Tuesday 31 May 2011

Another Shearings Setra

Another Shearings Setra appeared at Great Yarmouth's Beach Coach Station this afternoon. Registered as BF10VCA and with fleet number 211, she was one of six vehicles there.

Saturday 28 May 2011

Saturday Afternoon at the Beach

A York Pullman coach and a double decker from New City Coaches were among the nine vehicles seen at Great Yarmouth's Beach Coach station this afternoon.

The York Pullman was a Van Hool with the registration of B18KJF. The vehicle is on hire to National Holidays for its Great Yarmouth and Norfolk Broads tour. The York Pullman name was  resurrected by K&J Travel of Rufforth in April 2007 after the original trading name was sold to Hull City Transport after de-regulation.

The New City Coaches double decker was a Volvo B12B with Jonchere bodywork. The Luton-based vehicle was NUI8635 and is capable of seating 71 passengers on its two decks. It has previously been registered 243ELU and N157LMJ. (Source: HB Publications)

Finally, Whippet utilised Volvo J669LGA on its Coastal Service; which made a slight change from the regular J689LGA!!

Thursday 26 May 2011

Beach Coach Station Yesterday Afternoon

A viewing of Beach Coach Station yesterday revealed 14 vehicles present, including some interesting visitors.

Firstly, a new Shearings 11 registered Setra was there in the shape of 321 BK11CPX

Also on site was a Czech Republic vehicle operated by Jiri Rozsival of Brno - unfortunately it was parked on the back rank so I was unable to get a reasonable photograph. However, a picture of the Bova Futura, which has a registration of 1B5 3147, was located on the operator's website and is reproduced here.

One vehicle I did get a photo of was a smart looking Rambler Volvo B10M with Van Hool bodywork. She was PDY272 which has fleetnumber 35. New to the East Sussex operator in May 1999 as T222GDY, she looked quite attractive in her mainly green colour scheme. The operator's website also has details of current and previous vehicles owned and has been designed with the coach enthusiast in mind.

Whippet's Volvo B10M J689LGA was there once more but was parked in a different spot to normal, which proves that it can and does move!!

Wednesday 25 May 2011

Swift Vehicles for Disposal

Visiting the Swift Taxis website earlier today, I found three vehicles available for disposal: 
1994 Dennis Dart L907JRN    1997 Dennis Dart S511XCR    1995 Scania Izair M26XSC

The 1997 green liveried Dart is pictured above working an afternoon schools service in January 2010 and is currently parked at the rear of Swift's Southtown Road yard, in company with 1992 Volvo B10 K224SSD. Both do not appear to have turned a wheel in weeks.

Photos of the other vehicles mentioned above can be seen in the Swift set on my Flickr site

Tuesday 24 May 2011

Developments at Reynolds Coaches

The fourth posting today and its about Norfolk's oldest coach operator Reynolds of Caister. Local correspondent Grahame reports on the latest vehicle repaint at their Ormesby Road garage.

Here Dennis Javelin CHZ4796 looks resplendent in its new coat of paint and its thanks to Grahame for providing the photo too.

Reynolds operates 21 coaches from its Caister site and has recently launched a new web site which includes a photo gallery of some of its coaches.

X1 Coach Workings

This afternoon two coaches were noted working on the First Eastern Counties X1 route

Firstly, Volvo B7 Profile 20352 WA05UNE operated the 13.55 Lowestoft to Peterborough and is pictured at Market Gates this afternoon.where it arrived some five minutes late

Later in the afternoon Great Yarmouth's Volvo B10M 20126 P766XHS was noted leaving the Market Gates area (outside British Home Stores) on time with the 12.05 Peterborough to Lowestoft

Another Anglian StreetLite

The weekday 13.20 Beccles to Great Yarmouth and the 14.10 return to the Suffolk town can often be relied upon to provide an Anglian StreetLite. Today was no exception with 324 MX60BWJ doing the honours.

Here the driver gives a friendly wave to the camera as he negotiates the turn from The Conge to the Market Place in Great Yarmouth on the inward working.

Today at Beach Coach Station

Thirteen coaches were in Beach Coach Station, Great Yarmouth during early afternoon. These included regular visitors National Holiday's 57 NH05CDH, Shearings' 217 BF10VCK and of course Whippet's J689LGA (once more!!) The trio are pictured below.

Also present were three of  Leons vehicles from Stafford who trade as Dunwood Travel. All three had travelled to the town from their temporary base at Gunton Hall in north Lowestoft. They were all subsequently seen late afternoon picking up their passengers at Market Gates for the return trip to their holiday accomodation.

Friday 20 May 2011

Another Norwich Trident Catches Fire

A Norse Trident, operating a Norwich park and ride service, caught fire close to Broadland Business Park on the eastern outskirts of the city yesterday evening.
A similar Norse Trident PN03UMC at Postwick P&R in October 2010
One its ex London PN03 plated Tridents was returning from the City Centre on the 605 Postwick Park and Ride when the driver decided to evacuate the bus after seeing flames coming from the rear of the vehicle. Neither the 40 or so passengers or the driver were hurt. From a television report last night, the skeleton of the vehicle was all that remained. See Evening News Report which includes pictures and a video.

This follows a First Eastern Counties Trident catching fire in the centre of Norwich only a few months ago.

Wednesday 18 May 2011

Beach Coach Station Log - Wednesday 18th May

Eleven vehicles were present at the town's Beach Coach station at 15:00 today:-

Whippet of Swavesey J689LGA on the Coastal Service (yet again!)
GeeVee of Barnsley PIL6833                            Skills of Nottingham SIL3431
Framtons Coaches of Barnsley N596DWY         BR Guest Travel of Barnsley N10BRG 
Grayway of Wigan YJ09CXA                             Talisman of Bromley LSU788

Shearings 114 BN09FXE and 622 MX04AFF (see photo above)
Holmeswood of Ormskirk PN07EHD                 RhydLewis of Credigan Y2STL

Yesterday's Activities

It appears that some of Anglian's StreetLites have returned from attention as two of them were seen in Great Yarmouth's Market Gates bus station yesterday afternoon.

The first to put in an appearance was 325 MX60GXA and she is seen here leaving on the 14.10 581 Beccles service. She is passing First Eastern Counties 37572 AU58ECW which is about to continue with the 13.25 Lowestoft to Peterborough X1.

Later in the day Anglian's 323 MX60BWK worked into town on the 581 15.20 from Beccles. Could this mean that Anglian will soon relinquish the loan of 326 MX60GXE and return the vehicle to Mistral soon?

Colin White informs me that Lowestoft's First Eastern Counties 32211 LT52WTU was being employed on service 8 during yesterday morning. Not sure if this is a loan or a transfer.

Finally Whippet J689LGA was on the Coastal  Service again - just for a change!

Friday 13 May 2011

Beach Coach Station Log - Thursday 12th May

Further to Steve's report of Wednesday, I visited Beach Coach Station on Thursday at 14.30 and saw just five vehicles:

Alfa - 59 YN10EOK *                                  West Row Coaches - M427WAK

West Row Coaches M427WAK at Beach Coach Station

Whippet - J689LGA (since returned to Cambridgeshire and back!)*
NCB Motors of Shropshire - D5NCB            Veolia Cymru - YR02ZZF*

Also noted passing through Market Gates approx an hour later were two Shearings vehicles 114 BN09FXE and 725 MX05AHZ*

* Denotes vehicles mentioned in Steve's log for Wednesday

(Note - this a re-posting on this blog as the previous post appears to have been removed)

Beach Coach Station Log - Wednesday 11th May

Stephen Gowler reports that the following were in Great Yarmouth's Beach Coach Station on Wednesday 11th May.

Alpha 59 YN10EOK                                     Whippet J689LGA
National Holidays NH05CDH                         Veolia Cymru YR202ZZF 
Gee Vee Travel PIL6833                               Abbey Travel P369JMS
Devons Coaches RJZ2288                            Shearings 114 BN09FXE 
Nottingham City Coaches FP02YDK             Kingdoms of Tiverton CT53CJT
Sunbeam Coaches of Hevingham T7HOD      Glenton Tours PP04BUS

Shearings 725 MX05AHZ (see photo above - kindly supplied by Stephen)
Silcox Coaches of Pembroke  WA53WSY     Pamray Travel of Littleport SK02OZJ

Stephen also reported that around 10.00 he saw First Eastern Counties 37571 (AU58ECV) and 37569 (AU58ECN) following each other south along Southtown Road, there appears something wrong there.

On the X1 shorts thay day were 34109 (W436CWX), 66165 (W365EOW) and old timer Leyland Olympian 34333 (H132FLX).

Thanks Steve for the report and photograph
(Note - this a re-posting on this blog as the previous post appears to have been removed)

Tuesday 10 May 2011

Veolia Visitor

An usual visitor to the town's Beach Coach Station this afternoon was Veolia Cymru 74028 YR02ZZF. An Irizar Scania K114, the coach was new to Pullman of Crofty in May 2002

Also present was Whippet's Volvo B10M G689LGA having worked the Coastal Service

Loanee StreetLite

I went into Great Yarmouth by bus today and had the luxury of the front seat on the top deck of a First's President from Gorleston. As the bus turned into Southtown Road from the lights, I saw a white liveried StreetLite in the distance coming towards us. I quickly searched for the camera and placed it close to the window and took a photograph. The above picture is the result and is of AnglianBus 326 MX60GXE passing Bollard Quay on the 13.50 581 service to Beccles. She is on loan to the AnglianBus from Mistral whilst its own Streetlites are away for attention.

Monday 9 May 2011

Go Whippet

Popped in to Beach Coach Station this afternoon and there was only coach present and that was Whippet's H19WCL which had arrived earlier on the Coastal Service. The Volvo B10M is in Whippet's 90th anniversary livery and was previously registered Y391KBN.

Tuesday 3 May 2011

Whippet's First Weekday Coastal Service

Whippet's first weekday Coastal Service A was in the hands of Volvo B10M J689LGA - another regular visitor on the service last year. J689LGA is seen here at Beach Coach Station early this afternoon.

Keeping her company was National Holidays Volvo YJ03VNB - fleet number 74.

Later in the afternoon Shearings Setra 217 BK10VCK was noted unloading its passengers at the Carlton Hotel on Marine Parade following a days outing.

She subsequently left for an overnight stay at Beach Coach Station

Sunday 1 May 2011

May Day Visitors

With May Day being in the middle of the bank holiday weekend there were some interesting visitors to be seen at Beach Coach Station.

Today Whippet Coaches commenced operating its Sunday Coastal Service to Great Yarmouth from Cambridgeshire (Service G from Eaton Socon). Volvo B10M J669LGA performed the duty as it did on many occasions last year. She is seen here at Beach Coach Station in the early afternoon.

Also present was another '11' registered Setra from Shearings. This time it was 301 BK11GJE resplendent in its Grand Tourer livery

Other local independents were Emblings, represented by its Scania/Van Hool YIL3129, and Beestons, with its Volvo B10M 226LRB. The former (below) has carried different registrations including VJI9417, APT42S and M321VET. (Source: HB Publications)

Meanwhile, Beestons 226LRB was formerly registered HSK645 and was constructed in 1993. (Source: HB Publications)