Thursday 22 February 2024

More Withdrawals

With new Electroliners arriving almost daily at First Eastern Counties some of the old timers are being retired at First Norwich.

The latest are Wright Eclipse Gemini 37148 YN06 URB and Plaxton President 32214 LT52 WTX. The former moved from South Wales in the summer of last year and is pictured by Dan High at Castle Meadow in Norwich about to leave for the Norfolk & Norwich Hospital in July of that year.

The President was permanently based at Great Yarmouth in its Barbie livery for a number of years until late 2016. It is seen here on Alexandra Road in the town working the service 2 to Barrack Estate

In the autumn of 2018 it was re-liveried and later made appearances in the town with First Norwich branding with Grahame capturing it leaving Caister Road for the 6 service to Bradwell in April 2021.

My thanks to Dan and Grahame for the use of their photos.


Wednesday 21 February 2024

Service Alterations Registered ~ 21st February 2024

Just the one item of interest in today's East of England Traffic Commissioner's Notices and Proceedings Report.

Sanders Coaches of Hempstead Road Business Centre in Holt has received consent for a new operating centre at 58 Bessemer Road in Norwich with twelve vehicles authorised.

The full Notices and Proceedings Report can be viewed here.


Tuesday 20 February 2024

End Of The Road For Welsh's Coaches

Another long established coach operator is calling it a day after some 57 years of trading. The business was established following the current owner's parents winning the football pools in September 1964!

His father worked for a coach operator doing some occasional driving and in 1967 he set up Welsh’s Taxi and Private Hire Service, running taxis at the weekends. The West Yorkshire-based business prospered and a year later a Ford Transit minibus was acquired leading to the established operator of today.

Over the last twelve months there has been at least two members of the small Welsh's Coaches fleet visiting Great Yarmouth - laying over at the town's Beach Coach Station. The first photo shows VDL Futura W25 HOL in May 2023 whilst the second features Mercedes-Benz Tourismo W6 HOL as a more recent visitor in November last.

It is expected that the operator will close in June.


Monday 19 February 2024

Wrights' Re-Registration

Hoveton-based Wrights Coaches has recently re-registered one its coaches to conform with its other PTS registrations. The Norfolk operator's Mercedes-Benz Tourismo BN17 JUV now carries the W30 PTS plate as from Friday.

My thanks to Matthew Wright for the information and the artistic photo. The latest fleet list is available here.


Friday 16 February 2024

'Early' Activity

Being a retiree there's no immediate rush to rise from my slumbers early in the morning! However, that can be to my detriment as that means that I can miss some of the early workings.

This morning provided some evidence of that, although Tim Miller was in Great Yarmouth to witness a couple of such operations. The first was the visit of BorderBus loanee ADL Enviro400 MMC YY73 TGZ on the 580 service from Harleston. It departed shortly after with a return journey to Bungay.. Fortunately there are more appearances on the route later today.

Around the same time Sanders Coaches' Volvo B7RLE / MCV Evolution 533 SW63 TAV arrived at Market Gates on the 07:15 service 6 from North Walsham.

My thanks to Tim for the information and photos


Thursday 15 February 2024

BorderBus Demonstrator

On Tuesday I received a message from Andrew Pursey at BorderBus advising that ADL Enviro400 MMC YY73TGZ had arrived at the depot for demonstration purposes until 26th February.

He added that it would have its first outing today working the 146 route between Norwich and Southwold and I caught up with it at South Lowestoft Retail Park on the 11:20 from the city. It later appeared on the SJL5 Sir John Leman High School to Carlton Colville service.

My thanks go to Andrew for the 'heads up' and to Tim Miller for details of its later use.


Wednesday 14 February 2024

Cabriolets On The Move

Two of First Great Yarmouth's open top cabriolets have reverted back to their original registrations prior to transfer elsewhere.

Wright Eclipse Gemini bodied Volvo B7TLs 37057 YJ06 XMH and 37059 YJ06 XML were caught on camera earlier today at Caister Road depot by Roger Bellward destined for an undisclosed location.

My thanks to Roger for the photos