Saturday, 22 October 2016

Saturday Sightings

A trip over to Lowestoft this morning enabled me to grab a few shots whilst wandering around catching the latest Pokemon with my son Finlay, luckily all sightings corresponded to a Bus being nearby also!
WX62HHF pictured in Gordon Road

It was of course the last day of operations for Anglian's fleet of MAN Ecocity Gas Buses before they head off to their new home at Plymouth, i caught WX62HHF waiting its next run through to Yarmouth at the Bus Station.

Yarmouth based Volvo B7TL 32061 W221XBD was also spotted in use at Lowestoft today working the 99 to Southwold, seen above passing the Railway Station.

"Ivana" waiting to deliver its fuel load.

Final spot of the day was not Bus related but a very rare sight indeed for me in my home village of Ormesby St Margaret, seen delivering to the village Petrol station was Eddie Stobart Tanker PE64UTU "Ivana". We all know the popularity of this well known haulage company and it was certainly a surprise to see it this morning.


Friday, 21 October 2016

Anglianbus Bits and Pieces

YN05HFF beside YN57HPU at Ellough depot in June 2014
As I won't be about to get some photos of the last gas bus workings tomorrow, I thought I would get some last pictures of them in service passing through Gorleston High Street this afternoon

I was a little slow in leaving the library when Scania Omnicity 460 (YN05HFF) passed me on a southbound 61 service to Kessingland. Quite a surprise as the latest fleetlist indicates it as withdrawn! Clearly Anglianbus are looking at resurrecting some of them to replace the departing gas buses

However, as the heavens began to open one of the MAN EcoCity buses appeared on the 71 to Belton in the form of AU62DWG. A lucky shot too as nobody got in the way as I stood undercover

 As I was about to leave my shelter for the car, the rain came down again and I was able to snap WX62HFU stopping for passengers outside the Boots store heading for Market Gates

Finally, I reported that all twelve active examples will be heading south on Sunday; it appears that the withdrawn example will be going too (on a low loader) as a source of spare parts


Thursday, 20 October 2016

Former Local Goes Retro

A Former Anglianbus Volvo B7RLE has been treated to a makeover by its current owners Blackpool Transport. AU06BPO was new to Anglian in 2006 before being sold and passing to the North West company in 2010 along with others from the same batch.
Pictured by myself in Norwich with Anglian in September 2008
It has been repainted into the old traditional Green and Cream livery of Blackpool Transport and was revealed at a recent event in Blackpool and ran alongside many of the preserved vehicles that operated for the company.
Now 524 with Blackpool, pictured alongside the Tram lines.

Many Thanks go to David Warren for use of his excellent photgraphs.


Gas Buses Bow Out At Weekend

Anglianbus is to run its last gas bus operated services on Saturday before they move to the south west of England. The twelve Caetano bodied MAN vehicles will then begin their long journey to Plymouth on Sunday

WX62HHE arrives at Lowestoft Bus Station for the official launch on 3rd December 2013

Andrew Pursey cuts the ribbon at the official launch at
Lowestoft Bus Station on 3rd December 2012
During March 2012 the operator secured a £624,000 grant from the Government's Green Bus Fund for the acquisition of 13 new gas powered single deck buses for use throughout Norfolk and Suffolk. Six of the MAN EcoCity buses arrived in early December of that year and were immediately put to work on the then new 146 route between Lowestoft and Norwich

Eastnorfolkbus was at the official launch on the 3rd of December to see the then AnglianBus Managing Director Andrew Pursey cut the ribbon to unveil the new vehicles in the presence of MAN representatives

Six were delivered for the first day when I sampled a journey on WX62HHE, the 10:05 departure as far as Beccles; which provided a very quiet and smooth ride with almost a full load. One thing I did notice, however, was that the rear interior of the bus looked uninviting to passengers as the exterior contravision wrap made it look a little gloomy. That, thankfully, has long since been removed

WX62HGG in happier times at Norwich Bus Station
The thirteen were subsequently reduced to twelve following a rear end shunt on Acle New Road in March last year. As a result of the incident the chassis of WX62HGG was twisted and beyond repair with the vehicle being subsequently written off

The first in the fleet 100 WX62HHP at Market Gates in January 2014 - a favourite of blogger SteveW!
After some initial teething problems, they have reliably settled down in service and, at one time, the gas buses provided all of Anglian's Sunday services without the need to for any other vehicles. The transfer of 40% of the active fleet to Plymouth, however, will see a large gap in the number of vehicles available to Anglianbus to operate their services. Presumably we shall see some of the current inactive fleet returned to service from withdrawn status. There might also be the possibility of the transfer of buses from other Go Ahead subsidiaries. All speculation - with next week providing the answers to these questions

Further details are also available on the excellent Plymouth Transit blog which can be viewed HERE


Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Tourismo Twosome

Yesterday afternoon saw two Mercedes Benz Tourismos at Great Yarmouth's Beach Coach Station

National Holidays' NH16HEH was accompanied by Alfa Travels' BU13ZTO


Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Latest Gemini Repaint For First

The latest repaint for the Norwich Network to be completed in Gemini 37173 BD11CFX, it has gained the Turquoise line colours for service 13 which runs from the city to Spixworth, Attleborough and Wymondham.
36173 pictured outside Simon Morris in Ipswich.
It left Ipswich early this morning and was quickly reported on social media back in Norwich around lunchtime. Another visitor to Simon Morris was Streetdeck 35199 SK16GVY which had some bodywork whilst there. 36171 BD11CFU has now gone to Ipswich also to gain the new Turquoise livery.
Pastel shades in Ipswich this morning!
Another vehicle currently at Simon Morris for repaint is Volvo B7L 66333 MV02VBY which has been repanelled and is awaiting is turn to be outshopped in the latest livery.

Many Thanks to David Warren for the excellent photographs.


Sunday, 16 October 2016

Saturday in the City

Firstly apologies for the dearth of posts on the blog lately - due to a lack of activity on my part plus not much happening locally at the moment!

Saturday meant a trip to the Fine City during which some observations were carried out using the short amount of time available. The first photo is one of the yellow line deckers which I hadn't captured on film before; President 32106 (LT02ZCV) was being employed on the 28 to/from Thorpe Marriott

Continuing my stroll along St Stephen's  Street, I was fortunate in snapping National Express Volvo B9R/Caetano Levante FJ11WLN negotiating the roundabout on its way to the bus station to work the 13:20 to Brighton 727 service. Also about to depart the bus station was Freestones' Scania/Irizar YT62HTX on the 13:10 to London Victoria

Another notable occupant was Stagecoach East Enviro300 27642 (GX10HBU) on the X29 to Fakenham - a second similar ex Stagecoach South 27644 (GX10HBZ) was also seen on the route at Castle Meadow. Both were previosly used on the 700 Coastliner route whilst on the south coast

Awaydays' recent arrival Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President X589EGX was in use on the City Sightseeing service complete with its new registration 100BGO

Finally, as I was about to return to shopping duties, former Caister Road stalwart President 32213 (LT52WTW) arrived on a purple line duty