Saturday 4 June 2022

Photo Flashback Great Yarmouth 2002

Does not quite seem possible that 2002 is now 20 years ago but we were celebrating the Queens Golden Jubilee this year and looking back through my collection i found a few First Eastern Counties vehicles in an assortment of liveries in use at the time.

Former First York Dart 340 M209VWW is pictured freshly outshopped in Barbie 2 livery minus any letteering at Caister Road it later became 47209 in the national fleet.

Postwick Park & Ride services in Norwich were initially operated from Caister Road using a batch of Scania L94UB, 556 R556CNG is pictured in the sunshine at Caister Road.

Yarmouth depot operated a large number of ex London Wright bodied Darts, 379 LDZ9114 is pictured in Beaconsfield Road awaiting its next driver before heading to Caister.

The Blue Bus name lived on for a while after First's takeover, former London Leyland Olympian 71 G50XLO wore the Blue Bus livery before gaining the corporate Barbie colours, seen at Caister Road after returning from a school contract.

Eastern Counties livery was still in use at the time also, Dennis Javelin 614 H614RAH is about to head out on a school contract to Hemsby, some of this batch finished their days down in Somerset with First.

Final Photo is Leyland Olympian 122 G55XLO, this gained the Red/Yellow First Anglia livery, different versions were used within the Eastern Counties & Essex fleets at the time. Note the Bristol VR in the background still in use and a boyhood favourite car of mine the white Vauxhall Astra GTE!


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