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One to look for in Bristol...

tjwpsv
 

Bowden & Slater (English Riviera Tours) of Torquay have recently disposed of their Leyland PD2, FFY 403. They say it now resides in a pub garden in Bristol as a café bus, so eyes open in Bristol, please. Any confirmation of its new home would be welcomed.


Ensign's open top 68 Leigh-on-Sea - Southend

tjwpsv
 

This Sunday will be another 'half cab day' on the 68, with the normal service supplemented by vintage open top half cabs, meaning the service will operate at a x15 frequency. Expected to operate are 946 WAE, LEV 917 + two 'special guests.

More details here: https://twitter.com/EnsignBusCo/status/1430848312287055880/photo/1 & https://twitter.com/EnsignBusCo/status/1430848312287055880/photo/2

Spread the word!

Tim


Re: City Sightseeing London

tjwpsv
 

Stagecoach East (City Sightseeing Cambridge) 13812 has now moved on loan to London for the City Sightseeing Tour, ex-loan to Stagecoach Devon, where it joins similar 13808. However,13813 remains on loan to Stagecoach Devon for the Dartmouth Park & Ride service.
T.


Re: Regional Vehicle Finder - Open Toppers.....

David McGow
 

Hi Simon. 

Thank you for telling us about your development. 

I have tried it out and am sure it will be very helpful to us. 

David




On 27 Jul 2021, at 23:08, Simon Cooper <simon.gio@...> wrote:

Hi All,

I hope the group mods won't mind this post which may help some of you track down in-service open toppers.

So, a quick introduction... I'm Simon and I am part of the team that runs London Vehicle Finder (LVF) and Regional Vehicle Finder (RVF). LVF has been running since September 2012 using TfL Open Data and late last year we started working on RVF using the DfT's Bus Open Data Service (BODS). All registered bus services in England (not including London) were required to provide data to BODS from January this year, Stagecoach have kindly included their Welsh and Scottish ops but the other big groups have chosen not to.

We are still testing RVF but it is useable at "https://rvf.test.lvf.io/#RVF". Today we've made available a command within RVF that will list all the open toppers that we are aware of that have or are appearing in the BODS data. 

If you launch RVF in your browser, using the link above, you just need to type either "List otop" or it's shortcode abbreviation "zot", without the quotes, into RVF's query box and click the 'Go' button. RVF should return something along the lines of the screen below:
<dummyfile.0.part>
<dummyfile.1.part>
(When more than one operator is returned by the query as is the case here, ignore the erroneous destinations shown. We're working to fix this, it works OK for single operator queries like those shown below).

You can break down the output further by prepending the search query with an operator code (for a list of the operator codes we use, please click the 'help' button on the RVF screen). Below we've searched for Stagecoach South West (DG) and below that Stagecoach East Kent (EK). 
<dummyfile.2.part>
<dummyfile.3.part>
("Big Beach Bus" & "East Kent" as shown here are the overall adverts/liveries the vehicles wear and not the actual registration.)

Tip: Hovering the cursor over the operator 'oper' codes will show the full operator name.

When the relevant vehicles are in service (and reporting through BODS) we provide the next stop names and ETAs (although due to the time of day I'm drafting this there aren't any in service that I'm aware of which is why it's not shown in the screenshots!). If a vehicle is shown with a next stop name of something like "loc = 50991298 and 0888791", it means we haven't been able to match it's location to the timetable. When a vehicle is in service, clicking on it's registration (or the advert/livery name if shown) will produce a list of next stops and ETAs for that vehicle. 


Note: For simplicity's sake, I have included all of Go South Coast's convertibles in our open top list. If you are aware of any vehicles in RVF that we have omitted from the open top list, please let us know.

We have a Facebook group dedicated to supporting RVF which can be found here (https://www.facebook.com/groups/161169337815324) and another for LVF here (https://www.facebook.com/groups/308328379376089). If you have questions or need help, please use those in preference or drop me an email.


Thanks for your time,

Simon
On behalf of the VF Admin Team.


Re: Stagecoach East Midlands / Skegness - Query

David McGow
 

It’s not listed as active on the Regional Vehicle Finder website which was advertised here earlier this week. 




On 31 Jul 2021, at 12:24, tjwpsv <tim@...> wrote:

SEM Trident 18467 (LX55 EPV) is now shown as taxed by the DVLA & allocated to Skegness on Stagecoach fleet cards. Is anyone able to confirm that it has actually returned to service, please, as I cannot find any photos of it back in service, nor is it tracking on bustimes.org?


Stagecoach East Midlands / Skegness - Query

tjwpsv
 

SEM Trident 18467 (LX55 EPV) is now shown as taxed by the DVLA & allocated to Skegness on Stagecoach fleet cards. Is anyone able to confirm that it has actually returned to service, please, as I cannot find any photos of it back in service, nor is it tracking on bustimes.org?


The Open Top Bus Site - Thursday 29 July 2021

The Open Top Bus Site
 

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

Thursday 29 July 2021

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

Belgium - Antwerp Diamond Bus, Antwerp

Canada - WowBanff Sightseeing, Banff, Alberta; Wesley Thompson, Blenheim, Ontario; Chas Casford (Harbour Hippo), Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island; James Doucet, Cumberland, Ottawa, Ontario; White, Hastings, Northumberland County, Ontario; Unidentified Owner, Montreal area, Quebec; Autocar Viens, Montreal, Quebec; Trentway-Wagar Inc. (Gray Line) {Stagecoach group}, Montreal, Quebec; Double Deck Tours, Niagara Falls, Ontario; Greyhound Canada Transportation (t/a Gray Line), Ottawa, Ontario; Les Tours Amphibus Lady Dive Tours Inc., St. Isidore, Ottawa, Ontario; Les Tours du Vieux Quebec 89 Inc, Quebec City, Quebec; British Island Tours, St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador; Michelle Hamilton (Union Jack’d Bustaurant), Thunder Bay, Ontario; Urban Inc.  (City Sightseeing Toronto), Toronto, Ontario; Big Bus Ltd. [West Coast Sightseeing], Vancouver, British Columbia; FUN CITY SIGHTSEEING . COM, Vancouver, British Columbia; Big Bus Ltd. [West Coast Sightseeing], Victoria, British Columbia; Double Decker Diner, Victoria, British Columbia; Tillicum Stage Lines Ltd. (Sightseeing Victoria / Gray Line), Victoria, British Columbia

England -

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

Cornwall - First South West Limited. (adventures by bus) [FirstGroup], Helston; First South West Limited. (adventures by bus) [FirstGroup], St. Ives/Newquay/Padstow; First South West Limited. (adventures by bus) [FirstGroup], Unallocated (not yet in service)

County Durham - Beamish Museum Limited (North East England Open Air Museum), Beamish

Devon - Plymouth Citybus Ltd.  (Go-Ahead Group), Plymouth

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

East Sussex - Marshopper Limited (Seven Sisters Bus & Coach) (Eastbourne Sightseeing), Ringmer, Ringmer

East Yorkshire - Jorvik Tour Bus Limited, Kingston upon Hull

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

Hampshire - Stagecoach (South) Limited [Stagecoach Group], Portsmouth; Southern Coach Lines Ltd. (Aldermaston Coach Lines / Open Top26.com), Southsea

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/City Tour London) [RATP Dev/Extrapolitan Sightseeing Group], London

Merseyside - Liverpool City Sights Ltd. (Sightseeing Liverpool / City Sights Liverpool) , Liverpool; Maghull Coaches Ltd. (City Explorer Liverpool), Liverpool

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

Tyne & Wear - Martijn Gilbert (P), Newcastle-upon-Tyne

West Sussex - Robert Lane (P), Findon

Germany - Big Bus Berlin Tours GmbH, Berlin; Restaurant See Nami, Lake Kemnade, Bochum

Netherlands - Bakker, Wormerveer, Amsterdam

Portugal - Rodoviária do Oeste , Caldas da Rainha

USA -

Texas - Lime Media, Rowlett

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

 

We hope the website is of interest to you.

David

For The Open Top Bus Site Team

www.opentopbus.net

 


Regional Vehicle Finder - Open Toppers.....

Simon Cooper
 

Hi All,

I hope the group mods won't mind this post which may help some of you track down in-service open toppers.

So, a quick introduction... I'm Simon and I am part of the team that runs London Vehicle Finder (LVF) and Regional Vehicle Finder (RVF). LVF has been running since September 2012 using TfL Open Data and late last year we started working on RVF using the DfT's Bus Open Data Service (BODS). All registered bus services in England (not including London) were required to provide data to BODS from January this year, Stagecoach have kindly included their Welsh and Scottish ops but the other big groups have chosen not to.

We are still testing RVF but it is useable at "https://rvf.test.lvf.io/#RVF". Today we've made available a command within RVF that will list all the open toppers that we are aware of that have or are appearing in the BODS data. 

If you launch RVF in your browser, using the link above, you just need to type either "List otop" or it's shortcode abbreviation "zot", without the quotes, into RVF's query box and click the 'Go' button. RVF should return something along the lines of the screen below:
(When more than one operator is returned by the query as is the case here, ignore the erroneous destinations shown. We're working to fix this, it works OK for single operator queries like those shown below).

You can break down the output further by prepending the search query with an operator code (for a list of the operator codes we use, please click the 'help' button on the RVF screen). Below we've searched for Stagecoach South West (DG) and below that Stagecoach East Kent (EK). 
("Big Beach Bus" & "East Kent" as shown here are the overall adverts/liveries the vehicles wear and not the actual registration.)

Tip: Hovering the cursor over the operator 'oper' codes will show the full operator name.

When the relevant vehicles are in service (and reporting through BODS) we provide the next stop names and ETAs (although due to the time of day I'm drafting this there aren't any in service that I'm aware of which is why it's not shown in the screenshots!). If a vehicle is shown with a next stop name of something like "loc = 50991298 and 0888791", it means we haven't been able to match it's location to the timetable. When a vehicle is in service, clicking on it's registration (or the advert/livery name if shown) will produce a list of next stops and ETAs for that vehicle. 


Note: For simplicity's sake, I have included all of Go South Coast's convertibles in our open top list. If you are aware of any vehicles in RVF that we have omitted from the open top list, please let us know.

We have a Facebook group dedicated to supporting RVF which can be found here (https://www.facebook.com/groups/161169337815324) and another for LVF here (https://www.facebook.com/groups/308328379376089). If you have questions or need help, please use those in preference or drop me an email.


Thanks for your time,

Simon
On behalf of the VF Admin Team.


The beast of Southend

tjwpsv
 

The latest addition to Ensignbus' fleet for their 68 Seaside Service at Southend is a hitherto unregistered former TransBus Enviro500 development vehicle, now appropriately (368) 68 EB. Quite a sight!

https://twitter.com/EnsignBusCo/status/1419579997203873801/photo/1

Tim


Not one, but two new open top tours...

tjwpsv
 

Saturday 24th July two new ventures commence in contrasting locations.

In Southsea, Aldermaston Coach Lines (Southern Coach Lines Ltd.) are the latest operator to try a sea front service, introducing their Open Top26.com between Eastney & Clarence Pier, having acquired  SN03 DZM & YN55 NKZ from the Bath Bus Company.

https://aldermastoncoachlines.co.uk/open-top-26/

Meanwhile, in Kingston-upon-Hull, Jorvik Tour Bus have introduced a Hull Tour on Saturdays to Wednesdays using LK08 NVF.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/183010570@N02/51332729459/in/dateposted/

Tim


Re: It's the end of the road for Route 66...

tjwpsv
 

The service may not have been the busiest, Peter, though it serves a holiday park at its western end and the school hols. are only just beginning. Thanet sent its spare open topper 17529 to cover July 3/4 & 10/11, but a shortage of bus drivers is genuine with service cancellations across the network at present.


Re: It's the end of the road for Route 66...

petereno19
 

How well was this service patronised, I would have thought if loading were good then a replacement vehicle could have been found from somewhere within the group, Stagecoach South West have done it in Devon by hiring from Cambridge.


It's the end of the road for Route 66...

tjwpsv
 

Stagecoach South East (East Kent) has cancelled operation of its Hastings open top route 66 due to 'a poorly bus and a shortage of bus drivers'. :-(

https://www.stagecoachbus.com/service-updates/serviceupdatesarticle?SituationId=ID-16/07/2021-12:05:57:766

T.


The Open Top Bus Site - Friday 16 July 2021

The Open Top Bus Site
 

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

Friday 16 July 2021

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

Belgium - Borgions B&Co Rent, Herselt

England -

East Sussex - Marshopper Limited (Seven Sisters Bus & Coach) (Eastbourne Sightseeing), Ringmer, Eastbourne

London - Original London Sightseeing Tour Ltd. (The Original Tour London Sightseeing/TO-OTBUS LONDON/City Tour London) [RATP Dev/Extrapolitan Sightseeing Group], London; Reform UK (The Reform Party), London; The Big Bus Company Ltd. [Big Bus Tours Group], London

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

Shropshire - Culina Logistics Limited, Market Drayton

Republic of Ireland - Lally Coach Hire Ltd., Spiddal, Galway

Scotland - D&E Coaches Limited, Inverness

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

 

We hope the website is of interest to you.

David

For The Open Top Bus Site Team

www.opentopbus.net

 


Malta

Paul McNamara
 

 
A trip last week to Malta
 
https://citybus.piwigo.com/index?/category/221-malta_2021
 
Malta Sightseeing were operating at 25%, not that the website told you that. City Sightseeing had nothing on the website.
 
Gozo was slightly better.
 
Note the colour of OPY 006.
 
Also noted with City Sightseeing was a Trident/Plaxton registered WPY 001.
 
 
 
Paul McNamara
Photos from Europe, the Far East and Australia - http://www.citybus.xyz/
Photos from the Gulf Region - http://citybus.shutterfly.com/


Northern Ireland update

stephen mckinstry
 

Just a quick update City sightseeing Leyland Olympian Reg NNZ 9784 is back on the road it Was seen in Belfast city centre as a spare bus 

Ulsterbus 
Volvo Olympian Fleet Number 2000 Reg CXI 6200 is also being prepared for a return to service at Coleraine depot it was getting some TLC and will need PSV'd 


The Open Top Bus Site - Tuesday 22 June 2021

The Open Top Bus Site
 

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

Tuesday 22 June 2021

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

England -

Devon - Bowden & Slater (English Riviera Tours), Torquay

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

USA -

Louisiana - Unidentified owner, Ruston

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

 

We hope the website is of interest to you.

David

For The Open Top Bus Site Team

www.opentopbus.net

 


The Open Top Bus Site - Friday 18 June 2021

The Open Top Bus Site
 

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

Friday 18 June 2021

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

England -

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

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

Somerset - Bath Bus Company Ltd. (City Sightseeing Bath / Tootbus) [RATP Dev / Extrapolitan Sightseeing Group], Bath

France - Open Antibes - SARL Le Petit Train, Antibes

Portugal - Slide & Splash - Water Slide Park, Lagoa

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

 

We hope the website is of interest to you.

David

For The Open Top Bus Site Team

www.opentopbus.net

 


Re: R370 LGH - Auld Reekie Tours, Edinburgh

newman ross
 

Still ST


On 17 Jun 2021, at 23:46, David McGow <david@...> wrote:

Thank you Ross. 

Are you able to say is the bus now owned by Ensign, or another dealer, or still owned by Southern Transit?

David


On 17 Jun 2021, at 23:12, newman ross via groups.io <ensignross@...> wrote:

Being used on a film job.

Ross


On 17 Jun 2021, at 20:10, David McGow <david@...> wrote:

It was still open top. Also reported by another seen on the M6 this afternoon. 

Also, seen on the M6 in the same area NORTHBOUND on Tuesday afternoon, so it seems it’s only been in Edinburgh for one day!


On 17 Jun 2021, at 18:51, tjwpsv <tim@...> wrote:


It becomes more intriguing... . Was it still open top? (I believe Southern Transit had the roof for it). 
On 17/06/2021 18:17 David McGow <david@...> wrote:


Same bus reported by a friend seen southbound on the M6 near Penrith this afternoon. Still lettered for Auld Reekie.



Re: R370 LGH - Auld Reekie Tours, Edinburgh

David McGow
 

Thank you Ross. 

Are you able to say is the bus now owned by Ensign, or another dealer, or still owned by Southern Transit?

David


On 17 Jun 2021, at 23:12, newman ross via groups.io <ensignross@...> wrote:

Being used on a film job.

Ross


On 17 Jun 2021, at 20:10, David McGow <david@...> wrote:

It was still open top. Also reported by another seen on the M6 this afternoon. 

Also, seen on the M6 in the same area NORTHBOUND on Tuesday afternoon, so it seems it’s only been in Edinburgh for one day!


On 17 Jun 2021, at 18:51, tjwpsv <tim@...> wrote:


It becomes more intriguing... . Was it still open top? (I believe Southern Transit had the roof for it). 
On 17/06/2021 18:17 David McGow <david@...> wrote:


Same bus reported by a friend seen southbound on the M6 near Penrith this afternoon. Still lettered for Auld Reekie.


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