The North West Bus Blog has a varied selection of writer and photograph contributors, they commit their free time to run this blog as well as all the tasks associated with running a modern day website.
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. When he isn't blogging about buses he's probably enjoying a nice cold pint of beer. He lives in Birkenhead but is often found travelling throughout the UK by bus or train.
His interest started from a young age where he was interested in trains, mainly the likes of Thomas the Tank Engine gained his interest. He remembers standing on a railway bridge situated in the North End of Birkenhead at the time were the traction was plentiful where he gained his love for trains. It later evolved into buses as well, were his first memory is of a Merseybus Leyland Atlantean that was shuddering violently on idle and was awfully wet and cold.
His interest in buses started with the Neoplan N4016s which operated on Merseyside between 1994 and 2008. What he likes most about the hobby is that it is one of the few hobbies which sees regular changes. After spending time living on the Isle of Man he has returned to the North West with most of his contributions now being dedicated to his local bus scene
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. He used to take him on day trips riding around on buses, photographing all the things that have now been scrapped, sadly he passed away in July 2003.
His interest in buses was ignited back in 2007 when First Manchester’s Wigan depot received a batch of Wright Eclipse Gemini bodied Volvo B9TLs, he would stand at the bus stop admiring them and hoping that one day one of them would be allocated onto the school service he used. However, his interest rocketed last year 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 he does tend to focus a lot on Arriva North West and Arriva Buses Wales. Occasionally he focuses his interest in the smaller companies, such as his local independent Avon Buses. He's also very much interested in bus technology, from apps to ecological applications in hybrids and other similar things.
We’re a friendly bunch of transport enthusiasts with a passion for documenting the current bus scene in North West England, North Wales and Isle of Man. Our articles are primarily focused on the current bus and coach scene in the two large conurbations of Merseyside and Greater Manchester, with feature posts from Cheshire, Cumbria, Lancashire and even further afield like Scotland and London too.