Friday, 26 May 2023

First Cabriolet 32905 Leaves

First Great Yarmouth partial open topper Dennis Trident W905 VLN left its Caister Road depot for the last time this morning.

It was the first Cabriolet to operate the seafront service and was replaced by former First Glasgow SF08 SNJ this year. The former, which was taken out of service due to its age rather than its condition, is destined for dealer First Ensign where a new owner may be found.

My thanks to Will Drake for the photo


Thursday, 25 May 2023

Thassos Bus & Coaches

No Tuesday or Wednesday tours this week of the Great Yarmouth holiday area but a sample of coaches appearing on the Greek Island of Thassos in the last few days.

The coaches mostly appeared to be operated by Tsaraouha Travel and they are pictured close to the Alexandra Beach complex located on the southern side of the island.

A bus service also runs from outside the complex with an example of  the bus stop sign shown in addition to the bus service itself operated by a Setra


Wednesday, 24 May 2023

Service Alterations Registered ~ 24th May 2023

Just the one local entry in today's East of England Traffic Commissioner's Notices and Proceedings Report 

Philip John Overy has been given approval to accommodate 17 coaches at his Norwich Road Industrial Estate premises in Lowestoft.

The complete Notices and Proceedings Report can be viewed here shortly.


Tuesday, 23 May 2023

Norwich Pride

First Norwich unveiled their Norwich Pride bus yesterday to mark the celebrations of national Pride month in the city. Volvo B7RLE 69543 BF12KWG has been transformed with a new colourful allover wrap.

First Norwich posted yesterday across various social media platforms …
‘We're delighted to reveal the results of our ongoing partnership with local volunteer organisation, Norwich Pride in the form of a single deck bus wearing a bespoke livery to celebrate both the upcoming national Pride month and the Norwich Pride event on July 29th. 🌈

Not only will you see this bus hit the road very soon, but it will also be placed in the city centre to take part in the pride event itself!’
Some familiar faces above pictured with the bus to celebrate the launch.

Many thanks to Chris Speed & Zak Nelson for info and photographs.


Monday, 22 May 2023

New Sanders Decker?

Regular contributor David Slater was passing the Volvo service centre at Witchford near Ely yesterday and discovered this unregistered MCV eVoSeti bodied Volvo double decker in the yard. He speculates it may be destined for Sanders Coaches - I think he is probably right!

My thanks to David for the photo and information.


Saturday, 20 May 2023

Antony Moves On

Another double deck bus has been donated by a local operator to a school for further use as a library.

Sanders Coaches' long serving VDL DB250/ East Lancs Lowlander 101 YJ07 JPV Antony will soon take up residence at Litcham Primary School. New to the operator in July 2007, it has spent almost sixteen years in use with Sanders before being taken out of service in February this year.

My thanks to LiamS for the information and photo.


Friday, 19 May 2023

Lowestoft Interlude

With the car in for its service at Lowestoft early this morning, it provided an opportunity to observe activity there and look in on Angie's Tours site in Norwich Road.

Three of the four former London United Alexander Dennis Enviro200s were noted in use with 44454 YX09 HKO seen here with the 122 Lowestoft town Rock Estate service.

Soon after Pride Flag branded Volvo B9 36187 BN12 JYK arrived to continue its 981 East Norfolk Sixth Form College route from Worlingham.

Both Coastal Clipper 99 branded Volvo B9s were parked in the bus station with 37576 AU58 EDC seen here beginning its journey south.

I then visited the Norwich Road yard of Angie's Tours where I found Scania Higer Touring Y6 PJO and Yutong KT64 TKT.

As I was leaving Van Hool bodied Volvo B12B KM07 GSM was heading for the yard. It was acquired along with Scania K230UB YN57 FZL from Coach Services in September 2022 with the former new to Maynes of Buckie. The latter was later observed in the railway station car park.