Throwback Thursday: Waylands Selection

Waylands D204NON having arrived from Thorpe Marriott (Syd Eade)
Once again, Syd Eade has sent in an excellent selection of photographs for our historical reports.

Waylands Minibus Services, based in Beccles, once held a number of service contracts in Norwich City Centre - back in a time when many areas usually commercially served by Eastern Counties during the week were council contracted to other operators on Sundays and Public Holidays. Seen on the WM36 in August 1994 is D204NON, a Leyland DAF 400. The WM36 formed part of the Summer Sunday network, and operated between Wymondham and Thorpe Marriott, running via Hethersett, Cringleford, Norwich City Centre, Hellesdon, Drayton and Taverham. Waylands also operated Sunday services to Blofield Heath and Colney. The operator also held contracts for rural Suffolk County Council contracts.

An early model Renault Master also made up the fleet (Syd Eade)
Syd also sends in this shot, taken on the same day, of early model Renault Master. In the background is an unidentifiable Eastern Counties B20F seated Mercedes Bnez 609D with Frank Guy bodywork.

Waylands were taken over by First Eastern Counties in 1996, broadening the network and bringing in a number of new contracts. The Waylands depot in Beccles was closed in 2000, with operations transferring entirely to the Lowestoft depot. This brought in a large number of converted minibuses onto the Lowestoft town network.
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