Odds and Ends - 20/12/2015

Stagecoach in Norfolk 13982 withdrawn, seen at Hamlin Way
There was no Odds and Ends last weekend due to the enormous lack of things to report, this week there is a few bits to mention but nowhere near as much as we have seen previously in the year.

At Stagecoach in Norfolk, all the remaining Optare Spectra bodied DAF DB250s are now withdrawn and stored at the depot on Hamlin Way in King's Lynn.

On the Bernard Matthews runs front, up to eight buses from Great Withchingham have been in action on the 16:30 run out. With coaches 20501 AO02RBY and 20515 WV02EUR both off the road for various reasons during the week, Wright Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B9TL 36180 BD11CDZ had been put in place due to the need for tachograph on the seasonal run from Great Withcingham site to Great Yarmouth. Unusual appearances were a duo of new Green Line Wright Streetlites, which I presume were in use to be in place for a decker which went onto the Yarmouth run.

On VOSA this week, Simonds have had an application granted to run service 85 from late February 2016 - identical to the Anglianbus service. Thanks to my various contacts for confirming that Anglianbus will be dropping the 85, with Simonds picking it up - potentially on a temporary contract from the local council.

66978 on a Red Line working earlier today (Sam Larke)
On the rare goings on front Sydney Eade reports the use of First Norwich Wright Eclipse bodied Volvo B7L 60916 YG02DKU on Friday, whilst Stagecoach Norfolk Optare Versa 25271 YJ10EYD was out on the Coasthopper on Saturday. Joe Wilson reports an unusual working for a Sunday, being Konectbus Optare Tempo 406 on the 3 and 4, usually worked by an Alexander Dennis Enviro400.

To cover for a late running bus today, First Norwich Purple Line Wright Eclipse Urban bodied Volvo B7RLE 66978 KX05MHE made a swift appearance on Red Line duties this afternoon. Thanks to Sam for reporting this.
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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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  1. There is always at least one tempo on the 3/4 on a sunday