Tuesday, 24 July 2018

Saturday 20th October - The South Midland Sortie

The South Midland Sortie


We are pleased to announce another new trip which will see us return to Walters Coaches, Oxford for a road coverage trip using three different Olympians on Saturday 20th October. This trip is operated by Nik Anthony and our plan has been devised to explore some parts of Oxfordshire and just into two adjoining counties covering many roads around the region which rarely, if ever, see double deck operation.

The plan includes travel on three different buses, two of which were not featured on the Leyland Olympians Group trip here back in May. For the first and third runs we have asked for Volvo Olympians; P415KSX (Alexander bodywork, new to Lothian) and P353ROO (East Lancs bodywork, new to Harris Bus) with similar R358XVX requested should either of those be unavailable. For the 78 mile long main run which will include visiting Carterton for a lunch break on a trip that crosses into the edge of Gloucestershire and Wiltshire we have requested F845ENV (Leyland bodywork new to Isle of Man as BMN88G) with similar bodywork H809AGX to be used if F845ENV is unavailable.

There are two pick-up locations; at 1000 just outside Thornhill Park and Ride site at the bus stop in the layby just after the P&R site entrance on the northbound carriageway of the A40. You can park in Thornhill P&R for up to 11 hours for £2. The second pick-up will be at 1020 in Park End Street at Frideswide Square just outside the Saïd Business School at stop R7 which is very close to the main Oxford rail station and is the stop used by buses heading for the city centre. The first run includes a run out to Islip and the surrounding area, the third run will take us to Radley and drop-off near Oxford rail station at approx. 1745 before returning to the depot via a final drop-off opposite the Thornhill P&R site at 1805.

During each run we will stop somewhere suitable to allow passengers to photograph the vehicle and there will be time to see and photograph the other vehicles in the fleet at the depot. The fare for the entire day of travelling is £20 for all passengers. You don't need to pre-book or reserve a place, simply turn up on the day, hop on the bus and we will collect your fare during the journey. There is no requirement to be a member of any particular group or society to join this trip, nor do you require an invitation to join us.

Our trip is a private hire and the operator will not be able to answer any questions or enquiries- if you require any further information or you have any questions please e-mail one of us at chrismartin13601 (at) hotmail.co.uk or nik280 (at) btinternet.com (substitute the correct @ symbols!).

We sincerely look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on this trip, please forward this message onto anyone else who you think may be interested and please cut and paste into other news groups if you think it might interest their members.

Nik Anthony

Chris Martin


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