12/09/2011

Norwich Bus Rally 2011

Yesterday was Norwich Bus Rally at the Norfolk Showground, in total 40 buses and coaches, both old and new were on display.

Here is a selection of photographs I took yesterday...

I once again attended the event with Norfolk Green who this year entered my namesake Optare Tempo 107 YJ59NNZ...
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Featured on Andy's Bus Blog several times this year and seen yesterday was Julian Patterson's marvelous Bristol RE WNG864H...
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Konectbus, who are also sponsors of the event had five vehicles on display including their heritage Leyland National UFX852S...
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Konectbus also had one of each type of their double deckers at the show - Dennis Trident 2/ADL Enviro 400 SN10CFD, Volvo B7TL/Plaxton President V301LGC and DAF DB250/Wrightbus Pulsar Gemini YJ05PXE...
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Ex Lowestoft and latterly Waveney District Council Massey bodied Leyland PD2 PBJ2F is back on the rally circuit following a refurbishment...
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Anglianbus were also in attendance with two of their 2011 vehicles - Scania Omnilink YT11LVF and Optare Versa YJ11EPE...
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Eastern Transport Collection, organisers of the event had several of their vehicle there including ECW bodied Bristol MW5G 5789AH...
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Pride of the Freestones fleet and owned by them from new is Van Hool Volvo B10M T9BJF...
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All in all the day was good, I had chance to catch up with some friends and also look around the Norfolk Gala Day which the bus rally was part of, however this year the event clashed with several other events including the Trollybus Weekend at EATM and was only a week before Showbus which lead to a decrease of visitors and a 20% drop in vehicle entries - I can't help thinking that a change of date, location, format (more vehicle running) and better advertising would be of great benefit to the event... never the less thanks to Eastern Transport Collection, Konectbus and of course all of the vehicle entrants for putting on a good day.

You can find a full list of vehicles that attended the event on the ETCS website