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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.



Re: R370 LGH - Auld Reekie Tours, Edinburgh

newman ross
 

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
 

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

tjwpsv
 

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
 

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


R370 LGH - Auld Reekie Tours, Edinburgh

David McGow
 

Seen this morning in Edinburgh was R370 LGH, a Volvo Olympian with Northern Counties bodywork, apparently now used by Auld Reekie Tours.

 

Auld Reekie is a walking tour company and as this is the first sighting of the bus in Edinburgh, I don’t know yet what they intend to use it for.

 

Photos attached are extracted from my car dashcam and are not great quality, but I did see the reg number plate.

 

Ex-Southern Transit Bus Company Limited, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex.

 

David

 


The Open Top Bus Site - Friday 11 June 2021

The Open Top Bus Site
 

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

Friday 11 June 2021

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

England -

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

Cambridgeshire - Frolic Farm Polo Club, Lode; Paul Baker  (Private), St. Neots; Peterborough Coach Hire, Yaxley, Peterborough

Dorset - Burrows, Child Okeford; First Hampshire and Dorset Limited [First Group], Lulworth Cove / Weymouth / Bridport; First Hampshire and Dorset Limited [First Group], Weymouth

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

Gloucestershire - Troopers Lodge Garage Limited (Troopers Lodge Motor Services), Bourton-on-the-Hill

Greater Manchester - Lister PVS {dealer}, Bolton

Leicestershire - Lamplighters Pub/The Drinks Bus, Leicester, 5/13, Leicester

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

North Yorkshire - Shoreline Suncruiser Buses Ltd., Scarborough; Yorkshire Coastliner Ltd. (CitySightseeing York) [Transdev Group], York

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

France - Cars Lieutaud, Avignon

Wales - Cardiff City Transport Services Limited, Cardiff

 

We hope the website is of interest to you.

David

For The Open Top Bus Site Team

www.opentopbus.net

 


New open top bus service in Cardiff, Wales

David McGow
 

Cardiff Bus is operating a new seasonal open top bus service in Cardiff, daily from 26 June to 30 August, using a Dennis Trident, V524 ESC, on loan from Reading Buses.  The bus retains Reading’s two-tone grey ‘rooftop bus’ livery.

 

https://www.cardiffbus.com/summer-days-out

 

David

 


The Open Top Bus Site - Friday 4 June 2021

The Open Top Bus Site
 

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

Friday 4 June 2021

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) [FirstGroup], Penzance/Land’s End/St. Ives, and at St. Ives/Newquay/Padstow

Cumbria - Stagecoach (North West) Limited [Stagecoach Group], Windermere (Bowness-Grasmere)

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

Essex - Konect Bus Limited (Hedingham), Clacton-on-Sea; Ensign Bus Co. Ltd., Purfleet

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

West Yorkshire - Yorkshire Post Newspapers Ltd., Leeds

Northern Ireland - Belfast City Sightseeing Ltd., Belfast; Diamond Leisure Transport Ltd. (City Tours Belfast), Belfast; McComb's Coach Travel Ltd. (Belfast City Tour), Belfast; Ulsterbus Ltd., Coleraine

Republic of Ireland - EVM (dealer), Kilbeggan

Scotland - City Sightseeing Inverness Limited/D&E Coaches Limited, Inverness

 

We hope the website is of interest to you.

David

For The Open Top Bus Site Team

www.opentopbus.net

 


Re: Belfast update

David McGow
 

Thank you for this and the Coleraine information.

 

 

 

From: opentopbus@groups.io <opentopbus@groups.io> On Behalf Of stephen mckinstry via groups.io
Sent: 02 June 2021 13:30
To: opentopbus@groups.io; stephen mckinstry via groups.io <Ulsterbusfan@...>; David McGow <david@...>
Subject: Re: [opentopbus] Belfast update

 

Was checking there website and found the following info city tours belfast might only be a brand name 



 

On Wed, 2 Jun 2021 at 13:25, stephen mckinstry via groups.io

Not sure about a legal name changing but they branding as city tours belfast now. the next I see 1 of there buses I will check the legal lettering on the side of the bus 



 

On Wed, 2 Jun 2021 at 13:09, David McGow

<david@...> wrote:

Stephen,

 

Thank you for this update.

 

Can you say please whether City Tours Belfast is the Diamond Leisure Transport Ltd company renamed, or is it still Diamond but using City Tours Belfast as a fleet name?

 

Thanks and please keep us advised if there are any more changes to these fleets.

 

David

 

 

From: opentopbus@groups.io <opentopbus@groups.io> On Behalf Of stephen mckinstry via groups.io
Sent: 01 June 2021 20:21
To: opentopbus@groups.io
Subject: [opentopbus] Belfast update

 

just checking the Belfast list there and the following has change 

 

City sightseeing  

 

Reg V512 ESC has been Scrapped early 2020 

Reg Y162 NLK is in City sightseeing livery 

 

Titanic and City Tours are now called City Tours Belfast and the fleet should be redone in due course 

 

Reg CFZ 6592  is in use with City sightseeing Belfast I last seen her in 2019 

Reg NNZ 9784  is now with City sightseeing in there livery last seen 2019 

 

not sure where or what happened to NNZ 9785 

 

 

buses i have seen since the open top tours have started back have been 

City Tours Belfast

Reg E320 MSG still going at the ripe old age of 33 years 

Reg RFZ 8427

 

City sightseeing 

Reg V513 ESC 

Reg AXI 297 was previously KGZ 6487 but new as 07-D-29

 

find attached a picture of E320 MSG in Belfast city centre ready to do a City tour Saturday 29th May 2021 nice to see the Old Girl out 


Re: Belfast update

stephen mckinstry
 

Also the ulsterbus open topper at ulsterbus Coleraine is detaxed it's future is uncertian 


On Wed, 2 Jun 2021 at 13:31, stephen mckinstry
<ulsterbusfan@...> wrote:
This is on there website 





On Wed, 2 Jun 2021 at 13:30, stephen mckinstry via groups.io
<Ulsterbusfan@...> wrote:
Was checking there website and found the following info city tours belfast might only be a brand name 





On Wed, 2 Jun 2021 at 13:25, stephen mckinstry via groups.io
<Ulsterbusfan@...> wrote:
Not sure about a legal name changing but they branding as city tours belfast now. the next I see 1 of there buses I will check the legal lettering on the side of the bus 






On Wed, 2 Jun 2021 at 13:09, David McGow
<david@...> wrote:

Stephen,

 

Thank you for this update.

 

Can you say please whether City Tours Belfast is the Diamond Leisure Transport Ltd company renamed, or is it still Diamond but using City Tours Belfast as a fleet name?

 

Thanks and please keep us advised if there are any more changes to these fleets.

 

David

 

 

From: opentopbus@groups.io <opentopbus@groups.io> On Behalf Of stephen mckinstry via groups.io
Sent: 01 June 2021 20:21
To: opentopbus@groups.io
Subject: [opentopbus] Belfast update

 

just checking the Belfast list there and the following has change 

 

City sightseeing  

 

Reg V512 ESC has been Scrapped early 2020 

Reg Y162 NLK is in City sightseeing livery 

 

Titanic and City Tours are now called City Tours Belfast and the fleet should be redone in due course 

 

Reg CFZ 6592  is in use with City sightseeing Belfast I last seen her in 2019 

Reg NNZ 9784  is now with City sightseeing in there livery last seen 2019 

 

not sure where or what happened to NNZ 9785 

 

 

buses i have seen since the open top tours have started back have been 

City Tours Belfast

Reg E320 MSG still going at the ripe old age of 33 years 

Reg RFZ 8427

 

City sightseeing 

Reg V513 ESC 

Reg AXI 297 was previously KGZ 6487 but new as 07-D-29

 

find attached a picture of E320 MSG in Belfast city centre ready to do a City tour Saturday 29th May 2021 nice to see the Old Girl out 


Re: Belfast update

stephen mckinstry
 

This is on there website 





On Wed, 2 Jun 2021 at 13:30, stephen mckinstry via groups.io
<Ulsterbusfan@...> wrote:
Was checking there website and found the following info city tours belfast might only be a brand name 





On Wed, 2 Jun 2021 at 13:25, stephen mckinstry via groups.io
<Ulsterbusfan@...> wrote:
Not sure about a legal name changing but they branding as city tours belfast now. the next I see 1 of there buses I will check the legal lettering on the side of the bus 






On Wed, 2 Jun 2021 at 13:09, David McGow
<david@...> wrote:

Stephen,

 

Thank you for this update.

 

Can you say please whether City Tours Belfast is the Diamond Leisure Transport Ltd company renamed, or is it still Diamond but using City Tours Belfast as a fleet name?

 

Thanks and please keep us advised if there are any more changes to these fleets.

 

David

 

 

From: opentopbus@groups.io <opentopbus@groups.io> On Behalf Of stephen mckinstry via groups.io
Sent: 01 June 2021 20:21
To: opentopbus@groups.io
Subject: [opentopbus] Belfast update

 

just checking the Belfast list there and the following has change 

 

City sightseeing  

 

Reg V512 ESC has been Scrapped early 2020 

Reg Y162 NLK is in City sightseeing livery 

 

Titanic and City Tours are now called City Tours Belfast and the fleet should be redone in due course 

 

Reg CFZ 6592  is in use with City sightseeing Belfast I last seen her in 2019 

Reg NNZ 9784  is now with City sightseeing in there livery last seen 2019 

 

not sure where or what happened to NNZ 9785 

 

 

buses i have seen since the open top tours have started back have been 

City Tours Belfast

Reg E320 MSG still going at the ripe old age of 33 years 

Reg RFZ 8427

 

City sightseeing 

Reg V513 ESC 

Reg AXI 297 was previously KGZ 6487 but new as 07-D-29

 

find attached a picture of E320 MSG in Belfast city centre ready to do a City tour Saturday 29th May 2021 nice to see the Old Girl out 


Re: Belfast update

stephen mckinstry
 

Was checking there website and found the following info city tours belfast might only be a brand name 





On Wed, 2 Jun 2021 at 13:25, stephen mckinstry via groups.io
<Ulsterbusfan@...> wrote:
Not sure about a legal name changing but they branding as city tours belfast now. the next I see 1 of there buses I will check the legal lettering on the side of the bus 






On Wed, 2 Jun 2021 at 13:09, David McGow
<david@...> wrote:

Stephen,

 

Thank you for this update.

 

Can you say please whether City Tours Belfast is the Diamond Leisure Transport Ltd company renamed, or is it still Diamond but using City Tours Belfast as a fleet name?

 

Thanks and please keep us advised if there are any more changes to these fleets.

 

David

 

 

From: opentopbus@groups.io <opentopbus@groups.io> On Behalf Of stephen mckinstry via groups.io
Sent: 01 June 2021 20:21
To: opentopbus@groups.io
Subject: [opentopbus] Belfast update

 

just checking the Belfast list there and the following has change 

 

City sightseeing  

 

Reg V512 ESC has been Scrapped early 2020 

Reg Y162 NLK is in City sightseeing livery 

 

Titanic and City Tours are now called City Tours Belfast and the fleet should be redone in due course 

 

Reg CFZ 6592  is in use with City sightseeing Belfast I last seen her in 2019 

Reg NNZ 9784  is now with City sightseeing in there livery last seen 2019 

 

not sure where or what happened to NNZ 9785 

 

 

buses i have seen since the open top tours have started back have been 

City Tours Belfast

Reg E320 MSG still going at the ripe old age of 33 years 

Reg RFZ 8427

 

City sightseeing 

Reg V513 ESC 

Reg AXI 297 was previously KGZ 6487 but new as 07-D-29

 

find attached a picture of E320 MSG in Belfast city centre ready to do a City tour Saturday 29th May 2021 nice to see the Old Girl out 


Re: Belfast update

stephen mckinstry
 

Not sure about a legal name changing but they branding as city tours belfast now. the next I see 1 of there buses I will check the legal lettering on the side of the bus 






On Wed, 2 Jun 2021 at 13:09, David McGow
<david@...> wrote:

Stephen,

 

Thank you for this update.

 

Can you say please whether City Tours Belfast is the Diamond Leisure Transport Ltd company renamed, or is it still Diamond but using City Tours Belfast as a fleet name?

 

Thanks and please keep us advised if there are any more changes to these fleets.

 

David

 

 

From: opentopbus@groups.io <opentopbus@groups.io> On Behalf Of stephen mckinstry via groups.io
Sent: 01 June 2021 20:21
To: opentopbus@groups.io
Subject: [opentopbus] Belfast update

 

just checking the Belfast list there and the following has change 

 

City sightseeing  

 

Reg V512 ESC has been Scrapped early 2020 

Reg Y162 NLK is in City sightseeing livery 

 

Titanic and City Tours are now called City Tours Belfast and the fleet should be redone in due course 

 

Reg CFZ 6592  is in use with City sightseeing Belfast I last seen her in 2019 

Reg NNZ 9784  is now with City sightseeing in there livery last seen 2019 

 

not sure where or what happened to NNZ 9785 

 

 

buses i have seen since the open top tours have started back have been 

City Tours Belfast

Reg E320 MSG still going at the ripe old age of 33 years 

Reg RFZ 8427

 

City sightseeing 

Reg V513 ESC 

Reg AXI 297 was previously KGZ 6487 but new as 07-D-29

 

find attached a picture of E320 MSG in Belfast city centre ready to do a City tour Saturday 29th May 2021 nice to see the Old Girl out 


Re: Belfast update

David McGow
 

Stephen,

 

Thank you for this update.

 

Can you say please whether City Tours Belfast is the Diamond Leisure Transport Ltd company renamed, or is it still Diamond but using City Tours Belfast as a fleet name?

 

Thanks and please keep us advised if there are any more changes to these fleets.

 

David

 

 

From: opentopbus@groups.io <opentopbus@groups.io> On Behalf Of stephen mckinstry via groups.io
Sent: 01 June 2021 20:21
To: opentopbus@groups.io
Subject: [opentopbus] Belfast update

 

just checking the Belfast list there and the following has change 

 

City sightseeing  

 

Reg V512 ESC has been Scrapped early 2020 

Reg Y162 NLK is in City sightseeing livery 

 

Titanic and City Tours are now called City Tours Belfast and the fleet should be redone in due course 

 

Reg CFZ 6592  is in use with City sightseeing Belfast I last seen her in 2019 

Reg NNZ 9784  is now with City sightseeing in there livery last seen 2019 

 

not sure where or what happened to NNZ 9785 

 

 

buses i have seen since the open top tours have started back have been 

City Tours Belfast

Reg E320 MSG still going at the ripe old age of 33 years 

Reg RFZ 8427

 

City sightseeing 

Reg V513 ESC 

Reg AXI 297 was previously KGZ 6487 but new as 07-D-29

 

find attached a picture of E320 MSG in Belfast city centre ready to do a City tour Saturday 29th May 2021 nice to see the Old Girl out