Ipswich first, and apologies if I slip up here as the comings and goings are happening thick and fast and it's hard to keep up at times. However to the best of my knowledge and relying on information from elsewhere returned are ex P&R B7rle's 69422/6 and B7tl 32493. Gone the other way is B7tl 32489. Expected soon are more 669 series B7rle's from Essex with the beloved - oh hang on that's the wrong word - with the disliked beyond measure 656 series Scanias going the other way.
Now a gripe. There have been many pics in blogland of freshly repainted buses in Ipswich with bright shiny silver wheels. Sadly these wheels are getting less silver and dirtier by the day. Is it too much to ask that the wheels are kept clean? It's little features like that which makes vehicles stand out and shows a real pride in the fleet.
There was much excitement in Norwich this week when the first of their buses to be repainted arrived back from Rotherham. Plaxton President 33163 has been liveried for the Orange route and should be out in - what? - the Purple route and should be out in service this week. I am grateful to Sam Larke from Norwich Buses Blog who has sent me a pic seen nowhere else, not even on his own blog. I have a feeling that particular blog will be the place to watch (after this one of course) for news on the 100+ repaints coming up in Norwich over the next year or so. In fact it is the number one blog for Norwich!You can access San's Flickr page by clicking here.
First Norwich 33163 LR02 LXZ in new Purple Route livery rather bizarrely showing X1 Norwich. (c) Sam Larke
|34187 seen with 34109 on a BM Contract on 12th May this year
|God that's a good picture. 33423 on the 8's in Caister. (c) Grahame Bessey
If you have been reading the blog this week you will have seen my failed attempts to spot one of Norfolk Green's freshly painted ALX400 's that have just entered service. Undeterred by that, the aforementioned Grahame Bessey ventured to Kings Lynn yesterday, and he obviously found the pile of brown stuff I didn't as his luck overflowed and saw two of them out on the 505 which runs between Kings Lynn and Spalding. My luck then changed as he said I could use one of his pics - many more on his Flickr page. Many thanks again, Grahame, and it's a real pleasure to have pics from two other bloggers on the round up this week. That's the way it should be - we are in this together.
|Norfolk Green 17786 ALX400 Trident LX03 BYZ at Kings Lynn pic (c) Grahame Bessey
I am grateful to David Green for supplying me with some more Galloway updates. However, if you don't mind I'll save them for next week as due to other committments as revealed below I won't be out spotting much this week and will need items for next week's round up.
On Tuesday this humble publication is one year old. To celebrate this milestone I have been fortunate enough to line up interviews with top men. Top. . . . . . . . Men!! (if you haven't seen Indiana Jones or Family Guy that will be lost on you!)
During the course of this week I will be interviewing Philip Eden of Anglian, Chris Speed of First, and Andrew Pursey of Borderbus. That is of course if the forecast high winds don't bring down half of Suffolk and East Norfolk! Suffice it to say this is going to be a week the likes of which I could only have dreamed of this time last year and is not to be missed.
While you are waiting for those interviews I have introduced a new feature to the blog - by the top of the post, on the right hand side you will find links to three random posts, which change each time you have a different page up. If you have a few spare mins just have a browse through some old posts, or posts that were up before you started reading the blog - the longer darker evenings will just fly by!!