Sunday 21 October 2012

Gloucestershire Short Break ~ Day One

As referred to previously, I spent a few days in Gloucestershire at the beginning of October primarily to assist my wife's search of family history information at the Gloucester Family History Centre
Cotswold Green Mercedes N912ETM in Dursley

Preliminary searches revealed a family link with the market town of Dursley, located just off the M5 some 12 miles south of Gloucester.
So armed with a camera we went to record important locations (and bus activity too!!) on the 1st October

The first photo is of a Mercedes 709D in the green and white livery of Cotswold Green in Dursley

I later found that the independent runs a web blog which can be viewed here
Soon after Stagecoach Cheltenham & Gloucester got in on the act too with their Optare Solo M950 47552 VX07LYD being noted at the small Dursley Bus Station

Not to be outdone a Dart from First Avon & Somerset also put in an appearance

Plaxton Pointer bodied 46256 P256PAE is seen  turning into May Lane heading for the bus station on the 311 service from Thornbury

After some lunch we decided to drive to Stroud and  arrived there in heavy rain

Having negotiated our way through the school buses and finding our way to the central area we decided not to stop and continued onto Cirencester through continuous wet weather.

Shortly before arriving there the rain abated and we decided to park up and explore the town centre

The first bus noted was another 
Dennis Dart L720JUD; this time operated by Cotswold Green.

A picture of this can be seen here on my Flickr site

As we continued our wanderings along Castle Street, we were passed by Pullham's Travel Optare Solo M950SL YJ56APZ on the 855 to Kemble

Continuing into Park Street we were treated to a view of an Andybus vehicle - not to be confused with a 
bus blog of the same name!!

It was yet another Solo - YV03UTY of  the M850 variant in the operator's orange and white colour scheme.

This independent is registered as Andrew James (!) and is based in Malmesbury, Wiltshire

Quite an interesting variety of vehicles seen in different liveries on day one

Day two report coming up soon

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