Monday, 29 August 2016

Rail Replacement Duties

It seems to be a regular thing now that Bank Holiday weekends is the time when the railway network carries out major infrastructure works and today was no different


Norwich station was a hive of activity with coaches on rail replacement duties following the closure of the route between Norwich and Ipswich due to major bridge repairs. Additionally all Norwich branch lines were operating a revised service

Our 'roving reporter' Tim Miller was on hand to witness rail replacement in action today with local operators Belle Coaches, Freestones Coaches, Galloway Coachways and Simonds among those taking part

 My thanks to Tim for providing the photos

Roy

East Coast Truckers

Yesterday saw the East Coast Truckers children’s convoy with some sixty trucks taking youngsters from Norwich to Pleasurewood Hills and Great Yarmouth. I witnessed the cacophony of the loud horns at first hand on the outward journey at Church Lane in Gorleston in the hope of securing photos of the support coaches provided by Smith's Coaches of Blofield

However, my patience went unrewarded as I missed them - whether they had taken an alternative route or were delayed I am not sure. However, regular contributor Tim Miller managed to capture two of the trio on his camera further down the road with Dennis Javelin Marcopolo bodied Volvo B12M FP51EUN at the front of the threesome

The annual event, now in its 31st year, aims to give children with disabilities, or from disadvantaged backgrounds, a day they will never forget.

My thanks to Tim for the photo; who later explained that the coaches used the town's bypass to get to Pleasurewood Hills before the trucks arrived

Roy

Sunday, 28 August 2016

More Arrivals at Reynolds

Passing the garage in Caister this morning I noted two fresh arrivals for Reynolds, I was informed that they were collected on Saturday.
Both are Plaxton bodied and look to be a shorter wheelbase version; registrations are AT55CZH/AT55CZJ.

Grahame.

Photo Special Eastern Counties Open Top VR's

Been a while since we had a photo special and as a lot of interest in a certain open top vehicle appearing once more along Yarmouth sea front i thought a nice trip down memory lane is in order!.
With the help of David Waters and the late Jim Long i have a selection of Photos showing the many looks of the Open Top Bristol VR's operated by Eastern Counties back in the day.
 First photo goes back to May 1987 and three open toppers are pictured at Ipswich depot ready for use on shuttle duties to and from what i presume would have been the Suffolk Show. All in the livery which was named the Wasp!.
A year on to 1988 and JNG50N is pictured at the Old Cattle Market Bus Station in Ipswich wearing a livery showing two local Radio stations, it was Blue on one side for Radio Orwell with Saxon Radio being promoted in Red on the other.
Next up is OCK995K pictured at Lowestoft Depot wearing the dark blue version of Pleasurewood Hills livery, a lighter version was also worn by the vehicles.
Finally we see NCK980J parked opposite the Pleasure Beach freshly painted in a  variation of the privatised coach style livery, note its fleet number has changed from OT4 to OT352 at this point.

Many thanks to David Waters and our good friend Jim Long for supplying the photographs of these vehicles in their many guises.

Grahame.

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Interesting Independents

A couple of interesting vehicles were on display at Great Yarmouth's Beach Coach Station this afternoon.

The first was unusual in that it was an Auwärter N122/3 double deck coach bearing the registration M155HST. Owned by Barker Bus of Roydon, Essex it was built to a CH57/18Ct configuration. The coach was new to Trathens Travel Services of Plymouth as YN51XMW in October 2001.

Another interesting arrival was that of R433RWT, a Plaxton Premiere bodied Volvo B10M-62 from the Bash of London fleet. This was originally a Wallace Arnold coach new in April 1998 and almost certainly must have visited the town in that guise. It was also exhibited at Showbus held at Duxford later that year and can be viewed HERE

Roy

Friday, 26 August 2016

Young's National Express Duty

Robert Kelly tells me that an unusual coach was working on the National Express Norwich to London service this morning

Young's Coaches of Cambridge were employing DAF/Van Hool  K9YCC on what is thought to be the 11am departure. The DAF was new to Fraser Eagle of Accrington in April 2004 as YJ04BYC and also saw use with Walton Swift Travel

My thanks to Rob for the photo

Roy

Thursday, 25 August 2016

New Belton Service

An Anglian gas bus runs through Bradwell in March 2015
Anglianbus has gone public this afternoon about its new Belton bus service, which is to be introduced from 12th September

The hourly service will provide a more direct route between Belton and Great Yarmouth Market Gates via Beccles Road in Bradwell and Gorleston High Street. It essentially replaces First's 7 service during the day although the 7 continues with an early morning working and evening services plus Sundays

Anglianbus states the new service has been provided following a response to 'requests from residents and local stakeholders'. First's recent introduction of the X11 Belton to Norwich service removed the Beccles Road, Bradwell link and provided a longer journey to Great Yarmouth. This generated a number of responses from both Belton and Bradwell residents with public meetings being held

The new 71 timetable can be viewed on the Anglianbus website by clicking HERE

Roy