24/10/2013

Looking back... Great Yarmouth Beach Coach Station in 1981

It's been a rather quiet week on the local bus news front with not many notable happenings to report, so today we are bringing you another installment of our frequent Looking back... series, this time with the help of photographs from David Bell's wonderful archives we are taking a look at a selection of vehicles visiting Great Yarmouth in August 1981.

David comments: "As you can see from some of the photographs these were taken before the coach station was modernised and you can see remnants of Yarmouth Beach railway station in the background. The Ipswich decker and the Eastern National Bedford were both brand new at the time and Delaine still had a coach fleet then. Combs was part of the Mulley's empire as you can probably tell by the livery.

Gt Yarmouth coach station in August 1981 B (c) David Bell
Eastern National [National Express] GJD 197N - Plaxton Elite bodied Bristol RELH, new in 1975 © David Bell.

Gt Yarmouth coach station in August 1981 B (c) David Bell
SM Ementon European Travel XRY 333S - Plaxton bodied Volvo B58, new in 1977 © David Bell.

Gt Yarmouth coach station in August 1981 B (c) David Bell
Eastern National TJN 979W - Bedford LW, brand new when seen here in 1981 © David Bell.

Gt Yarmouth coach station in August 1981 B (c) David Bell
Delaine PVL 159W - Plaxton Supreme bodied Bedford YMT, also new in 1981 © David Bell.

Gt Yarmouth coach station in August 1981 A (c) David Bell
Combs VGV 444S - Van Hool bodied Bedford YMT, new in 1977 © David Bell.

Gt Yarmouth coach station in August 1981 A (c) David Bell
Barfordian Duo (left) GLS 684N - Plaxton Elite bodied Leyland Leopard, new in 1974: (right) CFP 111T - Van Hool bodied Bedford YMT, new in 1978 © David Bell.

Gt Yarmouth coach station in August 1981 A (c) David Bell
Trojan Travel HDS 552N - Rare Van Hool bodied Seddon, new in 1974 © David Bell.

Gt Yarmouth coach station in August 1981 A (c) David Bell
Another Duo: (left) A.I. Luxury Coaches of London LUE 261V - Duple bodied Ford R114, new in 1979; (right) Ipswich Borough Transport RGV 40W - East Lancs bodied Leyland Atlantean © David Bell.

Hope you enjoyed this look back at Great Yarmouth's Beach Coach Station in 1981, many thanks to David Bell for the interesting variety of photographs used in this post.