Vehicle and Fleet discussions for First Midland Red Buses Limited or its predecessor, Midland Red West Limited.
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This photo of 66845 in action close to Padmore Street was taken at lunchtime on Monday 2 August and is reproduced courtesy of Bob Hemming. This bus has evaded my camera; I always seem to be sat on a 37 in Crowngate Bus station when it is driven through, or doing some work on my front garden without a camera when it is used to 'route learn' the 37.
It will probably be going past your house quite a few times over the next few months, as First are trying to recruit many drivers to cover for the current shortfall (around 20 drivers short at the moment). We currently have a number of drivers from Stoke at the moment.
It was by pure luck that I was scanning the bustimes.org website fleetlist at 10-25 am and noted that 66845 had departed Crowngate bus station at 10-10 am on a '37'; grabbed my camera and as I sat down by the bedroom window the training bus came into view. Time from realising the bus was working my route to taking the photograph less than one minute! Shame the bus is in the shade and the houses in the background are over exposed in bright sunshine though.
It is the hardest vehicle to photograph in action because all the other service buses on the road follow set turns (especially City 'track' running cards) and it is fairly easy to predict where they will be at any given time using bustimes.org, whereas the instructor and driver are probably the only personnel who know where they are going in 66845.
Could you possibly tell us, please, bmmoboy , how many drivers WR should have for the current operations (??)bmmoboy wrote: ↑21:59 Thursday 13th January 2022It will probably be going past your house quite a few times over the next few months, as First are trying to recruit many drivers to cover for the current shortfall (around 20 drivers short at the moment). We currently have a number of drivers from Stoke at the moment.
I am very pleased that First are able to bring-in drivers from anywhere, - and willing to pay for their overnight accommodation here in Worcester (??) -- or do they come down and go back all in 24 hours ??
It also explains why I saw a 32 about to go up the London Road, the other day !!
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