Galleon Travel,  Trustybus and Central Connect

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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 route today is the direct successor of this operation.

The Galleon private hire operation is a remnant of the original Trustline operation which 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.

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, were won after a hard fought battle.

Vehicle policy seems to have a very significant ex-London component. Early examples were low cost low floor Dart/Pointers which gradually gave way to slightly newer next generation replacements, often Scania's. A few iterations of fleet livery have evolved, 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 most recent change is the launch of the Central Connect name and adapted colours for the 420/420 services.

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 Many others may be stored, withdrawn or awaiting sale. 


Current fleet list

Optare Tempo
The youngest and newest vehicles in the fleet were these surprise acquisitions of late 2019. Once London United vehicles, they retain dual doors but have been fitted with LED displays. EHO and EHW carry Central connect livery whilst the others remain in all-over red.
Trustybus YJ11EHS YJ11EHS in its first days in service on town route 5 in November 2019.  (R Hudson)
    Trustybus YJ11EHS The nearside view of the same vehicle showing the dual doors. (R Hudson)
    Trustybus YJ11EHO Central connect livery is shown here on YJ11EHO. (R Hudson)

Scania Omniciti N230UD
Arriving in April 2019, former London United SP146 (YP59OEE) entered service in all-red, dual-doored and with no working destination display. This, it transpires, was a trial which led to an order of 12 being placed, 10 of which arrived and are used the 420/420A, which has been rebranded Central Connect as part of the change. It was joined by sister vehicle YP59OET on 3rd June but the entry into service of YP59OES and then YP59OEV showed the future image. All 10 service bus versions are now in the new colours. YP59OEX is not operational at present (November 2019).

Trustybus YP59OET

First of the purchased batch, YP59OET, is seen in service on route 420 in June 2019. This vehicle has since been repainted. (R Hudson).
    Trustybus YP59OES The new image with Central Connect (and no Trustybus) name, with more blue and no yellow and route branding above the upper-deck windows. (R Hudson)
    Trustybus YP59OES The offside view. (R Hudson)
    Trustybus YP59OES Note that dual doors are retained and that the colour LEDs use white for destinations but a different colour for each of the 420 and 420A. (R Hudson) 
    Trustybus YP59OES You can just make out the scrolling text on the rear display, which really doesn't work on a display that wasn't designed for it. (R Hudson)
    Trustybus YP59OES Finally, an advert for the Central Connect services has now been added to YP59OES at least, promoting more directly the link to London. (R. Hudson)

Optare Solo
The Optare Solo is not a type that has featured strongly in any Trustybus fleet, until recently that is. Arriving in November 2015, V679FEL once of Wilts and Dorset, broke the embargo, but has since left. Others have also come and gone

Further examples arrived from summer 2019, some sporting the recently launched Central Connect colours. Still more seen to have pre-empted the uptake of HCC contract work.
  YJ07EGE Trustybus YJ07EGE The M950, clearly showing the extra half bay and rather more subtle livery. (R Hudson)
  AE06TWN Trustybus AE06TWN The M850 in the latest livery at Harlow Bus Station. (R Hudson)
Trustybus SF05NXD One of a pair which arrived in Spring 2018. Both carried Trustybus livery from entry into service. Both would seem to have been stood down at one point in time and were subsequently reinstated. These are M850 variants. (R Hudson)
Trustybus YJ07VPX A February 2020 arrival is this M920 once of Arriva and initially sporting the dedicated Maylands Link livery it carried from its days working in Hemel Hempstead, it has since been repainted. (R. HUdson)
TrustybusYJ55YGN April 2020 arrivals are these three M880 variants. The green livery shown here on YJ55YGN is from First's Kernow operation. (R.Hudson)
Trustybus WX05RRY Then in May 2020 2 further examples; 1 each M850 and M920 variants. Former YJ05XOR was the M920, since  reregistered. It is in Capital Connect livery. (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.


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 '53 registered 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 retained dual doors, were been fitted with LED displays on front, side and rear and had been refurbished at Ensignbus before entering service. Full new livery was carried on the whole fleet. They were principally used on routes 420/A between 2015 and earlier in 2019. In April 2016 2 further examples joined, initially in plain red, later liveried. From this batch, none remain in use.

Following a gap while other types were being added to the fleet, there then arrived in January 2018 another 2 similar '56-registered vehicles, this time single-doored and with coloured LED displays.

Next, in January 2019, two further examples on the CN94UB variant of the chassis arrived. These both carry unusual liveries, as illustrated.


Trustybus YN53RXG

A new livery style was 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. This vehicle is part of the original batch and no longer in service.(R Hudson).
    Trustybus YN56NNE The two more recent additions, with the coloured LED and single door configuration are illustrated by YN56NNE at Harlow Bus Station.  (R Hudson)
    Trustybus YN04GMX A great departure from usual fleet livery is YN04GMX, a January 2019 arrival. (R Hudson)  

Transbus Mini Pointer Dart
The days of the Dart at Trusty are nearly over. Many have come and gone, variously badged Dennis, Transbus or Alexander-Dennis. Various liveries have also operated from the smart and age-defying to patched up previous operator livery. The very last example is also the oldest in the operational local bus fleet. 
Trustybus HW54BUJ The Transbus badged example is SN03ECA, which carries a livery not dissimilar to HW54BUJ (since removed from service), illustrated here. (R. Hudson)

Dennis Trident/Alexander ALX400
Tridents and ALX400s have come and gone over the years although never especially frequent visitors to services. Most were '03 or '04 registered. X336NNO is a relatively recent acquisition and is, as far as we know, half open-top and in a black livery for Gangster Tours.


Trustybus PSU316

The red livery and single-door conversion are evident in this view of PSU316, a Transbus-badged example, since departed. (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
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.
66A - Waltham Cross to Debden, CC contract service, Sundays from April 2020.
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 until end March 2020 only.
418 - Epping (St Margaret's Hospital) to Loughton, Mon-Sat, every 2 hours. PVR = 1.
H1 - Hertford Town Service, Pinehurst to Hertford North. HCC contract service, from April 2020.
H3/H4 - Hertford to Horns Mill. HCC contract service, from April 2020.

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