Friday, 21 April 2017

Norfolk/Suffolk Tour

I received an email from David Bell this morning relating to a tour made of these parts only yesterday. David takes up the story...

My friend and I were on a tour round Norfolk and parts of Suffolk yesterday and called in at the Hollies camping site at Kessingland. They kindly allowed us to photograph the ex-Hedingham deckers they have acquired. 

Two of the former Hedingham Volvo Olympians M282UKN and M146UKN at the Hollies site
A new addition is a Wright-bodied single-decker being prepared as a café at the front of the site. Unfortunately as it was being worked on they wouldn't allow us to photograph it and much to my annoyance I forgot to make a note of the registration number. It looks like it is going to have a balustrade and ramp alongside the entrance. (The bus is a former Brighton and Hedingham Wright Renown bodied Volvo B10BLE R216HCD - Roy)

Freshly repainted is former Hedingham Wright Renown R216HCD
We also called at Border Bus where we photographed the school run out. A bonus here was the arrival of ex-Great Yarmouth EX 6566 which almost took us by surprise as it turned into the Moor Lane Business Park. We thought it might have been going to the Border Bus premises but could find no trace of it there so assume it must be stored at one of the other units on the industrial estate. 

Former Great Yarmouth Leyland PD2 EX6566 a surprising arrival in Beccles.  Photo: David Bell
Later in the afternoon we tracked down a real survivor in 1983 Bedford A400 NNK now owned by new operator Jubilee Coaches of Rollesby. They have acquired no fewer than three Bedfords which were in the fleet of Turner and Butcher of Kenninghall and then subsequently passed to Norfolk Coachways of Attleborough after Turner and Butcher ceased operating. 

A real survivor - 1983 Bedford A400NNK which is now with Jubilee Coaches of Rollesby.  Photo: David Bell
A400 NNK was new to a London operator then passed to Harrods of Wormegay who only had it for a few months before it was involved in a very bad crash at Necton on the A47. Looking like a write-off it was repaired and then worked for Spratts of Wreningham before moving on to Turner and Butcher.

My thanks to David Bell for his report and the last two photos - which retain his copyright.


Thursday, 20 April 2017

#TBT Throw Back Thursday ~ JNG54N

This week's Throw Back Thursday means a trip back to Lowestoft's Gasworks Road depot on the 28th February 1995.

Outside is a freshly painted Eastern Coach Works bodied Bristol VR in the form of JNG54N. New to Eastern Counties in May 1975, it received fleet number VR156.

Other than a photo on Flickr of VR156 leaving Market Gates on a wet April day in 1994, there's no further information about it on the internet. However, the decker was subsequently sold to dealer Ben Jordan of Coltishall for scrap during May 1997.


Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Service Alterations Registered ~ 19th April 2017

A few entries affecting local services are included in this week's Notices and Proceedings Report.

First Eastern Counties is to amend the timetable of  its X2/X22 Lowestoft Bus Station to Norwich . route from 28th May 2017. The operator has also retrospectively applied to change the timetable of its 912/913 Rackheath to Hoveton's Broadland High School service commencing on 12th April 2017.

National Express is cancelling its 727 service between Gatwick Airport and Norwich Bus Station from 5th June 2017.

The full Notices and Proceedings Report can be viewed HERE


Bradwell's New 271 Service

As you will have seen from the recent Anglian Alternatives post, Our Bus has begun a weekday morning outward and return 271 service to Bradwell.

Our Bus Optare Solo CN54HFD at the Bradwell terminus this morning awaiting time for the 9:10 departure
Commencing yesterday, it is an extension to its own Hemsby to Great Yarmouth 271 service. Starting at the Green Lane/St Nicholas Gardens stop in Bradwell, the bus travels along Beccles Road to Gorleston High Street and Great Yarmouth via Crab Lane and Church Lane. The return journey is a reverse of the same route.

Whilst the Bradwell part of the 271 route doesn't appear on the Our Bus timetable on their website, it can be viewed HERE on the Traveline website.


Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Anglian's 61 Now Serves Retail Areas

Today sees the introduction of a revised Anglianbus 61 Kessingland to Great Yarmouth service.

OmniCity YN05HFH passes the Gapton Hall Retail Park earlier this morning
Between Gorleston and Great Yarmouth the bus travels via Harfrey's Estate and Gapton Hall Road instead of Southtown Road. The new route allows the operator to serve Gapton Hall Retail Park and Tesco Extra at Cobholm.

The new 61 timetable can be viewed on the Anglianbus website by clicking HERE


Sunday, 16 April 2017

Pullman at the Station

I trust you all haven't overindulged in consuming too many Easter eggs today!! Just a quick post on my sightings at Beach Coach Station earlier this afternoon.

There was a 'grand total' of three coaches present which included regulars from the National Holidays and Shearings fleets. The former was represented by Setra NH14FBH whilst similar BK10EJC was from the latter fleet.

The third attendee was unusually York Pullman's Plaxton Paragon bodied Volvo B12M J3YPB. Formerly registered as YN06RWL, the coach was new to Logan of Dunloy in May 2006.


Friday, 14 April 2017

Photo Special ECW Event Carlton Colville 2007

After the past weekend's event at Ipswich which tied in with the 30th anniversary of the closure of the ECW factory in Lowestoft i thought i would look back ten years (which seems hard to believe!) to the event which marked the 20th anniversary which took place at the Eastern Transport Museum in Carlton Colville. Just as Sunday the sun shone and made for a perfect day.

Mansfield Disrict Bristol RE NNN7M
Hants & Dorset FEL751D

Metro Train Short Wheelbase Bristol LH MUA45P
Crosville Bristol Lodekka AFM402A

Southern Vectis Bristol RE HDL25E

Just a selection of some of the fine preserved vehicles on display and used as part of the running day, hard to think it was 10 years ago!