Great Yarmouth heritage bus debuts

Modernised or taken back in time? First 32059 made a debut into
service today in its new heritage guise.
First Great Yarmouth's brand new heritage liveried bus made its debut into service today, after arriving back from Rotherham Paint Shop yesterday afternoon.

Beneath the skin of the traditional Great Yarmouth Transport municipal livery is Alexander ALX400 bodied Volvo B7TL 32059 W219XBD, which came to Great Yarmouth from First Leicester. Contrary to what many had thought, 32059 has not had an interior refurbishment to match it's smart new exterior; it has simply had the relevant conversions completed to bring it up to today's Disabled Discriminary Act regulations for buses.

I managed to catch up with 32059 under the gloom of Great Yarmouth's concrete clad Market Gates bus station and later took a ride on it on the 8 from James Paget Hospital back to the Town Centre. It certainly is a head turner, with pedestrians stopping to see it and taking photos as we went through Magdalen Estate and along Southtown Road. It even carries the Great Yarmouth Transport fleet number 59, along with the legal lettering in standard "arial" typeface; rather than the standard First text used on other vehicles.

And eighteen years before hand is Bristol VR 36 (Peter Horrex)
To compare it to a traditional equivalent, here is Eastern Coachworks bodied Bristol VR 36 RVF36R photographed by Peter Horrex in 1997 at a metre or so from spot my photograph is taken eighteen years later. Unlike most modern day liveries, where the paint is applied near enough identically on every vehicle, each different type in the municipal Great Yarmouth Transport fleet had their liveries applied different depending on the configuration of the panels and lower dash area. The Bristol VRs had a full blue front lower dash, presumably due to the radiator grille taking up the majority of the front end.

I believe First Lowestoft is next on the local list of heritage liveries, with Norwich to follow afterwards.

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