02/02/2014

MCV's on demonstration with Norfolk Green in the mid noughties

Back in the mid noughties Norfolk Green spent a period evaluating the then brand new MCV Evolution bodied MAN 14.220 which was constructed locally in Cambridgeshire, the most notable being AE55 MVK which spent a twelve month trial period on loan, however before that there was another two examples (one of which was an earlier MCV Stirling) that spent a short amount of time on demonstration with the company, here with the help of two of our regular correspondents Colin Apps and David Bell we take a look back at the aforementioned trio of vehicles.

We'll go in reverse order starting with with the most notable AE55 MVK which spent a whole year at Norfolk Green...

MCVs on demo at NG (c) Colin Apps
AE55 MVK at King's Lynn bus station back in May 2006 © Colin Apps.

Arriving brand new with Norfolk Green in December 2005, AE55 MVK was at first assigned to a regular duty working on the 0740 48 from Harpley to King's Lynn, the 0835, 1135 & 1435 505's from King's Lynn to Spalding and back, finishing with the 1745 505 to Walpole St Peter. It later got about a bit more working on a variety of routes. The bus was returned to MCV in December 2006 after it's trial period with Norfolk Green and passed to Simonds, Diss where it remains today.

MCV Evolutions on demo at NG (c) David BellMCV Evolutions on demo at NG (c) David Bell
Two more views of AE55 MVK, both seen in Spalding, also in May 2006 © David Bell.

Prior to AE55 MVK's arrival another MCV Evolution was evaluated, this one being AE05 OVC in August 2005...

MCVs on demo at NG (c) Colin Apps
AE05 OVC pictured at Norfolk Green's original Holbeach outstation back in August 2005 © Colin Apps.

Arriving brand new with Norfolk Green in August 2005 this bus spent a short time on demonstration before heading off to various other operators, today it resides with Travel de Courcey in Coventry - arguably the largest operator of MCV products.

Before production of the Evolution, MCV's main full size product was the Stirling which it built between 2003-5, Norfolk Green also sampled one of these - AF53 EUV from the Travel de Courcey fleet...

MCVs on demo at NG (c) Colin Apps
AF53 EUV like the last photograph is seen here at Norfolk Green's original Holbeach outstation, this time in June 2004.

Keen for Norfolk Green to sample their product MCV arranged for the company to borrow Travel De Courcey's AF53 EUV for a short trial, after it's time in Norfolk it rejoined De Courceys large fleet of MCV's and was later sold to Thames Travel.

Many thanks to Colin Apps and David Bell for their help preparing this article.