Wednesday, 1 February 2017

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