Tuesday Time Tunnel: Norfolk Green elders

Beaver 410 seen at Sheringham on the X6 in 2008 (RBP)
With former Norfolk Green Managing Director Ben Colson's recent success in gaining an MBE, it seemed only fitting that for this week's Tuesday Time Tunnel we take a look back at some of the former buses and liveries used by Norfolk Green. Today's photographs come from the excellent collection from Regional Bus Photos.

First up is Plaxton Beaver bodied Mercedes Benz 709D 410 P570APJ operating now withdrawn service X6 in late September of 2008. The X6 operated from Fakenham to Sheringham, connecting with an X5 back to Cromer and Norwich. The X6 was replaced by Sanders service 9, with the closest Norfolk Green equivalent being the "one journey in each direction" X8 journeys which continue through Fakenham to Holt. Norfolk Green, in the year of the photograph, had a larger network in North Norfolk with services branching out from Cromer and Fakenham into smaller villages in the area. Most of these services have since passed to Sanders. 

Tesco liveried Solo 613 in King's Lynn (RBP)
Also seen in 2008 is 613 MX55WCU in the Tesco livery which she sported for many years. 613 was used on the T1, T2 and T3 from Tesco at Sprowston, which was quite a way out from the rest of the Norfolk Green network. 613 was usually outstationed at Fakenham, working an X29 into Norwich then running light to Tesco; returning by running the X29 back to Fakenham. It was also commonly used out of King's Lynn on town services. Once Konectbus was awarded the contract, which by this point had been reduced to just the T1 and T2, 613 was made redundant was denoted to standard King's Lynn town work. Also notable in this photograph to the left is the roof line of a First Eastern Counties Leyland Olympian, from when First was the dominant operator of King's Lynn town services.
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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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