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First Eastern Counties Dennis Enviro 400MMC bodied Scania YN69 XZM at Peterborough Railway Station on the B service.

Car: Lotus Excel SE.

Date of first registration: 9th January 1988.

Registration region: Guildford.

Latest recorded mileage: 9,111 (MOT 9th August 2019).

 

Date taken: 20th November 2019.

Album: Street Spots

Shortly before withdrawal from the fleet, Express Motors Optare Excel EXI 790 exits Caernarfon on route 88 to Llanberis via Llanrug & Cwm-y-Glo. As X964 BPA this bus was new to Reading Buses where it was numbered 964.

 

A Lotus Excel at the Hamburg Motor Classics.

Seen waiting to start the days work in First's Searle Crescent, Weston bus depot is one of the Excel branded E400s. This example is one of the former London examples used on the service. I rather think this branding is smart and eye catching.

 

First West of England's LK08 FLA (33508) is seen early on a Sunday morning in the Weston-Super-Mare depot. Excel is the branding used for services with an 'X' that run out of Bristol. It is also used for the X1 between Norwich and Peterborough. LK08FLA was new in May 2008 to First Capital, as their DN33508 to the typical TFL specification. DN 33508 then left London and went to Leicester for use on local services such as the 22 and 54 with some sister vehicles gaining branding for these services. After leaving Leicester, it moved to the West of England for use in Bristol, but was later transferred down to Weston. It is an Alexander Dennis Trident 2/Alexander Dennis (ADL) Enviro 400.

Express Motors Optare Excels EXI 790 and Y248 DRC are pictured in Penygroes depot. The former was new as 964 to Reading Transport where it was registered X964 BPA while the latter was new to Trent Barton as their 248.

 

Daytime long exposure shot at ExCeL Marina Royal Victoria Dock, London. In the background you see the O2 and the Emirates Cable Cars.

 

HSS Everyone!

night shot of the Excel's panel featuring Primus1000 avionics... (Feb '05)

Back around 2003 our local bus enthusiast club went for a ride around South Staffs aboard an ex Ipswich AEC Regent V, visiting a few garages and stopping off for lunch ... the latter always being of paramount importance.

The largest of the firms visited that day was Choice Travel, a business founded in the early 1990s. The fleet contained quite a variety of vehicles at the time and included Dennis Falcons, Leyland Leopards and Tigers, various minubuses and these quite youthful Optare Excels.

I have had limited experience of the Excel and I suppose in that, I've been spared the traumas which various operators of the type appear to have experienced. If nothing else, they were visually a stylish bus and certainly would have created a favourable impression with intending passengers as they pulled up at a stop.

Without researching its history on the net, I'm going to guess that R741 BUJ, by its Shropshire reg. and livery, was formerly something to do with the Williamson's of Shrewsbury business? I believe the Choice business , after being re-named Midland Choice, was absorbed into the Arriva empire circa 2012 but I could be wrong.

Notts & Derby Optare Excel 264 - Y264 DRC lays over in Derby bus station before operating route 11 to Ilkeston Hospital.

47561 (SN64CLO) Route X4 at Sheepway, Conference Close

Totally still River Thames, enabling this reflection shot to be taken. The ExCeL Centre is on the right.

32356 (LK53LZV) Route X4 at Portishead, Combe Road

Not the best of shot, was a bit rushed for time, need to go back here with a stand and the proper gear, including gloves, it was freezing!

32338 (LK53LYY) Route X3 at Portishead, Waitrose

Shannon's Classic, Eastern Creek, NSW August 2017

After initially being withdrawn a couple of weeks ago the Excels have had a revival as the new service changes has lead to more buses being needed. 225 is seen at Starr Gate afer completing it's duty on the 1. sister 224 was on the 14 as well today making the grand total of 2 excels being in service today

First Eastern Counties

Scania N250UD / Alexander Dennis Enviro400 MMC City

36909 - YN69XZO

Seen on Excel service B in Peterborough Bus Station.

 

A very generic shot, I know, of these stunning new E400Citys, though it was all I had time for in Peterborough yesterday! A day out to be had some day...

Optare Excels Y546 DTO (546) Y257 DRC (257) and Y261 DRC (261) sit on display at Showbus 2017

Seen at AMRTM, Aldridge is preserved former West Midlands Optare Excel S693YOL.

 

This vehicle spent its entire service life based at Wolverhmapton's Park Lane garage.

Excel & OpenOffice Calc keyboard shortcuts for faster navigation.

1989 Lotus Excel.

 

Registered as a Lotus Eclat.

Last SORN declaration expired in November 2013 and last MoT test expired in December 2007.

33556 (SN58CGG) and 33829 (SN63MYM) Routes X3 and X4 at Portishead, Combe Road

Iphonography shot from London's Excel exhibition centre

Just giving a little life-sign, this is done in Excel and then just used the aquarell-filter in Photoshop ^^

I'm very bussy this week, gonna reply on comments and stuff next week.

bay area graffiti, CA

33813 YX63LKA seen at Peterborough, Queensgate Bus Station about to start a trip on route XL towards Norwich.

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