'Spare Bus' Citaros

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'Spare Bus' Citaros

Post by Matt » 18:53 Tuesday 19th February 2019

Thought it may be worth splitting any continued sightings/discussions regarding the 'spare buses' into a separate topic. :)

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Re: 'Spare Bus' Citaros

Post by Matt » 19:06 Tuesday 19th February 2019

I've noticed that there is almost daily (for over a week), a spare bus on a 144A running card in the early evening.

I wonder anyone pointed out to the despatchers/management that a spare bus fails to be such if it is regularly rostered. There again, maybe it just occoured that an off route/spare bus was used previously, it is just that the livery makes it obvious.

Are First short of vehicles or is it genuinely filling in for an off the road vehicle in for repair?

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Re: 'Spare Bus' Citaros

Post by DD12 » 21:57 Tuesday 19th February 2019

A good idea Matt, to start this thread !!

I'm sure this "innovation" will give us plenty to discuss in the future, and
I'll be interested to see how things settle down with the new timetables from next week.

A further "quirk" so far, is on the tracking service fleet list, they have listed 64033, 35, AND, at the bottom, "Worcester Spare Bus" ! -- -- it will be great fun if they manage (in the future) to show three buses in three different places at the same time !!!

https://bustimes.org/operators/first-mi ... d/vehicles

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Re: 'Spare Bus' Citaros

Post by DD12 » 22:30 Tuesday 19th February 2019

P.S. -- a further clever trick, according to the tracking service, is that 64033 did BOTH the Worcester 18.10 X50 to Pershore, AND departed from Evesham on the 18.10 X50 to Worcester !! (no mean feat).

--- unless of course it's MY faulty brain again !

https://bustimes.org/vehicles/35138

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Re: 'Spare Bus' Citaros

Post by AdamH » 00:03 Wednesday 20th February 2019

Matt wrote:
19:06 Tuesday 19th February 2019
Are First short of vehicles or is it genuinely filling in for an off the road vehicle in for repair?
At the time of my departing First, there was a running card with “Spare Bus” marked in the vehicle type box. Therefore in theory one should be on the same routes every day. No, I couldn’t see the point in that either.

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Re: 'Spare Bus' Citaros

Post by willr7 » 18:51 Monday 25th February 2019

DD12 wrote:
21:57 Tuesday 19th February 2019
A good idea Matt, to start this thread !!

I'm sure this "innovation" will give us plenty to discuss in the future, and
I'll be interested to see how things settle down with the new timetables from next week.

A further "quirk" so far, is on the tracking service fleet list, they have listed 64033, 35, AND, at the bottom, "Worcester Spare Bus" ! -- -- it will be great fun if they manage (in the future) to show three buses in three different places at the same time !!!

https://bustimes.org/operators/first-mi ... d/vehicles
I too have been wondering what the third ‘spare bus’ is :lol: I thought maybe it was/is one of the withdrawn darts, as there fleet numbers are not listed on the tracker anymore. Maybe one of them was used after they were officially withdrawn and it was just marked as a ‘spare bus’ (I’m probably completely wrong though) :roll: :lol:

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Re: 'Spare Bus' Citaros

Post by SEVERNLINK » 18:44 Tuesday 26th March 2019

64035 on this afternoons S45. :o

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Re: 'Spare Bus' Citaros

Post by ANDREW » 15:51 Tuesday 6th August 2019

64033 on a 144a earlier. :)

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Re: 'Spare Bus' Citaros

Post by ANDREW » 17:37 Tuesday 13th August 2019

ANDREW wrote:
15:51 Tuesday 6th August 2019
64033 on a 144a earlier. :)
And again this afternoon. :roll:

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Re: 'Spare Bus' Citaros

Post by Brendan » 21:36 Tuesday 13th August 2019

And a full 144 this evening

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