Sunday, 19 October 2014

Farm Workers Blues

Two Blue Double Deck vehicles are currently transporting workers to Mill Farm in my home village of Ormesby St. Margaret.

The first is GOX78V an Alexander bodied Volvo Olympian which has been converted to single door, unfortunately Google has no records of her history.

The second vehicle noted was P484MBY which was new to Metroline as their AV4, it then began its East Anglian life with Chambers of Bures in Suffolk.

Both vehicles are now operated by G's Holdings of Soham in Cambridgeshire who operate a fleet of vehicles for this type of work.

If i remember last year saw a variety of vehicles noted including A290TSN which was part of a blog also, im sure if you search the blog it will appear!

Saturday, 18 October 2014

New Home New Name

Noted in Acle this afternoon was former Great Yarmouth Gemini 37572 which  transferred to Lowestoft last month, it had been wearing Great Yarmouth names whilst operating from the Suffolk town and then a spell minus any, It is now carrying its new depot name on the drivers side only at present, seen here at the Kings Arms in the village en route to Yarmouth.

East to West

17786 LX03BVZ
A trip to Kings Lynn was the order of the day today to catch up with all the latest goings on in West Norfolk.

Three ex Stagecoach London Tridents have recently been added to the Norfolk Green fleet and hoping to see them in action i was not disappointed with two of the three out in service, 17786 LX03BVZ & 17787 LX03BWA were seen in the Bus station on the 505 service between Kings Lynn and Spalding.

Ex Stagecoach South Solo 47244 GX55DXO
Coach Services Scania YN57FZL
Norfolk Green run all the local services in the town and connections to Norwich, Spalding and North Norfolk all leave from the Bus Station, a variety of vehicles are operated including Optare Solo,Tempo, Versa & Spectra models, ALX 400 Tridents and E400 Enviros plus recent Dennis Dart arrivals from Stagecoach Cumbria. Ex Norse Agoralines also remain in service at present.

Other operators seen today were Konectbus who run betweem Watton, Swaffham and Lynn and also Coach Services of Thetford were seen using Wright bodied Scania YN57FZL on their 40 service.

I Drove over to the Saddlebow Industrial Estate to seek out the yard where vehicles were being kept for new operator Coastal Red which is due to start operations soon, three Optare Tempos were noted including YJ55BKU and what i believe is a new arrival YJ05JWZ which last operated with Lloyds in North Yorkshire after spells in Wales, it is an ex demonstrator, another Red Tempo was also on site bit i was unable to ID it.

Last stop on my Kings Lynn Tour was Norfolk Green's Depot where all 4 on loan Olympians were noted as well as the third ex London arrival LY52ZDZ. Driver Training Coach T667XYV also noted in the yard.

Photos from today will be on my Flickr site soon at

Magdalen Estate Diverts ~ Week Two

This weekend sees the second week of diverts around Gorleston's Magdalen Estate via Trinity Avenue for the 2 and 8 services

Full details of the diversions affecting these routes and the X1 have been reported earlier on the blog and can be found HERE

Last week was a false start but roadworks were expectedto be in place on Brasenose Avenue necessitating the diversions

Regular contributor Jamie Skinner was quick of the mark this morning to photograph the early diversion of the 8 along Trinity Avenue - a similar shot to last weeks photo!

Many thanks for the report and pictures Jamie

First Huddersfield

First Huddersfield also has Olympians in its fleet
Contributor Michael Sayer has been in contact regarding activity in his home town

He confirms that First Huddersfield also has some Volvo Olympians in service - in fact ten of them!

He provides this photo of Alexander Royale bodied 30821 R641HYG branded Holmfirth Connection

First Huddersfield 69558 BV13ZDC about to depart for Parkhead on the 316
Holmfirth is home to the Last of the Summer Wine series and the town includes Sid's Cafe as one of its attractions

First Huddersfield also has seventeen Geminis in its fleet and ten fairly new Volvo B7RLE/ Wright Eclipses delivered in 2013 to replace its withdrawn R registered Pointer Darts

An unofficial West Yorkshire fleetlist, incorporating First Huddersfield, has been prepared by Sheffield Omnibus Enthusiast Society and can be viewed HERE

Many thanks to Mike for the information and photos

Friday, 17 October 2014

A last look at 34187 S687AAE inside Caister Road depot

After escaping scrapping on a number of occasions, Volvo Olympian 34187 S687AAE has finally succumbed and been towed away to the scrapyard

The Northern Counties Palatine II bodied decker was new to
34113 on its lonesome in the depot's rear yard
Bristol in August 1998 as their 9687

Its removal leaves a lonely 34113 W433CWX parked in the rear yard, although 34112 W432CWX is languishing in the side yard next to the depot

Meanwhile work continues in the workshop on the return of last built Olympian 34110 W437CWX to service

Other Olympians noted in use today, by Jamie Skinner, were 34109 W436CWX and 34186 S686AAE on Bernard Matthews duty, whilst 34114 W434CWX was returning from Belton on service 7

Also unreported, is the arrival of training bus 60808 S659RNA at Caister Road after spending a few days residing at Lowestoft's Gas Works Road depot

My thanks to Jamie for the continuous Olympian updates and photos

Route Branding

First Gemini 37566 AU58ECE on the 99 to Kessingland but with X2 branding
One of the perils of route branding is the possibility that the said bus may appear on other routes

Contributor Syd Eade sent this example of a First Gemini on the wrong route in Lowestoft recently

Syd says 'it is a subject that still annoys me! The X2 route branded buses were done for a good
reason, however, it is an almost daily occurrence to see them on the 99 to Kessingland. This is really confusing to waiting passengers as it mirrors the X2 service out of town to Pakefield. My photo of 37566 demonstrates the problem.'

My thanks to Syd for the report and photo and I have some sympathy with his point of view; although I suppose any bus arriving is better than none at all!