Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Fleet Update ~ BorderBus

East Norfolk Bus Blog reports that a third Enviro200 has emerged from the paintshop in BorderBus's colours, ready for thursday's launch of the 146 service between Norwich and Southwold. BB62BUS was previously registered MX62AOH and was operated by Ace Travel of Liverpool. For a photo, see ENBB.

Monday, 21 July 2014

Fleet Update ~ Freestones Coaches

Not a company we report about too often, but Freestones Coaches have recently acquired a 2004 Setra S315GT-HD for touring and Megabus services. BU04EYT sports a new look fleetnames and was sighted on Saturday working the M37 service towards Cambridge.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Fleet Update ~ Anglianbus: UPDATED

Photographic fleet list now online! (via Fleet Lists tab)

I ventured out to Norwich, Beccles, Yarmouth and Lowestoft yesterday in a bid to catch up with the latest goings on in the bus world which I seem to be missing more and more of due to work commitments. Hopefully this may soon change as I also passed my theory test yesterday and thanks to a cacellation, I could be holding a full licence by this time next week which should broaden my bus spotting opportunities!

Anyway, whilst out and about I noticed an increasing amount of Anglian vehicles now carrying the new fleetnames. I spotted 904 MX53FDM and 456 AN61BUS and managed to photograph 905 MX53FDO and 455 AN61LAN, also now wearing the new logo. I was also unaware that MAN 18.270 EcoCity 106 AU62DWN has joined sisters 111 AU13FBK, 102 WX62HHF and 108 AU62DWG in also sporting the new look.

Friday, 18 July 2014

Fleet Update ~ FirstIpswich

Clive from Ipswich Bus Blog has updated me with the current situation regarding Ipswich's 32479 AU53HJV. The bus has been away for a refurb and a repaint into a heritage livery, however the process has been delayed and is unlikely to return until at least August. The Transbus ALX400 bodied Volvo B7TL was due back on Thursday this week, and will wear Eastern Counties' post office red livery upon it's eventual return. 

Thanks to Clive for the update.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Fleet Update ~ FirstBus

As mentioned yesterday, two Scania Irizars will be used for rail replacement works in Ipswich later this month. First have now confirmed that the two coaches will remain with FirstHampshire and will be listed as loanees to the Suffolk Town. They are expected to go remain in Ipswich until early September. For a photo of one of the coaches, check out Ipswich Bus Blog.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Fleet Update ~ FirstBus

I'd like to inform you that following the previous delays around the Ipswich area on the railway AbellioGreaterAnglia have taken the decision to hire four coaches as part of five week contract from First, although 2 of the buses are yet to transfer.

20514 WV02EUP and 20515 WV02EUR are two of the buses to be used. Hired from the Norwich depot, they are both Plaxton paragons previously operating for National Express & Ex-FirstGreatYarmouth. 20514 us currently unavailable as she's at her MOT so 37562 FJ08FYN- a Volvo Gemini, has stepped in.

Earlier we were informed by First's twitter that the other two buses are both transferring from Southampton. They are Scania Irizar PB coaches:
23312 YN54NYT and 23314 YN54NYV.

The coaches will be on general standby from 0600 until around midnight and will be dispatched from Ipswich rail station forecourt if needed.

~ Harry

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

It's coming, I promise!

I must apoligise for the lack of posts, especially after promising a report about the Peterborough Bus Rally. I just thought I'd let you know that I will be writing at some point, but due to long work hours I am struggling to find the time and energy to actually sit down and do it. But it's coming, I promise!

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Fleet Update Mini ~ FirstGreat Yarmouth

In preperation for the upcoming split of the X1, it has emerged that five of FirstGreat Yarmouth's buses have been fitted with free WiFi. These are four Geminis and the Enviro400; as follows. 33423 SN60CAA, 37573 AU58ECX, 37574 AU58ECY 37576 AU58EDC and 37577 AU58EDF.

Friday, 11 July 2014

FirstIpswich Charcoal Livery

69008 approaching Tower Ramparts working
the service 53 to the Town Centre.
© Clive Nixon
Following on from out previous report, Clive Nixon of Ipswich Bus Blog has kindly allowed us to use his photograph of 69008 AU05DMV sporting the revised livery. He reports that the fleetnames are yet to arrive but will be applied as soon as possible.

He also reports on his blog that 66981 KX05MHK arrived home last night. For pictures and more info, go over to his blog by clicking here.

Fleet Update ~ BorderBus

Thanks to BorderBus, I can bring you the latest developments from the new company in preperation for their new 146 service which commences later this month.

As yet unreported on this blog is the arrival of a second long wheel based Enviro200, registered BB09BUS which used to carry the registration MX10DXR. It is currently being repainted into fleet livery.

Meanwhile, MX59AVU has emerged resplendent in the blue and white paint job also sporting personalised registration BB59BUS.

A big thanks to BorderBus for allowing me to reproduce their images and for keeping me updated.