Reader Reports: Lowestoft bizarrities

45426 paying a rare visit to Hemsby in 2007 (Syd Eade)
Syd Eade has been in touch with a couple of bizarrities from the Lowestoft area which have happened over the years. 

First up is this one of former Gold Arrow Wright Handybus bodied Dennis Dart, or "Puddle-jumpers" as they were referred to by drivers.. Syd tells me that this particular shot depicts 45426 LDZ9126 at Hemsby during its time based in Lowestoft. 45426 worked the  21:20 Lowestoft to Martham and 22:41 return journey on 28th January 2007, which would usually be worked by a much larger vehicle from the Lowestoft allocation. 45426 began its Eastern Counties life at Norwich as vehicle 337 in the "rhubarb and custard" First Anglia livery, and later saw service with King's Lynn. It last saw service at the Lowestoft depot. Syd also notes the one and only time one of the "puddle-jumpers" appeared on JPHopper service 607, but the exact date was not recorded. 

37563 made a rare appearance on the 103 in 2011 (Syd Eade)
The second bizarrity sent in by Syd was the appearance on X1 Excel Wright Eclipse Gemini bodied Volvo B9TL 37563 AU58ECA on Lowestoft town service 103 on 27th July 2011. The batch of seventeen seldom found their way off the X1, and the connecting journeys on the 1 in the evening. One of its sisters completed a run on Norwich service 24A, with one or two appearances on Lowestoft run service X2. Syd tells me that the use of a double decker was not typical on the 103 due to abundance of low hanging trees which lines the roads the route used.

A thanks goes to Syd for sending in this duo. Contributions of key historical events or interesting articles from previous years are always welcomed. For more details, please see the contributions box on the right sidebar.
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