Worcester's DD usage.

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Re: Worcester's DD usage.

Post by DD12 » 22:13 Friday 28th February 2020

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13:59 Monday 24th February 2020
..... well no sign of it at the depot, -- nor at Crowngate, -- and no further usage reported by the tracker ..... :?
Well, I knew it was possible for a vehicle to have a ticket machine swapped out of another vehicle, but the above "misinformation" has been my biggest TRACKER disappointment yet !!
Usually, a few simple checks will reveal any false information, and it SHOULD have been possible to check the First Potteries section of bustimes.org to see if 32647 was also claimed to be in use there on the same day, BUT the Potteries section of the tracker has never worked properly ( - does anyone know why ??)

It was quite a reasonable possibility that 32647 had been transferred to Worcester, as we were apparently expecting 32643 - 46 from Leicester, but 32643 has gone to Potteries instead.

Also, it was a reasonable possibility that it had worked the 363 / S51 as claimed, -- -- in recent times FMR has been varying the services that DDs are used on, and they've become regulars on an early morning 51 / X50 (schooldays), X50 (14.10 onwards - schooldays), and the afternoon S50.

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Re: Worcester's DD usage.

Post by SEVERNLINK » 07:14 Friday 6th March 2020

Just seen a StreetDeck on the 0630 Bromsgrove-Worcester 144 this service is usually operated by 32066/7 which then goes on to work the S2 :geek:

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Re: Worcester's DD usage.

Post by DD12 » 11:09 Thursday 9th April 2020

35156 is apparently on the 30 today, and is the first WR DD to be used on any service for some time.
Suggests to me that "social distancing" (and loadings) might be a factor (?)

Maybe we will see one or two more return to service if First claim government money ??

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Re: Worcester's DD usage.

Post by bmmoboy » 17:25 Thursday 9th April 2020

35156 was also out for several hours yesterday (Wednesday), I think that it was used to type train a new driver.

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Re: Worcester's DD usage.

Post by AdamH » 08:15 Friday 10th April 2020

New driver? 😲

Surly they are not still taking people on?

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Re: Worcester's DD usage.

Post by bmmoboy » 19:34 Friday 10th April 2020

Yes - he passed his test around a month ago

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Re: Worcester's DD usage.

Post by DD12 » 12:41 Sunday 19th April 2020

35156 is almost permanently on the 30 now, during the lock-down, and I find it interesting ( and rather ironic ) that, according to the tracker, 35156 is on it today - Sunday !!

Normally FMR / WR does not use any DDs on Sundays ( - except perhaps for the occasional Sunday rugby services).

Of course there is the slight chance that the ticket machine has been taken out of 35156 and put into a single-decker (?) -- -- I cannot justify travelling to central Worcester to have a look, so can anyone confirm it really is 35156 on the 30 today please ??
;)

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Re: Worcester's DD usage.

Post by lrew120585 » 12:53 Sunday 19th April 2020

I’ve seen it virtually every day this week on the 30 service

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Re: Worcester's DD usage.

Post by bmmoboy » 21:07 Sunday 19th April 2020

35156 is being used on 30's because the residents of Dines Green don't appear to understand the meaning of the phrase "Stay at Home". The extra capacity is to cope with the numbers of passengers so that they can sit two seats apart.
It was on 30's yesterday until around 5.30, when it was swapped for a single deck, it them worked the 18.30 to Birmingham.

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Re: Worcester's DD usage.

Post by DD12 » 21:25 Sunday 19th April 2020

bmmoboy wrote:
21:07 Sunday 19th April 2020
35156 is being used on 30's because the residents of Dines Green don't appear to understand the meaning of the phrase "Stay at Home". The extra capacity is to cope with the numbers of passengers so that they can sit two seats apart.
It was on 30's yesterday until around 5.30, when it was swapped for a single deck, it them worked the 18.30 to Birmingham.
Interesting, - thanks bmmoboy !

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