Well, what a year for the blog. At the time of writing this little corner of the internet has received 41'000 views since I started about 3 1/2 years ago. Remarkably though, over half of these total views have been within this year alone. The numbers have been steadily rising throughout the year, peaking at 2'830 last month. Of course this is largely thanks to the constant support many of the transport blogs have received from DBG at Plymothian Transit, so I'd like to again publicly thank him for the success he has spread to us.
Now lets try and sum up the year a bit. I'm going to to list each month, and give a short extract from my favourite or most interesting post from the 254 posts I have for some strange reason, spent my time writing this year!
And this time comes the turn of the G-TWSs. These started life with Badgerline in Bristol and worked many of the routes in the area for many years, into the First Group era.
"57000 now in Devon"
With thanks to a friend I can bring you this photo of the sole Plaxton Primo with First Devon and Cornwall. This bus was used as a demo in its early life until Truronian bought it to use on their services.
The new Driver CPC laws have of course been causing a lot of controversy over past months, and two of the A-Line drivers have just taken part in their first training session.
"Enviros hit Plymouth"
I was very lucky today in the fact that while waiting for my bus home this came along! My first spot of one of these '09' reg Enviros in service and I must admit they do stand out on the streets of Plymouth.
"Happy Birthday 913!"
Here she is 913 DTT, making it all the way to 50 years old. This weekend Terry Bennett joined with many other local enthusiasts to celebrate this momentous occasion with a trip on her old haunts around along the Devon coastal roads.
"Enterprise Boats' Leyland Olympian"
Enterprise Boat's Ex Stagecoach Leyland Olympian, K660 UNH. Of course this has replaced the beloved Bristol VR on the route between Truro and Malpas.
Well maybe I was slightly mad going from Cornwall to Ilfracombe and back in a day. I never really imagined it would take as long as it did!
"Whitsand open top"
I heard a very interesting comment that Cremyll Cabs/Coaches were at one point looking to buy the AEC for use on a Whitsand Bay tour type service along the twisting roads of the Rame Peninsula.
"Another K reg Lives on"
With thanks to Matt McWheeney I can bring you this photo the 2nd PCB Dart that has made it to Halifax, this being K110 SFJ. Of course unlike L126 which had only recently been withdrawn, K110 has been out of action for a while now.
"A sad passing"
Sad news to confirm today after K802 ORL has been confirmed withdrawn and awaiting disposal.
A-Line fleet updates
Now I must admit, this one is quite a beast! Behind this modern looking Van Hool bodywork is in fact A182 MNE, a 1984 Volvo B10M!
The first of the new buses to join A-Line
Right well where to start. Plymouth chucked up some interesting workings today. Starting with FDC, no less than 3 Leyland Olympians...
So that's it from me for this year. Thank you all very much for your continued support over the year, and I look forward to writing more informative posts over 2011!