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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 R19YHS the MAN / Transliner has now been withdrawn.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>>

Townlynx, Greenfield

posted 2 Mar 2017, 07:56 by Ron Newbe

As reported recently this operator is purchasing two ADL E20D MMC which are anticipated to arrive in mid March.  The firm are currently benefiting from a demonstrator which is operating the 28/28A Flint - Mold - Wrexham service which is where the new vehicles are expected to work.  Photos of YX65RLO - HERE

Unicorn Travel, Llay

posted 2 Mar 2017, 07:43 by Ron Newbe

Arriving yesterday to join this small fleet is brand new MAN Neoplan Tourliner OU17ORN -

Unvi YN55KWC (the white one) is currently on sale and the Transliner R19YHS will be withdrawn at the end of this month.

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