Saturday in the City

A rare visitor from South Gloucester Coaches in Norwich Bus Station
Continuing on my quest to photograph buses with 'once a day' destination screens whilst in service on the respective routes, I found myself in Norwich today with little set in stone plans. However, luck was most definitely on my side with so many new spots and odd goings on, some of which are to be published either this evening or tomorrow. I set off from Longwater Retail Park onboard an unbelievably clean Konectbus Optare Tempo on the 5 for the twenty or so minute journey along Dereham Road into Norwich.

Making an extremely rare appearance on National Express service 491 from Great Yarmouth was South Gloucester Coaches NX05 NX06AAA, a Caetano Levante bodied Scania K340 originally registered FJ57KHM. The 491 is contracted by National Express to be operated by local operator Ambassador Travel of Great Yarmouth. 

After a quick photograph of the latter and a photograph of newly repainted Stagecoach Norfolk Optare Tempo 25121 YJ56ATU, I found myself onboard a First X2 for Beccles to photograph some of the new Anglianbus services ahead of a post planned for next week looking at the revised network on the whole.

Sanders 317 YN06NXS displaying a destination which has caught
me off guard.
Back in Norwich, I managed to photograph Sanders Wright Solar bodied Scania K270UB 317 YN06NXS displaying this unusual X44 display. "Cromer Express" is a destination I have never seen before, and looking at the timetable there is no journey which terminates early at Cromer - all journeys continue through to Sheringham, for a connection to a 44 to Sanders' hometown of Holt. If there is a Sanders expert out there who knows the reasoning behind this, please do get in touch by the usual means!

Also noted today from Sanders is the return of newly repainted former Neaves Optare Solo 215 AU03HWS into active service. It was sighted today on the 32 from the City Centre to Corbet Avenue, which was the vehicle's usual route before Sanders' takeover of Neaves.

Whilst waiting for the bus home, a number of rare workings were noted ready to be published in tomorrow's Odds and Ends post along with a number of sightings sent in by contributors over the past seven days.

Two perfectly positioned Volvo B7Ls on Castle Meadow
Before heading off home, a driver needing to call into First's new offices at Davey House lead to two Wright Eclipse bodied Volvo B7Ls being perfectly posed for a photograph which couldn't usually be achieved - though they are probably the most mundane buses in existence, how could I refuse this one? 61148 MV02VBU and 66328 MV02VBC are seen here together, with 61148 on the 15 and 66328 on the 24. Interestingly, 61148 is numbered out of sequence to the rest of the Volvo B7Ls delivered to First Group for the Commonwealth Games in 2002; this being due to the fact when nationally renumbered on transferal to Northampton from Manchester the bus was a late transfer and remained at Manchester depot for some time after the rest of the batch had moved. As a result, 61148 was numbered to fit in with the rest of the Manchester fleet, rather than with the Northampton batch which it would join shortly afterwards.
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  1. Hi Kieran, The Levante you have pictured above is now I believe part of the reserve fleet for NX Owned Ops. It started life with O Ops as SC22 at Start Hill and I had it many times on 727's into Norwich. It passed to SGBC for a while and then re-appeared at Whippet/Tower Transit on the 010's to London for a while and has now obviously gone to Ambassador as, I would imagine, a loan vehicle while the Acle crash victim is under repair. Also I noticed that Chenery have our SR61- FJ06GGK a B12 Volvo Levante at the moment, I saw John Jermy dragging it out of Norwich last night on a 490.

    1. Thanks for you comment Martin. FJ06GGK is indeed with Chenery, it has full legals and all so I expect could be a permanent addition. It's been there a good four or so months now I beleive.