Sunday, 31 August 2014

Tom's Travels ~ London

Belle Coaches Setra MIL3503 on Victoria Embankment - in front of the London Eye 
Belle Coaches driver Tom Baker has been out on his travels again

Last Sunday's trip to Colchester Zoo was followed by an outing to London yesterday

Accompanied by a colleague, he took a group of around 48 Essex & Suffolk Water employees and their family members on a private hire to the capital for a spot of sight seeing utilising Setra MIL3503

My thanks to Tom for his report and photo

Thursday, 28 August 2014

#tbt Throw Back Thursday

Four of the ten Olympians at Caister Road depot on  Sunday 10th February 2007 
Twitter users will be aware of the meaning of #tbt - for those not in the know it stands for throw back thursday which provides the excuse for uploading old photos

My contribution is a photo from 2007 showing four tri-axle Leyland Olympians outside Caister Road depot

They were four of a batch of ten LM class Olympian new to China Motor Bus during 1993

Subsequently transferred to Britain in 2004, they were re-registered in the K480-9EUX range; K480 was 30106 in the First fleet with K481-9 receiving consecutive fleet numbers from 30097 to 30105

For a few years they operated in the Glasgow area and were subsequently delivered to Great Yarmouth from Rotherham after being painted in Barbie 3 livery.

They still had evidence of their First Glasgow heritage which was visible in the form of stars on the destination boxes and windscreen stickers - which can just be discerned on 30101 in my photo

K481EUX was the only one of the ten to survive and is now in preservation with its original colours of blue and white and delivered registration of FW3858

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

X1 Olympian

Jamie Skinner contacted me by email earlier this morning to say he was at Market Gates when the his X1 bus arrived

At around 8:30 he saw Volvo Olympian 34114 W434CWX heading towards him to work the service

He also tweeted pictures of the interior prior to his arrival at Norwich Bus Station, which can be viewed on the eastnorfolkbus twitter feed on the left of this web page

Following arrival, he alighted and immediately took a photo of 34114 which he forwarded via twitter

Thanks Jamie for the email, tweets and photos
Seasonal Rarity

First's seasonal service, between Hemsby Beach and Great Yarmouth's Vauxhall Holiday Park, is usually the preserve of the double deckers

Imagine Jamie Skinner's surprise when a single decker turned up to provide the service.

Not any ordinary saloon but a First Yorkshire one at that!

The Volvo B10BLE / Wright Renown 60622 R785WKW was captured by Jamie operating the route during yesterday afternoon

My thanks to him for the report and supporting photo

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Bank Holiday Weather!

The British love to talk about the weather and this Bank Holiday Monday was a wash out with rain in place for most, if not all, of the day!

However, Sunday was a better (drier!) day and Belle Coaches took fifty people on an outing to Colchester Zoo using their Setra LIL9457

Driver Tom Baker supplies a photo of the coach at the venue - thanks Tom

Bits & Pieces

SN60CAA in Market Gates on 11th March 2014
A bits and pieces post on the blog this morning....

Firstly, the news that the star of the fleet, ADL Trident / Enviro400 33423 SN60CAA, is to be repainted into the X1 livery has been confirmed

A shame as it really does stand out in its current colours - which provides me with another excuse for a photo of 33423 in its present guise!

It is understandable considering that the service needs to reflect the corporate image for the route

Two First Volvo B9TL/ Wright Eclipses are to be similarly treated

Operationally, regular correspondent Jim Long tells me that former Yarmouth X1 stalwart 20515 WV02EUR was on rail replacement at Ipswich during yesterday morning. With over running engineering work today it is expected that more buses were in position this morning too

Finally, thanks to a great report by our friends at Norwich Buses, it is understood that some Volvo Olympians are expected from Bolton to operate local Bernard Matthews contracts

My thanks to Danny Beales, Jim Long and Norwich Buses blog

Monday, 25 August 2014

66957 Arrives At Ipswich

66957 awaits departure time outside St Andrews Church, Gorleston in February 2009
Regular contributor Jim Long reports that, much to his surprise, First's Volvo B7RLE 66957 arrived at Ipswich at sometime during yesterday morning

Unfortunately Jim was unable to get a photo of WX55TZU as the vehicles were parked too close together

He speculates that 'she will be whisked off to Rotherham asap as her wrap looks worse for wear'

As Jim reminds me, 66957 did spend some time based at Great Yarmouth and I dug up this picture of an X1 working on 10th February 2009

My thanks for the information Jim