Friday, 9 October 2015

Paragon's Return

Roger Bellwood reports the arrival of a First Essex Plaxton Paragon bodied Volvo B12M at Great Yarmouth's Caister Road depot on a low loader. After an MOT it is planned to use 20501 AO02RBY on Bernard Matthews contract work on the lead up to Christmas

My thanks to Roger for the photo and information


Anglian Fleet Latest ~ Updated

SteveW informs me that the last Wright StreetLite in Anglianbus colours has now been repainted in all over white. Numbered 353 in the fleet, MX60GXA was photographed at the Ellough site yesterday. All of the quartet should soon to return to their original owner

Another saloon due to return off hire soon is Alexander Dennis Enviro200 YW14FHS. It was expected to leave today (Friday) but is being retained for the moment due to vehicle shortages

My thanks to SteveW and his contact at Anglianbus for the information and photo


Thursday, 8 October 2015

#TBT Open Top VDV752

The subject of today's Throw Back Thursday is former Eastern Counties open topper VDV752 and my photo shows the bus outside the Eastern Counties Travel Office in Cromer during the early 1980s

The decker is an Eastern Coach Works bodied Bristol LDL6G delivered new to Western National in November 1957 - complete with roof! It was converted in May 1972 and received the name Admiral Boscawen. Whilst with Western National it spent two months on loan to East Yorkshire during the summer of 1978

Both VDV752 and sister open topper VDV753 then moved to Eastern Counties Omnibus Company in May 1979 where they became OT1 and OT2 respectively in the fleet. Eight years later VDV752 was acquired by Mr Roberts of Croydon for preservation and from September 1987 to around June 1988 it was loaned to Squirrell of Hitcham; during which time it was in the care of the Eastern Transport Collection. However, by May 1998 Mr Roberts had moved the bus to Kentish Town

Both Bristols were acquired by Rexquote in 1999 and passed to Quantock Motors in 2004 when Stephen Morris sold Rexquote. VDV753 was later sold to Bristol Vintage Bus Group following the cessation of Quantock Motors' bus services whilst VDV752 is thought to be still in the care of the company


Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Swift Disposal

Joe Leathers Watson has made me aware that locally based Swift Taxis has made another of their coaches available for disposal

The latest is its BMC Falcon 1100 FE schoolbus BX55OFN, new to the company in February 2006. It subsequently received fleet number 110 and named Swift Condor. It has just had its engine rebuilt although its MOT expired at the end of last month.

The coach fleet has slowly reduced over the past few years with the decline beginning with the auction of nine coaches and a minibus in August 2011

My thanks to Joe for the heads up


Latest First Moves

A few moves to note from yesterday.

33157 LR02LXS has gone up to Rotherham for refurbishment with 33166 LR02LYD returning to Norwich.

Volvo B7L's 66301 KV02VVC & 66326 MV02VBA have both moved down to Bristol.

Thanks to First for info.       Grahame.

Monday, 5 October 2015

YN03WRP Returns

On 2nd April last year I reported that the Ensign dealership had disposed of former Anglianbus Scania OmniCity YN03WRP to Landmark Hire of Arlesey in Bedfordshire. Essex based Ensign now reports that the Scania returned in September after 18 months with Landmark
Freshly painted in Anglian livery, YN03WRP pictured at Car & Commercial, Beccles in September 2012
Photo courtesy of  Tim Miller

London red liveried WRP was transferred from Metrobus to the Suffolk based operator in September 2012 and received its Anglian colours later that month; as captured above by Tim Miller. With the introduction of the new Anglianbus network a year later, WRP was declared surplus to requirements and subsequently moved on to Ensign (dealer)

It will be interesting to see what happens to the Scania next


Sunday, 4 October 2015

Another visit to Kings Lynn

A seond trip up to Kings Lynn for me this year to catch up with the latest happenings in West Norfolk. The Norfolk Green name has been replaced with Stagecoach Norfolk now, meaning the corporate image of Stagecoach is slowly beginning to show itself in the town. A number of corporate liveried vehicles are on loan here to cover repainting of native vehicles into the new beachball livery plus a batch of brand new Optare Solo SR's have been purchased.
The new corporate look of Kings Lynn Bus Station.

17744 LY52ZFC carrying a rather out of date advert from July this year
Two ALX400's have recently arrived from Stagecoach East, 18348 AE55DKV & 18349 AE55DKX have appeared to bolster the fleet as the batch of Optare Spectra vehicles here appear to be being phased out, none were in use yesterday and all were parked up at the Depot when i visited.
48021 YJ15AAZ Optare Solo SR  "Ben Colson MBE"

Kings Lynn has always been one of my favourite places for photography but the new bus station layout has put paid to many opportunities due to the new bus stop layout and a new exit at one end meaning on days like yesterday the sun cuts out may areas to photograph, a nice cloudy day is on order for the next trip! 
Lynxbus 3  YJ55BKG
Lynxbus and Konectbus also run services in Kings Lynn and i noticed Lynx 35 service was departing to Hunstanton with good loads on most trips out of the Bus Station. First also continue to operate the X1 service between Norwich and Peterborough.
First Enviros in the new bays at Kings Lynn Bus Station.
An enjoyable few hours in the town catching up with latest arrivals and a look at the new bus station, i did manage most of the photos i was after, even managed a few at Dereham on the way home!