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Bus-Related Outings & Reviews
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Had a Bus Day yesterday with my main focus being on Diamond Bus Bolton & Eccles Depots, The Buses i managed to tick off for Ride:

Diamond Bus 33031
Diamond Bus 32301
Go North West 4007
Diamond Bus 20872
Go North West 6160
Diamond Bus 30975
Diamond Bus 40831
Diamond Bus 40711
Diamond Bus 32211
First Bolton 39243
Diamond Bus 33011
Diamond Bus 40704
Diamond Bus 40763
Diamond Bus 40739
First Bolton 39254
Diamond Bus 31407
Northern Rail 331022

While i am happy i managed to get 17 ride winners it was a shame to notice a number of Services dropped for reasons unknown (I suspect lack of Drivers) but hopefully reliability is better when i next get chance to do some Diamond Buses.

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Yesterday i decided to have an Ashcrofts & Arriva Day to try and reduce the number of Buses i need, The day started off poorly as Ashcrofts decided to miss out all of Cronton on their first 26A, Things did however pick up after that:

Ride Winners:
Arriva Green Lane 7000
Arriva Runcorn 3032
Arriva Chester 4640
Arriva Rhyl 4549
Arriva Rhyl 2142
Transport For Wales 150254
Arriva St Helens 2904

Main Photo Winners:
Ashcrofts HIG 8907
Arriva Rhyl 2141
Arriva Speke 2647

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RE: Bus-Related Outings & Reviews
(29/10/2022 09:16)T42 PVM Wrote:  Yesterday i decided to have an Ashcrofts & Arriva Day to try and reduce the number of Buses i need, The day started off poorly as Ashcrofts decided to miss out all of Cronton on their first 26A, Things did however pick up after that:

Ride Winners:
Arriva Green Lane 7000
Arriva Runcorn 3032
Arriva Chester 4640
Arriva Rhyl 4549
Arriva Rhyl 2142
Transport For Wales 150254
Arriva St Helens 2904

Main Photo Winners:
Ashcrofts HIG 8907
Arriva Rhyl 2141
Arriva Speke 2647
Interesting as I had an issue with Ashcrofts Yesterday at Halton Lea. Are Ashcrofts a cowboy outfit?
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RE: Bus-Related Outings & Reviews
(30/10/2022 16:28)iMarkeh Wrote:  Interesting as I had an issue with Ashcrofts Yesterday at Halton Lea. Are Ashcrofts a cowboy outfit?

This is the first time i have ever had an issue with them, Currently waiting for a response to my E.Mail regarding my complaint

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Yesterday i spent a couple of hours recording Merseyrail Trains arrive & Depart Green Lane Station (Video online soon!). After this i had a few hours to tick off Buses i still need in Merseyside, My winners where:

Ride Winners:
Link Network YX72 OJU
Arriva Bootle 2921
Arriva Bootle 2924
Arriva Bootle 2937
HTL Buses L15 PPN
HTL Buses YD63 VCF

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Yesterday I had an action packed bus day regarding buses, the airbus beluga getting struck by lightning nearby where I was and the traffic coming home, but nonetheless one of the best days out:

11 - Golftyn Hare & Hounds - Hough Green Overleigh Roundabout - CX14 BXG 4544
4 - Hough Green Overleigh Roundabout - Mold Bus Station - MX09 EKP 2935
X4 - Mold Bus Station - Chester Railway Station - CX12 DSY 3142
CityRailLink - Chester Railway Station - Chester Bus Interchange - X111 ACL 142
11 - Chester Bus Interchange - Broughton Tesco - CX14 BXK 4547
4 - Broughton Tesco - Buckley Horse & Jockey - CX12 DSV 3141
4 - Buckley Horse & Jockey - Broughton Tesco - CX12 DSY 3142
4 - Broughton Tesco - Mold Bus Station - CX58 EWY 2908
4 - Mold Bus Station - Broughton Tesco - CX07 CTF 2644
11 - Broughton Tesco - Saltney Sandy Lane - CX61 CDE 4481
4 - Saltney Sandy Lane - Broughton Tesco - MX09 EKP 2935
811 - Broughton Tesco - Queensferry Station Road - YJ12 GZG 282
11 - Queensferry Solar Services - Chester Bus Interchange - CX61 CCZ 4480
10 - Chester Bus Interchange - Golftyn Celyn Avenue - CX15 BXU 4642


Ride Winners:

Aintree Coachline 142
Selwyns 282


Video Winners:

Arriva 4544
Arriva 3142
Aintree Coachline 142
Arriva 3141
Arriva 2908
Arriva 4481

Picture Winners:

Arriva 3142



Best experiences of the day:

2935, 3142 and 2908 getting a redlining on the 4/X4, my first experience on Selwyns was fantastic with a very friendly, funny driver who jokes with me and my mates along the route.

Worst experiences of the day:

4544's turbo being absolutely horrible, let alone 3141 giving me a headache, 2644s engine clunking and the traffic on the 10 home on 4642 let alone driver who has very bad control with the braking.

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Yesterday I went on a mini-day out and here's what I got:

10 Connah's Quay to Shotton (CX15 BXU 4642) - I am certainly not a fan of these buses one bit, this was slow off the mark, sounded nice though!
10A Shotton to Chester (CX07 CTF 2644) - Heap! It was in limp mode, idle vibrations were terrible, engine decided to make some random clunking constantly and ready for the scrapheap!
4 Chester to Mynydd Isa (CX12 DSZ 3143) - This was one of the better buses Chester Depot have! This was very quick (under the 1st driver anyway) and got kickdown out of it a few times with a full kickdown on the Saltney 50 road! Second driver who came on was pretty slow but it was still a not bad bus!

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Today I went on another bus bash and here's what I got for ride, video and picture:


Ride Winners:

Arriva 4542
Stagecoach 15584
Stagecoach 15852
M&H Coaches SK18 TKD


Video Winners:

Arriva 4485
Arriva 999
Arriva 4542
Stagecoach 15584
Stagecoach 15852


Photo Winners:

P&O Lloyd YJ68 FSD
Arriva 2668
Arriva 4485
Arriva 2907
Arriva 2908
Stagecoach 27904
Arriva 2935
Arriva 4409
Stagecoach 15745
Stagecoach 10575
Stagecoach 26060
Stagecoach 36319
Stagecoach 36817
Stagecoach 36861
Stagecoach 26061
Stagecoach 15852
Arriva 3142
Stagecoach 36317
Arriva 4481
Stagecoach 36318
Stagecoach 36316
Stagecoach 26057
Aintree 147
Stagecoach 26055
Arriva 999
Arriva 2154
Arriva 2664

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On Thursday i did a Bus Day focused on Ashcrofts and Arriva as i try to reduce what i need with both operators further:

Ride Winners:
Arriva Green Lane 3164
Arriva Bolton 2681
Arriva Bolton 2684
Stagecoach Hyde Road 19484
Arriva Wythenshawe 2747
Arriva Wythenshawe 2910
Diamond Bus Eccles 20516
Vision Bus BJ11 DVM

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Today was an early White Christmas in Huyton & south Liverpool. For my train journeys between Heaton Chapel and Huyton I changed at Oxford Road but not Piccadilly, as today was the last day with a regular Heaton Chapel service beyond Piccadilly. Anyway, all my buses were Arriva as follows:-

3 Halewood - Solo 719
3a Speke - Solo 718
82 Aigburth Vale - Volvo B5LH 4850
61 Childwall - Enviro 400 4426 (refurbished)
79 Halewood - Wright Gemini 4473 (refurbished)
78 Wavertree - Enviro 400 4688
62 Tuebrook - Pulsar 3027
81 Stoneycroft - Enviro 400 4562
10b Huyton - Streetdeck 4726
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