Odds and Ends - 05/07/2015

"Herucles" at the Norfolk Show coach park on Wednesday 1st July
It's time for the first Odds and Ends of July, and another in depth look at the latest little bits and bobs.

On Wendesday, a pair of Sanders tri-axle East Lancs Nordic bodied Volvo B9TLs were used on private hires to the Royal Norfolk Show.

A few rare workings have been noted this week. Everything seemed to behave itself on Monday and Tuesday. On Wednesday 1st July, the hottest of the year so far, a number of buses konked out due to the soaring temperatures. I believe this is what lead to the appearance on First Turquoise Line liveried 33167 LR02LYF on the 26 in the afternoon. Sam Larke reported the use of Turquoise Line branded Wright Eclipse bodied Volvo B7L 66347 MV02VDA on Yellow Line service 28 and Red Line Plaxton President bodied Dennis Trident 33146 LR02LXB on Red Line services 11 and 11A. On Thursday, Joe Wilson reported Konectbus Optare Versa 300 MX08UZT on the 5. Facebook user Jon noted First Norwich 33167 LR02LYF working Great Yarmouth run school contracts during the week.

On Wednesday and Thursday, Konectbus Optare Excel 219 W219PRB was working Toftwood to Dereham shuttles to allow the 8 to terminate in Dereham and make up for lost time from traffic heading to the Norfolk Show. The latter was also diverted via Mattishall to avoid the tailbacks on the A47. Also noteworthy was that the 50 and 50A was split in two on Saturday to ensure reliability was maintained.

On Saturday afternoon, Sanders Scania Omncity decker 115 YR10BBO overheated resulting in it catching fire on the A140 near Aylsham. Obviously, the soaring temperatures were a contributing factor. I believe nobody was hurt, which is excellent to hear. Hopefully it will be repaired, but we'll just have to wait and see. A lengthy diversion was in place, which sent the X44 out to the Holt Road and through Horsford to Norwich Airport. It was reported by a representative from the Norfolk fire service that the fire was contained within the engine compartment. In other Sanders news, Adam Wilkie has been in touch to inform me that former Eastons Scania Omnilink single decker 321 YN08HXZ has been sent away to Full Circle at Banham for repaint.

It would be a shame not to use it. VWH2091 at Oxford Circus
On Thursday I was in London on a sociology trip. There wasn't enough time for a long time bus photographing, but I did manage a nice photo of one of the new Wright Gemini 3 bodied Volvo B7LHs, which I have put online to the right; after all, it would a shame for it to go to waste.

And to sum the week up, on Monday we summed up all what is going on for this year's Norfolk Show, revealed news that the new Park and Ride website and identity had been launched and took a look at the new King's Lynn bus station. On Tuesday, news came in of a decision from First which has not been taken well and our Tuesday Time Tunnel took us back to the 1980s. Oddball Wednesday was once again a real rarity, an open top single decker launched in 2006. We then celebrated LL711's 65th birthday and brought along a photo special from the Norfolk Show. On Thursday, we had a review of the very busy first half of 2015 and a fleet update from Chenery Travel. Friday brought out news of a new local model and all the latest from Around The UK. On Saturday we took a look at what is to come from the local Go-Ahead owned operators and offered a report from the NNR Rally.
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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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