Thursday, 20 February 2020

Great Yarmouth Dart On Rail Replacement

Another First Great Yarmouth Dart SLF was seen on standby for rail replacement during yesterday.

42920 EU05AUM was unusually noted In Norwich by LiamS around lunchtime. My thanks to him for the photo.


Wednesday, 19 February 2020

Rail Replacement ~ Great Yarmouth Today

Will Drake was on a 'taxi run' to Great Yarmouth Station early this morning when he observed three coaches on the Asda service road on standby for rail replacement use.

He noted regulars Marett's Chariots' BMC M31AAM and Angies Tours' Neoplan T777GSM with Completely Coach Travel providing another surprise in the form of Jonchere Monaco bodied Volvo B12B GRZ5753. The double deck coach was often to be seen in the Great Yarmouth area as it was once owned by Swift Taxis and registered as SE51 DZV

My thanks to Will for the photo


Service Alterations Registered ~ 19th February 2020

Just a couple of changes to local bus services to report from today’s Notices and Proceedings Report published by the East of England Traffic Commissioner.

They both concern amendments to routes and stopping places of National Express services 490/491, between Lowestoft Bus Station and London Victoria via Great Yarmouth and Norwich, plus the 375 between Great Yarmouth Market Gates and Birmingham Coach Station. Changes are effective from 9th March 2020

The application made by Ross Private Hire to use premises in Rumburgh near Halesworth as an operating centre has been withdrawn prior to determination

The full report will be available to view here soon.


Tuesday, 18 February 2020

Caister Road Activity

Former First Essex Dart SLF's 42483/6 SN03WLK/WMX were collected from First's Caister Road premises by Ensign for scrapping yesterday. They were transferred to First Great Yarmouth in November and October last year to help with the increase in Bernard Matthews contract work on the lead up to Christmas.

A Dart SLF begins its final journey to Essex yesterday - believed to be SN03WMX
Inbound from First Ipswich was accident victim Transbus ALX400 32494 AU53HKM. Towed from the Suffolk town, it is to donate its engine to similar 32475 AU53HJJ following its repaint. The latter had recently transferred to Ipswich from First Essex.

My thanks to First for the information and photos.


StreetLite Rail Replacement

Following yesterday's post regarding the use of First Great Yarmouth StreetLite 47501 SN64CPU on rail replacement, it was observed in Norwich this lunchtime awaiting similar duties. 47503 SN64CPX was also seen in Acle likewise engaged.

First's 47501 on Norwich Riverside earlier today with a Simonds' MCV behind
Involved with the Acle - Cantley - Reedham circuit today was Dart SLF 42921 EU05AUN with Richard Woods observing it on a couple of runs.

My thanks to LiamS for the photo and to Richard for the Acle updates.


Monday, 17 February 2020

Acle Rail Replacement

First's SN64CPU in Gorleston High Street in April 2017
With train services expected to operate as normal today on the Great Yarmouth to Norwich via Acle line, it is anticipated that no rail replacement buses are required on that route. However, the 12:17 ex Norwich has been reported with a train fault so perhaps they will be required as cover after all!

In the meantime buses continue to operate the Acle - Cantley - Reedham circuit with Richard Woods observing First StreetLite 47501 SN64CPU on what was thought to be the 09:55 ex Reedham arriving at Acle at 10:20. It is believed to have continued to Great Yarmouth as the next Acle outing is not due until 12:05

Richard suggests this is 47501's first appearance on the route although Great Yarmouth's 47502 and 47503 have also been seen along with some Norwich examples.

Subsequent workings by Sanders Coaches and the Completely Coach bendy bus seems to indicate all is not well on the Norwich to Great Yarmouth rail service.

My thanks to Richard for his reports


Sunday, 16 February 2020

From West To East

First's new upgraded Excel service between Norwich and Peterborough begins tomorrow with the fleet of Brand new Scania Double Decks hitting the roads. This means the fleet of Enviro 400's will be moving to pastures new after their time in West Norfolk.

The Brand New Fleet awaits its first day in service tomorrow at Kings Lynn Depot this afternoon.
New arrivals at Caister Road this evening. (First)

33803/5-33819 were allocated to Kings Lynn Depot with the rest split between Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft. Today saw some of the Kings Lynn based fleet begin to transfer over to Great Yarmouth. Noted arrivals this evening were 33803/807/808/809/810/813/814/815.

Some Volvo Geminis are expected to move from Great Yarmouth to Norwich in due course as a result of the Enviro influx.

Thanks to Chris and First for the info and Photos.


Saturday, 15 February 2020

Saturday Photo

First Wright Eclipse Gemini 37161 YJ06XMO passes BorderBus Scania 212 BB61BUS

Friday, 14 February 2020

Friday Round Up

The normal Great Yarmouth 'Friday Round Up' today with one coach in the seafront area and no less than five involved in rail replacement activity at, or close to, the station.

As expected Marine Parade was the location for Shearings' Mercedes Benz Tourismo 148 BU18YTC early this morning.

Outside the station were two Marett's Chariots vehicles in the form of Van Hool bodied Volvo B12M 503 AA52MCC at the entrance and Iveco 602 FE52HFJ on standby at the rear. The Volvo was originally a Shearings vehicle being originally registered MX03ACY

On the Asda service road were Ambassador Travels' Volvo B12B 252 KIG7738, Marett's Chariots' BMC 509 M31AAM and Sanders Coaches' Caetano Levante 921 FJ11GKV.


Wednesday, 12 February 2020

Service Alterations Registered ~ 12th February 2020

There are no changes to local bus services included in today’s Notices and Proceedings Report published by the East of England Traffic Commissioner.

However, there is some activity to report concerning operator licencing. Felixstowe Travel has received approval  to use its Beach Station Depot on Walton Avenue for eleven vehicles. Ross Private Hire has applied to use premises at Old Forge Cottage in Rumburgh near Halesworth as an operating centre for one vehicle

The full report is available to view here.


Lowestoft Collection

So far unreported here is the withdrawal of First Lowestoft's ALX400 bodied Volvo B7TL 30901 W756DWX following engine failure.

W756DWX heading for Lowestoft Bus Station on 15th April 2019
It was noted dumped at the rear of Gasworks Road depot earlier this month with fleet names and numbers obliterated plus it had also received some graffiti from vandals. It was observed this morning on tow presumably heading for Ensign for component recovery.

My thanks to Simon Bartram for news of the sighting.


Tuesday, 11 February 2020

Another Last Trip

Yet another First double decker made its last journey today from Great Yarmouth’s Caister Road depot to dealer Ensign of Purfleet in Essex.

32061 W221XBD is the third of the former Leicester Citybus ALX400s to make the one way trip. It moved to Great Yarmouth in March 2014.

My thanks to First for the information and photo


More Caister Road Departures

Two more Volvo B7TL/ALX 400's have made their way to Ensignbus in Purfleet after withdrawl from service in Great Yarmouth.

32064 W224XBD & 30948 YJ51RRV were collected from Caister Road late yesterday. 32064 is pictured above back in July 2015 working the 8 service on Beatty Road in the town.


Monday, 10 February 2020

Last Ride from Caister Road

Great Yarmouth based Volvo B7TL/ALX 400 32062 W422SRP has been taken to Ensignbus this morning from Caister Road Depot. It will be used as a source of spares before being scrapped.

It was new to First Leicester in September 2000 as its 222, it also served a spell with First Northampton before moving to Norfolk in February 2014. The batch of 32058/9/61-65 came to Eastern Counties in the old Barbie livery and were all repainted in the new livery by July 2014 with 32059 gaining the Heritage Great Yarmouth Transport Livery.

32062 is pictured above in a damp Beatty Road in July 2014 shortly after gaining the new livery.

Thanks to First for the photograph this morning.


Another Newbie Out

An anonymous contributor has sent in two photos of one of the latest Excel deckers on driver familiarisation in Norwich this morning.

Alexander Dennis E400 Cities/Scania 36917 YN69XZX is pictured at Castle Meadow at around 9:15

My thanks for the photos 


Sunday, 9 February 2020

First Excel Goes Green

With most of the UK encountering Storm Ciara today, transport was suffering with delays, cancellations and other numerous problems. The high winds meant that use of Double Deckers around the county was also questionable.

First took the decision to use some single deck buses on the Excel service between Norwich and Peterborough today. Norwich based Greenline Streetlites 63321 SK65PXB & 63323 SK65PXD were noted in use on the route this afternoon at Kings Lynn.

Another example was also seen in standard First livery, 47510 SN64CRV seen below heading out to Peterborough.

Many Thanks to Sam Larke for braving the windy conditions to take the photographs.


Rail Replacement ~ Saturday

Rail replacement continued yesterday morning with Ambassador Travel's Caetano Levante 208 FJ09DXC outside Great Yarmouth station awaiting its next duty.

At Norwich was First Great Yarmouth's Gemini 36187 BN12JYK also on rail replacement yesterday morning. The evening saw 36187, Belle Coaches Kassbohrer Setra MIL3503 and two unidentified Sanders Coaches available for duty.

My thanks to Reg Vardy for the information and photos


Thursday, 6 February 2020

Groundhog Day ~ Replacements

It was a case of Groundhog day this morning at Great Yarmouth station with a repeat of Tuesday's sightings.

Groundhog day with the same coaches in the same position - photo taken this morning! 
Awaiting passengers outside the station was Marett's Chariots 602 FE52HFJ and on the Asda service road was Marett's Chariots' 509 M31AAM and Ambassador Travel's 253 KIG7739. Had either of them moved since Tuesday?


Chilly Lowestoft Replacements

A fresh chilly start this morning en route to work and a chance to see what was operating on behalf of Greater Anglia today.

First up was the much talked about former Arriva Articulated Mercedes Benz BX04MXK now with Completely Coach Travel, this was then heading to Norwich with nearly a full load of commuters.

Next up was a plain white Volvo B9R/Caetano Levante FJ61EYG which is now with Galloway of Mendlesham. It was new to Premiere of Nottingham and also spent time with Silverdale Tours, Skills and Edinburgh Coach Lines.


Wednesday, 5 February 2020

Service Alterations Registered ~ 5th February 2020

There are no changes to local bus services included in today’s Notices and Proceedings Report published by the East of England Traffic Commissioner. The full report will be available to view here soon.


Decker Revival

And now for something completely different - some news other than rail replacement work!

32062 on diversion in Church Road, Gorleston in September 2019 
A couple of recently withdrawn First Great Yarmouth ALX400 bodied Volvo B7TLs are set to be returned to active service for a short period in the form of 32062 W422SRP and 32063 W223XBD (The former’s decision was subsequently reversed!)

Another returnee was active in Great Yarmouth on Monday afternoon and that was Dennis Dart SLF 42484 SN03WLW. Ben Marsh took a photo of it leaving Market Gates for Bradwell on the 6

My thanks to Ben for the photo


Tuesday, 4 February 2020

Rail Replacement ~ Norwich Tuesday

Earlier today there was a wide variety of vehicles in use on rail replacement services at Norwich as featured in the many photos from Joe Wilson-Smith

I didn't expect to see the use of First Great Yarmouth StreetLite 47503 SN64CPX on them - both 47503 and 47502 are presently on loan to First Norwich.

The next photo shows a montage of a number of other vehicles in use today. They comprise Completely Coach Travel's Mercedes Benz Citaro BX04MXK, Felixstowe Travel's Volvo B8RLE M20FXO, First Great Yarmouth Gemini BN12JYH, Sanders Caetano Levante FJ11GNF, Freestones' Beulas R25DDA and Ambassador Travel's Volvo B11R BV17CUA.

However, Completely Coach Travel came up with yet another surprise in the form of ex Metroline Plaxton President bodied Volvo B7TL LK04NLZ. The bus was new to Metroline London Northern as their VPL581 in July 2004.

My thanks to Joe for all the photos and to LiamS for identifying the former Metroline decker


Rail Replacement ~ Tuesday

I looked in at Great Yarmouth station this morning to note rail replacement activity and observed four coaches.

Ready to leave on the 9:17 was Marett's Chariots 602 FE52HFJ - an unusual vehicle being a Vehixel Scholarbus bodied Iveco

Prior to its departure Sanders Coaches Plaxton Panther bodied Volvo B12M SGF965 arrived on a service from Norwich with the driver kindly slowing down so I could get a good photo

Two coaches were on standby on the Asda service road and they were Marett's Chariots' BMC 509 M31AAM and Ambassador Travel's Sunsundegui Sideral bodied Volvo B12B 253 KIG7739


Monday, 3 February 2020

Lowestoft Rail Replacement ~ Monday

Galloway's Mercedes Benz Tourismo 6399PP was at Lowestoft station on rail replacement duty earlier today.

Others on standby included Angies Caetano Levante P31PJO (just for a change!) and two First Wright Eclipse Gemini bodied Volvo B9TLs

My thanks to Matthew Holland for the photos


'Bendy Bus' on Monday Rail Replacement

Local rail replacement work continues with an unusual appearance of a 'bendy bus' on stand by at Norwich Station earlier this morning.

It was a Mercedes Benz Citaro O530G BX04MXK formerly in use with Arriva Midlands as their 5002. It was new to Arriva London North in March 2004 as MA12. Whilst it still retains Arriva blue, all references to Arriva have been removed and is now owned by Completely Coach Travel.

My thanks to LiamS for the photo


Sunday, 2 February 2020

Rail Replacement ~ Norwich Sunday

Having seen what coaches were working rail replacement at Great Yarmouth today, we now look at activity at the Norwich end of the route with the help of photos from ‘Reg Vardy’

Sanders Coaches Plaxton Panther bodied Volvo B12M SGF965 

Felixstowe Travel’s Volvo B8RLE M20FXO 

Angie’s Coaches Caetano Levantee P31PJO 

My thanks to ‘Reg’ for his photos


Rail Replacement ~ Sunday

Rail replacement was in use on the Norwich to Great Yarmouth line today due to track renewal and re-signalling work. The work will affect services on the route for the next fortnight or so with buses replacing trains

On my visit today I observed a coach from each of the Sanders' and Angies' fleets. The former was represented by Van Hool T915 WH11CHR whilst the latter had ADL Enviro 200 YX68UKT in use. The Enviro is apparently on a month's hire.

On passing the station for the second time I noticed Felixstowe Travel's Volvo B8RLE M20FXO awaiting passengers for the next run to Norwich. It was also in use on rail replacement at Great Yarmouth station yesterday.


Caister Road Update

The latest news from First Great Yarmouth’s Caister Road depot concerns the resurrection of a saloon and the withdrawal of a double decker.

The former means the revival of Essex exile Dart SLF 42484 SN03WLW joining the only other active 03 plated Dart SLF in the local fleet, 42485 SN03WMM.

32062 W422SRP is the latest ALX400 bodied Volvo B7TL to be taken out of service leaving only three of the original seven Leicester Citybus deckers still in service at Great Yarmouth. It arrived locally in February 2014

Meanwhile two Streetlites have gone on loan to Norwich in the shape of 47502/3 SN64CPV/X

My thanks to First for the information and photo


Saturday, 1 February 2020

New Arrival At Dolphin

Another arrival to report at Dolphin Autos of Norwich is Neoplan Skyliner CH61/20Dt with the dateless registration of 4754RU

The 81 seat double deck coach was new to Stagecoach Thames Transit in July 2004 as KP04GKF for Oxford Tube duties. It subsequently saw service with Omega of Fillongley, Warwickshire and more recently with Round and About Limited of Horsham, West Sussex.

Dolphin acquired it from the latter which traded as Heritage Coaches. The operator had ceased trading at the end of December 2019

My thanks to Jackie for the photos