42921 repaint almost complete and a city afternoon

42921 is near enough complete, other than the application of vinyls
(Sam Larke)
Today's report is a little scrambled with my own sighting and those sent in by various contributors, so first of all a thanks to all who have sent in their reports from today.

I shall begin with a photo sent in from Sam Larke, who paid a random visit to First Norwich's Roundtree Way depot today. To his surprise Alexander Dennis Pointer Dart 42921 EU05AUN, which was reported as being in for repaint on Thursday, is almost complete. As can be seen by Sam's photograph, all that is left to go is the pink stripe banding around the two shades of purple on the lower panels, and the various vinyls which are applied to the Norwich fleet.

A few people have got in touch today to report their sighting of Stagecoach Norfolk 25126 YJ57EHX in Norwich on the X29. Just beneath this post is a report on its recent repaint, being the first former Norfolk Green bus to be transformed into the new Stagecoach Norfolk identity, complete with the first photographs of it courtesy of Ray Ramsey who photographed it in Bedford.. Our reader from Wales, Daryl Charles, says that although there are many Optare Tempos operating for Stagecoach, 25126 is the first to operate in the standard corporate livery. Notably, the buses' name - in this case Claude Freestone - is incorporated into the livery by the application of a text vinyl above the first nearside window.

Yorkshire loanee 60618 at Larkman Lane today. 
Joe Wilson was in touch with a report of a very rare Anglianbus working. Scania Omnicity 458 YN05HFH made an appearance on the 7 and 61 this afternoon, usually worked by a gas-powered Caetano EcoCity bodied MAN 18.270 and the occasional Scania Omnilink.

In the afternoon, myself and Sam Larke took a ride out on Yorkshire loanee 60618 R781WKW (How could I resist?) as far as the Larkman Lane stop. It was again employed on the 24 and 24A today, complete with properly set nearside route number blinds and continuing to rightfully attract the enthusiast's attention. A thanks goes to the very accommodating driver waiting for a photo without us even requesting!
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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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