Tom started The North West Bus Blog back in 2009 following inspiration from other transport blogs and news websites at the time. He has two main passions: public transport and real ale.
It was his grandad's inspiration and admiration of buses that Macauley gained his interest, his grandad worked for Crosville Cymru, he was a bus enthusiast and also a photographer.
His first memory of buses is of a Merseybus Leyland Atlantean that was shuddering violently on idle. Nowadays, he enjoys roaming about the north of England photographing buses.
His interest in buses started with the Neoplan N4016s which operated on Merseyside. What he likes most about the hobby is that it is one of the few hobbies which sees regular changes.
His interest rocketed in 2013 when Stagecoach acquired First Manchester’s Wigan operations, he was intrigued by the sudden change and soon joined an enthusiasts forum to find out more.
He has been interested in the world of buses from a young age, although his interest does tend to focus around the bus fleet of Arriva North West and Arriva Buses Wales.
He can't quite pin the exact source of the interest in buses is, but he thinks it was probably the scene within Greater Manchester that enticed him in to eventually working in the bus industry.
He genuinely doesn't know how he got interested in buses, it’s hard to believe anyone could gain an interest in an environment of old, musty-smelling Dennis Darts in North Wales.
His interest in public transport was created at a very young age, with red and green buses trundling along the old 184/365 route. He grew up on Mercedes-Benz O405s & Volvo B7RLEs.
In the early hours of Sunday, the 2nd December 2012, Stagecoach officially took over First Manchester’s Wigan operations along with its 300 members of staff, £6 million depot and 120 vehicles in return for £12 million.