Thursday, 22 June 2017

Prodigal Son Returns

This afternoon one of First Great Yarmouth's former StreetLites returned to Caister Road for inspection. Early last month 47506 SN64CRF was transferred to First Norwich and received Charcoal Line livery for use on the 40/41/X41 routes

Fortunately Will Drake was on hand to get a photo of it inside the depot - Many thanks Will!


Shortage Continues

First Great Yarmouth continues to experience vehicle shortages at its Caister Road depot following the transfer of the Enviro300s to Ipswich for Park and Ride duties.

Norwich Yellow Line 32106 on the forecourt at Caister Road earlier today. Photo: Will Drake
This explains the appearance of Norwich Yellow Line Plaxton President bodied Volvo B7TL 32106 LT02ZCV on the service 8 between Gorleston's James Paget Hospital and Second Avenue in Caister for most of today.

The shortage has been compounded by the fact that deckers 32062 W422SRP and 37274 LK58EDF are both out of use requiring a new engine plus Dart 42929 SN05EAJ is off the road for inspection repairs.

My thanks to Will Drake for the photo and to First Great Yarmouth for the update.


#TBT ~ Ipswich Depot March 1995, Part 2

This week's Throw Back Thursday continues with a look at Ipswich's Eastern Counties depot on 4th March 1995 - my apologies for the photo quality.

This time we take a look inside and find a couple of Eastern Counties vehicles in the rear of the depot in the form of a Carlisle bodied Iveco minibus and a Leyland National.

The former, F710NJF was new to Leicester Citybus in August 1988 and joined the Eastern Counties fleet the following year. It was withdrawn in 1996 with its final resting being at Ben Jordans in Coltishall.

The Leyland National was PEX613W which was delivered new to Eastern Counties in October 1980 and remained in service until 1997. Its last journey was to Spall of Dallinghoo for scrap.


Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Service Alterations Registered ~ 21st June 2017

A couple of interesting local entries appear in this morning's Notices and Proceedings Report published by the East of England Traffic Commissioner.

Both relate to Go West Travel, operating as Stagecoach East, which is to amend the timetables of its X8B/X29 route between Kings Lynn and Fakenham plus its X29 Norwich to Fakenham service from 23rd July 2017.

The full Notices and Proceedings Report can be viewed HERE.


Jim Long Tribute

Today saw a fitting Tribute take place to Jim Long, a good friend and regular contributor to the blog who passed away suddenly a year ago. Jim was a loyal Eastern Counties Enthusiast and was always around the town of Ipswich armed with his camera to record the latest happenings, we built up a great friendship and shared many photographs and met regularly for a drink and a catch up. Jim's wife Eve and his family decided to donate his photo collection to the Ipswich Transport Museum and today saw a fitting gesture from Eastern Counties, Heritage liveried 32479 (AU53HJV) was today named after Jim at the museum and he will be fondly remembered around the town.

32479 or James Long as its now known.

Jim's Wife Eve and his family 

A fitting tribute to a true gent. I only wish i was notified about this taking place today as both Roy and myself would have liked to have attended, very disappointed that we were not made aware of the event, still thinking of you Jim!

Special Thanks go to Stuart Ray for the photographs from this morning.


Anglia Day Ranger

Saturday i was introduced to the Greater Anglia Day Ranger Plus ticket, Whats that i hear you cry!. Well its a bargain at £18.50 giving you a day of travel across the Greater Anglia Network and the chance to visit many places in our region. The day was organised by regular blog contributor Tim Miller as he is au fait with the Train schedules!. We met nice and early at Acle Station (Free Parking!) to get our first train into Norwich to then get my first ride aboard the Class 37 Short Set service to Yarmouth and back.
37422 at Yarmouth Station (The only train pic i will post!)
Once back in Norwich our next port of call was going to be Ipswich, we boarded the London Liverpool Street service and headed for Suffolk. On arrival we spent an hour or so at the station area, cameras put to good use as well as sampling the local brew (It was 25 degrees!).

Ipswich Buses Enviro 200 YX66WCM
First 32656 AU05MVA
Next stop on the trip was Cambridge, we boarded the GA refurbished Class 170 and headed to the University city. The Station area at Cambridge has changed somewhat since my last visit and redevelopment of the whole area has seen a larger area for buses and taxis with many new student dwellings being built in the area also. Stagecoach is the main operator in the city and has recently introduced a new fleet of Alexander Dennis Enviro MMC's for the Park & Ride services.

10799 SN66VZX in the Green P&R livery for the Babaraham Road site
Former independent operator Whippet also run into the city and have recently introduced new Volvo B7RLE's to the fleet in association with Cambridge University to link Campus to the city. The company was taken over by Tower Transit in 2014.

Whippet Volvo B7RLE WG109 BT66MVK pictured outside the rail station

The final leg of our journey was a quick stop at Ely before returning to Acle via Norwich.
A good day out and well worth the ticket price to get around East Anglia, luckily only a ten minute hold up at Ely on the way home but all in all the trains worked fine and certainly worth doing again.

Many Thanks to Tim for his organisation skills with the timetables aswell!


Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Ex Anglian OmniCity On eBay

Christian Newsome has made me aware that A1 Minibus & Coach Services of Methil in Scotland has advertised a former Anglian Scania OmniCity as being available for sale on eBay.

YN03UVP is in the middle of this trio of Scanias piictured at Ellough in July 2010
The bus, former YN03UVP, was originally No 421 in the Suffolk fleet and was new to Menzies of Heathrow in March 2003. It was one of three OmniCitys parked up at dealers MAN Truck and Bus in Felixstowe in late January 2013 as part of the agreement to acquire the MAN EcoCity gas buses

Further information can be found on eBay HERE and my thanks to Christian for the heads up.