12/12/2013

Notes from North West Norfolk 2

Notes From North West Norfolk | Edition 2 | 12th December 2013

Norfolk Green Fleet Update

A few bits of NG fleet news to report from the last couple of weeks - Optare Solo 610 YG52 DHL, one of the three Solos previously on loan at Western Greyhound has joined their fleet on a permanent basis and has recieved their latest fleet livery (see image below left courtesy of Western Greyhound) - the remaining two 601 Y54 HBT and 604 Y58 HBT have now returned to Norfolk Green. In other news, Optare Solo 621 MX53 FDD is a further example repainted into the new fleet livery since our last update and Alexander Dennis Enviro400 23 SN13 EEA has been named Kev Graves (see image below right courtesy of David Bell)

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Christmas & New Year Bus Times 2013/4

Bus operators across the county have announced details of their festive service arrangements, locally there will be alterations to Norfolk Green bus times between Monday 23rd December 2013 and Friday 3rd January 2014 inclusive - as usual there will be no services operating on Christmas Day or Boxing Day, whilst on New Years Day there will be a special limited timetable in operation on the FairsteadOne, 10 (King's Lynn to Hunstanton) CH2 (Hunstanton to Wells-Next-The-Sea) and CH3 (Wells-Next-The-Sea to Cromer) only.

For full day-by-day details of Norfolk Green's bus services over the festive period visit their website where you can download a PDF copy of their special Christmas & New Year leaflet.

To find details of other operators festive arrangements, which are too numerous to reproduce here, visit their individual websites via the 'Bus Operator A-Z' on the left hand side of this page.

REWIND ~ King's Lynn in 2004 (part 1)

In this and the next couple of editions of our Notes from North West Norfolk series we are taking a look back almost 10 years ago to 2004 with a variety of photographs from David Bell's wonderful archives - all of which were taken at the town's bus station.

King's Lynn in 2004 (c) David Bell
Dart on loan: This Plaxton bodied Dennis Dart SLF W681 TNV is pictured whilst on loan at Norfolk Green, it had been working on the X17 from Spalding when seen here © David Bell

King's Lynn in 2004 II (c) David Bell
Cavalier memories: Long Sutton based Cavalier Travel (sold to Stagecoach in 2008) were a regular visitor to King's Lynn on their part-working of the 505 from Spalding, a variety of Dennis Dart SLFs were used on the route including R566 UOT - a rare UVG Urbanstar bodied bodied example © David Bell.

Golden Jubilee Spectra

Norfolk Green's nine Optare Spectra bodied DAF DB250LFs are often a favourite of enthusiasts in the area being a fairly unusual type, all were acquired from Reading Buses to whom they were new between 2001 and 2003, whilst we have featured photographs of these fine vehicles in their previous home before, whilst sorting through his archives David Bell recently came across an excellent shot he took of one wearing a rather special livery back in 2002.

Reading Jubilee Spectra (c) David Bell
Optare Spectra YJ51 ZVG seen whilst painted in Reading Buses special gold/purple Golden Jubilee livery back in 2002 © David Bell.

Hope you enjoyed this varied edition of our Notes from North West Norfolk series, look out for another in the new year!