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Whilst UK Coach Sales are quite sporadic at the moment the export market is still quite buoyant. Our latest sale has seen this immaculate Volvo B10M Plaxton Excalibur from the JH Coaches fleet delivered to Immingham Docks prior to export to Zimbabwe. It’s new owner is Hilbright Science College in Mutare, Zimbabwe and it will arrive in Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania in about 6 weeks time. This is one of the cleanest old Plaxtons I have seen in a long time and should give her new owners a few years good service. Thanks to Ian, John, and the team at JH Coaches for ensuring that the coach was presented in their usual pristine condition and for delivering it to Immingham on our behalf. Good Luck to Hilbright Science College. We wish them every success with their new addition.

We have recently supplied possibly the cleanest 14 year old Setra in the country to Revel Minibus Service of Rugby, Warwickshire. The S415HD Top Class has been owned from new by Britannia Travel of Otley, West Yorkshire and owner driver Tony Broome has decided to retire from the industry leaving his pride and joy looking for a new home and it is a credit to him. Hugh Franklin of Revel Minibus was in the market for a front line vehicle and on seeing the Setra knew it was for him. We’d like to wish Hugh every success with his new vehicle, particularly in the current testing climate. Thanks to Tony at Britannia for ensuring the coach was in tip top condition. We’d like to wish him all the best in his retirement.

You may have been fooled that the world has stopped turning but here at Odyssey Coach Sales we are still busy selling buses and coaches, albeit at a slower pace than usual. Here’s a bit of positivity amongst all the doom and gloom. Following the recent purchase of a 22 seat Sprinter Shetland Experience Tours have returned for another vehicle. A requirement for a newly won contract saw them purchase this ADL Enviro 200 from Lochs Motor Transport on the Isle of Lewis. As well as being PSVAR compliant this immaculate service bus is fitted with 3 point seat belts and a ferry lift facility to assist it when travelling between islands. The bus is pictured here at the Port at Aberdeen having been delivered there by Lochs, awaiting the ferry to Shetland and it’s new home. Thanks to Roddy and the team at Lochs for ensuring the bus [...]

Yesterday saw us conclude our final sale of our financial year. We have supplied this 61 Seat Euro 6 Neoplan P22 Tourliner to Majestic Travel Ltd of Wolverhampton. Having taken the reins from his parents Richard Lavender has restructured the business and finds high capacity executive coaches ideal for the football specials he operates to away matches for number of clubs in the West Midlands. Obviously in the current situation it won’t be going straight to work but it’s refreshing that during this period of uncertainty one operator is looking forward and planning for the future beyond COVID-19. The coach was supplied by Longstaff’s Travel of Amble, Northumberland and is fitted with a Euro 6 MAN engine, 61 Kiel Seats trimmed in half leather, 3 Point Seat Belts, Air Conditioning, Centre WC, Fridge, Drinks Facility, and 3 Monitors. Thanks to Raymond and his team at Longstaff’s for preparing the [...]

We have recently supplied this 2010 Mercedes Benz Tourismo 49 Seat Executive Coach to Stewart Howe of Erith, Kent. Stewart has been around in the industry as a driver for a number of years but has recently decided to take the plunge and try his hand at operating, in fact is business is so new he hasn’t even decided on a trading name! Stewart will be operating from just around the corner from Redwing’s premises in Kent where this coach started life. The Tourismo is fitted with all the usual refinements including 49 luxline seats. It is fitted with a ZF Automatic Gearbox and alloy wheels add a finishing touch. The staff at JH Coaches in Birtley, Tyne & Wear ensured that the coach was immaculate for Stewart to collect and start this new chapter in his life and a big thank you to Ian, John, and the team [...]

We have recently supplied Taylor’s Travel of Margate, Kent with a pair of Euro 6 compliant coaches. The first coach they sourced from us was this 34 seat Yutong TC9 Executive Coach which will replace an older Mercedes Tourino. Dan & Annette from Taylor’s approached me as the high spec of this vehicle was exactly what they were looking for. The little coach is powered by a Euro 6 Cummins engine driven through a ZF Ecolife fully automatic gearbox. It is trimmed in Black Leather and fitted with 3 Point Seat Belts, Rear Floor Mounted WC, Hot Drinks Facility, Fridge, Air Conditioning and has USBs at every seat. The second vehicle purchased is a 2 year old Neoplan P20 Tourliner 2. Taylor’s already operate Tourliners so when one of their neighbours ceased trading earlier this year they took the opportunity to purchase [...]

Following a recommendation by our friend Tom Haugh at HM Travel we were contacted by Castleroy Coaches from Limerick in Ireland. They were looking for an older vehicle for contracts and something mid range and clean. we managed to source them a 2001 B10M Berkhof Axial from Coastal & Country Coaches in Whitby, and a 2006 SB4000 Van Hool T9 from Tyrer’s in Chorley. Both these vehicles were presented in tip top condition by their previous owners and were collected earlier this week. Seen here at Tyrers premises with both vehicles are Eddie Barrie and Kieran Curtin of Castleroy Coaches. They are now safely back in Ireland and we wish them the very best of luck with their new purchases.

A slightly out of the ordinary sale is this Mercedes Sprinter Ferqui Sorocco 16 seat minicoach from the JH Coaches fleet in Tyne & Wear. The purchaser is Kevin Duff from North Manchester who has quite an extended family. When they go on a family day out they usually use 3 cars which isn’t ideal. The solution? This Sprinter. It fits on Kevin’s drive, is easy to manoeuvre, and economical. The little coach features air conditioning, 16 fainsa reclining seats with 3 point seat belts, and a huge luggage capacity. The coach was presented in the usual pristine condition that we have come to expect from JH Coaches and we’d like to thank Ian, John, and their team for their efforts. We’d also like to wish Kevin and his family the very best of luck with their purchase and hope they have many enjoyable days out in their new [...]

Our old friend Mitul Kerai from MIT Luxury Travel based in Middlesex has returned for his second Tourliner in two years. You may recall that in October 2018 he purchased a 2015 61 Seat P22 through us from Weardale Motor Services in Co. Durham. Since then his small business has been slowly growing and as Mitul wants to Future proof his business he was looking for a Euro 6 vehicle that was PSVAR compliant. Being based close to Heathrow and with the recent legislation regarding PSVAR compliance both were imperative. Having recently been discussing potential vehicles to dispose of with our friends at Go Goodwins we sourced him “The Manchester Bee”, a PSVAR compliant Euro 6 compliant 61 Seat Tourliner 2. All boxes ticked. This now gives Mitul standardisation across his fleet and helps him comply with all current legislation. It’s great to see a young business run by [...]

Some of you may recognise the chap in this photo. No, not our Darren but James Mills. James was one of two brothers who inherited the Yorkshire Rose business following the sudden passing of their father a few years ago. However, James took the decision to leave the business in the capable hands of his brother David and left the industry. As we all know the coach industry has a way of dragging you back eventually and James is no exception. He has recently gained his own operators licence and has commenced operation in Barnsley as Red Mills Coaches. During his search for a good reasonably priced reliable coach he stumbled across this former Shearings Volvo B10M Van Hool T9 Alizee which was perfect for getting him up and running. James recently collected the coach which he purchased from established operator Meredith’s Coaches of Malpas in Cheshire. Hopefully it [...]

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