Saturday, 21 January 2017

Trip to Derby / Smalley Cross 21-01-2017
















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257Derby BSOakwood, Adj Smalley Drive 11Notts & Derby
454Oakwood, Opp Smalley DriveDerby BS11Notts & Derby
767Derby, Derwent Street (Stop C7)Derby, Adj Meteor Centre Park-and-RideD1Notts & Derby
792Derby, Adj Meteor Centre Park-and-RideDerby, Derwent Street (Stop C7)D1Notts & Derby
264Derby, Derwent Street (Stop C7)Derby, Adj Meteor Centre Park-and-RideD1Notts & Derby
264Derby, Adj Meteor Centre Park-and-RideDerby, Derwent Street (Stop C7)D1Notts & Derby
600Derby BSSmalley Cross, Rose & Crown59Notts & Derby
766Smalley Cross, Rose & CrownDerby BS59Notts & Derby


Today we decided to re-visit Derby. We had received a tip-off from one of our Flickr/Facebook friends telling us that this Saturday was going to be an unofficial running day for the last remaining Optare Excels in the Notts & Derby. Our previous visit to Derby was for the Notts & Derby Olympians running day which had been well publicised. We couldn't find anything on the web regarding this running day, so we decided to take a chance that it was true and visit Derby regardless. The night before I had received a message stating that required Notts & Derby 257 was going to be on the #11 service to Ilkeston, dud Notts & Derby 258 was going to be on the #73 to Weston-on-Trent and required Notts & Derby 264 was going to be on the D1 Meteor Retail Park service. Research for the trip consisted of downloading and e-mailing myself the relevant 3 timetables. I for to check the weather, which turned out to be overcast and bitterly cold! Matthew got up around 10:00 and had toast an orange juice for breakfast. We set off around 11:45 and we ran down to the A5035. We drove through Dresden up to Longton and we took the Westbound A50 to the next roundabout and we turned right into Baths Road. We filled up with petrol at Tesco and then we went Eastwards along the A50. As we travelled up towards Meir tunnel we passed D&G 139 on 'The Orange ONE' service to Newcastle. We passed the Copeland's Tours depot and we saw orange coach MIB 118 parked up there. We continued East and we saw Copeland's Tours coach MIB 246 parked up in a lay-by with a L plate on the back. Travelling East along the A50 we saw Linburg IIG 7743, a Blue coach (possibly Jones) reg like ?14 JPC & Midlands Classic 21(#401). We came off the A50 at the A511 and we travelled down to Hatton. We stopped at the Salt Box Cafe where Matthew used the toilet. After using the facilities Matthew had a breakfast washed down with a small bottle of Coke. Whilst we were there we saw Trent Barton 659 (V1), Midlands Classic 76 (#401) and a green and cream Derby Corporation half cab double decker 27. When we had finished eating we got back into the car and we ran up to Derby along the A516 and onto the A38. We ran into town along Ashbourne Road and we went around the inner ring road, turning right onto The Cock Pitt. We entered the Riverside car park and we parked up. We crossed over Morledge inside the car park and then we went down the lift down to level 2. WE said goodbye to mum and we went down the steps onto the street below. We walked under the car park bridge and we saw Arriva Midlands 2517 on a #7 from Sinfin.


Arriva Midlands 2517 in Derby bus station
We hadn't seen any of the 3 Notts & Derby buses yet, but there was plenty of interesting buses around. Derby County where playing at home and there were buses of supporters past every few minutes... Most of the buses were older high floor vehicles. We saw Hawkes Coaches Volvo single decker R978 XVM heading South towards Pride Park. We crossed over Morledge and we stood on the corner by the bus station whilst we waited for one of the buses appear. Whilst we waited we saw Trent Barton coach 88 on the Red Arrow express service to Nottingham.


Trent Barton 88 in Derby bus station
A few minutes later we saw Trent Barton 87 on another Red Arrow express service to Nottingham.


Trent Barton 87 in Derby bus station
Outside of the bus station we saw Notts+Derby double decker 34 on a shuttle service to Pride Park.


Notts+Derby 34 in Derby bus station
Traffic in and around the bus station was running slow due to it being a matchday. A few minutes later we saw Trent Barton 687, branded for the Sixes services towards Belper.


Trent Barton 687 in Derby bus station
This was followed by Arriva Midlands 4400 which had just arrived on a #38 service from Sinfin.


Arriva Midlands 4400 in Derby bus station
This was followed by Arriva Midlands double decker 4217 on a #1 from Alvaston.


Arriva Midlands 4217 in Derby bus station
A few minutes later we saw Trent Barton 257 arrive into the bus station. It didn't some straight on stand it went on layover. We went and stood at the correct stand for the #11 service and a minute or so later a Solo arrived with #11. It emptied out and then disappeared again. Whilst we stood waiting for a bus to appear we saw dud Trent Barton 258 come in on the #73 service. A few minutes later to our relief we saw Trent Barton 257 come onto the stand.


Notts+Derby 257 in Derby bus station
We got on the bus and we purchased Notts & Derby Enthusiasts Day tickets for £6 each. We were first on the bus so Matthew took a picture inside Notts & Derby 257 before we sat down.


Inside Notts+Derby 257
We set off out of the bus station, passing Hawkes Coaches R557 LGH on a football service. We continued onto the anti-clockwise ring road where we were passed by Harpurs Coaches P403 MDT. We then came off and under the ring road onto Eastgate. At the roundabout we came off onto Nottingham Road and we ran Eastwards out of town traffic was slow due to it being a match day and we crawled out of town until we got to Chaddeston Lane where we turned left. As we travelled North we passed Harpurs double decker X423 PFE on a #23 Football service. We turned left onto Morley Road and we ran North for around 1 1/2 miles. The #11 service is a 1 hour 45 minute round trip, and an hourly service. If we wanted to get in more than 4 or 5 buses, we had to get off somewhere and catch the other bus on the route or be out of town for a further hour. We had planned to go to Stanley, but the late running due to football traffic meant we had to get off earlier than we planned. As we went up Morley road we spotted two bus tops opposite to each other in Oakwood, so we decided to get up and get off the bus. The bus continued North up to Derby Road and neither of us managed to get a decent picture! We crossed the road and we stood at the stop on a narrow pavement next to a fast road. We didn't have to wait to long before we saw a bus approaching... Disappointingly at was Notts & Derby Solo 454 on the #11 to Derby.


Notts+Derby 454 in Oakwood
We got on the bus and we flashed the N&D Enthusiasts Day Ticket to the driver. Matthew tried to beep the horn and we had to wrestle him away from the cab before we sat down towards the back of the bus. We travelled South for around a mile and a half and we continued onto Chaddesden Lane. At the end we turned right onto Nottingham Road and we ran into town. We crossed the Pentagon roundabout and we went under the ring road onto Exeter Street and we saw required Notts and derby 264 on the D1 service go past on Derwent Street. The bus emptied out in front of us and we encourage Matthew to take a picture inside Notts & Derby 454 at this point.


Inside Notts+Derby 454
We turned left into Corporation Street and forwards onto Morledge before we turned left into the bus station. We tried to get Matthew off the bus without him honking the horn, but despite two of us wrestling with he managed to do it :( Adjacent to the Solo that we had just got off was national Express liveried Edwards Coaches BX16 CHY on a #321 to Bradford.


Edwards BX16 CHY in Derby bus station
We decided to take a few pictures before visiting the toilet and then walking over to Derwent Street to get in the last required Optare Excel on the D1 service. We had a clear view of the Hawkes coaches double decker R557 LGH which was on layover, so we went up the side of the bus station to get a picture. As we got there Hawkes Coaches single decker R978 XVM pulled up in front of it.


Hawkes Coaches R978 XVM in Derby bus station
We walked back into the bus station and we saw Chalfonts BK14 LEF on a #230 to Gatwick Airport


Chalfonts BK14 LEF in Derby bus station
We went inside the bus station and Matthew used the toilet before we left the bus station out of the East exit and we walked along the River Derwent to Derwent Street. When we energed onto the street we crossed the road and we saw Trent Barton 163 on layover in between services on the Nines.


Trent Barton 163 in Derby
We waited at the stop outside the registry office for the next D1 service. A few minutes later the bus turned up and it was required Notts & Derby 767 on the D1 to the Meteor Retail Park.


Notts+Derby 767 in Derby
We got on the bus and we flashed the N&D Enthusiasts Day Ticket to the driver before we sat down towards the back of the bus. The bus set off along Derwent Street and we turned left onto Stuart Street. We went under the ring road and then we joined Mansfield Road going Northwards. Where Mansfield Road became Alfreton Road we turned right and we crossed over the railway line. Just to the South we could see the Linburg bus and coach garage where we could see a line of double decker buses. We joined the Northbound A608 and we went past the Rollerworld roller rink before we turned left into the Meteor Retail Park, passing Notts & Derby 792 which was on the other D1 turn. It appeared that Notts & Derby 264 had been taken off the D1's :( At the first roundabout we did a u-turn so that the bus was facing the right way to return into town. We let the bus empty and Matthew took a picture inside Notts & Derby 767.


Inside Notts+Derby 767
Once we got off the bus Matthew took another picture of Notts & Derby 767 before it returned into town.


Notts+Derby 767 in Meteor Retail Park
We let the bus go as they were every 10 minutes and we required Notts & Derby 792 anyway. Whilst we waited for the bus to appear Matthew shared a somewhat battered double Milky may with me and uncle Dave. A few minutes later we saw the bus approaching and as expected it was Notts & Derby 792.


Notts+Derby 792 in Meteor Retail Park
We got on the bus and we flashed the N&D Enthusiasts Day Ticket to the driver. This bus was out of a different batch off Plaxton Centro's acquired form elsewhere, as such it was very different inside compared to our last bus. Matthew took a picture inside Notts & Derby 792.


Inside Notts+Derby 792
We set off out of the retail park and onto the Southbound A608. We joined Mansfield Road and we crossed the railway line before we followed the road to the left and into the town under the ring road on Pheonix Street. We turned right onto Derwent Street and as we crossed over the river we spotted required Notts & Derby 264 about to work the next D1 service. The bus must have gone with the driver back to the depot for a meal break and had promptly returned for the second part of the shift :) The bus stop at a set down only stop opposite to the Optare Excel so we quickly crossed over the road and Matthew got a picture of Notts & Derby 264 before we jumped on it.


Notts+Derby 264 in Derby
We flashed the N&D Enthusiasts Day Ticket to the driver and we sat down towards the back of the bus. The bus that we had just got off was now displaying X17 and it went around the corner towards the bus station. We set off as we had done before up Derwent Street and left into Stuart Street. We continued as we had done on the previous run on Pheonix Street, Mansfield Road the A608 and into the retail park before we did a u-turn at the first roundabout ready to return back to Derby. We let the bus empty and Matthew took a picture inside Notts & Derby 264.


Inside Notts+Derby 264
We got off the bus and we made a decision to do the bus straight back to Derby, as we had been on the other bus on the route and the withdrawal of this bus from service was imminent. We took another picture of Notts & Derby 264 whilst we waited for the bus to be readied for service of the return trip.


Notts+Derby 264 in Meteor Retail Park
We got back on the bus and we flashed the N&D Enthusiasts Day Ticket to the driver before we sat down towards the back of the bus. A couple of minutes later we returned back to town via the A608, Mansfield Road, Pheonix Street and onto Derwent Street. This time the bus did a u-turn outside the Derby Assembly Rooms and onto the Derwent Street C7 stop. We got up and got off the bus and Matthew took another picture of Notts & Derby 264 before we headed back to the bus station.


Notts+Derby 264 in Derby
We crossed over Derwent street and we walked back to the bus station alongside the river. Once in the bus station we decided that we would have time for one quick out and back before the parking ticket ran out. We knew that we didn't have time to do dud Notts & Derby 258 on the #73 as we would only get one bus in and it would not be a required one and we would be late! We looked at the display and we saw that there were two Notts & Derby service at 16:30. One was a X17 Borrowash express service and the other was a #59 to Ilkeston via Breadsall & Brackley Gate. Both buses were on adjacent stands 2 & 3. We had around 15 minutes to wait for these buses,so we went outside of the bus station to the corner of Morledge to take a few pictures whilst we waited. It was starting to go dark and it was very cold, so we didn't stay here too long. We did see Arriva Midlands white single decker YJ58 FFD on a #7 to Sinfin.


Arriva Midlands YJ58 FFD in Derby bus station
We had seen required Notts & Derby 600 on layover and it was displaying 59 so we assumed that this was going to one of the two buses. We went into the bus station and we dcided there was just time for Matthew to visit the toilet before the buses were due on stand. There was only just time, as we had to wait for the toilet to become vacant! We walked back to the stands and we saw required Notts & Derby 765 on the X17. We then saw Notts & Derby 600 pull up on stand as we expected.


Notts+Derby 600 in Derby bus station
We decided to do Notts & Derby 600... I think Matthew based the decision on the fact that it looked similar internaly to the First Potteries Wright Solar Eclipse buses 65727-65733! We got on the bus and we flashed the N&D Enthusiasts Day Ticket to the driver before we sat down towards the back of the bus. We set off out of the bus station and onto Morledge and we went North up to Derwent street where we turned right. The route was the same as the D1 as far as the retail park. We turned left onto Stuart Street and we crossed under the ring road on Pheonix Street and onto Mansfield Road. We crossed the railway line and we ran north up the A608 and past the retail park. It was now proper dark and we quickly went out of the city in open countryside. I had already seen that this service was hourly and had a 1hr 50 round trip time, so we had to get off somewhere and come back on the other bus on the service. The problem was that we didn't know the area and we were trying to time get on a bus coming the other way or get well and truly bowled out! I resorted to find where I wanted to get off on google maps and using this to plot our position against the time. We followed Arriva Midlands #38 branded double decker bus 4404 up Mansfield Road which was on a #24 Chaddesden circular service. We travelled about 1 1/2 miles and then we turned sharp left onto Brookside Road. We ran into Breadsall and we turned right onto Church lane and then Moor Road. We then we stormed North through the night for around 2 miles where the road turned sharp left. We continued straight onto Cloves Hill and we ran for a further 1/3 of a mile before we turned right onto Woodside to head into Smalley Cross. The bus had emptied out so I encourage Matthew to take a picture inside Notts & Derby 600.


Inside Notts+Derby 600
I could see we were getting close to the point where I wanted to get off, and when I could see streetlight I assumed correctly that we were coming to the crossroad where I wanted to get off. We stood up to get off the bus and the bus stopped at the lights on the crossroads. I asked the driver where the returns stop was and he pointed to a stop just across the road barely visible in the dark. He told us there was a bus due to pass us soon to which I replied "I know, that's why we're getting of here to go straight back!". We went forwards onto the A609 and we got off the bus. Matthew took another picture of Notts & Derby 600 as it disappeared into the night...


Notts+Derby 600 in Smalley Cross
We waited for a gap in the traffic and we crossed over the road. We looked up and we saw the bus approaching a few hundred yards up the road! We made it with around a minute to spare! As it got closer we saw that it was required Notts & Derby 766.


Notts+Derby 766 in Smalley Cross
We got on the bus and we flashed the N&D Enthusiasts Day Ticket to the driver for the final time today before we sat down towards the back of the bus. We set off Westwards along the A609 and we crossed over the crossroads onto Woodside. It was properly dark as we travelled back via Brackley gate, Breadsall and down the A608. As we passed the Meteor Retail park we saw Notts & Derby 264 waiting to work the D1 back into town. It was probably going to be the last time we saw a Notts & Derby Optare Excel working a bus service. We continued back into twon along Mansfield Road, Pheonix Street and Derwent Street and we turned right into Morledge. We entered the bus station and as the bus was now going onto the #73 we went right the way down to the bottom end of the bus station onto the outdoor coach stands! The bus was empty so Matthew took a picture inside Notts & Derby 766 before we got off it.


Inside Notts+Derby 766
We met up with mum and we went into the shop in the bus station. This has to be probably one of the biggest bus station shops in the country where you could probably buy everything to make a 3 course dinner,albeit at a premium price before you caught your bus home! Matthew brought a couple of cans of Coke and some chocolate bars before returned onto Morledge towards the car park. on the way was saw required Trent Barton 911 on a Skylink service.


Trent Barton 911 in Derby bus station
We got in the lift up to floor 2 and we validate the parking ticket before we got back into the lift to go up the level 4. We went out of the car park and Matthew very helpfully put the ticket in the machine so that we could leave the car park. We came out of the car park and i turned in the wrong direction onto ring road. We then ended up going East along the A52 towards Nottingham. We spotted a sign for the A6 so we took that down to the A50. We then travelled 35 odd mile West along the A500, passing close to Uttoxeter and Blythe Bridge. We came off the A50 a Longton so that we could check out what was on Z Carz this evening. In the first row we saw Z Carz Volkswagen minibus OV05 WSW.


Z Carz OV05 WSW in Longton
Also in the first row was Z Carz Vauxhall minibus X599 WDY.


Z Carz X599 WDY in Longton
Next to the Vauxhall was Z Carz Renault minibus BU04 GYW.


Z Carz BU04 GYW in Longton
Closest vehicle in the front row was Z Carz Ford minibus GL04 CVE.


Z Carz GL04 CVE in Longton
In the second row was Z Carz Renault minibus Y568 XFV. We turned left into willow Row to see what was parked in the compound. In the yard we saw Z Carz Iveco minibus YJ53 WPD.


Z Carz YJ53 WPD in Longton
We also saw Z Carz new Mercedes minibus LV52 TZY. We turned around and we got back onto the Westbound A50 which we did as far as Heron Cross. We travelled through Blurton along Blurton Road and we turned right onto Church Road. We turned right onto Beaconsfield Drive and we got home just after 18:30. For a late tea Matthew had bangers & mash with carrots followed by a slice of lemon meringue pie. We then chilled out on the computer until bedtime around 01:00... Mark

Friday, 20 January 2017

Trip to Joiners Square / Trent Vale 20-01-2017
















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DV10 JCUBlurtonFentonCharterShelton Care Group
DY08 FFXJoiners SquareBlurtonCharterShelton Care Group
67635Magdalen Road, BlurtonTrent Vale, opp Chubb Way22First Potteries


Today Matthew was going to the pub for his tea, but not before he had been to his day service. Matthew got up around 08:00 and had toast and orange juice for breakfast. Just before 09:00 his transport to his day service turned up and it was Shelton Care Group DV10 JCU.


Shelton Care Group DV10 JCU in Blurton
We got on the bus and we set off onto the A5035 and we crossed over the railway line into Trentham. We turned right into New Inn lane and right again into Pacific Drive. After we picked up another service user we headed back onto New Inn Lane and then onto the A5035. We turned left at Church Road and then we went Forwards onto Blurton Road through Blurton and across the A50. We went through Heron Cross and onto Heron Street. Having crossed the railway line we Turned left onto Christchurch Street and to our destination. In the morning Matthew did some baking. Matthew made some cream filled jam tarts. At dinner time Matthew went to McDonalds in a Magnum taxi. We set off onto Glebedale Road and we turned left onto City Road. We turned right onto Manor Street and at the end we turned left onto Victoria Road. We ran down the road and we stopped at McDonalds. Matthew went to the toilet and then had burger and fries washed down with a cup of Coke. Afterwards we walked down the road to Poundstretcher where Matthew brought a small bottle Coke. We then got an ABC Supreme taxi to the pub. We set off onto Victoria Road and we crossed over Joiners Square roundabout onto Lichfield Street and to the pub. At the pub Matthew went to the toilet and then had a glass of Coke. Highlights of the bus sightings included First Potteries 63098 on a #6A to Hanley. Matthew then listened to songs on the Jukebox including The Eagles and the Beautiful South. When it was time to go we set got on Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX for the journey home. We set off onto Palmerston Street and we turned right onto the A52 and we saw Z Carz BU04 GYW. We crossed over Joiners Square roundabout and we turned right onto Cauldon Road. We turned right onto Boughey Road and then left onto The Avenue. At the end we turned right onto Stoke Road and we ran down to the A500. As we went South we saw Ellen Smith coach YJ11 ANF. We came of the A500 at Hanford onto the A34 and we travelled South to Trentham Garden and we turned left onto the A5035. We turned left onto New Inn Lane and we dropped off another service user before returning onto the A5035. We crossed over the railway line into Blurton and Matthew got home around 15:00. He took another picture of Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX before it returned to the day centre.


Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX in Blurton
Matthew had toast and a glass of dandelion & burdock whilst he waited for the time to go out and catch the bus. Today we went to catch the 16:26 to Newcastle. Matthew had seen the bus earlier in the day and it First Potteries 67635. We set off on foot to the bus stop all the way onto Magdalen Road. A few minutes later our bus appeared and it was as expected First Potteries 67635 on a #22 to Newcastle.


First Potteries 67635 in Blurton
We got on the bus and we booked to Harpfield Road before we sat down towards the back of the bus. We set off onto the A5035 and we passed Z Carz HK57 LGW & black minibus BL06 TKF. We ran over the railway line into Trentham and we passed First Class Travel RO62 LTU before we turned right into New Inn Lane. We ran into Hanford and we turned right into Wilson Road, passing first Potteries 67155 on the #21 to the Trentham Hotel. We ran down Church Lane, passing Free Spirits MK52 PXH. We joined the A34 and we saw white minibus R2 OGO. After running under the A500 into Trent Vale. We turned right onto Harpfields Road where we got up and got off the bus. Matthew took another First Potteries 67635 before it carried on towards Newcastle.


First Potteries 67635 in Trent Vale
Once off the bus we walked back onto the A34 where we saw E-zec patient transport YJ16 GHF heading South.


E-zec patient transport YJ16 GHF in Trent Vale
A bit further down the road we saw First Potteries 65037 on a #101 to Hanley.


First Potteries 65037 in Trent Vale
As we passed the bus stop we saw First Potteries 65033 on a Stafford bound #101 service.


First Potteries 65033 in Trent Vale
Just before mum arrived we saw First Potteries 67637 on a #22 service to Longton.


First Potteries 67637 in Trent Vale
Once mum arrived we went int the pub. Matthew had a brunch with oatcakes followed by toffee sponge pudding with ice cream. Whilst we ate highlights of the passing buses included ABC Supreme BX54 EDJ as well as First Potteries 37633 on the final #22 turn. When it was time to go we got in the car to go pick up uncle Dave. We ran down the A34 and we got onto the Northbound A500. At Sideway we went East on the A50. We came off the A50 at Heron Cross. We then dropped down into Fenton to pick up uncle Dave. We then headed back up to Heron Cross and we crossed the A50 and into Blurton. We ran along Blurton Road and we passed taxi mininbus LB11 LVV before we turned right onto Church Road. We turned right into Beaconsfield Drive and we saw First Potteries 67633 on a #22 turn. We got home around 18:00. Matthew chilled out on his computer and we sorted a few things out. We chilled out on the sofa until bedtime around 00:00... Mark

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Trip to Stone / Trent Vale 17-01-2017
















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DV10 JCUBlurtonFentonCharterShelton Care Group
DV10 JCUFentonStoneCharterShelton Care Group
DV10 JCUStoneFentonCharterShelton Care Group
DY08 FFXFentonBlurtonCharterShelton Care Group
67603Magdalen Road, BlurtonNewcastle, opp Cherry Tree PH22First Potteries


Today Matthew was going to Grandma's, but not before he had been to his day service. Matthew got up around 08:00. He got dressed and had a sausage sandwich and orange juice for breakfast. Just before 09:00 his transport to his day service turned up and it was Shelton Care Group DV10 JCU.


Shelton Care Group DV10 JCU in Blurton
We got on the bus and we set off onto the A5035 and we crossed over the railway line into Trentham. We turned right into New Inn lane and right again into Pacific Drive. After we picked up another service user we headed back onto New Inn Lane and then onto the A5035. We turned left at Church Road and then we went Forwards onto Blurton Road through Blurton and across the A50. We went through Heron Cross and onto Heron Street. Having crossed the railway line we Turned left onto Christchurch Street and to our destination. In the morning Matthew went to Flip Out in Stone on Shelton Care Group DV10 JCU. We got on bus and we set off onto Glebedale Road and we continued onto Station Bridge Road. We followed the road around onto Heron Street and we went through to Heron Cross. We travelled through Blurton along Blurton Road and we went forwards onto Church Road. At the end we went right onto the A5035. We crossed the railway into Trentham and we ran down to the A34. At Trentham Gardens we turned left and we headed down the A34 to Stone. We ran South for around 5 miles past the town and then we turned right into the industrial estate and up to the unit. At Flip Out Matthew went to the toilet and then went on the trampolines. After a strenuous session Matthew returned to Shelton Care Group DV10 JCU for the journey back to Fenton. We left the industrial estate and we ran down to the A34. We went North for 5 miles and then we turned right onto the A5035. We ran over the railway line into Blurton and we turned left onto Church Road. We turned left onto Blurton Road and we ran through Blurton up to Heron Cross. We went forwards onto Heron Street and and we followed the road around onto Station Bridge Road. We went onto Glebedale Roadand to the day centre. For dinner Matthew had pizza and chips followed by cake. In the afternoon Matthew walked to The Range for to do some shopping. We set off onto City Road. As we crossed over the road to the Baths we saw Copeland's Tours MIB 614.


Copeland's Tours MIB 614 in Fenton
We walked to the bottom of City Road and we crossed over. In The Range Matthew went to the cafe and had a drink of Coke. After we had finished Matthew returned to the day centre up City Road. When it was time to go home we went on Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX. We set off onto Glebedale Road and we continued onto Station Bridge Road. We followed the road around onto Heron Street and we went through to Heron Cross. We traveled through Blurton along Blurton Road and we went forwards onto Church Road. At the end we went right onto the A5035. We crossed the railway into Trentham and then right into New Inn Lane. After dropping of a service user we got back onto the A5035 and we ran into Blurton. We got home just before 15:00. Matthew took a picture of Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX before it returned to the day centre.


Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX in Blurton
Matthew had toast and a can of Coke whilst he waited for the time to go out and catch the bus. Today we went to catch the 16:26 to Newcastle. Matthew had seen the bus earlier in the day and it was First Potteries 67603. We set off on foot to the bus stop all the way onto Magdalen Road. A few minutes later the bus appeared and it was First Potteries 67603 as expected.


First Potteries 67603 in Blurton
We got on the bus and we booked to Newcastle and we sat down towards the back of the bus. We set off onto the A5035 and we saw First Potteries 67643 & Aimee's minibus KE05 MMF before we ran over the railway line into Trentham. We passed white minibus YK08 PVA and we turned right into New Inn Lane. We ran up the hill and we entered Hanford. As we turned right into Wilson Road we saw First Potteries 67152 on the #21 to the Trentham Hotel. We then turned left into Church Lane. We joined the A34 and we saw black minibus YJ64 BXG. We headed into Trent Vale and we turned right into Harpfields Road. We continued onto Hilton Road and we saw First Potteries 53209 on the final #22 turn. We turned left into the hospital we saw First Potteries 32632 on a #25 to Hanley and Magnum PJ62 BKO. We turned right onto the A34 and a couple of stops down the road we got up and got off the bus. Matthew took another picture of First Potteries 67603 as it carried on towards the bus station.


First Potteries 67603 in Newcastle
We crossed over the A34 and we then walked back towards Grandma's house. At Grandma's Matthew had a can of Irn Bru and used her computer. We said goodbye to Grandma around 18:30. We set off onto Occupation Street and we turned left onto Victoria Road. We turned right onto West Street and left onto marsh Parade. We joind the A52 and we ran up the hill to Hartshill. At the roundabout we went onto the B5405. We ran along Shelton New Road and we turned by the old Twyfords factory. We ran under the A53 before joining the Eastbound carriageway. We ran through Etruria and up through Cobridge and onto Sandbach Road where we saw Stanton's of Stoke coach 82 HBC. We ran into Smallthorne via Sneyd Hill. We crossed the roundabouts and we ran down Ford Green Road. We turned left onto Fell Street and right onto Coseley Street where we dropped something off. we went forwards onto Duddell Road to drop something off. We then rejoined Chell Heath Road and we turned right onto Ford Green Road. We ran around Saturn Road, Mars Street and Jupiter Street and we stopped again. Whilst stopped we saw D&G 161 & First Potteries 42892 on the #8 to Ball Green. We ran back up to Smallthorne Roundabout and we turned left onto High Lane. We turned right onto Northam Road and we returned onto the A5272 via Chorlton Road and Birches Head Road. We ran into Hanley and onto the ring road. We turned left onto Lichfield Street. At Joiners Square crossed the roundabout onto Victoria Road. We stopped at McDonalds to pick up food for Matthew. We continued up Victoria Road onto the A50 link road. We ran up to the A50 and we went West to Heron Cross. We turned left onto Blurton Road and we ran through Blurton. We turned right into Church Road and right again onto Beaconsfield Drive. We got home around 19:45. When we got back Matthew ate his McDonalds, which was a cheeseburger, fries and chicken nuggets washed down with a Coke. Matthew then chilled out on his computer until bedtime around 23:30... Mark

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Trip to Cannock / Bloxwich 14-01-2017


























































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3905Cannock BSHednesford BS26Arriva Midlands
3866Hednesford BSCannock BS26Arriva Midlands
2401Cannock BSBrownhills, Silver St (Stop BD)3Arriva Midlands
2744Brownhills, Brickiln Street (Stop BE)Cannock BS3Arriva Midlands
3763Cannock BSBloxwich, Bulls Head (Stop BD)1Arriva Midlands
3305Bloxwich, Bulls Head (Stop BP)Cannock BS1Arriva Midlands


Today we decided to re-visit Cannock. We had checked the weather for today and it was for cool cloudy weather, slightly brighter in the North. We gave Matthew a list of nearby destinations in the North West and Midlands and from the list Matthew chose Cannock. Matthew got up around 10:00 and had toast and apple juice for breakfast. We set off just before 12:00 and we ran down to the A5035. We ran West to the A34 and then we went North as far as Whitmore Road. We turned left onto Whitmore Road and we ran up the the A519 before joining the M6 at junction 15. As we ran South down the M6 we saw we passed an unidentified Prospect coach, An unidentified Pat's Coaches coach with a trailer, a black coach with red 'Spirit of the ??' on the side and an unidentified National Express liveried tri-axle coach on the Northbound #570. At Junction 12 we headed East along the A5 for a couple of miles before turning left onto the A4601 for the run into town. Coming into town we saw 2 of the 'new' arrivals from Arriva Aylesbury... Arriva Midlands Solo's 2403 on the #3 to Walsall & 2402 on the #62 to Lichfield. We parked on the multi storey car park by the bus station and we took the lift down into the shopping centre. On the way to the cafe we stopped at the facilities and Matthew used the toilet. We then head to 'The Copper Kettle' for dinner... A cafe that overlooks the bus station and gives great views of the bus coming and going, especially on the Wolverhampton and Pye Green circular stops. We took a table right by the window and we ordered food. Matthew had a breakfast washed down with a can of Coke. Whilst we ate we saw Select Bus services Dart 6 on the #67 to Wolverhampton as well as National Express West Midlands 850 on the #154 to Wolverhampton. We also saw Arriva Midlands dart 2371 on the #63 to Rugeley and Arriva Midlands 2736/3761/3866 & 3904 on the Pye Green circulars. When we had finished eating we said goodbye to mum and we walk the short distance from the cafe into the bus station and we saw required Arriva Midlands 3905 on the #26 Pye Green circular service.


Arriva Midlands 3905 in Cannock bus station
We decided to do this bus so we got on and we purchased an Arriva Midlands Day Saver at £6.20, Before we sat down towards the back of the bus. We set off out of the bus station and onto the Ringway. We did a 180' at the roundabout and we went East before continuing onto the A5190. We turned left onto the A4601 and we ran North for around 1/2 a mile. We turned left onto Crab Lane and then right onto Moss Road, a location where we broke down on Arriva Midlands 2328 on our first ever trip to Cannock back in November 2102. At the end of Moss Road we turned left onto Moss Street and then right onto Cannock Road. The bus emptied out a little and Matthew took a picture inside Arriva Midlands 3905.


Inside Arriva Midlands 3905
We continued North for another 1/2 mile and then we turned right onto Market Street where we crossed over the Rugeley to Walsall railway line. We turned left onto Victoria Street and we saw dud Arriva Midlands 3904 departing on a #25 Pye Green circular service. Arriva Midlands 3904 was a bus we had from Hinckley to Barwell on the #158 back in August 2014. We then got up and got off the bus. Once off the bus we spotted a taxi minibus parked up in Hednesford Tesco Extra car park. Closer inspect revealed it to be Hednesford Taxi's Mercedes minibus DK52 ZGU.


Hednesford Taxi's DK52 ZGU in Hednesford bus station
Across the road we saw required National Express West Midlands arrive in the bus station area. We had seen it at Cannock when we were setting off and it was now about to work the returned #154 Hednesford - Wolverhampton service.


NX West Midlands 854 in Hednesford bus station
We crossed the road to see when the other buses were due and it appeared the next Arriva Midlands bus back to Cannock would be the #26 Pye Green circular. Matthew wanted to get on National Express West Midlands 854 on the #154, but we didn't have the right ticket to ride on this bus unless we brought a different one. Matthew was a little dissapointed and we crossed the road reluctantly to wait for the next #26. few minutes later we saw the bus approaching... It was required Arriva Midlands 3866 on the #26 Pye Green circular.


Arriva Midlands 3866 in Hednesford bus station
We got on the bus and we flashed the Arriva Midlands day saver ticket to the driver before we sat down towards the back of the bus. The bus set off along Victoria Street and we did a 180' turn at the roundabout before returning onto Market Street. We turned right onto Station Road and we ran North for a round a 1/3 of a mile before we turned left onto Bradbury Lane. We continued West and forwards onto Broadhurst Green. Near to the Pye Green transmitter we turned left onto Pye Green Road and we travelled South back towards town. after about 2 miles we joined the A34 where we saw Arriva Midlands 2912 on a #74 to Stafford. We continued to the roundabout and we turned right onto the B5012 before we entered the bus station. We let the bus empty and then Matthew took a picture inside Arriva Midlands 3866.


Inside Arriva Midlands 3866
Once off the bus we decided to have a quick comfort break. We walked into the shopping centre and we went to the toilet. Once we had done we walked back to the bus station to consider what we were going to do next. The first thing we saw was required Arriva Midlands 2401 on a #3 to Walsall.


Arriva Midlands 2401 in Cannock bus station
We were considering doing required Arriva Midlands 3901 which was on the #2 to Walsall.


Arriva Midlands 3901 in Cannock bus station
The bus pulled off before we could get to it, so we considered what to do next. Reluctantly we decided to do Arriva Midlands 2401 on the #3 on the proviso that Matthew behaved himself... We got on the bus and we flashed the Arriva Midlands Day Saver ticket to the driver. We did have to wrestle with Matthew a little to stop him from honking the horn, but he did eventually sit down towards the back of the bus with a big grin on his face. We set off out of the bus station and we left the bus station onto the Ringway. We did a U-turn at the roundabout and we ran Eastwards out of town along the A5190. We crossed under the railway line and we continued to the A460. We ran North to the next roundabout and then we turned right onto Hayes Way. We continued Eastwards for around another mile, passing the Tesco Superstore on the way. We turned right onto the B4154 and we ran up the hill through Heath Hayes. We crossed the Five Ways roundabout onto Hednesford Road. We ran around Norton Canes and we ran North up Burntwood Road before we turned right onto Norton East Road. We continued down to Brownhills Road and we continued South past the Southern terminus of the Chasewater Railway. We crossed over the M6 toll and and then we went around an housing estate We turned right onto Cherwell Drive and then onto Shannon Drive. We joined the A5 at the Rising Sun roundabout and we ran East to The Parade. We headed South for about 1/3 of a mile and we joined the A452. The bus had now emptied out a little so Matthew took a picture inside Arriva Midlands 2401.


Inside Arriva Midlands 2401
We headed down the High Street and we travelled 3 stops down before we got up and got off the bus. Matthew took another picture of Arriva Midlands 2401 before it carried on South towards Walsall.


Arriva Midlands 2401 in Brownhills
Just behind the bus in the previous picture was a small group of people with massive cameras, who appeared to be pointing them at the flats above the shops. We crossed the road a bit further down and we waited at the the stop opposite. There was a flurry of bus activity where we saw National Express West Midlands 4601 on the #10 to Burntwood. We also saw iGo KX08 OML Plaxton Primo on the #24 to Catshill and Arriva Midlands 2162 on the #23 to White Horse Road.


Arriva Midlands 2162 in Brownhills
We checked the bus stop timetable to see when the next #3 was due. There wasn't time to go to a shop as the bus was due almost immediately. One of the gang of photographers had walked back to their car so I ask if there was a rare bird in the area. They said that they had been watching a small flock of Waxwings. A few minutes later we saw the bus in the distance. As it got closer we saw that it was required Arriva Midlands 2744.


Arriva Midlands 2744 in Brownhills
We got on the bus and we flashed the Arriva Midlands Day saver to the driver before we sat down towards the back of the bus. We set off up the High Street and we turned right onto the Parade. As we travelled North we saw a coach lurking in the trees on the West side of the bus road. We ran up to the A5 and we went West to the Rising sun roundabout and then North up Wilkin Road. We went around the housing estate along Shannon Drive and Cherwell Drive and then we continued North up Hednesford Road and over the M6 Toll. We turned right onto Norton East Road and we passed Arriva Midlands Solo 2402 on a Southbound #3 service. We ran around Norton Canes and then we went North up Hednesford Road to Five Ways. We crossed the roundabout and we went down Heath Hayes High Street and the bus emptied out a little and then filled up again at the same stop. We continued up the B4154 and then we turned left onto Hayes Way. We ran West for around a mile and then South along the A460. We then turned right onto the A5190 and we ran into Cannock town centre. We joined the Ringway and ran down to the bus station. When the bus got into the bus station we let the bus empty out and Matthew took a picture inside Arriva Midlands 2744.


Inside Arriva Midlands 2744
Once we got off the bus we looked around for something to catch to finish the day off with. Across the way we saw required Arriva Midlands 2403 on a #62 to Lichfield.


Arriva Midlands 2403 in Cannock bus station
We also saw required Arriva Midlands 3763 on a #1 to Walsall.


Arriva Midlands 3763 in Cannock bus station
We decided to do this single decker to Bloxwich, so we got on and flashed the Arriva Midlands Day saver ticket to the driver before we sat down towards the back of the bus. we set off out of the bus station and onto the Ringway. We ran East to the edge of town and then right onto the A4601. At the next set off lights we joined the Southbound A34 and we carried on to the A5. We crossed over the A5 and the M6 toll and we continued South down the A34 through Great Wyrley. We carried on for around another 3 miles and we entered Bloxwich from the North end. When we got into town we got up and got off the bus. Matthew then took another picture of Arriva Midlands 3763 before it carried on South towards Walsall.


Arriva Midlands 3763 in Bloxwich
The scene had changed at little since our last visit. The Black Bull pub had been knocked down and the toilet block had been shut. To be fair the toilet block did need something doing to it as it was a bit rough, hence why they probably did close it. We crossed over the road to the local papershop and Matthew had a can of Coke and a can of Vimto. He also had a couple of chocolate bars and a wriggly worm. We crossed over Wolverhampton Road and we saw a couple of buses approaching. One of the buses was Rotala Diamond 30211 on a #301 to Walsall.


Rotala Diamond 30211 in Bloxwich
We went around the corner to the Northbound stop and we saw dud Arriva Midlands 3302 on the #2 to Cannock. We sat at the stop and we saw that we had around 10 minutes to wait for the next #1. Matthew had a Milky Way whilst we waited. A few minutes later we saw National Express West Midlands 4190 on a #89 to Walsall via Pelsall.


NX West Midlands 4190 in Bloxwich
We were a bit concerned that we might be getting back onto the same bus. But when we saw it was a Streetlite approaching we were very relieved. As the bus got closer we saw that it was required Arriva Midlands 3305.


Arriva Midlands 3305 in Bloxwich
We got on the bus and we flashed the Arriva Midlands Day Saver ticket to the driver for the last time today before we sat down towards the back of the bus. The bus was quite full when we got on it, bus as the bus went North up the A34 and through Great Wyrley the bus almost complete emptied out. It was now dark as we crossed over M6 toll and A5. We continued into town up the A34 and at the top we turned right onto the A4601. We turned left onto the Ringway and we entered the bus station for the final time. We let the bus empty and Matthew took a picture inside Arriva Midlands 3305.


Inside Arriva Midlands 3305
Mum had moved the car to Asda, so whilst we waited for her to return to the car park, we decided to go to use the facilities as it was still not even 17:00. On the way to the shopping centre we saw Arriva Midlands 2374 on a #74 to Stafford.


Arriva Midlands 2374 in Cannock bus station
We went into the shopping centre and used the toilet and Matthew went to say hello to someone who was working in Argos. When we cam out and before we walked around to the car park we saw which was on the #3/#63 turn.


Arriva Midlands 2371 in Cannock bus station
We walked around to the car park and we didn't have to go too far up to find mum who was waiting with sausage rolls and a Bottle of Irn Bru for Matthew. Mum decided to drive home today, so we left the car park and we did the u turn on the Ringway roundabout and then when South down the A4601. We turned right onto the A5 and we ran West for a couple of miles to Gailey where we got onto the Northbound M6 at junction 12. Travelling back North up the M6 we passed an unidentified silver coach, as well as an unidentified Stagecoach Megabus with trailer. We travelled North for around 25 miles and then we came off at junction 15. We ran North up the A500 to Sideway. We went East along the A50 and we saw an unidentified Eavesway coach with returning Wigan Athletic fans from Burton Albion. we came off the A50 at Longton and we went to see what was parked up at Z Carz this evening. In the front row was Z Carz Citroen minibus LV10 OTM.


Z Carz LV10 OTM in Longton
Also in the front row was Z Carz Mercedes minibus LV52 TZY.


Z Carz LV52 TZY in Longton
The nearest minibus in the front row was Z Carz Ford minibus YS09 LWV.


Z Carz YS09 LWV in Longton
The nearest bus n the second row was Z Carz Ford minibus PY08 KDX.


Z Carz PY08 KDX in Longton
We turned into Willow Row to see what was parked up in the compound this evening. On the road outside was Z Carz Ford minibus HK57 LGW.


Z Carz HK57 LGW in Longton
In the compound was Z Carz silver Renault minibus DS07 LSN.


Z Carz DS07 LSN in Longton
We headed back onto the A50 and we crossed over onto baths Road and into Tesco Petrol station where we filled up with petrol. We then got back onto the Westbound A50 which we did up to Heron Cross. We travelled through Blurton along Blurton Road and we turned right onto Church Road. We turned right onto Beaconsfield Drive and we got home just after 18:00. For a late tea Matthew had bangers & mash with carrots followed by a jam filled shortbread biscuit. We then chilled out on the computer until bedtime around 01:00... Mark