So I asked two people who have become good friends to join me. The fact they are both excellent photographers is a huge amd massive bonus but is not the sole reason I asked them. David makes regular trips to Essex, as does Bryan and so they will be able to do special missions, as even a round trip to Ipswich takes me 4 hours and two prebooked minibuses - not a 15 min journey on a regular service as some are lucky enough to have. When Roy asked Grahame to join him on ENBB I didn't see any toys getting thrown out of the pram because it meant Grahame's pics would be on there first. Sam and Keiran quite rightly put their pics up on their own blog first before considering requests for them to be used elsewhere. Yet the reaction to David and Bryan joining me has been immature and quite embarrassing. The fact is that if everyone followed set protocol and courtesy in giving due credit and LIVE links to pics taken from Flickr or other sources then friends or not I doubt it would have been as easy to persuade Dave and Bryan to join me. I am sure the guys will be happy to let others use their pics provided the right credit is given after they have been published on here first, just as others have done with pics on their own blogs. I certainly will with mine, as I always have. Lessons need to be learned and procedures followed, as I am not the only blogger to have been annoyed by the actions of others in the last few days. We ARE all in this together, but if some don't show the respect or courtesy deserved by the guys out in all weathers and hours getting pics then they can't complain if those guys start picking and choosing who they let use their pics. Right let's get on with the important stuff - the news!
We'll start with First and all the action has been up in the North of the region as
|69006 at a very sunny Wickham Market on Wednesday pic (c) SW|
|Yarmouth based 42921 outside Debehams in norwiich on the 39 7/2/15 pic (c) Cameron Robinson|
|Green Line branded 66301 in Yarmouth Saturday. pic (c) SW|
|Lowestoft new arrival 43864 on the 111 to Carlton Colville pic (c) SW|
Ipswich Buses have been active this week, with East Lancs Dart 93 going to Hants and Dorset Trim for a complete refurb and DDA upgrade. 3 more will follow, and it is believed IB have also purchased 3 Pointer Darts from Lothian. The Mercedes Benz Citaro K demonstrator is turning heads in the town and tomorrow I will have the first of what I suspect will be several posts delving into Bryan's archive of vehicles that have been on loan in Ipswich over the years. Here is a taster - Check back tomorrow for more.
|An Eastern Counties Ford Transit/Dormobile MB968 C968 YAH on loan to cover a soon to be withdrawn service 36 to Wherstead Village in 1986. pic (c) BD|
and I urge you all to do so. I sincerely hope that with companies having blamed rising fuel costs in the past for fares increases more will follow Sanders' lead and either freeze or reduce fares to benefit the customer. Well done, Sanders - you can be proud of yourselves today.
Over the past 12 months we have been faced with large cost increases including insurance, company overheads, and the cost of vehicle parts. We had therefore planned to increase our bus fares with effect from Sunday 1st February 2015.
The GREAT NEWS is that due to the recent drop in fuel costs we are able to delay any increases to our fares.
We can confirm there will be no fare increases across our Bus Network on February 1st 2015 as planned, and hopefully for the forseeable future.
STOP PRESS: It has been confirmed that ShowBus 2015 will be held at its former stamping ground of Woburn Abbey, Bedfordshire, on Sept 20th. This pleases me no end as the last ShowBus I went to was at Woburn Abbey in the mid 80's. This year I will be there if I have to walk both ways!!
So that;s it for another Round Up. I am hoping for an extremely special post Friday evening, and of course on top of Bryan's nostalgic post tomorrow there will be other posts throughout the week. Take care, everyone.