Prepared on Notepad by Ian Smith, This page created 17th June 2015. Best on 800*600.

Go-Coach VDL/Wrightbus Cadets

GX02WXW at Sevenoaks DAF54 heads for High Wycombe, Slough, May 2011
Newly-acquired GX02WXW arrives at Sevenoaks Bus Station with a replacement shuttle service from Otford in May 2014. The same bus, now numbered 6101, a year later, on display at the Otford Garage Open Day, May 2015.
Go-Coach Cadet sketch

During 2014 Go-Coachhire of Otford bought an entire batch of six Cadets secondhand from Stagecoach Eastbourne Buses, where they had been since new twelve years earlier. They were repainted in Go-Coach livery by Eastbourne before delivery. Some were placed in store until needed, but those in service are seen as far away as Westerham, Dartford and Tunbridge Wells.

Bus history

This history is incomplete. It is being assembled as I garner information from a variety of sources. Particularly useful have been:
  • LOTS for accurate data, in TLB, LBM, Fleetbooks
  • buslistsontheweb.co.uk for VIN data
 
       GX02 WXW   8/02    10.2m DAF DE12BSSB120 XMGDE12BS0H009921, Wrightbus Cadet F264 , B34F
                  8/02    new to Eastbourne Buses #54
                          Stagecoach #35905
                  9/11    in service, Eastbourne
                  4/14    bought by Go-Coachhire, Otford: yellow/mauve
                  4/14    at South East Bus Festival, Kent County Showground, Detling 
                  5/14    used at Otford Garage open day
                 10/14    in service on 478 to Swanley
 6101            11/14    numbered
                  5/14    in service on 289 to Ramslye
                  5/15    at Otford Garage open day 

       GX02 WXY   8/02    10.2m DAF DE12BSSB120 XMGDE12BS0H009922, Wrightbus Cadet F265, B34F
                  8/02    new to Eastbourne Buses #55: Golden Jubilee gold
                          Stagecoach, Eastbourne Buses #35906: Golden Jubilee gold
                  9/12    in service, Eastbourne, in overall gold + ad
                  4/14    bought by Go-Coachhire, Otford: yellow/mauve
 6102            11/14    numbered
                 11/14    in service on 478
                 12/14    in service, Swanley

       GX02 WXS   8/02    10.2m DAF DE12BSSB120 XMGDE12BS0H009923, Wrightbus Cadet F260, B34F
                  8/02    new to Eastbourne Buses #50
                          Stagecoach, Eastbourne Buses #35901
                  7/14    bought by Go-Coachhire, Otford: yellow/mauve
                  7/14    at Farnborough Air Show
 6103            11/14    numbered
 
       GX02 WXT   8/02    10.2m DAF DE12BSSB120 XMGDE12BS0H009924, Wrightbus Cadet F261, B34F
                  8/02    new to Eastbourne Buses #51
                          Stagecoach, Eastbourne Buses #35902
                  8/14    bought by Go-Coachhire, Otford: yellow/mauve
 6104            11/14    numbered
                  2/15    in service on 289 to Ramslye
                  3/15    in service on 429 to Swanley

       GX02 WXU   8/02    10.2m DAF DE12BSSB120 XMGDE12BS0H009978, Wrightbus Cadet F262, B34F
                  8/02    new to Eastbourne Buses #52  
                          Stagecoach, Eastbourne Buses #35903
                  7/14    bought by Go-Coachhire, Otford: yellow/mauve
 6105             2/15    in store, numbered
                  5/15    in service on 401 to Westerham

       GX02 WXV   8/02    10.2m DAF DE12BSSB120 XMGDE12BS0H009979, Wrightbus Cadet F263, B34F
                  8/02    new to Eastbourne Buses #53
                          Stagecoach, Eastbourne Buses #35904
                  8/14    bought by Go-Coachhire, Otford: yellow/mauve
 6106             2/15    in store, numbered


A key to the references is in the bibliography.

Photographic references


I have not come across any photos in books as yet. But there are some on the internet: browse using registrations.

Bus Stop Cadet index. ETB/GAL Cadets. bus histories. photo refs.