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Crossways - a model bus fleet


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46 minutes ago, Pillar said:

 

Excellent modelling. An unglamorous scene, but it evokes the nostalgic feeling of coming to the end of a long walk in the woods and waiting for the bus home - from a shelter that feels like it sees about four passengers a year!

 

Regarding your decals, which laser printer did you buy? I'm looking for recommendations.

 

Cheers,

 

Liam

Thanks again!

My printer is a Canon - it says it is a MF643Cdw on the front if that means anything to you. I am not up on my laser printers but seems to do the job for myself.

 

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Joining the Crossways fleet is Bova Futura YJ06 HNL, a budget purchase primarily for the schools and contract work that has kept the company ticking over in recent times.

 

Already featuring a wheelchair lift, very little work was required to achieve PSVAR compliance, aside from the addition of destination gear. She will be based at our Kemble depot, arriving just in time to provide services for children of key workers after the February half term holidays.

 

In reality, this is a repainted OOC diecast.

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Nicely done.

 

We had one of those at our depot - the boss usually drove it.  The first time I was allocated it the boss had parked it with the front about an inch from a large concrete block - it had a manual gearbox and the markings had worn off giving no clue as to where reverse was.  Rather than risk finding the wrong gear and hitting the block, I got the boss to move it first.  The manual gearbox was dreadful and finding the right gear was a lottery, especially third when it was common to find first or fifth instead. As for reverse, bang the clutch down hard, two hands on the gearstick, push hard left and if you hear a crunch you are probably in reverse, but maybe first. I hated it, as well as the gears the cab ergonomics were awful, I tried to swap it for something else whenever I was allocated it.  

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22 hours ago, ColinK said:

Nicely done.

 

We had one of those at our depot - the boss usually drove it.  The first time I was allocated it the boss had parked it with the front about an inch from a large concrete block - it had a manual gearbox and the markings had worn off giving no clue as to where reverse was.  Rather than risk finding the wrong gear and hitting the block, I got the boss to move it first.  The manual gearbox was dreadful and finding the right gear was a lottery, especially third when it was common to find first or fifth instead. As for reverse, bang the clutch down hard, two hands on the gearstick, push hard left and if you hear a crunch you are probably in reverse, but maybe first. I hated it, as well as the gears the cab ergonomics were awful, I tried to swap it for something else whenever I was allocated it.  

Many thanks, an interesting story too. Can't say I know much about the real things myself to be honest.

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On 20/02/2021 at 19:24, ColinK said:

Nicely done.

 

We had one of those at our depot - the boss usually drove it.  The first time I was allocated it the boss had parked it with the front about an inch from a large concrete block - it had a manual gearbox and the markings had worn off giving no clue as to where reverse was.  Rather than risk finding the wrong gear and hitting the block, I got the boss to move it first.  The manual gearbox was dreadful and finding the right gear was a lottery, especially third when it was common to find first or fifth instead. As for reverse, bang the clutch down hard, two hands on the gearstick, push hard left and if you hear a crunch you are probably in reverse, but maybe first. I hated it, as well as the gears the cab ergonomics were awful, I tried to swap it for something else whenever I was allocated it.  

They weren’t the most spacious of cabs, my first encounter with one was a Cummins engined demonstrator, Optare were UK agents for Bova for a short while in the early 1990s and offered a Cummins option. I don’t remember too much of it but it was our first dabble with an auto gearbox, the cab was claustrophobic and it lacked any real power.

 

Needless to say it found no fans in an almost all Volvo fleet and its only plus point was 57 seats, which we made good use of during the fortnight we had it as it offered an extra paying passengers.

 

It was an excellent advert for Volvo!

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On 24/04/2021 at 22:13, ColinK said:

Very realistic.  Is the fleet all SORNed at the moment?

Thanks! Perhaps surprisingly no, very busy with schools etc during weekdays, though weekends are quieter at the moment generally

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Hopefully the fleet will have picked up some of the additional capacity contracts funded by DfE to ease over crowding on public buses which carry mainly school children.

 

Weekend rail replacement work from Chippenham the last few weekends would probably have once been a given for Crossways Cirencester depot, but seems to be all covered by First double deckers now.   

 

Hmm, the boundaries between reality and fiction have become blurred; I better get back to the day job writing a report on Post-16 education transport for a local authority not too far from Crossways. 

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On 27/04/2021 at 08:40, HillsideDepot said:

Hopefully the fleet will have picked up some of the additional capacity contracts funded by DfE to ease over crowding on public buses which carry mainly school children.

 

Weekend rail replacement work from Chippenham the last few weekends would probably have once been a given for Crossways Cirencester depot, but seems to be all covered by First double deckers now.   

 

Hmm, the boundaries between reality and fiction have become blurred; I better get back to the day job writing a report on Post-16 education transport for a local authority not too far from Crossways. 

Sorry for the delayed response, that report sounds interesting though!

 

In fairness a few local operators have been working on rail recently alongside first, which bodes well for Crossways

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Joining the Crossways fleet today is BF15 KGG, a late model Volvo/ Sunsundegui Sideral. She is the fleet's most youthful addition for some time, a sign of the company's ongoing recovery after the initial scare caused by the Coronavirus pandemic last year. Once destination equipment has been fitted, the coach will see use on a wide range of coach work including private hires, schools, tours, etc.

 

The model is produced from the MBF resin kit.

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