Thursday, 1 June 2017

Fleet Update: Anglianbus

Thanks to sister company Hedingham updating their fleet list, it seems that one of Anglian's Scania N230UD OmniDekkas has been transferred to Essex with 555 YN55PZR now being renumbered 1512 and appearing on their new list.

In blog news, I am on holiday from tomorrow so I won't be posting at all next week but will return with hopefully a few photos of some of our old buses seen in their new home! Also, the fleet lists have now been updated and can be checked out here.

my most recent photo of 555 was taken on the approach to Woodton

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Ipswich Park & Ride Livery Revealed

Thanks to First, I can reveal the new livery to be used on the Ipswich Park & Ride service which is being taken from Ipswich Buses and will start on July the third. An article published on the Ipswich Star on the release can be read by clicking here.

The buses feature extra legroom, and seperately dedicated spaces for both wheelchair users and buggies. Free Wifi and leather seats are also boasted, whilst each of the eight buses will have a unique advert on the rear window promoting the service.

67776 SN62AXU at the Suffolk Show today

and back at the depot with one of the aforementioned unique rear adverts
Images supplied by First.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Anglian Blue Star UPDATED

It was a case of right place right time for me today, as I took up my position in Brooke in order to photograph First's 35200 SK16GVZ on the X41 service this afternoon. A couple of minutes before it was due I noticed something square looking and blue in the distance. Having spied some white text in the corner of the windscreen my first thought was one Lynx's Tempos. But as it got nearer I identified it as a Citaro. HX06EZJ was previously operated by Blue Star on the south coast of the country, but was employed on the 1530 Anglianbus 88 service out of Norwich this afternoon and is photographed to the right running light back into the city.

UPDATE: East Norfolk Bus Blog write that three more Citaros arrived on Monday, with another nine expected. All are on loan. The details of the other three are: HF55JZM, HF55JZN and HF55JZO.

Monday, 15 May 2017

First Day of X41

The new 41 and X41 services started today, and as any dedicated bus enthusiast was I made sure to get a couple of photographs of the workings on it's first day of operation. Buses noted on the service were three Charcoal branded buses, and two plain ones. The branded buses were 36182 BF12KXV, 47505 SN64CPZ and 47506 SN64CRF, whilst the plain ones to feature were 33246 LT52WUX and 36172 BD11CFV.

Friday, 5 May 2017

Norwich Heritage

Today I can confirm that Norwich are to receive their long awaited heritage livery from First. Volvo B7L Wright Eclipse 60916 YG02DKU is currently at Simon Morris being repainted and it was revealed today that it will wear the Eastern Counties red and cream livery, as sported on Ipswich's 32479 AU53HJV, pictured below.

Thanks to First for the news.

32479 on Bracondale last Summer whilst on loan to Great Yarmouth

Thursday, 4 May 2017

First Images: Charcoal Line

Thanks to Joe Thorpe I can bring you the first images of the Charcoal Line livery on a double deck bus. Volvo B9TL Wright Eclipse-Gemini 2 36181 BF12KXU was picked up today after  repaint and will have her vinyls applied in Ipswich before making the journey north back to Norwich in time for the 15th of May. I'm told the front colour is a different shade to the current Charcoal vehicles, in order to distinguish the Charcoal routes from the standard colour used on Ipswich's fleet. The following images retain Joe's copyright.

Also to note, is the arrival of Enviro300 67752 SN62APF at Great Yarmouth's Caister Road depot.

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Going Grey

47506 in Great Yarmouth sunshine last year.
More transfers are to take place between the Eastern Counties depots shortly due to the introduction of Norwich's new Charcoal Line services 41 and X41, with two StreetLites being earmarked to move from Great Yarmouth to Norwich via Simon Morris in Ipswich for repaint. They will join the two Wright Eclipse-Gemini 2s which have already been reported as 36181 BF12KXU and 36182 BF12KXV, the former already at the paint shop.

The StreetLites in question are 47505 SN64CPZ and 47506 SN64CRF.