Wednesday, 19 April 2017

More Buses for Charcoal Line

I have been reliably informed that the first extra bus to be used on the extended Charcoal Line service is now at Simon Morris in Ipswich for a repaint into the grey-fronted livery. The bus in question is Great Yarmouth's 36181 BF12KXU. It is thought that there will be a number of bus swaps over the coming month to accommodate the extra buses needed for the 41 and X41, with some heading from Norwich to the coast and others heading the other way. I'll keep you informed.

Left: 36181 at Caister Road in Great Yarmouth shortly after arriving from Leeds.

Saturday, 8 April 2017

China Comes to Town!

Sanders Coaches today announced on twitter the arrival of their newest member to their coaching fleet. NS17GAS is a thirty-two seater Chinese built Yutong midi-coach complete with a private registration number. Photo by Sanders Coaches.

Thursday, 30 March 2017

FirstNorwich Refurbs

33166 looking fresh in the sunshine today at Roundtree Way
A new refurbishment programme has begun at First in Norwich, with the first vehicle to undergo the process being put back on the road today. Purple Line branded 33166 LR02LYD was the first on the list which saw an almost entire repaint including application of the new style Network Norwich branding.

Next on the list is Volvo B7L Wright Eclipse 60916 YG02DKU which was pulled off the road yesterday. The seats are to be retrimmed and the extra luggage racks present from it's time in First West Yorkshire's Park & Ride fleet will be removed. At the same time, most of the exterior panels are to be replaced and once that's done the bus will be sent to Ipswich for a repaint into the Olympia livery.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Norfolk Green Solos in Wigan

On my recent travels I visited Stagecoach's depot in Wigan for a quick look inside. Upon arrival I was quite surprised to see a number of ex-Norfolk Green vehicles present. After a little research, I found out that four Optare Solos are currently being stored there awaiting collection by their new oweners, McGills in Scotland. I managed to snap all but one, MX55WCV.




Tuesday, 21 March 2017

First to Expand Charcoal Line

Today a number of changes to First's Network Norwich have been made to commence on Sunday 14th May. These changes are now on Vosa and are as follows:

Red Line 23/24
The temporary diversion route on services 23, 23A and 23B which operates via Salhouse Road rather than Plumstead Road East will become the permanent route following positive feedback from passengers and drivers.

a Green Line bus at Postwick last year
Green Line 14/15
Service 15 will be extended to Acle in order to provide a connection with the X1 and X11 services to and from Great Yarmouth, Belton and Lowestoft, however as a result of this the service will no longer serve Blofield Heath.

Service 30/30A/30B
First will be extending three buses a day to serve parts of Taverham, Thorpe Marriott and Drayton villages which are not covered by the Yellow Line services.

Charcoal line 40/41/X41
a Charcoal Line bus in front of Anglian's X88 service
© Sam Larke
NEW services 41 and X41 will provide direct main road connections between Norwich City Centre and Bungay. Buses will operate via Ditchingham and will serve all bus stops along the main road to Poringland and Norwich. The X41 will offer journey times between Bungay and Norwich of just 45 minutes. As a result of this, minor timetable changes will be made to existing service 40. 

It is expected that a number of Volvo B9TL Wright Eclipse-Gemini's will be acquired for the new services.

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