Saturday, 16 February 2019

First Driver Trainer Replacement

It appears the oldest member of the current FEC fleet has finally expired, Trident 32809 T809LLC has given up after engine failure at Norwich. It was latterly being used as a Driver Trainer.

32809 pictured at Caister Road last year.
A Replacement for the driving school has been sourced from First Bradford in the shape of Volvo B7TL/ALX400 30913 W768CWX.

30913 Seen working in Bradford in July 2018 (Mark Doggett)

 Thanks to First for the info and to Mark Doggett for use of his photo.


Friday, 15 February 2019

Friday Findings

A total of seven coaches were observed on the trip around Great Yarmouth earlier this morning.

Outside the Hotel Victoria on Kings Road was Majestic Travel's Mercedes Benz Tourismo BN17JMX whilst on the hotel car park was Skills of Nottingham's VDL Futura YJ13HVB (pictured).

As usual, a group of Shearings/ National Holidays coaches were parked on Marine Parade close to the SeaLife Centre. Together were the latter's Kassbohrer Setra NH14JBH with the former's 849 BF16XOV bringing up the rear. On the opposite side of the road was a second Shearing's Tourismo in the shape of 133 BU18YSK

At Beach Coach Station was Belle Coaches' Scania K410EB4 BC17BEL, in Just Go livery, and National Holidays' Tourismo NH15GCH


Thursday, 14 February 2019

Mid Week in Norwich

One of those rare mid week days when I was determined to get to Norwich to photograph activity in the Fine City. It initially meant a stroll to the city centre via Bishopgate and I was hopeful that I may see a Norwich School Olympian in the lay by. There wasn't, but there was a Dolphin Travel Bova in the form of FRZ2054.

On arrival in the city centre, it was noticeable that Konectbus were using vehicles of many colours as the attached photo shows. Here former Go Ahead London red Wight Eclipse Gemini LX05EAJ is passed by ex Thames Travel ADL Enviro200 SN10CCZ.

Lurking behind the twosome in the photo is Bluestar liveried Mercedes Benz Citaro 426 HF55JZD on 'the shining bus service for Southampton' - a little off route perhaps!

During my couple of periods of observation I noticed Simmonds were using a couple of deckers on their services including East Lancs OmniDekka bodied Scania WVE284 (pictured) and Volvo B7TL/ Plaxton President MSU917

At the Castle Mall entrance, on Castle Meadow, were two Sanders Coaches on a school trip. Former Lochs & Glens Volvo B13 920 BT14DLZ was parked in front of  ex Parks of Hamilton Volvo B9R 918 SD60DGO.

A former Sanders vehicle seen in its new guise was VDL/ Berkhof YJ12CHK now re-registered by its new owner Felixstowe Travel as M30FXO. It was one of two of the fleet seen on Theatre Street - the other was Volvo B9R M50FXO.

Of the National Express services I saw, all three were in the hands of Whippet's Caetano Levantes including the 490 London service.

Yes, I know I haven't posted a First photo, but I didn't notice anything that unusual to report!


Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Bedford VAS5 Update

Last Thursday I reported on the abandonment of a long term plan to preserve ex OK Motor Services Bedford VAS5 LPY721W. (see Jubilee Coaches Update) Subsequent developments have now taken place.

Late yesterday afternoon the Bedford was being prepared for its long journey to Liddells of east Ayrshire. Apparently it will be joining three others there, hopefully for preservation and not as a source of spares.

My thanks to Kevan Portas for the information and photo.


Service Alterations Registered ~ 13th February 2019

There are a couple of entries of interest in this morning's Notices and Proceedings Report concerning our local area.

BorderBus is to vary the timetable of both parts of its 146 route from the 25th February 2019. They operate separately as Southwold to Kessingland and Kessingland to Norwich services.

Also included in the publication is a notice of a public inquiry regarding David McMaster which is to be held at Cambridge on 25th February 2019

The complete East of England Traffic Commissioner's Report will soon be available to view on the website.


Tuesday, 12 February 2019

First 32348 Returns

Wright Eclipse Gemini bodied Volvo B7TL 32348 LK53LZL has returned to service at First's Caister Road depot.

32348 LK53LZL seen in Great Yarmouth on 1st February 2016
Meanwhile, Volvo B7 saloon 66344 MV02VCX has moved to Roundtree Way in Norwich and is expected to be converted for driver training purposes.

My thanks to First Great Yarmouth for the information.


Monday, 11 February 2019

Jubilee Outing

Earlier this morning one of the Jubilee Coaches fleet was waiting for schoolchildren from Lynn Grove Academy to board for an outing.

The coach was former Peelings Caetano bodied Dennis Javelin S100DJD and is seen here on Beccles Road in Gorleston.


Friday, 8 February 2019

Thursday Sightings

Six coaches were observed on my trawl around the usual haunts in Great Yarmouth early yesterday morning.

Three of them belonged to the Shearings' fleet and were parked in close proximity to their Carlton Hotel on Marine Parade. Two 18 registered Mercedes Tourismos were seen in the form of 149 BU18YTD and 133 BU18YSK (pictured). Also present in front of the SeaLife Centre was aROSA River Cruising liveried Kassbohrer Setra 637 BT63GCX.

Noted close to the Britannia Pier was Gee-Vee Travel's VDL GT16GVT with National Holidays' Kassbohrer Setra NH14EBH immediately behind.

With nothing observed at the Coach Station, I thought that was it until I returned home via Wellesley Road! Unusually next to the football ground I espied Courtney Travel's Unvi Touring GT bodied Mercedes Benz CS17CTS


Thursday, 7 February 2019

Jubilee Coaches Update

The latest news from Rollesby-based Jubilee Coaches is that Plaxton Premiere bodied Dennis Javelin L333JCR is to revert to one of its previous registrations N43AHH. It is due for an MOT and will afterwards be available for sale.

Dennis Javelin L333JCR which will shortly be available for disposal

A long term project to preserve former OK Motor Services Duple bodied Bedford VAS5 LPY721W has been abandoned. This is primarily due to a lack of storage space and the amount of time required to devote to this project. It is currently available for sale on eBay.

Photo of  Duple boded Bedford VAS5 LPY721W - reproduced through Creative Commons License
My thanks to Kevan Portas for the update.


Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Service Alterations Registered ~ 6th February 2019

Today's Notices and Proceedings Report includes couple of entries of note relating to our local area

National Express is to vary its Lowestoft Bus Station to London Victoria Coach Station 490/491 service from the 1st April 2019. The route, which also serves Great Yarmouth and Norwich, is to be altered together with a new timetable.

Granted under short notice is the timetable amendment to the Konectbus 87/88 service between Southwold and Halesworth from 2nd March 2019

The complete East of England Traffic Commissioner's Report will soon be available to view on the website


Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Caister Road Depot Pictorial

Mainly a photo post this evening with the first two pictures showing two former Norwich saloons still residing at Caister Road

Finally a shot inside the depot showing all six of Great Yarmouth's First liveried Darts

My thanks to First for the photos


Friday, 1 February 2019

Another Anglian Decker In Exile

On 21st July last year I published a post containing photos of three Hedingham & District double deckers still in their Anglianbus livery. (Ex Anglian Deckers In Exile). The photos were kindly supplied by Robert Appleton.

Robert has now provided another photo showing a former Anglianbus decker, still retaining its colours, but now in use with Go Ahead Chambers based in Sudbury, Suffolk. East Lancs Omnidekka bodied Scania N94UD YN55PZF is shown at Colchester Bus Station (Osborne Street) on 28th January 2019 waiting to depart on the 754 service to Sudbury.

My thanks to Robert for the photo.