Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Saturday 25th February- The Banbury Bard


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.

Nik Anthony

Chris Martin

Saturday 15th April- The Kernow Cracker


The Kernow Cracker

We are pleased to announce a new tour which will see us visit the fleet of Williams Travel based near Camborne on Saturday 15th April. This trip is operated by Nik Anthony and the plan has been devised to allow us to enjoy journeys on four Volvo Olympians from their school contract fleet as well as covering many roads around this highly scenic part of the country which rarely, if ever, see scheduled double deck operation. The date has been chosen to complement the Penzance running day which takes place the following day enabling passengers from further afield to combine the two events for a weekend in Cornwall.

We have requested the following four vehicles;

Former Stagecoach London Northern Counties bodied Volvo Olympians P801GMU, P802GMU and P803GMU

Former Dublin Bus Alexander bodied Volvo Olympian 739JUA (previously 97-D-352)

If any of these vehicles is unavailable then Volvo Olympian R634MNU will be used instead. During each run we will stop somewhere suitable to allow passengers to photograph the vehicle and there will be time to see and photograph the other vehicles in the fleet at the depot. The tour will take the usual format of Nik’s road coverage trips and will tour rural roads along less well known highways and byways in the area.

There will be two pick-ups on this trip, the first will be at 09:15 near Camborne Railway Station in Trevu Road at the bus stop located just north of the railway level crossing. This first trip will run a long trip down to Falmouth and back, touring the local area brushing the hedgerows of many quiet lanes on the way. This bus will then come into Redruth for a short break and the second pick-up at 13:00. The bus will stop in Station Road outside the railway station and it will await the arrival of the 07:27 GWR service from London Paddington which is due to reach Redruth at 12:50. Please note that Redruth has been chosen for this pick-up as it will enable passengers arriving later to still enjoy a 20 minute ride on the first bus used. The lunch break will be taken at the depot so passengers should plan for this as the depot is in a rural location away from shops etc. The afternoon will consist of three runs out of between 45 and 70 minutes in length and the last bus will drop off in Camborne near the railway station at 17:30, even if we are late we will make absolutely sure that passengers are dropped off in good time for the 18:05 train towards London should anyone wish to use that service.

The fare for the entire day of travelling is £20 for all passengers joining at 09:15, this is reduced to £15 for all passengers joining in Redruth at 13:00. 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 any particular group or society to join this trip, nor do you require an invitation to join us. Our trip is a private hire and the operator will NOT be able to answer any questions or enquiries- 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 @ symbol!). Please don’t contact the operator directly as they will not be able to answer your enquiry.

I 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 if you think it might interest their members.

Chris Martin and Nik Anthony

Saturday 20th May - The Lomond Lollop


The Lomond Lollop

We are pleased to announce a new tour which will see us visit the fleet of McColls based near Dumbarton on Saturday 20th May. This trip is operated by Nik Anthony and the plan has been devised to allow us to enjoy journeys on two freshly reliveried Volvo Olympians from their school contract fleet as well as covering many roads around this highly scenic part of the country which rarely, if ever, see scheduled double deck operation. The date has been chosen to complement the Lathalmond spring running day which takes place the following day enabling passengers from further afield to combine the two events for a weekend in the region.

We are only able to use tachograph fitted vehicles so the trip will be operated using ex Dublin Bus Volvo Olympians R923SSA (ex 98-D-20408) and T874EGD (ex 99-D-541).  

There will be two pick-ups on this trip, the first will be at 09:30 outside Dumbarton Central Railway Station in Station Road which is located on the South side of the railway line. This vehicle will then undertake a substantial tour of the area taking in the shoreline of Loch Lomond as we head up to Luss before coming back and crossing the Clyde via the Erskine Bridge on our way to Bishopton. This vehicle will make a second pick up at 13:00 in the same location outside Dumbarton Central Railway station and complete a short local tour before taking us back to the depot for a break and to change vehicles. The second vehicle will take us up into the stunning Loch Lomond area for our afternoon’s travels and will drop off in Dumbarton at around 1800. During each run we will stop two or three times somewhere suitable to allow passengers to photograph the vehicle and there will be time to see and photograph the other vehicles in the fleet at the depot.

The fare for the entire day of travelling is £20 for all passengers joining at 09:30, this is reduced to just £12 for all passengers joining at 13:00- you will still ride both vehicles if you join at 13:00. 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 any particular group or society to join this trip, nor do you require an invitation to join us. Our trip is a private hire and the operator will NOT be able to answer any questions or enquiries- 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 @ symbol!). Please don’t contact the operator directly as they will not be able to answer your enquiry.

We may be able to arrange alternative pick-up and drop off points (but NOT at the same place) as both vehicles pass near railway stations, the first bus will pass close to Bishopton station at around 1200 and the second bus will pass through Balloch at around 1500 but you must e-mail us to discuss your requirements unless you intend to join in Dumbarton.

I 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 if you think it might interest their members.

Chris Martin and Nik Anthony