Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Latitude Festival

As you are probably aware, the annual Latitude Festival took place last weekend at Henham Park near Southwold

The four day event was an intense logistical exercise in transporting the public to and from the event from the number of railheads in the area.

As regular readers of this blog will know, Borderbus did their bit by running three services to the festival but what is probably not known is that many other local operators also chipped in to provide transport links

Former First Great Yarmouth driver Tom Baker was involved with the process at Diss Railway Station and sends a photo showing activity there on Friday last

Members of the Sanders Coaches, Belle Coaches and Lamberts Coaches fleets can be easily identified - incidentally the Sanders vehicle is DAF/Van Hool YJ05PZA

My thanks to Tom for the photo

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Third Borderbus Repaint

The third repainted Borderbus at the Car & Commercial premises this morning
The second Borderbus report in a day - nothing at all then then two arrive together!!

The ever observant Tim Miller reports the completion of the repaint of the third Borderbus Enviro for use on its 146 service

The vehicle is adorned with the registration BB62BUS and our Beccles correspondent got a sneak picture of it outside in the Car & Commercial yard earlier this morning

The 146 route commences this Thursday with the timetable shown on the Borderbus website

My thanks to Tim for his report and photo

Borderbus Enviro

BB09BUS heads along Lowestoft Seafront
Noted this morning on my way into work was one of the new Enviro Dart arrivals for Borderbus in the shape of BB09BUS. It was working a service to Sir John Leman school which is normally operated by one of  their Plaxton President fleet.


Monday, 21 July 2014

Olympian Activity

Regular correspondent Jamie Skinner went to catch his bus to Belton at the Magdalen Arms stop in Gorleston this morning when the following appeared!

It was First's Volvo Olympian 34114 W434CWX on service 7. After joining the bus, it wasn't long after he had taken his seat when he observed sister 34109 W436CWX heading in the opposite direction.

That wasn't the end of it, as Jamie returned later on 34114 and saw 34109 and 34186 S686AAE on their way to Bernard Matthews on a contract working

My thanks to Jamie for the reports and photos

Thursday, 17 July 2014

First Ipswich Activity

First Hampshire Scania Irizar 23312 YN54NYT on loan for rail replacement use
Our regular Ipswich correspondent Jim Long has contacted me with an update on the latest First Ipswich activity

'Ipswich have gone up market for a few weeks; the last time we saw a coach as good as this was when we got our first RE coach back in 1966! Only kidding. This one is a 'booty',as she has a fridge! So you guys who like lemonade, forget it. Room only for FOSTER LAGER!!! ok lol..

Gemini 37562 FJ08FYN is on the forecourt waiting to return to Norwich. As we all know she can't access the fuel lane, otherwise we might have had a couple of Gemini's by now. Thanks Norwich for sharing such a nice 'mota'...'

Many thanks for the report and photo Jim - hope your are enjoying your lager on a warm day like today!

34186 Returns

34186  S686AAE inside Caister Road depot on 18th February 2014
Ryan informs me that First Volvo Olympian 34186 S686AAE is now available for duty at Caister Road

After receiving a gearbox from 34187, and undergoing an MOT earlier this week, the Olympian returned to active service this morning

My thanks to Ryan for the information

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Local Round Up

Marrett's Chariots R6APT under the watchful eye of Britannia on Nelson's Column
During a quick tour around the town just after lunchtime today I thought the following may be of interest

I started from South Beach Parade as sometimes there is the odd coach parked up south of the Pleasure Beach.

I wasn't disappointed this time as one of Marett's Chariots was present. 
Sanders Coaches Plaxton Cheetah YN13AVX was hiding in the back row

It was Jonckherre Mistral bodied Volvo B10M-62 R6APT which has had previous identities R189SUT and YKJ798

The next port of call was Beach Coach Station where I counted a total of twenty coaches on site. The usual touring companies were present including Shearings, National
Two Olympians work the Bernard Matthews contract
Holidays and Alfa Tours

Shearings were represented by Setra BF10VCO and Volvo B10M MX05AFY whilst National Holidays were employing Setra NH10CSH. Alfa were using Volvo B12B/ Plaxton Paragon PN08KXK

Local coach operators present included Belle Coaches with LD10HOL, Reynolds Coaches with BIG8769 and Sanders Coaches with YN13AVX

Finally, two Volvo Olympians worked the Bernard Matthew contract - 34114 W434CWX led 34108 W435CWX southbound along North Denes Road