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Newly repainted 66978 this afternoon at Castle Meadow
Mentioned in yesterday's update was the entry into service for two former First Ipswich Wright Eclipse Urban bodied Volvo B7RLEs. Space did not permit for a shot of 66978 KX05MHE, painted into Purple Line livery, so here is one taken today. Also of note is that 66976 KX05MGZ is to have its new mustard-yellow front repainted over in a brighter shade of yellow, thus avoiding confusion with Orange Line buses once they are painted. 33163 LR02LXZ has gained a large First 'f' vinyl on the nearside rear, similar to how it is applied on single deckers.

Arriving this afternoon at Vulcan Road depot was First Lowestoft 30888 W743DWX. The bus is painted into the cream and brown Lowestoft Corporation heritage livery - unfortunately, I cannot bring you photos as it was not easily reached by the camera in the depot. Later in the day it was taken to Caister Road depot in Great Yarmouth. Grahame Bessey informs me that 33003 LK51UZS has been sent to Rotherham in exchange for repainting of the rear end and interior refurbishment with e-leather.

The torrential rain in Norwich today caused havoc during the peak
Syd Eade informs me that First Great Yarmouth Wright Eclipse bodied Volvo B7L 66341 MV02VCT was at Lowestoft this morning on the 99 - it later ended up on a Bernard Matthews working.

Tomorrow is your last chance to photograph a number of destination sequences which will be withdrawn on Sunday. "Silfield", "N. Wymondham", "Wym/Harts Farm" and "Stalham" will become extinct from the Green Line, as will the route numbers 11A and 12A.

Norwich came to stand still this afternoon as a result of a storm and torrential downpours blessing our streets. The 16:25 Stagecoach X29 out of Castle Meadow did not get to Tombland, just 1-2 minute along the route in normal traffic, for around 20 minutes.
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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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