The first of a 2 parter covering Bolton such was the variety on display. The bus station, although it only dates from the 1980’s is a bit old fashioned but it serves its purpose.
The major operator is ‘First Manchester’ (FM) which has a history dating back to the days of Manchester and Bolton Corporation Transport departments. This leads me nicely into the first image which is that of.
A Wright bodied Volvo B7RLE which although owned by 'FM' carries the Bolton livery of 50 years ago and doesn’t it look good.
A Volvo B9TL with Wright Eclipse Gemini bodywork working for ‘First Manchester’.
I think that this is the first (no pun intended) time I have seen the ‘Alexander Dennis Ltd’ (ADL) Enviro 400 body in a ‘First’ group fleet and although I do not care for the livery, it suits the E400 better than it does some others.
However, parked alongside was this ‘tired’ looking bus which although it was clean did rather spoil the effect of the shiny new buses around it.
A Volvo Olympian with Northern Counties Palatine bodywork which spent much of its working life with ‘First’ in South Yorkshire.
I can just imagine the look of glee on the Fleet Engineers face as he despatched it over the Pennines....!
I think another first for me is an Enviro 300 in a ‘First’ fleet.
‘First Manchester’s fleet list gives the details as being. ‘Alexander Dennis Trident E30D’ with Alexander Dennis Enviro 300 bodywork.
I do not know wether the Trident bit is correct. Should anyone out there be able to confirm or deny that, I would be obliged.
A Volvo B7RLE with Wright Eclipse Urban 2 bodywork again with ‘First Manchester’.
A DAF SB220GS with Ikarus Polaris bodywork is an unusual beast working for ‘Arriva North West’.
A MAN 14.220 with ELC Myllenium bodywork.
At one time operated in ‘Blue Bus’ livery with ‘Arriva’ titles. ‘Blue Bus Bolton’ having been acquired by ‘Arriva’ in 2005.
A VDL SB200CS with Wright Pulsar bodywork.
I was starting to suffer from ‘Stagecoach’ starvation not having seen any of ‘Sir Brian’s fleet for quite a long time. However although there were not many, there were some.
A Scania N94UD with Alexander Dennis Ltd (ADL) Enviro 400 bodywork working for ‘Stagecoach Merseyside & South Lancashire’ based in Chorley.
The branding carried is for the ‘Urban Connect’ route 125 from Preston to Bolton.
A Optare Versa Diesel Electric Hybrid.
Working for ‘Stagecoach in Manchester’ (SiM) as its No. 25347 but intriguingly used to work in the same livery for ‘First Manchester’ as its No. 49123.
It would seem that the bus is owned by the ‘Greater Manchester Integrated Transport Authority’ and for whatever reason they have moved it around the local operators.
A Dennis Enviro 300 with Alexander Enviro 300 bodywork (The wording is EXACTLY what ‘Stagecoach’s fleet list says) working for ‘SiM’ out of Wigan depot.