North Norfolk Surprise

Ipswich Buses 62 PJ54YZV in unfamiliar territory yesterday
Yesterday afternoon I embarked in a mini North Norfolk adventure picking up Sheringham, Holt and the nearby Sanders depot. 

The day began on the 10:40 Konectbus 2 out of Norwich, worked by an extremely comfortable leather seated Optare Tempo. I had planned to travel all the way through to Holt initially, but a surprise was awaiting at the Sheringham Coach Park which I could not resist. Operating one of the Ipswich Buses' popular days out was East Lancs Omnidekka bodied Scania N94UD 62 PJ54YZV, which carries the hyrbid cross livery for buses which are often used to provide additional capacity on the Ipswich Park and Ride. The excursions are very reasonably priced, today's trip costing just £8.50 for an adult, or £7.40 for a child and concession pass holder. Also noted was a Jonckheere Mistral bodied Volvo B12M from Grayscroft of Mablethorpe, Lincolnshire, and a very smart Mercedes Benz Tourismo from the National Holidays. fleets.

A very smart Konectbus 602 resting between 2 and 2A duties
The next part of my day saw me head to Holt for a flying visit to the Sanders depot, a fifteen or so minute walk out of the town centre. The chariot was freshly repaint Konectbus Alexander Dennis Enviro400 602 SN10CFF - working a duty which completes short runs of the 2 between Sheringham and Cromer and a return of the 2A to Holt, hence providing an hourly frequency between Cromer, Sheringham and Holt alongside the two-hourly journeys on the 2 from Norwich. 602 is unbelievably shiny, and is proving quite a struggle to photograph nicely with all the reflections; I managed to capture it unintentionally at the STS Tyre Pro garage on the way to the Sanders depot.

My reason for heading to Sanders was to see if there a pair of former Nottingham City Transport Scanias were around. I must stress here that there is no confirmation of this, I am just informed that they maybe coming soon. There was no sign of them today, and I do not 100% guarantee they will be coming to Sanders. The only item to report from the visit is the slight change of the depot layout following the removal of the 'portacabins' on the Western edge of the depot, allowing a row of additional buses. 

One of four non-Coasthopper liveried buses which I noted
Back in Sheringham, there were some interesting appearances on the Coasthopper. Of all the workings I saw, not a single one was completed by a specially branded vehicle. Stagecoach liveried Optare M880SL Solo 47306 GX06DYG was followed by larger Solos 47885 AP02XOO, 47889 YN03NCY and 47890 YN53SSZ

My journey home was made with Sanders, taking a slightly longer route than the Konectbus 2 as it deviates from the main roads to serve Suffield Park and Aylsham. A special mention has to go to the very friendly driver who done an excellent job a battling through the summer traffic in Cromer Town Centre.
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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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