- A company going to fold in next three months
- A fleet of Gemini 3 Volvos for this area next year
- A little compnay having backing from a big umbrella company to take over a bigger company in this area
- A company having random spot checks on their fleet this week
- A company expanding a route, and another about to challenge on an established route
- Vehicles I have been told by many that are coming to a company now might not even exist.
And so today I have had another such decision to make. It maybe the right one, it may not, but I'm going to be as neutral as I can and put both sides, then sit back and wait to see what transpires.
I had already planned to go to Kings Lynn for the first time in ages with the hope of photographing Norfolk Green's "new" refurbished Tridents. The two that have been delivered aren't about yet, though and the weather didn't exactly make a long walk to their depot an attractive proposition. But then on Thursday I read in Gerard's X1 Blog that Gemini 37578 was due back at KL after repainting at Full Circle so vinyls could be applied. A Brucie Bonus indeed, so after heading over there using both the 8 and X1 to compare E400's again (more in separate post on X1 E400 anniversary) I just beat the rain to First's KL depot and came face to face with 38578. No obvious vinyls yet, but all the time in the world to take as many pics as I could. Unfortunately the light reflecting off the front of the bus marrs the pics a little but I thought the Geminis would suit that blue from the start and I think you'll agree she does look rather good.
|37578 in Kings Lynn Depot|
|Looking nearly as good as Sam Larke's mock up of a few weeks ago|
|Unfortunately couldn't really get to the offside|
Now one thing I have learned over the last year is if I publish something as radical as that there are people who immediately set Twitter and email alight approaching management for clarification rather than just seeing what happens. So to avoid that I broke a golden rule of mine and sent Chris Speed, First Eastern Counbties Business Manager a message asking him to clarify what I had heard. Chris, to his credit replied very quickly and said that the Geminis would only be going to KL for the vinyls to be applied and that was it, intimating their return to Yarmouth or Lowestoft.
So now I had a problem. Conflicting stories and versions of events. What do I publish? One side, both sides or nothing. I decided this was a bit hot to not publish, but to be fair I have posted both versions of what is going to happen. One of them will turn out to be right, one won't. It will be very interesting to see what does eventually happen to the newly liveried Geminis. One thing KL did confirm is that the end of 33423's career as a stunning showbus both inside and out is well and truly nigh. Not only is she being repainted into X1 livery, but the tints are coming off the windows and the mustard and brown seats coming out. Such a shame. UPDATE: See Weekly Nerws Round Up above. Anyway if anyone is upset by my posting what I have tonight, just give me the benefit of the doubt, and remember that it is a very hard balancing act at times knowing what to publish and what to keep secret. I'll leave you with one more pic of 37578 and there will be an X1 special up in the next couple of days.
|37578 waiting for her vinyls and her fate!|