Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Simonds Re-Registrations

Simonds of Botesdale have re-registered some of their vehicles, with two noted so far. Enviro200 WA09FHJ now wears DSU116 (thanks to Cameron for that one) whilst I noted Scania N94UD East Lancs OmniDekka BV55UCY now wearing WVE284. I'll make sure to keep a close eye on any Simonds' vehicles that go past from now on, and don't forget if you notice any you can get in touch via Facebook, Twitter or by email at

WA09FHJ at Diss Bus Station

Monday, 13 February 2017

Demonstrator in Service

With thanks to Gerard Fletcher from the X1 Blog, I was aware that the X1 Demonstrator YN16CFU was going to enter service today, and he was right! It did, and whilst I was stuck at work he has kindly sent over this photograph he took in Wisbech earlier this morning.

© Gerard Fletcher
Gerard wasn't the only one out and about trying to capture the Scania N250UD Alexander Dennis Enviro400MMC though. Cameron Robinson ventured out to King's Lynn to photograph it and this is his result:

© Cameron Robinson
Thanks gents for the efforts!

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Fleet Update: FirstGreat Yarmouth

There've been a few whispers recently about another withdrawal from First and I can now confirm that they are true. Volvo B12M Plaxton Paragon 20500 AO02RBX has been withdrawn and subsequently sold alongside double deckers 30887 W742DWX and 30902 W757DWX. The pair of Volvo B7TL Alexander ALX400s were withdrawn at the end of December as they didn't meet DDA requirements.

20500 in Chelmsford in 2014 working on the X30 to Stansted Airport

the coach also had a brief spell in Norwich in the middle of last year, here it is photographed at Roundtree Way depot

outside Caister Road depot about to complete some contract work. © Cameron Robinson

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

X1 Demonstrator

King's Lynn depot have taken delivery of a Scania version of the Alexander Dennis Enviro400MMC on demonstration. Registered YN16CFU, the bus will be used on the Western section of the X1 to begin with as First start to decide what will replace the current fleet when the time comes. More at Gerard's X1 Blog here:

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Sanders Re-Registrations

538FN on an older VanHool coach in 2013
Sanders Coaches have re-registered three of their coaches. The details are below.

801 YJ07JNO (now 538FN)
803 YJ07JWK (now 537FN)
804 YJ07JFV (now 536FN)

As a result, 909 537FN is awaiting to be re-registered, but is likely to revert to her original registration of YJ05HVD. Thanks to my Sander's contact for the information.

Friday, 27 January 2017

Mixed Updates

I seem to have been slacking recently with regards to posting minor updates so here's a couple for you today. At First, Norwich have took Ipswich's heritage liveried 32479 AU53HJV on loan for a few weeks. The Volvo B7TL Transbus ALX400 is photographed below on Castle Meadow this morning having just come off the Blue Line service 25.

I am also led to believe that the last Red Line repaint is due back in Norwich today; 36198 BN12WNY.

Elsewhere, as reported on Steve's Bus & Train Page, BorderBus have taken delivery of another double decker demonstrator. This time, it's an Alexander Dennis Enviro400H City and I was able to photograph her in difficult conditions thanks to the winter sunshine at Gillingham today. For a comprehensive review of the ride and build quality of this bus, head over to Steve's Blog using the link above.

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Broken Down Tridents Reach Cornwall

A few weeks ago, four Tridents left Vulcan Road for Cornwall, though later that day I reported that only two made it. I can now confirm that the other two are now at their destination after having been fixed in Norwich, with 33233 LT52WWV arriving in Camborne earlier this afternoon.

33233 on its 'First' attempt at the long trip South West