Bert’s Hong Kongers
We are pleased to announce another new tour which will see us revisit Herberts, Bedford on Saturday 7th April. 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 journeys on four tri-axle Leyland Olympians in the fleet as well as covering many roads around the region which rarely, if ever, see double deck operation.
The trip offers a 100% Leyland guarantee, vehicles which have been requested for this trip are;
J559MJL (new to Citybus, Hong Kong as 163 EW3999- into the UK as Stagecoach 13606)
JSK492 (new to Citybus, Hong Kong as 167 EW9698- into the UK as Stagecoach 13610)
J697CEV (new to China Light and Power, Hong Kong as 301 FC1067 – into the UK with Cedar, Bedford).
L736SNO (new to Citybus, Hong Kong as 378 FS6384 and direct into the UK into this fleet)
If one of these is unavailable ‘first reserve’ is similar L735SNO (new to Citybus, Hong Kong 385 FS5383). Sadly the pair of ex Northern General B-GCN ECW bodied Olympians are no longer in use.
Our day will start at the entrance to the Herberts garage at 0925, their depot can be found at Cardington Gate, St Martins Way, Bedford which is located using postcode MK42 0LF. If you are arriving by car please park responsibly in this light industrial area and congregate near the entrance to the depot. This trip will make a second pick up at 0940 in Ashburnham Road, Bedford in the large layby just outside the main Bedford railway station (which is served by Thameslink and East Midland Trains). During the day we will undertake long runs out to St Neots in the morning and Leighton Buzzard in the afternoon so we can explore more roads in those areas, a lunch break will be taken in Bedford. 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 last run will drop off close to Bedford station at around 1840 before finishing at the depot at around 1850.
The fare for the entire day of travelling is £20 for all passengers. You don't need to pre-book or reserve a place, simply turn up on the day, hop on the bus and we 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 one of 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 if you think it might interest their members.