K2 is due at the Highway at 08.31 and often runs slightly early. This morning it was dead on cue with 37568 and one of the village regulars was caught out, however, the driver kindly stopped for him even though he was well short of the bus stop.
Westbound, Y6 is the first service from the coast, all previous ones having started at Lynn. Surprisingly, in view of the distance it has to travel, this is also a pretty good timekeeper and delays of more than 5 minutes are very rare. Today 37573 passed us 3 minutes late, but the clear path into Wisbech now that the schools traffic has finished meant it managed to be a minute ahead of schedule departing for Peterborough via the correct route down Nene Quay.
Unfortunately the punctuality described was misleading, as overall things were quite tardy today.
Viewed during the morning from my work were 37563 on Y9 right time and later 37572 17 late on L12. The intervening services took the A1101 route to Weasenham Lane and Bruce reports 37564 on Y7, 37574 on L8, 37566 on L11 and later 37570 on Y13. The latter was only 5 late from Wisbech on the 13.56 to Lowestoft. L10 was not seen, but turned out to be 20127. The afternoon began Ok with 37160 on K18 being the worst performer, seen by Bruce heading west 18 late. Coach 20126 was in charge of K1 and this was about 10 late.
An A47 incident is believed to have caused some delays at teatime. K4 with one of King's Lynn's best drivers managed to be 29 late through Walpole at 17.32 with 37577. Meanwhile, poor old 20127 expired at Hopton-on-Sea working the 16.25 from Lowestoft with a steering issue. 37157 which was in the area heading for Lowestoft on K14 was turned around and went back west in place of 127, but not before L11 had overtaken it with 37566. 157 was noted arriving at Lynn at 20.38 with 'not in service' showing, hardly surprising as it was an hour late.
In contrast 37573 on Y6 was viewed leaving Vancouver Avenue garage after a top up at 20.35, about 5 minutes ahead of schedule. Because of the failure of L10, 37564 off Y7 was started up to work instead and this eventually left King's Lynn for Peterborough 26 minutes late at 20.16. At least though this did run, whereas L12 20.50 to Peterborough was cancelled despite 37572 only arriving about 10 minutes late.
You may recall that on Tuesday we reported the appearance of 20127 on L12, and Syd confirms that it was a replacement. 20107 (The Beast) was due to work L12 but it was unable to do so after being hit by an Anglian bus in Lowestoft bus station (perhaps 107s fame is unpopular !). In what is believed to be an unprecedented case, the passengers AND driver of 107 travelled on the next Service 1 to Great Yarmouth where 20127 was ready to work forward, there being no bus available at Lowestoft to deputise.
37562 was obviously used on Sunday again and today it returned from the coast on Y7, but a swap at Lowestoft saw it come back this evening as L10. Earlier 20107 had been on L10 but this was then rested.
37579 on Y13 13.05 from Peterborough is due back into King's Lynn at 21.43 after the trip to Lowestoft, but somehow tonight it was in Lynn bus station at 19.55. It is not known what did Y13 forward from Lynn at 14.33, but tonight 37156 off K14 appeared on Y13.
37563 and 37568 were once again absent from the X1 and reliability seems to becoming an issue with several of the Lowestoft B9s.
Punctuality was fair today. Noted on Nene Quay just after leaving Wisbech bus station were 20107 on L10, 37569 on L11 seen 7 minutes late, 37574 on K17 two minutes early and 37157 on K18 just 2 late.
37160 with Wednesday's 17.02 King's Lynn to Great Yarmouth ready to depart 10 minutes late with an incorrect destination display. DS
Services from the coast passed Bruce as follows this morning / afternoon. L12 37562 10 late, Y13 37564 16 late, K14 37568 16 late (but reduced to just 8 late when seen returning), K15 37574 17 late, K16 37577 16 late and K17 37573 21 late. Later on K18 with 37579 was seen coming through on the 15.35 from Peterborough bang on time, but then 37570 on K19 was 19 late. Whether 37579 was turned round at Wisbech rather than going through to Peterborough is not known. Going west at this time were 37569 on K1 18 late and 37563 on K 2 10 late. K3 was then 37160 11 late, K4 The Beast about 12 late and K5 37158 27 late !
37567 did the first part of L8 and then dropped down to Y9. L8 then came back with the errant 37566, however, on the 20.05 from Peterborough it went like a demon and was 4 early at Terrington and reached the Pullover roundabout in just 8 minutes from Walpole !
37156 was the bus taken off Y9 at Lowestoft. 37574 was removed from K15 this afternoon and the 15.33 to Lowestoft left Lynn with freshly serviced 37572.
I am away now until Monday, so the next blog should appear then. In the meantime, please submit sightings and photos to the usual address
Other X1s seen on Nene Quay were 37563 on L10 and later three in a row, 37577 on K17, 37156 on K18 one minute early and 37574 on K19 6 minutes late.
37565 was delayed on K4 this morning and passed Bruce heading to Lowestoft 24 minutes late at 09.59. K5 following was 11 late with 37570. Y9 had the delights of 20107 today, but 37579 on L11 was a 'no show' going to Peterborough and was then on time coming back. It is believed that all diagrams stuck with their allocated vehicles today. 37566/7 were B9 Gemini absentees.
37566 is reported as being under repair at Yarmouth, so with 37565 being examined today, 'The Beast' made another sortie out on the X1 working L10 and thus successfully thwarting a complete low floor service.
Confirmation today that the three Hunstanton schools contracts have gone over to whatever vehicles are available, following an opt out clause in the contract with NCC over mandatory seatbelts. 20118 will therefore work no more, although there is still an outside possibility that 20123 will be re-engined.
and here is 568 departing on the 15.03 to Lowestoft the lack of advertising revealing the original route branding. It has been in this condition since 12th June and 37576 has also been the same since 30th. This has come about because the recent batch of nearside ads appear to have been slightly undersized and become loose. Most campaigns these days are designed with the dropdown panel for greater exposure and these can only be fitted on the offside. This means advertisers who use the nearside often see their adverts last a lot longer as they are less often replaced ! JV
This chap is practicing for next years Tour De France (OK we all know he's on Gorleston seafront). The photo is included as his bike goes marginally faster than 37562 !
With 37562 otherwise engaged, K17 was 37578 today, seen here on Nene Quay in Wisbech. Note the fire damaged property on the right, work of the now tamed Wisbech arsonist. I seem to recognise 578s driver from somewhere ?
Now here's a better shot of 578 showing more demolition work in progress, this time at Peterborough rail station. Photo by Des.
37158 seen last night with new fleet number after accident damage repairs. It has also swapped front panels with 37159, so it is now 158 without a 'First' branding on the front. ...and here is 37159 with its replacement front panel and new advert for Milk.
An interesting situation is in the offing as the warranty on these excessively high mileage vehicles expires in October/November. At the moment, as far as King's Lynn goes anyway, the garage holds no stock of mechanical spares for the fleet, so whether this situation will change remains to be seen.
20126 returned home to Yarmouth today on K18, but 20107 had an extended day as after working Y7 as predicted, it was called upon to relieve 37568 which had failed on K2. So having only just arrived from the coast, 'The Beast' then returned as the 18.35 to Lowestoft.
Jamie R came over on L12 tonight with 37157 which is becoming louder by the day.
Peter phoned to say that a friend of his had travelled on 107 today and sweltered in the heat as the air con was not working. I think the likes of 107 are almost pre air-con.
Well great news on 107, but what was unexpected was its immediate return to X1 frontline duty replacing Royale 34108 which had done the morning part of L11. This meant 'The Beast' was back at King's Lynn this evening.
Bruce and myself managed to see all the X1 turns today with the exception of K14, which turned out to be 20126 ! 37566 must have had a lightning MOT, as it was back in action on Y13 today. A few X1s travelled the correct route out of Wisbech today including Y7 with 37565, one minute early, Y13 with 566 likewise, K17 with 37562 4 late, K1 with 37569 5 late and K2 also 5 down with 37564.
The unavailability of 37578 was the cause of L11 dropping to non low-floor power. Following our request for information on the whereabouts of 20121, Michael Bryant reports it in use in Norwich on Thursday last on the school contract normally worked by 20115 - no surprise there then, Lynn do the graft and MOT it and then we get 115 burning oil everywhere in exchange. The latter should just see out the last two weeks of Hunstanton schools before retiring.
37564 disappears eastbound as 37578 approaches on K16 west of Walpole Highway at 13.40 today.
Thanks to reports from Bruce, Terence and Tony Irle we can give a complete log of buses used today : 37562/3/5/7/9. 37572/3/5/6/8.
37566 has been stopped at Great Yarmouth for MOT.
Elsewhere 37157 was working the 08.38 Lowestoft - Norwich X2. Maximum delay reported today was 10 minutes, though not all services were monitored.
.... why it's 32208 !! It also operated the 10.10 X1 ~ Norwich to Gt Yarmouth"
Almost every turn changed vehicles - far too complex to even detail here, however, 20109 was involved. It began the day on K3, a King's Lynn internal diagram normally reserved for a B7 371xx, but due to almost everything slipping a turn, it ended up on K4 which finishes at Yarmouth.
On the X1 some services suffered delays due to Royal Norfolk Show traffic. Worst was K17 with 37562. Peter & Angela were waiting for it on the 15.05 from Peterborough rail station and were disappointed to finally leave Peterborough almost an hour late. 562 was still 55 minutes down at Walpole Highway and hardly surprisingly was slotted into K18 diagram after this, taking it empty to Yarmouth. K18 never reached Peterborough at all and 34108 was instead diverted on to the Fairstead 42s. Tonight it was in Lynn garage. Lowestoft found 37568 to work the last leg of K17 back to Lynn.
There was more fun with Y6 today, it was 37157 first thing, but somewhere along the line 37575 on Y7 overtook it and the two turns ended up reversed with 37575 going through to Lowestoft on Y6 tonight. Similarly this morning John W reports that Y9 with 37572 did not leave as the 09.45 Lynn to Peterborough and instead 572 was held over departing at 10.15 as L10 on which it replaced 37577. The latter was sent empty (to either Wisbech or Peterborough) and then ran on time as Y9.
Yesterday 20109 was out on long turn K19 and today it had a service before doing K3, this due to 37576 being on MOT prep.
King's Lynn were able to get rid of troublesome 37156 today on K14 and 37566 took over this turn after its lazy day yesterday.