Wednesday 5 October 2011

Short Break in Birmingham Area

The gloriously warm weekend weather coincided with a short break in the East Birmingham area. In addition to catching up with friends and family, I did manage a few bus photo opportunities!

Arriving in Coleshill (east of Birmingham off Junction 4 of the M6) on Saturday afternoon, I caught sight of Arriva Midlands North Scania 3809 (YN08HZW) in the High Street on the 115 Tamworth to Coleshill nearing its final destination.

Following a swift cuppa, we headed to our B & B for the next two nights in Sutton Road in Birmingham. It was decided to explore the local shopping area of Wylde Green where National Express West Midlands Volvo B7TL 4497 (BJ03EXF) was noted heading west on the 915 service to Birmingham City Centre.

A stroll down Penns Lane saw National Express West Midlands Trident 4730 (BV57XHT) heading towards us on the half hourly Sutton Coldfield to Birmingham City Centre 115 route.

Sunday was spent with relatives; whilst Monday allowed for only one shot of Arriva Midlands North Volvo B9TL 4202 (FJ08LVN) photographed from the B&B in Sutton Road. Its destination was Tamworth on the 110 service.

Tuesday provided some time for photos, with three different operators seen in Coleshill High Street. The first photo is of Central Buses Dart KG52VAA on the 09:02hrs 757 service from Whitacre Heath to Sutton Coldfield via Coleshill.

In the opposite direction Warwickshire County Council's YN56NNC runs through the High Street on Central Buses route 777 Birmingham Airport to Hams Hall via Coleshill Parkway Railway Station. The vehicle is in the livery of its former operator Stagecoach Warwickshire displaying the 'County Links' brand. (My thanks to Steven Hughes for his help with this)

Shortly afterwards, National Express West Midlands 4449 (BJ03EUX) continues in the same direction on the service 90 on its way to Chelmsley Wood. She is picking up passengers outside the entrance to the local churchyard in the High Street

As can be seen from the above photos, bus operations through the area offer a variety of vehicles in different liveries.

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