Sunday, 19 August 2012
Snap on Sunday
Today I take you up into the foothills out Mount Snowdon, with the photos shown here being taken in Pen-Y-Pass at the base of the iconic Welsh mountain, but yet still being at some 1'200ft and hence is widely considered to be the highest bus station in the UK. This of course does depend on your definition of a bus station, but Pen-Y-Pass is a pretty safe candidate, with several stands, and several terminating services, as well as through services stopping here. The two Solos seen here are CX08 AOG of Express Motors aboard which I traveled right up from Porthmadog, and Padarn Bus' CH60 CDH having climbed from Betws-Y-Coed. Both very challenging routes, particularly the S97 which negotiated some pretty tight roads and steep climbs on its run up.
Seen here looking down Llanberis Pass is Padarn Bus Volvo Olympian M215 VSX working an S2, which I journeyed on in place of the Ex-Plymouth Citybus Leyland Atlantean which is the usual allocation to service S1 and S2 from Pen-Y-Pass. The S97 on which I rode on with the Solo has been operated by open top Bristol VR in years gone by, but unfortunately UWV 622S, sister to two of Riverlink's examples, is now residing out of use in the depot with tarpulin draped over it, and is not set to be used in service again any time soon.