Felix Bus Services have linked Derby with Ilkeston for many years. The company, based in the village of Stanley, has retained its traditional red and crimson livery (complete with cartoon cat). Here F697 HNU, a Leyland Tiger with comparatively unusual Plaxton Derwent 3000 bodywork, stands in Derby Bus Station having just arrived on the hourly service from Ilkeston, nowadays numbered 12. (DR)
A newer Felix bus is M301 KRY, an Alexander Strider bodied Volvo. Its claim to fame is that it was used on the last conductor-operated Felix journey. (DR)
This Leyland Lynx 2 (J564 URW) was a demonstrator before being acquired by Felix. It is seen on the Felix stand at Derby Bus Station awaiting departure on the 12. (DR)
Two Stevensons vehicles are seen laying over in Derby Bus Station parking area. Both are in the final version of the Stevensons livery before Arriva's corporate livery took over. On the right, A39 SMA is a Leyland Tiger with Duple Laser body, acquired from Crosville Wales. The other vehicle is Duple Dominant bodied TDC 854X. Both vehicles have modified front ends; A39 SMA has a Duple 300 series grille, TDC 854X an East Lancs one. (DR)
Road Car Leyland National 2 284 (EON 824V) was acquired from Nottingham City Transport, who in turn acquired it from Midland Red North. It is seen on the Nottingham to Melton Mowbray service 119. (DR)
Dunn Line is better known for its coaching operations, but also operates buses on tenders and contracts in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. Duple Dominant bus bodied Volvo D498 NYS is seen on Nottingham Park and Ride service 304. (CM)
A quantity of ex-Nottingham Atlanteans was bought by Dunn-Line, and ARC 668T is seen on a People's College intersite service. (CM)
The north Nottinghamshire town of Mansfield is served by Stagecoach East Midland, and the following picture report shows some of the vehicles to be found there during 1998.
A cross section of the double deck fleet can be seen in this view. ECW-bodied Olympian 331 poses alongside a Bristol VR and a newer Olympian with Alexander bodywork in Mansfield bus station. (DR)
The more recent Volvo Olympians received bodywork by Northern Counties. 102 (K102 JWJ) is seen here. (DR)
Metrorider E56 HFE was new to Grimsby-Cleethorpes but moved to Mansfield following the acquisition of GCT by Stagecoach East Midland. It is seen alongside Plaxton Paramount coach PJI 4314 and a Bristol VR. (DR)
Bristol VR 206 pulls out of the bus station on a 16 service. (DR)
M605 VHE is an Alexander PS-type bodied Volvo. It is seen in Mansfield Bus Station next to a coach from local operator Butler Brothers of Kirkby. (DR)
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