Thursday 26 August 2021

Yesterday At Beach Coach Station

A total of ten coaches were observed at Great Yarmouth's Beach Coach Station late yesterday afternoon with an eleventh arriving just as I was leaving.

Working along the rank of coaches from north to south, the first vehicle photographed was Cambridge Coaches (Sunfun) VDL Y19 CCB which was new to the company as WA68 FFA.

Next in line were four coaches from the Milton Keynes based Bill's Coach Hire. The three Scania/ Irizars were YN13 EGV (new to Silver Fox of Renfrew), YN14 PLX (new to Commandery of Worcester) and YN13 XYX (new to Shaws of Daventry) The fourth representative was Neoplan Tourliner OU14 SVD which was new to City Circle of Hayes.

Norfolk was represented by Dereham Coachways' YJ55 EZW. The Van Hool bodied Volvo B12B was purchased new in October 2005

The seventh vehicle was Hamiltons Coaches Jonckheere bodied Volvo B11R H19 UKA which was new to Parks of Hamilton as LSK824. Some information relating to a flick photo says it was re-registered as SA16 RRL in February 2019 becoming Ulsterbus 5013. In October that year it received the H19 UKA registration when joining the UKA fleet of Desborough which has the fleet name Hamiltons Coaches.

The operator of the next coach was initially a mystery as I couldn't immediately see any legal lettering present. However, after a bit of detective work I found YX68 UCV was with Enterprise of Peterborough. I spent some time in conversation with the driver of this vehicle who wasn't very pleased about the roadworks on his outward journey - 'traffic cones on a very short part of the A47 holding up traffic with no evidence of roadworks underway. Been there for some weeks and they complain about emission issues!

A bright orange Mercedes Benz Tourismo was next in the form of Buckleys Coach Holidays' BV19 YFA

Lastly there was Ausden Clark's BIG 9883, a tri-axle Scania K114EB6 with Berkhof Axial 100 coachwork. Operated by them since new in 2007, it was originally registered YN56 NNM.

The late arrival was Batley-based A Lyles & Sons' GSU 340 which was on hire to Alfa Travel. The Van Hool TX16 was originally registered YJ13 HVA (Thanks Nick!)


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