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by chason
16:39 Thursday 25th April 2019
Forum: Johnsons / Whittles
Topic: New Coaches for Whittles
Replies: 0
Views: 23

New Coaches for Whittles

Johnsons have announced that two new touring coaches have arrived to increase the size of the Whittles fleet.

They are 19 plate 53 seat Plaxton bodied Volvos and will be in service from Saturday at a cost of about £400,000.
by chason
10:38 Thursday 18th April 2019
Forum: Trains
Topic: Charter trains at Stafford Saturday 13 April 2019.
Replies: 4
Views: 79

Re: Charter trains at Stafford Saturday 13 April 2019.

Either incredibly lucky or, more likely, extremely well planned to see so many charters in one place. Some excellent shots there so thank you, Tim.
by chason
09:22 Sunday 31st March 2019
Forum: Trains
Topic: 61306 'Mayflower' at Shrub Hill 30 March 2019 on Charter from Euston.
Replies: 4
Views: 141

Re: 61306 'Mayflower' at Shrub Hill 30 March 2019 on Charter from Euston.

Thanks, Tim - some excellent photos of a loco quite rare to our area.
by chason
08:29 Thursday 28th March 2019
Forum: Miscellaneous Operators
Topic: ATG/IGO/WMSNT etc.
Replies: 8
Views: 2488

Re: ATG/IGO/WMSNT etc.

It would appear that Birmingham City Council (who I thought had no money) have bailed them out to the tune of £1million, at least in the short term.
by chason
09:23 Sunday 24th March 2019
Forum: Johnsons / Whittles
Topic: Large Coach Operator of the Year
Replies: 0
Views: 329

Large Coach Operator of the Year

I hear that Johnson's have picked up a national award for Large Coach Operator of the Year.
by chason
09:18 Sunday 24th March 2019
Forum: Miscellaneous Operators
Topic: ATG/IGO/WMSNT etc.
Replies: 8
Views: 2488

Re: ATG/IGO/WMSNT etc.

I gather that this operator is now in administration. I hadn't realised that they were such a big outfit. According to the piece I read the Accessible Transport Group, through its subsidiaries Ring and Ride and igo, has 600 vehicles and employs 900 staff throughout the West Midlands. Presumably the ...
by chason
08:16 Monday 18th March 2019
Forum: Trains
Topic: Gold Cup charter at Shrub Hill Friday 15 March 2019.
Replies: 6
Views: 267

Re: Gold Cup charter at Shrub Hill Friday 15 March 2019.

I was on the first of the Clun Castle trains. A very good run by one of my favourite engines but it did struggle on a greasy Old Hill bank on the return journey and, although I can't be certain, I suspect that the diesel did take on the role of banker to give a helping hand although I appreciate it ...
by chason
07:34 Sunday 17th March 2019
Forum: Trains
Topic: Gold Cup charter at Shrub Hill Friday 15 March 2019.
Replies: 6
Views: 267

Re: Gold Cup charter at Shrub Hill Friday 15 March 2019.

Nice pictures. Good that the charter operators and Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway have the initiative to rise to the occasion to meet the demand and make some money out of it. As usual, though, the big players either can't be bothered or haven't the business sense to do the same. Perhaps t...
by chason
16:26 Wednesday 6th March 2019
Forum: Diamond Bus (Rotala)
Topic: Oh Deer!
Replies: 1
Views: 2309

Re: Oh Deer!

Reminds me of travelling on a Johnsons coach a few years back when we collided with a deer on a Belgian motorway. The deer emerged from bushes at speed and collided with the front offside corner of the VDL coach. Apart from a bloody mess where it hit, the coach was unscathed but sadly the deer must ...
by chason
14:05 Friday 22nd February 2019
Forum: Services, Routes and Timetables
Topic: 1963 Midland Red coach tour leaflet.
Replies: 10
Views: 1010

Re: 1963 Midland Red coach tour leaflet.

Not sure if the date fits but certainly around that time the southern end of the M5 was the junction with the M50. Traffic intending to go further South had to go on to the M50 and leave at junction 1 on to the A38. Not surprisingly, until the M5 was further extended, particularly on summer Saturday...

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