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Bus-Related Outings & Reviews
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After Liverpool Central & Formby in July, I did Warrington & Liverpool Childwall today, Saturday October 26th. All trains were Northern, the first 5 buses all Arriva and the final 4 buses all Warrington's Own Buses, as follows:

Walk/Run to East Didsbury
Train Warrington Central - 195 110

110 Halton Lea - Cadet 2539
500 Widnes - EcoCity 5015
79c Liverpool Childwall Five Ways - Enviro400 4560
81a Liverpool Broad Green - Gemini 4454
7 Warrington - Pulsar 3054

10 Westy - Enviro200-MMC 210
2 Warrington - Cadet 67
17 Orford - Versa 97
20 Warrington - Eclipse 91

Train Warrington Bank Quay to Manchester Victoria - 158 756
Metrolink Manchester Piccadilly - 3055
Train Heaton Chapel - 319 374
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RE: Bus-Related Outings & Reviews
Yesterday, Saturday February 22nd, was Manchester Central & Swinton, as follows:

Walk to Heaton Chapel

Train Manchester Oxford Road - Northern 331 103
Train Manchester Victoria - TPE 802 219

67 Pendleton - Go North West Enviro400 33844
52 Cheetham Hill - Go North West Enviro200 4020
41 Middleton - Go North West Eclipse 69195
129 Middleton via Hollins - Selwyns Enviro200-MMC SK68LZO
17 Shudehill - Go North West Volvo B5LH 39208
96 Hays Road (for Prestwich) - MCT Hybrid Solo SR YJ13HLA
484 Swinton - Arriva Cadet 2515
29 Pendleton - Diamond Solo SR 20921
37 Swinton - Diamond Eclipse 30855

Train Manchester Victoria - Northern 150 108
Train Moston (for Broadway Leisure Centre) - Northern 153 307

182 Piccadilly Gardens (for Piccadilly) - First Volvo B9TL 37430
Free Bus 1 Bridge Street (for St Peter's Square) - Go North West Electric Versa 49921

Tram Piccadilly - Metrolink 3113
Train East Didsbury (for home) - Northern 195 010

I left home at 7am, and had already sampled 2 new trains, the Ordsall Curve and boarded Manchester's newest bus company by 8am!
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RE: Bus-Related Outings & Reviews
As of February 19, went on a few (only few buses) but wasnt a forum member then, so here is what i ahd been riding on if i remember

10 - Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 (464?) Cant remember which one it was but it was not BXO or P
X30 - MAN Eco, Caetano Gold (5005)
110 - Wright Cadet (2537)
110 - Wright Commander (2578)
X30 - MAN Eco, Caetano Gold (5003)
10A - Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 (4644)
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RE: Bus-Related Outings & Reviews
Yesterday, Saturday April 24th, I had a tour of North Manchester & Bolton, as follows:-

Train Heaton Chapel - Manchester Piccadilly - Northern 323 231

135 Cheetham Hill - Go North West Volvo B9TL 3233
52 Rochdale Road, Carisbrook Street - Go North West Enviro 200 4003
112 Manchester Shudehill - Stagecoach Enviro 400-MMC 10862
100 Eccles - Go North West Volvo B5LH 4008
10 Salford Pendleton - Arriva Sapphire Pulsar 2679
95 Prestwich - Go North West ex-Plymouth Eclipse 6155
66 Pendlebury - Diamond ex-Preston Solo 20797
8 Bolton - Diamond StreetDeck 40724
501 Farnworth - Diamond future Preston Eclipse 69145
22 Bolton - Diamond Citaro 33017
1 Astley Bridge - Transdev Blackburn Enviro 200-MMC 509
525 Bolton - Vision Bus Enviro 200-MMX YX20ODA
577 Horwich Parkway - Vision Bus ex-Go-Ahead London Volvo B9TL LX11CVT

Train Manchester Victoria - Northern 319 385

Train Manchester Piccadilly - Stockport - Transport for Wales 158 823
Train Heaton Chapel - Northern 331 006
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RE: Bus-Related Outings & Reviews
I had long planned to come to Liverpool on Saturday September 25th. I combined it with New Brighton. Both trains were Northern and all buses Arriva, with 1 exception as highlighted.

Train East Didsbury to Liverpool Lime Street via Warrington Central - 195 111

433 New Brighton - Volvo B5LH 4496
411 Birkenhead - Pulsar 2647
471 Liverpool - Stagecoach Gold Enviro400-MMC 10882
500 Liverpool Airport - Gemini 4444
81a Childwall - Enviro400 4559
79 Wavertree - Volvo B5LH (ex-Maidstone) 4856
27 Breck Road - BYD 7007
14 Liverpool - Volvo B5LH 4834

Train Lime Street - East Didsbury via Newton-Le-Willows - 319 378
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RE: Bus-Related Outings & Reviews
Today I went over to Runcorn to find 674 after I haven't ridden on it for ages, and I ended up getting the following:


10 - Golftyn Celyn Avenue - Chester Bus Interchange
Alexander Dennis Enviro400 - CX15 BXR 4640

Was pretty nice, did sit on the top deck to relax, was very comfortable and very chillaxing, not many rattles to be heard either, overall a decent vehicle.




X30 - Chester Bus Interchange - Grange St Chads School (Driver Changeover point)
MAN EcoCity // Caetano City Gold - MX13 AAN 5003

I don't really know how to judge these type of buses, made various sounds during the trip and started to get louder the longer the journey, Somethign then Happened when we were at the Driver Changeover Point...



X30 - Grange St Chads School (Driver Changeover point) - Runcorn Palace Fields Halton Hospital
VDL SB200 // Wright Pulsar 2 - MX10 CZE 3041

This took over from 5003 on the 09:33 X30, I didn't really pay much attention as I was looking for my stop, the bus itself sounded nice but that's all I can confirm.



3A - Runcorn Palace Fields Halton Hospital - Runcorn Palace Fields Halton Hospital (Weston Circular)
Optare Solo - CX58 EUB 674

Successful Catch of this one! This one sounded pretty nice, sounded quite different to when I last rode it, however it vibrated in idle and was somewhat a bit sluggish when going up the hills (not sure if that's down to the driver or the bus) however I did still enjoy the ride itself.



X30 - Runcorn Palace Fields Halton Hospital - Chester Bus Interchange
Man EcoCity // Caetano City Gold - MX13 ABF 5009

This was an interesting one, in gears 1 and 2 it sounded like a quieter version of a B7RLE, In Gears 3+ it sounded like it was on a train track, especially when slowing down, it was an interesting ride, my plan was to record it (along with previous videos of 5003 and 674 which I need to upload onto my YT channel) but my battery drained just before I got on. Still a nice ride.



10A - Chester Bus Interchange - Golftyn Hare & Hounds
VDL SB200 // Wright Pulsar 2 - CX12 DTN 3146

Amazing! Sounded fantastic and barely rattled, with a nice whistle when slowing down too, both drivers really did well with the vehicle, a nice day today.




Hopefully soon enough I can do more of these days out on the buses and post them here.

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RE: Bus-Related Outings & Reviews
As this is quite a sparsly-appended thread I forgot about it for my East Manchester & Ashton trip from November 27th.

However, today I did South Manchester & Trafford Centre as follows:-

Walk to Fallowfield Sainsbury's

41 Piccadilly Gardens - Go North West Citaro 6223
263 White City Retail Park - Arriva Enviro300 2743

Walk to Pomona

Metrolink Trafford Centre - Tram 3107

Walk through the Centre to Trafford Centre bus station

X50 Piccadilly Gardens - Stagecoach E400H 12228
44 Burton Road - Selwyns Enviro200-MMC WW65GSW
172 Green End - Diamond StreetDeck 40705

Walk Home
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RE: Bus-Related Outings & Reviews
It's been a while since I last recorded my roamings, so here is today's outing. Please note, I didn't take details of every vehicle but have noted some.

Marshalls Cross - St Helens - 17 - Arriva Solo SR.
St Helens Central - Liverpool Lime Street - Northern Rail - 2 x 331.
Liverpool - Southport - 300 - Arriva Pulsar 3090.
Southport - Chorley - 347 - Holmeswood Coaches Solo MV12 YMH (White).
Chorley - Bolton - 125 - Stagecoach Gold Enviro 400 15239.
Bolton - Platt Bridge - 559 - Vision Bus Enviro 200MMC 21 Plate.
Platt Bridge - St Helens - 320 - Arriva Pulsar.
St Helens - Marshalls Cross - 32A - Arriva Pulsar.
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(14/05/2022 18:04)St Helens Rider Wrote:  It's been a while since I last recorded my roamings, so here is today's outing. Please note, I didn't take details of every vehicle but have noted some.

Marshalls Cross - St Helens - 17 - Arriva Solo SR.
St Helens Central - Liverpool Lime Street - Northern Rail - 2 x 331.
Liverpool - Southport - 300 - Arriva Pulsar 3090.
Southport - Chorley - 347 - Holmeswood Coaches Solo MV12 YMH (White).
Chorley - Bolton - 125 - Stagecoach Gold Enviro 400 15239.
Bolton - Platt Bridge - 559 - Vision Bus Enviro 200MMC 21 Plate.
Platt Bridge - St Helens - 320 - Arriva Pulsar.
St Helens - Marshalls Cross - 32A - Arriva Pulsar.

Nice timing to have an outing ahead of the Eurovision Song Contest. I had a daytrip myself, to North Manchester & Bury. I walked to/from East Didsbury, and travelled as follows :-

Trams to Bury via Victoria - Metrolink 3123 / 3054

R2 Bamford - Transdev Rosso Enviro200 770
468 Bury - Transdev Rosso Streetlite 605
474 Ramsbottom - Diamond Streetdeck 40712
X41 Prestwich - Transdev Red Express Eclipse 1869
97 Manchester Shudehill - Go North West Streetlite 6004
18 Factory Lane - Go North West EvoSeti 3062
52 Newton Heath & Moston - Go North West Eclipse 6161

Tram East Didsbury - Metrolink 3116
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RE: Bus-Related Outings & Reviews
I've also had a day on arriva buses ticking off a few (managed to get 5)

11 - Connah's Quay to Chester - Wright Cadet 2573
4 - Chester to Mold - Wright Pulsar 2663
4 - Mold to Chester - Wright Pulsar 2665
X4 - Chester to Broughton - Wright Pulsar 2662
4 - Broughton to Chester - Wright Pulsar 2 3145
1A - Blacon Circular - Wright Pulsar 2916
10 - Chester to Connah's Quay - Enviro 400 4638


Ratings:

2573 - 7.8
2663 - 9.9
2665 - 8.5
2662 - 7.4
3145 - 6.4
2916 - 8.4
4638 - 7.7

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