Many years ago a trip to Doncaster was special, for
several reasons: the Doncaster Transport buses with their bizarre red &
purple livery, National Bus Company red from Yorkshire Traction and green
from East Midland, and a host of independents, many found lurking out at
the Christ Church terminus. Much has changed since then, such that First
Mainline is the dominant force and many of the independents have gone. A
return trip was long overdue, and so I took a trip from my family's home
in Sheffield late last year. The light was very poor to the extent that
only stationary or near-stationary buses yielded sharp images, so many of
the photos are taken at the South Bus Station, partially under cover. Nevertheless,
a good cross-section of buses was snapped (except Yorkshire Traction, for
some unknown reason). As usual, click on the thumbnail for a full-size image
(approx 800x600 pixels).
Not in Doncaster, but snapped at Meadowhall interchange whilst
I waited for the bus to Doncaster was this twin-chimneyed Dennis Dart
with Plaxton bodywork, Powells 26 which originated with London Northern..
First of many photos taken at the South Bus Station is Leon 164,
originally one of the first Leyland Olympians delivered to Greater Manchester
PTE some 20 years ago. As is often the case with GMPTE buses, the bodywork
is by Northern Counties. Why route number 9 was displayed is not clear
to me. Several Leon buses I saw displayed no route number.
Also under the roof is shiny East Midland 855, an Alexander bodied
Dennis Dart SLF new in 1996 to Stagecoach London as its SLD2.
By the time this page is uploaded the Stagecoach buses will have been
renumbered into a single nationwide series.,
Even more under the roof is Road Car 307, a 1993 Wright bodied
Dennis Dart. In the background is a Yorkhire Traction version of the same
combination, and later on Powells and Mainline produced a few as well.
First Mainline 2498 giving me a bit of a nostalgia trip by sporting
the livery used by Doncaster Transport prior to the takeover by South Yorkshire
PTE in 1974 (almost 30 years ago!!!!). It is an East Lancs bodied Dennis
Dominator dating from 1988 and which originated with First Citybus, Southampton,
via First Capital.
Leaving South Bus Station for somewhere very shy about revealing
its name is East Midland Dennis Dart 815, which came from Stagecoach London,
although I have a feeling it started life as one of the buses used by Docklands
Transit on the 106 in London. Clarification would be welcome.
Also at the South Bus Station is East Midland 359,
a 1992 "standard issue" Leyland Olympian with Alexander RL bodywork, wearing
the new livery.
On its way to somewhere anonymous is Road Car 328, a 1995 East
Lancs bodied Volvo B6-50. It is unusual for me to see a B6 with anything
other than an Alexander body.
Powells version of the Wright bodied Dennis Dart is represented
by no 30, with one piece windscreen. It makes an interesting contrast,
as do the other Darts and Dart SLFs in the Powells fleet which operate
in the Rotherham & Doncaster area, with the very elderly Metrobuses
and Olympians which are seen in Sheffield competing with First Mainline.