First Eastern Counties
|One of the last step entrance darts in use in Great Yarmouth|
February also saw Flying Banana Routemaster NML623E moving to Norwich for storage. It re-emerged in July wearing London red colours and working for First Essex at Chelmsford.
The month also witnessed the surprise arrival of Dart 46440 (N810VOD) on local duties.After a 4-5 week tour, also taking it to Ipswich and Norwich, it went south to Basildon.
|A newly transferred President on local services|
|Traxles in their last days at Caister Road|
Early September saw blue Routemaster SMK717 leave Caister Road on a low loader bound for a Glasgow museum.
The fleet's last Leyland Olympian 34333 (H132FLX) was finally withdrawn in mid-October; only to see it resurrected a month later for use on Bernard Matthews contracts on the run up to Christmas.
Finally, following accident damage to 37156 at the end of November, one of Norwich's new Eclipses (36180) stepped up to X1 duties.
Little to report here other than the sale of their sole Optare Tempo to Norfolk Green. It arrived at the latter's Kings Lynn premises during the week before Christmas.
Anglian Bus & Coach
|Anglian's 509 X309NNO still in Stagecoach London red |
in Beccles during September
It also acquired five former Stagecoach London Trident ALX400's during August and September. A further Optare Solo was purchased from Veolia during September.
In the opposite direction three former Chester Bus Scanias were sold to Ixworth-based Mulleys and were re-registered.
Anglian also hired a number of vehicles during the year including two StreetLites and a MAN Ecocity branded gas bus (WX61FXO)
Konectbus evaluated a Brighton bendybus in late March on city services. It must have been a success as the Dereham based business took delivery of three of them from Go Ahead London in October with more following towards the end of the year.
All five new Alexander Dennis Enviro 400's arrived before Christmas ready to enter service in the new year on the new konectexpress 8 service.
|Vario AE07NZC on Summer Service 500|
Surprisingly, during August, Bedford-based W & H Peacock auctioned off ten of Swift's vehicles. It is believed that the reduction in school contracts and services led to their disposal.