Mercedes L608D

Overview

In the autumn of 1985 Midland Red West joined the national urban minibus bandwagon. Under the Transport 1980 the government had altered driver licensing so as to introduce additional categories 3 and 4 for minibus driving entitlement as well as 1 (for double deckers) and 2 (for any single deckers). The idea was that by encouraging the introduction of minibuses it would help to save rural bus routes where bus use was most in decline. However, the Managing Director of Devon General, Harry Blundred, decided to convert urban bus services to high frequency minibus and so he start the bandwagon of using 16-seat minibuses. Midland Red West didnít join the minibus phenomenon straight away and when the company did it opted for 20-seat vehicles and so 61 Mercedes 608D vehicles were ordered for Worcester garage. Midland Red West paid around £19,000 a vehicle and they were to have an operational life of eight years. As it happened the company go its moneys worth from the vehicles as may lasted virtually twice their original expected life. After the introduction of the Worcester network on Saturday 23rd November 1985 which was branded Citibus the company went onto to introduce similar networks in Kidderminster on 8th March 1986 branded as Wyre Forest Shuttle and in Redditch on 18th April 1986 as Reddilink. With the introduction of a blue and mainly yellow livery with the Worcester network the drivers christened the vehicles "Tonka Toys" Ė the vehicles turned out to be quiet indestructible like the toys are as many car drivers found when they were in an accident with one. Midland Red West/First Midland Red owned and or operated a total of 154 Mercedes 608D vehicles. This includes the five vehicles that were hired and used in late 1985 and early 1986 as driver trainers. These five vehicles were as follows

Registration Number

Fleet Number

Body type

Seating Capacity

Use with MRW

A648VOJ

-

Not Known

C19F

On loan from Foley Self-Drive of Kidderminster between 12 August and 26 November 1985 as a driver trainer

B119RRE

119

PMT

B21F

Used as a driver in the Autumn of 1985 at Worcester. Vehicle was on loan from PMT -

B909BGA

-

PMT 3163

C21F

On loan from Blythswood (dealer) Glasgow as a driver trainer between 3 September and 21 November 1985

B476MAD

-

Reeve Burgess 14807

C21F

On loan from WJ Oldacre (Services) Ltd as a driver trainer between September 1985 and 2 June 1986

C308GOC

-

Devon Conversions 98586D

C21F

On loan from Foley Self-Drive of Kidderminster between 6 February and 2 May 1986 on a "as required basis" as a driver trainer

1301-19 (C301-19PNP)  

The first 19 of the Midland Red West Mercedes 608D vehicles were bodied by PMT of Stoke on Trent. All the vehicles entered service at Worcester on the launch day for the new Citibus network, which was Saturday 23rd November 1985. All were built as 20-seater buses though within weeks of entering service the first six were re-seated with coach seats to meet the demand for the vehicles use on private hire duties. 1301 was converted in March 1986, 1302/4/6 in April 1986 and 1303/5 in May 1986. During the early 1990's 1301-3 were transferred  to Kidderminster Garage from Worcester. 1303 ended up at Redditch when it was exchanged for Mercedes 609D 1406 in 1992. 1301 was transferred to the Midland Red Coaches fleet in xxx and repainted in an all over red livery for use on a school contract. On closure of the coaching unit in February 1997 the vehicle was converted back for bus service work and transferred to Hereford Garage. The vehicle became the last Mercedes 608D in service with First Midland Red on 28th August 2001. The remainder of the batch was mainly withdrawn from Hereford Garage with the introduction of the Mercedes Vario minibuses in the summer 1998.    

Registration Number

Fleet Number

Body type

Seating Capacity

Date into MRW Service

Date Withdrawn

Disposal

C301PNP

1301

PMT 3471

DP20F

23-Nov-85

Aug-01

Erith Commercials, Crayford - 7/02

C302PNP

1302

PMT 3473

DP20F

23-Nov-85

Oct-95

Cannibalised for spares, body cut up for scrap - chassis to W Jones for conversion to farm trailer 7/97

C303PNP

1303

PMT 3774

DP20F

23-Nov-85

Mar-96

Wacton, Bromyard - 4/00 for scrap

C304PNP

1304

PMT 3472

DP20F

23-Nov-85

Aug-98

exported to the West Indies Dec-98

C305PNP

1305

PMT 3498

DP20F

23-Nov-85

Aug-98

exported to the West Indies Dec-98

C306PNP

1306

PMT 3499

DP20F

23-Nov-85

Aug-98

exported to the West Indies Dec-98

C307PNP

1307

PMT 3500

B20F

23-Nov-85

Aug-98

exported to the West Indies Dec-98

C308PNP

1308

PMT 3501

B20F

23-Nov-85

Jul-98

exported to the West Indies Dec-98

C309PNP

1309

PMT 3502

B20F

23-Nov-85

Jul-98

Smith, Wilmcote - 7/99, for scrap

C310PNP

1310

PMT 3503

B20F

23-Nov-85

Aug-98

exported to the West Indies Dec-98

C311PNP

1311

PMT 3504

B20F

23-Nov-85

Aug-98

exported to the West Indies Dec-98

C312PNP

1312

PMT 3505

B20F

23-Nov-85

Aug-98

exported to the West Indies Dec-98

C313PNP

1313

PMT 3506

B20F

23-Nov-85

Aug-98

exported to the West Indies Dec-98

C314PNP

1314

PMT 3507

B20F

23-Nov-85

August-98

exported to the West Indies Dec-98

C315PNP

1315

PMT 3560

B20F

23-Nov-85

Aug-98

exported to the West Indies Dec-98

C316PNP

1316

PMT 3561

B20F

23-Nov-85

Jul-98

Smith, Wilmcote - 7/99, for scrap

C317PNP

1317

PMT 3557

B20F

23-Nov-85

Aug-98

exported to the West Indies Dec-98

C318PNP

1318

PMT 3562

B20F

23-Nov-85

Aug-98

exported to the West Indies Dec-98

C319PNP

1319

PMT 3458

B20F

23-Nov-85

Jul-98

Smith, Wilmcote - 7/99, for scrap

1320 (C320PNP) 

1320 was a unique vehicle as it was the first Mercedes 608D vehicle to be bodied by Alexander for the National Bus Company. The vehicle was delivered some three months after the main batch of vehicles for Worcester and entered service in January 1986. The vehicle was instantly recognizable from the fact the front dome containing destination gear was a totally different shape to all other Mercedes 608D vehicles in the fleet. The vehicle had a rather uneventful life at Worcester and was withdrawn the following day after the picture of it was taken when the Mercedes Vario minibuses were introduced at Worcester in August 1998. The vehicle like a number was exported to for use in the West Indies in December 1998. At the time First group had very strict rules on the disposable of surplus vehicles which led to many vehicles being sold for export over seas.  

Registration Number

Fleet Number

Body type

Seating Capacity

Date into MRW Service

Date Withdrawn

Disposal

C320PNP

1320

Alexander AM4/885/1

B20F

Jan-86

August-98

exported to the West Indies Dec-98

1321-60 (C321-60PNP)

The majority of the 61 vehicles required for the launch of the Worcester Citibus network on 23rd November 1985 were bodied by Robin Hood in Hampshire. All the vehicles carried the standard Worcester minibus livery of yellow, blue and orange until 1350 was repainted from an advertising livery for Radio Wyvern into the then standard red and cream livery in July 1990 which had been introduced in August 1986. All the minibuses (except the few in advertising liveries) went onto to be repainted into the red and cream livery. With the expansion of the Redditch minibus network in 1990 1357/8/60 were transferred to Redditch and were latter joined by 1355/6/9. Many of the vehicles were withdrawn in August 1998 with the introduction of the Mercedes Vario vehicles though some went on to see further service at both Redditch and Hereford Garages  

Registration Number

Fleet Number

Body type

Seating Capacity

Date into MRW Service

Date Withdrawn

Disposal

C321PNP

1321

Robin Hood 8670

B20F

23-Nov-85

July-99

Erith Commercials, Belvedere 12/00, for scrap

C322PNP

1322

Robin Hood 8671

B20F

23-Nov-85

July-98

scrapped at Worcester - 11/98 after being striped for spares

C323PNP

1323

Robin Hood 8672

B20F

23-Nov-85

August-98

exported to the West Indies Dec-98

C324PNP

1324

Robin Hood 8673

B20F

23-Nov-85

November-99

Erith Commercials, Belvedere 12/00, for scrap

C325PNP

1325

Robin Hood 8674

B20F

23-Nov-85

August-98

exported to the West Indies Dec-98

C326PNP

1326

Robin Hood 8675

B20F

23-Nov-85

August-98

exported to the West Indies Dec-98

C327PNP

1327

Robin Hood 8676

B20F

23-Nov-85

August-98

exported to the West Indies Dec-98

C328PNP

1328

Robin Hood 8677

B20F

23-Nov-85

June-99

Erith Commercials, Belvedere 12/00, for scrap

C329PNP

1329

Robin Hood 8678

B20F

23-Nov-85

August-98

exported to the West Indies Dec-98

C330PNP

1330

Robin Hood 8679

B20F

23-Nov-85

August-98

exported to the West Indies Dec-98

C331PNP

1331

Robin Hood 8680

B20F

23-Nov-85

November-99

Erith Commercials, Belvedere 3/01, for scrap

C332PNP

1332

Robin Hood 8681

B20F

23-Nov-85

December-00

Erith Commercials, Belvedere 3/01, for scrap

C333PNP

1333

Robin Hood 8682

B20F

23-Nov-85

August-98

exported to the West Indies Dec-98

C334PNP

1334

Robin Hood 8683

B20F

23-Nov-85

August-98

exported to the West Indies Dec-98

C335PNP

1335

Robin Hood 8684

B20F

23-Nov-85

January-00

Erith Commercials, Belvedere 3/01, for scrap

C336PNP

1336

Robin Hood 8685

B20F

23-Nov-85

August-98

exported to the West Indies Dec-98

C337PNP

1337

Robin Hood 8686

B20F

23-Nov-85

August-98

exported to the West Indies Dec-98

C338PNP

1338

Robin Hood 8687

B20F

23-Nov-85

February-01

Erith Commercials, Crayford 7/01

C339PNP

1339

Robin Hood 8688

B20F

23-Nov-85

August-98

Erith Commercials, Crayford - 7/02

C340PNP

1340

Robin Hood 8689

B20F

23-Nov-85

March-01

Erith Commercials, Crayford 7/01

C341PNP

1341

Robin Hood 8690

B20F

23-Nov-85

August-98

exported to the West Indies Dec-98

C342PNP

1342

Robin Hood 8691

B20F

23-Nov-85

August-98

exported to the West Indies Dec-98

C343PNP

1343

Robin Hood 8692

B20F

23-Nov-85

August-98

exported to the West Indies Dec-98

C344PNP

1344

Robin Hood 8693

B20F

23-Nov-85

August-98

exported to the West Indies Dec-98

C345PNP

1345

Robin Hood 8694

B20F

23-Nov-85

August-98

exported to the West Indies Dec-98

C346PNP

1346

Robin Hood 8695

B20F

23-Nov-85

August-98

exported to the West Indies Dec-98

C347PNP

1347

Robin Hood 8696

B20F

23-Nov-85

August-98

exported to the West Indies Dec-98

C348PNP

1348

Robin Hood 8697

B20F

23-Nov-85

August-98

exported to the West Indies Dec-98

C349PNP

1349

Robin Hood 8698

B20F

23-Nov-85

August-98

exported to the West Indies Dec-98

C350PNP

1350

Robin Hood 8699

B20F

23-Nov-85

August-98

exported to the West Indies Dec-98

C351PNP

1351

Robin Hood 8700

B20F

23-Nov-85

August-98

exported to the West Indies Dec-98

C352PNP

1352

Robin Hood 8701

B20F

23-Nov-85

February-01

Erith Commercials, Crayford 7/01

C353PNP

1353

Robin Hood 8702

B20F

23-Nov-85

August-98

exported to the West Indies Dec-98

C354PNP

1354

Robin Hood 8703

B20F

23-Nov-85

February-99

Broken up for scrap at Redditch Garage 2/99

C355PNP

1355

Robin Hood 8704

B20F

23-Nov-85

February-98

broken up by the company 5/98.

C356PNP

1356

Robin Hood 8705

B20F

23-Nov-85

August-98

exported to the West Indies Dec-98

C357PNP

1357

Robin Hood 8706

B20F

23-Nov-85

August-98

exported to the West Indies Dec-98

C358PNP

1358

Robin Hood 8707

B20F

23-Nov-85

April-97

Smith, Wilmcote 5/98 for scrap

C359PNP

1359

Robin Hood 8708

B20F

23-Nov-85

April-97

cut up by company for scrap at Redditch - 9/97

C360PNP

1360

Robin Hood 8709

B20F

23-Nov-85

April-97

Wacton, Bromyard - 4/00 for scrap

1361 (was to be "C361PNP" but became "C361RUY")

The 61st minibus 1361 like 1320 was to be a prototype vehicle being bodied by Sparshatts a new manufacturer for vehicles for the National Bus Company and should have been registered C361PNP. Unfortunately construction of the vehicle was delayed and so Midland Red West used demonstrator vehicle C240JTU a Fiat 49-10 with a 21-seat Robin Hood body as a replacement between 27th February until 30th May 1986. In the event the Midland Red West order was cancelled and Robin Hood produced an additional vehicle which entered service at Worcester in July 1986 in the yellow and blue Citibus livery. The vehicle was repainted yellow and green on transfer to Kidderminster garage in August 1988. The vehicle latter moved back to Worcester before moving to Redditch garage in the early 1990ís and finally ending itís days at Hereford Garage where it was withdrawn in September 2000 and finally sold for scrap in March 2001 to Erith Commercials. The Sparshatts NBC prototype was actually built and was registered D985ARE and was sold to an independent bus operator Drysliver of Pontypridd in South Wales who operated in full MRW Citibus livery (without the brand names).

Registration Number

Fleet Number

Body type

Seating Capacity

Date into Service

Date Withdrawn

Disposal

C361PNP

1361

Robin Hood 9769

B20F

Jul-86

Sept-00

Erith Commercials, Belvedere 3/01, for scrap

1362-1384 C362-84RUY

All of this batch of minibuses C362-84RUY were bodied by Reeve Burgess. These were the only new Mercedes Benz 608D vehicles to have such body work even though the vast majority of such minibuses nationally had Reeve Burgess bodywork. The vehicles made up 23 of the required 25 vehicles for the new "Wyre Forest Shuttle" minibus network in Kidderminster which was launched on Saturday 8th March 1986. !385/6 from the next batch of vehicles bodied by Robin Hood made up the total requirement for the garage. All vehicles were painted in the yellow and green version of the company's new minibus livery. 1377/8/9/80 became the first minibuses to be withdrawn in October 1995 when they were sold to Western National. As the Kidderminster 608D vehicles were replaced with the latter Mercedes 609D vehicles (required for a number of Centro contracts run by the garage) a number of the former vehicles ended up at both Hereford and to a lesser extent Worcester garage.

Registration Number

Fleet Number

Body type

Seating Capacity

Date into MRW Service

Date Withdrawn

Disposal

C362RUY

1362

Reeve Burgess 15449

B20F

08-Mar-86

Jul-98

Smith, Wilmcote 7/99 for scrap

C363RUY

1363

Reeve Burgess 15450

B20F

08-Mar-86

Apr-01

Erith Commercials, Belvedere 9/01 for scrap

C364RUY

1364

Reeve Burgess 15452

B20F

08-Mar-86

Feb-00

Erith Commercials, Belvedere 12/00 for scrap.

C365RUY

1365

Reeve Burgess 15451

B20F

08-Mar-86

May-01

Erith Commercials, Belvedere 9/01 for scrap

C366RUY

1366

Reeve Burgess 15453

B20F

08-Mar-86

Jun-01

Erith Commercials, Belvedere 9/01 for scrap

C367RUY

1367

Reeve Burgess 15454

B20F

08-Mar-86

Jun-01

Erith Commercials, Belvedere 3/02 for scrap

C368RUY

1368

Reeve Burgess 15456

B20F

08-Mar-86

Jun-99

Erith Commercials, Belvedere 12/00 for scrap

C369RUY

1369

Reeve Burgess 15455

B20F

08-Mar-86

Jun-99

Erith Commercials, Belvedere 12/00 for scrap

C370RUY

1370

Reeve Burgess 15457

B20F

08-Mar-86

Jun-99

Erith Commercials, Belvedere 12/00 for scrap

C371RUY

1371

Reeve Burgess 15459

B20F

08-Mar-86

Aug-98

exported to the West Indies Dec-98

C372RUY

1372

Reeve Burgess 15458

B20F

08-Mar-86

Aug-98

exported to the West Indies Dec-98

C373RUY

1373

Reeve Burgess 15460

B20F

08-Mar-86

Aug-98

exported to the West Indies Dec-98

C374RUY

1374

Reeve Burgess 15461

B20F

08-Mar-86

Aug-98

exported to the West Indies Dec-98

C375RUY

1375

Reeve Burgess 15462

B20F

08-Mar-86

Oct-00

Erith Commercials, Belvedere 3/01 for scrap

C376RUY

1376

Reeve Burgess 15511

B20F

08-Mar-86

Wdn 2004?

Vehicle became 2076 in the engineering fleet then renumbered 90275 - Sold to Willenhall Commercials for scrap 3/05

C377RUY

1377

Reeve Burgess 15510

B20F

08-Mar-86

Oct-95

Western National - 1/96

C378RUY

1378

Reeve Burgess 15514

B20F

08-Mar-86

Oct-95

Western National - 1/96

C379RUY

1379

Reeve Burgess 15513

B20F

08-Mar-86

Oct-95

Western National - 1/96

C380RUY

1380

Reeve Burgess 15515

B20F

08-Mar-86

Oct-95

Western National - 1/96

C381RUY

1381

Reeve Burgess 15517

B20F

08-Mar-86

Aug-98

exported to the West Indies Dec-98

C382RUY

1382

Reeve Burgess 15519

B20F

08-Mar-86

Oct-95

Smith, Wilmcote for scrap 9/97

C383RUY

1383

Reeve Burgess 15512

B20F

08-Mar-86

Oct-95

Smith, Wilmcote for scrap 9/97

C384RUY

1384

Reeve Burgess 15518

B20F

08-Mar-86

Jan-96

Wacton, Bromyard 4/99, for scrap

1362-1384 C362-84RUY

All of this batch of minibuses were bodied by Rood Hood and were similar to 1321-61. The first two went (C385/6RUY) new to Kidderminster to make up their required 25 vehicles and were painted in the Wyre Forest Shuttle livery of yellow and green. These two vehicles were reallocated to Redditch garage in 1989. Redditch was to have 23 vehicles (C387-409RUY) but the order was reduced to 18 and so 1405-1409 were not delivered. The company actually took 21 of the 25 ordered as one became 1361 (C361RUY) to replace the Spratts bodied vehicle. The Redditch minibus network was launched on Saturday 18th April 1986 and the vehicles were painted in a yellow and red version of the then standard minibus livery and were branded Reddilink. The reduction in the order for Redditch was mainly due to union resistance to the introduction of minibuses but was to cause the garage problems as it soon became apparent that 18 buses to cover 16 vehicles worth of work was not sufficient. Of the all garages the minibuses at Redditch managed to clock up by far the highest mileage because the town benefits from an extensive network of bus lanes allowing fast running times. This is why First Midland Red in more recent years got rid of the Redditch vehicles first. Midland Red West used the C405RUY mark on a new Vauxhall Astra for Harry Aston who at the time was Redditch Garage Manager. In April 1997 the majority of the Redditch minibus network was converted to Dennis Dart operation when vehicles N301-12XAB were transferred from Kidderminster Garage. Some of the surplus vehicles moved for a brief time to Hereford garage.

Registration Number

Fleet Number

Body type

Seating Capacity

Date into MRW Service

Date Withdrawn

Disposal

C385RUY

1385

Robin Hood 9490

B20F

08-Mar-86

August-98

exported to the West Indies Dec-98

C386RUY

1386

Robin Hood 9499

B20F

08-Mar-86

February-97

cut up by the company at Redditch - 4/97.

C387RUY

1387

Robin Hood 9492

B20F

19-Apr-86

August-98

exported to the West Indies Dec-98

C388RUY

1388

Robin Hood 9493

B20F

19-Apr-86

August-98

exported to the West Indies Dec-98

C389RUY

1389

Robin Hood 9494

B20F

19-Apr-86

April-97

Smith, Wilmcote for scrap 11/97

C390RUY

1390

Robin Hood 9495

B20F

19-Apr-86

April-97

Smith, Wilmcote for scrap 3/98

C391RUY

1391

Robin Hood 9496

B20F

19-Apr-86

April-97

Smith, Wilmcote for scrap 4/98

C392RUY

1392

Robin Hood 9497

B20F

19-Apr-86

April-97

Smith, Wilmcote for scrap 3/98

C393RUY

1393

Robin Hood 9498

B20F

19-Apr-86

April-97

Smith, Wilmcote for scrap 4/98

C394RUY

1394

Robin Hood 9491

B20F

19-Apr-86

April-97

Smith, Wilmcote for scrap 3/98

C395RUY

1395

Robin Hood 9500

B20F

19-Apr-86

August-97

Smith, Wilmcote 10/98, for scrap

C396RUY

1396

Robin Hood 9501

B20F

19-Apr-86

May-97

Cut up by the company for scrap at Redditch - 6/97

C397RUY

1397

Robin Hood 9502

B20F

19-Apr-86

April-97

Smith, Wilmcote for scrap 4/98

C398RUY

1398

Robin Hood 9503

B20F

19-Apr-86

September-98

exported to the West Indies Dec-98

C399RUY

1399

Robin Hood 9504

B20F

19-Apr-86

August-98

exported to the West Indies Dec-98

C400RUY

1400

Robin Hood 9505

B20F

19-Apr-86

August-98

exported to the West Indies Dec-98

C401RUY

1401

Robin Hood 9506

B20F

19-Apr-86

August-98

exported to the West Indies Dec-98

C402RUY

1402

Robin Hood 9507

B20F

19-Apr-86

August-98

exported to the West Indies Dec-98

C403RUY

1403

Robin Hood 9508

B20F

19-Apr-86

August-98

exported to the West Indies Dec-98

C404RUY

1404

Robin Hood 9509

B20F

19-Apr-86

August-98

exported to the West Indies Dec-98

1440 C475BHY

Vehicle C475BHY was new to Bristol Omnibus in March 1986 and carried the fleet number 7475. Numerically the vehicle was the first Mercedes 608D vehicle in the Bristol fleet and it moved to the Midland Red West fleet in August 1988 and was given the fleet number 1440. It was painted into the yellow and green Shuttle livery and it entered service at Kidderminster in September 1989. The vehicle was required together with 1361 from Worcester at Kidderminster to allow Mercedes 609D vehicles 1410 and 1411 to be re-allocated to Hereford so that the Hereford Hopper network could be expanded. The vehicle latter moved to Worcester Garage and with the introduction of the new Mercedes Vario minibuses in Worcester in August 1998 it moved to Hereford Garage to end its days before being sold for scrap in September 2001.

Registration Number

Fleet Number

Body type

Seating Capacity

Date into MRW Service

Date Withdrawn

Disposal

C475BHY

1440

Reeves Burgess 15491

B20F

Sep-88

March-01

Erith Commercials, Belvedere 9/01, for scrap

1441-9 C581-9SHC

Vehicles C581-9SHC (1441-9) were new to Southdown in March/April 1986 and were originally numbered 901-9 in their fleet. Midland Red West acquired the vehicles in March 1989 to mainly allow the Worcester minibus network to be expanded to cover Malvern. This expansion was marketed as "Citibus heads for the hills". Of the nine vehicles 1441/2 were  initially allocated to Kidderminster Garage and were painted in the yellow and green Shuttle livery in March 1989. 1441 entered service in March 1989 with 1442 following in July 1989. The remaining vehicles entered service at Worcester Garage. Of these vehicles 1443-6/8/9 were painted into the yellow and blue Citibus livery in March 1989 with all entering service in April 1989. 1447 was painted in a unique cream and brown livery in March 1989 to celebrate 800th anniversary of the Worcester Charter. The vehicle was named Richard I and also carried the Citibus logo. Like sister vehicles it entered service in April 1989. With introduction of the new Mercedes Vario minibuses in Worcester in August 1998 a number of the vehicles were withdrawn. However some soldiered on at Hereford for a number of more years in service.

Registration Number

Fleet Number

Body type

Seating Capacity

Date into MRW Service

Date Withdrawn

Disposal

C581SHC

1441

Reeves Burgess 15520

B20F

Apr-89

November-00

Erith Commercials, Belvedere 6/01, for scrap

C582SHC

1442

Reeves Burgess 15521

B20F

Jul-89

August-01

Erith Commercials, Belvedere 3/02, for scrap

C583SHC

1443

Reeves Burgess 15543

B20F

Apr-89

August-98

exported to the West Indies Dec-98

C584SHC

1444

Reeves Burgess 15544

B20F

Apr-89

January-01

Erith Commercials, Belvedere 3/01, for scrap

C585SHC

1445

Reeves Burgess 15545

B20F

Apr-89

October-00

Erith Commercials, Belvedere 9/01, for scrap

C586SHC

1446

Reeves Burgess 15546

B20F

Apr-89

January-01

Erith Commercials, Belvedere 6/01, for scrap

C587SHC

1447

Reeves Burgess 15547

B20F

Apr-89

January-01

Erith Commercials, Belvedere 3/01, for scrap

C588SHC

1448

Reeves Burgess 15548

B20F

Apr-89

August-01

Erith Commercials, Belvedere 7/02, for scrap

C589SHC

1449

Reeves Burgess 15549

B20F

Apr-89

March-01

Erith Commercials, Belvedere 6/01, for scrap

1450/1 C788/90FRL

Vehicles C788/90FRL were new to Western National in January 1986 where they carried the fleet numbers 91 and 93 respectively. In the Midland Red West fleet C788FRL took the fleet number 1450 and C790FRL took the number 1451. 1450 was initially on loan from 18th November 1988 and 1451 from 5th November 1988. Both vehicles were initially used still in their Western National colours as driver trainers. For which the majority of the internal cab surround was removed so access to the drivers seat could be made directly from the passenger saloon. 1450 was repainted red and cream in April 1990 and 1451 in October 1990 whilst both were still in use as driver trainers. During 1991 both entered proper passenger service at Worcester Garage. 1450 was withdrawn in August 1998 with the introduction of the Mercedes Vario minibuses but 1451 managed to survive until November 2000 as the vehicle was transferred to Hereford garage in August 1998.

Registration Number

Fleet Number

Body type

Seating Capacity

Date into MRW Service

Date Withdrawn

Disposal

C788FRL

1450

Reeves Burgess 15448

B20F

May-89

August-98

exported to the West Indies Dec-98

C790FRL

1451

Reeves Burgess 15464

B20F

May-89

November-00

Erith Commercials, Belvedere 6/01, for scrap

1452-5 C207/8/9/12PCD

With the increase in minibus Contract work in the West Midlands in the early 1990ís Midland Red West needed more vehicles and so four second hand examples (C207/8/9/12PCD) were acquired from Brighton, Hove and District in July 1990 where they had the fleet numbers 207-9/12 respectively. The vehicles were new to Southdown Motor Services Ltd in December 1985 and with the break up of the Southdown company they passed to Brighton, Hove and District Omnibus Company in January 1986. This company was in turn renamed Brighton and Hove Bus and Coach Company Ltd in April 1986. All four vehicles were repainted into the red and cream midland red west livery in August 1990 and entered service at Kidderminster in September 1990. All four vehicles were the first minibuses Midland Red West operated with three track number blinds and separate destination displays. This problem of nun-standard destination equipment proved their down fall and the vehicles were withdrawn in November 1995 and all passed to Eastern Counties in March 1996.

Registration Number

Fleet Number

Body type

Seating Capacity

Date into MRW Service

Date Withdrawn

Disposal

C207PCD

1452

Alexander AM4/885/11

B20F

Jul-90

November-95

Eastern Counties 3/96 who renumbered it 707

C208PCD

1453

Alexander AM4/885/8

B20F

Jul-90

November-95

Eastern Counties 3/96 who renumbered it 708

C209PCD

1454

Alexander AM4/885/6

B20F

Jul-90

November-95

Eastern Counties 3/96 who renumbered it 709

C212PCD

1455

Alexander AM4/885/12

B20F

Jul-90

November-95

Eastern Counties 3/96 who renumbered it 710

1476/7/83/7/8/90-2/8/9 C476/7/83/7/8/90-2/8/9BHY 

In the summer of 1993 it was decided to standardise the Midland Red West minibus fleet and so the Ford Iveco 49-10 minibuses which were at Hereford Garage were withdrawn and sent back to their former owner, Badgerline, and a comparable number of surplus C-reg Mercedes 608D vehicles from the Bristol OC fleet from the batch C475-99BHY (Bristol fleet numbers 7474-7499)  moved to Hereford Garage. These vehicles all arrived still in full Bristol City Dart minibus livery and were put into service with the minimum of preparation. At the same time the remaining members of the 25 strong batch of vehicles were totally refurbished by Badgerline and sold on to join both the Western National and Eastern National fleets. Of these vehicles C480BHY (see bellow) was latter to join the First Midland Red fleet via a spell in the South Wales Transport fleet. The Midland Red West vehicles remained in service at Hereford in 2000 when they were replaced with Mercedes 609D vehicles acquired from First Eastern Counties fleet. The latter vehicles themselves only lasted around twelve months before they too were replaced. 1487 (C487 BHY) became one of the two last Mercedes 608D vehicles in passenger service when it was withdrawn in August 2001.

Registration Number

Fleet Number

Body type

Seating Capacity

Date acquired by MRW

Date Withdrawn

Disposal

C476BHY

1476

Reeve Burgess

B20F

August-93

November-00

Erith Commercials, Belvedere 3/01 for scrap

C477BHY

1477

Reeve Burgess

B20F

August-93

November-00

Erith Commercials, Belvedere 3/01 for scrap

C483BHY

1483

Reeve Burgess

B20F

September-93

April-01

Erith Commercials, Belvedere 9/01 for scrap

C487BHY

1487

Reeve Burgess

B20F

August-93

August-01

Erith Commercials, Belvedere 3/02 for scrap

C488BHY

1488

Reeve Burgess

B20F

August-93

June-01

Erith Commercials, Belvedere 9/01 for scrap

C490BHY

1490

Reeve Burgess

B20F

September-93

November-00

Erith Commercials, Belvedere 3/01 for scrap

C491BHY

1491

Reeve Burgess

B20F

August-93

January-01

Erith Commercials, Belvedere 6/01 for scrap

C492BHY

1492

Reeve Burgess

B20F

August-93

October-00

Erith Commercials, Belvedere 9/01 for scrap

C497BHY

1497

Reeve Burgess

B20F

August-93

January-00

Erith Commercials, Belvedere 12/00 for scrap

C498BHY

1498

Reeve Burgess

B20F

August-93

September-00

Erith Commercials, Belvedere 3/01 for scrap

C499BHY

1499

Reeve Burgess

B20F

August-93

November-00

Erith Commercials, Belvedere 3/01 for scrap

Various Vehicles acquired from South Wales

During the latter part of 1997 Midland Red West was desperate for Mercedes 608D mechanical spares as the fleet which still totalled over one hundred was very much past its best. The vehicles were all around 12-years old and had been in service four years longer than the original 8-year design life. A solution to the spares problem was found by acquiring 21 withdrawn Mercedes 608D vehicles from the fleets of South Wales Transport and Brewers Coaches. All vehicles were driven from South Wales to Worcester but for many this was to be the last time they moved under their power as virtually all were striped of their mechanical parts before sale for scrap. However five did briefly enter service at Kidderminster Garage though they all had the minimum of preparation with many only having the front ended repainted into the then standard Midland Red West red and cream livery. Only the five that were used in passenger service by Midland Red West actually carried fleet numbers the remainder were unnumbered.  

Registration Number

Fleet Number

Body type

Seating Capacity

Date acquired by MRW

Date Withdrawn

Disposal

C201HTH

-

Robin Hood 9220

B20F

February-98

N/A

Smith, Wilmcote - 11/98 for scrap

C205HTH

-

Robin Hood 9224

B20F

December-97

N/A

Smith, Wilmcote - 9/98, for scrap

C208HTH

-

Robin Hood 9227

B20F

February-98

N/A

Smith, Wilmcole - 5/98 for scrap

C209HJN

-

Reaves Burgess 15425

B20F

February-98

N/A

Smith, Wilmcote - 7/99, for scrap

C210HTH

-

Robin Hood 9229

B20F

February-98

N/A

Smith, Wilmcote - 7/99, for scrap

C212HTH

-

Robin Hood 9231

B20F

February-98

N/A

Smith, Wilmcote - 7/99, for scrap

C213HTH

1493

Robin Hood 9232

B20F

March-98

October-00

Entered service 6/98 and was sold to Erith Commercials, Belvedere in 3/02, for scrap

C214HTH

1494

Robin Hood 9233

B20F

March-98

August-00

Entered service 5/98 and was sold to Erith Commercials, Belvedere 12/00, for scrap

C478BHY

1478

Reaves Burgess 15497

B20F

December-97

May-00

entered service 2/98 Sold to Erith Commercials, Belvedere 12/00, for scrap

C480BHY

1480

Reaves Burgess 15498

B20F

February-98

June-99

used for spares and the remains cut up for scrap by the Company 9/99

D217LCY

-

Robin Hood 9736

DP19F

February-98

N/A

Smith, Wilmcote - 7/99, for scrap

D223LCY

1473

Robin Hood 9747

B20F

February-98

June-98

body broken up; chassis to Jones, Kidderminster 3/99, for use as a farm trailer

D225LCY

-

Robin Hood 9234

B20F

July-98

N/A

Smith, Wilmcote - 11/98 for scrap

D226LCY

-

Robin Hood 9740

B20F

March-98

N/A

Smith, Wilmcote - 7/99, for scrap

D232LCY

-

Robin Hood 9746

B20F

July-98

N/A

Smith, Wilmcote - 7/99, for scrap

D235LCY

-

Robin Hood 9749

B20F

July-98

N/A

Wacton, Bromyard - 3/99, for scrap

D520FAE

-

Dormobile 6620 616 86

B20F

December-97

N/A

Smith, Wilmcote for scrap 1/98.

D526FAE

-

Dormobile 6626 616 86

B20F

December-97

N/A

Smith, Wilmcote - 2/98, for scrap

D527FAE

-

Dormobile 6627 616 86

B20F

December-97

N/A

body broken up; chassis to Jones, Kidderminster 2/98, for use as a farm trailer

D557FAE

-

Dormobile 6657 616 86

B20F

July-98

N/A

Smith, Wilmcote - 7/99, for scrap

WCY701

-

Robin Hood 9737

DP19F

December-97

N/A

Reregistered D548RCY - 2/98 sold to Smith, Wilmcote - 7/98, for scrap