10/06/2015

Out & about in Whitby - part 2

For his latest guest post, Philip Slynn is sharing a selection of photographs he took on a recent visit to North Yorkshire, this two part post focuses on the picturesque coastal town of Whitby and features operators including Arriva, Coastal & Country and Yorkshire Coastliner, plus a visiting coach which may be familiar to Fenland area enthusiasts...

Whitby 2 (c) Philip Slynn
We start this set with a visiting coach photographed in the coach park in Whitby. The registration was very familiar to me as it was new to one of my local operators – Alec Head, hence the registration AC52AHC. It is an Iveco new to Alec Head in 2003. The vehicle is now operated by Arrow coaches of Brighouse (c) Philip Slynn.

Whitby 2 (c) Philip Slynn
More new buses for the Whitby area were a batch of door forward Wright Streetlites with Sapphire branding. In my opinion they look much better that the wheel forward version. Here we have 1562 on service 4 to Loftus (c) Philip Slynn.

Whitby 2 (c) Philip Slynn
Coastal and Country operate 2 Bedford SB3s. One was away for some repairs at the time of my visit, but this one was photographed on Whitby seafront on a very murky and misty morning having just loaded up for a trip to Heartbeat Country. This 1958 bus has the traditional Duple bodywork of the time (c) Philip Slynn.

Whitby 2 (c) Philip Slynn
Coastal and Country usually operate their open top service with a pair of Volvo B7TLs. However, if one of them is out of action this 1992 Leyland Olympian is pressed into service. It started life with London Buses as L348, but came to C&C from The Original London Sightseeing Company (c) Philip Slynn.

Whitby 2 (c) Philip Slynn
Yorkshire Coastliner service 840 goes as far as Whitby 3 times a day and here we have fleet number 427 a Volvo B9TL with Wright bodywork. This view shows it loading on the main road as its normal stand was blocked by other vehicles (c) Philip Slynn.

Whitby 2 (c) Philip Slynn
Finally we have another Arriva vehicle, a type that I had not photographed before. It is a Temsa Avenue new in 2010 to Arriva Tees & District. The couple I saw were never in service, they appeared to be on standby. This one is pictured at the Whitby operating centre which uses the same yard as Esk Valley Coaches, another local operator (c) Philip Slynn.

Many thanks to Philip for the photographs and captions included in both parts of this feature.