Photo Special: Canary and Boro transport - Part Two

The vibrant line up of coaches from Corbel Coaches.
Following on from Part One of a look at the coaches involved in transporting thousands of fans from Middlesbrough and Norwich to Wembley Stadium for the play off finals. Part Two takes a look predominantly at the more striking and notable vehicles loaned to Sanders. If you haven't read Part One yet, you may wish to now to get a feel for the events logistics and see an overview of just how many coaches there were.

I will, however, begin with this vibrant line up of coaches from the Corbel Coaches fleet. Based a five or so minute drive away from Wembley Stadium on the North Cicular in North West London, Corbel Coaches operate a varied fleet of smartly turned out coaches. Whilst thier contribution to yesterday's event is not known, they were represented by three bright pink Irizar Century bodied Scania K114s and a Plaxton Profile bodied Volvo B7R. Seen furthest from the camera is a trio of impressive fifteen metre long former Megabus Plaxton Panther bodied Volvo B12BTs.

One of the more striking vehicles hired in by Sanders was this
VanHool TD927D Astromenga from Ausden Clarke.
Hired in from Leicester based Ausden Clark Group was this smartly turned out VanHool TD927D Astromenga tri-axle double decker. YJ12KGG has been with the operator since new and is fitted with 87 executive seats. Ausden Clark were established in 1982 and have grown to become the largest independently owned coach operator in Leicestershire, also claiming the largest fleet of double decker coaches in the area too. Their fleet consists of a range of vehicle, from sixteen fleet minibuses, thirty seat full size premiere class coaches and high capacity double deckers. Over the years, Ausden Clark have operated a wide range of double deck coaches, including Berkhof bodied DAFs, VanHool T8 Astromengas based upon Scania chassis and Loaned alongside YJ12KGG was older Berkhof Axial 100 bodied Scania K114EB6 tri-axle double decker BIG9833, which was new in 2002 to The King's Ferry as fleet number 7.2. Two similar VanHool Astromenags were among around seven vehicles hired in from Hadleigh based Beestons.

One of a number of coaches which were hired from Mil-Ken Travel
Sanders also hired in from operators closer to home. Notable vehicles includes Sunbeam's latest and newest vehicle, which appeared in a very popular post here, and Coach Services Euroview Coaching Irizar i6 bodied Scania. Galloway, Suffolk Norse, Norse, Freestones and Reynolds of Caister among others all also provided coaches and drivers for Sanders.

Mil-Ken Travel were one of the most represented fleets hired in by Sanders, with coaches from the operator found at all corners of the coach park. Originally Miller Brother Coaches in 1959. By 1983, the brothers went their separate ways and part owner John Miller formed Mil-Ken Travel, then based in Kentford, near to Newmarket. The company's running later moved forty or so minutes up the road to Littleport, near Ely in Cambridgeshire. Mil-Ken travel boasts the fact that their entire fleet, which ranges from sixteen to fifty-seven seat vehicles, is capable of carrying 1,500 passengers at once. Making an also appearance was Mil-Ken's flagship coach; a Jonckheere SHV bodied Volvo B12BT.

Sanders latest coaching addition is this Plaxton Elite
To end this two part special, Sanders latest addition to the coaching fleet - Plaxton Elite bodied Volvo B9R PVF377, which is due to be followed by a second of the type once the wheelchair lift is fitted. If my count was correct, Sanders sent around thirty of their own coaches to Wembley, with a further few parked up en-route in-case of any breakdowns or driver tachograph issues on the day.

Well what an excellent long weekend it has been, with vehicle movements and logistics we may never see again, or at least not for a very long time. With the incredible work from operators involved with moving festival goers at Radio Ones Big Weekend being followed by Monday's movement of passengers causing a cavalcade of coaches heading out of Norfolk, this has surely been one of the busiest weekend in terms of bus and coach movements.
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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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