Prepared on Notepad by Ian Smith, This page created 17th June 2015. Best on 800*600.
Go-Coach VDL/Wrightbus Cadets
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.
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 historyThis history is incomplete. It is being assembled as I garner information from a variety of sources. Particularly useful have been:
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 6/18 used on 429 to Swanley
6103 heads for Swanley on the 429 in June 2018. Photo taken by Cynthia Smith
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.
I have not come across any photos in books as yet. But there are some on the internet: browse using registrations.