Sunday, 21 January 2018

17 Plated Shearings Visitor

Another of the 17 plated Shearings Holidays' Mercedes Benz Tourismos made an appearance in Great Yarmouth during this weekend.

BN17JUF (fleet number 919) was one of the year's intake of 29 and it was parked up on the town's Marine Parade on Saturday afternoon opposite the SeaLife Centre.


Enviro Escapes ~ At Last

33821 negotiating Lowestoft's Gordon Road roundabout
on 20th December 2013
After a lengthy stay at First Great Yarmouth's depot, ADL Enviro400 33821 (YX63LKL) is now back on the road after receiving a new engine.

Also currently over the Caister Road pits are the two recent Wright Gemini bodied Volvo B7TL arrivals from First Borders. Both 32672 and 32675 (SN55HEV and SN55HFD respectively) are being prepared for entry into service.

Another bus presently out of use is Wright StreetLite 47504 (SN64CPY)


Saturday, 20 January 2018

Revisited Norwich 2008

Our first revisited feature of 2018 goes back to September 2008 with a visit to Norwich and a look at some of the independent operators plying their trade in and out of the city.

First up is a new Volvo B9TL/East Lancs for Sanders, PL08YLZ & PL08YMA were purchased in August 2008, YLZ is seen above operating the 55 service to North Walsham. Both were later sold to Ensignbus, Purfleet.

Neaves of Catfield operated services into Norwich for many years starting with coaches before purchasing a batch of Leyland National Greenway conversions and various Mercedes Minibuses. The first low floor vehicle was ex Anglian Optare Solo AU03HWS seen above in the bus station awaiting its return to Stalham.

Anglianbus were using Scania K230UB/Wright YN08MRO on trial and i luckily caught it in service in Castle Meadow, It also saw use with First Leeds & Bradford given number 65800 before passing to Centrebus, working in Yorkshire & Derbyshire.

Eastons of Straton Strawless were using DAF SB220/Optare H843UUA on their service between Reepham and Norwich. It was new to KF Cars, Gatwick in 1990 and also used by Capital, West Drayton.

Finally, Norfolk Green were still under their own management and running out of Norwich was ex Trent Optare Excel S172UAL which had been purchased from Konectbus. Seen above in Castle Meadow.


Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Service Alterations Registered ~ 17th January 2018

Today's Notices & Proceedings Report, published by the East of England Transport Commissioner, contains details of some changes to our local bus services.

With Highways England recently startinging work on improving the A47 Lowestoft Road between Gorleston's Beaufort Way and the Victoria Road roundabout, First Eastern Counties has submitted two retrospective applications to vary existing services under short notice. 

They refer to the amendment of the route, stopping places and timetable of the 8/8A/8B between Caister and the James Paget Hospital and the 9 between Market Gates and the James Paget Hospital. Both began from 8th January 2018 and will continue for the duration of the road works.

The full Notices and Proceedings Report can be viewed HERE and the Great Yarmouth Mercury report providing details of the route changes can be seen HERE


Monday, 15 January 2018

East Anglia Transport Museum ~ 2018 Event Days

The East Anglia Transport Museum, based at Carlton Colville, has recently updated its website to include details of the following special events being held during 2018:-

Blackpool Corporation 159 at Hedley Grove in July 2017
  • 31st March & 1st April - Easter Family Treasure Trail
  • 12th & 13th May - 1940's Weekend
  • 7th & 8th July - Electric Dreams
  • 19th August - 999 Emergency Services Day
  • 22nd & 23rd September Trolleybus Weekend
  • 27th October - Halloween
Further information about the events, including park and ride services, can be found on the East Anglia Transport Museum's website


Thursday, 11 January 2018

First Trial Electric Single Deck in York

Interesting news from fellow blogger Scott Poole who runs his own blog based in the Yorkshire area is that First are trialling an Electric Single Deck vehicle in York. He has kindly sent his photograph and the story regarding this vehicle.

First York 62990 YK66CBC Yutong E12LF Green Electric Saloon
The latest vehicle to be trialed at York is this very interesting Yutong Electric saloon. It was first exhibited at the 2016 Euro Bus&Coach Expo held at the NEC in Birmingham. It was also in full Arriva livery and operated in the North West, well Merseyside, in early 2017, it later moved on to Whippet of Cambridge and then in late 2017 it was spotted working with Nottingham City Council on the electric routes.

The bus arrived in York just before the close of 2017, stored until needed for trials in early 2018. With the addition of fleet number 62990 and the stylized First York logo the bus was good to go into service. Which commenced a little later then planned on Thursday January 4th 2018.

Scott caught up with the vehicle on Wednesday January 10th 2018, while 62990 was working on the Designer Outlet service 7 for the day.

Yutong commenced trials of the E12 vehicle in France in 2016, with a vehicle in Paris and later Leon, were the bus performed a 13 hour day covering some 107Kms each day. As the title E12 suggests the bus is 12Ms in length, with a width of 2.55Ms. It has 16 battery power packs, nine in a pod upon the roof, while the remaining seven are housed in the engine bay area.

With Yutong's own Electric motor the YTM280-CV9-H which with this vehicle 295kw/h output, with a torque range of 2,400nm, this bus packs a punch when in drive mode. For the passenger it offers reasonable comfort in the form of basic plastic seats with a thin cloth covered cushions. USB power charging sockets and information screens. With a light coloured interior the bus is functional and practical for the type of short distance services of the Park & Ride network.

You can read a more detailed look at the vehicle by going to Scott's blog here

Many Thanks to Scott for sharing the story with us.


Service Alterations Registered ~ 10th January 2018

The second Notices & Proceedings Report of 2018, published yesterday by the East of England Transport Commissioner, contains little of interest regarding changes to our local bus services.

However, the full report can be viewed by clicking HERE