This spotters tour is now confirmed – Please note High Viz Vest are required for First Weston-super-Mare visit, if you do require one, please let me know as I have some available for you to borrow.
The pick ups for the tour is Chandlers Coach Depot at 09:00 (Free parking on site), Trowbridge Trinity Church (Outside Railway Station) at 09:20 and Chippenham Railway Station (Main Entrance bus stop) at 10:20 (with Rail connections and car parking available)
This tour connects with the following trains:
– 08:26 Weston-super-Mare – Paddington (Worle 08:32, Yatton 08:38), Nailsea (08:44) arrives Chippenham 09:24
– 09:30 Bristol TM – Paddington (Bath Spa 09:43), arrives Chippenham 09:54
– 09:00 Paddington – Plymouth (Reading 09:29, Didcot 09:45, Swindon 10:02) arrives Chippenham 10:14 (There is also an 08:00 from Paddington as well)
Please do let me know where you intend to join.
The vehicle is expected to be Chandlers Plaxton Premiere / Volvo B10M RX51 EXM.
After picking up at the Chandlers Depot, Trowbridge and Chippenham, we will first run to the outskirts of Chippenham to visit one of Wiltshire’s major independents, Faresaver. We last had a visit here in 2018 and some of the fleet has changed.
From here it’s then a run to Nailsea via the Motorway (and perhaps a quick visit via Gordano Services if there’s any vehicles to log in there) for our next stop at Blue Iris / Glenvic Coaches (To be confirmed) and then a short trip round the corner to Carmel Bristol where we will have a look round and possibly have a vehicle change.
Then it’s down to Weston-super-Mare to have a visit to First Weston at the Searle Crescent depot. There should be a mix of vehicles here, including the Excel orange vehicles and the Badgerline branded vehicles.
Then we head south to Somerset County Council (Bridgwater) with a fleet of new Plaxton Leopards and some 25 minibuses, and there may well be some ’20 plate vehicles as well.
After some time here, we head straight back to Carmel Bristol to change vehicles back to RX51 EXM and return to Chippenham Rail Station between 1730 and 1800, and then onto Trowbridge and Chandlers Depot, Westbury.