Friday 27 March 2020

Ten Year Time Tunnel ~ March 2010 Part One

Whilst the Coronavirus crisis continues, we are introducing the first in an occasional series of looking back at photos taken during the same month ten years ago.

This post looks at the first half of March 2010. The opening picture shows First step entrance Dart 47626 N626GAH on the 2 which then operated throughout from Barrack Estate to the James Paget Hospital. Following behind was all over white Excel liveried Wright Eclipse Gemini 37572 AU58ECW. The location was Gorleston High Street.

The next two photos were from an Ipswich visit made on the 6th of the month with the initial offering showing Ipswich Buses Optare Excel 170 YG52DGO being passed by Carters Plaxton Pointer Dart R707YWC.

The next features Plaxton Beaver bodied Mercedes Benz Vario O814D 131ASV from the Beestons the Old Cattle Market. Its previous registration was V967RCX with the dateless plate having been previously affixed to a Volvo B10M-60

Back to Great Yarmouth then for the next one which shows the use of Norwich Park & Ride liveried TransBus ALX400 32481 AU53HJY leaving Market Gates on town service 6. The decker later moved to First Essex and returned to the fold at Ipswich

The next contribution is of National Holidays' Volvo B12M YC02CFV at a wet Beach Coach Station on 9th March

Later that same day Plaxton President bodied Volvo B7TL 32105 LT02ZCU was parked outside First's Caister Road depot with 602 Harford Park & Ride displayed on the destination screen. It had transferred only that month to First Eastern Counties from First CentreWest in London  Hiding behind is Leyland Olympian 30104 K488EUX.

The final picture is of Van Hool saloon M595BLC which was observed parked outside the Lady Haven Public House at Cobholm in Great Yarmouth on 12th March. Operated by R J Hipkiss & S J Atkinson the bus was stabled there and used to transport Norwich City football supporters to home matches; appropriately in yellow and green colours. The vehicle was previously in use as a British Airway aircrew shuttle bus at Heathrow Airport.

Hope the above has jogged a few memories and hope you enjoyed today's post - part two follows shortly


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