Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Where Are They Now? YN53GFY & YS03ZKU

News of two former silver liveried Anglianbus operated Scania OmniCity single deckers appear in the February issue of Buses Magazine

YN53GFY at the Anglianbus Ellough site in July 2010
In the Fleet News Section, the twosome are now with Watersons of Hemsworth in West Yorkshire and the report relates that YN53GFY has now joined YS03ZKU in fleet livery

YS03ZKU on the same day which coincided with an EATM event
A photo of YN53GFY in its new colours can be viewed here whilst a picture of YS03ZKU in its new livery can seen here


Tuesday, 9 February 2016

New EATM Website

The East Anglia Transport Museum has recently launched its new website which can be found at a new  internet address -

The EATM's 2012 London Event
The Museum will again be holding some special events this year including

  • 26th and 27th March - Start of Season Easter Gala
  • 14th and 15th May - Mid May 40's Weekend
  • 19th June - Dad's Day Out
  • 9th and 10th July - London Event
  • 24th and 25th September - Trolleybus Weekend
  • 29th October Halloween

Further information about the events, including park and ride services, can be found on the new website

Incidentally, rumours that a former Bournemouth trolleybus is going to Carlton Colville, following reports of a sighting on the A11 at Barton Mills, are untrue. Weymann bodied KLJ 346, which was latterly located at Winkleigh in Devon, has been acquired by a local individual who was moving it to a site in Norwich. No request has been received by the EATM to move it there

My thanks to Tim Major for alerting me to the new site and also the information regarding the ex Bournemouth trolleybus


Monday, 8 February 2016

Sunday Early Start ~ Updated

During Grahame's run along North Quay in the Swift on Saturday, he saw a blue double decker for sale at a car sales site almost opposite the Aldi's store. I therefore vowed to get a photo of it earlier this morning

Easier said then done as it was surrounded by cars but the photo above is the best one I could manage. The bus was an East Lancs bodied Volvo Citybus which was last with Norwich School.

Registered H653GPF, it was new to London & Country in 1990 and later transferred within the Arriva group. The Norwich School subsequently acquired it from dealers Ensign in May 2009 having been sent there by Arriva Derby in November in the previous year

Returning home via Marine Parade, I observed Shearings Holidays Setra 108 BK09RNE and National Holidays Mercedes Benz Tourismo NH15ECH parked


Andrew Smith contacted me earlier today to say that H653 GPF was auctioned at East Anglian Motor Auctions at Wymondham on 21st January last, along with a couple of Norse coaches. It failed to sell and was taken to Norse premises at Norwich.

Prior to then, Norwich School had acquired two ex Norwich Park & Ride Tridents from Norse with PN03UMD and PN03ULT to replace H653 and sister H684GPF. The later to be replaced when PN03ULT is repainted during half term or at Easter

Finally H653GPF has also appeared on eBay and at present an offer of £2,000 stands with a closing date of 14th February

Many thanks to Andrew for the information


Saturday, 6 February 2016

First Swift outing of the year

Yarmouth's most social media friendly bus took to the roads once again for its first outing of the year to blow a few cobwebs away after a while without any movement. I met Chris Speed this morning and after a quick boost with the battery pack we set of for a trip around some local haunts.
A windy seafront was the first trip of the day.

After a trip along a very blustery seafront and a quick jaunt through Market Gates we headed over to Gorleston and tried out the new road joining the A12 with Bradwell and Belton. A possible future bus route perhaps??. We headed into Belton for a quick photo stop on Bracon Road before heading back along Southtown Road and home to the Depot.
85 at the stop on Bracon Road, Belton.
The morning also included a bit of flooring work and a certain Anorak getting to learn some more Bus driving skills!

Dont forget you can keep up to date with 85's diary on Facebook or Twitter @WEX685M.

As always thanks to Chris for the invite.    Grahame.

Ormesby Diversion

Roadworks on North Road & Decoy Road in the village of Ormesby St Margaret today led to the 1 service between Martham & Lowestoft being diverted as the normal route from Hemsby was blocked meaning the buses were run back to Ormesby via Scratby Road and Yarmouth Road to collect passengers on the opposite side of the road at the Royal Oak then head back to Yarmouth along the Ormesby bypass and onto Caister . This caused some confusion to passengers wanting the bus to Martham as buses turned up showing Lowestoft!
30901 W756DWX picks up a confused bunch on Cromer Road in Ormesby today


Friday, 5 February 2016

Now On Pinterest

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In addition to having its own Youtube channel plus twitter, facebook and tumbler accounts, East Norfolk Bus Blog has now joined Pinterest. Click on the image above to see the page


Thursday, 4 February 2016

Testing Time for First Great Yarmouth

Buses from First Great Yarmouth will be very much involved in the transporting of students from Norwich City College to Norwich Showground on three days next week to sit their exams

My source at First tells me that at least one Routemaster will be operating the 100 service which may be supported by either the second Routemaster or Great Yarmouth's sole Olympian! In addition the bus working the 7:01 X1 Gorleston to Norwich, which normally returns to Great Yarmouth empty, will be utilised as well

The First deckers will also be supplemented by buses/coaches from the Simonds and Norse fleets