Tuesday, 29 May 2012


I couldn't get to the front but here are The jubilee buses looking fantastic

Getting worse

One thing we had problems with over the weekend was taxi drivers parking in bus stops. It really annoys me and no one seems to care about it. On Sunday I spent more time moving them off the stand which we
Used to load the rugby buses. Blocking them in seems to push the right buttons to wind them up though.

Monday, 28 May 2012

Almost there

One tram line that is desperately needed Is the Oldham line. It looks very close to opening now and just noticed this tram on driver training stopping at dean lane heading unto Oldham.

Sunday, 27 May 2012

School buses

I took this last week and forgot to post it. Looks the business from the front but I haven't seen an optare so long.

Sneaky peek

Here are a few shots of the not yet finished jubilee buses. I think the new colours look great. I think they will probably be out by weekend.

Saturday, 26 May 2012

Mad day

Just on the way home and noticed the bypass in Ashton was shut. Looks like this transit minibus has hit something or someone and because of that all the traffic is going up penny meadow. The rugby today at the etihad has caused so much hassle with the services which pass it. Far too many people with sadly not buses to get them there. Add to that the shooting in droylsden and all spells a really crap day. Home now and tomorrow I have the buses to the etihad to sort out so will not be looking forward to work tomorrow.

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Blazing hot

Had a very sweaty day in Piccadilly today. Buses were all running well in the 216 service and everyone seemed in a good mood today which is always nice. Had one guy playing his accordion had the police on site and noticed even more branding on the first buses with Greater Manchester now on the sides of some of the fleet. I can't help but think now though that everyday the fleet seems to differ slightly and that they might be losing a bit of identity along the line. Just my opinion. Back in town tomorrow. No Ashton for a couple more weeks and I'm enjoying the change to be honest. Let's just hope the weather stays as nice as it is at the moment.

Saturday, 19 May 2012


One joy of working in the city is you get to see some very odd things.

Friday, 18 May 2012

Another one

Are first branding all the buses in specific routes. First the 409 and now the 58 59 service.

Ready for action

Ex London trident 17200 is looking very well after its refurb. I think it's one of a few which are now being used for service. I'm not sure where the others are being stored though but in sure they will all be out whilst the Olympics are on. Just starting work, ended up with 4 late shifts this week but my long weekend starts tomorrow. Well after a day driving a bus at Ashton for overtime it does.

Monday, 14 May 2012

It's only a game?

Here are some of the pictures from yesterday. I was working on the 216 service in Piccadilly. Whilst the match was on there was nothing special going on but after it finished and the city fans started coming into town it started turning a little ugly. At one point we has to run the service from Stevenson square in case the buses turned into targets. Elsewhere a 219 lost a window and some buses were soiled by people who couldn't hold their drink. It went quiet about 10pm but I have no doubt there will be some sore heads today. I'm on the late today too which should be fun because the victory parade is on :( I'll just be glad to see the back of the season.

Nice app

I found this great app on iTunes the other day and thought I would share it. It's called nextbuses it finds where you are and tells you the next buses that are due from the nearest stop.

Saturday, 12 May 2012


This one must have escaped the wash last night. This is the 396 out of Ashton bus staton not looking in the cleanest of conditions have not been to Ashton all week which is a nice change and it looks like I Wont be here much for the next few weeks with holidays and other things going on.

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Change of scenery

Not had much time to blog recently with lots going on at work. Today i'm in Stockport on the A6. Not sure if the schools are closed with the strikes but today has been very easy. Just hope the afternoon is the same. I heard there are 40 more hybrids being delivered for the 192 service but not sure when they are arriving. Apart from that not much else going on. New radio system is up and running although i have yet to see the benefits as not all buses are fitted with the new ones yet.