02/01/2012

Looking back at the early days of Norfolk Green - photo special!

Today we are taking a special look back at the early days of Norfolk Green with a photo special, thanks to David Bell who has been scanning his archive of slides into digital format for providing all of the photos in this post.

Norfolk Green was formed in 1996 with just four buses and the ambition of improving both the quality and quantity of bus travel in West Norfolk and beyond, now 16 years on they have a fleet of 78 modern low floor buses and are one of the UK's leading and most respected independant bus operators.

The photos below were all taken in around the first five years of the company... enjoy!

© David Bell
Duple Laser bodied Bedford YNT B91UBM, this vehicle was new to Jackson, Blackpool © David Bell

© David Bell
Duple/Carlyle bodied Dennis Dart G624WPB seen in previous operator Reg's Of Hertford livery before repaint into Norfolk Green livery, blinded for the 47 to Southery via Downham Market - a route still operated by the company today albeit as a number 37 © David Bell

© David Bell
Another Duple/Carlyle bodied Dennis Dart G350GCK - one of the first ever Darts built and new as a demonstrator, blinded for the 46 to King's Lynn.

© David Bell
Leyland National AAS185W of 1980 vintage is pictured above at Hunstanton, I am reliably informed that this vehicle was new to The Cairngorm Ski Company and was originally a dual doored vehicle © David Bell

© David Bell
Alexander bodied Mercedes Benz 608D D511NWG is pictured above at Hunstanton bus station awaiting departure on the Coastliner 781 to Sheringham, this vehicle was new to Yorkshire Traction in 1986 © David Bell