Showbus Specials Part Four - The coaches and conclusion

SH14RPE caught up in the queues heading into Showbus 2015
The final part of the Showbus Special series comes today in the form of a look at the many coaches which attend the event, in the form of both excursion vehicles and those attending to show off their shiny motors and be judged for a number of prizes.

As always, Sharpes of Nottingham impressed me at Showbus 2015. Each year, Sharpes bring a stunning display of vehicles from. This year,a total of at least four vehicles descended on Woburn Abbey, including a duo of VanHool TX coaches delivered over the past twelve months. Once again, their coaches and drivers were extremely well turned out with an unbelievable attention to detail. Take a look at SH14RPE, photographed above; a one year old VanHool TX15 Alicron looking as though it has just driven off the forecourt of a dealership. Behind is SH15RPE a similar VanHool TX17 Astron. Joining them was 9NSS, a VanHool T9 Alizee, VWA290L, a Plaxton bodied AEC Reliance and D51LWW an immaculate 1987 VanHool T8 Alizee bodied Volvo B10M. The latter has recently had a full interior refurbishment to bring it up to a similar standard to its much newer sisters.

Redline's for Oxford Bus Company Plaxton Panther 70 seater
Entered by Redline was this 2007 Plaxton Panther bodied Volvo B12B. Originally new to Oxford Bus Company, hence the cherished registration KB07OXF, the coach was sold to Ensignbus Sales when newer replacement were sought. The vehicle has since been rebuilt to the C70F seating layout, with 2+3 seating throughout the coach. 

Redline were formed in the first half of the 1990s and has since established themselves as a reputable operator in the Buckinghamshire area. Their modern fleet of vehicles includes the likes of Alexander Dennis Enviro200s and Optare Solos on a mix of both contracted and commercial bus services. KB07OXF is part of a fleet of coaches dedicated to the numerous school services which Redline operates. A number of unusual smaller vehicles have been operated to suit the requirements of their network, including the Optare Alero and Enterprise Plasma based Plaxton Primo midibus

Fowlers G601XMD formed part of the Safari-themed display
Fowler's of Holbeach Drive, near Spalding Lincolnshire, entered two vehicles this year. This included G601XMD, a Plaxton Paramount bodied Leyland Tiger. The vehicle formed part of the display of safari themed vehicles, which included the likes of Plaxton Panthers, Leopards, Cheetahs and Leyland Tigers.

So all in all Showbus 2015 was not a categorically poor event, albeit somewhat badly organised. The most spoken word this year was "Duxford", with the drivers and visitors both comparing their horrific queuing experience to the seamless operation at Duxford Imperial War Museum - which usually takes little more than ten minutes to get through the main gates, check in and park up. The generally opinion of many has appeared on a blog entitled "Rusty Old Rubbish" which I have recently stumbled across - click here to take a look.
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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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