Saturday, 16 December 2017

17 Plated National Holidays Visitor

One of the 17 plated National Holidays' Mercedes Benz Tourismos made an appearance at Great Yarmouth's Beach Coach Station this afternoon.

NH17PFH is one this year's intake of fourteen examples of the 12 metre version purchased by the operator this year. Thursford again appeared to be the main destination for the visitor.


Caister Road Update

33821 and 20514 in the rear yard at the Caister
Road depot earlier today
There are currently four vehicles off the road awaiting attention at First Great Yarmouth's Caister Road depot.

Two need a new engine, one requires a new gearbox and the other an MOT. In the first category is Excel liveried ADL Enviro400 33821 (YX63LKL) and Dennis Dart SLF 42920 (EU05AUM). Whilst the latter has only been out of action for a couple of days, it will be the first of the twosome to return to service with work expecting to commence early next week.

Plaxton President bodied Volvo B7TL 32205 (LT52WTL) is to benefit from the new gearbox whilst Volvo B12M/ Plaxton Paragon coach 20514 (WV02EUP) is the one awaiting an MOT.

My thanks to First Great Yarmouth for the information.


Thursday, 14 December 2017

Fleet Changes

A couple of fleet changes to report this evening with the first being a First Eastern Counties loan. Great Yarmouth's Caister Road depot are using Lowestoft's ADL Enviro200 45118 (ST09JPT) for a temporary period of time. It was observed in Gorleston High Street this afternoon heading for the James Paget Hospital on service 9.

Meanwhile, most of you may have seen on Steves Bus & Train Page blog that BorderBus has acquired a fourth former Stagecoach London Scania OmniCity decker in the form of LX59CLV. Again it was noted in Gorleston, but on Church Lane this time, heading for Great Yarmouth on the Waveney Line 580 service from Bungay.

As you can see from the photo, it is currently operating in 'London Red' livery and it is shortly to receive the registration BB06BUS and fleet number 211.


Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Service Alterations Registered ~ 13th December 2017

For the third consecutive week there are no changes to local bus services to relate following the publication of today's Notices & Proceedings Report by Eastern of England Transport Commissioner.

However, the full report can be viewed by clicking HERE


Sunday, 10 December 2017

Wet & Wintry Sunday

Whilst some of the country was treated to snow, we on the east coast were enjoying a wet and wintry day with, surprisingly, quite a few visiting coaches present along the seafront area.

In the coach parking area beside the Britannia Pier were a trio of coaches. They comprised Coopers Tours Beulas bodied Iveco Eurorider R777JCS, Ogdens Travel's VDL Futura YK15OJO and bringing up the rear was Riddlesworth Preparatory School's Sitcar Marlin bodied Mercedes Benz YJ08NTA

Further along, nearer the pier, was Simonds' Van Hool bodied Volvo B12B YVF158 with a friendly driver onboard. On the opposite side of the road, outside the New Beach Hotel, was a Van Hool T916 registered YJ09CUU and operated by Hertfordshire-based Mason Coaches.

At the other end of Marine Parade, close to the SeaLife Centre, were two National Holdays' and a single Shearings Holidays' coach. All were Setras with the former represented by NH11MTH and NH13JWH and the latter's 220 (BF10VCN).


Saturday, 9 December 2017

Greenline Visitor

Earlier today the town received a visit from a Greenline Coaches Scania K420EB4/ Interlink Finesse HD coach. Based in Stourbridge, GC17GLC looked very smart in the company's green colours when sighted on Marine Parade.

My thanks to Tim Miller for the photo


Friday, 8 December 2017

Ex Reynolds' Coaches Find New Owners

Two of the quartet of Caister-based Reynolds' Coaches made available for sale in August, have now found new owners.

221WPH on school duty at Burgh Road in Great Yarmouth in November 2016
221WPH now at Derrick Ball Coaches. Photo: Darren Beacher
The oldest was Plaxton bodied Dennis Javelin 221WPH, which was originally thought to have been sold for preservation. The coach, new to Woodward of Glossop in 1989 as F740MVR, is now with Derrick Ball Coaches of St Helens on Merseyside and still retains the Reynolds silver grey livery.

The second coach traced is former MOD Plaxton Premiere bodied Dennis Javelin AT55CZH which was acquired by Straffords Coaches of Wrexham during August this year. It also continues to carry the Reynolds livery, but with various embellishments, which can be viewed HERE

The information regarding 221WPH was posted on Friends of the PSV Circle Facebook Group, which later revealed that another former Reynolds vehicle, 7289DD, was now with W & M Travel of Wisbech, Cambridgeshire

My thanks to Darren for the use of his photo.