Monday 19th January 2009 ~ How It Should Be
Profile 20352 on a regular B7 turn , the 10.55 ex Lowestoft passing Walpole Highway on time today.
A nice clean 37565 in Vancouver Avenue garage at King's Lynn on Sunday 18th January
The title of today's blog refers to the fact that everything seen was either on time or a few minutes early. The considerable improvement in the B9s performance cannot be denied and this evening for the first time since they were introduced, I witnessed a westbound X1 on time at Walton Highway. This might sound an exaggeration, but even in the days of the coaches, services were rarely on time here. The reason for this is that the allowance of 2 minutes between Walpole Highway and Walton Highway is impossible, even in a car. I am reminded of a timetable many years ago on the Liverpool St. - Cambridge railway line which was known as 'The Timetable of Impossibility" ! 37568, ironically the bus which Bruce and I used to refer to as the one which is 'always late', was the vehicle concerned on L13 19.59 from Lynn. Going the other way at this time was 37564 on Y9 19.18 from Peterborough which was 3 minutes early. The day had not begun quite as well though with Y8 06.02 Yarmouth - Peterborough with 37575 being 7 late, as was the corresponding eastbound service at Walpole, K1 with 37567. Other B9s seen today were 37570 on K18, 37566 on Y14 and 37576 on K15. B7 20352 was K3 while 20353 was at last released off maintenance and Kieron got to drive it much to his glee on the 17.50 service 41 from Lynn to Hunstanton.
B10 20104 was seen by Bruce on K16 13.48 Peterborough - Lowestoft replacing what had earlier worked the 06.07 Lynn - Lowestoft. The only other B10 seen today was an unidentified example (I think 20109) which was on K20 20.18 Peterborough - Lowestoft seen entering Wisbech at 21.00 precisely (about 3 early).