Friday, 21 October 2016

Red Line Repaints

33113 LT02NVX on Red Line duties last month
A question on quite a few people's lips over the last couple of years has been when will FirstNorwich begin to repaint their Red Line buses. I can now inform you that they are next in line to receive the treatment, as soon as 36171 BD11CFU returns in Turquoise Line livery. 

I am also told by multiple sources that Norwich are expecting delivery of some more B9s from Leeds tomorrow, however the amount of vehicles and which ones can not be confirmed, although they will be from the batch listed here. These will join 36189 BN12JYO  and 36190 BN12JYP which have been in Norwich since July. Ten of this batch of fourteen will then be sent on to Simon Morris in Ipswich to be repainted Red. On a side note, 36190 is currently on loan to King's Lynn alongside Blue Line liveried 36169 BD11CFO, whilst all B10BLE loan buses from Rotherham have returned North.

UPDATE: (11:00 22/10/2016) I can confirm that seven of the B9s are on their way to Norwich and have been sighted at Reading services this morning. These are as follows:

36191 - BN12JYR
36192 - BN12JYS
36193 - BN12JYT
36194 - BN12JYU
36195 - BN12JYV
36196 - BN12JYW
36197 - BN12WNX

Thanks to John Stait for the information.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Fleet Update: FirstNorwich

36173 after having fleet numbers and legals applied.
Today saw the return of the first Turquoise Line Volvo B9TL Wright Eclipse-Gemini 2 from Simon Morris in Ipswich. 36173 BD11CFX arrived back  in Norwich around 1300 for a quick stop on Castle Meadow for lunch, before heading back to Vulcan Road depot for preperation for service. Luckily I had planned to be there for the arrival of the bus so having applied fleet numbers and various other vinyls I was able to photograph it in the intermittent sunshine.

She was replaced with 36171 BD11CFU which will also receive the above paintjob for service 13. It is believed that 36171 is currently the last Gemini 2 in the country to wear the old livery, so I saw it only fitting to photograph it as it left in the morning drizzle.

36171 ready to depart Vulcan Road this morning.

Fleet Update: Sanders Coaches

Thanks to return2layerroad on Flickr, I can bring you the latest updates from Sanders. Firstly, ex-GHA Coaches Volvo B7RLE Wright Eclipse-Urban 502 DK09DZH has returned from repaint into Sanders' livery and is photographed below at their Holt depot last week. Sister 501 DK09DZD is expected to return this week.

Coach 910 DA04GHA has been repainted white, whilst 914 FN09AMX and 915 FN09APY should be painted into Sanders' usual orange and blue coach livery.

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Fleet Update: First

Two of Rotherham's loan Volvo B10BLE Wright Renowns have reportedly returned home to Yorkshire today. 60621 R784WKW and 60622 R785WKW were on loan to cover for the refurbishment of Lowestoft's Wright Eclipse-Geminis.

Photo: 60622 when on loan to Great Yarmouth in a previous loan spell.

Sunday, 9 October 2016

#VegOnTour Part 4

As mentioned in my last post, today was about trying to photograph the 56 buses which have recently been repainted into a new livery branded up as the “Atlantic Coaster”. I started early and set off for Watergate Bay, with the hope of photographing one of the ‘new’ buses with the sea in the background. The sun was out, making perfect photography conditions but the day started as it would finish; no sign of the repainted buses. First up we had something of local interest; 32955 X611HLT is pictured below in the sunshine with the impressive backdrop. I’m sure like our other old buses they have down there, 32955 is enjoying life a lot more in Cornwall!

21100 P10HDC at the depot
I moved onto Mawgan Porth next and photographed an Olympian, before deciding to follow it en-route nearly as far as Padstow to see if there were any other photographic locations I may not know about. Turns out there weren’t, so I headed back towards Newquay, stopping again at Mawgan Porth on the way back. Along the way I was passed two T reg tridents, and two Olympians but still no sign of the branded buses. It was nearly lunchtime by this point and having sat in my car for the best part of 3 hours trying to spot buses that never showed up I decided to go back to campsite, make myself a ham sarnie, put on my swimwear and head down to the beach. Whilst heading back though I remembered that First have an outstation just down the road where Western Greyhound used to be so I tried my luck down there and was greatfully allowed in to take some photographs.

33242 on the 93 to Truro at Newquay Bus Station
After lunch, I caught the 90 from Summercourt back into Newquay and soon found my way down to the beach where I set up my things before legging it into the sea. It was a very hot day so my body enjoyed the time it spent in the water which mostly consisted of jumping giant waves at the same time as trying to avoid the masses of body boarders insistant in boarding in the swimmers section rather than the body boarders section, marked out by cones, flags and lifeguards blowing whistles and yelling through loud speakers. Nevertheless I had successfully cooled down and done what everybody who comes to Cornwall on holiday needs to do so I headed back to the bus station and was pleased to find out my ride home would be ex-Norwich 32102 LT02ZCL. Also at the bus station was other ex-Norwich 33242 LT52WVL, still showing parts of her Red Line branding.

Part 5 is my last day in Cornwall which consists of riding the open-top 300 buses between St Ives and Lands End, on the Olympians last year of service. For four years I’ve visited Cornwall and have never been able to ride one yet so I’m thoroughly looking forward to finally getting on it!

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Fleet Update: BorderBus

Thanks to Andrew Pursey at BorderBus for confirming Steve W's sighting of a new Enviro200 for the Beccles-based company. YX09HZH has joined the fleet of existing single deckers and is currently being prepared to BorderBus' high standard for service.

The bus was acquired through the Ensignbus dealership but previously operated with Tates Travel.

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Fleet Update: Lynx

Lynx in King's Lynn have taken delivery of their first double decker, in the form of ex-Ipswich Buses Optare Spectra X153LBJ. It is needed for increased capacity on their new 67 service which was taken over from Stagecoach on the 5th September.

Their Leyland National, UFX852S now also wears their allover red livery and was photographed here by Sam Larke last month.

Photo: X153LBJ when it was at Ipswich Buses, photographed at Tower Ramparts a few years ago.

Fleet Lists are now updated.