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First Norwich 36180 under less blinding conditions today on the 36.
Another hour or so this afternoon spent in the City Centre brought out some notable happenings and interesting visitors.

First up, as a follow on from yesterday's report on the same subject, I managed to get a less sun blinded shot of freshly repainted First Norwich Wright Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B9TL 36180 BD11CDZ. Today she was employed on the Purple Line 36. Opinions still appear to be mixed among the enthusiasts and drivers as to whether or not they like 36180's new look. 36172 BD11CFV is the next to receive the treatment, currently being sat outside Simon Morris in Ipswich.

Also on the First front, just as my bus left one end of the bus station First Great Yarmouth Alexander Dennis Enviro400 33423 SN60CAA appeared on the Lowestoft run X2 at the other end. A shame I wasn't able to photograph it, but you will just have to trust me on that one!

"Porthos" seen in service on the X44 this afternoon.
At Sanders, all of "The Three Musketeers" are now out in service; these being 117 YN06JWC, 118 YN06JWF and 119 YN06JWP, named "Athos", "Aramis" and "Porthos" respectively. All three of the East Lancs Omnidekka bodied Scania N94UDs came from Reading Buses, joining also former Reading Buses Omnidekkas 113 YN54AFU and 114 YN54AFV, and the five Wright Solar bodied Scanias which derived from the same operator. Scania Omnilink 115 YR10BBO is currently running out of Holt depot on the 44 and X44, rather than out of North Walsham as it has done for recent weeks.

Notable from today also was the temporary suspension of the Norwich City Sightseeing for the day. A bystander informed me that the native Northern Counties Palatine bodied Leyland Olympian G520VBB suffered a water leak in the morning and had to go back to the depot. I am currently unaware whether it will be up and running again tomorrow or if a temporary replacement will be sourced.

Pulham's brand new Mercedes Benz Tourismo, MB15ENZ.
On the visiting vehicles front, my favourite from today was this Mercedes Benz Tourismo from the Pulham's fleet, which is appropriately given the cherished registration MB15ENZ. Pulham's have a lot to be proud of, boasting over 130 years of experience in coaching following their founding in 1880. It is also claimed by Pulham's that they are "the Cotswolds premier coach operator" - operating a varied fleet of smart coaches, mainly of the Volvo and Plaxton combinations or Mercedes Benz products.

Also noted visiting were Forget-me-not Travel, or Soames as they are more commonly known, completing Alfa Travel work and regular Norfolk visitors Nova Tours.
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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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