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Great Yarmouth / Eastern Counties

Martin Bott
 

 

The increased Great Yarmouth o/t service started today, with a pvr of 5.

 

Two of the 'new' buses were in use:

 

FY53 LYW now CRZ 422

YJ06 XML now CRZ 622

 

the third 'new' bus YJ06 XMH is now CRZ 599

 

photos here:

 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/southlancs/52091806068

 

 

Martin Bott

 

 

 

 


Re: Belfast update May

tjwpsv
 

Thanks, Stephen. I'm not aware that they have used this one (yet), despite owning it for over two years. 


Belfast update May

stephen mckinstry
 

Just had word that city sightseeing belfast have still got 1 of there ex London City Tour in there Fleet it was parked in the corner of there shed and they are hoping to get her back on the road it believed to be Y162 NLK 


The Open Top Bus Site - Monday 2 May 2002

The Open Top Bus Site
 

Parts of The Open Top Bus Site have been updated today.

Monday 2 May 2022

Lists created, revised, updated, etc, for the following owners/operators

England -

Cambridgeshire - Cambus Limited (City Sightseeing Cambridge)  (Stagecoach Group), Cambridge

Cornwall - First South West Limited. (adventures by bus / Kernow / Truronian) [FirstGroup], Falmouth

First South West Limited. (adventures by bus / Kernow / Truronian) [FirstGroup], Penzance/Land’s End/St. Ives

Devon - First South West Limited. (adventures by bus / Kernow / Truronian) [FirstGroup], Exeter

East Sussex - Peter Sonnerveld (BAR ML2355), Forest Row

Essex - Ensign {dealer} / First South West Limited, Purfleet

Gloucestershire - Big Red Bus Bar Ltd., Stroud

London - East London Bus & Coach Company Ltd. (City Sightseeing London) {Stagecoach/City Sightseeing/Grupo Julia joint venture}, London

Merseyside - Maghull Coaches Ltd. (City Explorer Liverpool), Liverpool

Norfolk - First Eastern Counties Buses Ltd. [First Group], Great Yarmouth

Nottinghamshire - Double Decker Bus Bar, Nottingham

Somerset - Dave Tossell  (P), Weston-super-Mare

Staffordshire - Potteries Omnibus Preservation Society, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent

West Yorkshire - Charabar, Adingham

Worcestershire - John Kennedy, Tenbury Wells; Mortimer (Wyvern Omnibus), Stourport-on-Severn

Georgia - ELT Travel (Batumi City Tour), Batumi; New Batumi Tour, Batumi; Old Tbilisi Tour, Tbilisi; WST Georgia (City Sightseeing Tbilisi), Tbilisi

Germany - Globus Nutzfahrzeuge {dealer}, Hamburg; OMR Omnibushandel Mario Röttgen {dealer}, Untersteinach

Italy - Matteo Friscira’s London Bus Service , Rome

Northern Ireland - Diamond Leisure Transport Ltd. (City Tours Belfast), Belfast

Poland - Malopolska PKS sp. z o.o. (Cracow Sightseeing Tour), Krakow

Portugal - Unidentified owner, Lisbon

Scotland - Tayside Public Transport Company Ltd (Xplore Dundee) {McGill's Group}, Dundee

 

We hope the website is of interest to you.

David

For The Open Top Bus Site Team

www.opentopbus.net

 


McGill's Group

tjwpsv
 

Followers of updates to www.opentopbus.net will have seen that all 6 of Edinburgh Bus Tours former London City Tour Volvo B9TL / Wright Gemini vehicles were sold to McGill's in March, and were numbered as follows:
[EBT 251] BF60 UUC > 2850
[EBT 252] BF60 UUE > 2851
[EBT 253] BF60 UUG > 2852
[EBT 254] BF60 UUH > 2853
[EBT 255] BF60 UUJ > 2854
[EBT 256] LX60 DXA > 2855

2850/1 have now entered service with Xplore Dundee on their new 'Discover Dundee' tour, reregistered CTS 917, OTS 271, respectively.
2854 was noted on the Isle of Cumbrae in mid-April. McGill's had registered a service between Cumbrae slip & Millport Pier to commence on 27 May, but it would appear that this registration has since been withdrawn...


Belfast update 26th April 2022

stephen mckinstry
 

To confirm RFZ 8427is now in City Tours belfast livery 





The Open Top Bus Site - Monday 25 April 2022

The Open Top Bus Site
 

Parts of The Open Top Bus Site have been updated today.

Monday 25 April 2022

Lists created, revised, updated, etc, for the following owners/operators

Austria - Egger Bier  (Promotional), Unterradlberg

Canada - Unidentified Owner, Montreal area, Quebec; Buddha-Full, Squamish, British Columbia

Egypt - Egyptian Marketing Co., Nasr

England -

Cambridgeshire - Cambus Limited (City Sightseeing Cambridge)  (Stagecoach Group), Cambridge

Cornwall - First South West Limited. (adventures by bus / Kernow / Truronian) [FirstGroup], Truro

Devon - Stagecoach Devon Ltd. [Stagecoach Group], Barnstaple; Stagecoach Devon Ltd. [Stagecoach Group], Exmouth; Stagecoach Devon Ltd. [Stagecoach Group], Teignmouth / Dawlish Warren

Dorset - Discover Dorset Ltd. (City Sightseeing Bournemouth), Bournemouth & Poole

East Sussex - Peter Sonnerveld (BAR ML2355), Forest Row

Essex - Canvey Island Transport Museum (Castle Point Transport Museum Society), Canvey Island

Gloucestershire - Big Red Bus Bar Ltd., Stroud

Hampshire - Hop On Inn, Lyndhurst

Kent - London Vintage Bus Hire Ltd., Northfleet

Leicestershire - Bus Bar Services Ltd., Ashby-de-la-Zouch

Lincolnshire - Lincolnshire Road Car Co.Ltd. (Stagecoach East Midlands)  [Stagecoach Group], Cleethorpes; Lincolnshire Road Car Co.Ltd. [Stagecoach Group], Lincoln; Lincolnshire Road Car Co.Ltd. (Stagecoach East Midlands)  [Stagecoach Group], Skegness

London - East London Bus & Coach Company Ltd. (City Sightseeing London) {Stagecoach/City Sightseeing/Grupo Julia joint venture}, London

Merseyside - Liverpool City Sights Ltd. (Sightseeing Liverpool / City Sights Liverpool) , Liverpool; The Bus Yard Ltd., Southport

Norfolk - Coke Estates Limited (Holkham Hall), Wells-next-the-Sea

North Yorkshire - Yorkshire Coastliner Ltd. (CitySightseeing York) [Transdev Group], York

Nottinghamshire - Double Decker Bus Bar, Nottingham

Oxfordshire - Vintage Event Catering Ltd (Vintage Bus Bar), Wantage

Somerset - First South West Limited. (adventures by bus / Kernow / Truronian) [FirstGroup], Minehead; First Hampshire and Dorset Limited [First Group], Yeovil

Tyne & Wear - Newcastle Rugby Foundation, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

West Midlands - Power Utilities (SpeedKing Tools), Walsall

France - Le Bus du Carrelet, Blaye, Nouvelle-Aquitaine; Société d'Exploitation de Lignes Touristiques (TO-OTBUS PARIS), Paris; Oliver Pichot, Montpellier

Germany - The Beat Club, Greven

Italy - Beducci Travel (Tramvia, Naples City Tour), Naples

Japan - Ishiya Co., Ltd., Shiroi Koibito Park, Sapporo, Hokkaido

Lithuania - Jûratë Pacyno & Andrejus Božko, Vilnius

Malta and Gozo - OC Tourism Ltd. [Oasis Tours] (CitySightseeing Malta), Luqa

Northern Ireland - Diamond Leisure Transport Ltd. (City Tours Belfast), Belfast

Pakistan - Bahria Town pvt Ltd., Bahria Town Karachi

Poland - BM GRUPA, Solec Kujawski

Scotland - Stephen Leckie, Crieff Hydro Hotel, Crieff; Edinburgh Bus Tours Limited, Edinburgh; McGill's Bus Service Ltd. [stored], Great Cumbrae; The Thistle Vintage Bus Bar, Hurlford, Kilmarnock

USA -

Colorado - Archibald, Alamosa

Tennessee - Double Decker Bus Tours / Pigeon Forge Party Bus, Pigeon Forge

Texas - Hendricks, Austin; Wimberley Valley Winery, Driftwood

Washington - The Wake Up Call, Spokane

Wales - Hughes Bros (Llanrwst & Trefriw) Ltd. ( Alpine Travel: CitySightseeing Llandudno & Conwy / Alpine Heritage Tours), Llandudno; First Cymru Buses Ltd. [First Group], Penlan, Swansea

 

We hope the website is of interest to you.

David

For The Open Top Bus Site Team

www.opentopbus.net

 


Re: Golden tours Belfast

stephen mckinstry
 

No idea but will keep my ear to the ground incase I hear anything 


On Sun, 24 Apr 2022 at 19:27, David McGow
<david@...> wrote:

Interesting.

 

Will this be a new operation in Belfast, or a partnership with another operator such as in Bournemouth and York?

 

David

 

 

From: opentopbus@groups.io <opentopbus@groups.io> On Behalf Of stephen mckinstry via groups.io
Sent: 24 April 2022 19:22
To: opentopbus@groups.io
Subject: [opentopbus] Golden tours Belfast

 

An interesting find on companies House website anyone have any info




Re: Golden tours Belfast

David McGow
 

Interesting.

 

Will this be a new operation in Belfast, or a partnership with another operator such as in Bournemouth and York?

 

David

 

 

From: opentopbus@groups.io <opentopbus@groups.io> On Behalf Of stephen mckinstry via groups.io
Sent: 24 April 2022 19:22
To: opentopbus@groups.io
Subject: [opentopbus] Golden tours Belfast

 

An interesting find on companies House website anyone have any info




Golden tours Belfast

stephen mckinstry
 

An interesting find on companies House website anyone have any info





Belfast update

stephen mckinstry
 

A wee update from Belfast 

Citysightseeing 
To confirm 
Y162 NLK and Y164 NLK are both scrapped 
 Leyland  NNZ 9784 is back for another season 

City Tours Belfast 
E320 MSG is back for another season Nd has been Repainted in to the new city tours livery 
I understand that RFZ 8427 is getting painted into the new livery 
Pictures below 









The Open Top Bus Site - Monday 4 April 2022

The Open Top Bus Site
 

Parts of The Open Top Bus Site have been updated today.

Monday 4 April 2022

Lists created, revised, updated, etc, for the following owners/operators

Austria - Big Bus Vienna GmbH, Vienna

Belgium - Booze Stop Events, Westerlo

Denmark - Royal City Sightseeing A/S, Copenhagen

Egypt - Unidentified hotel, Unknown location

England -

Berkshire - Original London Sightseeing Tour Ltd. (The Original Tour Windsor/TO-OTBUS WINDSOR) [RATP Dev/Extrapolitan Sightseeing Group], Windsor

Cheshire - Ribble Motor Services Ltd. (Stagecoach Merseyside & North Lancs.) , Chester

Cornwall - First South West Limited. (adventures by bus / Kernow / Truronian) [FirstGroup], Unallocated (not yet in service)

Devon - New Coast Events, Croyde; J. Cowdery  (Private), Kingsteignton; Stagecoach Devon Ltd. [Stagecoach Group], Teignmouth / Dawlish Warren

Dorset - Unknown Owner, Weymouth area

Essex - Ensign Bus Co. Ltd., Southend-on-Sea

Lincolnshire - Lincolnshire Road Car Co.Ltd. (Stagecoach East Midlands)  [Stagecoach Group], Skegness

London - East London Bus & Coach Company Ltd., London

Norfolk - First Eastern Counties Buses Ltd. [First Group], Great Yarmouth

Somerset - First West of England [First Group], Weston-super-Mare

Suffolk - Unidentified Owner, Beccles

Hungary - City Sightseeing Kft  (Big Bus Budapest), Budapest

Madeira (Portugal) - Carristur (yellow bus), Funchal

Republic of Ireland - Dualway Coaches Ltd. (City Sightseeing / Gray Line), Dublin

Scotland - Tayside Public Transport Company Ltd (Xplore Dundee) {McGill's Group}, Dundee; First Scotland East Ltd. (Bright Bus Tours)  [First Group], Edinburgh; McGill's Bus Service Ltd., Greenock; Edinburgh Bus Tours Limited, Edinburgh; Highland Country Buses Ltd. (Stagecoach Highlands), Inverness

 

We hope the website is of interest to you.

David

For The Open Top Bus Site Team

www.opentopbus.net

 


City Sightseeing Belfast

stephen mckinstry
 

Volvo B7TL Gemini Reg SFZ 7967 is now  back on the road after having repairs done been at least 2 years since its been on the road so would be 2019 it was last seen by me 


The Open Top Bus Site - Tuesday 22 February 2002

The Open Top Bus Site
 

Parts of The Open Top Bus Site have been updated today.

Tuesday 22 February 2022

Lists created, revised, updated, etc, for the following owners/operators

Australia - South Australian Major Events Commission, Adelaide, South Australia

England -

Cheshire - Ribble Motor Services Ltd. (Stagecoach Merseyside & North Lancs.)  (City Sightseeing Chester), Chester

Devon - Stagecoach Devon Ltd. [Stagecoach Group], at Exeter, Exmouth, Paignton / Torquay and Teignmouth / Dawlish Warren

Essex - Business B Ltd, (The Expeditional / London Spy Tours), North Weald Bassett

Greater Manchester - Manchester Bus Tours Ltd. (Sightseeing Manchester), Manchester

Lincolnshire - Lincolnshire Road Car Co.Ltd. (Stagecoach East Midlands)  [Stagecoach Group], Skegness

London - The Big Bus Company Ltd. [Big Bus Tours Group], London

Oxfordshire - Tom Tappin Limited  (Guide Friday City Sightseeing Oxford)  {Go Ahead Group}, Oxford

Scotland - McGill's Bus Service Ltd., Greenock

Wales - Y Bws, Newcastle Emlyn

We hope the website is of interest to you.

David

For The Open Top Bus Site Team

www.opentopbus.net

 


New Dundee Sightseeing Tour

David McGow
 

Xplore Dundee is advertising for staff for a new seasonal sightseeing tour of that Scottish city.

 

Which buses are to be used on it is not yet confirmed, but this could mean a use has been found at last after five years for Dennis Tridents T506 SSG and T508 SSG, part of the parent company McGill’s Bus Service Ltd fleet at Greenock, especially as the attached livery design is based on that type of bus.

 

Any more information on this subject would be appreciated.

 

David

 


The Open Top Bus Site - Friday 4 February 2022

The Open Top Bus Site
 

Parts of The Open Top Bus Site have been updated today.

 

Friday 4 February 2022

Lists created, revised, updated, etc, for the following owners/operators

Australia - Bill's Burgers, Brisbane, Queensland; Brisbane Distillery Company, Brisbane, Queensland; Calvin Clarke (Broome Top Deck Tours), Broome, Western Australia; Bundaberg News Mail, Bundaberg, Queensland; The National Union of Workers (NSW Branch), Granville, New South Wales; Unidentified owner, Koo Wee Rup, Victoria; Sunshine Coast Newspaper Company Pty, Maroochydore, Queensland

The Rockhampton Bulletin (newspaper), Rockhampton, Queensland; Dee Decker Tours, Sunshine, Melbourne, Victoria; Sydney Festival, Sydney, New South Wales; Unidentified Owner, unknown location, Queensland [but noted in Sydney, NSW 1/09 & Perth, WA, ?/10]; Unidentified Owner, Unknown Location, Tasmania

Belgium - TootBus, Brussels; unknown owner, unidentified location; Booze Stop Events, Westerlo

Canada - Buddha-Full, Squamish, British Columbia

Chile - Turistik, Santiago

Denmark - Gallakørsel, Copenhagen; Strömma Buss A/S (CitySightseeing / Open Top Tours), Copenhagen; Red City Buses Denmark ApS (Red Buses) [Extrapolitan Sightseeing Group], Copenhagen

Egypt - Alexandria United Club, Alexandria

England -

Berkshire - Original London Sightseeing Tour Ltd. (The Original Tour Windsor/TO-OTBUS WINDSOR) [RATP Dev/Extrapolitan Sightseeing Group], Windsor

Cambridgeshire - Cambus Limited (City Sightseeing Cambridge)  (Stagecoach Group), Cambridge

Cheshire - Ribble Motor Services Ltd. (Stagecoach Merseyside & North Lancs.) , Chester

County Durham - Stanley Travel (North East) Ltd., Stanley

Devon - Stagecoach Devon Ltd. [Stagecoach Group], Barnstaple

East Yorkshire - East Yorkshire Motor Services Ltd., Kingston upon Hull

Essex - Ensign {dealer} / First South West Limited, Purfleet

Gloucestershire - Brown [The London Bus Export Co.] {dealer}, Lydney

Hampshire - National Motor Museum, Beaulieu

Lincolnshire - Lincolnshire Road Car Co.Ltd. (Stagecoach East Midlands)  [Stagecoach Group], Skegness

London - Bus & Coach Builds Ltd., London; Buses4Homeless CIC, London; East London Bus & Coach Company Ltd., London; East London Bus & Coach Company Ltd. (City Sightseeing London) {Stagecoach/City Sightseeing/Grupo Julia joint venture}, London; Original London Sightseeing Tour Ltd. (The Original Tour London Sightseeing/TO-OTBUS LONDON) [RATP Dev], London

Merseyside - Aintree Coaches (International) Ltd., Ellesmere Port

North Yorkshire - Yorkshire Coastliner Ltd. (CitySightseeing York) [Transdev Group], York

Oxfordshire - Dahlia Beach, Abingdon; Tom Tappin Limited  (Guide Friday City Sightseeing Oxford)  {Go Ahead Group}, Oxford

Somerset - Bath Bus Company Ltd. (City Sightseeing Bath / Tootbus) [RATP Dev / Extrapolitan Sightseeing Group], Bath; John & Heather Merriman  (Cider with Rosie), Somerton

Suffolk - P. Batty (Private), Bury St. Edmunds

France - Société d'Exploitation de Lignes Touristiques (TO-OTBUS PARIS), Paris

Germany - Fody's Restaurants, Heidelberg Zoo, Ketsch; Oliver Frey, Kusterdingen; Bayer Leverkusen Football Club, Leverkusen; Torsten & Michael Weitzel, 'Musikfabrik' venue, Celle; Ewald Restle (KIRNexus), Pfullendorf; Unidentified dealer, Unidentified Location; MobiMedia, Vorstand; Uli Hotstegs (All4Event), Weeze

Italy - Momò, Catanzaro; Movieland Park Studios, Lazise

Netherlands - ProDome Events, Grou; Van den Bor {Hans Classic}, Nijkerk

New Zealand - Headfirst Travel, Dunedin

Northern Ireland - Diamond Leisure Transport Ltd. (City Tours Belfast), Belfast

Portugal - Unipessoal LDA (Impactjungle), Castelo Da Maia

Republic of Ireland - Butler Buses Ltd., Cobh; Kyanitedale (Quickpark/Dublin Coach), Brannockstown, Dublin; O'Sullivan (Private), Brannockstown; Munster Airsoft, Cork; Extreme Event Ireland Limited (CitySightseeing Dublin), Dublin

Republic of North Macedonia - JSP-Skopje, Skopje

Spain - RJ Autocares (The Yellow Tours) {Jimenez Dorado Group}, Madrid; Big Ben Bus, Salinas, Asturias; Movilbus Publicidad, Vigo

Sri Lanka - Unidentified Operator, Unidentified Location

USA -

Arizona - Truly Nolen of America, Inc., Tucson

California - British Bus Company LLC, San Diego

Connecticut - The Notorious P.I.C., New Haven

Georgia - Kelly Tours Inc., Savannah

Idaho - Eagle Physical Therapy (Randy Langley), Eagle; East Idaho Escape, Idaho Falls

Indiana - City Parks Dept., Newburgh

North Carolina - Coliseum V (Phil McHugh), Charlotte; Upward Mobility LLC (Ragin' Charters), Charlotte; Mary Shannon Moore, Mars Hill; Nickelpoint Brewing Company, Raleigh

Ohio - Somerset Bar, Cincinnati

Oregon - Earthearts, Portland

Tennessee - Double Decker Bus Tours / Pigeon Forge Party Bus, Pigeon Forge

Texas - Sunil Thakkar, Houston

Unidentified locations, USA - unknown owner, unidentified location

Utah - Kori Rose, Salt Lake City

Virginia - 2nd Stop, Manassas; Cave Ridge Vinyard, Mt. Jackson, Marshall

Washington - Spokane Events, Spokane; The Wake Up Call, Spokane

Wales - Bath Bus Company Ltd. (City Sightseeing Cardiff / Caerdydd; Tootbus) [RATP Dev / Extrapolitan Sightseeing Group], Cardiff; First Cymru Buses Ltd. [First Group], Penlan, Swansea

 

We hope the website is of interest to you.

 

David

For The Open Top Bus Site Team

www.opentopbus.net

 


Something 'new' for London...

tjwpsv
 

The latest fleet card for Stagecoach London shows Scania OmniCity 15024-9 as being earmarked for conversion to open top. Presumably, these will be to enhance the frequency on the City Sightseeing / Julia service in the capital.


Is this the end for Swash Buckle and his animal friends?

tjwpsv
 

It would seem that the colourful characters of Stagecoach Devon's 'Golden Hop 122' at Torbay have had their day. 18186 (Swash Buckle the Pirate) has been repainted into Stagecoach 'local' livery and the word is that all the open top fleet at Torbay will wear 'local' colours for the 2022 season.

Meanwhile, 19658 has returned from open top conversion as a full open topper.


Information required: Skopje, North Macedonia

tjwpsv
 

With approaching 7,500 vehicles listed on www.opentopbus.net , our small team does their best to keep things up to date. We are aware, however, aware of some long standing 'gaps' in information which we have, so far, been unable to fill from our usual sources.

One such example of this is the fleet of JSP-Skopje in North Macedonia. A total of 17 optional-open Yutong City Masters are believed to be owned / operated, but despite them being there since 2012/3, our information is scarce. Including a pending update to the site, we only have:
1149   SK-824-VH
2002  SK-9573-AC
2003  SK-9531-AC
2008  SK-9625-AC
2010  reg. unknown
2013  SK-9618-AC
plus 11 vehicles for which neither the fleet no. or registration is known.

Can anyone help, please?
Thanks.
The Open Top Site Team


Re: Can anyone identify this bus, please?

Bob
 

Correct version

Bob

On 01/01/2022 14:09, Bob via groups.io wrote:

Hi Tim,

               Correct assumption its J345BSH. photo attached.

Regards

Bob


On 01/01/2022 11:44, tjwpsv wrote:
Currently on eBay:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/224755553499?hash=item34547994db:g:Qi4AAOSw1TphxJUS

Possibly one of the former Original London J--BSH batch of Olympians.

Any ideas?

Happy New Year to one and all,

Tim

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