|2446||Ellesmere Port BS||Chester BS||401||Arriva NW&W|
|50046||Chester BS||Plas Newton Lane||51||First Potteries|
|50044||Kingsway||Chester BS||53||First Potteries|
As a treat for good behaviour, Matthew was asked where he wanted to go, and he chose Chester. We started off by heading to Ellesmere Port, where we went to the Grace Arms for dinner. This allowed Matthew to have something to eat before we got started, and he could photograph some buses too. We spent around an hour here eating, purchasing packs of pipers crisps to take home and taking photographs.
65740 on a Liverpool bound #1, outsaide the Grace Arms
After dinner, we drove into Ellesmere Port town centre and headed to the bus station. We made a decision on which bus to catch into Chester and after nearly catching the #4 GHA service, we chose to #401 Liverpool - Chester. Arriva NW&W 2446 promptly arrived and we did this to Chester, where Matthew had around an hour to take photo's in and around the bus station.
2446 at Ellesmere Port on the Arriva #401 to Chester.
30060 at Chester BS working a #2 Chester-Blacon via Saxon Way
After mum had arrived from Ellesmere Port by car, we decided to take Matthew on a quick out and back trip. Last time we had been to Chester, we had done the #53 to Kingsway. Whilst waiting for the next bus back, we had spotted a #51 disappear round by the shops. I had assumed that these routes were very close together at this point in the road, so you could catch a #51 up and a #53 back, or vice versa. It turns out that last time the bus had been diverted due to roadworks! having already got on a #51 we asked to go to the point where the bus passed the closest to Kingsway. Not really knowing where we were going, we asked the driver to let us know where we had to get off. We got off on Plas Newton Lane, and he told us to head down Queensway, and Kingsway was at the end. It took us a few minute, but we eventually ended up in familiar teritory...
50046 in Plas Newton Lane on a service #51 to Chester.
A short 10 minute wait and the #53 Chester service appeared, after we watched it go the other way
50044 in Kingsway on a #53 to Chester.