Wednesday, 10 August 2022

New Arrival For First Lowestoft

A former London-based Alexander Dennis Enviro200 was collected from Norwich’s Roundtree Way depot this afternoon and delivered to Great Yarmouth’s Caister Road site. 

YX09 HKM, with fleet number 44452,  arrived in Coastal Reds livery for later onward transfer to Lowestoft

My thanks to First Great Yarmouth for the information and photo


Demonstrator At Sanders

Holt-based Sanders Coaches has taken delivery of ADL E400MMC demonstrator SK71 CKX for a short period. It is mainly being used on the 44/X44 Norwich to Sheringham/Cromer route for about a week

It's not the first time it has appeared in the Norfolk and Suffolk area having been employed by Lynx in January this year and a month later by BorderBus.

My thanks to Kieran Bhalerao for consent to use his photo


Service Alterations Registered ~ 10th August 2022

Just the one relevant 'local' entry in today's East of England Traffic Commissioner's Notices and Proceedings Report

First Eastern Counties is introducing a new schools 975 service from 5th September 2022. It will run from Great Eastern Square in Felixstowe to Kesgrave High School and operate via Nacton, Levington, Newbourne and Waldringfield

The full Report can be viewed here soon


Tuesday, 9 August 2022

Lowestoft Loans

There has been a few movements of late regarding loans from First Great Yarmouth's Caister Road depot to Lowestoft's Gasworks Road garage involving Wright Eclipse bodied Volvo B7TLs.

32345 in use at Great Yarmouth in January this year
Towards the end of last week former Yorkshire residents 37026 YJ06 XKP and 37055 YJ06 XMF were on loan to the latter. However, 37026 has subsequently returned with 32345 LK53 LKF taking its place

In other news Volvo B9 36186 BN12JYJ is at Caister Road having an engine rebuild. Also receiving attention in the works is 37577 AU58 EDF.

My thanks to First for the information.


Friday, 5 August 2022

Query Solved!

I received an email from Dennis Abbott on Monday evening about a yellow Bristol FLF parked in a layby on the eastbound carriageway of the A47 between the A140 and A146 junctions.

Dennis continues 'From the destination screen it had obviously operated in Scotland although whether it was a Scottish bus originally or a swap I don't know. It had black lettering along the waist rail but I didn't have time to read it. What intrigued me was that the rear dome appeared to have been removed or altered and looking in my rear view mirror there looked to be an open staircase going to the top deck in the style of a 1930s double decker'

However, a few days later a couple of photos taken by Mick Wicks identified the vehicle as being on Great Yarmouth's Marine Parade. It was former Northern Scottish Bristol FLF NRD2 RVW393D which was new in 1966 to Eastern National as fleet number 2867. It later transferred to Midland (Alexander) becoming MRD197 before transferring to Northern in 1979.

It was subsequently sold to Last Bus Cafe based in New Pitsligo in 1986 gaining an unusual "open top" modification to the staircase and is still the current owner..

My thanks to Mick for allowing me to use his photos and trust that Dennis' appeal for information  has now been satisfied!


Thursday, 4 August 2022

Worthing Bus Rally

Apologies for the delay in bringing this report to you but its been a nightmare downloading, cropping and identifying all the vehicles in my 60 photographs. That's apart from the difficult task of selecting which ones to use!

This viewed greeted me after leaving a Brighton Road cafe following breakfast - Ex London Transport AEC Regent
KYY 529 passes Stagecoach South ADL Enviro 400 SN18 KOE on a Brighton bound Coastliner service
There was around 70 entries this year and for the first time the organisers extended the road closure on West Parade to allow for increasing numbers attending now and in future years.

Our first photo from the rally is this Arrivabus Mercedes-Benz Citaro in Arriva Pride livery new in 2012

Next up is the impressive looking Top Marks Coaches B12 DKR, a VDL Berkhof bodied Volvo from 2007.

There were many former Brighton & Hove buses present and this is Worthing Bus Preservation Group's Scania N113DR / East Lancs F718 LFG.

Ex London Transport vehicles were also well represented and this is RT113 FXT 288, a 1940 AEC Regent with LTPB bodywork.

An interesting visitor was PFN 865, an AEC Regent V 2LD3RA recovery vehicle. New in 1959 as a double-deck bus with Park Royal bodywork, it was converted to a recovery vehicle by its original owner, East Kent, and is preserved in this form.

1939 Leyland Cheetah EYA 923 put in an appearance. Complete with a Harrington C31F body it was in the livery of Blue Motors of Minehead.

Our final photo is of Southern Transit's open top LDX 76G. Many of you will notice the Ipswich registration and the Leyland Atlantean PDR1/1 was new to the Suffolk town in November 1968. It is seen here providing trips along Marine Parade.

All the photos taken at the rally have been uploaded to an album on our Flickr site .


Wednesday, 3 August 2022

Wells Beach Bus

Regular contributor Stephen Purkiss provides this report on the the recently introduced Wells-next-the-Sea service.

As from Friday 22nd July 2022 a new Daily, Summer only, Town to Beach bus service commenced operation at Wells-next-the-Sea. It replaces the Wells Harbour Railway which, having opened in July 1976 closed in September 2021 despite much opposition, both local and national.

Operated by the Holkham Estate, primarily using a Mellor Sigma 7 electric vehicle, the new service runs along Beach Road and as this road is privately owned, no local bus registration is required. This is not the first service to run over this route as local operators, including S A Abel and Dunthorne Coaches of Wells, had at various times provided services between Wells Railway Station on Polka Road and The Beach via The Quay prior to the opening of the WHR. During busy periods, open top 1951 Leyland Tiger PS1 type 840 XUJ will provide additional capacity. Both vehicles are garaged in Wells overnight.

On the slightly damp morning of Saturday 30th July, Mellor Sigma 7 electric bus MX22 LFV is captured at the Wells Town terminus situated adjacent to Wells Town FC ground, having just arrived in from The Beach. Note the new road leading up to Beach Road, the turning area and other passenger control paraphernalia that has recently been constructed. As mentioned above the route runs along the privately owned Beach Road which is beyond the fence, but below the bank in the background.

Service Alterations Registered ~ 3rd August 2022

For the third consecutive week there are no relevant 'local' entries in today's East of England Traffic Commissioner's Notices and Proceedings Report. However, the full Report can be viewed here.