04/09/2013

Out & about in Great Yarmouth

Our regular correspondant David Bell was Out & about in the East Norfolk coastal town of Great Yarmouth last week and has sent us an interesting selection of photographs from his visit, the town's local bus scene has grown in interest in recent months, with increased Anglianbus services in the area and the introduction of the new First livery on recently acquired second hand vehicles.

Included in this post are a selection of photographs showing vehicles that can be found operating in the area, all photos kindly supplied by and © David Bell.

Out & about in Great Yarmouth, (c) David Bell
To start we have this cracking shot of Anglianbus Scania Omnilink 457 AU61 AVK working on the X47 to Norwich, following the Anglianbus service changes on 2nd Septemberthis route has been replaced by the 'anglian express 7' which operates every 30 mins berween Great Yarmouth and Norwich.

Out & about in Great Yarmouth - (c) David Bell
Next we see RML2480 JJD 480D - one of two vintage Routemasters operated by First on summer service 3 to Hemsby Beach, they also operate occasional private hires in the region.

Out & about in Great Yarmouth, (c) David BellOut & about in Great Yarmouth. (c) David Bell
Seen above are two of First's recently acquired ex Connex Jersey Caetano Nimbus bodied Dennis Darts - on the left is short wheelbase 43862 EG52 FGK on the 4 to Caister, whilst seen on the right is slightly longer 42358 EY05 FYP on the 5 to Burgh Castle {click images to view larger size}

Out & about in Great Yarmouth. (c) David Bell
Another ex Connex Jersey vehicle operated by First is ADL Enviro400 33423 SN60 CAA which is currently being used on the X1 from King's Lynn depot - talking of Enviro400s on the X1... it has been revealed that the 22 brand new examples due to begin arriving for the route later this month will wear the new two-tone blue and gold First 'interurban' livery - check out the X1 Blog for the first photos of one of the new buses taken by Mick Wallington at the ADL/Plaxton factory in Scarborough on 31st August!.

Out & about in Great Yarmouth. (c) David Bell
Next up we see 37158 AU07 DXV, the first of the current fleet of X1 Volvo/Geminis to be repainted in new First livery prior to their withdrawal from the route once the new Enviro400s enter service, this vehicle is apparently expected to transfer to the Potteries.

Out & about in Great Yarmouth - (c) David BellOut & about in Great Yarmouth - (c) David Bell
We finish with this smart pair of Anglianbus Optare Excel 2s - on the left wearing the new Anglianbus livery is 229 X229 WRA working the 601 to Lowestoft now numbered 61 whilst on the right wearing Konectbus livery with new Anglianbus logos is 218 W218 PRB working on the 581 to Beccles now numbered 81 {click images to view larger size}

Thanks once again to David Bell for the selection of photographs used in this post, look out for more Out & about specials - coming soon!