Last Wednesday and Thursday 1st/2nd July saw the annual Royal Norfolk Show take place at the Norfolk Showground in Easton just outside Norwich, the event attracts tens of thousands of visitors every year and as usual bus operators Konectbus and First provided a host of extra bus services to help the crowd get to and from the event. Norwich-based enthusiast Sam Larke braved the heatwave on both days of the show to observe the special bus services in action, he has kindly sent in the information and photographs below for us to share with you...
This year Konect ran their usual extra buses on the 4 between Norwich and Easton (via Earlham Rd), buses 603 and 604 (SN10CFG/CEX) were used to run these shuttles on both days.
Wrightbus Eclipse Gemini bodied Volvo B7TL 513 LB02 YXE on the 4 between Dereham and Norwich (c) Sam Larke.
New to this year was service 400, operating direct from Harford Park and Ride using two Mercedes bendys.
Mercedes Benz Citaro G 800 BD57 WDA on the 400 (c) Sam Larke.
Also from Harford was service 10 (normally run from Costessey P&R which was closed for the event), to the Norfolk & Norwich Hospital. Due to the longer round trip, the PVR for service 10 was two (rather than one as normal) bendy buses.
Anglianbus' City Collage Norwich (CCN) contract was once again operated by a loaned Mercedes bendy from Konectbus.
Mercedes Benz Citaro G 801 BD57 WCY on the CCN service (c) Sam Larke.
Service 100 was provided this year by some of the usual B9TL's (36168,72,76,80 and 37562 were noted over the two days) complimented by Ipswich heritage livery 32479 and Routemasters 39480 and 39623. Also making an appearance was a StreetLite on Wednesday, and Pink Line deckers 32103 and 32105.
Wrightbus Eclipse Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B9TLs 36168/72 BD11 CFN/V on layover at the Showground (c) Sam Larke.
Heritage liveried Alexander ALX400 bodied Volvo B7TL 32479 AU53 HJV heading for the city on the 100 (c) Sam Larke.
AEC Routemaster 39623 NML 623E (c) Sam Larke.
Service X1 operated a normal timetable although with an additional stop outside the bus turning circle at King Georges Gate.
Alexander Dennis Enviro400 33810 YX63 LJV is seen Peterborough bound on the X1 (c) Sam Larke.
Many thanks to Sam for the info and photos in this post, to see more of Sam's work check out his Flickr.