Saturday, 15 February 2014

Trip to Burnley / Colne 15-02-2014


1867Burnley BSWhitegate, by Cowley Crescent22Transdev Burnley & Pendle
1053Whitegate, by WhitegateBurnley BS27Transdev Burnley & Pendle
2761Burnley BSWhitegate, by Cowley Crescent152Transdev Lancashire United
1868Whitegate, by WhitegateBurnley BS22Transdev Burnley & Pendle
2771Burnley BSNelson InterchangeX43Transdev Burnley & Pendle
D5Nelson InterchangeColne BS215Pennine
1066Colne BSBurnley BS25Transdev Burnley & Pendle

Today we decided to revisit Burnley. We had been checking the weather for today, and it was looking like the weather was going to be better North or North West of us. So we gave Matthew a few choices of destinations in this direction and he chose Burnley. Matthew got up around 10:00 and he had toast and orange juice for breakfast. We set off around 11:45 and we headed onto the A5035, before heading Northwards on Stanley Matthews Way. We headed North on the A500 and we came off at Shelton New Road to get LPG. After filling up we headed West on the A53 and we got back onto the A500. We headed up to the M6 and we carried on North. It was raining as we headed through Cheshire as we expected it to be. We headed north and then onto to the Eastbound M62. We carried on Eastwards on the M60 before joining the M66. We headed North to the end of the motorway and we headed onto the A682 and through Rawtenstall and into Burnley. After we had parked up we headed over to the Atlantis Cafe on Croft Street. As we crossed the street we saw required First West Yorkshire 41317 about to work the #517 to Halifax.

First West Yorkshire 41317 in Burnley
When we got to the cafe Matthew went to the toilet before having a breakfast wash down with a glass of Coke. After we had finished eating we said goodbye to mum before crossing the road to the bus station. We decided to have a walk around the outside of the bus station to see what was around. On layover between rail replacement duties was Howards coach HOW 3R.

Howards HOW 3R in Burnley bus station
We carried on around and we saw a Pennine bus in the bus station for the first time. It was required Pennine D18 on the #215 service to Skipton.

Pennine D5 in Burnley bus station
We saw Lancashire United 2752 on the #152 to preston. On the #589 to Rochdale was new and required First West Yorkshire 69583.

First West Yorkshire 69583 in Burnley bus station
We carried on around the bus station and then we went inside. We decided to catch a bus towards Padiham. We decided to do required Mainline liveried Transdev Burnley & Pendle 1867 on the #22 service.

'Mainline' 1867 in Burnley bus station
We got on and booked our Silver day tickets before sitting down near the back of the bus. The bus set off out of town and it was quite well filled. the bus left town on the A671 and we crossed over the M65. We decided to get off at the turning circle like we did last time we visited Burnley. As we approached the are Matthew took a picture of the empty back seat.

Inside 'Mainline' 1867
We got up and got off the bus, and Matthew got another picture of Transdev Burnley & Pendle 1867 as it went off into the distance.

'Mainline' 1867 in Whitegate
The rain had all but stopped now. We crossed the road to wait for an inbound service. We were only there for a couple of minutes so there wasn't time for anybody to try and convert us to Jehovah's Witnesses! The bus rounded the corner and then we could see it was required Mainline liveried Transdev Burnley & Pendle 1053.

'Mainline' 1053 in Whitegate
We got on and booked to Nelson. We sat down near the back and we set off into town and back over the the M65. When we got back to Burnley we decided to get off and wait for the next double decker on the Witch Way. As we waited Lancashire United 2761 came in on the #152 from Preston.

Lancashire United 2761 in Burnley bus station
So we decided to wait for this bus and go back out to Whitegate. When the bus was ready for service we got on the bus and we went upstairs. It was almost empty so Matthew decided to get a picture inside Lancashire United 2761 too.

Inside Lancashire United 2761
So we headed out of town again and back over the M65. We thought we might make the inbound #152 at Whitegate, but a couple of stops before we reached there we passed required Lancashire United 2757. We got up and got off at the same point as we did on the last trip out. We crossed the road and we didn't have long to wait for a return service. It rounded the corner and it was required Transdev Burnley & Pendle 1868.

'Mainline' 1868 in Whitegate
We got on and booked to Burnley. This time we decided to get off and when we reached town and the bus emptied out, Matthew got a picture inside Transdev Burnley & Pendle 1868.

Inside 'Mainline' 1868
As we had a few minutes before the next X43 towards Nelson we decided to have another lap around the outside of the bus station taking pictures. we saw required Starship liveried Transdev Burnley & Pendle 259 on a #2 to Worsthorpe.

'Starship' 259 in Burnley bus station
We then saw required 'Rosso' 232 on the #483 to Bury.

'Rosso' 232 in Burnley bus station
As we walked around to the entrance of the bus station we saw dud Transdev Burnley & Pendle 1043 on the #23 from Accrington.

'Mainline' 1043 in Burnley
Parked up on Red Lion Street were a couple of Tyrer Bus Optare Solos. One of the Solo's was MX08 DGU.

Tyrer MX08 DGU in Burnley
By the time we got back into the bus station and Matthew had visited the toilet the X43 to Nelson was due. It came on stand and we could see that it was required Transdev Burnley & Pendle 2771.

Burnley & Pendle 2771 in Burnley bus station
We got on the bus and we went upstairs. There were a few people on the bus as we set off out of town towards Brierfield. The bus carried on through to Nelson where the service terminated. As we got off the bus Matthew took a picture inside the now empty bus.

Inside Burnley & Pendle 2771
We decided to have a short run on the Pennine service #215 so Matthew could ride on a new operator. The bus was due at 16:40. This gave us enough time to go to the shop and buy some chocolate, buy a cake and a can of Coke. He then visited the toilet. He ate the cake which was washed down with a bottle of Coke he had in the bag. Just before the bus was due we managed to get a picture of Transdev Burnley & Pendle 1861 on the #21 service to Trawden.

'Mainline' 1861 in Nelson interchange
A minute or so later required Pennine Dart D5 appeared on the #215 to Skipton.

Pennine D5 in Nelson interchange
We got on the bus and booked Adult singles to Colne which were £2.20 each. The bus was nearly empty, but all the passengers were spaced out in the bus. So as we approached Colne with a few passenger less on the bus he took a picture of the seats behind him.

Inside Pennine D5
We got to the end of Market Street and we got off after the bus driver had directed us to the bus station . for the return service. Matthew then got another picture of pennine D5 as it headed East.

Pennine D5 in Colne
We crossed over the road and headed down to Craddock Road where the Westbound buses departed from. Here we found a 3 stop bus station. We only had 5 minute to wait for a return bus and it was required Transdev Burnley & Pendle 1066 on a #25 service.

'Mainline' 1066 in Colne bus station
The bus was empty as we got on it so he took his picture straight away.

Inside 'Mainline' 1066
We sat down near the back of the bus and the bus set off down the A56 to Nelson. After we called at the interchange the bus carried on Southwards through Brierfield and into Burnley. It was now dark so headed back to the car via the papershop in the bus station. Mum had brought us sausage rolls and Matthew washed it down with a large can of Irn Bru. We headed out of Burnley along the A682 and over the moors past Clowbridge reservoir and down to Rawtenstall. We then went south on the M66 before heading West on the M60. We carried on West onto the M62 and then we joined the Southbound M6. We did the A500 down to the A50 before coming off the A50 at Longton to check out Z Carz. At the depot tonight were 3 coaches an LDV minibus. First we saw Scania coach D104 XAN.

Z Carz D104 XAN in Longton
Next to this was former Ausden Clark coach CNZ 3828.

Z Carz CNZ 3828 in Longton
Next the that was Blackwood coaches liveried B12 FWS.

Z Carz B12 FWS in Longton
Airport transfer minibus DL03 HHU was hiding at the back of the ground behind LDV minibus M420 UEH.

Z Carz M420 UEH in Longton
We turned into Willow Row and we were surprised to see Mercedes minibus S952 VMY parked up there.

Z Carz S952 VMY in Longton
We got back onto the A50 and we headed back to Heron Cross. We headed through Blurton and we got home around 17:30. For a late tea Matthew had bangers and mash with carrots followed by ice cream. Matthew then chilled out on his computer until bedtime around 00:30...Mark

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