Thursday, 11 December 2014

Road Trip: Day One ~ SHEFFIELD

Early Monday morning, I arose from my bed; tired but excited. I had already packed the car so I was off in good time. It took me only three hours to get to Sheffield, and it was the first time I'd ever driven in a major city that I'd never been to before; so I was so busy trying to figure out what the speed limit was I missed the park & ride turn off! Fortunately, Sheffield had planned for such an eventuality and had conveniently placed a roundabout with a seperate lane for those who missed the turn off. The sign looked different though and it took me a couple of seconds to work out that the park & ride was operated by Stagecoach's 'Supertram'. I had never been on a tram before and wasn't sure how it worked but it turns out it isn't hard. I alighted about ten minutes later and started walking around trying to find a bus station. About half an hour later, I was still walking around trying to find a bus station. After an hour, I gave up, had a steak pie and stood on the busiest bus related road I could find. 

FirstSheffield 37524 YN58ETR is a B9TL Gemini, a heritage South Yorkshire Transport livery.
The main operator in the city is FirstSouth Yorkshire, operating under the name of FirstSheffield. From what I saw, their fleet consists mainly of Geminis, and Renowns, with a good handful of Enviro400s and Wright StreetLite MAXs dotted about too. Most of the buses wear the new livery, including the older members of the fleet, but there were still a significant amount in the old barbie.

60688 T870ODT is a Volvo B10BLE Wright Renown.
Stagecoach Yorkshire also operated a handful of routes into Sheffield, using a small variety of vehicles. The Enviro300 was the most common bus I saw from their fleet, and double decker wise I only spotted two Scania N94UD East Lancs OmniDekkas.

15414 YN54VKD heading towards the city centre.
Other operators noted were TM Travel, Hulleys of Baslow and Sheffield Community Transport. Many more photos are in the process of being uploaded and will be put together in a group called Sheffield which can be viewed here.

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