Thursday, 26 May 2016

Presidents to Cornwall

With permission from First, I may now publish that eight of Eastern Counties Volvo B7TL Plaxton Presidents that have been stored at Roundtree Way in Norwich for the past couple of weeks will be transferred down to First's Kernow operations in the South West as early as next week. Employees from Kernow were present today to give the vehicles a once over and they were deemed acceptable and as a result were signed off.
32209 in Yarmouth earlier this year.

The vehicles set to transfer are as follows:

32102 LT02ZCL
32103 LT02ZCN
32104 LT02ZCO
32200 LT52WTE
32202 LT52WTG
32207 LT52WTN
32208 LT52WTO
32209 LT52WTP

A ninth will be coming from Yarmouth iminently.

For those familiar with the Cornwall scene, the guys from Kernow told me that they have six Olympians left in active service and they should all be withdrawn come the Autumn. As for the open toppers, they'll be replaced next year with lowfloor versions.

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Fleet Update: First (UPDATED)

Great Yarmouth's 32200 this morning at Norwich
A number of withdrawals have taken place in both Norwich and Great Yarmouth, as part of the cascade caused by the new Pink Line deckers last month. As already reported on ENBB, two of Great Yarmouth's Volvo B7TL Plaxton Presidents, 32200, 32207 and 32209, have been withdrawn and are now at Roundtree Way in Norwich awaiting transfer elsewhere. They join three Norwich Volvo B7TLs which have also been withdrawn and await transfer. 

This makes the list of withdrawn buses at Roundtree the following: 

32103 LT02ZCN
32104 LT02ZCO
32200 LT52WTE
32202 LT52WTG
32207 LT52WTN
32209 LT52WTP

Last month, Tridents 33004 LK51UZT, 33007 LK51UZE and 33151 LR02LXK were the first to leave Norwich and are now all based at Great Yarmouth.

Monday, 16 May 2016

Major Changes to Routes at FirstGreat Yarmouth

First have today released information with regards to upcoming service changes which take effect from Sunday 29th May. Rather than reproduce the info on the blog, please click here to head over to their news page. Changes include timetable changes to all services with major revisions to some, and new services 9 and X11. 

There are new timetable leaflets and booklets (featuring the photo to the left taken by yours truly) available in the town to coincide with these changes.

Also unreported on the blog is the arrival of Dennis Trident Plaxton President 32905 W905VLN at Caister Road depot, which is yet to enter service as it is away being prepared for service.

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Engineering Bus visits Norwich

For the last week or so, First's engineering training bus has been in the area. The vehicle is a Volvo B7TL East Lancs Vyking which has been specially adapted inside to allow engineers to train on board. It wears an allover white livery with a blue vinyl wrap and is numbered 32052 and registered X578RJW.

To the left is the bus pictured at Roundtree Way yesterday.

Monday, 9 May 2016

Paragon Transfers

20500 AO02RBY having just been refueled
awaiting collection to Great Yarmouth
A month or so ago, I reported that Norwich based Volvo B12M Plaxton Paragon 20500 AO02RBX was transferred to Great Yarmouth. Having been an official Yarmouth vehicle for some time now, 20500 will finally make it's way over to the coast this evening after having some extensive work completed at Roundtree Way depot in Norwich. The work finished off this afternoon with myself peeling some stickers off a brand new window pane. Once I'd done that, I managed to persuade one of colleagues to re-position the coach in full sunlight! She joins sister 20501 AO02RBY in Great Yarmouth.

UPDATE: Coach will now leave tomorrow. (10/05/2016)

Friday, 6 May 2016

Park & Ride Vinyl Advert

Russell Young has sent in this photograph of Enviro400 600 SN10CFD, which has recently had it's vinyls replaced with an advert for Rob Chandler's Breakfast Show on Radio Norwich.

The photo was taken at the Airport Park & Ride and the bus will now turn around and head to Thickthorn.

Thanks to Russell for the photo which remains copyright to him.

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Rare Spots: April 2016

Happy Star Wars Day! Anyway now that's over and done with, it's time to present April's addition of the original Rare Spots series. It's been quite a month with many unusual workings and odd sightings, but we'll start with Anglianbus. For the last two weeks, they have been operating a shuttle service between Norwich Bus Station and Stoke Holy Cross, due to the closure of Long Lane which has effectively sliced the 87 in two. Work was meant to be completed by last Friday, however it's overun and is now due to finish on the 13th, which gives us a few extra days to get our cameras out and snap a pic or two! The service has been numbered 87D (presumably standing for Diversion) and was operated by 901 VX51RJZ during the first week, but has since been operated by 960 AU58AKK, as seen above.

At First, we're all about coaches this month, as they have appeared in general service a couple of times in Great Yarmouth. 20500 AO02RBY is photographed to the left approaching the town centre having just operated on the 7 to Belton back on the 13th of the month, but was also used as recently as today, as reported on ENBB. Meanwhile, on the 29th of April, Omar Attialah spotted and photographed Norwich's 20514 WV02EUP, which is currently on loan to Great Yarmouth working an X1 to the coast. The coach is unique in the sense it is the only vehicle in the Eastern Counties fleet to wear the revised coach hire livery.

Now we move onto Sanders where we stick with the theme of coaches. Although it has been known quite recently to see a coach in general service, I'd still classify it as a 'Rare Spot' and so we have a photo and a sighting below. In the photo, we see 1107 YN62AAE, an Mercedes-Benz Vario O816D Plaxton Cheetah 2 operating the X11 on the 28th of the month, picking up passengers on Castle Meadow. The photo was taken by Dan High, so my thanks to him. Dennis Javelin Plaxton Premiere Coach 1010 YO02PCT was also sighted on the 45 service which operates between Norwich, Briston and Holt.