Sunday, 28 September 2014

Trip to the 'Potteries Connection' running day 28-09-2014




































































































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53828Blurton, adj Ladybank GroveFenton (Stoke-on-Trent), adj Clifton Street23First potteries
65040Fenton (Stoke-on-Trent), adj Victoria PlaceLongton (Stoke-on-Trent), opp St James' Church6BFirst Potteries
30033Gladstone pottery MuseumHanley, Bethesda StreetSpecialFirst PMT (Preserved)
GSO 90VHanley, Bethesda StreetGladstone pottery MuseumSpecialBluebird (Preserved)
ORS 60RGladstone pottery MuseumFoxfield RailwaySpecialBerresfords (Preserved)
ORS 60RFoxfield RailwayGladstone pottery MuseumSpecialBerresfords (Preserved)
170Gladstone pottery MuseumHanley, Bethesda StreetSpecialBournemouth (Preserved)
170Hanley, Bethesda StreetGladstone pottery MuseumSpecialBournemouth (Preserved)
H860 GREGladstone pottery MuseumHanley, Bethesda StreetSpecialStoniers (Preserved)
H860 GREHanley, Bethesda StreetGladstone pottery MuseumSpecialStoniers (Preserved)
DOG104Gladstone pottery MuseumTrentham GardensSpecialCrosville (Preserved)
DOG104Trentham GardensGladstone pottery MuseumSpecialCrosville (Preserved)




Today was Matthew second biggest day of his bus related social calender...the Potteries Connection running day. After a good night sleep I woke Matthew up just before 10:00 and he came down and had toast and orange juice for breakfast. Mum had gone out for the morning, so once Matthew was up I phoned uncle Dave to arrange a time and a place to meet to travel up to the main site of the rally, which is of course at the Gladstone Pottery Museum in Longton. There is now no longer a direct bus from Blurton to Longton on a Sunday. So we had to travel down to Fenton, to catch either a #1 or a #6 service. Before we could catch that though, we had to get to Fenton. We set off on foot just before 10:30 with the aim of intercepting the 10:32 #23 service from Newstead to Hanley. We walked all the way to the Ladybank Grove stop, and when we got there there was a young man with a Rottweiler at the stop who kept barking at matthew every time he made a noise. The bus came around the corner and it was required First Potteries 53828.


First Potteries 53828 in Blurton
We got on the bus and booked to Christchurch Street in Fenton. Matthew was very well behaved and didn't attempt to honk the horn on this Optare Solo... We sat down a few seats in front of the Rottweiler and th bus set off through Blurton Farm estate and onto Blurton Road. We passed Lightning T2 DLT near to the Lighning house, and we crossed the A50 and went into Fenton along Heron Street. At Christchurch Road we turned left and when we got near to Albert Square, we got up and got off the bus. Matthew got another picture of First Potteries 53828 as it carried on towards Stoke.


First Potteries 53828 in Fenton
We walked towards the square where we met up with uncle Dave. It seemed very busy in this part of Fenton with people in the square. We walked up towards City Road and as we did we saw preserved PMT Leyland National 279 going towards Longton. We also saw my old car! We carried onto Victoria Square and we waited at the stop. going the other way towards Hanley we saw dud First Potteries Scanias 65040 and 60175. We seemed to wait for quite a while, longer than the 20 minute frequency timetable suggested we should have waited. It was quite warm for September, and I ended up taking my jacket and jumper off. Eventually First Potteries 65040 turned up.


First Potteries 65040 in Fenton
We got on the bus and booked to Uttoxeter Road and the driver saw the First bus rucksack and asked if we were going to the bus rally. We first had 65040 back in from Hanford to Stafford back in February 2012. Matthew decided he wanted sit on the two seats behind the driver, and uncle Dave sat further back down the bus. Th bus carried on up City Road, which became King Street as we went closer towards Longton. We went under the railway line and the bus went into Longton Interchange. We saw First Potteries 60057 and 60175 which had caught us up. A minute or so later we carried on out of the interchange and onto Market Street. On Uttoxeter Road quarter a mile or so up the road after the the one way system finished we got off the bus outside St James Church. Matthew took another picture of First Potteries 65040 as it carried on towards Blythe Bridge.


First Potteries 65040 in Longton
We crossed over Uttoxeter road and walked down towards the Gladstone Pottery Museum. The is a short cut into the car park off the road, and when we climbed the steps we saw the first bus on the site, dud Midland Fox GJW 43N.


Midland Fox GJW 43N in the Gladstone Pottery Museum
We walked through the site, and most of the buses that were not running in the rally were parked on the left hand side of the site as viewed from Chadwick Street. Amongst these buses and coaches was DW Coaches BIG 2094 which was on JB Tours charter from Doncaster to the event.


DW Coaches BIG 2094 in the Gladstone Pottery Museum
Another bus not running in the rally was Crosville 783 EFW.


Crosville 783 EFW in the Gladstone Pottery Museum
Closest to Chadwick Street was Posh Limo Iveco minibus P20 SSH.


Posh Limos P20 SSH in the Gladstone Pottery Museum
We purchased a rally programme at £3 and continued looking around the site. Most of the running entrants to the rally were parked towards the right hand side of the site in two rows. In the back row was dud First PMT 866.


First PMT 866 in the Gladstone Pottery Museum
Also in the back row was dud Midland Red 1918.


Midland Red 1918 in the Gladstone Pottery Museum
We had been there long, when we saw T Deakins fine Leyland Olympian First PMT 30033 (G757 XRE).


First PMT 30033 in the Gladstone Pottery Museum
It was on a service on a service to Hanley and Stoke station, so we decided to do this bus. We got on the free service and went upstairs. The bus set off out of the site and across the A50. We went past Z Carz and joined the A50. And this fine example of an Olypian, which showed off it speed on the dual carriageway. We came of the main A50 and onto the A50 link Road before heading down Victoria Road. We crossed the roundabout at Joiners Square and went up Lichfield Street to the ring road around Hanley We turned Left onto the ring road and then right onto Bethesda Street. The bus stopped outside the Museum. There was another bus outside the museum, so we got to take a picture. It was required Bluebird GSO 90V.


Bluebird GSO 90V outside Hanley museum
Originally we had planned to go back on the Olympian, but we couldn't resist getting at least one new preserved bus in for the day. We got on this great example of a Leyland Leopard / Alexander 'Y' type single decker, and we sat down towards the rear of the bus. The bus had duplicated the previous run 20 minutes earlier, but for some reason was still outside the museum. The bus set off onto Broad Street and across the ring road onto Snow Hill. At the top of college Road the bus turned into left and we went down College Road to the railway station. After a brief pause here, the bus went towards City road along the A52. We turned left at City Road, and went directly to Longton up King Street. The bus went around the one way system, coming back into the site via Normacott Road and Chadwick Street. The bus pulled onto the car park and we waited for the bus to unload before Matthew took a picture inside Bluebird GSO 90V.


Inside Bluebird GSO 90V
We got off the bus and we had around 5 minutes for the next bus that we wanted to catch, Berresfords liveried Leyland Leopard ORS 60R was on the next service to the Foxfield Railway. Whilst we were there we had time to take a few nore pictures. Stantons of stoke open top double decker JTF 218F was just leaving on a service to Trentham Gardens.


Stantons of Stoke JTF 218F in the Gladstone Pottery Museum
Also leaving the site was PMT Leyalnd Atlantean 766.


PMT 766 in the Gladstone Pottery Museum
A few minutes later we saw the driver jump into ORS 60R and drove the bus up to the bus stop.We let the bus load up before getting a quick picture and then jumping on it.


'Berresfords' ORS 60R at the Gladstone Pottery Museum
WE sat down near to the back of the bus and the bus set off onto Uttoxteter Road and towards Normacott. We joined the Eastbound A50 and we went through Meir tunnel, the Leopard engine resonating all around as we traveled through it. We came off the A50 at Catchems Corner and we joined the road to Blythe Bridge. After we had crossed the level crossing we turned left and climb up the hill to the Foxfield Railway. The coach turned around and parked up to wait a few minutes before returning. We got off and we took pictures of Berresfords ORS 60R.


'Berresfords' ORS 60R at Foxfield Railway
Besides the railway engines, there was a minibus doing a shuttle service to the colliery site. You had to pay for railway tickets to do the bus though. It was being worked by required Masons B13 PSV.


Masons B13 PSV at Foxfield Railway
We got back on Berresfords ORS 60R and we sat down at the back for the return journey. he bus set off down the hil and we turned right at the bottom of the lane and across the level crossing. We joined the Westbound A50 and we went through the tunnel again, coming off the A50 at Normacott. We went along Uttoxeter Road and we took the tight left turn into Chadwick Street passing required Bournemouth 103 coming the other way. We got off the bus and we waited a few minutes for mum at the edge of the site. She was running a little late so we walked down the A5035 to Go Eat and we met up with mum there. Whilst there matthew had a breakfast washed down with a can of Coke, and he had a millionaires shortbread, which went into the trip bag for later. Mum took us back up to Gladstone and we said goodbye again as she left us there for the afternoon. We were just in time to do Bournemouth 170, which was about to work the 14:20 to Hanley.


Bournemouth 170 in the Gladstone Pottery Museum
We decided to do this bus as a filler move whilst we waited to get Stoniers liveried 860 which was working the 15:00 to Hanley. We got on Bournemouth 170 and we went upstairs. This was a bus we first had at this event last year. This bus set off out of the Gladstone site and onto the A50. The bus took the same route as 30033 had done earlier. A50, A50 Link Road, Victoria Road, Lichfeld Street, Hanley ring road and onto Bethesda Street. When the bus got to the museum we got off and took another picture of Bournemouth 170.


Bournemouth 170 outside Hanley museum
When the bus was due to return, it took similar route to the railway station along Broad Street, Snow Hill and College Road. When it left the railway station it went along the A52 before we turned onto the A50 link Road and into Longton along the A50 and along Normacott Road and Chadwick Street. We left the bus empty and Matthew took a picture inside Bournemouth 170.


Inside Bournemouth 170
We had around 5 minutes to kill before 860 was due depart. Matthew decided to visit the Busflix gazebo and checck out the DVD's. We picked the local DVD and whilst he was considering buying another one, we saw 860 move onto the stop. We quickly paid £10 for the DVD and went out to catch required H860 GRE.


Stonier H860 GRE in the Gladstone Pottery Museum
This is a bus that had been in preservation for a few years but we keep missing it. That was until now... We got on the bus and we sat down towards the back of the bus. This Leyland Lynx is a modern classic, with original grey & maroon zig-zag moquette as was the standard with all new buses in the late 80's and early 90's. The bus went upto Hanley along the same route as the other 3 trip had made. When we got to Hanley we jumped off to get another picture.


Stonier H860 GRE outside Hanley museum
Matthew decided he wanted to go toilet. We went into the museum and Matthew used the facilities whilst I brought us a couple of lollies. One of the guys working at the museum asked if we were going on the bus as they were holding it up until we were ready. we rushed Matthew out of the toilet and we jogged over to the waiting bus, sitting down towards the back. The bus left the Bethesda Road and we went down to the railway station via College Road. We departed the railway station and we went back to the site via the A52 City Road, King Street, Market Street and Uttoxeter Road before coming back into Chadwick Street from the opposite end. When we got back We let the bus empty out so Matthew could take a picture inside this single decker with a classic PMT interior.


Inside Stonier H860 GRE
We got off the bus and Matthew spotted that there had been a new North Staffs fleet list book produced by POPS, so we walked over to their trade stand a brought a copy at £4. We then sat by the bus stop to wait for the 15:45 which was booked to be 30033. It appeared 30033 had suffered a minor failure at some point, so was able to do the service as booked. A replacement was found in the form of Former PMT 30039, which now carries its original Crosville livery and fleet number DOG104.


Crosville DOG 104 in the Gladstone Pottery Museum
I asked Matthew if he wanted to do this bus and he said yes, so we got on board and went upstairs. As the top deck was empty behind the stairs, Matthew took a picture inside DOG104 before sat down.


Inside Crosville DOG 104
The bus set off out of the site and onto the A5035 we went through Blurton and into Trentham before crossing the A34 and entering Trentham Gardens. We turned left inside the site passing Frankie & Benny and then we went around the car parks and we stopped outside the Trentham retail village.We got off and took a quick picture.


Crosville DOG 104 at Trentham Gardens
We got back on and at 16:00 at it's booked departure time we set off back to the Gladstone Pottery Museum. We crossed the A34 and onto the A5035. There was a small queue at the temporary lights for the roadworks, and once we passed through them we went through Blurton and Dresden an into Longton. When we got back to the site mum was waiting in thr car park opposite. We had one quick look around and we saw Bassetts Coaches SUX 476X parked in a favourable position for a photograph.


Bassetts Coaches SUX 476X in the Gladstone Pottery Museum
We visited the Mersey Transport Trust Stall in front of MTL 1070 and Matthew studied the bus driver ties that were for sale and brought a single photograph for 30p. We walked across to the car and jumped in. Mum drove us down the Strand and passed the bus station which was empty, so we continued down to King Street and to the A50 link Road. We went through Heron Cross and we dropped uncle Dave of at home before returning home via Heron Cross, getting back around 17:00. For tea Matthew had fish fingers and fries and the millionaire shortbread we brought earlier at Go Eat. Matthew then chilled out on his computer and watched his bus DVD before going to bed around 23:30...Mark

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Trip to Leigh / Wigan 27-09-2014

































































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37378Leigh BSTown Lane, o/s Manchester Road/St Mary's High SchoolX34First Manchester
27822Town Lane, opp Manchester Road/St Mary's High SchoolLeigh BSX34Stagecoach Manchester
22242Leigh BSWigan BS598Stagecoach Manchester
21243Wigan BSDangerous Corner (Hindley), nr Smallbrook Lane/Dangerous Corner32Stagecoach Manchester
19525Dangerous Corner (Hindley), nr Corner Lane/Dangerous CornerHigher Ince, opp Manchester Road/Makerfield Way32Stagecoach Manchester
36781Higher Ince, nr Manchester Road/Makerfield WayHindley Green, opp Green Lane/Swan Lane540Stagecoach Manchester
36801Hindley Green, nr Atherton Road/Swan LaneLeigh BS598Stagecoach Manchester


Today we decided to re-visit Leigh. The weather was forecast was for cloudy but dry weather. We gave him a list of places around the Midlands and North West and he chose Leigh. Matthew got up around 10:00 and had toast and orange juice for breakfast. We set off around 12:00 and went onto the A5035. As we waited to turn we saw Intercity minibus OU59 EFH. We turned right onto Stanley Matthews Way and the onto the Westbound A50. We turned North onto the A500 and as we went up towards Audley we passed 2 First Streetlites, the rear one being 63167. We carried on until we reached the M6 and we saw Stevens Travel KS56 DSZ. went North. The M6 was slow up to junction 17 as there had been a broken down lorry. Once we cleared junction 17 the traffic sped up and then we made good time. We came off the M6 at junction 22 and then we headed East along the A579. We joined the A572 and headed for the last few miles into town. As we got to the edge of Leigh we passed Arriva NW&W 2730 on a St Helens bound #34 service. We got into the town centre and we turned right to head towards the car park. As we were stuck in traffic, we let Stagecoach Manchester 22238 out of the bus station which was on a #598 to Wigan. We parked up outside the shopping centre and Matthew used the toilet in the car park. We walked through the shopping centre so we could get to the bus station, but before we caught buses we had to eat something. We stopped at the van outside the bus station and we sat down by their gazebo to eat. Matthew had a sausage barm washed down with a can of Coke. After we had finished eating we said goodbye to mum and we went to the travel office for an up to date Wigan South map. As we got into the bus station we saw an interesting bus. It was Finches double decker R253 LGH on a #6 service to the Reebok Stadium.


Finches R253 LGH in Leigh bus station
We had a quick look around the bus station and we spotted a First double decker. It was required First Manchester 37378 on an X34.


First Manchester 37378 in Leigh bus station
We got on the bus and booked System One bus only tickets at £5.20 each. We went upstairs and as it was nearly empty Matthew took a picture inside First Manchester 37378 before we sat down.


Inside First Manchester 37378
This was our first time on this route, so we consulted the newly acquired map. A quick look at the map revealed that the bus went east along the A572 for a short distance and then went off the edge of the map! We decided to do the bus for a short while out of town and then get off. We went out of town for around 12 minutes into Astley. It was looking er overcast, despite what the forecast had said so we decided to get off the bus when we saw a bus shelter opposite. We had passed a Solo on the #684 service, and the stops had at least 6 different service on the flags, so we thought we would be able to get a bus back quickly. When we got off the bus Matthew took another picture of First Manchester 37378.


First Manchester 37378 in Astley
We crossed the road and consulted the bus stop timetable. There were only 5 buses an hour from here and we had just missed on. There should have been an X34 at 13:55 but I couldn't remember passing it. As the bus going the other way was late maybe the 13:55 X34 would be late too... Matthew had a twin Milky Bar and gave on to me and uncle Dave to share. A few minutes later we saw a bus approaching, and it was a Stagecoach service. As it got closer we saw it was required Stagecoach Manchester 27822 on the late running X34.


Stagecoach Manchester 27822 in Astley
We got on the bus and flashed our tickets, before we sat down near to the back. The bus went west back along the A572 and we got into Leigh around 12 minutes later. Before we got off the bus we let it empty and then Matthew got a picture inside Stagecoach Manchester 27822.


Inside Stagecoach Manchester 27822
We got off the bus and we had a look around to see what we could catch. Network Warrington 82 in it's poppy livery was just departing the bus station on a #28 to Warrington. We walked further up and we spotted a required Stagecoach Manchester MAN on a #598 service to Wigan.


Stagecoach Manchester 22242 in Leigh bus station
I asked Matthew if he wanted to do this bus and he said yes. We got on the bus and flashed our tickets before we sat down near to the back of the bus. The bus left the bus station and then West along Twist Lane before the bus turned Northwards towards Tamar. When we reached Hindley Green we turned left onto the A577. We carried on West through Hindley before turning right onto Makerfield Way opposite Walmesley Park. We headed through Belle Green before getting back onto Manchester Road for the run into Wigan town centre. We went through town before turning left past Morrisons and coming into the bus station from the North Western corner. We let the bus empty and then Matthew took a picture inside Stagecoach Manchester 22242.


Inside Stagecoach Manchester 22242
We got off the bus and we decided to take a few pictures before we caught the next bus. We saw required Stagecoach Manchester 22303 on a #600 to Leigh.


Stagecoach Manchester 22303 in Wigan bus station
We walked up to the toilet and Matthew used the facilities. We then walked across the top of the bus station and we saw Arriva NW&W 2698 arrive on a #352 from St Helens.


Arriva NW&W 2698 in Wigan bus station
We walked down through the bus station and we spotted Arriva NW&W DAF 2828 on a #715 to Bolton.


Arriva NW&W 2828 in Wigan bus station
On a #658 we saw Stagecoach Manchester 22305.


Stagecoach Manchester 22305 in Wigan bus station
We walked back up to the other side of the bus station and we saw required Stagecoach Manchester 22353 on a #658 to Leigh.


Stagecoach Manchester 22353 in Wigan bus station
We considered catching Stagecoach Manchester 21246 which was on a #540 to Bolton.


Stagecoach Manchester 21246 in Wigan bus station
In the end we decided to catch Stagecoach Manchester 21243, which was on a #32 service to Manchester.


Stagecoach Manchester 21243 in Wigan bus station
We got on the bus and we flashed our tickets. We sat down and the bus left the bus station. As we had looked at so many different buses before decided on this one, for some reason I thought we were on a #540. The bus set off out of the bus station and towards Wigan Wallgate station before crossing the A49 and leaving town Eastwards. Both buses take similar routes through Hindley and then through the estates to the North, with the #540 turning towards Westhoughton and the #32 going into Hindley Green. As the bus stopped at the main stop in Hindley the bus cut out and it took several attempts to restart it! We turned left and Went North for a short while... The bus started to empty out in the estate and Matthew took a picture of the empty back seat behind us.


Inside Stagecoach Manchester 21243
When I noticed we were heading through Hindley Green I realised that we were on a #32! As we started to head out towards Atherton we decided to get off the bus. We got up and got off the bus and we took a picture of Stagecoach Manchester 21243 as it carried on towards Manchester.


Stagecoach Manchester 21243 in Hindley
We crossed the road to wait for the bus opposite. There was no timetable so we text the code to nextbuses.mobi to see what was due. There was a bus to Hindley green due in a few minutes followed by a #32 5 minutes later. The #594 Hindley Green service turned up and it was Jim Stones BUS 1T.


Jim Stones BUS 1T in Hindley
Going the other way on the #132 to the Trafford Centre was South Lancs Travel 52.


South Lancs Travel 52 in Hindley
A few minutes later we saw the top of a double decker bus approaching over the hill. As it got closer we saw that it was required Stagecoach Manchester 19525.


Stagecoach Manchester 19525 in Hindley
We got on the bus and we flashed our tickets. We went upstairs and sat down. As the bus was empty behind us Matthew took a picture of the empty bus behind us.


Inside Stagecoach Manchester 19525
We passed through Hindley green and then the bus turn righ and we went through the estate to the North. Heading West we rejoined the A577, and we decided to get off outside Walmesley Park, near to where the #598 turns right at it heads towards Wigan. We got off the bus and Matthew took another picture of Stagecoach Manchester 19525.


Stagecoach Manchester 19525 in Higher Ince
We got off the bus and we started to walk back towards the stop on the Hindley Green side of Makerfield Way. At the corner of Makerfield Way we saw and missed Stagecoach Manchester 22304 on a #598 to Leigh. We got to the stop and we had nearly 15 minutes for the next #598, there was however a #540 in five minutes time. We planned to catch this to the nearest point to Hindley Green and then hopefully a short walk later we would make the next #598. In the mean time there were other buses to photograph. On a Wigan bound #540 was Stagecoach Manchester 22236


Stagecoach Manchester 22236 in Higher Ince
This was followed immediately by another Finches vehicle, coach Y311 HUA.


Finches Y311 HUA in Higher Ince
A few minutes later we saw required Stagecoach Manchester Enviro 200 36781 approaching on the #540 to Bolton.


Stagecoach Manchester 36781 in Higher Ince
We got on the bus and flashed our tickets before sitting down near to the back of the bus. Like the #32, the #540 goes through the housing estate North of the A577 between Hindley and Hindley Green. Unlike the #32 the bus turns away from Hindley Green to go towards Westhoughton and Bolton. The bus went through the estate, but on a road slightly further South than the #32 takes, and it went the bus emptied out a little. Matthew saw an opportunity to take a picture facing forwards as the bus was nearly empty now.


Inside Stagecoach Manchester 36781
The bus turned South and we started to head towards Hindley Green, at the closest poing, we got up and got off the bus. Matthew took another picture of Stagecoach Manchester 36781, before it turned left to go towards Westhoughton.


Stagecoach Manchester 36781 in Hindley Green
We got off the bus and started the 1/4 of a mile or so walk onto the A577. As we got close to the road we saw a Stagecoach Manchester MAN, which we assumed would probably be the #598 that we wanted to catch! We now had another 10 or so minute wait for the next bus back to Leigh. Just before our bus was due, there was a #132 service to the Trafford Centre. It was required South Lancs Travel Scania 67.


South Lancs Travel 67 in Hindley Green
There was a gorgeous smelling chippy opposite, and in the future we may visit it when we have more time... Soon we saw another Enviro 200 approaching, perhaps the only one on the #598. It was required Stagecoach Manchester 36801.


Stagecoach Manchester 36801 in Hindley Green
We got on the bus and flashed the tickets for the final time before sitting down near to the back of this bus. The bus set off East along the A577 before turning right into Leigh Road. We headed through Tamar before coming into Leigh via Railway Road. The bus pulled up at Stand M of the bus station on King Street and we waited for the bus to empty so he could take a picture inside Stagecoach Manchester 36801.


Inside Stagecoach Manchester 36801
On the inbound journey, I had texted mum to tell her we were on our way... She had replied back to say the she was at stand A. As we walked through the bus station to meet up with her, we took a few picture along the way. we saw First Manchester 69170 on a #25 service to Manchester.


First Manchester 69170 in Leigh bus station
On a #598 to Wigan we saw Stagecoach Manchester 36791.


Stagecoach Manchester 36791 in Leigh bus station
We then saw South Lancs Travel 58 parked up on Stand B.


South Lancs Travel 58 in Leigh bus station
We walked up the end aisle and we met up with mum. We then walked through the Spinning gate shopping centre where Matthew said hello to a few of the shop worker who were closing up for the day. We got to the car and Matthew had a sausage roll and a bottle of Irn Bru. We set off out of the car park and onto the A572 before going left, following the A572 Southwards. We carried on South for a mile or two until we hit the A580 and then we went West towards the M6. We joined the M6 and traffic was running well, we made good time down through Cheshire. When we got to the A54 we were joined on the M6 by Belfitts coach X782 JAU. We came off the M6 at the north end of the A500 and we headed South until we got onto the A50. We went East for around a mile before coming off the A50 at Longton so we could check out what was at Z Carz tonight. It was all minibuses this evening, as it has been for around a week or so. First in the row was Mercedes minibus W221 CDN.


Z Carz W221 CDN in Longton
Towards the back of the site was Mercedes minibus S952 VMY and Volkswagen minibus S973 OVP.


Z Carz S973 OVP in Longton
Net to that was Silver LDV CN57 HWA


Z Carz CN57 HWA in Longton
At the front of the site were a couple of Ford minibuses. First we saw Z Carz FP06 WTW.


Z Carz FP06 WTW in Longton
Next to this was Z Carz BN03 OVS.


Z Carz BN03 OVS in Longton
We turned left into Willow Row to see what was in the compound. There was long term SORN LDV minibus T408 JUX, Iveco minibus GK02 NWJ and airport tranfer bus DL03 HHU.


Z Carz DL03 HHU in Longton
We headed back onto The A50 and we came off the A50 at Heron Cross. We saw Lightning Travel T2 DLT near to the Lightning house, and we carried on along blurton Road an through the Blurton Farm estate. At the end of Beaconsfield drive we saw D&G 174. We got home around 19:00. for a late tea Matthew had bangers and mash with carrots followed by a cake bar. Matthew then chilled out on his computer until bedtime around 00:30...Mark