|The best double and single deck buses around together?|
That something is noise. In my seat noise isn't an issue but go further towards the rear of the top deck and you suddenly become aware of the air chill system. It is very loud as the air is pushed through the length of the bus from the rear. Although the ride was just as good at the rear the noise was too loud and I wouldn't like that day in day out. The system also leads to additional problems. There are no ventilation/air chill outlets at the front of the top deck, and that causes the front to get pretty warm. This isn't helped by the fact the windows open. Yesterday one window was open which had the effect of pushing the chilled air back to the rear of the bus and the front got nothing. If air chill is going to be effective the windows need to be locked shut and only opened in case of air chill failure. Air vents are needed at the front too.
One other thing I noticed from the back of the top deck was this, and I promise you this is not my camera not capturing the image accurately - the "stopping" sign really does look like this.
|Nice row of LED's|
Now to other news, and I have been informed by multiple sources of upcoming fleet developments at Anglian. It is common knowledge that the gas buses are moving to Plymouth - half term has been suggested to me as the moving date - but the big question has been what is going to replace them. It would appear that the 5 Scania Omnicities withdrawn earlier this year are to make a comeback, after being refurbished. So 458 - 462 YN05 HFH/J/F/G and YN03 WRJ should be back by end of October. This makes sense as they are much shorter than the gas buses which Anglian said "are too long to cope with our country routes". Oh hang on that's not right is it - they are the same length if not longer than the gas buses. And of course a Scania Omnicity uses far less fuel than a gas bus too.....
|462 on the 61A in Pakefield last year|
|Peak D182 heading the 4 Class 20's|
Finally it has been confirmed that the Class 68 short set is to remain until at least December. Good news and hardly surprising as firstly 170204 is still being repaired and secondly it is attracting so many enthusiasts to the area it must be making a fortune. Don't be surprised if it's still here next Summer - I hope it is.