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Showbus 2014

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Monday, 22 September 2014

Where are they now? ~ Sanders OU05KLA

Not a regular series, but a series nonetheless. Again I feel I must apologise for the lack of posts. I have recently regained access to my social media accounts and am therefore more keen to update the likes of my flickr pages than I am actually posting on the blog. It probably hasn't escaped your notice that Showbus took place on Sunday and I will be writing a small number of posts on about the visit but until they are ready to publish, you'll have to make do with other bits and pieces of info!

Thanks to my newly acquired access to flickr, I stumbled across this photograph of ex-Sanders tri-axle OU05KLA. It was taken by Paul Green who has kindly allowed to me to reproduce it here. He spotted Morton's Y14BUS at Marwell Zoo in Hampshire, shortly after being transferred from Sanders and receiving her new registration. The bus is yet to receive Morton's fleet livery.

Thanks again to Paul for the use of the photograph.

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Big News: FirstNorwich

I was having a gander on Showbus's website last night, having a look at the vehicle entry list and couldn't help but notice FirstNorwich's 33163 LR02LXZ was on the list. I thought it a bit strange that First would want to show off a bog standered Plaxton President at the most high profile bus event of the year, and so this set my mind whirring about what plans were in place for the vehicle. Late last night, East Norfolk Bus Blog confirmed that she is set to receive the new Norwich Network livery in time for the rally. Follow the link for more info.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Fleet Update ~ Anglianbus / Konectbus

Anglian and Konect's official 'enthusiasts' page has announced that the last remaining Rackheath based Optare Versa has arrived at it's new home in Dereham. 309 AU11EPE joins sisters 307 and 308, alongside also recently acquired 305 and 306. All are expected to continue to see service on the 53 between Tuckswood and Wroxham, which Konect took over at the beginning of the month.

309 was moved to Beccles after Rackheath depot closed, which allowed a couple of opportunities to photograph
a Versa operating unusual routes. Here 309 is working an 87 to Poringland on the 4th of this month.

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Poll Results

After receiving negative feedback regarding our look a few months ago, we opted to revert to a more blog-like appearance. Following that decision a poll was raised on the side bar and the results were very mixed. First of all, I'd like to say thanks to everyone who voted, a massive 104 people took part in what proves to be our most successfull poll yet. Overall, the result was half and half however some readers emailed in to express a more detailed opinion and those opinions were listened too last week when we reverted to our old "website" look. For starters our current template enables us to include more features than the regular blog template and the customisable html means there is scope for future development. So as far as we're concerned Norwich Bus Page has now settled into an appealing and popular look which we will continue to adapt to make it our own. Once again, thanks to all who voted and we look forward to hitting the 400,000 pageviews mark and being able to thank you all once more.

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Fleet Update Mini ~ NetworkColchester

A post from a bit further afield this evening. Earlier this week NetworkColchester acquired 2 Geminis for their routes. One of them, LF02PLO, has been used on service 1 in Colchester.
(To clarify, the photo's not my own in the link)

Friday, 5 September 2014

Fleet Update ~ BorderBus

Thanks to BorderBus, I can reveal that yet another single decker has joined the fleet. KX54NKH is an  Alexander Dennis Enviro300 which previously saw service with Premier in Nottingham. The bus will be numbered 106 in the fleet.

Thursday, 4 September 2014

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A former TGM double decker bus, in the form of dual doored Dennis Trident Alexander ALX400 KN52NDL was parked outside Chapelfield today featuring a rather eye catching paintjob! In other news, our First and BorderBus fleet lists have been updated.

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

London Visit ~ Part 2

Monday 25th August:
After a brisk walk to Woking Train Station in Surrey (Observing one of the boldest liveries in the area- Abellio Surrey Bus), I caught an express SouthWestTrains service into London Waterloo. Abellio Surrey Bus operate a number of bus services in Surrey mainly using SLF Mini Darts & Enviro 200s, although they also have ALX400s and Millennium East Lanc Darts too!
I really like their livery with the grey & red swirls, But some buses were plain white with Red Skirts! (Photo not my own- Didn't have camera ready myself to get any Abellio Surrey Bus photos). AbellioSurreyBus have the same seat pattern as the newly refurbished AbellioGreaterAnglia Class321s.
On arrival at Waterloo we changed onto the London Underground, alighting at Covent Garden to visit the London Transport Museum. I really enjoyed the museum & it's certainly worth a visit- there's lots of displays & rolling stock and of course buses! Contained in the museum there's a front (Front only) of a Gemini, A Route master, and a Single Decker Bedford Coach! Photos to follow.

Tuesday 26th: We travelled to Greenwich on the DLR (Docklands light railway). I really enjoyed the journey but didn't see many buses this day- Mainly just sightseeing!

Wednesday 27th ~ London Eye:
Whilst on the London Eye I took many photos of Buses, Waterloo Railway station, Trains & also of course the sights! More train detail on NorfolkScene

Thursday 28th ~ Thorpe Park:
I never realised that Thorpe Park hire out a number of Buses from Sullivan Buses. They operate a shuttle from Thorpe Park to Staines Train station, Mainly for those not yet old enough to drive or families without a car. There was Weight Renown's, Darts, and Enviro 200s- all in a Dark Blue Livery with White Branding for Thorpe Park (Sullivan buses have a Red livery, so I assume they're painted specially for shuttle)
Photos not my own, Just to show an example of the liveries:

Part 3 will contain the last 3 days of my holiday, including the journey home

NBP Update

We are in the process of updating our site, and to kick off, our September additions of our GoAhead fleetlists are now online. Keep checking back over the course of the day for further updates but in the meantime here's a photo of Anglianbus 353 MX60GXA sporting the new fleetnames whilst pulling into the bus station after working a service 57 last week.

Sunday, 31 August 2014

London Visit ~ Part 1

Last Saturday (23rd), I set off from my home town, Great Yarmouth, to London, for an annual holiday with my mum. It was a great getaway & I really enjoyed the hustle & bustle of London's streets, Underground & travel system, and the attractions.

Journey there:
After a small delay departing Great Yarmouth by Train we set off for Norwich- Arriving there at 12:17. Moving to platform 3 we caught our next service- The 12:30 Norwich to London service. Arriving on time into London we travelled on the Tube- To Bank then onto Waterloo. Catching a SouthWestTrains Class 444 we realised our holiday had begun!

Sunday 24th:
I set off for an open top bus tour, An Arriva president which I can't unfortunately remember the identification of! (Photos to hopefully follow). Travelling around London I saw many of the sights- London Eye, Big Ben (Not the bell itself though!), Buckingham Palace, Aldwych, Tower Bridge & Leicester Square to name a few. Travelling back home on the line out of Waterloo on a 6-Car Class 159 formation. It's surprising how many London tour buses there are- approximately 6 routes in total operating around the city (Original Tour, Golden Tour, Big Bus, Duck Tour, Etc..), Using a range of open top buses- Presidents, ALX400s, Scanias, and many more! Photos to follow

Rest of the week to follow in the next few parts.