Odds and Ends - 07/11/2015

Konectbus 800 on Park and Ride 501 on Friday evening
The second Odds and Ends of November is here, and contains a number of articles which haven't quite made a full post this week.

Sanders revealed on their website this week that three 80 seat Optare/East Lancs Olympus double deckers for use on the 44, 44A and X44. The registrations of the trio are PN09ELJPN09EMJ and PN09ENJ ex-Johnsons of Henley in Arden, they are due in service this coming week in the livery they are acquired in. Following the Christmas rush, they will be repainted.

Friday evening was the Norwich City Council "Big Boom" firework event. Konectbus went all out to ensure there were enough seats on Park and Ride service 501 from Thickthorn and Airport, which were extended to operate until 21:00. On each end of the route, an additional three relief buses were put into place operating to and from the City Centre, whilst the usual evening PVR ran the full length. Notably, on the Thickthorn end, Mercedes Benz Citaro 800 BD57WDA was used. 

Regal Busways P03 at Norwich Railway Station yesterday
On Saturday, a rail replacement operation was operating from Norwich Station. Tucked away at the side of the rail station was this Optare X1200 Tempo from Regal Busways "The Essex Pullman" brand of vehicles. Though Regal Busways are a regular on the East Anglia rail replacement scene, the appearance of such buses in Norwich is quite a rarity.

As of yesterday, four of the eleven new First Norwich Streetlites were in service. At Roundtree Way depot, two Wright Eclipse bodied Volvo B7Ls and one of the two Jersey Darts were parked up, presumably withdrawn ready for transfer to the South of the country.

It's been a busy week with lots of fleet updates and news articles, below are just some of the articles you may have missed this week:
-First Norwich 32101 repainted into Orange Line livery
-Sanders receive loaned double decker
-New First Norwich Streetlites enter service
-Konectbus Fleet Update
-Major changes to First X1 and X2
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  1. A surprisingly decent bus for Sanders, however a week into service no doubt it will look as shabby as the rest of their buses with their 'relaxed' cleaning schedule to say the least.