NNR Vintage Vehicle Weekend Special

Citybus 2526 bathing in the sun at the Holt NNR station.
Today was day one of the North Norfolk Railway's annual vintage vehicle weekend. The event clashes this year with the fiftieth anniversary event at the East Anglia Transport Museum, so I decided to attend the NNR event today to celebrate the EATM's landmark tomorrow. All in all a nice little rally. Small but sweet, the event is held on an empty patch of grass beside the Norfolk Norfolk Railway station in Holt. From what I counted, around eight buses and coaches were in attendance today with a higher number expected to be around tomorrow.

Time permitted today for two rides, as I had been at work up until the early afternoon. First up was a ride from Sheringham to the rally site at Holt onboard preserved Citybus (Northern Ireland) Alexander Belfast X-Type bodied Bristol RELL6G 2526 XO12526. A credit to the owners is this one; it is complete exactly how it last made revenue earning service in Ireland - all advert boards inside are intact and original and it is all round an excellent motor.

The beautiful FAH275Y at Sheringham Station in the late afternoon.
Next up was a ride from Holt all the way through to Cromer on a local legend: FAH275Y. It was the first ever Volvo B10M in Norfolk, delivered in March 1982 to Smiths of Wood Norton - not to be confused with the identically named Blofield operator. I took the ride with the Joplin family, the owner's of Peelings Coaches who now own the coach. A wonderful chat with Jonathon revealed that FAH275Y still sees active service on school work and short day trips. Everything about the coach is a complete reminiscence of 1980's coaching; the wood effect walls, analogue clock above the driver and dark brown moquette seating. 

It was then back towards Norwich for a look in on some very interesting happenings which were going on, which will all be reported tomorrow. See you then!
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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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