SOUTH CAMBRIA TOUR REPORT
One of our members, Ron Hughes (who has his own website relating to the operation and history of buses in North East Wales here), has written the following report of the CEC tour of South Cambria that took place in August 2021, our first proper tour for nearly two years. All photographs copyright Ron Hughes|
On Saturday August 7th 2021 I was privileged to be able to enjoy a fantastic day out on the Crosville Enthusiasts Club’s routes tour around Bala, Dolgellau and Blaenau Ffestiniog. It was of course the first such tour since the pandemic began. Our principal tour bus was the 48 year young Bristol RELL6G / ECW ERG280 (YFM 280L) one of the magnificent preserved members of the fleet of Clive Myers who also joined us for part of the day. This, as the others of the fleet, are a credit to him and it is always a great pleasure to be able to ride on such vehicles bringing back so many memories. It was well driven throughout our tour by David Jones.
|ERG280 at Chester|| ||Both tour vehicles together|
The day was very much enhanced by the work of Tony Moyes who painstakingly prepared our route visiting so may old countryside routes and termini that were typical in the great days of Crosville. (These notes are available here.) We visited many villages, hamlets and chapels which formed part of the early network. Some of these place having not been served since the 1950s. Tony’s commentary on the old routes and the general history of the area certainly made the day.
|YJ67FZM at Y Parc|| ||YJ67FZM at Dolhendre|
To visit the remoter country areas we were delighted to have also used a more modern vehicle, namely an Optare Solo YJ67FZM, belonging to Lloyds Coaches and we were honoured to have Wyn Lloyd join us for this part of the tour. The driver of the Solo was Wendy who faced the daunting task of having to drive this wide vehicle to places that have not seen a bus for years being watched closely by not only her boss but a number of former bus drivers. She passed this test with flying colours and demonstrated her great skills much to the admiration of all of the club members.
Destination displays had been prepared by our friend Charlie Williams that showed the name of the hamlets termini etc. we visited together with the appropriate route number – this was a brilliant touch.
During the day we managed a couple of visits to the depots of operators and were able to observe the working of the TrawsCymru network at the hub and interchange point of Dolgellau.
|The arch of the Nannau Estate near Llanfachreth|| ||Traws Cymru interchange at Dolgellau|
A brilliant day shared with good friends and fellow enthusiasts who were happy to share their memories of their experiences involving the so interesting company that is Crosville.
A version of the above is also available on Ron's website which includes the comprehensive tour notes from Tony Moyes covering the depots and services in the area with numerous timetable extracts and photographs.
Details of forthcoming tours (available to members) are on the tours page.
|ERG280 at Dolgellau|| ||ERG280 at Blaenau Ffestiniog|