Odds and ends - 22/05/2015

Anglianbus 102 with its full compliment of new branding
This week has been a busy one, jam packed with news and developments. This weekend is equally busy, with unbelievable levels of bus movements like we may never see again.

As mentioned in an earlier post, Anglianbus have began applying promotional adverts to the rear of their fleet of gas powered MAN Ecocitys. I have so far sighted two of the fleet with the branding complete. 102 WX62HHF is now complete in terms of branding, it being the first bus to gain the promotion of gas power on the overhead tanks and passengers windowns.

There has been some very rare workings sighted and sent in by readers this week. On Tuesday 19th, First Norwich Alexander Dennis Pointer Dart 42921 EU05AUN made a very rare appearance on the 35, whilst on May 20th 29 passengers were treated to a duo of Wright Streetlites again. May 19th also saw Konectbus 3 and 6 branded Alexander Dennis Enviro400 618 SN62AVY on the 28. Following a defect with another bus, First Pink Line branded Plaxton President bodied Volvo B7TL 32103 LT02ZCN appeared on Blue Line service 25. At Stagecoach Norfolk, full Stagecoach liveried Optare M850SL Solo 47306 GX06DYG made an appearance on the X29 into Norwich on May 20th.

During the week, I have been reliably informed that Norse are to sell their entire fleet of buses once the new contract for Konectbus to operate all six park and ride services commences, including Irisbus Agora Line 7155 OW03FXG. Just remember, things often change in the bus industry - so there could be a sudden turn which opposes this information. 

A taster of what is to come, 32655 at Norwich Bus Station working
the shuttles to and from Big Weekend.
Sighted on numerous occasions this week is First Plaxton Premiere bodied Volvo B10M 20122 P732NVG still going strong in the training fleet.

Meanwhile, the enthusiasts are out in force capturing the Big Weekend buses on camera - and how lovely to meet some new faces, especially a gentlemen who is in the area from York who regularly reads the blog! First and Konectbus are doing a sensational job, and the sheer amount of bus movements and full buses going off is sensational. Here's a little taster of what's to come in the week in a bumper special report.

Posts this week have been high, and on Monday we smashed the personal record for daily views, with a total of 1,637 clicks throughout the day. On Monday, we had an account of Syd and Luke's Olympian adventure as well as news from both Sanders and Anglianbus. On Tuesday, we had a photo special from the excellent Great Yeldham Open Day and more details of this year's Showbus at Woburn Abbey. On Wednesday, Sam Larke wrote an excellent report on the logistics of the Big Weekened for which a massive thank you goes out, there was then a report on First coach 20514 visiting Norwich and more fleet updates from the operator. Oddball Wednesday was a real rarity from a local operator, which created quite a bit of interest on Facebook. On Thursday, contributor Omar shared his photographs from the excellent EATM 1940s event and there was a report on an extremely enjoyable rural trip around East Norfolk and North Suffolk. On Friday, there was news of a local operator completely reinventing themselves and more news of more new additions to the Sanders fleet
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About Kieran Smith

Norwich Buses Blog was founded in December 2013 by Sam Larke after he left another popular blog, Norwich Bus Page. Since it's launch, the site has grown dramatically, especially whilst written solely by Kieran Smith during 2015. The blog is now in it's third year and we look forward to more success and growth in the future. If you think you'd make a good writer for Norwich Buses Blog, please do get in touch via email: samuel.larke@gmail.com
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