 33183 (LR02 LZC), one of a number to move to Hoeford at the start of the academic year in September. The origin of these transfers lies within the New Forest…For the first time, First Hampshire & Dorset has won the Brockenhurst College bus contract, an operation they share with RATP Yellow Buses (Bournemouth Transport). Due to this, all of the high capacity East Lancs Myllenium bodied Tridents previously based at Hoeford have moved back to Southampton, including 32763 (WJ55 CSF), which was the control bus at August’s Stokes Bay rally. 

33183 is one of three Tridents which have moved to Hoeford with this change-around (the others being sisters 33158 and 33182, both arriving from Weymouth), supplemented with the loan-return of 33141 and 33142 which have been on loan for the summer to Weymouth. 33183 was new to First Centrewest (London) in August 2002. After spending many years operating as a dual-door bus in London Red, 33183 first moved briefly to First Eastern Counties at Norwich, before settling for just over a year at First Berkshire’s Bracknell depot. When this closed in August 2015, 33183 moved to the South Coast, first to Southampton and then Weymouth. As you can see, it is a very well-travelled Trident! On 23 September 2017, I managed to take this shot of 33183 as I was heading out. I had just turned out of my road when I saw 33183 heading through on an X4 for Southampton. With some quick thinking, I positioned myself along Church Road in Locks Heath in a sun-friendly position. Due to overtaking parked cars, it appears that 33183 is driving on the wrong side of the road; however, it was perfectly safe and very quiet at the time – it also negated the ever-growing shadows! 

Photo and text by James May

 
 
 
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This picture was taken by John Sherwin at Portchester on 24 October 2015 and shows 55 as it was then. 9 October 2017 marks the 75th anniversary of the Guy's arrival at Hoeford. Unfortunately, it is not roadworthy at the moment, but we hope that we can take it for a commemorative ride around the area soon.

 
 
 
 

NEW VEHICLES

ADL E200MMC (Eclipse)

Fleet Number Reg No Status
67172 YX66 WBJ In Service
67173 YX66 WBL In Service
67174 YX66 WBM In Service
67175 YX66 WBN  In Service
67176 YX66 WBO In Service
67177 YX66 WBP In Service
67178 YX66 WBT In Service
67179 YX66 WBU In Service
67180 YX66 WBV In Service
67181 YX66 WBW In Service
67182 YX66 WBY In Service
67183 YX66 WBZ In Service
67184 YX66 WCA In Service
67185 YX66 WCC In Service
67186 YX66 WCD In Service
67187 YX66 WCE In Service
67188 YX66 WCG In Service
 
 

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