Wednesday, 26 April 2017

North East Bus & Coach Show

We will be running an excursion to this years "Bus & Coach Show" which is being held at Newcastle Quayside on Sunday 30th April 2017.

If you who would like to come along and join us, we will be departing from the Park Lane / Victoria Road entrance of Darlington Railway Station at 9:45am and we are hoping to bring along one of the latest additions from the very impressive fleet of Hodgson Coaches at Barnard Castle.

For anyone who is planning to join this excursion, we will be offering the bargain fare of only £5 single or £8 return per person but can we ask that you reserve your seat in advance.

Seats can be reserved in advance by dropping us an email on busrunningdays@gmail.com

For more information about the North East Bus & Coach Show please visit http://www.nebpt.co.uk/

The Gloucestershire Galavant

On Saturday 6th May 2017, Independent Bus Tours have organised a visit to Marchant's Coaches of Cheltenham.

The day will start with a pick up at 10:30am from outside Cheltenham Spa railway station (returning by 16:30).

For a full days travel on board this running day the fare has been set at an £15 per person which is payable on the day.

This trip includes rides on 6 different vehicle's from the fleet of Marchant's Coaches and all vehicles carry the smart allover red livery with gold lettering.

As ever there will be plenty of opportunity for photographs of the vehicles both at the depot and on location, and a short break for lunch is included in the itinerary.

The vehicles Independent Bus Tours intend to use during this running day are:

MCZ4413 DAF DB250 / Optare Spectra new as Wilts & Dorset 3122 (L122ELJ) in 1994

MCZ4426 DAF DB250 / Optare Spectra new as Wilts & Dorset 3130 (L130ELJ) in 1994

L127ELJ DAF DB250 / Optare Spectra new as Wilts & Dorset 3127 in 1994

M138KRU DAF DB250 / Optare Spectra new as Wilts & Dorset 3138 in 1995

M947KRU DAF DB250 / Optare Spectra new as Wilts & Dorset 3147 in 1995

V186OOE Volvo B7TL / Alexander ALX400 new as London United VA70 in 2000

If you have any questions about this running day, please send them by email to stepbus2@gmail.com and do not contact Marchant's Coaches as they will be unable to assist you.

All vehicles are subject to on the day availability and we hope to see as many of you as possible there on the day.

http://independent-bus-tours.blogspot.co.uk/

The Somerset Yard Bash 2

With the success of the 'Somerset Yard Bash' tour in February, James Underwood has arranged a another tour using a selection of different vehicles and visiting some different companies.

This time, the tour starts and ends at Bath Spa railway station.

Leg 1 (Bath Spa – Radstock)
Starting at Bath Spa Railway Station at 10:00am using Rod’s of Trowbridge M460DDE, we proceed up to Odd Down Park & Ride (postcode for sat nav BA2 8PA) for another pick up for those who wish to park their car, parking is free and we will depart there at 10:20am. 

Then we proceed to our first yard visit at Arleen Coach Hire, where we will have 10-15 minute stop before going down the road to visit CT Coaches in Radstock.

Leg 2 (Radstock Circuit)
After having a few minutes at CT Coaches, we now join their Wadham bodied Dennis Dart L766DPE* for a run to Chilcompton to visit Libra Travel, after around 10 minutes here, we will jump back aboard the Dennis Dart for a run up to Coombend (Radstock) to visit JVA Sunseekers yard.

Then it’s a short run back to CT Coaches for Leg 3.

* It is hoped the Dennis Dart will be duplicated with Albion Victor AY 81 on this leg.

Leg 3 (Radstock – Bristol)
We will now join Steve Lester’s Leyland Tiger KYA284Y, those who were on the 'Somerset Yard Bash' will remember we had this up to Smith’s Coaches, but was a very short run, and this time we should get a decent run with this.

We will head up to Bristol to visit Eagle Coaches and then we will continue into the centre of Bristol dropping off at Broadmead/The Horsefair for a leg stretch / lunch break (40 minutes), you can also spend that time doing some photographing / spotting etc.

* We may have a brief visit to Centurion as we might be passing it en-route to Bristol, however we can only stop if we are running early.

Leg 4 (Bristol depot’s)
We will pick you up from where we dropped you off in Broadmead with an Abus vehicle (YG02FWB anniversary liveried Spectra requested) to visit First Bus Lawrence Hill and Hengrove depot’s.

Then we will make a visit to the Abus yard (both sites).

* High viz jackets are required for the First Bus visits, HOWEVER if you do not have one, you will be able to borrow one for free on the day.

Leg 5 – Bristol – Bath Spa
Our final vehicle will be waiting at Abus to take us home, this will be Arleen’s ex-MOD Wadham bodied Leyland Tiger RIL7643 which will drop off at Odd Down Park & Ride and Bath Spa returning no later than 18:00

James has estimated an 18:00 arrival at Bath, but note any traffic jams, breakdowns, problems etc may delay the arrival back at Bath.

The ticket price is just £10 per person and this includes:

Ride’s on at least 5 different vehicles
Visit’s to all yards advertised
A vehicle fleet list of each operator that we are booked to visit
A high viz jacket if you require one for the First Bus visits

To reserve a seat on 'The Somerset Yard Bash 2', please E-mail James on james37611@hotmail.com

Please provide your name, so he can add you to the reservations list, also please state if you are joining the tour at Bath Spa Railway Station or Odd Down Park & Ride.

There are currently only 13 seats available.

You can still join the tour on the day, but passengers who have reserved a space will get priority.

Johnson's Coaches Running Day

Gaz Cirket is delighted to offer you the opportunity to travel aboard some quality vehicles from the Johnson's Coaches of Caistor fleet on Saturday 20th May 2017.

The day will start with a pick up at 9.45am from Scunthorpe railway station to return by 15:00 approximately.

Once aboard the first vehicle, we will visit Johnson's Coaches depot in Kirton Lindsey.

We'll then be using a selection of different vehicles, around some of Lincolnshire's scenic roads for photographs etc.

There will be a lunch break during this running day and details will be announced on board.

Gaz Cirket has requested the use of the following vehicles during this running day:

DSU110 DAF SB2700 / Van Hool Alizee T8 (L529EHD)
J14EEG Scania K114EB4 / Irizar PB (05-D-45267)
J15EEG Scania K114EB6 / Irizar Century 3 (YN06CFY)
J17EEG Mercedes O814 / Plaxton Cheetah (X186DNT)
J22EEG Mercedes 614 / Crest (MX03OCB)
J44EEG Scania K113CRB / Van Hool Alizee T8 (N281CAK)

All vehicles are subject to on the day availability and we hope to see as many of you as possible there on the day.

For a full days travel on board this running day the fare has been set at an amazing £15 per person.

Can anyone intending to join this running day, bring along an hi-viz as these will be needed whilst visiting the depot.

Due to the use of minibuses, please can you reserve your seat in advance by emailing Gaz on garycirket@yahoo.com

The Aintree Assortment

On Saturday Saturday 3rd June 2017, Aintree Coachlines will be hosting a charity bus running day.

The day will start with a pick up from outside Liverpool Lime Street railway station at 10:30am and we will be aiming to return everyone back to the railway station for 17:30 approximately.

For a full days travel on board this running day the fare has been set at an amazing £10 per person which will be donated to charity.

During this running day, we will be aiming to use a selection of double decker buses from the following:

Dennis Arrow R55ACL
Dennis Trident V532ESC, V533ESC, V537ESC, V539ESC, V137MEV, W5ACL, X5ACL, X367NNO, X378NNO, LK03GHH, AW04XCK, SN58CDK
Volvo B7TL X111ACL, X929YCC
Scania N94UD GB03ACL, YN03DFA, YN53RYM, YN53RYR
BCI Enterprise XL66ACL

During this event we will be visiting both the Aintree Coachlines and the Helms of Eastham premises.

All advertised vehicles are subject to on the day and we hope to see as many of you as possible during this running day.

If you have any questions about this running day, please send them by email to busrunningdays@gmail.com and do not contact Aintree Coachlines as they will be unable to assist you.

NWVRT Annual Open & Running Day

On Sunday 4th June 2017, The North West Vehicle Restoration Trust will be holding their 6th annual open and bus running day and it promises to be bigger and better than ever.

Following on from the huge success of 2016 and after being inundated with questions as to when NWVRT's next event will be, they are delighted to announce the date has been set.

So put Sunday 4th June 2017 in the diary, and come along to one of the fastest growing events of it's kind.

Planning is already well underway.

As with previous years, there will be a selection of stalls, refreshments available on site and from the excellent Pat's Cafe a short walk from our premises (plenty of choice of hot and cold food available here all day as well as other drinks and refreshments), and a network of free bus services operating using resident and visiting vehicles.

Something carried over from previous events will be a grand launch of newly restored vehicles that will be making their debut on the day, exclusive to all who attend, as well as the appearance of a very unusual exhibit from Kirkby, who knows, maybe even two...

NWVRT are now taking visiting vehicle and stall entries for the day, however NWVRT urge you to book as soon as possible, as they already have a massive amount of interest and because of space restrictions, it's essential they know you are coming along so we can save you a space, so avoid disappointment...

Any questions about this event should be directed to NWVRT by email on events@nwvrt.co.uk

http://nwvrt.co.uk/

The Ellie's Entertainer

On Saturday 10th June 2017, Ellie Rose Coaches of Hull will be hosting a bus running day.

The day will start with a pick up at 10:45am from outside the Hull Truck theatre on Ferensway in Hull City Centre, (less than 2 minutes walk from the bus / railway station) and we hope to return by 17:00 approximately.

For a full days travel on board this running day the fare has been set at an amazing £10 per person.

The main aim during this event will be to visit their depot and to use at least 6 vehicles from their fleet of former Arriva Yorkshire Alexander ALX400's and former Travel West Midlands Plaxton President's.

Ellie Rose currently operate the following Volvo B7TL's V38MOA, V59MOA, V61MOA, V64MOA, V86MOA, V91MOA, V96MOA, V429MOA, V440MOA, V490MOA, W652CWX, W653CWX, W659CWX, W661CWX, W664CWX, W665CWX, W667CWX, W668CWX, W669CWX, W672CWX, W673CWX, W674CWX.

All vehicles are subject to on the day and we hope to see as many of you as possible during this bus running day.

If you have any questions about this bus running day, please send them by email to busrunningdays@gmail.com and do not contact Ellie Rose as they will be unable to assist you.

The Blackpool Flyer

We would like to offer you all something slighty different during the Summer Holidays.

This will be in the form of an excursion to Blackpool on Tuesday 22nd August 2017.

The coach will depart from Meadowhall Coach Park at 7:30am and will make a second pick up from the rear of Wakefield bus station (Providence Street) at 8:15am, we will also make a third pick up from outside Huddersfield railway station at 9:15am before running direct to Blackpool, returning from Blackpool at 17:30 approximately.

All seats are available at the bargain price of £10 per adult and only £5 for children but its advised that seats must be reserved in advance to avoid disappointment.

If you would like to reserve your seat please drop us an email on busrunningdays@gmail.com

Seats can also be booked in advance by joining us on upcoming running days.

The Connexions Connoisseur

On Saturday 7th October 2017, Harrogate Coach Travel of Tockwith will be hosting a bus enthusiast's running day.

The day will start with a pick up at 10:30am from Memorial Garden's in York (less than 2 minutes walk from the railway station) and we hope to return by 17:30 approximately.

For a full days travel aboard this running day, the fare has been set at an amazing £10 per person which is payable on the day.

The main aim during this event will be to visit the depot and to use a selection of interesting vehicles from the fleet.

The vehicles we will be aiming to use will be chosen from H807TWX, P168BTV, R636HYG, R642HYG, T475KDM, T663VWU, W89HRT and W678PTD.

If for any reason any of the vehicles listed above are not available, we will substitute them with either S612KBA, S635KBA or S752KBA.

All advertised vehicles are subject to on the day and we hope to see as many of you as possible during this running day.

If you have any questions about this running day, please send them by email to busrunningdays@gmail.com and do not contact Harrogate Coach Travel as they will be unable to assist you.

The North Hykeham Express

On Sunday 5th November 2017, we have arranged an excursion to Lincoln's Vintage Bus Rally.

We will be using former Burnley & Pendle Volvo Olympian / Alexander Royale N116UHP which is now owned by Coopers of Killamarsh.

The day will start with a pick up at 8:10am from outside Leeds railway station, there will be a second pick up at 8:15am from outside Leeds Central Bus Station (opposite Bingo), we will then proceed directly to Meadowhall Coach Park for 9:00am to make our final pick up before heading down to North Hykeham.

For anyone who is planning to join this excursion, we will be offering the bargain fare of only £10 return per person but can we ask that you reserve your seat in advance.

Seats can be reserved in advance by dropping us an email on busrunningdays@gmail.com

Please note, N116UHP will not be in use at the rally but will be on display for photographs etc.

If you have any questions about this excursion, please send them by email to busrunningdays@gmail.com and do not contact Coopers Tours as they will be unable to assist you.

The Bullocks Xmas Cracker

On Saturday 9th December 2017, Ralph Bullock Coaches of Cheadle will be hosting a bus running day.

The day will start with a pick up at 10:30am from outside Stockport railway station and we hope to return by 17:00 approximately.

For a full days travel on board this running day the fare has been set at an amazing £10 per person.

The main aim during this event will be to visit each depot and to use a selection of interesting vehicles.

If you would like to join me on for this trip the fare has been set at only £10 per person which is payable on the day.

The vehicles we will be aiming to use will be chosen from G423SNF, W108EWU, LJ03MKA, LJ03MKB, LJ03MKD, LJ03MKE, LJ03MKF, LJ03MKK, LJ03MWE and LJ03MWF.

All advertised vehicles are subject to on the day and we hope to see as many of you as possible during this running day.

If you have any questions about this running day, please send them by email to busrunningdays@gmail.com and do not contact Ralph Bullock as they will be unable to assist you.

The Auckland Adventure

On Saturday 6th January 2018, Garnetts Coaches of Bishop Auckland will be hosting a bus running day.

The day will start with a pick up at 10:45am from outside the Park Lane / Victoria Road entrance of Darlington railway station and we hope to return by 17:00 approximately.

For a full days travel on board this running day the fare has been set at an amazing £10 per person.

The main aim during this event will be to visit their depot and to use at least 6 former Stagecoach Dennis Trident / Alexander ALX400's chosen from T688KPU, T693KPU, V173MEV, V179MEV, X287NNO, X307NNO, Y359NHK and Y361NHK.

All advertised vehicles are subject to on the day and we hope to see as many of you as possible during this bus running day.

If you have any questions about this bus running day, please send them by email to busrunningdays@gmail.com and do not contact Garnetts Coaches as they will be unable to assist you.

The 2 Way Specialty

On Saturday 3rd February 2018, 2 Way Transport will be hosting a running day.

The day will start with a pick up at 10:20am from Lakeside Retail Park and a second pick up will be made at 10:30am from outside Scunthorpe railway station to return by 17:00 approximately.

For a full days travel aboard this running day the fare has been set at an amazing £10 per person which is payable on the day.

The main aim during this running day will be to visit their depot and to use all of the following vehicles: W161RFX, W163RFX, W166RFX, Y168FEL, Y173FEL, Y174FEL and Y199FEL.

All advertised vehicles are subject to on the day and we hope to see as many of you as possible during this running day.

If you have any questions about this running day, please send them by email to busrunningdays@gmail.com and do not contact 2 Way Transport as they will be unable to assist you.