Galleon Travel and Trustybus


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Brief history
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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.  

WEBSITE: www.trustybus.co.uk/
 



Current fleet list

Alexander-Dennis Enviro200
February 2014 expansion saw the arrival of the newest vehicles to date, changing the age profile of the fleet considerably.  The initial 3, numbered EDS23 to EDS 25, were joined in June by all-white YX08HCC, since departed, and in July by all-red former London United vehicle SK07HLR and all-white MX10DXY. The initial 3 left in November 2015 and SK07HLR was withdrawn June 2016. The remaining vehicle has been advertised for sale and is not expected to see further service.
EDS36
MX10DXY

Trustybus MX10DXY

The white base colour carried by EDS36, seen on the 541 showing the limitations of the full depth scrolling display. (R Hudson)
       



Alexander-Dennis Enviro200Dart/East Lancs Esteem
Arriving in October 2014, a trio of former Quality Line London-specification vehicles. These are reported as being withdrawn from service.

PE56UFH
PE56UFJ
PE56UFK

Trustybus PE56UFH

The red livery, blind layout and dual doors mark this vehicle clearly out as London specification. Note the unusual Esteem door windows. (R Hudson).
       


Scania Omniciti
A batch of 11 vehicles previously owned and operated by Go-Ahead Metrobus and used on London route 358 was 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 were refurbished at Ensignbus before entering service. Full new livery is carried on the whole fleet. They are principally used on routes 418/9/20/1. RXF is presently out of service undergoing repairs.

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.
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
YN53RXF
YN53RXG
YN53RXH
YN53RXJ
YN53RXM
YN53RXO
YN53RXP
YN53RXR
YN53RXT
YN53RXU
YN53RXV
YN53RXY
YN53RXZ

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)
       

Transbus Trident/Plaxton President
Three double decks for bus operation arrived in Spring 2014 and quickly entered service, initially in former operator colours. Further examples have followed. Metroline fleet numbers have been retained. All are now considered reserve stock.
TP425
TP428
TP431
TP461
TP462
TP463
TP464
LK03CGF
LK03CGV
LK03GFX
LK03GJY
LK03GJZ
LK03GKA
LK03GKC

Trustybus LK03GFX

LK03GFX shows the double-deck version of the Trustybus livery, seen at Harlow Town Station on the 392 (R Hudson).
    LK03CGV carries former Metroline livery  (R Hudson) 
      While LK03GJY is in London all-red. (R Hudson) 
       



Dennis or Transbus Trident/Alexander ALX400
Arriving in summer 2015 was the first '03 registered and Dennis-badged example of this combination. A further 4 examples arrived at the end of 2015, of these "FXV" is badged Dennis whilst FXJ and FXP are 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. PSU316 was previously registered LX03BVW and is the only example seen recently in service.

PSU316
LX04FXV
LX04FXL
LX04FXJ
LX04FXP

Trustybus PSU316

The red livery and single-door conversion are evident in this view of PSU316. (R Hudson).
    Trustybus LX04FXV Dual doors are retained on more recent acquisitions, as shown on former First TAL33203. (R Hudson).


Scania N94UB/East Lancs Vyking Myllenium
Entering service through the early part of 2016, this one-time London fleet 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 many have now been stood down from regular work.
 
NNZ7336
HXZ9926
YU02GHG
YU02GHH
YU02GHJ
YU02GHK
YU02GHO
YR52VFJ
YR52VFL
YR52VFN

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)
    Trustybus YR52VFN All-red livery adorns most of the fleet, as shown by VFN. (R Hudson)  
    Trustybus YU02GHO Before they were all-red they wore the London General black skirt, which with age makes for quite a drab look. GHO sits at Harlow Town Station with 42 in the blind box and 351 in the window. (R Hudson)  


 

Dennis Dart SLF/Caetano Nimbus
Entering service with Trustybus in May 2015 were three former Metrobus vehicles. These were joined shortly afterwards by former Ensignbus MA02BLU (since departed) and HV52WTJ and then former Centrewest KX03HZN. All of the original intake left in November 2015. KM51BFO was previously a loan covering a Scania under repair but has since been acquired.
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TB HZN
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HV52WTJ
KX03HZN
KM51BFO

Trustybus Dennis Dart SLF/Caetano Nimbus HV52WTJ

HV52WTJ and KX03HZN carry full Trustybus livery. The former is on route 505 at the bus station. (R Hudson)
    Trustybus Dennis Dart SLF/Caetano Nimbus KX03HZN TB HZN differs in having dual doors. (R Hudson)
    Trustybus Dennis Dart SLF/Caetano Nimbus KM51BFO KM51BFO is in white and without LED's functioning when seen in this view. (R Hudson)




Dennis Dart SLF/Alexander ALX200
The first use of this type of vehicle was when 2 examples were hired from Regal. A few have come and gone and the fleet now comprises 2 former Stagecoach London examples, one (239) coming by way of Fleet Buzz, whose yellow and black livery is carried.
239
243
Y239FJN
Y243FJN

Trustybus Y239FJN

Y239FJN shows the Fleet Buzz livery shortly after entering service. (R Hudson)
       
       

 
Volvo B10BLE/Wright Renown
June 2016 saw the arrival of 7 quite long-in-the tooth early low-floor vehicles. Although hardly new, being former Go North-East vehicles, there is a good possibility that they have been well maintained. All are in all-over red livery. Seven further examples then arrived later in August 2016, one a replacement for WNZ1864 (X924WGR) which suffered an accident on 8th August 2016. WNZ1103 (W907RBB) was scrapped following accident damage on 18th January 2017. All have been reregistered from their original marks whilst under Trustybus ownership.
WNZ1094
WNZ1102
WNZ1127
WNZ1196
WNZ1480
WNZ1490
WNZ1589
WNZ1604
WNZ2166
WNZ2249
WNZ2353
WNZ2410
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Trustybus Volvo B10BLE/Wright Renown W906RBB

All-red so far, looking better than many of their age, and now all in regular service on Trustybus routes. W906RBB sits awaiting time at the bus station.  (R Hudson)
    Trustybus Volvo B10BLE/Wright Renown W905RBB With small Trustybus logos applied and showing the off-side view on the 392 is W905RBB.  (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 current plate.
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UNZ8067

Trustybus UNZ8067

A lot of red in the W&D livery might make the repaint easier, if this vehicle should stay around long enough to make it worth it! (R Hudson)


 
Mercedes Vario/Plaxton Beaver 2
Three of these step-entrance minibuses unexpectedly arrived in 2014. MP6 (RHZ9644, formerly W996JNF), the only one to carry fleet livery, plus MP, have been sold. The remaining vehicle has now been stood down from service.
MP5
EIG1357 (formerly R279RAU)

Trustybus KV51KZD

MP7 is seen at the bus station, and is not on the new EOS London service! (R Hudson)




 

Other vehicles
The vehicles below are (or where when we last knew) in the ownership of Galleon Travel, and so could be seen around, most likely on work other than local bus services.
 
BX06 OAM BMC850 BMC
DIG 3781 MAN Marcopolo Viaggio 350
WA07BGV Volvo B12B Van Hool Astrobel
DV56DUF Ford Transit 100 Ford
M11XMB Volkswagon LT46 Volkswagon
FJ56 YWB Volvo B12M Plaxton Panther
WA08 APO VDLSB4000MX Bova Synergy
WA09 HTX VDLSB4000MX Bova Maqic
YN62 DNO
VDLSB4000MX Irizar Centruy i4

Route List

Within Harlow:
5 Harlow Bus Station to Little Parndon/Pinnacles - Mon-Sat peak hours ECC contract. PVR = 1 
410/A Harlow to Waltham Cross - commercial trunk service, half-hourly, Mon-Sat. PVR = apx. 8 (410A variant withdrawn after 28/4/17)
424 Harlow to Hertford via Ware - daily commercial service, half-hourly Mon-Sat, hourly Suns. PVR = 2
505 Harlow to Chingford - 6 return journeys, ECC supported service, Saturdays only. PVR = 1
418/9/20 Harlow to Epping and Ongar or Loughton - regular commercial service (ECC  418B evenings/Sundays). PVR = apx. 12

Outside Harlow:

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.


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Last update 18th March 2017

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