Thursday 13 June 2024

Thursday Outing

This afternoon I had some shopping to pick up in Great Yarmouth so I looked in at Beach Coach Station.

Four coaches were parked up and they included Garston-based The Big Coach Company's Mercedes-Benz Tourismo CX16 WDT and Star Coaches' VDL Bova Futura FHD2-129 ST19 TAR. Making up the numbers were regulars KM Travel's VDL Bova M200 KMT and Alfa Travel's Mercedes-Benz Tourismo BV20 HNG.

At the north end of the coach station was Completely Coach Travel's Jonckheere bodied Volvo B12BT S28CCT. It was new to First Aircoach of Dublin as 08-D-70461 in 2008

Noted on the open top seafront 1C service was First Eastern Counties Volvo B9 37068 CRZ 599 - ex First York YK57 EZX


Dolphin Withdrawal

Norwich-based Dolphin Autos have withdrawn their Bova Futura OIG 5924 from service with its next journey being a one way visit to the scrap man.

Dolphin acquired the Bova from Williams of South Wales in August 2020 although it was new to Gibson of Moffatt, Scotland as SA02 VKH in April 2002 .

My thanks to Dan High for the photo.


Wednesday 12 June 2024

Ex First Eastern Counties Decker Goes Topless

Regular contributor Mark Doggett made a further visit to Ensignbus' premises in Purfleet this morning.

Whilst there he found former First Eastern Counties Wright Eclipse Gemini bodied Volvo B9TL 37408 MX58 DXV which had recently been converted to an open topper. Now in Bubblegum Blue livery, Ensign plans to use it on its 99 route between Southend Pier and Shoeburyness East Beach

MX58 DXV was new to First Manchester in October 2008 with First Eastern Counties acquiring the decker from First West of England in June 2022.

My thanks to Mark for the photos.


Service Alterations Registered ~ 12th June 2024

Just the one item of 'local' interest appears in today's East of England Traffic Commissioner's Notices and Proceedings Report.

Sanders Coaches amended the timetable of its 34 service between North Walsham Post Office and the former Stalham Railway Station site from the 2nd June 2024.

The full Notices and Proceedings Report will be available to view here soon.


Tuesday 11 June 2024

Sanders Update

 Another recent arrival to report is ex Cardiff Bus Scania L94UB WX06JYA.

New to Thamesdown, Swindon it then became 770 in the Cardiff fleet before recently arriving in Norfolk with Sanders, it carries fleet number 324.

It is pictured at the Old Railway Station in Stalham where it was waiting to depart for North Walsham on the 34 service.


First Great Yarmouth Update

The latest is that First Norwich Blue Line Volvo B9 36176 BD11 CGE was helping out in Norwich yesterday on a First Great Yarmouth Bernard Matthews contract following the failure of Coastal Red Volvo B9 37663 AU58 ECA in the city. The Norwich vehicle, shown here on a previous visit to Gorleston, was returned to Roundtree Way last night.

Currently in the Caister Road workshops is Lowestoft's B9 37142 SN57 HDC having its MOT whilst Alexander Dennis Enviro400 33810 YX63 LJU's engine is receiving attention. Also under repair is Wright StreetLite 47512 SN64 CRZ.

Open top 37069 YK57 EZZ is awaiting signage to be applied before it can enter service.

My thanks to First Great Yarmouth for the update report


Saturday 8 June 2024

Recent Sheringham Visitors

Tony Wilson has been in contact once more with pictures of two recent visitors to Sheringham in the past few days.

The first was observed was on Monday in the form of Cozy's Coaches Neoplan CO12 ZYO. Its original registration proved difficult to find until David Beardmore came up with PO63 FNA - which was new to Seaview of Parkstone

Another sighting later in the week was that of ICT Coaches of Ringland's BF68 ZFT. a Mercedes-Benz Tourismo.

My thanks to Tony for the information and photos


Fakenham Lynx

Mark Doggett was in Oak Street, Fakenham this morning where he espied a Lynx double decker. It was their ADL Enviro400 MMC YH73 PHJ on its way to Kings Lynn on the 49a route,

My thanks to Mark for the photo


Friday 7 June 2024

Corporate StreetDeck

Harry Holmes was in Norwich earlier this evening when he observed a First Eastern Counties StreetDeck in the new corporate livery.

He photographed 35287 SL67 VXR on Castle Meadow waiting to work the 18:15 service 13 to Attleborough.

Thanks for the report and photo Harry.


Lowestoft Duo

Having travelled in from Great Yarmouth, two holiday coaches disgorged their passengers at the Lowestoft Railway Station bus stops earlier today.

The twosome were KM Travels' Yutung YD19 HHM and Alfa Travels' Mercedes Benz Tourismo 126 BV20 HNK - both regular visitors to Great Yarmouth.

My thanks to Tim Miller for the photos.


Thursday 6 June 2024

Aldeburgh Stay

Yesterday morning I received a message from Niall Spence who spent a week in the Aldeburgh area with his wife.

Whilst there he took a few photos of bus/coach activity in the area with the first featuring BorderBus Volvo B8RLE / MCV Evora 113 BB73 BUS in Aldeburgh High Street

The second shows First Eastern Counties Wright Eclipse Urban bodied Volvo B7RLE 69547 (BF12 KWH) in heritage livery leaving Aldeburgh.

The next is of Dan's Coach Travel 's Volvo B12M / Plaxton Paragon E22 DCT seen at Dunwich Beach

The last is of ex First York, now First Eastern Counties, Wright StreetDeck 35927 MF72 WBE also leaving Aldeburgh.

My thanks Niall for sharing his photos with us.


Wednesday 5 June 2024

Service Alterations Registered ~ 5th June 2024

Just the one item of  'local' interest appears in today's East of England Traffic Commissioner's Notices and Proceedings Report.

Acle-based Our Hire Limited, operating as Our Bus, is reintroducing its seasonal 100 service between Vauxhall Holiday Park and Britannia Pier in Great Yarmouth via Market Gates. It starts on 22nd July 2024 and ends on 31st August 2024

The full Notices and Proceedings Report will be available to view here soon.


Tuesday 4 June 2024

Another Angies Arrival

So far unreported here is the acquisition of another coach by Angie's Tours of Lowestoft is Scania Omnicity NUI 2424 formerly with Orbit Coaches of Leicester. It also saw use with Go North East as their NK56 KKG with fleet number 5271

John Rennie observed the Scania at Wroxham after it crossed the river bridge on the 24th May. Whilst with Angie's it has seen regular use on rail replacement duties.

My thanks to John for the use of his photo


Monday 3 June 2024

Sanders Coaches' Arrivals

As you will have seen from Grahame's post, North Norfolk-based operator Sanders has received three new Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 MMC's which entered service yesterday.

Dan High has provided a photo of one the two other deckers which was seen in Norwich's Castle Meadow earlier today in the form of 130 HM24 SAN.

Sanders Coaches' has also acquired two former Nottingham City Transport ADL Enviro200s - 385 YX63 LJA and 386 YX63 LJC. The former (pictured) is now number 409 in the Holt-based fleet, whilst similar 386 (yet to appear repainted) will be 410. They are to be branded and dedicated for route 9 linking Sheringham with Fakenham.

The photos illustrate the exterior of 409 in Fakenham before branding is applied and the NCT interior decor which it retains.

My thanks to Dan for the first photo and to Tony Wilson for details and photos of the ex Nottingham. saloon  (It seems as though Grahame and I are of like minds as we have both posted similar reports!)


Nottingham to North Norfolk

Sanders have added two more single decks to their fleet with the arrival of two ADL Enviro 200's from Nottingham City Transport.

YX63LJA and YX63LJC have become 409 & 410 in Sanders Fleet, 410 is pictured above at the Holt Depot back in May upon arrival prior to its repaint into Sanders livery.

409 is pictured above today in its new colours heading into Fakenham on the 9 service, both are to be route branded for this service.

Many Thanks to Stephen Purkiss and Kevin Smith for use of their excellent photos.


Last Open Topper Collected

The last of the 2024 batch of Open Toppers for Great Yarmouth has been collected this evening and is heading back to Caister Road to have its vinyls applied and be prepared for service.

37069 YK57EZZ was a former First York vehicle prior to heading to Norwich last year.

You may notice a little difference with this one compared to the others in use, this is a full open top similar to 37000 which it has replaced.

Here she is pictured in Castle Meadow in December 2023 wearing an allover advert for First's Contactless Payments.

Many Thanks to First for the photos.


Sunday 2 June 2024

North Norfolk Quick Trip

My daughter was working in Cromer today so i decided to put Dad's taxi to good use in order to see if i could grab a shot or two of the new arrivals for Sanders which entered service today. As i had a small window of opportunity i headed for Sheringham as one of the newbies was about to arrive just in time for the camera.

Pictured above arriving at Sheringham station is 131 VR24VAR working the 44A service to Norwich.

The full details of the three arrivals are as follows,

130 HM24SAN "Helen Marjorie Sanders"

131 VR24VAR "Valerie Ann Ridley"

132 TJ24TJH "Timothy John Hignett"

All are Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 MMC's.

Back in Cromer i did manage to pop into the layover bus park and grab a trio of vehicles on site, first up is Sanders Volvo/Evora 526, BV72KKA which was working the Coasthopper CH2 service.

Next up was Motts Travel MB Tourismo MT18MTT.

Finally one of Belle Coaches recent arrivals Scania LIL9713, this was formerly BF15LBO, KOV 2 with Harry Shaw, Coventry a Scania K410EB4/Lahden C53Ft.


Saturday 1 June 2024

Visiting Old Friends

Dan High called in at Camborne today on his trip down south in the hope of seeing any of the recently transferred Norwich Blue Line Volvo B9s to Cornwall.

At the bus station he photographed 36170 BD11 CFP leaving for Truro on the T2 service.

His next sighting was that of 36167 BD11 CFM parked up in an awkward position for a photo but he did his best! It still had its First Norwich Blue Line branding in place

The third was of 36175 BD11CFZ residing near the bus what First Kernow claims to be 'blue front urban' livery.

My thanks to Dan for the photos and three out of five isn't that bad!


Friday 31 May 2024

Simonds' Withdrawals

Regular contributor Omar Atiallah tells me that Simonds of Bottesdale has has taken three of its vehicles out of service.

The first is ADL/Transbus Enviro300 SN06 BOV which joined the fleet from Suffolk Norse by late summer of 2022. It is seen here on Norwich's Castle Meadow during February last year

The other two are Caetano Levante bodied Volvo B9Rs SIA 488 and SLK 886. The former was previously FJ11 GMZ and was acquired from Edwards of Llantrisant in November 2019. The latter was ex FJ11 MLE which joined the fleet a month later and is pictured in St Stephen's Street in Norwich in November 2021.

My thanks to Omar for the information


Thursday 30 May 2024

Wednesday At The Beach

Had to visit Great Yarmouth earlier today and made a point of looking in at the town's Beach Coach Station around lunchtime where I found three coaches.

Two were Mercedes-Benz Tourismos from the Alfa Travel fleet in the form of A143 BF23 CFL and A148 BF24 AOW (pictured).

Also present was Felixstowe Travel's M40 FXO, a 2017 Volvo B8R with Sunsundegui SC5 bodywork.


Wednesday 29 May 2024

This Morning At Ensign

Mark Doggett looked in at Ensignbus' premises in Purfleet earlier today and found a couple of buses which may be of interest.

The first photo shows a former First Great Yarmouth Wright Eclipse Gemini bodied Volvo B7TL which has been converted into a driver training vehicle. 37023 YJ06 XKM is about to be transferred to West Thurrock-based Road Train

Another similar decker in Coastal Reds livery was present in the form of ex 37154 YN06 URH. This confirms the suspected destination when seen by Jon on a trade plate in Lowestoft on 15th May

My thanks to Mark for his report and photos


Lowestoft Loan

Currently on loan at First Great Yarmouth is Lowestoft's Alexander Dennis Enviro200 44454 YX09 HKO. Is is pictured here by Cameron Robinson on the recently introduced 3 service at Burgh Castle.

My thanks to Cameron for the use of his photo


Service Alterations Registered ~ 29th May 2024

A couple of 'local' entries of interest appear in today's East of England Traffic Commissioner's Notices and Proceedings Report.

Konectbus is introducing a new Coastal Konect 717 service from 29th June 2024. It will operate from Norwich Bus Station to Kingsway in Hemsby via Sprowston, Wroxham and Martham.

First Eastern Counties has amended the timetable of its 1C service between Hemsby Beach and Great Yarmouth's Britannia Pier from 25th May 2024

The latest Notices and Proceedings Report will be available to view here soon.


Tuesday 28 May 2024

Felbrigg Hall Services

Today a contribution from Tony Wilson about bus routes serving the National Trust property at Felbrigg Hall in North Norfolk.

'Something a bit different for 2024. Sanders Coaches of Holt in North Norfolk, have adjusted a number of rural routes that serve the Cromer, Holt and Sheringham Triangle. These are the already established once-a-week Monday to Friday 16/17/19/20, plus new route 15. All routes serve the National Trust property of Felbrigg Hall and Parkland, along private gated roads.

The dedicated bus is fleet number 222 (RX22 SKU) a low-floor Mercedes-Benz Sprinter with EVM Cityline bodywork, upon which Mrs.W and I experienced the 16 (Holt & Cromer) and 15 (Cromer & Sheringham). The series of attached pictures illustrate a selection of the rural and narrow byways plus some of the local ruminant inhabitants encountered along the way. My gate opening/closing and shepherding skills were put to good use and unlike the Bermuda Triangle, we lived to tell the tale.

The second new route in Norfolk to serve such a property did materialise. Operated by Hevingham-based Sunbeam Luxury Coaches route 1B is an infrequent circular service based on Aylsham, that runs on Mondays and Fridays (not Bank Holidays). It appears that the regular steed is a 14-year old Bluebird Orion bodied Fiat Ducato registered YX60 CLF, illustrated in front of the Hall.'

My thanks to Tony for his report and accompanying photos


Monday 27 May 2024

Revisited Ipswich March 2011

Been a long while since we did a revisited feature, so as its a bank holiday i thought i would have a dig through my hard drives and take a trip down memory lane.

March 29th 2011 is where we are going back to and a very sunny day in the suffolk town.

We begin with First Volvo B7RLE 69430 which was in Park & Ride livery but sporting an allover advert for Suffolk Police when pictured here in the Bus Station.

Independent Operator Carters had this ex Stagecoach United Counties Olympian L679HNV as part of their fleet of varied vehicles, they were eventually purchased by Ipswich Buses.

Beestons of Hadleigh had Scania Omnicity YT11LTA in use on their 91 service between Sudbury and Ipswich, this was later aquired by West Coast Motors in Glasgow and became a partial open top working on the Glasgow city sightseeing tour.

Galloway of Mendlesham had AY09BYC a VDL SB220 Plaxton Centro from new and seen here in a very bright version of their livery entering the Buttermarket.

Finally another Operator serving Ipswich at the time is Mulleys of Ixworth, P641ENN is a Scania L113CRL, East Lancs. This was one of a pair aquired from Nottingham City Transport.

Hopefully not as long between blogs next time!