Crossways - Ryan Birch
I have an admission to make; I hate travelling on buses! It is something that I share with the vast majority of the population. So how come almost all of my modelling effort is channelled into modelling something that I hate?
There is one side of the MBF that I believe is unique to the organisation, this being the strong community of modellers who own and run their own fictional model fleets within their own fantasy worlds. It is this world of fantasy that I enjoy - there are no barriers to creativity, since there are no ‘rules’ to follow.
My own fictional fleet is called Crossways. It has been running since 2012, and is based within the county of Gloucestershire, operating a wide range of services using a mixed fleet of vehicles. The photos within this gallery are of fleet members past and present. If you are interested in finding out more about Crossways, please feel free to visit the Crossways website
Added in 2018, this Volvo Olympian/ Alexander Royale is used for Schools and Private Hire work.
In 2018, the coach livery also received a refresh, with Ex Barline Travel and Southwest Bus Iveco Eurorider/ Plaxton Paragon YN58 JFX the first to receive it.
New in June 2018 was this Wright Streetlite, registered GL68 TTP.
Crossways YJ56 LLJ, an ADL Dart/ Plaxton Pointer, used on local Stroud bus routes. It wears a revised livery for buses introduced in 2018.
This ex Padbus Volvo B10M/ Plaxton Premiere, registered T184 UWL, is used as a dedicated 70 seat school bus.
Dennis Dart/ Caetano Slimbus RX07 KPJ was acquired secondhand in 2017 to cover Stroud area services.
Some vehicles, such as this Hino S’Elega new in January 2018, are employed on dedicated contracts, and hence wear special liveries.
A Volvo B7RLE/ MCV Evolution added in January 2018.
A 1998 Van Hool T8 used for Schools and local private hire work.
The fleet Flagship is this Volvo Plaxton Elite Interdecker, purchased new in 2016.
Events and high capacity private hire work is a large part of the company’s activities, for which this ADL Enviro 500 was purchased in January 2017.
Minibuses, such as this 2014 registered Ford Transit, form an important part of the fleet.