Galleon Travel,  Trustybus and Central Connect


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Brief history
Current fleet list
Route List




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 Many others may be stored, withdrawn or awaiting sale. 

WEBSITE: www.trustybus.co.uk/
 



Current fleet list

Optare Tempo X1200
The youngest and newest vehicles in the fleet were 5 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.

These were joined in September 2020 by 2 similar vehicles once of Yellow Buses in Bournemouth, whose livery and route branding could be seen on entry into service.
 
YJ11EHG
YJ11EHH
YJ11EHO
YJ11EHS
YJ11EHW
YJ10MDE
YJ10MDU
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)
    Trustybus YJ10MDE Former Yellow Buses YJ10MDE in "as acquired" livery at Sumners Farm at the end of route 5. (R Hudson)
    Trustybus YJ10MDE The interior of the same vehicle, showing the rather plush decor. (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).
 
YP59OEM
YP59OEN
YP59OEO
YP59OER
YP59OES
YP59OET
YP59OEU
YP59OEV
YP59OEW
YP59OEX

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. A variety of lengths are owned.

Effective summer 2020 a programme of re-registering to all marks native to Northern Ireland appears to be underway.
Present reg.
M850
RGZ7810
RRZ5463
RRZ5654
RGZ7805
M880
RGZ7806
RGZ7807
YJ57EJE
YJ09MHO
M920
RGZ7808
SGZ2219
RGZ7809
M950
SGZ2218
Previously

AE06TWN
SF05NXD
SF05NXE
WX05RRY

YJ05XBV
YJ55YGN


YJ05XOR
YJ07VPX
YK05CDO

YJ07EGE
Trustybus AE06TWN All of the M850s have been reregistered and 2 are now in Central Connect livery. RGZ7810 in its old guise is in the Bus Station. (R Hudson)
    Trustybus RRZ5463 One of a pair of M850s 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. RRZ5463 is seem at Loughton Station on the 418. (R Hudson)
    Trustybus RGZ7805 The final M850 is this former First Kernow vehicle). It arrived in a livery of green and white with poppies as WX05RRY but has now been registered RGZ7805 and repainted. (R. Hudson)
    Trustybus YJ05XNV Moving up a size to the M880 and more green on ten YJ05XNV, now RGZ7806, again courtesy of First Kernow. (R. Hudson)
    TrustybusYJ55YGN Still with the M880 and a third style of green is shown on YJ55YGN, now RGZ7807. (R. Hudson)
    Trustybus YJ05XOR Moving up to the M920, the vehicle now known as RGZ7808 when it was YJ05XOR. (R. Hudson)
    Trustybus YJ07VPX A February 2020 arrival was YJ07VPX, now SGZ2219, another M920. This time once of Arriva and initially sporting the dedicated Maylands Link livery it carried from its days working in Hemel Hempstead. (R. Hudson)
    Trustybus SGZ2218 The solitary M950, now registered SGZ2218. (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
YN05WKG
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 '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 early 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. These remain operational.

Next, in January 2019, two further examples on the CN94UB variant of the chassis arrived. These both carried unusual liveries, but have now departed.

In summer 2020, the '56 registered vehicles were reregsitered.

 
SGZ1087
(was YN56NNE)
SGZ1089
(was YN56NNG)

Trustybus YN56NNE

A new livery style was been initiated with the introduction of this fleet, being the '53 registered examples no longer present. This was continued on the two '56 registered vehicles, although these differed by being single door and by having coloured LED displays .(R Hudson).
    Trustybus SGZ1089 The reregistration of one vehicle is shown here. The advertising for 88vape.com is common now on the Trustybus/Central Connect fleet. (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. 
 
SN03ECA
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.

X336NNO

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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