Odds and Ends - 20/09/2015

First's 12 to Stalham is no more following its last day on Saturday
Published on the way to Showbus, a last minute decision but reports to follow, this week's Odds and Ends takes a look at the little pieces which did not warrant a full report.

This weekend saw a number of endings. First have pulled out of all points between Wroxham and Stalham, which has been served by First and predecessor Eastern Counties for countless years. Further cuts see the withdrawal of First services from Stalham, Rackheath and Thorpe End on the 14 and 14A and Silfield, Harts Farm and North Wymondham at the opposite end of the Green Line routes. On the Pink Line, First will no longer operate in the Cozens Hardy Road area of Sprowston. Today is also the final day of Konectbus service 22, marketed Norfolk Coaster. As it stands, this service will not be reinstated next summer.

The week ahead is one of firsts, with a number of new and heavily revised services beginning. At First, the revised service 12 will now operate from Wroxham to Norfolk and Norwich Hospital via Cringleford and Norwich - seeing the return of the route number 12 in that area since 2012. At Konectbus, blue buses will now be found in Silfield to replace withdrawn First services, whilst Sanders buses will now be commonplace on Cozens Hardy Road to replace withdrawn First 11A. Sanders will also begin operation on new service 10 between Stalham, Catfield and Norwich to replace the withdrawn First service. All of the above comes into affect on Monday morning.

Former local 66126 S116JTP is currently for sale on eBay.
On Thursday 17th September, Sam Larke and Cameron Robinson both shared links to a former local now available on eBay. Former First Great Yarmouth Wright Renown bodied Volvo B10BLE 66126 S116JPT is available "straight from service". On my last check, the vehicle had one bid made against it for £2,600.

At Anglianbus, all four Wright Streetlites are now reported to be repainted white ready for a return to their respective leasing company. The five Optare Versas replacing them, transferred from Konectbus, are all in service with Anglianbus fleet names.

At First Norwich, Wright Eclipse bodied Volvo B7Ls have begun to be transferred out of the area following an influx of newer Eclipse Urban bodied Volvo B7RLEs from Ipswich; 66327 MV02VBB, 66332 MV02VBX and 66347 MV02VDA have all been confirmed as transferred.

Rare workings this week have been somewhat scarce, on Monday 14th September Simonds 337BNG made an appearance on the 2. On Monday and Tuesday, First Norwich Yellow Line liveried 66976 KX05MGZ was used on Orange Line services 21 and 22, alongside loaned Wright Renown bodied Volvo B10BLE 66112 R912BOU on Tuesday. On Thursday 17th September, 37573 AU58ECX was in use on the X2. Streetlite appearances of cropped up on some First services they are seldom used on, whilst Jersey Dart 46863 EG52FFK continues to see use on the 39 in Norwich. On Saturday 19th September, loaned First Norwich 66112 R912BOU made a relatively unusual appearance on the 38. Also, Anglianbus Optare Versa 306 YJ60KGV and one other were making up numbers on the 7. Thanks go to all who reported their sightings this week.

The photo of the week has to be this night time shot of 33170
This week has seen an interesting mix of posts on the blog, summed up as follows: On Monday, Life after Norfolk took a look at a batch of former Ambassador Travel buses. We also sent a special well done to a blog contributor who scored highly at this year's Bus Driver of the Year award. Tuesday saw a Konectbus update and City sightings roundup, proceeded by the "Yerange Line". It was Notices and Proceedings Wednesday this week, followed by a look at Spanish built rarity in Britain in Oddball Wednesday. Thursday saw news of major Konectbus changes this November and an X1/X2 mix up First updates. On Friday, it was a Belle Coaches fleet update and a bumper First update. On Saturday, we took a look at the public reactions following news of the withdrawal of Konectbus 2 and 2A and then provided a Simonds fleet update.
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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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