Thursday, 16 April 2015

#TBT Beach Coach Station ~ August 1991

For this week's Throwback Thursday feature we look back at a summer Saturday scene at Great Yarmouth's Beach Coach Station in August 1991

Unlike now, the coach station then was full of buses and coaches bringing holidaymakers and day trippers into the resort and often provided glimpses of vehicles not normally seen in the town


The first example is that of Northampton Transport's East Lancs bodied Volvo B10M-50 D101XNV which was new to the company in October 1986. With a CH45/31F body layout it later saw service with First Northampton

Next up is East London Coaches WDA3T complete with its original West Midlands registration plate. It is one of five former West Midlands PTE Leyland Titan/Park Royal deckers passing to London Transport. The bus was new in January 1979 and carried fleet number 7003 when with the PTE

On the same day Colchester Borough Transport's H47MJN put in an appearance. The Leyland Olympian was new in March 1991 and is still in use with Talisman Coach Lines of Bromley, Essex

To complete the quartet is a Duple Laser 2 bodied Leyland Tiger, which was then with Leicester Citybus. Numbered 23 in the Leicester fleet, B160WRN was new to Ribble in February 1985

An unbelievable variety of buses visiting Great Yarmouth on a summer Saturday!

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Service Alterations Registered ~ 15th April 2015

Time for our regular fortnightly look at future changes to local bus services as contained in today's Eastern Area Traffic Commissioner's Notices and Proceedings Report

The full contents of publication 2203 can be viewed HERE but the main points relating to our area include revision to First Eastern Counties timetables in late May and a new service being introduced by Swift Taxis

Registration of New Services Granted Under Short Notice
Local operator Swift Taxis is to introduce service 6A linking Mill Road in Cobholm with Market Gates Bus Station. The Monday to Friday service will run between 5th May 2015 and 24th March 2016 and invokes memories of a similar service 6 provided by Great Yarmouth Corporation. Presumably this will replace that previously operated by Anglianbus

Applications to Vary Existing Services
First Eastern Counties are amending the timetables of a number of their services from 24th May 2015
  • X1 Great Yarmouth's Market Gates to Lowestoft Bus Station
  • X1 Norwich Bus Station and Great Yarmouth's Market Gates
  • X2 Lowestoft Bus Station and Norwich All Saints Green
  • 4 Great Yarmouth's Barrack Estate and Caister
  • 8 Caister and Gorleston's James Paget Hospital 
  • 99 Lowestoft Bus Station and Lowestoft Bus Station via Kessingland
  • 103 Lowestoft Bus Station and Lowestoft Bus Station via Pakefield
  • 111 Lowestoft Bus Station and Carlton Colville's Transport Museum
  • 807/808/809 Hemsby to Martham's Flegg High School 
  • 882 North Cove to Gorleston's East Norfolk 6th Form College 
Additionally First are also changing the timetable and route of its seasonal service 3 between Newport Caravan Park and Great Yarmouth Seashore Holiday Park with effect from the same date

New Applications Received
Whilst outside our immediate area, the application for a PSV operator's license by Leeds based CT Plus is of interest. The operator has applied for authorisation to use Norwich's Harford Road Park and Ride site for 25 vehicles

Variation Applications Granted
Following the closure of its Rackheath depot in Norwich, Anglianbus has received consent to use its Beccles Business Park site for 80 vehicles

Monday, 13 April 2015

New Arrivals for Suffolk Norse

Two new arrivals to the Suffolk Norse fleet entered use today and we can bring you photos of both vehicles courtesy of Robert Garrad. Both are Brand New Volvo B8R with the latest Plaxton Leopard Bodywork and are fitted with Euro 6 Engines.
70 Seater YX15OUM

YX15OUL is a 56 Seat version

Another recent addition to the Suffolk Norse Fleet is Dennis Javelin AF57WHF which has a Norfolk connection as it was previously with Sanders.
Former Sanders Javelin AF57WHF in her new colours 


Once again, many thanks to Robert for use of his photos.   Grahame

An Hour In Beccles

Unfortunately I was unable to complete my visit to Lambert Coaches in Beccles today as staff were unavailable. However, alternative dates are being arranged

That meant an hour to spare in this little Suffolk town which I spent around the Old Market area observing activity

On arrival I noted Anglianbus Solo 903 AU04JKN having problems but, after receiving some attention, it was able to continue under its own power

Next up was Borderbus Alexander Dennis Enviro200 MX12DYU on the 146 service heading for Southwold

After Anglianbus Optare Excel 229 X229WRA departure on the 80 to Diss, the operator's Dennis Trident/ East Lancs Loline decker 722 W822NNJ was noted on a 60 working

First Eastern Counties were noted using ALX400 30888 W743DWX and Gemini 37563 AU58ECA on X2 services between Norwich and Lowestoft

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Excel in Ipswich

Rail Replacements between Norwich and Ipswich yesterday saw Two of First's Excel Fleet in use between the two, 33820 YJ63LKK & 33823 YK63LKN were noted in use amongst the various Coach companies.Regular contributor Jim Long was on hand at Ipswich Station along with David Warren yesterday afternoon to see the Enviros in action.
33820 in the Ipswich sunshine yesterday (Photo Jim Long)
33823 entering Ipswich Station, the weather slightly damper! (Photo David Warren)

Another from Norfolk was Sanders 537FN also on duty at Ipswich (Photo David Warren)
Many Thanks to Jim and David for the photos from yesterday.  Grahame.

Friday, 10 April 2015

Yesterday At The Beach

I looked in at Beach Coach Station during yesterday afternoon and found ten coaches on site, half of them from the Shearings Group

Shearings Holidays were represented by two Setras; 215 BN09FXD and 219 BN09FXJ - both in the blue livery. The National Holidays' trio were Setras NH10OSH, NH11DTH and NH11RTH (the last two are shown below)

Two Norse Coaches were also present in the shape of Dennis Javelin Y327YUT and white Volvo B10M  LKZ4453. The latter was formerly registered P193HNT and 6280RU and it was acquired from Abbey Coaches of Neilston in September 2011

A surprise visitor was that of Beestons NSV372, a Jonckheere bodied Volvo B12M ex Voel of Rhyl in 2014

Thursday, 9 April 2015

#TBT Great Yarmouth Freelines

Fleetlines FEX524, AEX18B and AEX20B at Beach Coach Station
The Freeline was an underfloor-engined bus chassis built by Daimler between 1951 and 1964. It was a very poor seller in the UK market for an underfloor-engined bus/coach chassis, but became a substantial export success.

Great Yarmouth Corporation purchased eight of them with Roe bodywork during 1962 and 1964. The first batch of five arrived in January 1962 bearing registrations FEX121-3 and FEX524/5. A further three appeared in March and April 1964 registered AEX18-20B

By May 1977, when this picture was taken, the dual purpose 43 seaters were nearing the end of their useful lives. One of the eight survived a little longer, as FEX122 was converted into a breakdown tender and photos of it in that guise can be found here on Flickr