Friday, 31 August 2012


Had my first ride on a new first bus today. It's very purple inside however the seats are also pretty comfy. Got one going home too which turned into an adventure after the driver decided it was ok to start smoking whilst he drive the bus. Long story but hopefully he won't be doing it again. Off Now until Sunday. That's my last day in Ashton for a while. My new home is the 50 service and expect lots of blogs of the launch on Sunday and the days to follow. Good times are to come.

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

New arrivals

Just spotted this on the 409 service in Ashton. Looks pretty smart I think. I believe there is a few of these around Manchester. Interesting choice though, I thought the Volvos were the better buses.

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Water burst

The day started off as a nice morning in chorlton. It didn't take long to be taken upto glossop to sort out the services following a major water burst. A lot of the road is damaged and united utilities say that it will be closed for about a week. Buses are leaving from Bernard street behind Mettricks butchers.

Saturday, 18 August 2012

Busy route

Just had a trip over Huddersfield on the 184. Was quiet coming over but leaving the bus station the his was hammered. Never realised it did so well and most the people are going over the tops too. Shame it's not a bit quicker. Would be nice to see a limited stop service. The Yorkshire rider bus 365 I think it was. Was always quiet when I got on it.

New colours

Just seen this single decker first bus. I was wondering when they were being painted up like the double deckers.

Friday, 17 August 2012

Another conversion

Found this in Piccadilly yesterday. It's
Another conversion of a London bus. It drove past me later in the day and still sounded as sweet as the day it was built. Finished for my long weekend today so I got my ex buckled wheel back from a great little bike repair shop which I found near hurst cross and will be putting it too the test over the next few days.

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Been a while

It's been a while but this morning I'm at southern cemetery. Not of a trek to get here but the Sun is out and everything is running well so can't complain.

Friday, 10 August 2012

Tram home

The tram work out well today. I just can't understand why it sometimes goes a bit slow to town but then goes like a rocket on the way back. Is
It just dependant on the driver or if the specific tram is late? Anyway will be using it more for work on the future when I am working in Salford.

Having a change

In working in chorlton today so I thought I'd give the early morning tram a try. I just parked on block lane because I wasn't sure about spaces at mumps. Online said there was none. I'm waiting for the first tram of the day which is 6am from mumps. I need to be in chorlton at 7. I'm hoping to use the tram more to save on fuel costs bit this will only work if it's reliable.

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Somewhere New!

This is the new terminus for the 50 service from September.
Salford quays/media city will be served by an 8 minute service in peak times with a 10 minute service throughout the rest of the day and 15 in the evening. I will be working a lot on the route to see it runs well. I think its going to be very interesting to see how it goes. Especially with it being a part of Manchester mainly run by First Bus.It replaces the Salford Qualys link run by Maytree which i think are in Bolton. I was chatting to some of the drivers when i visited and they all seem a bit sad to lose the route.

Saturday, 4 August 2012

Something wrong here? Maybe

Just heading out to town for a night out and noticed this bus stop in Oldham outside Aldi. I'm a bit curious as to the 400 being on it. Any ideas?