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.  


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.

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 Dart SLF/MCV Evolution
Arriving in early 2018, a duo of former Docklands Buses, later Goahead, London-specification vehicles. The shorter of two types which were used, these have B23D seating (EOS have some larger cousins).

Trustybus AE56OUS

Former Go-ahead London ED17 is still carrying that fleet number for the present. (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.


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 N94UB/East Lancs Esteem
Following on from a trio of Alexander-Dennis bodied London-Spec examples acquired ex-Quality Line in 2014, summer 2018 sees examples of similar bodied vehicles on Scania chassis. These, also ex-London, are former Metrobus vehicles. They retain dual doors.



T. (R Hudson).

Scania L94UB/Wright Solar
Arriving in Summer 2017, 6 further Scania's. Not the first, but this time with Wright bodywork. Two further examples from the same batch (YN05WKD and WKE) then followed, after  since joined.


Trustybus YN04GNU

Looking striking at Harlow Bus Station, YN04GNU in its early days in service. (R Hudson).
    Trustybus YN05WKC YN05WKC, at least, has entered service in Stagecoach colours and with non-functioning LED display. (R Hudson). 

Scania Omniciti
A batch of 11 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 retain dual doors, have been fitted with LED displays on front, side and rear and had been 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 carries a super rear advert for renowned local chippy Mr Luigi, based at The Stow.

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.

Following a gap while other types were being added to the fleet, there then arrived in January 2018 another 2 similar but later vehicles, this time single-doored by 3 years more junior.

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.

Trustybus YK53GXJ

Although intended for the 351, it's appearance in Harlow Bus Station shows how reality can play out differently.   (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.


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).

Transbus or Alexander-Dennis Mini Pointer Dart
When Roadrunner ran the Bishop Stortford local 7/7A services they used a pair of Mini Pointer Darts in red livery. Trustybus had essentially reproduced that situation with the acquisition of SN03YBK and YBS, although further examples have also since been acquired and used on the route. 

Trustybus SN03YBK

A miserable day sees SN03YBK, one of two Transbus-badged former Metrobus examples, waiting time at the also quite miserable Bishops Stortford Interchange. SN03EBU was a later addition from Go-South Coast.   (R Hudson)
  SN54GPV Trustybus SN54GPV An Alexander-Dennis badged example, also ex-Metrobus, sits at Harlow Bus Station. (R Hudson)
Trustybus HW54BUJ Another Alexander-Dennis badged example, this time from a different source. (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.

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 and later still KM51BFO. All of the original intake left in November 2015 and just 2 now remain.

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)

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 NI plate below.

In November 2017 another Solo was noted, this time carrying the base blue livery of Damory. Two further examples are reported as having been acquired in February 2018 although they have not yet been seen in service and hence are not yet shown below.

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)
    Trustybus NM02DNU The Damory fleet of goahead is not a regular source of vehicles for Harlow operators. The base colour used could easily be mistaken for the old Network Harlow colour of Arriva rather than that of Trustybus. (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.
EIG1357 (formerly R279RAU)

Trustybus KV51KZD

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

Route List

Within Harlow:
5 Harlow Bus Station to Sumners Farm
14 Harlow Bus Station to Little Parndon/Pinnacles - Mon-Sat peak hours ECC contract. PVR = 1 
410 Harlow to Waltham Cross - commercial trunk service, half-hourly, Mon-Sat. PVR = apx. 8
424 Harlow to Hertford via Ware - commercial service, half-hourly Mon-Fri. PVR = 2
505 Harlow to Chingford - 6 return journeys, ECC supported service, Saturdays only. PVR = 1
418/420/420A Harlow to Epping and Ongar or Loughton - regular commercial service (ECC  418B evenings/Sundays). PVR = apx. 12

Outside Harlow:

7/7A - Bishops Stortford to Stansted local services.
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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