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 [...]
We were recently contacted by Richard Bibby of Abacus Travel Services of Urmston, Greater Manchester who had a requirement for a nice. clean, tidy 16 seater. We managed to source one right on his doorstep in Chadderton. Jim McDowell who had run Tewmax Mini Travel had decided to retire. He only had one vehicle, this 2008 Sprinter 16 seater which he’d had from new. Being an owner driver he had kept the little coach in tip top condition, and it has only recently had a new engine fitted. It was perfect for Abacus so a deal was quickly struck and the vehicle collected and taken off to it’s new home across Manchester where it will spend most of it’s life servicing a number of hotels around Manchester Airport. Thanks to Richard for the business and to Jim for making the vehicle available at short notice and presenting it in [...]
We are pleased to have helped Clair’s Coaches of Tibshelf, Derbyshire to update her fleet. Clair currently operates 3 Volvo B10Ms and has taken the plunge and updated the fleet with this 49 Seat Volvo B12B 9700 Prestige Plus supplied by Red Rose Coaches of Blackburn, Lancashire. Clair runs a small tour and day excursion brochure and the coaches maiden voyage will be a Christmas tour to St. Annes on Sea this Monday. The new member of the fleet features theatre style tiered seating, air conditioning, a centre sunken WC, and is powered by Volvo’s 12 litre 420 bhp engine, driven through Volvo’s 12 speed automated I-Shift gearbox. Thanks to Lee and his team at Red Rose for ensuring that the coach was immaculately presented, and thanks to Clair and her team for the business. We wish her all the very best of luck with her new coach and [...]
This week we helped update the fleet of one of the oldest established names in the business. Ellen Smith (Tours) Ltd of Rochdale, Greater Manchester can trace their roots back over 100 years and were at the forefront of coach holidays from the North West of England during the Golden Age of Coaching, and is one of only a handful of names left from that iconic period. Today the run on a much smaller scale with only two coaches of their own and the remainder of their work sub-contracted, predominantly to our friends Grayway in Wigan. Their latest purchase is this 2011 DAF powered Van Hool T916 Astronef 53 Seat Executive Coach. The predominant feature of the Astronef being it’s sloping window line with theatre style tiered seating. Other features included half leather seats, air conditioning, a centre sunken WC, forward facing camera giving everyone a front seat view, [...]
Today we called in to Williams of Brecon to follow up on their recent purchase. Initially this may seem like any other National Express Levante but it isn’t. This is a Mercedes OC500 Caetano CT650 and has a number of subtle differences to the standard NX offering. It has a centre sunken WC, centre continental door, vogel conturo seats, and most importantly considerably lower mileage. This particular one was sourced from Moving People in Oswaldtwistle, Lancs who kindly delivered it to Neale and his team at Blackpool Coach Services who painted it in Williams Cream. Pictured in a very wet Brecon with Darren, is John Williams. Thanks to John and his family for the purchase, Glen and his team at Moving People for their assistance in moving the coach over to Blackpool, and to Neale and the guys at BCS for a tip top paint job.
As the race for PSVAR compliance gathers pace operators are finding it more and more difficult to source suitable vehicles. We have recently supplied Lakeland Commercials of Kendal with this PSVAR compliant VDL SB200 Plaxton Centro bus. This vehicle has 45 semi high back seats fitted with 3 point seat belts and is fitted with a digital tachograph. There is also provision for 26 standees giving it a capacity of 71 passengers. Power comes from a Cummins engine driven through a Voith fully automatic gearbox. The vehicle was supplied by Atlantic Travel UK in Bolton. Pictured collecting the bus from Darren is Chris Curt, Company Secretary at Lakeland Commercials. Thanks to the team at Atlantic for supplying the vehicle, and we wish Chris and the team at Lakeland Commercials the best of luck with their new purchase.
The latest purchase by R&J Travel from Moreton on The Wirral is this Yutong TC12 51 Seat Executive Coach. R&J have operated a fleet of predominantly mini and midi coaches until recently dipping their toes in the larger coach market. Richard and Jane were looking for a vehicle to modernise their fleet and this 5 year old TC12 was perfect. Supplied by Llew Jones Coaches of Llanrwst, North Wales the vehicle benefits from a Euro 5 Cummins Engine, ZF Ecolife Automatic Gearbox, Alloy Wheels, Air Conditioning, On Board WC, Hot Drinks Facility, 240v Sockets, Reclining and Sidways Moving Seats. It’s currently configured as a 49 seater giving a little extra legroom. Seen collecting the coach from Llanrwst are proprietor of R&J Jane Sweeney, her son Craig, and Terry one of the drivers. Thanks to Steve, Joe, and the team at Llew Jones for preparing the coach, aand to Jane [...]
Pictured here is this 2002 Mercedes Benz Touro 49 Seat Executive Coach having just arrived at Southampton Docks on a cold December evening. By now it should be off to it’s new much warmer home in Cyprus and should arrive in Limassol just before Christmas. The coach was supplied by Angel Travel based near Peterborough. It was presented immaculately and drove like a dream to Southampton considering she’s 17 years old. Hopefully her new owner CMA Taxi Services will be as happy with her as her previous owner once she crosses the Mediterranean. Thanks to Angel Cars for supplying a vehicle in such good order, and to our friends in Cyprus for their business. We wish them the best of luck with their new purchase.
Returning customer E Coaches of Alfreton, Derbyshire is the proud new owner of this Temsa Opalin 35 Seat Midicoach. Following some recent tender wins after the collapse of Your Bus Kieron found himself with a requirement for a midicoach with more than the normal 33 seats. We had this immaculate little Temsa Opalin available from the Yelloway Coaches fleet which I knew wouldn’t be around for long. This was perfect and following an inspection and test drive Kieron agreed a deal. The coach comes with 35 reclining seats with bright yellow 3 point seat belts, an advantage for checking everyone is wearing theirs, air conditioning, huge luggage capacity for it’s size, and is powered by a MAN engine driven through a Voith Automatic gearbox and has covered less than 150,000 kms from new! Both Mark at Yelloway and the regular driver Janine are gutted to see her go but [...]
We have recently supplied HM Coaches of Ennis, Co. Clare with this Mercedes Benz Vario Plaxton Cheetah 33 Seat Midicoach. We sourced this vehicle from JH Coaches of Birtley, Tyne & Wear and is the second of their Cheetahs to make the journey across the Irish Sea. This little Vario was in exceptional condition for it’s age and has benefitted from a recent re-trim by West Coast Trim which included leather piping & headrest inserts. Seen collecting his new purchase from Darren is Tom Haugh, proprietor of HM Coaches and we’d like to wish him the besrt of luck with his new addition. Thanks also to Ian & John Shipley and the team at JH for ensuring that the vehicle was presented in immaculate condition.