Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Anglia Day Ranger

Saturday i was introduced to the Greater Anglia Day Ranger Plus ticket, Whats that i hear you cry!. Well its a bargain at £18.50 giving you a day of travel across the Greater Anglia Network and the chance to visit many places in our region. The day was organised by regular blog contributor Tim Miller as he is au fait with the Train schedules!. We met nice and early at Acle Station (Free Parking!) to get our first train into Norwich to then get my first ride aboard the Class 37 Short Set service to Yarmouth and back.
37422 at Yarmouth Station (The only train pic i will post!)
Once back in Norwich our next port of call was going to be Ipswich, we boarded the London Liverpool Street service and headed for Suffolk. On arrival we spent an hour or so at the station area, cameras put to good use as well as sampling the local brew (It was 25 degrees!).

Ipswich Buses Enviro 200 YX66WCM
First 32656 AU05MVA
Next stop on the trip was Cambridge, we boarded the GA refurbished Class 170 and headed to the University city. The Station area at Cambridge has changed somewhat since my last visit and redevelopment of the whole area has seen a larger area for buses and taxis with many new student dwellings being built in the area also. Stagecoach is the main operator in the city and has recently introduced a new fleet of Alexander Dennis Enviro MMC's for the Park & Ride services.

10799 SN66VZX in the Green P&R livery for the Babaraham Road site
Former independent operator Whippet also run into the city and have recently introduced new Volvo B7RLE's to the fleet in association with Cambridge University to link Campus to the city. The company was taken over by Tower Transit in 2014.

Whippet Volvo B7RLE WG109 BT66MVK pictured outside the rail station

The final leg of our journey was a quick stop at Ely before returning to Acle via Norwich.
A good day out and well worth the ticket price to get around East Anglia, luckily only a ten minute hold up at Ely on the way home but all in all the trains worked fine and certainly worth doing again.

Many Thanks to Tim for his organisation skills with the timetables aswell!


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