Monday, 30 May 2022
President For Scrap
Former Hopton Timber Site
It's been some time since I last reported on developments at the former Hopton Timber site at Hall Road.see GEX 740F Saved - 3rd August 2020)
Since then the site has been made more secure and I have been made aware that there were some vehicles stored there. So I made my way there on the way back from the EATM 50th Anniversary event in the hope of seeing what was about.I initially saw a colourful LJ03 MBY now in use as a play bus and Grahame had previously published photos on the blog in November last year. (see All Aboard The Playbus - 26th November 2021) It's a Volvo B7TL/Wright Gemini new to Arriva London as their VLW 151.
Also observed was a King Long KMQ6127 coach parked at the southern end of a large compound. It was one of a number being stored there by Angie's Tours during the COVID pandemic. Its identity is thought to be P21 PJO which is currently 'SORNed'.
EATM 50th Anniversary
After payment for my half price ticket, the museum was available for me to explore at my leisure and the first item of interest was ex Lowestoft tram 14, one of nineteen operated by (the former) Lowestoft Corporation Tramways between 1903 and 1933. No 14 itself entered service in 1904 and is currently undergoing restoration.
After a burger lunch, I ventured onto Blackpool Corporation tram 159 for a visit to the Woodside terminus and the ceremonial reversing of the seats for the return journey. It subsequently announced its presence by going bang but was quickly repaired and re-entered service. I then retraced my steps by walking to Woodside terminus to get a photo of two trams passing in the loop - Sheffield's 513 passes London Transport's 1858
One of the trolleybuses I have constantly missed in service during my many EATM visits was NESE (Copenhagen) Strachan & Brown bodied Garrett and I was pleased to see it in use yesterday. The chassis was built 'down the road' at Leiston and is the oldest trolleybus still in active service.
Our final photos show former Great Yarmouth Corporation AEC Reliance/ Pennine Coachworks AEX 85B including an interior view
Sunday, 29 May 2022
New Arrivals for First Norwich
Saturday, 28 May 2022
Coach Station Trio
Discovery In Deepest Wales
Whilst in the area the club also looked in at a storage site on an industrial estate near Llandow in the Vale Of Glamorgan where many other exhibits in various stages of preservation are kept.
My thanks to David for his report and photo
Thursday, 26 May 2022
Greetings From Denmark!
|Konectbus Greatest Hits Radio sponsored ADL Enviro400 SN10 CFD on Park and Ride service|
|First Turquoise Line Volvo B9 BD11 CFX leaving City Bus Station on the 13 route|
|Another Volvo B9 First Yellow Line 36268 BG12 YKA at Castle Meadow|
Wednesday, 25 May 2022
Service Alterations Registered ~ 25th May 2022
New £3m Development
The closure to traffic of the St Nicholas Road/ Nelson Road Central junction has already led to confusion among operators with at least one coach not being able to find its way to the coach station. The driver had to call the police as he couldn't negotiate a way out of his predicament. There doesn't appear to be adequate signage for coach drivers trying to find the coach station. When out with my camera, I have had at least one driver approach me to say he had difficulty finding parking in the town whilst this construction work is under way.
Those involved in the planning process need to be aware that there has to be adequate and convenient parking for coaches or the operators will take their coaches and their money spending passengers elsewhere.
Monday, 23 May 2022
First Day Of Cabriolet 1C Service
Alfie Clarke supplies a photo of the first departure from Hemsby Beach at 09:15 with Cabriolet 6 CRZ 622 in charge. Numbered 37059 in the First fleet, it was previously registered YJ06 XML and formerly operated in closed top form for First Bradford
Regular contributor Syd Eade also provided some photos of the first day of the service 1C and some are reproduced in today's post.
He says all ran very fine and many had decent loads. The only issue was the road train getting in the way plus illegally parked cars causing difficulty turning at Seashore.
His first contribution shows the normally standby vehicle CRZ 166 passing the under construction Ferris Wheel.
The next features CRZ 266 at the Marina Centre stop. The new state-of-the-art Marina Centre is on track to open in the summer of this year.
Saturday, 21 May 2022
Saturday Open Top Freebie
Thursday, 19 May 2022
Lowestoft Flying Visit
My first photo shows First's Coastal Clipper 37568 AU58 ECJ preparing to leave the bus station on service 1 to Martham via Great Yarmouth.
Shortly after, Dennis Dart SLF 42921 EU05 AUN arrived at Gordon Road following the completion of its 109 route from Hollow Grove. The former First Great Yarmouth stalwart is seen here with its subsequent working, the 122 to the town's Rock Estate via Oulton Village.
Free Open Top Bus Tours
My thanks to Zak Nelson for the photo which features all six open toppers.
Wednesday, 18 May 2022
Morning Round Up
A quick tour around the holiday area of Great Yarmouth this morning witnessed at least eleven coaches in evidence. I travelled to Marine Parade via St Peter's Road passing Hodgsons Coaches' VDL YD19 GTZ on the way - complete with National Holidays branding. Although I didn't get a photo of it, as I was driving, there was picture of it at Beach Coach Station posted on their Twitter feed
Heading from south to north the first coach encountered was Skills Coaches' BU69 XYR in Leger Holidays New Shearings.com livery. The Volvo B11R is awaiting passengers from the nearby Carlton Hotel
Further along Marine Parade, outside the Royal Hotel, was Mercedes Benz BJ59 OJL operated by ICM Travel of Derby. The coach was new to Pullmanor of Herne Hill of South London in January 2010.
Van Hool TX17 Astron YD14 GFK, owned by Gibbons Coaches, was parked outside the New Beach Hotel. New to Parry of Cheslyn Hay, Staffordshire in April 2014, it still retains their livery which has been adapted by Gibbons.
Continuing northwards, Prince's Road was busy with two coaches picking up passengers at the same time. First to arrive was Klarners Executive Travel's Mercedes Benz Tourismo BL16 GBZ immediately followed by Welsh's Tours' VDL W26 HOL
Outside the Prom Hotel on Marine Parade was Elcock Raisen's Irizar i6S integral 1577 NT. New to the Shropshire operator as JE18 ACF in May 2018, it received its current registration in October of the same year.
Noted on North Drive was locally-based Marett's Chariots BMC 403 VF62 GAA, previously with Felix of Long Melford. The driver informed me the coach was being retained on contract to a film company shooting a pilot series for a television company.
Meanwhile three coaches had managed to find their way to Beach Coach Station via a complex route after the closure of the the Nelson Road North/ St Nicholas Road junction. With regular visitor Alfa Travel's Mercedes Benz Tourismo BN17 JCU was Caledonian Travel's VDL SF17 EDJ and Acklams Holidays' Tourismo BV69 LOJ
Service Alterations Registered ~ 18th May 2022
BACT Community Transport is to introduce a flexible North Lowestoft Buzzabout service from 4th July 2022. Operating on Mondays and Thursdays only it will serve Blundeston, Somerleyton, Lound and Gunton.
First Eastern Counties has provided a Monday to Saturday 36/36A service between Horsford and Harleston/Long Stratton via Norwich from 24th April 2022. Its previous 36 route form Horsford to Long Stratton was cancelled on the same date. The operator has also cancelled the 922 Great Yarmouth, Market Gates to Cliff Park Ormiston Academy from 17 April 2022.
National Express has cancelled a number of its services from 1st April 2022. They include 375 Birmingham Coach Station and Great Yarmouth's Market Gates and the 727 between the University of East Anglia and Gatwick Airport South Terminal.
The full Report can be viewed here soon
Monday, 16 May 2022
First Great Yarmouth Update
Lowestoft's Enviro400 33814 YX63LKA is in the workshops with what appears to be an electrical fault with the engine constantly cutting out.
Another Lowestoft vehicle, Enviro200 44532 SN62 DBO, is receiving its annual MOT
My thanks to First Great Yarmouth for the update
Wednesday, 11 May 2022
Service Alterations Registered ~ 11th May 2022
⧫ 44 / X44 / 44A Hempstead Road, Holt to Sheringham, Station Approach
⧫ X44 / 44A Norwich Bus Station to Sheringham, Station Approach
The full Notices and Proceedings Report can be viewed here soon
First's Cabriolet 6
Another Open Top Arrival and New Registrations Revealed'