Monday, 27 June 2022
G-Line Holidays' YJ18 BCK, a Van Hool TX15 Alicron, was the first to be observed and is normally based at St Annes-on-Sea in Lancashire.
The second was Royston-based Richmond's Coaches' 239 LYC which is a TX11version of the Van Hool Alicron
The others were YJ57 BTX, a VDL SB4000 with Watersons Coaches of Pontefract, and the inevitable Alfa Travel Mercedes-Benz Tourismo, BV20 HNC - a regular visitor to the town.
Sunday, 26 June 2022
Friday, 24 June 2022
The first port of call was Beach Coach Station where I observed ten on site, with one of them parking on the car park following lack of space on the coach and lorry parking area due to development work. Simonds Volvo B9R YX68 UCA was the coach in question.
Of the remaining nine, there were three Alfa Travel Tourismos present in the form of 92 BX15 OED, 107 BV19YFB and 118 BV20 HNB
Portsmouth City Coaches YS16 LNE, a Scania K360IB4 with Irizar i6 bodywork, was an unusual visitor and was previously with Solus Travel of Tamworth.
Dudley-based Dunwood Travel sent along their new Higer bodied Scania YN22 YHD which only joined the fleet in March
Other visitors were Caledonian Travel's Mercedes-Benz Tourismo NH18 PGH, Grayway's Tourismo BA19 OXL, Arena Travel's Scania YN18 SFO and 2 Ks Travel WA54 BUS
Two coaches were located on the Palm Court Hotel car park on North Drive; Bakers Dolphin Mercedes-Benz Tourismo BV19 YMC and Ross Travel's VDL RT69 BUS
Our walk ended at the Wellington Pier but before retracing our steps I got a photo M & D Travel's VDL SW15 YAU with National Holidays' branding.
Thursday, 23 June 2022
It has s distinctive destination as it will be used to transport participants to a local school prom at the Parkhill Hotel just north of Lowestoft.
My thanks to Will for the photo
The company had surrendered its PSV operating licence on 6th February 2017, ending a sixteen year period of service. Micheal Smith and Tony Boyne, trading as Swift Taxis from 2 Queen Anne's Road in Southtown, first applied for a licence during January/ February 2001. The operating centre was at nearby 173 Southtown Road. (Source: PSV Circle News Sheets).
The company acquired their first 'large' vehicle in August 2005 in the form of an Ikarus bodied 43 seater DAF with the registration T826 GSE. It was new to Leask & Silver of Lerwick in June 1999 when it had the registration T20 JLS.
Swift's only double decker in the fleet was a Jonckheere Monaco bodied Volvo B12BT SE51 DZV which subsequently saw use with Richards Coaches and more recently Completely Coach Travel. The last to leave the fleet was Neoplan bodied Dennis Javelin SJI 8127 in February 2016.
Wednesday, 22 June 2022
Fortunately as I was preparing this post Will Drake sent a photo of the new arrival - my thanks to him for that.
Update: The Volvo has subsequently moved to Norwich and this completes the seven (not ten now) arrivals from the south-west
Tuesday, 21 June 2022
First Norwich Purple Line Dennis Trident 33152 LR02 LXL is pictured in the corner of the depot awaiting an engine rebuild. On Saturday LiamS reported it as withdrawn
My thanks to Will Drake for the photo.
LYF 104 is a 1951 Leyland 7RT with a Park Royal H30/26R body. It is one of 1,632 Titan chassis built by Leyland to a London Transport specification. It was originally a tram replacement vehicle which entered service at Wandsworth garage. RTL1163 was withdrawn in 1963 and stored at Walworth prior to going to Harding Coaches of London for spares.
My thanks to Tim Major for the photos and to Ian's Bus Stop website for the vehicle's history.
Monday, 20 June 2022
Our roving reporter Simon has had another busy weekend of collections from the South West with two more Volvo B9TL arrivals to report and another pending.
First to report is 37403 MX58DXP pictured heading back on Sunday.
Many Thanks to Simon for keeping us up to date! He will need a well earned rest!
Sunday, 19 June 2022
Volvo B7 32476 AU53 HJK was running services at the Ipswich Transport Museum yesterday after receiving the embellishment.
It is the fourth and last First Eastern Counties vehicle to be so treated and joins First Norwich Streetdeck 35150 SN65 OMU, First Great Yarmouth Volvo B9 36215 BJ12 VWX and First Lowestoft Volvo B9 36187 BN12JYK.
Photo supplied by Jamie Clarke
My thanks to Will Drake for the photo
Saturday, 18 June 2022
On the negative side two Dennis Trident Plaxton Presidents have been withdrawn; Purple Line 33152 LR02 LXL has joined plain liveried 33154 LR02 LXN which was withdrawn a few weeks ago.
Volvo B7RLE 66978 KX05MHE has also been withdrawn
Friday, 17 June 2022
'Hi everyone, I own former Ambassador B6 L69UNG. I'm now starting to struggle with looking after her (I'm disabled with a back injury), is there anyone who would be interested in forming a group to look after her.L69 UNG is an Alexander Dash bodied Volvo B6 which was new to Ambassador Travel in June 1994 as their 503.
Thursday, 16 June 2022
With its continued non-arrival there was much speculation about the reported transfer on local enthusiast Facebook groups. This was compounded by the fact that Bus Times included it under the First Norfolk & Suffolk fleet but allocated to Bradford. Apparently it was awaiting a replacement engine and was expected at the Great Yarmouth's Caister Road depot sometime today.
It did finally get delivered today with Will Drake recording its arrival and it was also observed that the legal lettering still referred to First West Yorkshire Limited. It should be on the road within the next few days.
My appreciation goes to Will for the use of his photo and to First for the information.
Wednesday, 15 June 2022
Our Hire, operating as Our Bus, is providing a 'new' 100 daily seasonal service between Vauxhall Holiday Park and the town's Seafront from 25th July 2022. Serving the train station, Market Gates and Britannia Pier, it will continue until the 4th September 2022.
Paul Simon Whincop is increasing the number of vehicles operating from premises in The Street, Peasenhall near Saxmundham to sixteen.
The full Report can be viewed here soon
This is not the first time I have been aware of .MX58 DYG as I got a photo of it during a visit to Bath resting in Dorchester Street in October 2019.
Tuesday, 14 June 2022
The next coach encountered was Simonds Van Hool bodied Volvo B12B 166 UMB which I had earlier passed on the town's bypass. The vehicle is currently running with no fleet names and was originally with London General as SN09 AZV
Outside the Royal Hotel on Marine Parade was another Caledonian Travel VDL in the form of SF17 EDJ.
Five of the seven were Mercedes-Benz Tourismos with two of them from the often photographed Alfa Travel fleet; these were 96 BU16 HBD and 116 BV19 YFL. The other three were Acklams Coaches' BV66 GVM, Richard Taylor's RT69 RTT and Caledonia Travel's BV22 WPM
The other two visitors were VDLs which included KM Travel's YG22 LVD and Bluebird Coaches' T321 BBC with Shearings.com branding.
Monday, 13 June 2022
Again my luck was in although it wasn't parked in the yard. However, with the workshop doors open I located the last of the trio transferred from National Express West Midlands. It was a third Volvo B8R in the form of BK15 AJV.
To sum up the three arrivals are BK15 AJV, BX65 WAE and BX65 WAA. My thanks to Ambassador for their help.
The other was a Mercedes-Benz Tourismo SB16 MTB of the Bakers Coach Services fleet from Morton in Marsh, Gloucestershire.
Sunday, 12 June 2022
Another weekend of collections from Weston Super Mare for First driver Simon Taylor this weekend, a train journey down to the South West and then a long drive back to Norfolk. Not once but twice!
First collection on Saturday was Volvo B9TL 37415 MX58DYG.
She was safely returned to Kings Lynn Depot yesterday evening which enabled Simon to get back to London to meet his connecting train down to Weston on time.
37415 pictured above at Vancouver Avenue, Kings Lynn before heading down to Norwich.
Collected today was another in the shape of 37410 MX58DXZ, pictured below at Weston depot prior to heading back to Norfolk.
Thanks to Simon for the info and Photos
Thursday, 9 June 2022
Many thanks to Dan High for the photo
Wright Eclipse Gemini bodied 37406 MX58 DXT, delivered towards the end of May, was situated inside the works when photographed by Will Drake.
A further two of the ex-Manchester Volvos are believed to be awaiting transfer from the south-west with 37410 MX58 DXZ and 37415 MX58 DYG ready for collection.
My thanks to Will for the photo
Wednesday, 8 June 2022
My thanks to Ambassador Travel for the information.