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Re: Eastbourne Sightseeing

tjwpsv
 

It's getting difficult to keep up! T819/20 RFG have already been sold on by Ensign to First South West in Cornwall...

T.


Re: Lots of open top activity at First

tjwpsv
 

Not to be left behind, First Cymru Buses Ltd. have released further information about their new Cymru Coasters open top ventures at Swansea and Porthcawl, though these do not commence until 29th may.

https://twitter.com/FirstCymru/status/1392796034120704001

T.


Re: Lots of open top activity at First

tjwpsv
 

First South West's 'Adventures by Bus' webpage has now gone live, giving information about the extensive range of opentop services they will be introducing this summer:

https://www.firstbus.co.uk/adventures-bus/

T.


Re: Lots of open top activity at First

tjwpsv
 

First Eastern Counties have now reregistered their three open toppers. Details at: https://www.opentopbus.net/w-England---Norfolk.pdf

Weather permitting, they should be out from Sunday.

https://www.firstbus.co.uk/norfolk-suffolk/routes-and-maps/clipper-cabriolet-1c-open-top-buses

T.


Re: Eastbourne Sightseeing

tjwpsv
 

T819/20 RFG were quickly reregistered back to their original marks and are in the process of passing to Ensign (dealer). I am open to correction, but don't believe either operated here with their 'EBN' registrations.
In their place will come Volvo B7L / Ayats EU05 DVW/X, formerly with The Original Tour, London, which are to become S19/20 EBN respectively. Their appearance is quite striking...
https://www.flickr.com/photos/peagreenbus/51177610912/in/dateposted/

Tim


The Open Top Bus Site - Wednesday 12 May 2021

The Open Top Bus Site
 

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

Wednesday 12 May 2021

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

England -

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

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

Essex - Ensign {dealer}, Purfleet

London - Crown Sightseeing Limited (City Sightseeing London) (Stagecoach/City Sightseeing/Grupo Julia joint venture), London; Original London Sightseeing Tour Ltd. (The Original Tour London Sightseeing /City Tour London) [RATP Dev / Extrapolitan Sightseeing Group], London

Merseyside - The Bus Yard, Southport (tbc), Liverpool

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

North Yorkshire - Shoreline Suncruiser Buses Ltd., Scarborough

Malta and Gozo -  - Tourist Dream and CityBySee Malta Limited, Floriana; Garden Of Eden Garage Ltd., Ghaxaq; Manual Cutajar ('Zinnu'), Luqa; OC Tourism Ltd. [Oasis Tours] (CitySightseeing Malta), Luqa; Gozo Joy Rides (City Sightseeing Gozo), Victoria, Gozo; Lepeirks Travel (gozo sightseeing), Victoria, Gozo; Supreme Travel Ltd. (malta sightseeing), Zejtun

Netherlands - Bodhi Beach, Zandvoort

Scotland - Glasgow Kids Playbus, Renfrew; Unidentified Owner, Renfrew

 

We hope the website is of interest to you.

David

For The Open Top Bus Site Team

www.opentopbus.net

 


City Sightseeing London

David McGow
 

Coach & Bus Week magazine has published an item stating that a new sightseeing tour of London will start on 20 May.  This is the City Sightseeing London tour which is operated by Crown Sightseeing Limited, a joint venture company owned by Stagecoach, City Sightseeing Worldwide and Grupo Julia.

 

City Sightseeing London has not been used as a brand since 2018 and had been operated by Original London Sightseeing Tour which later rebranded as Original Tour London.

 

Stagecoach has confirmed that its megasightseeing.com London Tour and brand has now ended and that open-top Alexander Dennis Enviro400s 19131-6, previously used on that operation, will be re-liveried and used on the new joint venture.

 

CBW article here:  https://cbwmagazine.com/new-city-sightseeing-london-tour-launches-on-20-may/?fbclid=IwAR3JOPkP312tAQY-CQ2EJkt2skMg5oqg3jNehUQp7UW07dYxBZA-Uwbf3CE

 

David


The Open Top Bus Site - Friday 7 May 2021

The Open Top Bus Site
 

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

Friday 7 May 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

Devon - Stagecoach Devon Ltd. [Stagecoach Group], Dartmouth; Bowden & Slater (English Riviera Tours), Torquay; Stagecoach Devon Ltd. [Stagecoach Group], unallocated

Essex - Ensign {dealer}, Purfleet

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

Somerset - First South West Limited. (Adventures by Bus) [FirstGroup], Minehead

Suffolk - Andrew Cook (Private), Stowmarket

Scotland - First Scotland East Ltd. (Bright Bus Tours)  [First Group], Edinburgh; D&E Coaches, Inverness

USA -

California - Wonderbus, San Diego

 

We hope the website is of interest to you.

David

For The Open Top Bus Site Team

www.opentopbus.net

 


City Sightseeing (UK)

tjwpsv
 

The following dates have been announced for the resumption of tours:

Bath                             operating
Belfast                          8 May
Bournemouth             17 May
Brighton                      operating
Cardiff                        17 May
Chester                      28 May
Derry - Londonderry    1 May
Edinburgh                    1 May
Glasgow                     operating
Inverness                     1 July
Llandudno                    1 May
Norwich                       18 May
Oxford                        operating
Stratford-upon-Avon    15 May
York                            operating

Please note that not all tours are yet running daily, so please check before visiting.  https://city-sightseeing.com/


Re: Eastbourne Sightseeing

tjwpsv
 

Eastbourne Sightseeing returns from Saturday May 1st.

https://www.ssbusandcoach.co.uk/eastbournesightseeing

The regular vehicles to be employed have been numbered by Seven Sisters Bus & Coach 7 reregistered as follows:

809  S9 EBN (formerly SFZ 595, LJ53 BDO)   named Jessica
816  S16 EBN (formerly SFZ 767, LJ53 BFK)  named Megan   https://www.facebook.com/ssbusandcoach/photos/a.110889020953957/156292786413580/
819  S19 EBN (formerly SFZ 404, T819 RFG)
820  S20 EBN (formerly SFZ 131, T820 RFG).

Tim


The Open Top Bus Site - Friday 30 April 2021

The Open Top Bus Site
 

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

 

Friday 30 April 2021

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

Belgium - Eurocermex, Brussels; Fonitel/BKM, Ghent

England -

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

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

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

Germany - Unidentified Owner, Paderborn

Japan - Rakuten Seimei Park, Mayagi, Sendai

Malta and Gozo - Oasis Tours Ltd. (CitySightseeing Malta), St. Paul's Bay

 

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 - Sunday 25 April 2021

The Open Top Bus Site
 

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

 

Sunday 25 April 2021

Argentina - Salta Tourism Bus, Salta

Belgium - Johann Hallet (bhevent /British Hours Event), Couvin; Vermeiren, no fixed location

Bulgaria - Buster Bloodvessel (Douglas Trendle), Veliko Tarnovo

Canada - Greyhound Canada Transportation (t/a Gray Line), Ottawa, Ontario

Cyprus - Cyprus - Café London Bus, Ypsonas

Denmark - CULT A/S, Lystrup, Aarhus

England -

Cornwall - First South West Limited. (Adventures by Bus) [FirstGroup], Camborne; First South West Limited. (Adventures by Bus) [FirstGroup], Penzance/Land’s End/St. Ives

Devon - Quince Honey Farm, South Molton

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

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

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

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

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

Oxfordshire - The City of Oxford Motor Services Ltd. (Oxford Bus Company)[Go-Ahead Group], Oxford; Tom Tappin Limited  (Guide Friday City Sightseeing Oxford)  {Go Ahead Group}, Oxford

France - Carmargue Tourist Tours, Nimes

Germany - Bucarra, Bad Honnef; Eventmobile Nao Taijma , Frechen, Cologne; HCT Hamburg Citytours GmbH, Hamburg; Jean Knein, Zülpich

Italy - Unknown owner, Unidentified Location

Japan - Hato Bus, Tokyo

Malta and Gozo - Oasis Tours Ltd. (CitySightseeing Malta), St. Paul's Bay; Supreme Travel Ltd. (malta sightseeing), Zejtun

Netherlands - Stichting Ulster Ouse Mafia, Hulst; Van de Heische, Loosbroek; Okke Scholtes (BusEvent), Breda

Northern Ireland - Belfast City Sightseeing Ltd., Belfast

Spain - EMT (Bus turístico Madrid), Madrid

USA -

California - British Bus Company LLC, San Diego

Florida - Chris Keesecker (Java Dawg), Sarasota

 

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 - Sunday 25 April 2021

The Open Top Bus Site
 

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

 

Sunday 25 April 2021

Argentina - Salta Tourism Bus, Salta

Belgium - Johann Hallet (bhevent /British Hours Event), Couvin; Vermeiren, no fixed location

Bulgaria - Buster Bloodvessel (Douglas Trendle), Veliko Tarnovo

Canada - Greyhound Canada Transportation (t/a Gray Line), Ottawa, Ontario

Cyprus - Cyprus - Café London Bus, Ypsonas

Denmark - CULT A/S, Lystrup, Aarhus

England -

Cornwall - First South West Limited. (Adventures by Bus) [FirstGroup], Camborne; First South West Limited. (Adventures by Bus) [FirstGroup], Penzance/Land’s End/St. Ives

Devon - Quince Honey Farm, South Molton

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

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

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

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

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

Oxfordshire - The City of Oxford Motor Services Ltd. (Oxford Bus Company)[Go-Ahead Group], Oxford; Tom Tappin Limited  (Guide Friday City Sightseeing Oxford)  {Go Ahead Group}, Oxford

France - Carmargue Tourist Tours, Nimes

Germany - Bucarra, Bad Honnef; Eventmobile Nao Taijma , Frechen, Cologne; HCT Hamburg Citytours GmbH, Hamburg; Jean Knein, Zülpich

Italy - Unknown owner, Unidentified Location

Japan - Hato Bus, Tokyo

Malta and Gozo - Oasis Tours Ltd. (CitySightseeing Malta), St. Paul's Bay; Supreme Travel Ltd. (malta sightseeing), Zejtun

Netherlands - Stichting Ulster Ouse Mafia, Hulst; Van de Heische, Loosbroek; Okke Scholtes (BusEvent), Breda

Northern Ireland - Belfast City Sightseeing Ltd., Belfast

Spain - EMT (Bus turístico Madrid), Madrid

USA -

California - British Bus Company LLC, San Diego

Florida - Chris Keesecker (Java Dawg), Sarasota

 

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 16 April 2021

The Open Top Bus Site
 

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

 

Friday 16 April 2021

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

Caribbean Islands - Rooster's Party Bus, Philipsburg, Sint Maarten; CARIBBEAN island sightseeing (CitySightseeing), Philipsburg/Marigot, Sint Maarten

England -

Berkshire - Golden Tours Sightseeing Ltd., Windsor

Cornwall - First South West Limited. (Adventures by Bus) [FirstGroup], Camborne,Helston, Newquay, Penzance/Land’s End/St. Ives, and Unallocated; First South West Limited. (Kernow){ancillary fleet} [FirstGroup], Penzance/Land’s End/St. Ives

Cumbria - Stagecoach (North West) Limited [Stagecoach Group], Keswick/Seatoller, Lillyhall, Penrith/Patterdale, and Windermere (Bowness-Grasmere)

Devon - First South West Limited. (Adventures by Bus) [FirstGroup], Exeter; Stagecoach Devon Ltd. [Stagecoach Group], Exeter; Plymouth Citybus Ltd.  (Go-Ahead Group), Plymouth; Stagecoach Devon Ltd. [Stagecoach Group], unallocated

Dorset - Bournemouth Transport Ltd. (Yellow Buses) , Bournemouth

Kent - East Kent Road Car Co. Ltd. (Stagecoach East Kent) [Stagecoach Group], Isle of Thanet (Ramsgate•Broadstairs)

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

London - Golden Tours Sightseeing Ltd., London

Merseyside - Unidentified Owner, Liverpool

North Yorkshire - Shoreline Suncruiser Buses Ltd., Scarborough

Somerset - First South West Limited. (Adventures by Bus) [FirstGroup], Minehead

Hong Kong - Citybus Limited, Hong Kong; 'Dominator 1985' (P), Hong Kong; unidentified private owner (P), Hong Kong

Netherlands - Bartele Gallery, Langweer; De Timp, Ziewent

Scotland - Western Buses Ltd. (Stagecoach Group), Brodick, Isle of Arran

USA -

California - British Bus Company LLC, San Diego

 

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 9 April 2021

The Open Top Bus Site
 

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

 

Friday 9 April 2021

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

England -

Cornwall - First South West Limited. (t/a First Kernow) [FirstGroup], Unallocated; First South West Limited. (t/a First Kernow) [FirstGroup] - due from Ensign {dealer}, Unallocated

Cumbria - Stagecoach (Northwest) Ltd.  [Stagecoach Group], Keswick/Seatoller

Dorset - Bournemouth Transport Ltd. (Yellow Buses) , Bournemouth

Gloucestershire - Rob Sly (private owner), Tewkesbury

Isle of Wight - Go South Coast Ltd.  (Southern Vectis) [Go-Ahead Group], Newport

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

North Yorkshire - Shoreline Suncruiser Buses Ltd., Scarborough

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

Scotland - First Scotland East Ltd. (Bright Bus Tours)  [First Group], Edinburgh

 

We hope the website is of interest to you.

 

David

For The Open Top Bus Site Team

www.opentopbus.net

 


Re: Lots of open top activity at First

tjwpsv
 

First Eastern Counties have rebranded their Seasider open top service at Great Yarmouth as 'Coastal Clipper Cabriolet' and repainted Dennis Trident 32905 (W905 VLN) in this striking new livery:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/busesandcoaches/51101450157/in/dateposted/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/busesandcoaches/51101352971/in/dateposted/

I understand that Volvo B7TL / Wright Gemini 32348 (LK53 LZL) is also currently under conversion to open top.

Tim


The Open Top Bus Site - Friday 2 April 2021

The Open Top Bus Site
 

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

 

Friday 2 April 2021

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

Canada - Big Bus Ltd. [West Coast Sightseeing], Vancouver

Croatia - Pons Tiluri (Zagreb City Tour), Zagreb

England -

Cornwall - First South West Limited. (t/a First Kernow), Unallocated

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

Essex - Ensign Bus Co. Ltd., Southend-on-Sea; London General Transport Services Ltd. (Go Ahead Group), Southend-on-Sea

Hampshire - Tacos MX, Portswood, Southampton

Kent - Ovenden Aggregates, Aylesham

Lancashire - Coastliner Buses Limited, Blackpool; Manchester Bus Tours Ltd., Blackpool

London - London General Transport Services Ltd. (Go Ahead Group), London; Vintage Event Catering Ltd (Vintage Bus Bar), Clerkenwell, London; Heroica Lounge, Royal Victoria Dock

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

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

France - Lille Tourism, Lille

Germany - Halle Hopper, Halle

Netherlands -  Unidentified NPSV operator, Unknown location

Singapore - Ducktours (s) pte Ltd. (Big Bus / City Sightseeing) [DUCK&HiPPO Group], Singapore City

 

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 2 April 2021

The Open Top Bus Site
 

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

 

Friday 2 April 2021

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

Canada - Big Bus Ltd. [West Coast Sightseeing], Vancouver

Croatia - Pons Tiluri (Zagreb City Tour), Zagreb

England -

Cornwall - First South West Limited. (t/a First Kernow), Unallocated

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

Essex - Ensign Bus Co. Ltd., Southend-on-Sea; London General Transport Services Ltd. (Go Ahead Group), Southend-on-Sea

Hampshire - Tacos MX, Portswood, Southampton

Kent - Ovenden Aggregates, Aylesham

Lancashire - Coastliner Buses Limited, Blackpool; Manchester Bus Tours Ltd., Blackpool

London - London General Transport Services Ltd. (Go Ahead Group), London; Vintage Event Catering Ltd (Vintage Bus Bar), Clerkenwell, London; Heroica Lounge, Royal Victoria Dock

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

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

France - Lille Tourism, Lille

Germany - Halle Hopper, Halle

Netherlands -  Unidentified NPSV operator, Unknown location

Singapore - Ducktours (s) pte Ltd. (Big Bus / City Sightseeing) [DUCK&HiPPO Group], Singapore City

 

We hope the website is of interest to you.

 

David

For The Open Top Bus Site Team

www.opentopbus.net

 


Bath Bus Company

tjwpsv
 

Back in December, five Volvo B9TL / East Lancs Visionaire open toppers, formerly in the fleet of The Original Tour (LJ07 XER/S/T/U/W), London, were noted in convoy westbound on the M4 near Swindon. LJ07 XET is now confirmed with the Bath Bus Co., so there must be a good chance this is where all five were heading.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/188721996@N05/50959712312/in/dateposted/

Bath Bus Co. may still have SN03 DZM, PN10 FNR/S, YN55 NKZ not reported in use since the withdrawal of the Windsor operation in 2018, and have recently disposed of the first three of their Ayats to Ensignbus. In addition to the sightseeing tours at Bath & Cardiff, Bath Bus are expected to introduce a Bristol sightseeing tour this year. What is apparent, is that significant changes are happening in this fleet, so any further information about the current fleet/operations would be appreciated, please.

Tim


Windsor

tjwpsv
 

Golden Tours (Transport) Ltd. are advertising the introduction of a hop on - hop off tour in Windsor & Eton from this coming Monday (29th March). Details here:

https://d1wgio6yfhqlw1.cloudfront.net/partners/themes/goldentourswindsor/Windsor_HoHo_Map.pdf

Meanwhile, The Original Tour have announced their intention to resume their Windsor & Eton tour from 17th April.

2021 seems to be shaping up as a bumper year for open top bus services / tours in the UK. In addition to new services, many existing ones are set to introduce upgraded fleets, so please share any sightings on this group so that we can keep www.opentopbus.net up to date. Thank you.

T.

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