Sunday 28 October 2018

Photo Special Beach Coach Station 2002

Our next photo special takes us back to 2002, it was around this time i purchased my first Digital Camera and really got into the Bus and Coach photography. It was an Olympus C-3000 which was an impressive 3 Million Pixels at the time! I worked in Yarmouth and my walk home after work during the summer months meant i could capture all the Coach visitors on a regular basis.

First up is First Leicester Volvo B10M/Plaxton Premiere P177NAK which was working a day trip from the Midlands. It moved onto First Southampton were it ended its days as a Driver Trainer in full Barbie livery, one of only a few coaches to gain the livery.

National Holidays are always regular visitors to the town and back in 2002 standard vehicles were Plaxton Bodied Volvo's, W201EAG. It went on to a brief spell with Wallace Arnold before passing to Haytons of Manchester. It is currently in use with J&DS Coaches of Halcrow in Shetland.

The Plaxton Paragon was a popular Coach in 2002 and Wallace Arnold invested in a large batch in 2001. Y748HWT is pictured above in front of a National Holidays coah of silmilar style. Since then Shearings and Wallace Arnold became one with National Holidays added aswell to form one large group, the Wallace Arnold name unfortunately is no more.

Shearings are regularly featured on the blog and i have always photographed their fleet whenever one is in town. R909YBA Is a Van Hool Bodied Volvo. It went on to work for Fishers Tours of Dundee and was last with Mcleans of Stranraer North of the border.

Finally a vehicle of local interest is P33TCC a Paxton bodied Dennis Javelin that was with Sanders of Holt, i would guess a recent aquistion at the time as it was allover White. It was new to Travellers Choice Coaches of Hounslow. It did go on to gain full Sanders livery.


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