Friday, 14 May 2021

Friday Flashback ~ December 2009

Today sees the return of Friday Flashback following last week's absence and this time we look back to December 2009. We begin in Great Yarmouth and then move on to Lincoln before ending up at Sheringham.

We begin on Regent Road in Great Yarmouth with First Eastern Counties Leyland Olympian 34872 F172 LBL pictured outside the former BHS store. New to Berks & Bucks (Bee Line) in October 1998, it is about to leave on the service 1 to Lowestoft on the 4th December

The next day we decided to visit Lincoln Christmas Market and looking in at the bus station we noted Kimes of Folkingham's Dennis Trident T648 KPU laying over prior to its next duty. It was new to Stagecoach London in March 1999. The business together with the Trident was sold to Centrebus in 2011

Passing the Lincoln Rail Station PC Coaches Optare Solo PC06 PCC was in use on a service to Saxilby and is still in use with the operator. The trip to Lincoln was quite memorable in that the return trip was much delayed due to our vehicle braking down prior to arriving to take us home!

On the 6th we were at at Sheringham with Norfolk Green's 501 MX09 HJJ outside the station ready to work the X5 to Norwich. New to the company in August 2009 the Optare Versa was included in the sale of Norfolk Green to Stagecoach in December 2013. Becoming 25269 in the Stagecoach fleet it has been much travelled turning up in South Wales and East Scotland.


Thursday, 13 May 2021

National Express Visitor

Observed parked up on Great Yarmouth seafront this afternoon was National Express Scania K410EB6/ Caetano Levante BV69 KTC

It was laying over on a short break for drivers who were route learning the 491 London Victoria to Great Yarmouth service due to recommence on the 17th May 2021

My thanks to Alex Andru for the information and consent to use his photo


First 'Coastal Reds' Revealed

A New look for Great Yarmouth & Lowestoft's fleets was revealed today with Wright Streetlite 47504 SN64CPY appearing in the new 'Coastal Reds' livery being introduced for the towns. It mirrors the current Ipswich Reds livery and will be introduced to all non branded vehicles over the coming months.

The finished vehicle prior to being returned to Caister Road

Many Thanks to First for the Photographs and Information.


Wednesday, 12 May 2021

Final Clipper Complete

The last of the newly branded Coastal Clippers has entered service this week with 37576 AU58EDC being the final vehicle to gain the allover Blue livery. It is one of two based at Lowestoft for use on the 99 services between Lowestoft, Kessingland and Southwold. 37575 AU58ECZ being the other.

It is pictured this morning in Lowestoft heading out to Kessingland complete with Giraffe on the rear!


Service Alterations Registered ~ 12th May 2021

There are many items of interest in today's Notices and Proceedings Report published by the East of England Traffic Commissioner.

Our Hire, trading as Our Bus, has registered three 'new' services and cancelled another. The former includes the 100 service between Newport, Hemsby and Great Yarmouth's Market Gates and the 200 Vauxhall Holiday Park to Market Gates with both running Mondays to Fridays. The third, a Monday to Saturday service, is the 300 operating along Great Yarmouth Seafront from Seashore Holiday Park. All commencing from 25th July 2021. The cancellation relates to an older 300 service between Vauxhall Holiday Park and Seashore Holiday Park

First Eastern Counties has retrospectively amended the timetable of its 11/11A/12/12A services between the Norfolk & Norwich Hospital and Sprowston/Wroxham from the 12th April 2021. It has also registered the cancellation of two Great Yarmouth urban services (already reported here) - the 4 Barrack Estate to Caister Circular and the 9 Market Gates to the James Paget Hospital. Both effective from 13th June 2021. In addition the 911 from Rackheath to Broadland High School in Hoveton will cease from the same date.

Of particular interest is the application made by Completely Business to increase the number of vehicles to five at its High House Lane, Colton premises and a new authorisation for the same number of vehicles at a site at Hall Road in Norwich

The full Notices and Proceedings Report can be viewed here soon


Tuesday, 11 May 2021

Coach Services Evora

An update from Coach Services of Thetford who received a brand new addition to the fleet earlier today

The vehicle is a Volvo B8RLE MCV Evora carrying the the special registration CS21 BUS. It features smart wooden style flooring and high back moquette seating plus USB charging points at every seat.

My thanks to Cameron Robinson for the information and photos


Saturday, 8 May 2021

Coastal Clipper 99

Many thanks for all your kind words regarding my recent hospital visit and I am pleased to say I am back home now and on the road to recovery

Back to the hobby and @Ashleybus444 contacted me yesterday to say that Gemini 37575 AU58 ECZ made its debut in service during the morning with the 99 version of the Coastal Clipper complete with the relevant stopping points

My thanks to Ashley for the photo