Sunday 21st February 2010 ~ 37562 - A Legend ?
The 09.48 Lowestoft - Peterborough is a chuck out from LFT and today 37575 was provided, having had a break on the X2 yesterday. Here it is passing through Walpole Highway with K.A. at the controls and uncharactaristically running over 15 minutes late.
It was getting dark at 17.09 tonight when 37566 came rushing by dead on time as the 13.48 from Lowestoft. Note the large font destination display recently acquired.
Whether Gemini 37562 has had a sheltered life - it almost certainly has had having only done 31 thousand miles since new when it arrived at King's Lynn last November - or whether the maintenance carried out on it by Volvo means it is super efficient, is unclear.
What is beyond doubt, however, is its reliability since its introduction on the X1. If it carries on at the rate it is setting itself at the moment, it could be a record breaker. It is also unique in another respect, in that it is, wherever possible, restricted to one diagram on Mondays to Saturdays, this being K17. Details below :
06.52 King's Lynn - Lowestoft
10.25 Lowestoft - Peterborough
15.05 Peterborough - Lowestoft
20.48 Lowestoft - King's Lynn (arr 23.44) Mon - Fri
19.48 Lowestoft - King's Lynn (arr 22.44) Sats
Sunday is generally a day off for 37562, but today 37563 was unwell at some point on either the 12.35 Lynn - Lowestoft or 19.50 King's Lynn - Peterborough. It was swapped for 562, meaning it will spend a rare night away at Lowestoft.
Services ran late for much of today. Noted behind time were 37575 17 late on the 13.08 Ex Walpole to Peterborough and 37576 10 late on the corresponding eastbound service. Bruce will be pleased to hear that 37568 retained its unenviable reputation for late running by being 21 late at Walton Highway on the 13.05 Peterborough - Lowestoft.