Saturday 6 July 2013

NNR Vintage Transport Weekend ~ Day One

Today was the first day of the North Norfolk Railway's (NNR) Vintage Transport Weekend

As part of the event, vintage buses were providing free rides around the local area and to and from all NNR stations. Destinations  included the Cley Visitors Centre and also the Muckleburgh Collection

My plan was to first take photos of some of the buses at the Station Approach at Sheringham - bad move!! Unknown to me was the fact that the event also coincided with a Morris Dancers attraction too; which meant me being stuck in traffic outside the station for a short while

I decided that, with it being market day as well, car parking would be at premium. So I gave up on that idea and decided to head for Weybourne - if I could get out of the traffic that is!

Volvo B10M/Plaxton FAH275Y in Smiths of Wood Norton livery
After exiting Church Street and turning onto Weybourne Road it was a very clear run to Weybourne where I parked up in the overflow car park. Although it was a warm day, I decided a cuppa was in order and whilst I was drinking it the newly arrived BR Standard 4MT steam engine left the shed for a run into the platform. It's amazing that when your eating/drinking a photo opportunity occurs!
Former Huddersfield Corporation Transport HVH472D made the long 
journey from Yorkshire to be at the event
On leaving the train station I was passed by Volvo B10M/Plaxton coach FAH275Y in the livery of the now defunct Smiths of Wood Norton. It is now owned by the proprietor of another independent Peelings Coaches of Tittleshall

Next stop was Holt NNR Station where buses and coaches were lined up in a specially reserved area

The vehicle that impressed me most
Former Yellow Buses Burlingham bodied Leyland Tiger PS2/3 JLJ403
was an East Lancs bodied Daimler CVG6LX/30. HVH472D was purchased in the 1960s by Huddersfield Corporation Transport to replace trolleybuses. However, in 1974 the undertaking ceased to exist with the fleet becoming part of the West Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive. Withdrawn in the summer of 1981 she came under the ownership of the Huddersfield Passenger Transport Group in the
Konectbus Leyland National UFX852S still sees occasional use in service 
following year. After being kept under cover for a number of years the present owner acquired her in 2010

JLJ403 is a Burlingham bodied Leyland Tiger PS2/3which was formerly operated and preserved by Yellow Buses and formed part of the West of England Transport Collection. It is now privately owned

Leyland National UFX852S also featured at the event.  New to Hants & Dorset in the National Bus Company era it is now owned by local operator Konectbus of Dereham and still sees occasional use in service.

Sanders Coaches were using former Anglianbus Scania OmnCity YN03UVM
on a Fakenham service
The Managing Director of Konectbus, Julian Patterson also exhibited RL681 RAH681F. New to Eastern Counties in July 1968, the ECW bodied Bristol RELL6G was subsequently acquired by Julian in April last year.

Finally, as I was about to leave the event, former Anglianbus Scania OmnCity YN03UVM stopped opposite the Holt Station entrance setting down passengers. Although it still retains its Anglianbus colours, it is now owned by Sanders Coaches of Holt

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