Odds and Ends - 23/08/2015

Seen having just arrived at its new home is RSJ422, now with
Eastons Holidays of Stratton Strawless.
This week we kick off Odds and Ends with a "new" arrival in Norfolk.

Eastons of Stratton Strawless have taken delivery of RSJ422, a 1957 Duple Vega "Butterfly Front" bodied Bedford SBJ. The coach was refitted with a Bedford 300 diesel engine in later years. For many years it has sat at the Moseley vintage collection in Pontefract. Work is underway restoring the coach to form part of the vintage wedding fleet. The journey back to its new home was made on the back of a Norfolk Recovery low-loader, which it is seen upon on arrival at the depot on the right.

Rare workings have been commonplace this week, with thanks going to Joe Wilson and Sam Larke for their continued reports. Monday 17th August saw the use of loaned First Norwich Wright Renown bodied Volvo B10BLE 66112 R912BOU on a 29 duty, Blue Line branded Wright Gemini 2 36170 BD11CFP on Red Line 23 and 23A duties and Wright Streetlite 47512 SN64CRX on the 26. On Wednesday 19th August, First Norwich Green Line branded Wright Eclipse bodied Volvo B7L 66326 MV02VBA made an appearance on Purple Line service 38. On Thursday 20th August, Konectbus 2 and 2A branded Alexander Dennis Enviro400 605 SN61CZV was employed on the 6A and X6 and repainted 802 BD57WCZ was back out on the 604 - later swapped for an Optare Tempo. On Friday 21st, Konectbus Optare Excel 219 W219PRB was employed on the 4. The appearance of full sized buses on Sanders service 32 has become increasingly common this week, so I am keeping an eye on things to see if it is now commonplace. Furthermore, older Scania Omnicitys on Anglianbus service 7 is less of a rarity now; one can only assume the arrival 907 YT51EBF has free-d up a larger bus from more rural services. On Saturday 22nd August, First Norwich Blue Line branded Wright Eclipse Gemini bodied Volvo B9TL 36174 BD11CFY made an appearance on Orange Line services.

Suffolk Norse YX63ZXJ made an appearance on the 143.
On Thursday, Suffolk Norse Alexander Dennis Enviro400 YX63ZXJ was used on the 143 - a typical summer holiday working rather than the usual coach. Still, a rather nice sight and a really smart vehicle.

An article on the First website published on August 20th reveals that the new First Eastern Counties Business Director is Steve Wickers. Neil Barker, regional managing director commented to the press department saying “I’d like to congratulate Steve on his new appointment. He brings with him a wealth of experience and a real passion for customer service.  We are keen to build on the good relationships we have with our customers and local stakeholders in Eastern Counties to ensure that we can meet and exceed their expectations going forward.”

A click around the latest sales sites this week has brought out some more updates. Swift of Great Yarmouth's Autosan Eagle BV57MTJ has found a buyer. Reynolds of Caister VanHool T8 Alizee bodied Volvo B10M 7289DD still remains for sale on the operator's website. Chenery Travel Neoplan Tourliners PK62VUV and PK62VUT are both for sale with John Hill Coach Sales, as is Setra S250 NBU707 and Sanders DAF MB230 based VanHool Alizee L513EHD - which appears to have not found a buyer since it was listed many months ago. Sanders wheelchair accessible Bova Futura 805 CT05LCT is withdrawn and now for sale with Plaxton Coach Sales.

A new Bus and Us fleetlist is now available by clicking here.
In the blog news this week is the arrival of yet another new local fleetlist. A Bus and Us fleetlist can be found by clicking on the fleetlists tab on the top navigation bar.

It's been a cram packed week of news: On Monday, the registrations of four further Sanders acquisitions were revealed and a report was published on Monday's happenings. This week's Tuesday Time Tunnel focused on Eastern Counties' Leyland National Greenway refurbishments. On Wednesday, the latest changes registered were summed up in Notices and Proceedings Watch and Oddball Wednesday took a look at yet another modern-day Wrightbus rarity. This was followed by a bumper Sanders update including new vehicles, new services and Cromer Carnival specials. On Thursday, a report was online of the arrival of the first Norwich Park and Ride Alexander Dennis Enviro400s and there was news from expansion at Lynx and some rare happenings in Norwich. On Friday, news of Konectbus service changes this September was published, followed by a fleet update from the same operator. Saturday saw the arrival of new First Norwich timetables, ironing out some of the confusion caused by the initial press release.

Next week, I have been told to keep an eye out in the usual areas for news of more new services - so keep checking back for more on that.
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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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