ex-Worcester Solos in Hay

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Re: ex-Worcester Solos in Hay

Post by AdamH » 18:37 Wednesday 31st May 2017

Had 20-minutes to spare in Hay today so I went in search of 53046. I knew it was on the road as I'd seen it earlier in the day, so I stood on the corner and waited. After a few minutes I was greeted by legendary bus photographer Ken Jubb, and while we chatted about photography and buses 53045 went past so I photographed that again. The next one wasn't due for another 10-minutes so I left Ken there to pop to a shop and get a drink. Mistake, as just as I stepped out the shop 53046 went past! :oops:

Missed again. Four days left to get it.

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Re: ex-Worcester Solos in Hay

Post by AdamH » 19:36 Wednesday 31st May 2017

Three vehicles in the coach area of the car park in Hay today, all from Worcester!
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Re: ex-Worcester Solos in Hay

Post by AstonsCoaches » 22:42 Thursday 1st June 2017

It seemed to be a busy bus day with lots of us taking photos!
https://flic.kr/s/aHskXtSWxF

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Re: ex-Worcester Solos in Hay

Post by AdamH » 23:13 Thursday 1st June 2017

Clearly the Hay Festival is becoming a popular attraction for transport enthusiasts!

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Re: ex-Worcester Solos in Hay

Post by AdamH » 01:19 Saturday 3rd June 2017

Met the owner of Herdman Coaches tonight, Mr Paul Herdman. He told me he acquired the Solos direct from First and he and his staff collected them from Exeter about two months ago. He also said there are two more back at his yard as spares... It wasn't until later that I wondered if they are spare as in reserve fleet, or there for spare parts to keep the others on the road.

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Re: ex-Worcester Solos in Hay

Post by MattW » 19:36 Saturday 3rd June 2017

Probably a bit of both judging by his approach to 'fleet' livery!

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Re: ex-Worcester Solos in Hay

Post by AstonsCoaches » 10:13 Thursday 22nd June 2017

A rare bus photo from around the Hay parts identifies one of the spares as First Essex 53120 EO02NFA and shows Ex Worcester First 53046 VU03YJY in off duty form
https://www.flickr.com/photos/sidthedogsdad/34634470853

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