30/03/2015

South East Bus Festival 2015 - part 1

Saturday 28th March saw the annual South East Bus Festival take place at the Kent Showground in Detling. Established in 2011 the event which is supported by Arriva has continued to grow in popularity and this year saw 112 buses and coaches, a mixture of modern and classic in attendance, just under 40 of which took part in the operation a free bus service running a circular route around the large showground site. Our regular correspondent David Bell made the long journey to Kent for the event and has kindly sent us a selection of photographs to share with you here on the blog - enjoy!

South East Bus Festival 2015 (c) David Bell
First up is a bus of local interest! Former Norfolk Green Irisbus Agoraline GX07 BAU is seen here still wearing base Coasthopper livery with new owners Nu Venture, it carries fleet number 898 (c) David Bell.

South East Bus Festival 2015 (c) David Bell
Next up is another vehicle from Nu Venture, Leyland Titan A907 SYE which dates from 1983 and was new to London Buses as T907 (c) David Bell.

South East Bus Festival 2015 (c) David Bell
An interesting Leyland National 2 is pictured here, Q255 GRW which dates from 1981 started life with Dunlop Automotive Division where it was used to evaluate bus tyres on a test track, it later passed to East Kent entering regular service on Hoverspeed shuttle services at Dover in 1988 (c) David Bell.

South East Bus Festival 2015 (c) David Bell
Back to modern now for this shot of Arriva Wright Commander bodied VDL SB200 GN04 UGD which wears special branding for Park & Ride services in Maidstone (c) David Bell.

South East Bus Festival 2015 (c) David Bell
The penultimate photo in this part shows ASD Coaches Alexander ALX400 bodied Transbus Trident Y19 ASD, this bus was previously London United TA337 SN03 EBJ (c) David Bell.

South East Bus Festival 2015 (c) David Bell
We finish this part with an interesting non PCV, The Big Red Bar M697 HPF is an East Lancs bodied Volvo Olympian new to London & Country in 1994 (c) David Bell.

Many thanks to David Bell for the photos included in this feature, look out for the second part - coming soon!