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N E Wales News 16 Aug 2017

posted 16 Aug 2017, 09:49 by Ron Newbe   [ updated 16 Aug 2017, 12:57 ]

Voel Coaches, Dyserth

Voel have taken delivery of two MAN / Neoplan Tourliners. - OU17OTV photo NS arrived on 31st July - photo OS. OU17OTW - photo arrived a week later. Photo inside OTW and Photo cab OTW.

Left the fleet in part exchange are PJ60VNF and YN14PMX - the latter is now with Llew Jones Llanrwst.

D Jones and Son, Acrefair.

Arrived here is Solo SR YJ12NBN - photo from Marchant Cheltenham. It has arrived in the red livery of Marchant but now that Versa YJ13HJO is back from repaint it will be next to have a full repaint. The slot was to be taken by the third ex Webber Versa - but this repaint is now delayed.

It is also hoped that YJ12NBO will also be purchased but for the next couple of weeks this is still required by Marchants so the sale has yet to be completed and confirmed.

The intention is to use both buses on the 41/42 Wrexham Industrial estate service as they are a little shorter than the Versas and will manage some of the narrow housing estates a little easier.

Whilst the firm have intention to replace some of the fleet in the near future there has been no further purchases made. The report of six Solo SR's being purchased is therefore a little inaccurate.

NE Wales News - 19th June 2017

posted 19 Jun 2017, 11:56 by Ron Newbe

Some news from N E Wales – apologies for the fact that it has been a while since my last issue. Some of the items may have been reported elsewhere – I will however try and give a composite of some of the most recent news.

Coastline Taxis, Rhyl.
This firm has now obtained their second coach - HF06ETK Temsa Safari - C55F New April 2006 to Seaview, Parkstone (134) -previous operator Procter, Leeming Bar

Beacher Coaches Limited, Alltami

Darren has now a DAF SB4000 / Van Hool – C36Ft – YJ04BYG. It was new in March 2004 to Fishwick, Leyland in Leger livery (C36Ft) and has been obtained from Sainton, Kendal. After a little hiccup on arrival it is now in service. His Volvo B10M-60 / Alizee (BBZ223) has been sold to M.Pearson Coaches, Chesterfield (now back to its original registration of K458VVR) and his Ford Transit AK04KWN is now with Yorkshire Travel, Rotherham.

Eagles and Crawford, Mold

Their LDV Convoy LN51TCV is now with Relays, Afonwen.

Hutchinson, Buckley
The Dennis Javelin MKZ1878 was withdrawn and has gone to the auction in Manchester but did not appeared to have been sold.

Chevron Training, Flint
The Dennis Javelin / UVG Unistar C7PCV has been withdrawn and has gone for scrap.

Pats Coaches, Southsea

Their latest acquisition is YN58BEO Scania K340IB4 / Irizar I4 with an unusual C59D body. New in Oct 2008 to Attain, Birmingham. Y7OPC the MAN 18.350HOCLR / Neoplan Transliner went in part exchange and is believed to be with Garnett, Bishop Auckland.

Egerton Coaches, Prestatyn.

Ian Egerton is now using for his Kings School Chester contract ex Relays L700RMB - Iveco Daily 40C13 with Warner M15L bodywork. It was originally FT02FGU when new in August 2002 and has been with Rhondda Cynon Taff, and Essex Councils.

Davies, Leeswood
The latest arrival is DAF SB3000 / Van Hool Alizee – GIG7078. It was new in April 2000 to Park Transport, Stradone, Ireland as 00-CN-1444 – the last operator was Warren (Bluebird Coaches), Neath.

P and O Lloyd, Bagillt

The Mercedes Benz Tourismo that arrived from Ireland as 141-MN-149 is now re-registered as DF63KOD and is operational in fleet livery.

D Jones and Son, Acrefair
The latest ex Webber Versa to receive the firms livery is YTJ60LTN. - PHOTO - For some unknown reason it has not received vinyls down the sides but like YJ60LTF yellow can be seen on the roof.

Boogie Bus,
Seen parked at a house in Johnstown was former British Airways DAF / Optare Delta K319SLFPHOTO. Apparently a few of these were converted to 'Party Buses' when they left service with BA.

George Edwards, Bwlchgwyn

The Temsa Safari YJ08EDK has now been given the smart firm's livery – PHOTO

Price Coaches, New Broughton, Wrexham

The ex Four Girls Volvo B12M / Alizee T9 which has been re-registered from YJ05FXX to SIG2959 can now be seen in the firm's smart livery – PHOTO

N E Wales news - 25th April 2017

posted 25 Apr 2017, 11:55 by Ron Newbe   [ updated 25 Apr 2017, 12:02 ]

Unicorn Travel, Llay, Wrexham
The white MB Atego / Unvi Cimo YN55KWC left the fleet last week and is now with Torbay MiniBuses, Brixham. R19YHS the MAN / Transliner has now been withdrawn. This has left the firm with only three coaches. Very recently they have had on loan to them the Scania / Alizee P9WXM from Pats Coaches and also an MB Sprinter / Ferqui BN02SON from Bensons Travel, Whitchurch. This is the ex GHA FY03WZV which arrived as YBJ403 - PHOTO LINK -

Price Coaches, Southsea, Wrexham
The Vario (in blue and white) S553BNV left the fleet recently and is now with Watkins Travel, Glyn Neath.

D Jones and Son, Acrefair
Herewith a Photo link of the ex Webberbus Versa YJ60LTF which has just been given the firms standard blue and white livery. A Photo link rear view - shows that there is still some yellow showing on the roof.

Llew Jones, Llanrwst
Visiting Wrexham today was VDL SB200 / Wright Commander YJ56JXX - <PHOTO> which has recently joined the fleet from Claribel, Birmingham

Oare, Holywell

posted 11 Apr 2017, 12:49 by Ron Newbe   [ updated 5 May 2017, 07:32 ]

L974KTH  -   Volvo B10M-60 / Van Hool  has left the fleet and is now with HDA Travel, Gaerwen, Anglesey

Townlynx Greenfield 10April 2017

posted 10 Apr 2017, 14:43 by Ron Newbe

The second new ADL Enviro 200 MMC arrived on Saturday 7th April and commenced work on the T1 Greenfield - Holywell - Chester service.

Today (Monday) it was at the depot - having some minor matters attended to
- PHOTO 1 - About to leave depot on test run
- PHOTO 2 - Inside
- PHOTO 3 - Drivers Cab

Pats Coaches, Southsea.

posted 2 Apr 2017, 04:50 by Ron Newbe

Yesterday (1st April 2017) Pats Coaches took delivery of PC17LUX which is a VDL Futura 2 / VDL coach with just 31 seats. It is liveried and fitted out to the Leger Luxuria standard.

It has armchair-style seats, some facing into tables, each seat has retractable calf rests, each seat has a personal touch-screen TV which is linked to a multi-channel entertainment system including Freeview TV. There are also full size plug sockets and USB points

LINK to coach

LINK to internal view

Whilst it arrived on Saturday it travels down to Bournemouth today and will be working a tour in Holland next week.

The Leger liveried Panther coach 409UPJ has gone in part exchange getting registered back to DK11FVA before leaving. The registration number 409UPJ has been transferred to the Lahden coach which was FM10USE.


posted 2 Apr 2017, 04:34 by Ron Newbe

Yesterday (1st April 2017) was the first day of operation of the 64 Llangollen - Glyn Ceiriog - Llanarmon DC service by The Skiers Lodge (T/a easyCoach)

The two buses to be used for this service have been given names of the two ladies of Llangollen. As a result there was a photo shoot at Plas Newydd, Llangollen (where the ladies lived). Unfortunatley the Cadet had an electric problem and was unable to attend. Some photos

1. Plas Newydd - LINK 1
2. Showing the name Sarah Ponsonby - LINK 2
3. At Chirk working the route - LINK 3

N E Wales News 28th March 2017

posted 28 Mar 2017, 08:14 by Ron Newbe

Howards Way, Coedpoeth, Wrexham
This business was started by Will Howard in 1992 and has operated with a maximum of two vehicles at any one time. He mainly did a school contract (recently Darland, Rossett) and a little private hire The last two vehicles HIW6168 and M582BV,L both Mercedes-Benz with Leisnster and Autobus bodies have been with the business for over eight years. Will Howard has now decided to retire and both vehicles have been sold to a dealer for scrap.

Straffords Coaches, Coedpoeth, Wrexham

The Unvi YN57ENV recently acquired has now received the firm's livery - PHOTO LINK

Price, New Broughton, Wrexham
The Volvo B12 / Van Hool T9 Alizee YJ05FXX aquired from Four Girls last September has now been re-registered to SIG2959. It is planned that it will get the firm's livery during the forthcoming Easter school holidays.

D and G, Stoke-on-Trent,
This firm operates the Monday only service 89 from Nantwich to Wrexham. Yesterday (27th March) the vehicle used was Streelite MX60GXB showing its destination in Cheshire in welsh. - PHOTO LINK

Llew Jones, Llanrwst
This firm is a regular visitor to Wrexham mainly on the X5 Corwen service. Yesterday (27th March) the vehicles seen in Wrexham included Solos LJI3740 and (ex GHA) YJ54ZYE working the X5 service, VDL / Hispano Carrocera LJ11LLJ LINK and Scania / Higer SJ15LLJ LINK working Rail Replacement. Perhaps the most interesting visitor was JIW297 a Dennis Javelin / UVG. This vehicle, a 70 seater, is normally used on schools and started its life with the Royal Navy. PHOTO LINK

N E Wales News 21 March 2017

posted 21 Mar 2017, 09:54 by Ron Newbe

Townlynx, Greenfield
As has been widely reported Townlynx took delivery of YX17NZA the first of their two new ADL 200 MMC's last Friday. It did some service on Saturday and from Monday was working its intended route of the 28/28A Flint - Mold - Wrexham. Whilst the livery is the firms standard lime green the owner is not happy that the roof has not been painted this colour and there may be a delay in receiving the second example until resolved. The first one may then return for correction.
Photo of exterior Photo link      -        Photo of interior Inside photo link

The two Olympian deckers J860/1CEV have now both been scrapped on site
Olympian S260KLG is still in the fleet and is used as a spare vehicle. PHOTO

P and O Lloyd, Bagillt
The latest arrival is a Mercedes Tourismo which has come from Conlon Travel, Monaghan in the Republic of Ireland. It is currently registered 141-MN-149 but is awaiting testing, registration and will receive the firm's cream livery. PHOTO LINK It is replacing Paragon PN07LLK.

Jonckheeres MX05AHJ/K have both been re-registered to 5373PO and 5182PO respectively.

Egerton, Prestatyn
The fleet has now been reduced to just his Toyota Coaster / Caetano P552VRF. His Iveco R871UWJ has been sold for scrap.

Coastline, Rhyl
This firm has been operating taxis and private hire vehicles for a number of years and operated under the emergency timetable an ex GHA service in Denbighshire. They have now purchased a Volvo B7R / Jonckheere SF53MGO. This coach will be used on a newly won school contract and is also likely to be used on private hire. The firm may purchase further similar vehicles. - PHOTO LINK

N E Wales news 14 March 2017

posted 14 Mar 2017, 07:39 by Ron Newbe   [ updated 14 Mar 2017, 07:50 ]

Strafford's Coaches, Coedpoeth Wrexham

Arriving yesterday was YJ57ENV Mercedes-Benz 1523L / Unvi Cimo - C41F - It was new in January 2008 to Commandery, Worcester who was the last operator. It is currently in plain white but will gain the firms livery shortly - <<PHOTO>>

The other Unvi SN55KAA has been re-registered to TS55GAS

George Edwards and Son, Bwlchgwyn, Wrexham

Latest arrival here is Temsa Safari YJ08EDK. It was new in June 2008 and has mainly been owned by Arriva Rentals and seen use by a number of operators. It is not a stranger to north Wales as it spent a while on loan with Jones, Flint in 2011.

Pats Coaches, Southsea, Wrexham

Their Unvi S888STS has been re-registered to KEZ8765. The recently acquired ex Terravision Scania / Irizar YT10WLA has been repainted to white (with black relief) and is seeing some use. Whilst being offerred for sale it will recieve the firms vinyl livery shortly. <<PHOTO LINK>>

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