Saturday, 16 October 2021
The East Anglia Transport Museum's AEC Regent is first pictured on Great Yarmouth's Wellington Road having passed through/under Wellington Arch.
Later in the day the bus returned to Lowestoft and is seen outside the Royal Norfolk and Suffolk Yacht Club on Royal Plain.
My thanks to Tim Major for the photos.
Friday, 15 October 2021
My thanks to Dan for the photos - and I have used one of them for the new blog header
Wednesday, 13 October 2021
Liam decided to have a run to Beccles on 204 X662 LLX, the former Metroline VPL160, and says that riding on these VPLs is like 'stepping into a time machine back to the early noughties; fit a double door and you have the full London experience'. The old Metroline moquette and ribbed hand rails invokes nostalgia more than the First and Go-Ahead versions'
Arriving in Beccles, similar 202 X643 LLX was also on the Old Market stand for some unknown reason and was out of service. I couldn't find any reference to it being out on the Bus Times site.
He alighted from 204 at the Beccles Tesco store and got another photo there
My thanks to Liam for the photos
The accompanying photo shows both upper and lower floors of the bus which has also been fitted with a new white destination screen.
It is currently awaiting new bell pushers with other work needing completion before it returns to service
My thanks to First Great Yarmouth for the information and photos
It concerns the revocation of the PSV licence held by the PTS Group of North Walsham. The running of services under this licence have been ceased with immediate effect.
The full Notices and Proceedings Report can be viewed here soon
Tuesday, 12 October 2021
The second vehicle snapped was Roberts Travel Group's Mercedes Benz Tourismo BD18 TNO based in Coalville, Leicestershire.
Alfa Travel was represented by a further two Tourismos in the shape of 118 BV20 HNB and 119 BV20 HNC
The final attendee was Killamarsh, Sheffield based Coopers Tours Scania R777 JCS.
Monday, 11 October 2021
A Couple of regular blog contributors met up at the weekend to sample the lengthy round trip from Lowestoft to Bungay on the 99A Service.
Zak Nelson was at the wheel whilst Aaron went along for the ride and to grab some photos along the way.
Aaron has kindly supplied a brief description of the trip,
Yesterday saw a lengthy trip with Zak to Bungay via Southwold and Halesworth on the Clipper 99/A – a four hour round trip. A nice route, very quiet tight roads, had to adjust mirror a few times. Not much time at each end at all only a chance to get a quick snap of 37025 YJ06XKO!
Return journey arrived in Southwold bang on time with 37575 AU58ECZ running late about to depart on the 11.55 99A to Bungay with us bound for Lowestoft so managed to get both together!
Also attached is a photo of the Grey Line timetable board at Bungay St Marys Street.
Many thanks to Aaron and Zak for sharing the trip!
The continued branding and repaints for Coastal Reds continues with the latest Gemini recipient being 37578 AU58EDJ, pictured below sunning itself at Caister Road on Saturday afternoon prior to a trip out on a Bernard Matthews Contract run. 37574 AU58ECY has now also returned to Caister Road and is currently undergoing inspection prior to returning to service here.
Former First Sheffield Volvo B7RLE 69033 SF55UBT has now become a Driver Trainer at Norwich.
Another Trainer has been on loan from First Essex this past week in the shape of 66846 MX05CGV.
Ipswich Depot has rebranded a couple of Volvo B7RLE'S with 69010 & 69011 now carrying Mainline 66 details for the service to Martlesham Heath.
Another ex Sheffield Volvo B7RLE 69032 is now residing in Ipswich and has gained Ipswich Reds branding. Seen below working the 64 Ipswich - Woodbridge service. Sister 69020 has had similar treatment but is currently on loan at Lowestoft.
Finally back to Yarmouth where Volvo B7TL 30960 YJ51RDU has gained Coastal Reds branding.
Many Thanks to Mark Doggett for use of his excellent photos, and it was nice to catch up with Mark at the weekend at Caister Road.
Sunday, 10 October 2021
|Optare Solo YJ58 CBX nearing the Kelling Hospital end of the route yesterday|
|Brush Type 2 (later class 31) D5631 on the delayed departure from Weybourne yesterday|
I was fortunate in capturing my first photo of one of the new Coasthoppers in action with Volvo B8RLE/ MCV Evora BV21 OOD awaiting time on the Station Approach in Sheringham prior to departing for Wells-next-the-Sea
Prior to that former Isle of Man Transport East Lancs bodied DAF DB250 PM03 EHU was off to Holt on the 44.
Meanwhile I have received news that both of Sanders two new Volvo B5 deckers have arrived and are expected to be in service sometime next week
Saturday, 9 October 2021
My thanks to Kevan Portas for the information and photo.
Friday, 8 October 2021
My thanks Will for the update and photo
This AEC/Plaxton of Sheffield United Tours was on the regular Saturday express service between Sheffield and Cromer which arrived in town around lunchtime. I spent many many hours at this coach park in my teenage years, every one of them thoroughly enjoyed, with the anticipation of what might turn up in Cromer on any particular day! Hope of interest'
It's certainly of interest David and I can remember many examples of the SUT fleet were seen at Great Yarmouth's Beach Coach Station when I used to look in at weekday lunchtimes! The coach is a Plaxton Panorama bodied AEC Reliance with the registration KWE 370D and a model of it is currently available on e-bay. Thanks for the email and photo
On closure inspection it was not the usual Scania N230UD BB58 BUS but similar BB10 AVA. The Alde Valley Academy branded BB10 AVA has been almost ever present on the 521A/522/522A services. From the beginning of this school term it appears that both vehicles working these routes are now Scania deckers.
Unfortunately there was nowhere for me to stop and get a photo and I couldn’t get in place for the return journey as I was expecting an urgent call at home - Why does that always happen!
Thankfully AndrewW was at the James Paget Hospital in Gorleston yesterday afternoon and stumbled across it working the 14:20 from Bungay to Great Yarmouth. Upon examination of bustimes.org it appears that the vehicle had worked the 580 route all day
My thanks to Andrew for the photo and information
Thursday, 7 October 2021
My thanks to SteveW for the photo and information
Wednesday, 6 October 2021
My thanks to Dan for the photo and update
BACT Community Transport of Hillside Road East in Bungay is introducing two Thursday only Bungay Shoppa hail and ride services from 25th October 2021. Shoppa 1 will operate from Low Road to St Mary's Street in Bungay via Wainford, Shipmeadow, Barham and Ilketshall St Andrew/St John. Shoppa 2 will also run to St Mary's Street in Bungay commencing in the High St in St Lawrence continuing via St Peters, South Elham, Rumburgh and Flixton
BorderBus has started a new SJL10 schools service between Aldringham and St John Leman School in Beccles from 29th September 2021. The operator has also amended the timetables of its 521/ 521A Halesworth to Aldeburgh and 522/ 522A Peasenhall/Leiston to Leiston/Aldeburgh services from 31st August 2021
The full Notices and Proceedings Report can be viewed here soon
Tuesday, 5 October 2021
My thanks to Trevor for the photo and info
Thanks to Aaron for the report and photo and I trust you didn't get too wet from the deluge!
Monday, 4 October 2021
It appears that there may have been a shortage of availability of the three Blue Line buses based and currently operated by First's Caister Road depot.
However, First Great Yarmouth's Coastal Red Volvo B9 36215 BJ12 VWX was observed providing the service in Norwich City Centre earlier today
My thanks to Dan for the photo
Sunday, 3 October 2021
My thanks to Dan High for the information and photo
Meanwhile Sanders Coaches are not running any Sunday services today in order to conserve fuel for the school runs on Monday.
Saturday, 2 October 2021
Friday, 1 October 2021
However, Great Yarmouth drivers are taking them to Norwich, driving them in service before returning them to Caister Road as Norwich has no spare drivers to operate them.
Bus Times website recorded that Volvo B7TL/ Wright Eclipse Gemini 37000 CRZ 366 had completed circular 'dead run' between Castle Meadow and Bernard Matthews Harleston factory. I believe it was a test run to see if deckers can operate the route.
Since its arrival I have been hoping to catch a glimpse (and a photo) of it in service. Fortunately Syd Eade did just that yesterday morning close to Oulton Broad North Station on the operator's SJL7 service to the Sir John Leman School. Whilst it remains in First colours, references to First have been removed apart from the rear fleet number.