Galleon Travel and Trustybus


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Brief History


Galleon Travel, with the bus fleet trading as Trustybus, emerged from the Logic Bus operations that were started on 26th March 2012. That start was when route L3 was introduced to run between Harlow and Hammond Street, competing over much of its length with Centrebus C3, which was later taken over by Roadrunner.  Harlow local service 1 to Sumners & Katherines was later initiated, again competing with RoadRunner. This situation was resolved in June  2013 when a revised C3/C3A service was left to replace most of the former L3 and Roadrunner C3 route whilst the Sumners and Katherines route was left to Roadrunner. The 410 group services today are the direct successors of this operation.

The Galleon private hire operation is a remnant of the original Trustline operation that wasn't sold to Centrebus.

In May 2013 the company took over Hertford to Bishops Stortford service 351 on short notice tender from Roadrunner. Further  tender success saw the company take over the 541/2/3 and 392 routes from September 2013, and retain the 351. Of these the 392 is now commercial and the 541 incorporated into the Epping and Ongar group of routes (see below).

Expansion in 2015 saw the takeover of many Cheshunt area locals, the introduction of a Sunday service on the 410 together with a 311 replacement as 411. Then from 16th November, a major challenge to incumbent Townlink with an 8-vehicle Harlow - Epping - Ongar service, 419/420. The Cheshunt services have been given up, but the Epping and Ongar services, expanded to incorporate the 541, have won a hard fought battle to become a major undertaking.

Vehicle policy seems to have a very significant ex-London component. Early examples low cost low floor Dart/Pointers gradually giving way to slightly newer next generation replacements. A few iterations of fleet livery have evolved, the latest of which is  quite striking and distinctive, usually applied in a way which is sensitive to the body style of the vehicle. Due to the high volume of turnover in the fleet, previous operator colours have always been a quite significant component of what is presented.

The vehicles sown below are those in relatively recent operation. Many others may be stored, withdrawn or awaiting sale. 

WEBSITE: www.trustybus.co.uk/
 



Current fleet list

Alexander-Dennis Dart SLF/MCV Evolution
Arriving in early 2018, a duo of former Docklands Buses, later Go-ahead, London-specification vehicles. The shorter of two types which were used, these have B23D seating.
ED16
ED17
AE56OUP
AE56OUS

Trustybus AE56OUS

Former Go-ahead London ED17 is still carrying that fleet number for the present. (R Hudson).
       




Scania N94UB/East Lancs Esteem
Following on from a trio of Alexander-Dennis London-Spec examples of the Esteem acquired ex-Quality Line in 2014, summer 2018 sees examples of similar bodied vehicles on Scania chassis. These, also ex-London, are former Metrobus vehicles. They retain dual doors.

 

 
 
YN06JXR
YM55SWU
YM55SXB
YM55SXH
Trustybus YM55SXB Full London condition for YM55SXB sitting at Harlow Bus Station on the 424, according to the paper in the front windscreen.  (R Hudson).



Scania L94UB/Wright Solar
Arriving in Summer 2017, 6 Scanias with Wright bodywork. Two further examples from the same batch (YN05WKD and WKE) then followed, after which others have since joined.

YN04GMG
YN04GNU
YN05WKC
YN05WKD
YN05WKE
YN05WKG
YN05WKH
YN05WKK
NK53UNW
NK53UNY

Trustybus YN04GNU

Looking striking at Harlow Bus Station, YN04GNU in its early days in service. (R Hudson).
    Trustybus YN05WKC YN05WKC, at least, entered service in Stagecoach colours and with non-functioning LED display. (R Hudson). 


Scania Omniciti
A batch of 11 vehicles previously owned and operated by Go-Ahead Metrobus and used on London route 358 were delivered and entered service between October and December 2015. All retain dual doors, have been fitted with LED displays on front, side and rear and had been refurbished at Ensignbus before entering service. Full new livery is carried on the whole fleet. They are principally used on routes 420/A. RXF carries a super rear advert for renowned local chippy Mr Luigi, based at The Stow.

In April 2016 2 further examples joined, being RXO and RXV. There are in plain red livery for the time being. Most although not all vehicles carry the fleet numbers.

Following a gap while other types were being added to the fleet, there then arrived in January 2018 another 2 similar but later vehicles, this time single-doored and wit coloured LED displays.
TB RXF
TB RXG
TB RXH
TB RXJ
TB RXM
TB RXO
TB RXP
TB RXR
TB RXT
TB RXU
TB RXV
TB RXY
TB RXZ
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YN53RXF
YN53RXG
YN53RXH
YN53RXJ
YN53RXM
YN53RXO
YN53RXP
YN53RXR
YN53RXT
YN53RXU
YN53RXV
YN53RXY
YN53RXZ
YN56NNE
YN56NNG

Trustybus YN53RXG

A new livery style has been initiated with the introduction of this fleet, as seen on TB RXG, seen advertising low fares during the period during which Trustybus and Townlink were competing on the Harlow - Epping - Ongar corridor.
(R Hudson).
    Trustybus YN53RXH
Showing the nearside aspect and fleet name and branding application is TB RXH (R Hudson).
    Trustybus YN53RXV The "as received" versions are nothing like as striking. Doing well but showing its age is "RXV" (R Hudson).


Volvo B7RLE/Wright Eclipse Urban
Formerly of both First and Stagecoach is this vehicle type much less common in small fleets. Arriving late July 2016 in full fleet livery, it has been noted on the 351 (Bishops Stortford to Hertford) which is its intended route.
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YK53GXJ

Trustybus YK53GXJ

Although intended for the 351, it's appearance in Harlow Bus Station shows how reality can play out differently.   (R Hudson)
       



Dennis or Transbus Trident/Alexander ALX400
Arriving in summer 2015 was the first '03 registered and Dennis-badged example of this combination. Further  examples arrived at the end of 2015, badged Dennis or Transbus. These vehicles are from a fleet used by First in London and are of the extra long variety, the extra half-bay in the middle being the clear giveaway. LX03BVW was for a time registered PSU316. X336NNO is a relatively recent acquisition.

LX03BVW
LX04FXP
X336NNO

Trustybus PSU316

The red livery and single-door conversion are evident in this view of PSU316. (R Hudson).
Trustybus  LX04FXP2


Transbus or Alexander-Dennis Mini Pointer Dart
When Roadrunner ran the Bishop Stortford local 7/7A services they used a pair of Mini Pointer Darts in red livery. Trustybus had essentially reproduced that situation with the acquisition of SN03YBK and YBS, although further examples have also since been acquired and used on the route. 
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SN03YBK
SN03YBS
SN03EBP
SN03EBU
SN03ECA
SN54GPV
HW54BUJ
HW54BUO
HW54BTZ 

Trustybus SN03YBK

A miserable day sees SN03YBK, one of two (the other is SN03YBS) Transbus-badged former Metrobus examples, waiting time at the also quite miserable Bishops Stortford Interchange.  (R Hudson)
    Trustybus SN03EBP SN03EBP and SN03EBU were slightly later additions from Go-South Coast which also carry the Transbus badge. (R.Hudson).  
    Trustybus SN54GPV SN54GPV is an Alexander-Dennis badged example, also ex-Metrobus, and sits at Harlow Bus Station. (R Hudson)
    Trustybus HW54BUJ Another Alexander-Dennis badged example is HW54BUJ, this time one of 3 from a different source. (R. Hudson)
    Trustybus HW54BTZ Finally, in the splendor of fresh fleet colours, HW54BTZ is parked up. (R. Hudson)


Scania N94UB/East Lancs Vyking Myllenium
Entering service through the early part of 2016, this one-time London fleet which once numbered 10 saw off most of the non-standard and non-DDA compliant remnants of the fleet. A start was made on repainted from London red to Trustybus livery, but most were stood down before this was done. Only 1 has been seen in service since summer 2018.
 
HXZ9926

Trustybus HXZ9926

HXZ9926, reregistered from YR52VFM, is one of only two in fleet colours at this point in time . (R Hudson)
    Trustybus YR52VFN The nearside image of the new livery is shown on the same vehicle before the re-registration (R Hudson)




Optare Solo
The Optare Solo is not a type that has featured strongly in any Trustybus fleet, past or present. Arriving in November 2015, V679FEL once of Wilts and Dorset, broke the embargo. It has been since reregistered to the NI plate below.

In November 2017 another Solo was noted, this time carrying the base blue livery of Damory. Two further former Stagecoach examples were then acquired in February 2018.
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NM02DMU
SF05NXD
SF05NXE

Trustybus SF05NXD

The former Stagecoach examples both carry the latest upward swirls fleet livery. (R Hudson)
    Trustybus NM02DNU The Damory fleet of goahead is not a regular source of vehicles for Harlow operators. The base colour used could easily be mistaken for the old Network Harlow colour of Arriva rather than that of Trustybus. (R Hudson)
       


 


Route List

Within Harlow:
5 Harlow Bus Station to Sumners Farm. Mon-Sat off peak ECC contract. PVR = 0 (vehicle sourced from other services)
14 Harlow Bus Station to Little Parndon/Pinnacles - Mon-Sat peak hours ECC contract. PVR = 1 
410 Harlow to Waltham Cross - commercial service, hourly, Mon-Sat with additional Mon-Fri hourly service Harlow to Brookfield Centre . PVR = apx. 6
424 Harlow to Hertford via Ware - commercial service,9 return journeys Mon-Fri. PVR = 1
505 Harlow to Chingford - 6 return journeys, ECC supported service, Saturdays only. PVR = 1
418B Harlow to Loughton, hourly, evenings only, Mon-Sat.
420/420A Harlow to Epping, North Weald and Ongar. Every 15 minutes Harlow to North Weald, every 30 minutes on to Ongar.   - regular commercial service  PVR = apx. 10

Outside Harlow:

7/7A - Bishops Stortford to Stansted local services.
351 Bishops Stortford to Hertford via Hunsden and Ware. Hourly peaks, 2-hourly off-peaks, HCC contract service. PVR = 2
386 Bishops Stortford to Buntingford - school service, schooldays, PVR = 1

242 - Waltham Cross to Potters Bar/Welwyn Garden City, HCC contract service, Sundays.
418 - Epping (St Margaret's Hospital) to Loughton, Mon-Sat, every 2 hours.


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