North Norfolk Coasting

Sanders 214 at Fakenham Oak Street on the town service 27
During a very enjoyable visit to the North Norfolk Coast on Monday to photograph the new temporary Lynx Coasthopper arrangement, see that full report here, a few photographs were taken on my journeys which are worth sharing.

My journey to Fakenham was made on Stagecoach X29, operated by one of a pair of East Lancs Myllennium Lolyne bodied Alexander Dennis Tridents. Time permitted at Fakenham for a few photographs of the various services passing through; a small market town, Fakenham is comparatively well served with services from Konectbus, Stagecoach and Sanders as well as a number of market day services operating on a weekly basis.

Sighted during my short stay waiting for the connection to the 29 for Wells was Sanders Wright Cadet bodied DAF SB120 214 X823NWX, operating on the circular service 27 via The Creakes.

Stagecoach Norfolk 47908 at The Buttlands terminus in Wels
The journey through to Wells is a short one, but a beautiful one nevertheless - particularly on the squeeze through the picturesque village centre of Walsingham. The width of the Optare Solo Slimlines allocated to the route are beneficial in this instance as they squeeze between the pathless streets, lined with pedestrians and parked cars. The capability of the driver on this journey appeared endless as he squeezed through gaps which made the tiny bus through gaps which in comparison made the bus feel as long as a Mercedes Benz Citaro artic.

Arrival in Wells was made just under thirty minutes later, with ample time for photographs of the various vehicles passing through Wells - predominantly other Coasthopper Optare Solos. Photographed here is Stagecoach Norfolk 47908 YJ09LBG, which is named after former Coasthopper driver David Preistley from 2008 to 2011, following arrival from Fakenham about to head off as the next 29 returning to the latter.

Lynx Optare Tempo 1 YJ05JWZ at Sheringham NNR Station 
After a ride to Burnham Market on Lynx 36, I crossed over and headed back towards Wells on 1 YJ05JWZ. The journey would see me pass back through Wells eastwards towards Sheringham.

The width of the Stagecoach Optare Solo Slimlines is really put into perspective from my view sat at the front of the vehicle. The Optare Tempos from Lynx are wider, which from a passenger's perspective (Well, one who takes notice of these things!) is quite obvious when you complete the same route a week before on one of the said Solos. Again though, your standard Lynx journey - simply excellent.
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