Apart from what has been previously mentioned this week B7tl 32489 returned on Friday and ex Essex B7rle 66984 went the other way. If you missed the post with the projected fleetlist post refurbishments click here.
The bus wars in Ipswich took a development this week with this announcement in Notices and Proceedings.
PF0000323/341 - FIRST EASTERN COUNTIES BUSES LTD, 6 LANSDOWNE ROAD, NORWICH, NR6 6NF
- Cancellation Accepted: Operating between Ipswich Town Centre and Bixley/Broke Hall given service number 55/56 effective from 25-Dec-2014.
Also cancelled this week have been Ipswich buses' ridiculous service X which operates from Tower Ramparts to Ipswich Waterfront and is truly quicker to walk, and it seems others share that view hence its demise. Simonds have cancelled their college days only service 77 from Thetford to Diss from the end of the year.
Now speaking of Simonds they are quite a good compnay for unpredictability of vehicle allocation. You never quite know what is going to be on what recently. I have seen coaches on the 1 and 2 in Norwich, there was even one on the 113 from Ipswich a few weeks ago, new E200's keep popping up and on Thursday I was treated to the sight of a Mercedes minicoach on the 113's. VRY 841 is a Mercedes Vario 0815D with a Sitcar Beluga 2 body, and it must be said compared to the usual Plaxton primos or E200's on the route must have been a taste of luxury for the passengers!
|Simonds Mercedes VRY 841 at OCM on Thursday
|IB 71 Scania Omniciti YN56 NVC unusually on the X3 to John Lewis
|Selecta Cars of Gent, Belgium in Ipswich for some reason!
First of all I know transport enthusiasts like their stats so here are a couple of self indulgant stats. On Thursday this humble publication clocked up 100,000 pageviews which a year ago seemed a ridiculous thing to imagine. It took 367 days to reach that milestone. However, the next 100,000 may not take as long assuming I'm still doing it! On July 31st I proudly declared on Twitter that the blog had at the last gasp achieved 10,000 pageviews for the month. In October there were 14,642 pageviews, which means a growth over the last 3 months of 46.42%. At this rate the next 100,000 will take less than 5 months. My thanks to all of you for reading, commenting, allowing interviews, and encouraging me. It means a lot. To sum it up here is a snippet from an email I recieved this week. Yes, getting to know managers and knowing the industry reads the blog is great, but this made me feel even better.
By the way I agree with your pic of 47501 being your fav, I’m not a train fan but my grandson says your pic is FAB ! (He’s 7 and a big train fan).
I'm on my travels this week. As yet I'm undecided if I'm lugging the laptop around the country so the best place for updates and first pics will be Twitter. However highlights of the week will be a 9 bus journey to Kent on Wednesday, then 4 bus journey to London followed by Megabus to Newcastle on Thursday. I have arranged a visit to Alpha recovery in Newcastle on Friday morning, which is where a lot of First buses are taken on their final journey. Hopng 34187 is still there and recognisible. Sunday night I'm sampling Megabus's sleeper service, which I'm really looking foward to, and I'm back on Monday. Keep checking in as posts could go up at any time.
Yarmouth Bus Page has announced that First Yarmouth depot are the latest to start using the new VIX TP5700 ticket machines, following on from Kings Lynn and Ipswich who are already using them. Not sure about Lowestoft yet but since Lowestoft and Yarmouth drivers operate the X1 eastern section it would make sense if Lowestoft had started today as well.