Where Are They Now? Norse Special

Following my visit to East Anglia Motor Auctions at the beginning of the year, it has emerged that two former Norse buses are to be auctioned on January 21st. 

Irisbus Agora Line OW03FXG and Optare M920 Solo VU52UEB were the only two single-deck buses in the fleet by September, when Norse sold it's entire bus fleet after they lost out on the new Park and Ride contracts.

Three Plaxton President bodied Dennis Tridents were also kept by Norse for local onward sale. PN03UMD and PN03ULT are now with Norwich School, whilst I believe PN03UME was to be converted to non-PSV, although I've heard nothing of it since last year.

The remainder of the fleet, ten more Tridents, passed to Ensignbus for onward sale in October. Since then, Belle Vue Coaches of Manchester have acquired four examples in PN03ULP, UMA/G/H, and West Midlands based Central Buses have two: PN03ULU/V. 1st Bus Stop Bus & Coach Hire of Kent have acquired PN03ULR whilst I believe PN03ULL, UMC/J are still awaiting buyers.

The five Tridents sold to Belle Vue and 1st Bus Stop were repainted and some refurbished at Mardens Commercials, a regular client of Ensignbus for repaints.

Photo credits in order of appearance: Sam Larke and Peter "Gricerman"
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About Sam Larke

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. Welcome Sam. See Kieran's earlier post on Norwich School: PN03 ULT is being painted for Norwich School and will replace Volvo Citybus H684 GPF.

    Citybus H653 GPF is also listed at Wymondham Auctions for 21st January (complete with errors e.g. manual transmission!). Should have been sold on ebay then enthusiasts wanting parts might have been interested.


    1. Thanks for the information, Andrew. Will amend once I'm home. If ULT is for Norwich school with UMD, do you know where UME ended up?

    2. Shame they didn't have UME with UMD! UME is the one for non PSV use, rumoured for conversion into an exhibition unit.

    3. Now amended, thanks for the corrections.

  2. No idea who bought the Agoraline but it definitely wasn't Nu-Venture, who bought 4 of Norfolk Green's. Sadly none of them are likely to see service again as reliability has proved horrendous. I'll have more news on them soon but thought it was relevant.

    Good luck with this, Sam, and welcome back. Btw your posts don't have the date on them whereas comments do.

    1. The Agora hasn't been sold yet, it's up for auction on the 21st.

      Thanks Steve - I've also sorted the date problem.