My home town for much of the last twelve years, and therefore prone to neglect punctuated by mad photographic frenzies. Most of my knowledge of the local bus scene has been picked up "organically" through constant use of the buses, with only a few deliberate photo shoots. Most of the snaps on this page have been taken in the last couple of weeks as I try to get shots of everything noteworthy before I depart for a new job in Carlisle. Throughout this page there may be evidence of my poor typing skills: I almost always mis-spell Warrington initially, and not all errors get corrected.
The picture above is one with which I am very pleased, having taken
it with no flash or exposure compensation, despite the bus being under the
roof of the gloomy and cavernous Bus Station in Warrington. It is Warrington
Borough Transport 3, a Dennis Dart SLF/ Marshall.
A Dart SLF/ Marshall, no 17, leaving the bus Station. This one is
the only bus in the Warrington fleet with a dot matrix indicator. Several
of the most recent batch of Darts are route branded for routes 20 and 21,
but this isn't one of them. It is quite common for them to stray onto other
services, as do 1 to 4, which have rather modest branding for route 16.
A regular Dart SLF, no 18, with no special livery or route branding
and a standard Warrington destination display, in Rylands Street.
Warrington 42, an early Dennis Dominator with rather unstylish East Lancs body, parked up on Golborne Street after working a morning schools service.
Another bit of luck. One of the ECW bodied Leyland Olympians recently
purchased from Arriva North West to operate school routes taken over from
the same company. No 73 looks considerably smarter in this livery than it
did in the Arriva livery. This style seems to suit the bus, which looks nice
and shiny, aided by having no advertisement and the company crest on the
front. It was rather hemmed in by no 42 in front and the tree.
At risk to life and limb, I wandered into the middle of the road
to get a shot of the other side of 73. This side has been defaced by an
Warrington 235, the last 1994 Dennis Dart with very noisy (I speak
from experience!) Northern Counties bodywork, leaving the Bus Station on
Warrington's only interplanetary bus route.
Arriva North West 1177, a Dennis Dart/ Plaxton dating from early
1995, one of the original Warrington Goldline buses brought in to compete
with Warrington Borough Transport. It is seen in Golborne Street on route
H5 to Liverpool, the route letter and number being a legacy of the Crosville
operations in this part of the world.
North Star P460EFL, a Marshall Minibus. According to Buses magazine
it has recently arrived from Glossopdale and is still in Glossopdale livery.
This was my first and last encounter encounter with North Star. The bus
is operating the tendered Sunday service to St Helens.
Warrington Borough Transport 16, a Dennis Dart SLF/ Marshall, leaving
the Bus Station. The bus is in a special livery (including vinyls on
windows - yuk) to promote Warrington's (unsuccessful) bid for City status.
Although the image is not particularly sharp it is the best I have managed
of this bus, and I can envisage this bus defying all attempts to get a
truly sharp image!.
Warrington 248, the last of the "ordinary" Darts, with Marshall
body and dating from 1995, laying over in the Bus Station before taking up
a journey to Northwich on Sunday variation 45A. This bus and 247 have very
restrained route branding for the Warrington - Northwich routes 43-46.
Warrington Dart SLF/ Marshall 3, taking a break under lights in the
Bus Station. I was amazed that this photo came out so well, as it was taken
without any messing with the camera. I also took a picture of this bus
with exposure compensation, which made the image too pale. More proof, I
suppose, that my camera is happier with poor light than bright sunlight.
Arriva North West 1146, a 1990 short Dennis Dart with Carlyle body
which came from Arriva London South. This is all too apparent from the
signs inside the bus, the characteristic London Transport "way out" signs
being prominent in most of the batch of buses which found their way to Warrington.
As a passenger of Arriva North West I was less than impressed when these
28 seat buses arrived to replace some of the 1994/5 40 seat Darts which were
the mainstay of the Warrington operation.
Warrington Borough Transport 228, one of the 1993 Northern Counties
bodies Darts, pictured in sunlight about to turn from Bold Street into Suez
Street in the town centre on route 1 to Westy which, as is to be expected,
is in the south-east of the town!
The unhelpful destination blind is alive and well and living in Warrington!! Dart/ Northern Counties 235, seen above setting out for the planet Vulcan, is seen here going to somewhere called Service. This is odd, as route 18 is a regular all day route, and all the Warrington fleet have correct blinds for it. There are a couple of the Carlyle bodied Darts which have been running around showing either "Service" or "Warrington Borough Transport" for several months, implying a problem with the blinds, but seemingly causing little difficulty to passengers.
Another bus which appears earlier on this page, no 42. This time
it is seen climbing Golborne Street on a service 15 journey. On 7th it operated
all day on "ordinary" journeys as opposed to the school journeys which
are where the double deckers are usually found. Some 16 years after first
encountering these d/ds I still find it hard to believe that anyone could
build such a horribly unstylish body.
Despite being caught out by the shadows, I feel that this one is
worthy of inclusion. It is Warrington 82, a 1988 East Lancs bodied Dennis
Dominator which originally ran in Warrington Coachlines livery of blue
and yellow with a fleetnumber I can't remember, before being transferred
to the main fleet and renumbered 122. It was renumbered 82 to make way for
the Optare Metroriders. Of note is the correct destination indicator for
route 234, which is basically a positioning journey for a schools service
starting in the Altrincham area, something of a contrast to Dart 235 above.
In the same spot, turning from Golborne Street into Bold Street,
is Dart SLF/Marshall 23. At last, a decent shot of one of the brand new
Darts, less than a week old and sporting a nice layer of muck. On 7th I
managed to see several of the new batch, including 20 and 25, which have
non-matching registrations (Y629GFM and Y631GFM respectively), the others
seen (21,22,23and 24) having nicely matching plates.
A different angle for a change. Warrington 95 laying over in Warrington
Bus Station before leaving to take up a schools journey. The bus is slightly
off centre in the picture due to the need to remove the rear end of an
Arriva Dart in front of the 1989 Dennis Dominator with East Lancs body.
A more conventional shot of one of the 1989 Dominators, this time
96, turning into Suez Street, on one of the few regular double decker diagrams
A few miscellaneous shots
Warrington 26, a Leyland Atlantean with East Lancs bodywork in the
Bus Station in late 1999. At this time the remaining Atlanteans were regular
performers on routes 20 and 21, later being replaced by route branded Dart
Warrington 37, a 1984 Leyland Olympian/ East Lancs which originated
with Derby, turning into Winwick Street on the same day.
Warrington 237, a 1995 Plaxton bodied Dart unloading in St Helens
Town Centre on 14th December 1999, with a North Western minibus creeping
round from behind.
In more or less the same spot, this time in March 2000, is Warrington
93, an East Lancs Dennis Dominator of 1988 vintage, originally numbered 3
but renumbered to make way for the new Darts. This was a point and click
shot with no preparation, the result of an unexpected appearance by the double
decker. This accounts for the rear end of the Nip-On Travel Dart ,on the
right and the railings on the left. I was waiting for the Arriva North West
Volvo coming round the corner to take me all the way home to Birchwood on
Warrington 10, an almost new Dennis Dart with Marshall body operating
service 21 in Warrington Bus Station on 25th January 2000.
Warrington 87, a Leyland Olympian/ East Lancs dating from 1984, parked
at the head of a line of 'deckers on Golborne Street on 25th January 2000.
March 19th 2001 was one of those days when I got lucky. I was passing
through Warrington, on my way from work to Warrington Central Station, my
aim being to catch a train to York (photos from this trip are on this site).
Parked up on Golborne Street was 318 (originally 18), one of the two remaining
East Lancs bodied Leyland Atlanteans in the Warrington Borough Transport
fleet. Used on school journeys, seeing it here at 5.15pm was a surprise,but
I made the most of it.
As with 73 above, a quick dash into the road was necessary for this
shot of 318.
I was so pleased at seeing 318 that I tried to get as many angles
as possible. This one was taken from a slightly elevated position as opposed
to ground level, as is so common.
A brief visit to Warrington on May 20th afforded me the opportunity
to hang about in the Bus Station for about half an hour. As usual, most,
if not all, Warrington Borough Transport services were being operated by the
Marshall bodied Dart SLFs. This one is seen laying over between trips on
the Northwich service. No 21 is one of three route branded for routes 16
and 16A, the vinyls on the window being hard to read.
On the same day the newest Dart, 28, appeared, carrying an overall
livery for Warrington and the name Spirit of Partnership.
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