25/09/2014

Showbus 2014: Coach Selection - part 1

Welcome to our coverage of Showbus 2014 - this year we are trying something a bit different with photo features set around three themes, there will be two multi-part features titled 'Coach selection' and 'Bus selection' plus a standalone post covering a selection of vehicles with a London connection. All of the photographs from this year's Showbus have been kindly supplied by our regular correspondents Colin Apps and David Bell.

Showbus 2014: Coach selection - part 1 of 3, photographs featured in this post include a mix of modern and classic coaches operated by Suffolk Norse, Cropley Coaches, Harrods Coaches, C G Myall, Kenzies of Shepreth and Trekkers of Harlow.

Suffolk Norse YX14 RZU (c) David Bell
We kick off the first part of our coach selection with this smart modern vehicle demonstrating one of the latest additions to the Plaxton range - Suffolk Norse Plaxton Leopard YX14 RZU, entry number 107 (c) David Bell.

Cropley Coaches 5406 UB (c) Colin Apps
Continuing the modern theme we see this very strange Chinese manufactured 'Yutong' coach 4506 UB which is operated by Lincolnshire-based Cropley Coaches, entry number 171 (c) Colin Apps.

Harrods TAO 179G (c) Colin Apps
Moving onto something a bit older now, here looking resplendent in their gold livery complete with royal warrant is Harrods Coaches 1962 Bedford Bella Vega TAO 179G, its front bumper-based destination reads King's Lynn - Hunstanton, entry number 552 (c) Colin Apps.

CG Myall FJE 982D (c) Colin Apps
Next up is traditional Cambridgeshire-based operator C G Myall of Bassingbourn's 1966 Duple bodied Bedford VAM5 FJE 982D, entry number 554 (c) Colin Apps.

Kenzies GUP 743C (c) Colin Apps
An entry from the well know Kenzies of Shepreth fleet was their Plaxton bodied Bedford VAL14 GUP 743C which dates from 1965, entry number 550 (c) Colin Apps.

Trekkers Duple 425 line up (c) Colin Apps
Our last two photos in this part features the excellent Duple 425, and what is probably the largest remaining operator of this type - Trekkers Coaches of Harlow, seen here is a line up of the type featuring entry numbers 127-130 WAZ 2838, PJI 1244, LIL 5072 and E208 EPD, they date from between 1985-7 (c) Colin Apps.

Trekkers LIL 5072 (c) David Bell
We finish with one of Trekkers most interesting Duple 425's - LIL 5072, as you can see it's front lower panels have been restyled in the shape of a Plaxton Paragon - certainly makes for an interesting appearance (c) David Bell.

Look out for the next part of this feature which is due to be uploaded in the next couple of days.