Thursday, 19 January 2017

#TBT Throw Back Thursday DEX226T

This week's Throw Back Thursday features an Eastern Counties Bristol VR at the old Wellington Road Bus Station in Great Yarmouth

The photo was taken sometime during the summer of 1986 and shows DEX226T in an experimental livery being considered to replace the NBC poppy red. It was delivered new to Eastern Counties in February 1979 as VR226 with an H43/31F Eastern Coach Works body. It lasted in service until 1998 when it was sent to Wigley (dealer) of Carlton for scrapping.

Another Former Great Yarmouth Bus Converts To Open Top

Further news from First South West is that a second ex First Great Yarmouth double decker has been converted to an open top bus

Following hard on the heels of the conversion of Plaxton President bodied Volvo B7TL 32207 (LT52WTN), sister 32202 (LT52WTG) has also received the same treatment.

My thanks again are due to First South West Business Director MorganHuws for the information and for supplying the photo.

Ex Great Yarmouth President LT52WTG with a service 8 diversion on Crab Lane, Gorleston on 18th February 2013

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Service Alterations Registered ~ 18th January 2017 ... And More!!

For the third week running there has been no entries in the Notices and Proceeding Report affecting services in our local area. The Eastern Traffic Commissioner's Report for the 18th January 2017 can be viewed HERE

Konectbus SN65OAU on the 7 at Market Gates in July 2016
However, a recent query of the Government's Vehicle Operating Licensing site has revealed the cancellation of a number of services operated by Konectbus in the Great Yarmouth and Norwich areas including the 7 Caister to Norwich Bus Station service, operating via Great Yarmouth's Market Gates and Norwich's Postwick Park & Ride. This tactical withdrawal leaves First as the only operator along the Great Yarmouth to Norwich corridor after the 12th March 2017. The Dereham operator is also to cease running the 52 Acle to Cringleford  and the 73 Norwich St Stephen's Street to Caister services from the same date.

Presumably this will mean the end of any of the Go Ahead subsidiaries involvement with the A47 route in which First's operation was initially challenged by Anglianbus. Konectbus began the new 7 route in late July 2016


Tuesday, 17 January 2017

A new look for LT52WTN
More On First Kernow Open Topper

Following Saturday's post concerning the conversion of a former First Great Yarmouth President into an open-topper, I have been provided with more information by Marc MorganHuws who is the Business Director for First South West.

He tells me that 32207 (LT52WTN) will be one of nine such buses specially converted for use on four Atlantic Coaster routes. These are the all year round Service 1 between Penzance and Lands End plus the 17 connecting Boscaswell and St Ives. The other two are the 57 from Newquay to St Ives and the 300 St Ives to Lands End seasonal routes.

Marc has also provided additional photos which may be of interest including a couple showing what the new livery will look like.
The open top of  LT52WTN showing the seating fitted beneath the front canopy

The above photo shows the final livery on one of the closed toppers 33177 (LR02LYW) and also provided is a picture of what the front looks like as well.

Finally I would like to express my thanks to Marc MorganHuws for his help with this article and for the supply of photos.


Saturday, 14 January 2017

New Use For Ex Great Yarmouth President

LT52WTN in Magdalen Square
in Gorleston during March 2016
Many of our blog readers will be aware that a number of former First Great Yarmouth Plaxton President bodied Volvo B7TL's have moved on to First Kernow

First 32207 (LT52WTN) left Caister Road for Norwich in May last year prior to moving to the south west. After a period of use in Cornwall it is now being converted into an open topper

Work began late last year with progress being reported on First Kernow's Facebook site which can be viewed HERE

The above photos, showing the conversion, were uploaded to Facebook in early December and yesterday the company went public on the new colour scheme although no hint of the branding yet!

It looks like a two tone green livery which I must say looks similar to a variation of the Arriva colour scheme!

Richard Warwicker has subsequently been in touch and says 'Reading your first Kernow open top report I noticed near the end you've mentioned there being no hint of branding as yet. They are due to receive very similar branding as the closed toppers for the 56, as seen HERE on Flickr' 

My thanks to fellow blogger Sam Larke for bringing this information to my attention and to Richard Warwicker for supplying information on the branding. It would be nice if any of our readers could supply a photo when the work is completed


Friday, 13 January 2017

Seafront Shearings

Yesterday afternoon whilst driving along Great Yarmouth's seafront I observed three touring coaches parked up

Shearings Holidays Tourismo BF15XPU in the latest version of the Grand Tourer livery with Setra BK10EJJ behind
Two Shearings Holiday's examples were noted outside the SeaLife Centre on Marine Parade both in Grand Tourer livery. They were Mercedes-Benz Tourismo 743 (BF15XPU) and Setra 207 (BK10EJJ)

On North Drive, close to the Britannia Pier, was National Holidays Setra NH14DBH


Thursday, 12 January 2017

#TBT Throw Back Thursday ~ Norfolk Motor Services

Subsequent to my posting of the 14th November 2016, regarding the passing of Norfolk Motor Services (NMS) owner Alfred Blackbourn, further information has come to light on the history of the company.

Norfolk Motor Service's Fullers Hill site was badly affect by
fire in August 1984 destroying four coaches 
The January 2017 issue of the Ipswich Transport Society Journal reports that the move of Alfred and his father to Great Yarmouth in 1946 led to them buying the Norfolk Motor Services business. It was acquired from Robert Potter who established the firm at Cobbs Place off Middle Market Road during 1925.

NMS subsequently introduced a Great Yarmouth to London express operation which later ran in conjunction with Grey Green's service. Additionally operated on summer weekends was a service from Great Yarmouth to Southsea

The Norfolk Motor Services' Fullers Hill site on 25th March 1985 with two Plaxton bodied Ford R1114's present.
On the left are the burnt out remains of DEX623T (new April 1979) with then extant YEX127S (new April 1978) 
Norfolk Motor Services later passed to the Diamond Jersey Group which ceased in March 1985 following a fire at the Fullers Hill premises the previous summer. However, the successful UK and Continental holiday tours business, Sunrise Holidays, was sold to Norwich Travel agents Sterling Holidays. The tour business continues today with Ambassador's coaches regularly seen sporting Sunrise Holidays branding.

My thanks to the Ipswich Transport Society for the additional information - their Facebook site, which includes many local photos, can be found here