Monday, 29 August 2016

Trip to Fenton / Cosford 29-08-2016
















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DV10 JCUBlurtonFentonCharterShelton Care Group
DV10 JCUFentonCosfordCharterShelton Care Group
DV10 JCUCosfordArlestonCharterShelton Care Group
DV10 JCUArlestonBlurtonCharterShelton Care Group


Today Matthew was going to his day service. As it was a bank holiday we had a day trip planned. Mathew got up around 08:00 and had toast and orange juice for breakfast. Just before 09;00 the bus appeared to pick up Matthew.... It was Shelton Care Group DV10 JCU.


Shelton Care Group DV10 JCU in Blurton
We got on the bus and we sat down. We set off down to the A5035 were we turned left. We turned left onto Church Road and at the roundabout we turned left onto Blurton Road. We joined the Eastbound A50 and we then turned left onto the A50 link Road and we ran up to City Road. We turned left and we ran to Glebedale Road and turned left and to our destination. After a quick stop it was back onto the minibus for a run down to the RAF museum at Cosford. We set off onto Glebedale Road and we turned left onto City Road. We ran down the hill towards the railway line and we saw First Potteries 65727 on a #25 service to Hanley. We ran under the railway line on the A52 and we joined the Southbound A500. We traveled down past past hanford over the A34 and we joined the Southbound M6 at Hanchurch. As we travled down the M6 we saw an unidentified The Travellers Choice coach and Mainline YN07 EXV. We came of the M5 at Junction 12 ans we went East on the A5. At the first set of traffic light we went right onto Vicarage Road and through Four Ashes. We joined the Southbound A449 and we ran a couple of miles to the M54. We joined the Westbound M54 and we came off at Junction 3. We went South and we parked up at the museum. Matthew went to the toilet and then they walked around the museum looking at planes. One such example was this Dominie jet XS709.


XS709 in Cosford
For dinner they decided to visit a nearby KFC in Arleston. We got back onto Shelton Care Group DV10 JCU and we ran back to the M54 and we ran West 3 junctions to the other side of Telford to the Wrekin Retail Park. We came off the M54 and we ran North up the A5233 and into the Retail Park. Matthew went to the toilet and than had chicken popcorn and fries washed down with a cup of Coke. After Matthew had finished eating we walked around the retail park. Matthew visited Homebase and then Pets at Home. In Pets at Home Matthew saw some rats.


Rats in Arleston
Also in the shop were some tropical fish.


Fish in Arleston
We then went to Asda. When it was time to go we got back on Shelton Care Group DV10 JCU for the journey back home. We filled up with fuel at the nearby Tesco petrol station. Once we had filled up we went back South down the A5233 and onto the Eastbound M54. We ran fast back to junction 2 and we cam off onto the Northbound A449. We went North to four Ashes and we turned right onto Vicarage Road and we ran North East up to the A5. We went West on the A5 for a short distance and then we joined the Northbound M6 at junction 12. As we traveled North we saw Richards Coaches A13 EBT. We ran North all the way up to Junction 15 and we came off the M6 onto the A500. We ran up to Hanford and we turned right onto the A34 where we saw First Potteries 42894 on a #21A to Hanley. We turned left onto Church lane and we climbed the hill. At the top we turned right onto Wilson Road. At the end we turned left into New Inn Lane and we ran int Trentham. After dropping off another service user we continued onto the A5035. We crossed the railway line into Blurton and Matthew got home just before 15:00. Matthew took another picture of Shelton Care Group DV10 JCU.


Shelton Care Group DV10 JCU in Blurton
For tea Matthew had chicken, potatoes and carrots followed by the rest of the cheesecake that he made in the day centre on Friday. Matthew then chilled out watching television ans using his computer until bedtime around 23:00... Mark

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Trip to Leigh / Salford 27-08-2016








































































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69164Leigh BSTyldesley, Elliott Street/Tyldesley Square (Stop D)35First Manchester
39252Tyldesley, Stanley Street/Meanley Street (Stop G)Salford, Broad St/Pendleton Church (Stop U)V2First Manchester
10444Broad St/Pendleton Church (Stop Q)Leigh BS34Stagecoach Manchester
192Leigh BSLeigh, before Warrington Road/Central Avenue28Network Warrington
89Leigh, opp Warrington Road/Central AvenueLeigh BS19Network Warrington
30910Leigh BSDaisy Hill, nr Leigh Road/Hartford Road517Rotala Diamond
21245Daisy Hill, Leigh Road/Daisy Hill Station (Stop B)Hindley, Wigan Road/Bird i'th' Hand (Stop B)540Stagecoach Manchester
22354Hindley, Wigan Road/Hindley Council Offices (Stop A)Leigh BS598Stagecoach Manchester


Today we decided to re-visit Leigh. We checked the weather for today and it was for mainly cloudy weather with showers. The weather looked better in the North West than the Midlands and from the list Matthew chose Leigh. Matthew got up around 10:00 and had toast and orange juice for Breakfast. We set off around 12:00 onto the A5035 and we turned right onto Stanley Matthews Way. We joined the Westbound A50 and we turned right onto the Northbound A500. Traffic was slow up through Stoke and Longport but it eased up as we got North of Tunstall. When we got to the M6 it was at a near standstill. As we joined the M6 we saw white minibus YX54 FKA. We also saw 3 Solus coaches two of which we got close to. These were Solus Coaches YS16 LNC and YN14 PMO. Traffic eased up and we got in front of the two coaches. As we got to the roadworks section of the M6 we were passed by Solus Coaches YN14 PMO.


Solus Coaches YN14 PMO the on M6
Shortly afterwards we were passed by Solus Coaches YS16 LNC.


Solus Coaches YS16 LNC the on M6
Further up the M6 we saw ABC Supreme minibus SJ13 WYD & P&O Lloyd coach BG64 UZV. We left the M6 at junction 22 onto Winwick lane and we travelled North to Lowton. We turned right onto Newton Road and we crossed over the A580. Newton Road became St Helens Road and we continued North over the A579 and into Leigh town centre. We turned right onto Spinning Jenny Way and we ran around onto gas Street and onto the main car park. We parked up and Matthew sued the toilet in the block outside the shopping centre. We walked through the shopping centre and when we got to the bus station we saw First Manchester 33725 on a #582 to Bolton.


First Manchester 33725 in Leigh bus station
We ate at the burger van outside the bus station 'Scrumptious' where there are tables and chairs and a gazebo. The table under cover were all taken, probably because it was trying to rain. We did manage to stay dry whilst we ate. Matthew had a sausage barm washed down with a small bottle of Coke. Once we had finished eating we said goodbye to mum and we walked into the bus station. required We had just missed required First Manchester 39247 on a V1 service to Manchester, so we decided to have a walk around the bus station to see what we could catch. We saw required Stagecoach Manchester 19519 on a #600 to Wigan and required First Manchester 69530 on a #582 to Bolton.


First Manchester 69530 in Leigh bus station
At the bottom end of the bus station we saw First Manchester 69164 on a #35 to Swinton.


First Manchester 69164 in Leigh bus station
We looked up the bus in the Buses I Have Traveled On page and we saw it was a required one. It was also going through Tyldesley so we could do this to there for a V2 forwards to Salford. We got on the bus and we booked System One Bus Only tickets at £5.20 each. The bus was lightly filled at this point, so Matthew took a picture of the empty rear of the bus.


Inside First Manchester 69164
We sat down towards the back of the bus and when it was time to depart, we left the bus station onto King Street. We turned right into Lord Street and we ran East before turning right onto Princess Street. We turned left onto the A572 and we ran Eastwards out of town. We traveled around 1/2 a mile to the Canal Turn pub and we followed the road around the corner to the left onto Manchester Road. Another few hundred yards at the mini roundabout we followed Manchester Road to the right. We ran just over a mile to the edge of Astley and we turned left onto Princes Avenue. Princes Avenue became Astley Street and we turned into the busway to call at the stop adjacent to the carriageway. With a bit of Quick thinking we could have jumped off our bus and onto required First Manchester 39248, which was on an adjacent V1 service to Manchester. We turned around and onto the busway and we continued up Astley Street into Tyldesley town centre where we got up and got off the bus. Matthew took another picture of First Manchester 69164 as it carried on towards Swinton.


First Manchester 69164 in Tyldesley
We crossed Elliot Street and we went down Stanley Street to the V2 stop. There was on due in a couple of minutes and we didn't have to wait long for required First Manchester 39252 to make an appearance...


First Manchester 39252 in Tyldesley
We got on the bus and we flashed the System One Bus Only tickets to the driver before we went upstairs. We set off across Elliot Street onto Astley Street and we ran a couple of hundred yards down the hill before turning left onto the guided busway. We ran fast along the guided busway stopping a couple of times to pick up more passenger before we reached the end and turned right onto Newearth Road. At the bottom of Newearth Road we turned left on to the A580 and we ran a couple of miles Eastwards and under the M60. The A580 became the A6 and we ran the last mile or so until we came off the A6 at Pendleton Church. We got up and got off the bus and Matthew took another picture of First Manchester 39252.


First Manchester 39252 in Salford
We went into the local shop and Matthew brought a can of Coke and a can of Bar Bubblegum flavoured pop and a Caramac bar. Once we had paid for the items we walked out of the shop towards the subway. On the way we saw First Manchester 33695 on a #36 to Manchester.


First Manchester 33695 in Salford
We crossed over the A6 and under Belvedere Road before we came out of the subway opposite to Salford City Shopping centre and adjacent to KFC. We went in KFC and Matthew used the toilet. I queued up for the food and Matthew sat in the window and watched the bus going down Hankinson Way of which there were many! Sighting included First Manchester 66856 on the #52, First Manchester 66853 on the #100 service, Stagecoach Manchester 19364 on a #38 and Arriva NW&W 4493 on a #10. Once we had got the food we walked over the car park onto Belvedere Road and we sat down to eat fries and watch buses. Whilst there we saw Rotala Diamond 20722 on a #73 to Clifton.


Rotala Diamond 20722 in Salford
This was followed by required Stagecoach Manchester 19507 which was on a #38 to Rusholme.


Stagecoach Manchester 19507 in Salford
A short while later we saw required Arriva NW&W 4502 on a #10 to Manchester Shudehall bus station.


Arriva NW&W 4502 in Salford
Once we had shared the fries and Matthew had drunk his cup of Coke we headed back towards the subway. On the way back we saw dud First Manchester 37304 on a Manchester bound service.


First Manchester 37304 in Salford
We walked back through the subway and whilst we were there we saw a couple of interesting buses... We saw Go Goodwins Cadet SR05 XMK on the #79 to Stretford an an unidentified Arriva DAF Myllenium on the #10 service. We walked back onto the Westbound A6 slip road where there are 2 bus stops. As we got there we saw Stagecoach Manchester 10444 on a #34 service to Leigh.


Stagecoach Manchester 10444 in Salford
We also saw First Manchester 33739 whizz by on a #8 to Bolton.


First Manchester 33739 in Salford
Stagecoach Manchester 10444 seemed to stop for a while presumable to wait time so we decide to go over and get on it. We got on the bus and we flashed the System One Bus Only tickets to the driver before we went upstairs. The bus set off onto the A6 and we ran forwards onto the A580 passing National Express liveried Bruce Coaches FN63 PWU. We traveled to the Swinton Park area about 3 miles West of Salford and then we turned left onto the A572. We ran down through a very laefy suburd into a very posh area. It was the village of Worsley wear most of the properties were large and detached and some even had thatched roofs. In the centre of the village was a small pond adjacent to a small sandstone cliff surrounded by trees. We crossed under the M60 onto Leigh Road and through a small place called Boothstown which we have visited before. We crossed the A580 and into Astley. We continued Westwards along Manchester Road and into town. As we passed the canal Turn pub we saw required Network Warrington double decker on a #28 to Leigh turn onto Chapel Street in front of us. We turned onto Spinning Jenny Way and we entered the bus station through the Southern entrance. We let the bus empty and then Matthew took another picture inside Stagecoach Manchester 10444.


Inside Stagecoach Manchester 10444
We got off the bus and Matthew took another picture of Stagecoach Manchester 10444 before he went to use the facilities.


Stagecoach Manchester 10444 in Leigh bus station
When Matthew came out we saw that the Network Warrington double decker 192 was still in the bus station so we went over to have a look.


Network Warrington 192 in Leigh bus station
We decided to do this bus to the edge of town just after it turns right onto Warrington Road. We got on the bus and we flashed the System One Bus Only tickets to the driver before we went upstairs. There were a few people on the top deck so Matthew took a picture of the empty seats opposite to us.


Inside Network Warrington 192
We set off out of the est side of the bus station onto King Street. We turned right into Lord Street and we ran East before turning right onto Princess Street. We turned left onto the A572 and we ran Eastwards out of town. We traveled around 1/2 a mile to the Canal Turn pub. We turned right into Warrington Road and we got up and got off the bus. Matthew took another picture of Network Warrington 192 as it carried on towards Warrington.


Network Warrington 192 in Leigh
I had planned on walking back onto A572, and perhaps catching something away from Leigh, but Matthew had other ideas. He pointed to the stop opposite... We crossed the road and we went onto nextbuses.co.uk to see when the next bus was due. To our surprise the was a bus due in less than 5 minutes. A few minutes later we saw a single decker approaching... It was required Network Warrington 89 on the #19 to Leigh.


Network Warrington 89 in Leigh
We got on the bus and we flashed the System One Bus only ticket to the driver. The rear of the bus was empty so Matthew took a picture inside Network Warrington 89.


Inside Network Warrington 89
We sat down towards the back of the bus and the bus set off along Warrington Road. We turned left onto the A572 and we ran into town. We turned left into Spinning Jenny Way and we entered the bus station through the Southern entrance. When we got to the bus station we got up and got off the bus. In the bus station were a couple of buses that we though about doing. We saw required Rotala Diamond 30910 which was on the #517 to Blackrod.


Rotala Diamond 30910 in Leigh bus station
Also in the bus station was required First Manchester 66867 on a #35 to Swinton.


First Manchester 66867 in Leigh bus station
The #517 was due off first and a check of the service board said it called in Atherton in 9 minutes. We decided to do this bus so when the driver readied the bus for service we got on the bus and we flashed the System One Bus only ticket to the driver. The bus was empty so Matthew took a picture inside Rotala Diamond 30910.


Inside Rotala Diamond 30910
We sat down towards the back of the bus and the bus off out of the bus station onto King Street. We ran North up the road and past NJS & G Contracts where there were van conversion minibuses as well as Mercedes minibuses. I was expected the bus to go along Market Street or Mealhouse Lane, but the bu passed by the Western edge of town on Wigan Road. Having traveled over 10 minutes out of town I though we need to formulate another plan to get back towards Leigh and it wasn't going to be on the V1 or V2 that I thought it was before. We carried on North and we saw Shearings Holiday BK11 COU emerge from the A579. I brought up Google maps on my phone and I saw we were heading up to Westhoughton via Daisy Hill. We ent West on the A577 and then we turned North up the B5235. We past a familiar Road and as we approached Daisy Hill railway station we got up and got off the bus. We crossed the road and almost immediately we saw a bus approaching. It was required Stagecoach Manchester 21245 on a #540 to Wigan.


Stagecoach Manchester 21245 in Daisy Hill
We got on the bus and we flashed the System One Bus only ticket to the driver before we sat down towards the back of the bus. The plan was now to travel West to Hindley and to get a #598 back to Leigh. We traveled West on Hindley Road and past the Industrial estate to the North of Hindley Green. We turned right onto Green Lane and we ran through the housing estate to the North of Hindley Green before we joined the Southbound A58. We ran down to the crossroads and we turned right onto the A577 where we got up and got off the bus. We crossed over the road and we looked at the bus stop timetable to see the #598 was due in less than 10 mimutes. In the meantime we saw Stagecoach Manchester 36787 on the #32 to Manchester and Stagecoach Manchester 21247 on the #540 to Bolton. A few minutes we saw a MAN single decker approaching. As it got closer we saw it was dud Stagecoach Manchester 22354 on the #598 to Leigh.


Stagecoach Manchester 22354 in Hindley
We got on the bus and we flashed the System One Bus only ticket to the driver for the final time today before we sat down towards the back of the bus. We traveled East to Hindley Green and we turned right onto the A578. We went South through WestLeigh and down to Firs lane. We followed the road to the left and under the A579 and we turned left onto Railway Road. We turned right into King Street and then left into the bus station. When we got off the bus Matthew took another picture of Stagecoach Manchester 22354.


Stagecoach Manchester 22354 in Leigh bus station
In the bus station in front of us was First Manchester 39255 on a V1 to Manchester.


First Manchester 39255 in Leigh bus station
As the shopping centre was closed we walked down through the bus station to to walk around it. On the way down we saw First Manchester 69521 on a #582 to Bolton.


First Manchester 69521 in Leigh bus station
We walked around the outside of the shopping centre only to find that when mum said she would move closer it wasn't in the car park.... she had driven around to Lord Street. We walked over the car park to Gas Street and we went through the the open market onto Bradshawgate. We saw mum in the distance and she pointed to us to walk up Silk Street. We walked up the Street and we cut across a precinct to where the car was. We got in the car and met up with mum and Matthew had a Greggs sausage roll washed down with Irn Bru. We set off along Lord Street and onto Princess Street. We turned right onto Spinning Jenny way and then left onto the A572. We travekked home the same we as we arrived. Through Lowton and onto the M6. We got on at Junction 22 and we went South. Near to Junction 21 we passed a Ribble Bristol VR with a flat front, complete with a wedding ribbon on the front. Further down the M6 we passed a white East Lancs bodied double decker going the other way. We cam off the M6 at Junction 16 onto the Southbound A500. We caught up with First Potteries 65706 which was running out of service. At Sideway we saw Premier Travel minibus YF57 PLV. we Joined the Eastbound A50 and we came off it again at Longton. At Z Carz this evening we saw Z Carz Iveco minibus YJ53 WPD.


Z Carz YJ53 WPD in Longton
Also in the front row was Z Carz Renault minibus MV53 KKO.


Z Carz MV53 KKO in Longton
Closest in the first row was Z Carz Vauxhall minibus X599 WDY.


Z Carz X599 WDY in Longton
In the second row was Z Carz Volkswagen minibus S973 OVP.


Z Carz S973 OVP in Longton
Towards the back of the site we saw Z Carz Ford minibus HK57 LFY.


Z Carz HK57 LFY in Longton
We turned left into Willow Row to see what was in the compound this evening. At the back was Z Carz LDV minibus PN06 ONM.


Z Carz PN06 ONM in Longton
Also in the compound was Z Carz Renault minibus Y568 XFV.


Z Carz Y568 XFV in Longton
In the Street was Z Carz LDV minibus CN57 HWA.


Z Carz CN57 HWA in Longton
We got back onto the A50 and we traveled West to Heron Cross. We went through Blurton on Blurton Road and at Critclow's corner we turned left onto Drubbery Lane. At the end we turned right onto the A5035 and we got home around 19:30. For a late tea Matthew had bangers and mash with carrots followed by a jam filled shortbread biscuit. Matthew then chilled out on his computer until bedtime around 00:00... Mark

Friday, 26 August 2016

Trip to Joiners Square / Trent Vale 26-08-2016
















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DY08 FFXBlurtonFentonCharterShelton Care Group
NX13 XDHFentonJoiners SquareCharterShelton Care Group
DV10 JCUJoiners SquareBlurtonCharterShelton Care Group
67603Magdalen 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 DY08 FFX.


Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX in Blurton
We got on the bus and we sat down. We set off down to the A5035 were we turned left. We turned left onto Church Road and at the roundabout we turned left onto Blurton Road. We joined the Eastbound A50 and we then turned left onto the A50 link Road and we ran up to City Road. We turned left and we ran to Glebedale Road and turned left and to our destination. In the morning Matthew made a cheesecake. For dinner Matthew had burger fries & coke from MacDonalds followed by a slice of cheesecake. In the afternoon Matthew went to the pub in Shelton Care Group minibus NX13 XDH. We got on the bus and sat down. We set off onto Glebedale Road and we turned right onto City Road and then left onto Victoria Road. At Joiners Square we went straight across onto Lichfield Street and to the destination. At the pub Matthew went to the toilet and had a drink of Coke. Highlights of the sightings included Stevens Travel KS56 DSZ and First Potteries 63173 on a #6 to Weston Coyney. When it was time to go we got on Shelton Care Group DV10 JCU. We set off onto Palmeston Street and at the end we turned left onto the A52. We turned left up Victoria Road and we turned right into Manor Street. At the end of Manor Street we turned left onto City Road and then right into Glebedale Road. After a quick stop in Fenton we carried on back onto City Road and down the hill towards Stoke. We saw First Potteries 41502 on a #23A to Newstead. We joined the A52 and we ran under the railway line before we went South down the A500. We ran down to Hanford and we turned left onto the A34. We turned left onto Church Lane and we ran up the hill through Hanford, turning right onto Wilson Road. We turned left onto New Inn Lane and we ran down into Trentham where we dropped off another service user. We continued onto the A5035 and we turned left. We went over the railway into Blurton and Matthew got home just before 15:00. Matthew took another picture of Shelton Care Group DV10 JCU.


Shelton Care Group DV10 JCU in Blurton
Matthew had toast and a drink 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. We set off on foot to the bus stop all the way onto Magdalen Road. We had seen the turn earlier in the day and it was booked to be dud First Potteries 67603. Whilst we waited we saw First Potteries 67641 on an #22 to Longton.


First Potteries 67641 in Blurton
A few minutes later we saw dud First Potteries 67603 turn the corner as expected.


First Potteries 67603 in Blurton
We got on the bus and we booked to Harpfields Road. Unusually the bus was empty today, so Matthew took a picture inside First Potteries 67603 before we sat down towards the back of the bus.


Inside First Potteries 67603
We joined the Westbound A5035 and we ran over the railway line into Trentham. We then passed West Midlands Ambulance patient transport minibus YJ16 GEU going the other way. We turned right into New Inn Lane and past the main in Space we saw First Potteries 42894 on a #21 service to the Trentham Hotel. We climbed the bill into Hanford and we turned right into Wilson Road. We turned left Church Lane and we ran down the hill and joined the A34. We joined the A34 and we crossed under the A500 into Trent Vale and as we turned right into Harpfields Road. We got up and got off the bus and Matthew took a picture of First Potteries 67603 as it carried on towards Newcastle.


First Potteries 67603 in Trent Vale
As we got off the bus we saw First Potteries 67602 on the final #22 turned going towards Longton. We walked back onto the A34 and on the way to the pub we were passed by Destinations Courtesy Travel minibus DS15 ABX.


Destinations Courtesy Travel DS15 ABX in Trent Vale
Mum passed us just before we got to the pub and we went straight inside. Matthew had a brunch with oatcakes followed by toffee sponge pudding with ice cream. Whilst we ate highlights of the passing buses included First Potteries 65033 on a Stafford Bound #101 service, an unidentified Stacey's (Carlisle) coach on low-loader and Stanton's of Stoke coach VUD 483 going North and ABC Supreme P881 RND on a Southbound shuttle. When it was time to go we got in the car to go home. We went South down the A34. Turned left onto the A500 and we ran North up to Sideway. We turned right onto the A50 and we continued to Heron Cross dropping down into Fenton to pick uncle Dave up. Once we had picked him up we ran back up to Heron Cross and over the A50. We ran into Blurton. At the bottom of the hill we saw Paul's of Stoke coach Y13 POS. We turned right into Church Road and right again onto Beaconsfield Drive. We got home around 18:00. Matthew chilled out on his computer and we sorted things out. We chilled out on the sofa until bedtime around 00:00... Mark