Saturday 17 June 2017

Day in Dereham

Yesterday I paid a visit to Dereham to observe activity there (and also for some retail therapy for the better half!)

Naturally the High Street was the main focus with all busses bound for the town calling there. One time a stronghold for First Eastern Counties, the major player now is Go-Ahead subsidiary Konectbus; although the former still operates through on the X1 Norwich - Kings Lynn - Peterborough route.

Although I didn't know it at the time, I was fortunate in photographing one of the three times daily (four times on schooldays) service 20s to Scarning via Brooks Drive in Dereham. Former Anglian Optare Tempo YJ55BLX was operating the 12:05 departure.

The hourly service 4, between Swanton Morley and Norwich, was observed with ADL Enviro400 SN61CZV in charge. It is seen here passing Dereham Market Place following the 13:00 departure.

The half hourly 'Straight 8s' between Toftwood and Norwich (via Dereham) were in the hands of the specially branded ADL Enviro400s delivered in 2015. The photo shows SK15HKE picking up passengers at the Market Place stop on the 12:38 Toftwood to Norwich Riverside.

An interesting 'off route' working was that of Series 5 branded Optare Tempo YJ09MHY on the hourly Dereham to Swaffham 11 route. It seemed a little incongruous in seeing that it would run to and from Norwich rail station!

The final photo is of First Eastern Counties X1 branded ADL Enviro400 33816 YX83LKE about to leave on a mid afternoon service to Kings Lynn.


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