Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Open Topper arrives at Caister Road

After all the anticipation and teased photographs, Yarmouth's new Open Topper arrived at Caister Road this afternoon with a little assitance from ASW Recovery, this was due to a minor Turbo problem which will soon be rectified.
Right place, right time for me as i passed this afternoon!

32905 W905VLN is a Dennis Trident with Plaxton President bodywork, new to First London (Centrewest) as TNL905 in 2000. It has had a brief spell with FEC before moving onto First Essex. It was converted and repainted at Rotherham's Midland Road works into the new "Seasider" livery for the Summer 3 service in the town.


Monday, 25 July 2016

New Services Start

Today saw the Go Ahead group launch new services in the Great Yarmouth area through their Konectbus and Anglianbus subsidiaries

Konectbus 7 replaces the Anglian version with some serrvices extending to and from Caister 
I had previously mentioned the replacement of Anglian's 7 service between Great Yarmouth and Norwich with the Konectbus version via the Postwick Park and Ride. The Swift 7s were in the hands of the Enviro400s

Anglian's 456 (AN61BUS) reinstates the direct Barrack Estate to Gorleston link - seen at Magdalen Square
Meanwhile, Anglian extended its 61 service through to Barrack Estate serving Magdalen Estate on the way. This replaces the direct link between Gorleston, the James Paget Hospital and the Barracks which had recently ceased with the termination of First's 2 route at Market Gates

Our Bus 300 Shoreliner service also services the Barrack Estate - CN05JYP is seen in Admiralty Road this morning
Talking of the Barrack Estate area, this now sees three operators providing services to the South Denes - First's 2, Anglian's 61 and also Our Bus' 300. The latter commenced last Thusday

Rivalry between operators using Market Gates Stand K could be worse if other operators and day coaches arrive
In addition to a little bit of competition for the route, there is also rivalry for the use of Market Gates Bus Stand K which tends to block through traffic which also makes it dangerous for passengers alighting in the middle of the two lanes! Surely a limit on the number of taxis using the area would solve the situation - plus there are other taxi stands in close proximity


Refurbished Gemini returns

The first of the former X1 Gemini fleet to be refurbished has returned from Rotherham to Lowestoft after having an internal tidy up and some new seating added. 37568 AU58ECJ is now back in Suffolk with former Yarmouth Gemini 37575 AU58ECZ going up to South Yorkshire in its place.

Two sets of seats have been removed from either side of the upper deck to create more legroom and the new E leather seating has replaced the tired cloth.

Also currently at Rotherham are 37563 AU58ECA and 37572 AU58ECW both having similar work carried out.

Many thanks to First for the update and Photos.


Saturday, 23 July 2016

Saturday Sightings

Following up from Grahame's Friday post, I was in Great Yarmouth town centre today and I was keeping my eye out for any approaching Geminis. Of the recent incoming trio of 36186/87/ 88, I did manage to observe the last two in service on the 8s between Gorleston's James Paget Hospital and Caister's Marram Drive

First 36188 (BN12JYL) carefully negotiates the pedestrians as it leaves Market Gates on the 8 to the JPH
Earlier in the day, Konectbus tweeted that one of its freshly repainted Alexander Dennis Enviro400s, was on display in the Great Yarmouth seafront area. Fortunately the new Swift 7 liveried decker also made a brief appearance in Market Gates Bus Station from where I managed to get a quick photo

konectbus 635 (SN65OAU) on a promotional visit to Market Gates - the service starts for real on Monday


Friday, 22 July 2016

Friday Round Up

It's been a busy morning with many observations to report in addition to Grahame's earlier post on the 'new' trio arriving at First's Caister Road depot

Grahame was also in the vicinity of South Burlingham this morning and looked in at the Our Bus depot and noted two Optare Solos MX58AAY and CN05JYP were labelled up for its 300 Great Yarmouth Shoreliner service

Former London Transport SMK696F now owned by Burlington Bathrooms
Meanwhile, an ex London Transport Routemaster was observed on one of the town's industrial estates. This was former RML2696 (SMK696F) which entered service in the capital during June 1967 on the 207 service to Hanwell. In 2003 it was sold to Ensignbus and later converted into a bathroom fitting promotions bus complete with bath on the lower deck! After export to Latvia it returned to this country for refurbishment in May last year. It is currently at the Shoreline Bathrooms premises at Morton Peto Way and is being used to raise funds for the Moon Walk for Breast Cancer

Ipswich Buses Scania PJ54YZT makes one of its many visits to the town
Venturing along the town's seafront I immediately saw Ipswich Buses' East Lancs OmniDekka bodied Scania 60 (PJ54YZT) offloading its passengers outside the Britannia Pier on an excursion from the Suffolk county town

Bovas FRZ1509 and FRZ2054 from the Dolphin fleet basking in the summer sun at Beach Coach Station
Whilst in town, I thought I would look in at Beach Coach Station and found three of the five coaches present were comparative 'locals'. Sanders Coaches Volvo B12BT / Jonckheere OGR647 (formerly FJ08BZF) took up the prime position whilst two Bovas from the Norwich fleet of Dolphin Autos were parked further down the line

My thanks to Grahame for the use of the Our Bus photo


Latest Arrivals for First

No less than six new arrivals to report for First Eastern Counties today. Starting with five more Volvo B9TL Wright Geminis from First Leeds which were collected from Hunslet Park Depot yesterday. 36186-36190 made the journey to Norfolk with 36186/187 & 188 arriving at Yarmouth and 36189/190 going to Norwich.
36186 & 36187 Pictured at Caister Road last night. Photo First.
Full details of the arrivals as follows,

36186 BN12JYJ
36187 BN12JYK
36188 BN12JYL
36189 BN12JYO
36190 BN12JYP
36186 at Caister Road this morning.  Photo Robert Collins.
The final arrival to report is the long awaited Open Topper for Great Yarmouth in the shape of 32905 W905VLN,  A Volvo Plaxton President new to First London and latterly with First Essex, it has been painted into a special livery for the Seasider service 3, it is currently at Roundtree Way in Norwich having Vinyls added and its final checks before moving down to Caister Road.
32905 at Roundtree Way, Norwich.  Photo Norwich Bus Page
Thanks to Robert, Zak and First for the photos and info,                   Grahame.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Another Streetdeck Appears

A further Wright Streetdeck appeared at First Great Yarmouth's Caister Road depot this afternoon and it was another pink liveried example.

First Norwich 35196 SK16GVV is the third pink bus from the fleet to be seen in the town and Roger Bellward was at the depot to record its presence.

My thanks to Roger for the use of his photo.