Unusual Spottings Elsewhere

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A plain white Astromega with tinted windows heading North on the A1 around Doncaster and a TFL Gemini heading South - both on trade plates
A Metrocar on the A1 near Scotch Corner Wink
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Did it take the wrong turn Wink

Was that today?
Nah ages ago. Would have been one of them getting taken for a refurb.
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Heres me thinking I had missed something today when I have been driving on the A1 for most of the afternoon.
It's always Doncaster - a green G reg what looked like an Olympian.

It was a tri-axle decker, with windows that slid open sideways (not just a portion though, half of each window) and what can only be described as roll bars across the windows to stop people falling out.

Unless HM Prisons are transporting people around on double deck buses, I can only assume it is an ex Hong Kong vehicle.

Can anyone shed any light?

Edit: this is the bad boy I was on about! Www.flickr.com/photos/thespian/8167183947/

Edit edit: its not the same one, but very similar
Yeah it'll be MASS Transit aka Brightbus who do most school contracts in South Yorkshire.
It wasn't Doncaster this time!

A Tfl First Gemini on a low-loader heading North on the A1 at Ferrybridge. Guessing its off to Leeds (or York) to start a new life in the north.

An unbranded white Versa sporting a 13 plate on the back of a low-loader heading South at Ripon on the A1. Presumably on a visit to the Optare factory...
Wasnt sure which section to put this in - buy decided on this one.

I passed the Reed Bordall distribution centre on the A1. Alongside all of the tractor units and trailers, there appeared to be an Optare Metrorider parked up, in Northumbria colours. Anyone know about this?
Nearly always Doncaster...

A jet black Vyking - the back end of the upstairs (probs 1/4) was an 'open topper', but the bodywork had been cut away and replaced by railings along the open section.

It looked like some sort of promotional bus, but had no branding or vinyls at all.
Does anyone know what the yard is between Wilmslow and Stockport rail stations? First time I've been down that way and it caught my eye, as there were a couple of Stagecoach Olympians, an Atlantean, and some other vehicles parked up outside. Condition of the vehicles would suggest it was a breakers yard of some sort..
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The said yard is closer to Levenshume(sp) station. Noticed there's an ex Stagecoach Olympian in there today - in the old stripes livery.
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(04 Sep 2013, 10:07 am)aureolin Wrote: The said yard is closer to Levenshume(sp) station. Noticed there's an ex Stagecoach Olympian in there today - in the old stripes livery.

The only thing I can think of, is to try and track the location using your phone or ipad on your way back (or next time your passing) and try and use the postcode/co-ordinates to tie in with a google/yell search.

I've just searched on my Yell app and found a few (here is a link from their site - www.yell.com/s/car+and+vehicle+dismantlers-levenshulme.html)
(04 Sep 2013, 10:44 am)Andreos1 Wrote: The only thing I can think of, is to try and track the location using your phone or ipad on your way back (or next time your passing) and try and use the postcode/co-ordinates to tie in with a google/yell search.

I've just searched on my Yell app and found a few (here is a link from their site - www.yell.com/s/car+and+vehicle+dismantlers-levenshulme.html)

I've pinned it on google so will look when I get home. Some really interesting stuff in that yard, but none of it makes sense. Couldn't get any fleet numbers but there's a few modern liveried Olympians in there, what looks like a brand new solo SR in plain white, a bristol vr (i think!) and a host of atlanteans.
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Knew this thread was hidden somewhere.

On my travels over the last few weeks, I have seen Carlisle Utd team coach (Reays) stuck on the A1 at Ferrybridge and the Newcastle Falcons using one of the Tynedale Coaches fleet.
'Illegitimis non carborundum'
Saw ex First Bristol 46248 at Catterick, whilst on its way to the great scrap yard in the sky at Wheetslade earlier on.
'Illegitimis non carborundum'
An Arriva/tfl bendi Citaro heading south on Wednesday morning at Ferrybridge.

Didn't appear to be in the best of nick.
'Illegitimis non carborundum'
(30 Mar 2017, 7:02 pm)Sinky.1 Wrote: 9993 and 8243 both parked up at Bishop Auckland Bus Station, this afternoon.Smile

Arriva and Go North East seem to often have driver trainer buses going round the Bishop Auckland and Darlington area's I've noticed, I saw 8243 in Bishop Bus Station on Monday morning and again at junction 59 services in Aycliffe on Tuesday afternoon.
3 ex-Go Ahead London Gemini's spotted heading north:

[Image: 35213727076_f082f65815.jpg]North East bound by AECAV760, on Flickr

Are they for an independent (even one of the main operators) or are they going to Thornton's for a refurbishment (eventhough I imagine Go-Ahead use Hants & Dorset Trim for the London operation?)
(12 Jun 2017, 1:23 pm)S813 FVK Wrote: 3 ex-Go Ahead London Gemini's spotted heading north:

[Image: 35213727076_f082f65815.jpg]North East bound by AECAV760, on Flickr

Are they for an independent (even one of the main operators) or are they going to Thornton's for a refurbishment (eventhough I imagine Go-Ahead use Hants & Dorset Trim for the London operation?)

Jim Hughes maybe as they have won quite a few new contracts.