Yesterday saw me visiting my friends at BorderBus. They are so relaxed there it feels more like a health spa than a bus depot! Nothing major to report from there, except I saw the E300 for the first time in ages. Fuel economy has dictated that E200 BB07 is used on the 146 instead of the E300 so it is only used on school runs at present. One thing that did strike me while there, though was just how clean the buses were despite the terrible road conditions at present. Funny that a company that has the two types of bus I dislike the most - E200's and Presidents - should rank so highly in my preferences. I guess it proves that it's not what you have but what you do with it that counts!
|A fleet of gleaming Presidents|
|The E300 looking great for her age|
|Ex Anglian 427 in Beeston's workshop|
|Beestons ex Transdev Scania Omnidekka YN54 OAE at Old Cattle Market|
|All rubbed down and ready to paint|
So onto Ipswich and at long last I caught up wiith the two Excel fronted B7rle's, 69426/8. As is the tradition of this blog I didn't just stand in the cold taking pics but got on one to sample the much heralded Italian seats.
|69426 about to load up for Stowmarket|
|And the now famous Italian seats!|
One last pic in more ways than one. It would seem that this is the last week that the First Ipswich Scanias will be in service, and at the end of the week 65570 and Volvo B7rle 69433 will transfer to Colchester, and 65679/88 will be withdrawn from service at Ipswich. So I was pleased to capture 65588 at Old Cattle Market for one last time. It's a bit like having your faithful pet put to sleep to end its suffering. You know it's the right thing to do but you will still miss them.
|65588 nest to 32655 at Old Cattle Market|