Friday, 4 September 2020

Friday Flashback ~ January 2008

Lowestoft, Great Yarmouth and Norwich feature as the locations for this week's Friday Flashback photos from January 2008

Into Suffolk then for our first picture which shows Waylands Minibus 'Peoples Express' in the form of Mercedes Benz Vario O814D P114 HCH. It was new to Midland Fox in June 1997 and it subsequently moved on to Pete's Travel trading as Peoples Express and hence the branding. That business was eventually sold to the Go Ahead Group in March 2006.

The second photo is of a Non PSV Operator's vehicle at Great Yarmouth's Beach Coach Station on 28th January. R504 SJM (not SJW as previously reported) was owned by Jark plc the recruitment specialists at the time. Unfortunately I am unable to find any further information.about the vehicle on internet although two correspondents subsequently have following the correct vehicle identity - see Comments below

Norfolk Green's S309 DLG is the subject of our next photo on the 15th of the month. The Mercedes Vario O814D Plaxton Beaver was new to Davidsons Buses of Bathgate, West Lothian in October 1998

The same day Anglians' Scania R85 EMB was observed in St Stephen's Street in Norwich in all over white. New to Chester in December 1997, the bus found further use with Mulleys of Ixworth as MUI 7924 in October 2011



  1. Took a while to hunt this one down but the Jark Dart's actually R504 SJM (not SJW), new to Tellings-Golden Miller in 1998. It passed to Travel London in 2005 as their DP704 when TGM's London bus operations were purchased, then to Jark Recruitment in 2007. Pulls on DVLA as untaxed since August 2011.

  2. Your unknown Dart is R504SJM, new to Telling Golden Miller and ending up with Travel Surrey whose livery is what it is wearing. Hope that helps but more here

  3. My thanks to you both for researching the history - admittedly it does help if you have the correct registration!