Howards Travel Group held a Charity Double Deck Running Day on Saturday 28th January 2017 with all proceeds raised going to Francis House and Liverpool Women's Hospital.
The first pick up of the day was at Warrington Bank Quay Station at 9.30am, then Warrington Central Station at 9.45am. The aim of the day was to utilise as many double-deckers in the Howards and Springfield fleet as possible.
Once everyone who was joining us for the day had joined the bus, we then proceeded to the Howards Travel depot, situated in Higher Walton. This gave everyone a chance to roam about the depot, photographing and taking notes of the various buses present, which was a varied mix of new, older and preserved buses and coaches.
We then set off from the depot and headed for a local public house, the Ring O’Bells in Daresbury. This provided a photographic opportunity to photograph two buses in the fleet; Alexander bodied Leyland Olympian F20 HOW and former Dublin Leyland Olympian BUS 44A.
After a photography stop in Daresbury, we hit the road again. This time we headed towards Broomedge and onwards to the Ye Olde Number 3 pub in Little Bollington for another photographic opportunity. Shortly after, we then set off towards Lymm Services for our lunch stop.
The majority of passengers utilised the stop at Lymm Services to relieve themselves, grab a bite to eat and photograph some of the lorries (particularly Eddie Stobart vehicles). Once we had a generous lunch break, we then set off towards Warrington again, then onwards crossing the border into Merseyside for a photographic opportunity at Newton-le-Willows station.
After another change of bus at Newton-le-Willows, we set off towards Fiddler’s Ferry Power Station for one last photographic opportunity before the sun set. The journey here was provided by a former Hong Kong Leyland Olympian – which like the rest of the Howards fleet, was faultless.
Lastly, we headed back towards the depot in Higher Walton before boarding the bus back to Warrington Bank Quay and Warrington Central.
I felt it was a fantastic day, especially the variety of buses you could sample for just £10 per person. Not to mention all proceeds from the event were going to Francis House Children’s Hospice and Liverpool Women’s Hospital.
I understand that Howards hope to host a similar event in the summer – utilising unused buses from this time and their open topped Leyland Titan.