Odds and ends - 28/06/2015

Konectbus 504 made a rare appearance on the 8 on Wednesday
This week has seen repaints returning, repaints leaving and much more - see the week round-up at the end of the post. This week's Odds and Ends contains details of the nitty-gritty bits which have been going on this week.

There's been a fair few odd workings this week, with thanks to all who sent their reports in. Tuesday 23rd June saw the use of Sanders VanHool Alizee bodied VDL SB4000 538FN on the 24 and Simonds Alexander ALX300 bodied Volvo B10BLE MSU916 appear on the 2. Konectbus Wright Pulsar Gemini bodied VDL DB250LF 504 YJ05PXE on the 8. Also relatively rare from Konectbus on Tuesday and Wednesday was the use of Wright Eclipse Gemini bodied Volvo B7TLs on the 5, which is usually worked by two Optare Tempos. On Thursday 25th June, First Norwich Wright Eclipse Gemini bodied Volvo B9TL 36572 FJ08FYN was employed on the 36 and Konectbus Optare Tempo 400 MX05EKW appeared on Thickthorn Park and Ride service 601.

First Norwich loaned paint float 60618 R781WKW has had a few adventures off its standard haunts on Red Line services 24 and 24A this week. On Friday, it was working Lingwood and Blofield Heath to Wymondham services 15 and 15A on the Green Line, with Wednesday seeing it employed on the Pink Line 11 and 11A from Sprowston to the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital. Also notable is that fellow loanee 33126 LT02NVO has had its large coloured "NORWICH" fleetname replaced with the smaller gray-scale equivalent, which is being made standard among the Norwich fleet. Thanks to Cameron for reporting this.

An as yet uncofirmed Beaver 2 is being employed by Ambassador
Travel. It is likely to be an example transferred from sister company
Semmence.
At Dolphin Travel, as reported by Sam, newly acquired is Unvi Touring bodied Mercedes Benz 1018 Atego YN56NDL. The midicoach previously operated with John Hoban Travel, based in Workington. 

On Wednesday 24th June, making an appearance on the M37 from Great Yarmouth and Norwich was left hand drive VanHool TX17 Altano 55012 KX14HSU (See photos over on East Norfolk Bus Blog). 55012 has recently been transferred from the Belgium operation, and it was its first appearance on the UK network following re-registration onto British plates.

Tim Miller reports that Ambassador Travel currently have a Plaxton Beaver 2 bodied Mercedes Benz O814D on Suffolk County Council school service BR016 from Sir John Leman High School to Barsham, Ilketshall and Ringsfield. Whilst the exact vehicle details are as yet unknown, it is presumed that it is one of the Beavers from sister company Semmence.

Over at Konectbus, many buses in the fleet have had their older style fleet names replaced with new up to date vinyls, as 504 YJ05PXE has done at the front in the photograph above.

Fleetlists have been updated about three times this week with the constantly changing Norwich bus scene. Norwich Buses Blog has the largest online bank of fleetlists, which are updated as and when a change occurs - or as soon as possible thereafter. These can all be viewed here.

42921 returned from repaint this week and has caused quite a
stir; I've joined the 'it looks much better' side!
To go back over this week's happenings; on Monday I took a visit to King's Lynn to catch up with the bus station progress and published a post on what's currently where being repainted, refurbished and on loan. This week's Tuesday Time Tunnel took us back to the early millennium for a look at the Norwich scene, followed by news of a special Park and Ride service and a quick Tuesday Round Up. This week's Oddball Wednesday was a popular one, taking a look at the Optare Solo+.  The fortnights Notices and Proceedings Watch contained a whole variety of forthcoming changes, and I then brought photographs of freshly repainted First Norwich Dart 42921. On Thursday, I then brought photographs of the next bus to return repainted and some Konectbus news, which was accompanied by the usual Throwback Thursday and a day out with PBJ. This week's Around The UK was the most popular yet, with some big news from Swansea. Yesterday we took a look at a Norwich regular which entered service in the capital twenty five years ago.

There's a few things in store next week which I'm sure will be of interest to many, so make sure you check back for then!
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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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