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Monday 26th March - Sunday 1st April 2012 ~ Casualties & Replacements

Monday 26th March 2012
K15 (37563) passes L11 (37156) at the Highwayman this lunchtime.
Yesterday's failure of 37574 resulted in it being sidelined today awaiting a new gearbox ecu. This stands for Electronic Control Unit which is basically the brains which makes the thing work. Thanks to Brucey for explaining this to me !
37564 was having a scheduled examination today and has been placed on restricted working pending attention at Volvo. Things not looking good then and 37568 on Y13 had to be replaced by the only spare bus, 37158 for the 11.45 King's Lynn to Peterborough. More disturbingly, my Yarmouth correspondent reports 20126 stopped with a failed gearbox which may spell the end for the B10M.

Tuesday 27th March 2012

Services were in disarray this morning because of an accident on the route near Dogsthorpe when a lorry shed its load. 37160 on K3 08.05 ex Peterborough was seen leaving Wisbech 17 minutes late, then 37565 on the next service (K4) passed Bruce heaving at 10.40 : 65 minutes behind time. Not surprisingly 37159 was provided for K4 forward from Lynn. 3756 on K6 is believed to have travelled directly back to Lynn to regain some time and next past Bruce was 37578 on Y6 at 11.21, due 10.35 so 46 minutes down. L8 was next passing with 37572 at 11.52, a mere 17 late. After this normality resumed with 37576 on Y9 being just 4 late.
37565 was taken off K4 as mentioned above and had attention to its gearbox. 37564 was then pressed into service on K3 at 16.15 to enable 37160 to hotfoot it to Volvo at Norwich for a new oil cooler to be fitted. On the X2 the 09.38 from Lowestoft was Palatine 34156 viewed by Malcolm.

Wednesday 28th March 2012

Shuffling of the limited resources was necessary at Lynn this morning. 37576 diagrammed for K4 had a faulty starter motor, so 37564 was sent for a quick fill in to Peterborough and back before being stopped with a back axle fault which saw it hastily removed to Volvo at Norwich. 37576 was repaired to work K5 and K4 was able to  proceed to Lowestoft at 10.02 with 37563.The latter was reported ailing at Toftwood with its brakes binding, but fitters inspection saw no fault found and 37563 was able to continue. I am told tonight that attempts are being made to secure a loan vehicle from Norwich during this latest crisis. 37160 was back this morning to enable it to work the last Lynn turn, K5.
37159 resting in Vancouver Avenue this evening looking rather odd without any advertising on the nearside. It had worked Y7 today which is the first evening arrival here at shortly after 18.00

Thursday March 29th 2012
37569 is seen shortly after departure from Wisbech on Y6 05.50 Yarmouth - Peterborough this morning. It is travelling along  Elm High Road to reach the Wisbech bypass - see comments from Peter below.
Richard Alger says "It's not very often I'm in Peterborough before nine, but here is 37575 this morning pictured at 08.52" (see Peter's note below !!)

A better day for punctuality, although Peter says "On K4 this morning from Wisbech with the slowest driver EVER, either that or 37575 is poorly. I thought we'd go down Nene Quay now that the temporary lights at Weasenham Lane have gone, but no we came out via Elm Road to the Elme Hall roundabout. Arrived at the rail station at 08.43, so I did make the 08.52 train to Leicester despite the totter". 37575 (pictured above)  did come off at Lynn Peter, but only because it was due a service I think and later it replaced 37578 on K15. K4 itself went forward with 37156 at 10.02. 37574 remained in Vancouver Avenue feeling sorry for itself.
Malcolm's sightings included 37567 on Y9 arriving at its destination 11 late with the 11.05 from Peterborough. 30889 was the 11.08 X2 to Norwich.
37566 on K2 15.45 King's Lynn to Peterborough passing Bruce and myself this afternoon at Walpole.

Friday March 30th 2012
Mr Speed with 37160 on K16 passing Tilney Coach & Horses today, for many years there was a bus stop here.

Punctuality was considerably better than last Friday. 37158 has now got a noisy fan and wont be creeping up on anyone anytime soon ! Here it is today on L12 :

37579 had propshaft repairs before working K5 forward to Lowestoft at 10.32 relieving 37578 for servicing. This was soon done and 578 then replaced 571 for the same reason at 12.45. K4 saw 37576 taken off this afternoon with 37571 going to Peterborough instead at 16.45. In addition to all this 37157 on Y13 ended up on K14 with 37568 doing the opposite, so presumably the latter overtook 157 at some point. Des reports 37159 on K18 being 19 late from Lynn on the 17.02 to Great Yarmouth, but despite the Friday traffic a few minutes had been regained on arrival at Market Gates.
This evening Norwich based 36180 arrived for a second stint  on the X1 and poor old 20126 was officially condemned at Yarmouth where 20102 from Ipswich is expected as replacement.
37579 at King's Lynn garage this evening after working K5.

Saturday March 31st 2012
Just 5 weeks after returning to Norwich, 36180 was back on the X1 today, seen here at Walpole working K5 09.05 from Peterborough.

Services from Peterborough were running about 10 late this morning. 36180 was used on K5, 37573 was stopped for MOT prep at King's Lynn with 37576 being serviced and 37574 still awaiting parts.
Due to water board roadworks near Thorney, 37158 took an alternative route as shown below on K16. Arrival at Wisbech was 8 late, but the service was on time by Lynn. 37156 on K18 was also delayed and was 23 late from Lynn and 15 late into Yarmouth. Thanks to Des for the information and thanks to all our other correspondents this week, Cheryl, Ian, Tony, Malcolm, Matthew, Richard, Peter and Jamie amongst others.

Sunday April 1st 2012
37572 and 37156 at Caister Road before it was decided that the former needed attention.
Possibly the first case of 37156 being mistaken for a B9 because of its Excel livery occurred this morning when Yarmouth despatched it on the 08.30 departure. 37572 was the expected power. Actually this was  a bit of an April Fools day joke, in fact 37572 was unable to work as it required extensive cleaning. 36180 was used on a Lynn internal turn, K3 today. Most services seen were a few minutes late, except the 15.50 Lynn to Peterborough which was spot on time with 37569. 30887 was seen arriving in Lowestoft with the 13.50 X2 from Norwich by Malcolm today.

Looks like this could be fun !.............

 May be we should all fly off for a holiday in Tunisia :

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