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October 3rd - October 7th 2011 ~ Blogathon

Well such is the paucity of news on the X1 of late, I thought I'd do a week in one go. Here is a snapshot of the week just gone.

Monday : 37563 had its MOT, 37564 was kept at Lynn for maintenance and Lowestoft spare vehicle was 37160, it was seen on the 14.08 X2 by Des. . 37156 & 37575 came out of Lowestoft with new ads for 'Contagion' (offside) and 'The Three Musketeers' (nearside). Y9 with 37571 ran 11 late on the 11.05 from Peterborough, but most other services kept time. 37566 was taken off K4 this evening and 37569 replaced it for the 19.35 Lynn to Lowestoft having come in on Y7. 37567 on Y6 had an oil light warning while working the 11.02 Lynn to Lowestoft, but this was a red herring and after its computer was reset all appeared well.

Tuesday : Most buses ran late today, though not by much. 37160 on L10 was 12 late on the 10.48 Wisbech to Peterborough and 37576 on the 14.18 was 14 late, however, it had regained most of this and was just 4 late returning. 37563 was released to traffic on K4, but its place in the MOT bay has been taken by 37565. 37156 was keeping it company on maintenance at Lynn today and 37579 was spare at Lowestoft.

Wednesday : Y6 was 37566 and Des took this forward on the 20.35 Lynn to Lowestoft. There were heating problems on board, with all demisters etc blowing hot air even though it was switched off. It was also the latest bus seen today at 11 late on the 08.48 Wisbech to Peterborough. 37575 was at Lynn for maintenance today and 37157 was the Lowestoft spare.

Thursday : The quiet week continued. A few services were late this morning, 37569 on Y6 was 10 late westbound, 37156 was 2 late on the 09.18 Wisbech to Peterborough, but had lost 13 minutes by the time it came back. 37579 on L10 westbound was 12 late and then things settled down. An accident near Acle may have caused some of these delays. 37157 remained at Lowestoft and K5 had 37576 swapped for 37160 at Lynn at 10.30.

Friday : Late running didn't appear to be an issue today. Apart from 37565 on MOT prep, all the other Geminis appeared in X1 duties today. 37157 reappeared on L12 and 37566 on K17 was unusually swapped at Lowestoft for 37564. Malcolm saw 37159 on K16, but K17 didn't turn up and then K18 arrived with 37156, so it seems likely that 37566 encountered an incident en route. This afternoon K15 had 37578 (due for an exam) swapped at Lynn for 37160 which had been undergoing an oil change.

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