Odds and ends - 14/06/2015

Freshly repainted 36180 over the pits at Vulcan Road on Saturday
(Sam Larke)
This week, we've seen repaints, new vehicles, route news and some very interesting historical reports here on Norwich Buses Blog; but now it's time to focus on the smaller bits which have yet to be reported.

First Norwich Wright Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B9TL 36180 BD11CDZ returned from repaint on Friday and was yesterday parked up in Vulcan Road depot's maintenance shed. Heading in the opposite direction was sister 36172 BD11CFV; thanks to Bryan Dickson for reporting this. Plaxton President bodied Volvo B7TL 32100 LT02ZCJ, which was sent to Rotherham for seating trials, remains at the Midland Road refurbishment centre - where Ipswich Plaxton Paragon bodied Volvo B12M 20514 WV02EUP is having a full interior refurbishment. It is hoped that 36180 will make a return to the streets of Norwich on Tuesday.

At Konectbus, a number of double deckers have had their large fleet name between the lower saloon and upper deck removed to make way for advert hoardings. Alexander Dennis Enviro400 604 SN10CEX was noted on the 2 on Friday complete with the adverts.

Down in Ipswich, East Lancs Spryte bodied Dennis Dart SLF 94 X94LBJ is the latest to return from repaint at Hants and Dorset Trim.

This week, the Pink Line has seen some unusual visitors.
On the rare workings front, things have generally behaved themselves. On Monday 8th June, First Norwich Purple Line Plaxton President bodied Dennis Trident 33152 LR02LXL appeared on Pink Line 11 and 11A. On Wednesday 10th June Konectbus Mercedes Benz Citaro 802 BD57WCZ made an appearance on the 4 in the morning. Sam Larke informs me that this was later swapped for another vehicle. During the afternoon of the same day Optare Solo 900 VX51RHZ also appeared on the 4. Also on Wednesday, First Norwich Green Line branded Wright Eclipse bodied Volvo B7L 66301 KV02VVC appeared on Pink Line services 11 and 11A. On Friday, Purple Line branded Plaxton President bodied Dennis Trident 33163 LR02LXZ also appeared on the Pink Line. 

To round the week up, we had some Lowestoft oddities from Syd on Monday and a look at the latest happenings over in Great Yarmouth. On Tuesday, we took a look for our Tuesday Time Tunnel at Great Yarmouth Transport in Norwich and then shared Bryan Dickson's photographs of 36180 midway through repaint. It was a Notices and Proceedings Watch Wednesday, with lots of local changes registered, followed by a report on an abundance of coaches descending on the UEA then a look at the East Lancs Opus 2 for Oddball Wednesday. For Throwback Thursday, we took a look at a selection of photos from Waylands Minibus Services in Norwich, brought news of a local operator up for a prestigious award, then shared a rather smart French visitor. On Friday we took a look at happenings around the UK, an interesting driver duty from 2003 and a look at the latest happenings in Norwich City Centre. On Saturday, we shared your chance to be a part of a one off bus road run from Norwich, followed by news of Sanders' seventh new acquisition this year and a congratulations to a former local bus managing director who had just been awarded an MBE
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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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