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VehicleMercedes-Benz O.814 Vario
B22F Plaxton Beaver Mk.II
Number557 (S557 RWP)
OperatorFirst Midland Red Buses Limited, Worcester depot
New (7/98) to Midland Red West Ltd., Worcester. Operator renamed (26/3/99) to First Midland Red Buses Ltd. Passed (4/04) to First Devon & Cornwall Ltd., Plymouth. Withdrawn (11/07). Reinstated (c. 8/08). Withdrawn (?/14)
LocationTedstone Wafre.
DescriptionStopped for a photograph while running out-of-service to Bromyard.
Buses would operate a Service 310 from Worcester to Clifton Upon Teme, then run out-of-service to Bromyard to operate a short-working Service 420 back to Worcester.
DateSaturday 14th October 2000
SourcePhotograph by Dennis Humphries for MidlandRed.net
bringstybeast on Sunday 19th February 2017
Unlikely place to find a bus - Tedstone Wafre. I guess running on from Clifton to Bromyard to do the 420 back when the 317 didn't run on Saturdays?

AdamH on Sunday 19th February 2017
I glad someone finally managed to place this photo as it's been bugging me for ages! Yes, we used to have a turn that ran out-of-service from Clifton to Bromyard to run a short 420 to Worcester, and I remember driving it a number of times. I guess Dennis didn't bother to change the destination display, and that confused me as I assumed it was still in service when the photograph was taken.

AdamH on Sunday 19th February 2017
I have updated the photograph description with the correct information, thank you. This has also reminded me of the time I decided to try a short cut and ran via Little Tedney and Whitbourne... Big mistake! That lane gets very narrow in places and at times I was wondering if I'd be able to get through, especially over that narrow bridge. Luckily I was in a Mercedes L608D that day, anything bigger like a Vario and I'd still be there now. I didn't try that route again!

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