A pick and mix day out

Minus the First identity and its like a scene from the 1970s, Swift 85
now lives at First's Caister Road depot.
Yesterday was very much a mis-match day out after my original plans were ruined by the bus not being on the road today. With a full day off, I intended to shadow Great Yarmouth heritage liveried Alexander ALX400 bodied Volvo B7TL 32059 W129XBD and get some photographs of it out and about enroute. So after getting fed up of seeing endless numbers of just about every bus on the 8 other than the one I wanted, I headed up to Caister Road depot to see if it was anywhere to be seen.

You guessed it! Just in sight right over the back of the depot was 32059 up on the ramps, either receiving some mechanical attention or in for a MOT. So with plan aborted, I took the opportunity to get a shot in of preserved Great Yarmouth Transport ECW bodied AEC Swift 85 WEX685M with the art deco style Caister Road depot shadowing it. If you take away the First identity, its just like a shot back from the 1970s. Out back were at least five Volvo Olympians, a President and the troubled Wright Axcess Floline bodied Scania L94UB 65588 V588DVF, which has suffered a gearbox failure. This particular vehicle, following a very short period of time at Norwich from Ipswich, was supposed to stay in service with Great Yarmouth but its gearbox failure meant it has never seen active service since.

The duo of Reynolds coaches parked on Castle Meadow
There were some calamities on the way back to Norwich, after an X1 Enviro400 was unable to carry passengers on the upper deck due to a CCTV fault and Anglianbus 7 was delayed by twenty minutes due to gridlock on Southtown Road heading into Great Yarmouth. I finally managed to settle on board an Anglianbus MAN Ecocity and make my way back to the fine city.

Greeting me on my arrival was a duo of Reynolds of Caister coaches conveying school children on a trip to Norwich Castle. There was little going on in Norwich, with notable sightings to report being the use of single deckers on the 11, 22 and 28. The 22 is most notable of all, having two single deckers allocated today, including a Wright Streetlite.  

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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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