Heritage head turners at East Anglia Transport Museum

First 30888 in its new guise as Lowestoft Corporation 8
Today, and yesterday, was the East Anglia Transport Museum's 'End of season gala' event - which draws a close to the rally and museum season as we head into the winter months. As always visiting numbers were high, with extra buses from the museum collection deployed on the half-hourly free shuttle services to and from Beccles and Lowestoft town centres.

Among a total of five visiting vehicles, two came from First in the shape of the Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth heritage liveried buses. These were definite stars of the shows. 

From Lowestoft came 30888 W743DWX, painted into the municipal Lowestoft Corporation livery. The paint and logos were provided by Syd Eade, part owner of preserved Lowestoft Corporation Massey bodied Leyland Titan 12 PBJ2F. Note that the bus has, since returning from Rotherham works, gained the operator's logo on the front.

Great Yarmouth 59 arriving at the  East Anglia Transport Museum
Making an appearance also was 32059 W219XBD from Great Yarmouth depot. The bus is painted into the blue and cream livery used on double deckers during municipal operating - a recent discussion was the cream band stepping down at the rear of the bus being wrong, however, the stripes stepped upwards on single deckers and down on doubles.

I am told that admission for the weekend was higher than expected, with nearing seven hundred tickets sold on Saturday. As always, it was good to catch up with the usual friendly faces and the many volunteers driving, conducting and organising at the event.
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  1. Both bus services were operated to an hourly frequency .

  2. Just to add my little bit on the Great Yarmouth cream bands stepping up or down. Memory does sometimes play tricks with you. So as far as my memory goes the only buses where the cream bands stepped up were the AEC Swifts all other cream bands stepped down. Darts - down, various bodied Merc mini's - down, Metroriders - down. As said double deckers - down. There were a couple of Merc mini's where the bands stepped up, but the bands were blue and the rest of the bus was a yukky colour.