Saturday 26 August 2017

Saturday Bits & Pieces

Unfortunately not many reports have appeared over the last couple of weeks or so due to me having a life to lead outside the hobby (some won't believe that!) and having little spare time to seek out news, activity etc.

Our Bus recent acquisition Solo YJ59NNL crosses the River Bure on its way back to Vauxhall Holiday Park 
Today I managed to get out and and about and I am able to provide some photo reports and some news. Firstly, I had made a mental note earlier in the summer to capture some Our Bus activity in the town although I have now left it a little late in the season! Early this afternoon the operator was (as usual) employing an Optare Solo on its 200 circular route from Vauxhall Holiday Park via the seafront. However, the 29 seater being used was YJ59NNL which was news to me! It must have recently been acquired from Heyfordian of Bicester who purchased it new in December 2009. 

This Plaxton bodied Panther has previously seen service with Stagecoach in Scotland
I next looked in at Beach Coach Station where I was attracted to Plaxton Panther bodied Volvo B12B SF07ANV as it was displaying 'Seaside Excursion' on its destination screen. What was more unusual was fleet number 54032 appearing above the entrance. The legals showed that it was owned Long Mile Limited of Milton Keynes which provided a case for further investigation. An internet search revealed that it was delivered to Stagecoach Scotland as their 54032 in April 2007 and had been used on some Scottish Citylink services.

Another coach with a Scottish connection was Mil-Ken Travel's OIG8935
The Scottish link was maintained when Littleport-based Mil-Ken Travel's Jonckheere bodied Volvo OIG8935 was observed. This was formerly with Lochs and Glens as their BJ13TXP

Meanwhile, news from First Eastern Counties is that former First Northampton's Wright Eclipse 66344 (MV02VCX) is to receive a new engine.


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