Sunday, 1 May 2016

Revisited Great Yarmouth 2006

The latest instalment of revisited goes back ten years to 2006 and a look at a selection of photos some taken near Market Gates, i believe they were taken after i had finished work one evening!
First up is former First PMT Dart 40113 M952SRE which arrived in Barbie 2 livery with full branding for services in the potteries and entered service still wearing it, handy if you wanted to go to Crewe or Heswall!. It was repainted into a newer version of the corporate livery with a smaller willowleaf at the rear shortly after the photo was taken.
Longer SLF Darts were a large part of the Yarmouth fleet at the time and many gained a new branding called "Get around in Great Yarmouth" which was also carried on the three Volvo B7RLE here at the time 66950/57/59 which have since worked in Norwich and now at Ipswich. Former Cornwall Dart 42450 R450CCV is seen here on the 8A in the evening sun.
Ambassador Travel operated the East Link Village Shuttle service 606 or ELVIS as it became known using its fleet of Optare Solo's, a couple wore branding for the service, one of which was MX54WME.
The final photo is of a recent arrival at the time, Leyland Olympian 34337 H137FLX, seen here at Caister Road after returning from the paintshop, the former First London vehicle still had London blind boxes fitted and special blinds were made for local services, the bottom blind in the photo was still a London one!


Another Arrival at Yarmouth

Yesterday saw another arrival from Norwich enter service from Caister Road. Trident 33007 LK51UZE was put into use still wearing all its Norwich branding.
33007 at Caister Road having a break in the Sunshine.
33007 has joined other Norwich vehicles 33004 & 33151 at Yarmouth with another example expected shortly. After a conversation with First i have been told that 4 Plaxton Presidents from Yarmouth will be transferring to First Kernow in Cornwall along with 5 from Norwich.

Thanks to Chris for the updates.


Thursday, 28 April 2016

34110 Interim Report

Colin Thorne contacted me last night with more on the restoration of former First Eastern Counties Volvo Olympian 34110 W437CWX

He visited Great Yeldham yesterday to fit six legal tyres on 34110 - the previous ones were a stop gap measure so that the originals could be returned to First

You may remember in Colin's previous report, earlier this month, that whilst moving the decker there was a massive bang at the front.
The front nearside road spring snapped and this can viewed in the photo above

Moving towards the rear of the vehicle, the next photo shows part of the chassis that's normally hiding behind the rear wheels.

Colin tells me 'The hole in the middle is meant to be there but the one on the right isn't! It's the same on both sides'.

He continues 'That is not the full story by any stretch, but it does at least add a visual side to the list previously supplied'.

,Again work in progress with much more to do. My thanks to Colin for his report and photos


Six At The Beach

I was somewhat surprised at seeing six coaches at Great Yarmouth's Beach Coach Station during yesterday afternoon

The number included two from National Holidays in the form of Setra NH13OWH and Mercedes Benz Tourismo NH15LDH (above)

A second Setra on site was that of BK11CRF (centre photo) from sister company Shearings Holidays

Others included Carriageways of Cambridge Mercedes Benz 0815 YJ59AXA and Van Hool T181AUA from Grays Travel Group of Elsecar

The final attendee (below) was Mercedes Benz Tourismo 97 BU16HBE from Alfa Travel. It is one of a batch of six new to the fleet this year. (94-99 BU16HBB-G)

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Service Alterations Registered ~ 27th April 2016

The latest Notices and Proceedings Report was issued by the East of England Traffic Commissioner earlier this morning and contains the following details of proposed changes to local bus services

Applications to Vary Existing Services
Anglianbus is to amend the timetable of its 61/61A/61B/61C services which will be effective from 5th June 2016
Sister company Konectbus is also changing the timetable of its 501 Thickthorn Park & Ride to Norwich Airport Park & Ride service from from 4th June 2016.

New Applications Granted
Kessingland Kabs, whose directors are Hayley Sutton, Fiona Smart, Carol Sutton and Michael Sutton, has been given approval to operate five vehicles from 5 Pinbush Close in Lowesoft. The Transport Manager is Stephen Fisher

The complete Notice & Proceedings Report, covering the whole of the Eastern Traffic Commissioner's Area, can be viewed HERE


Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Another Trident Transfer

Hot on the heels of a Trident moving back to Anglian, is the news of another of the type transferring to First's Caister Road depot in Great Yarmouth

New to CentreWest (a subsidiary of London Regional Transport) in May 2002, Trident 33151 LR02LXK has transferred from First Norwich and still retains its Norwich Network White Line branding when seen in Gorleston High Street earlier today

It has been in use on the 1/1A services between Lowestoft and Martham, via Great Yarmouth, for most of today


Monday, 25 April 2016

Monday Morning Mooch

After the school run this morning I nipped in to town to see what was about and initially the short answer was not much. Although just before I left there was a small surprise with a Solo!

With Shearings and National Holidays coaches beginning to use Marine Parade more for overnighting of their coaches I did a quick tour of the seafront - not expecting to see anything. A newish Skills coach was parked up on the road plus there was Shearings Setra BK10EJD waiting outside the Carlton Hotel to load (top).

With the aim of checking the Olympian situation in the rear yard of First's Caister Road depot, I turned down Salisbury Road. In front of me ready to move off from Great Yarmouth High School was Belle Coaches Volvo SIL9044 (centre).

Looking in the yard at First's depot I noted that three of the Olys were still present. They were 34108/11/4  registered W435/1/4CWX respectively. Keeping them company was Wright Renown 66169 W369EOW.

I then passed through Market Gates and found an Our Bus Optare Solo, MX58AAY, on the stand ready to return home following its run to the East Norfolk Sixth Form College earlier this morning. The 27 seater was new to A1A Travel of  Birkenhead in September 2008. It passed to M&H Coaches of Trefant in June 2011 from where it was recently acquired by Our Bus.