The Banbury Bard
We are pleased to announce a new tour which will see us revisit the fleet of Pulham’s Coaches, Bourton-on-the-Water on Saturday 25th February. This trip is operated by Nik Anthony with planning and promotional support from Chris Martin and our plan has been devised to allow us to enjoy substantial journeys on two of the rather special tri-axle Leyland Olympians in the Pulham’s fleet as well as covering many roads around this picturesque region which rarely, if ever, see double deck operation.
Our plan is to mainly use the two former China Light and Power tri-axles (subject to availability) on substantial runs; these are registrations PUI9429 (ex FC7752 and J27KHT) and PUI9430 (ex FC7535 and J34KHT). Between these a short local trip will be undertaken on a third vehicle, we have requested former Citybus, Hong Kong tri-axle Leyland Olympian H463EJR (ex ET2205, 420DCD and F19HOW) but this vehicle is currently still off the road and if that remains the case it will be substituted for one of the Volvo Olympians in the Pulhams fleet which are P690JBD, P150KWJ and P158KWJ which are all ex Stagecoach.
The day will start at 0835 from Pulham’s depot on the outskirts of Bourton-on-the-Water on Bourton Business Park which can be found using postcode GL54 2HQ. This is a light industrial area and anyone arriving by car should park with consideration being careful not to block any entrances or access for larger vehicles. This bus will then run direct to Moreton-in-Marsh railway station and pick up there at 0900- we will await the arrival of the 0721 train from Paddington via Oxford and the 0710 train from Hereford via Worcester. If you are joining us at Moreton-in-Marsh please wait outside the main building on the northbound platform, the bus will stop as close as possible and one of us will come on foot to collect you! This journey will then go to Stratford-upon-Avon and tour some routes around the town, a further pick-up will be available at the new Stratford PARKWAY station at 1040. On our way back to Bourton a further, final pick-up will be made at Moreton-in-Marsh station at around 1125, please contact us if you wish to make use of this second Moreton pick-up.
We will then have a guided tour of the modern depot facility with ample opportunity to photograph the other vehicles before we take a short mystery tour around the local area, this bus will drop us in the village of Bourton-on-the-Water for our lunch break. The second tri-axle Olympian will pick us up after lunch and take us all the way across to Banbury, we will tour some local roads in that town and there will be an opportunity for passengers to be dropped near the railway station there if they wish. This trip will return via Moreton-in-Marsh with a drop off near the station there at around 1730 before finally returning to Bourton at around 1750.
Each of the long trips will include a couple of photo stop and leg stretch stops, the depot in Bourton is only a short walk from the village which is a tourist centre for the region and is described as “The Venice of the Cotswold’s” and a longer lunch break is available here if you wish to skip the 30-40 minute ride on the middle vehicle.
The fare for the full day of travel is £15 for all passengers regardless of joining/alighting location. You don't need to pre-book or reserve a place, simply turn up on the day, hop on the bus and your friendly conductor will collect your fare during the journey. There is no requirement to be a member of the Leyland Olympians Yahoo Group to join this trip, nor do you require an invitation to join us. Please DO NOT contact the operator directly about this trip, if you require any further information or you have any questions please e-mail us at chrismartin13601 (at) hotmail.co.uk or nik280 (at) btinternet.com (substitute the correct @ symbols!). We sincerely look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on this trip, please forward this message onto anyone else who you think may be interested and please cut and paste into other news groups- you don't need to be a member of the Leyland Olympians Yahoo group to join us and the success of these trips depends on getting enough passengers.