27/06/2011

East Anglia Transport Museum Bus Event 2011 & Anglianbus New Versa's

I had a fantastic day out at the East Anglia Transport Museum Bus Event yesterday, I travelled there and back with Norfolk Green Optare Spectra 5 YJ03UMK, after boarding the bus at about 08:40 we left King's Lynn bound for Carlton Colville, en route we had a stop at Thickthorn services for refreshments and a change of driver before heading around the Norwich bypass and down the A146 arrriving at Carlton Colville just after 10:30

Spectra 5 at EATM
Spectra 5 seen above shortly after arrival at EATM, it also operated two round trips to Lowestoft on the shuttle service during the early afternoon.

The Bus Station situated in what is usually the museum car park was host the majority of working vehicles on the day, a few photos below show the variety of vehicles on show...

AEX85B
Great Yarmouth Transport AEC Reliance AEX85B, now owned by the museum was brought back into service in 2010 following an extensive restoration.

YRT898H
Lowestoft Corporation AEC Swift 4 YRT898H is one of several ex Lowestoft buses preserved by the museum.

KOO790V
Eastern National Bristol VR KOO790V was kept by First in Essex as a special events vehicle before being sold for preservation last year.

Inside the museum there was a full tram and trollybus service in operation plus several more buses on display...

WOS duo
This fine pair of Westcliff On Sea vehicles were on display Bristol KSG AJN82S and Leyland National YEV307S.

Felix OB
Felix Bedford OB DBU889 parked near the light railway station.

KNG711
One of the many former Eastern Counties Omnibus Company vehicles at the event was Bristol L5G KNG711 now owned by the Eastern Transport Collection is seen parked next to Green Line liveried Plaxton bodied AEC Relience SPK203M.

As well as excursions to Lowestoft, Beccles, Gunton Cliffs and Sparrows Nest (which until yesterday I didn't know it was where Eastern Coach Works once took their publicity photos - thanks to Colin A for the info!) there was also trips to the Anglianbus Depot near Beccles.

I opted for the 13:50 excursion which gave me a chance to sample a Wrightbus Streetlite for the first time, compared to an Optare Solo I was impressed with the interior which was brighter thanks to the rear window and also generally more spacious, engine wise I was less impressed - its Cummins/Voith arrangement produced ADL Dart 4 type sounds and according to Anglianbus all have had to return to Wrightbus for modifications, they also seem to be greatly disliked by the drivers, and of course apperence wise the front and sides look awful although keeping my positive hat on the rear does not look too bad!

MX60BWH
Anglianbus Streetlite MX60BWH seen at the Anglian depot awaiting to return its passengers to EATM.

At the Anglianbus depor a large portion of the fleet were present including two of the three brand new Optare Versa's AU11EPE/F pictured below...
AU11EPE/F

On return to the museum I also photographed the third new Anglianbus Versa AU11ESG which was in use on the EATM Park & Ride service...
AU11ESG

After a rest on Spectra 5 we departed the museum at 16:00 arriving back in King's Lynn just before 18:00.

Thanks to Norfolk Green's Matt, Chris & Ian for driving the bus, to EATM for putting on such a great event and to all the friends old and new I met on the day!

A further selection of photographs from the day will be uploaded to Andy's Bus Blog Flickr soon