Jersey bus 8 (J 46631) in Gorey - 4 Sep 1999

Jersey - 4 Sep 1999


This was an ‘extended day excursion’ to Jersey travelling by Biss Brothers/Stort Valley Coaches. I left Newmarket at 0030 in the early hours of Saturday 4 September 1999 for the journey to Weymouth where the party travelled on board the Condor Ferries ‘Condor Vitesse’ catamaran to St. Helier. In addition to free time in the Jersey capital we were taken on a round the island tour on Pioneer Coaches…  (read more)

Jersey, Channel Islands bus, coach and ferry liter…

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Jersey, Channel Islands literature 1999 - Bus timetable for Jersey bus, the island's busservice operator; excursion brochures for Waverley Coaches, Tantivy Blue Coach Tours and Pioneer Coaches surrounded by a Condor Ferries brochure. Condor operates the ferries to the island from Poole and Weymouth (England) and St. Malo (France) via the smaller island of Guernsey.

Line up of coaches at St. Helier - 4 Sep 1999

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Saturday 4 September 1999 – A line up of Duple Dominant bodied coaches seen on the parking ground at St. Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands. The three coaches on the far left carry the Tantivy Motors colours as used prior to the merger that created Tantivy Blue Coach Tours in November 1996. Second from the left is 65 (J 62568) and third from the left is 48 (64438). Then is a Pioneer coach in black and white livery; Tantivy Blue 61 (J 64346) in a white livery; Tantivy Blue 46 (J 10569) in blue; Tantivy Blue 56 (J 86601) in white livery with blue and red stripes; and finally Waverley Coaches 14 (J27414) in the company’s yellow and white livery. A 2019 update to this photograph. The parking area has now been redeveloped and is home to a number of low rise office buildings occupied by different financial companies. The wall along the background remains as it is a listed building beyond which is now the Liberty Wharf Shopping Centre. Go through the arch above the blue coach to initially enter Marks and Spencer's food store.

Pioneer Coaches 3 (J 491) in St. Helier - 4 Sep 19…

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Saturday 4 September 1999 – Pioneer Coaches J 491 is a 1999 Leicester Carriage Builders Islander bodied Cannon Hi-Line seen near the harbour in St. Helier. I travelled on this coach from the ferry terminal into St. Helier town centre. During my August 2019 visit this coach was still active with Tantivy Blue Coach Tours as their number 60 registered J 12050. Tantivy Blue bought the Pioneer business in November 2000.

Pioneer Coaches 3 (J 491) in St. Helier - 4 Sep 19…

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Saturday 4 September 1999 – Pioneer Coaches J 491 is a 1999 Leicester Carriage Builders Islander bodied Cannon Hi-Line seen outside the Chelsea Hotel in Gloucester Street, St. Helier. I travelled on this coach from the ferry terminal into St. Helier town centre. During my August 2019 visit this coach was still active with Tantivy Blue Coach Tours as their number 60 registered J 12050. Tantivy Blue bought the Pioneer business in November 2000.

Pioneer Coaches 5 (J 14609) - 4 Sep 1999

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Saturday 4 September 1999 – Pioneer Coaches, Jersey, Channel Islands 5 (J 14609) took me on a ‘Round the Island’ charter tour. It is a Wadham Stringer Vanguard bodied Leyland Swift new to Cromer British Legion in 1988 as F793 RBK seen here at the Jersey Pearl Centre at St. Ouen.

Pioneer Coaches 5 (J 14609) at Gorey - 4 Sep 1999

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Saturday 4 September 1999 – Pioneer Coaches 5 (J 14609) seen beneath Mont Orgueil Castle in Gorey, Jersey, Channel Islands during a round the island charter tour. It is a Wadham Stringer Vanguard bodied Leyland Swift new to Cromer British Legion in 1988 as F793 RBK. This area is very close to where the railway tracks were at Gorey Pier Station. The railway closed here in 1929.

Pioneer Coaches 5 (J 14609) at Gorey - 4 Sep 1999

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Saturday 4 September 1999 – Pioneer Coaches 5 (J 14609) seen beneath Mont Orgueil Castle in Gorey, Jersey, Channel Islands during a round the island charter tour. It is a Wadham Stringer Vanguard bodied Leyland Swift new to Cromer British Legion in 1988 as F793 RBK. This area is very close to where the railway tracks were at Gorey Pier Station. The railway closed here in 1929.

Pioneer Coaches 6 (J 14679) at St. Helier - 4 Sep…

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Saturday 4 September 1999 – Pioneer Coaches, Jersey, Channel Islands 6 (J 14679), a Wadham Stringer Vanguard bodied Bedford SB3 dating from 1986. Whilst the Wadham Stringer Vanguard body and the Bedford SB chassis were both very popular with Jersey operators, it was less common to have the combination fitted together. At the time of this visit most of the coaches with the Vanguard body were fitted to Leyland Swift chassis and the Bedford SB chassis more commonly had a Duple Dominant bodywork.

Pioneer Coaches 11 (J 13779) at St. Helier - 4 Sep…

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Saturday 4 September 1999 – Pioneer Coaches, Jersey, Channel Islands 11 (J 13779) seen at Queen Elizabeth Ferry Terminal, St. Helier bedecked for a wedding party. It is a Wadham Stringer Vanguard bodied Leyland Swift new in July 1991.

Pioneer Coaches 11 (J 13779) at St. Helier - 4 Sep…

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Saturday 4 September 1999 – Pioneer Coaches, Jersey, Channel Islands 11 (J 13779) seen in St. Helier bedecked for a wedding party. It is a Wadham Stringer Vanguard bodied Leyland Swift new in July 1991 which carried the small fleetname of Condor Ferries, the company operating the ferries and catamarans from Jersey and Guernsey to mainland England and France.

Pioneer Coaches J 14672 (128 DTD) 'Oliver' - 4 Sep…

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Saturday 4 September 1999 – Pioneer Coaches, Jersey, Channel Islands J 14672 named ‘Oliver’. It is an East Lancs bodied Leyland Titan PD2/41 that had been new to Lancaster City Transport as their 128 (128 DTD) in November 1957 and was seen here at the Jersey Pearl Centre at St. Ouen. According to the PSV Circle ‘Operators of Jersey’ publication PJ1 (December 2018) when the Pioneer business was acquired by Tantivy Blue Coach Tours in November 2000 the vehicle passed to Tantivy only to be withdrawn a short time later in January 2001.

Pioneer 24 and Tantivy Blue 124 at St. Helier - 4…

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Saturday 4 September 1999 – Jersey, Channel Islands. Left is Pioneer Coaches, 24 (J 75167), a Reeve Burgess bodied Dodge/Renault S56, new to Mainline (Sheffield area, England) as their 182 (E182 UWF) in September 1987. Right is Tantivy Blue Coach Tours 124 (J 50237), a Volkswagen Caravelle mini-bus that had been new to Mascot Motors in 1989. A 2019 update to this photograph. Pioneer Coaches was taken over by Tantivy Blue in November 2000. This parking area has now been redeveloped and is home to a number of low rise office buildings occupied by different financial companies. Castle Street runs to the right and the direction sign points to the harbour/ferry terminal. The roundabout now includes an underpass. Quite a large area beyond the roundabout has been infilled and features numerous apartment blocks, a leisure complex and marina.

Tantivy Blue 1 and 139 at St. Helier - 4 Sep 1999

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Saturday 4 September 1999 – Tantivy Blue Coach Tours of Jersey, Channel Islands: Coach number 1 (J 82047) and 139 (J 24650) seen at St. Helier. Number 1 is a Portuguese built Camo Minerva bodied Renault PP180 new in 1996 and number 139 is a Volkswagen Transporter with a bodywork conversion by Devon Conversions new in 1989. Blue Coach Tours was taken over by JMT (1987) Limited, which ran the ‘Jersey bus’ bus service network on the island in November 1996. JMT also owned the Tantivy Motors business and the two were merged to create Tantivy Blue Coach Tours. Both these vehicles originated with Blue Coach Tours.

Tantivy Blue 3 and 107 at St. Brelade's Bay - 4 Se…

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Saturday 4 September 1999 – Two Tantivy Blue Coach Tours vehicles travelling through St. Brelade’s Bay, Jersey, Channel Islands. Leading is coach number 3 (J 39815), a Wadham Stringer bodied Iveco 95E18F new in 1994, followed by 107, a Renault Master with Deansgate bodywork conversion new in 1993. Blue Coach Tours was taken over by JMT (1987) Limited, which ran the ‘Jersey bus’ bus service network on the island in November 1996. JMT also owned the Tantivy Motors business and the two were merged to create Tantivy Blue Coach Tours. Both these vehicles originated with Blue Coach Tours. Note the Silver Springs Volkswagen mini-bus on the left which carries a very low Jersey registration plate, J 66.

Tantivy Blue 5 (J 47453) in St. Helier - 4 Sep 199…

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Saturday 4 September 1999 - JMT (1987) Limited, which ran the ‘Jersey bus’ bus service network on the Channel Island of Jersey, also owned the Tantivy Motors business. Elme Orion bodied Leyland Swift number 5 (J 47453) was new to Blue Coach Tours as their number 27 in November 1996. Blue Coach Tours was taken over by JMT (1987) Limited, which ran the ‘Jersey bus’ bus service network on the island in November 1996. JMT also owned the Tantivy Motors business and the two were merged to create Tantivy Blue Coach Tours. Seen in St. Helier, the island’s capital.

Tantivy Blue 17 and Pioneer 5 at St. Brelade's Bay…

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Saturday 4 September 1999 – Round the island sightseeing tour coaches at St. Brelade’s Bay, Jersey, Channel Islands – both are Wadham Stringer Vanguard bodied Leyland Swifts. Left: Tantivy Blue Coach Tours 17 (J 57357) was new to Mascot Motors in 1989. Right: Pioneer Coaches 5 (J 14609) was new to Cromer British Legion in 1988 as F793 RBK. I was travelling on the latter.

Tantivy Blue 28 (J 61644) in St. Helier - 4 Sep 19…

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Saturday 4 September 1999 - Tantivy Blue Coach Tours 28 (J 61644), a Caetano Aveiro bodied Bedford SB5 new in 1987 to Holiday Tours of St. Helier, seen about to enter the Fort Regent Tunnel from the western (harbour) direction. The Bedford SB chassis was launched at the 1950 Commercial Motor Show in London as the replacement for the famous Bedford OB and production spanned 37 years.

Tantivy Blue 28 (J 61644) in St. Helier - 4 Sep 19…

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Saturday 4 September 1999 - Tantivy Blue Coach Tours 28 (J 61644), a Caetano Aveiro bodied Bedford SB5 new in 1987 to Holiday Tours of St. Helier, seen about to enter the Fort Regent Tunnel from the western (harbour) direction. The Bedford SB chassis was launched at the 1950 Commercial Motor Show in London as the replacement for the famous Bedford OB and production spanned 37 years.

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