Sunday, 19 January 2020

The Green Bus Gallivant - Saturday 29th February 2020

We will be visiting our friends at Green Bus of Hockley to ride on a number of interesting vehicles that you would only find on rail replacements and school services.

During this running day we are hoping to use the following vehicles:

111 NK51UCH Dennis Trident / Plaxton President
113 NK51UCX Dennis Trident / Plaxton President
118 YN51KVE Dennis Trident / Alexander ALX400
127 LR52KXE Dennis Trident / Plaxton President
302 V102MOA Volvo B7TL / Plaxton President
304 V104MOA Volvo B7TL / Plaxton President
312 W412DOP Volvo B7TL / Plaxton President
SN55BNU Volvo B7TL / Wright Gemini
SN55BNX Volvo B7TL / Wright Gemini
SN56AEL Volvo B7TL / Wright Gemini
SN56AFJ Volvo B7TL / Wright Gemini

We will be picking up at Hill Street by the Railway Pub at 10:30 and aiming to drop off for 18:00 approximately.

It is accessible from the furthest exit of the "B" end of every platform at Birmingham New Street railway station.

The fare will be £15 per person, which is payable on the day.

You don't need to pre-book or reserve a place, simply turn up on the day and is no need to be a member of any group or society to join this trip, nor do you need to be invited to join us as all are welcome.

Any queries, please email Edward at

Please do not contact Green Bus as they will be unable to assist you.

The Manx Tale - Saturday 28th March 2020

Chris is very pleased to announce details of a new trip which will include travel on three different Olympian's none of which are believed to have previously worked on such trips - they most probably have never carried adult passengers on the UK mainland.

This trip will see us visit the fleet of Cheney Coaches in Banbury to ride on their three Northern Counties bodied Leyland Olympian's that were all new to Isle of Man Transport in May 1990.

Chris hase requested the use of the following vehicles subject to availability:

736XUG, new as BMN63V and also operated as G804TBD
820GXC, new as BMN60V and also operated as G803TBD
YSU975, new as BMN61V and also operated as G810TBD

There is only one pick-up point which is at Banbury Railway Station at 10:20am adjacent to the main entrance on the town centre side.

Parking is available at the station for £5.50 per day, alternatively unrestricted on-street parking is available a few minutes walk away.

We will endeavour to await the arrival of the 9:40am northbound Chiltern, the 9:55am southbound Cross-Country and the 9:57am northbound Cross-Country trains if any of these are late.

Each Olympian will undertake a leisurely trip around the area, whilst taking a very different route there is no ‘road coverage’ element to this trip.

The first Olympian takes us across to Brackley via Middleton Cheney and then back via a more rural route through Croughton.

The second Olympian takes us up to Southam and then back via roads from very different eras the ancient Roman Fosse Way and the more modern M40 before dropping us in Banbury town centre for a late lunch break.

The final Olympian runs down to Heyford and the fringes of Bicester before heading back through Aynho and dropping us outside the railway station at 16:50 approximately.

Please don’t rely on making trains that leave within a few minutes of our scheduled 16:50 arrival but we will do our best to run on time but cannot be held responsible for missed trains etc.

During the day we will have a chance to look around the depot to see and photograph the coaches in the fleet and each journey will stop once or twice for a photo of the Olympian.

The fare for this trip is set at £15 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 your friendly conductor (Chris) 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 Chris at chrismartin13601 (at) and he will be happy to help.

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

I guess we can no longer call these the trips of the Leyland Olympian's Yahoo Group, but it follows on from the pattern and standards set in that era even though the group has changed platforms since then.

Chris Martin

The Eastern Experience - Saturday 25th April 2020

We are delighted to announce our first running day for 2020, this will be a visit to Ellie Rose Coaches of Hull where we will be making the use of some great vehicles from their fleet of school buses.

Hopefully you will all be able to join us on Saturday 25th April, when the day will start with a pick up at 10:30 from outside The Truck Theatre, next to the Interchange and we'll aim to return you all by 17:30 approximately.

The Ellie Rose fleet currently contains the following double deckers:

V38MOA, V59MOA, V61MOA, V64MOA, V86MOA, V91MOA, V96MOA, V429MOA, V440MOA, V490MOA, W652CWX, W657CWX, W659CWX, W661CWX, W664CWX, W665CWX, W669CWX, W671CWX, W672CWX, W673CWX, W674CWX, W658WKH, LJ03MJU, LK04HYM, LK04HZB, LK04HZG, LK04HZJ, LK04JCZ, MF51LZW, MF51LZX, YX51AYB, YX51AYC, LF52UPD, LF52UPG, and LF52ZPC

For a full days travel aboard this running day, the fare will be £20 per person which is payable on the day.

If you would like any further information, please feel free drop us an email on and we will try to help you with your enquiry.