|37158 in Dereham on Friday 30th August photographed by Richard Alger|
|33423 at Lowestoft photographed by Damon Powell|
|The upper deck of 33423. Thanks to Damon Powell for the picture.|
|The lower deck of 33423 as photographed by Damon. Check out his Flickr pages at :|
I was about uncharacteristically early on Friday as I had to attend a funeral in Scotland. I boarded the 06.47 Wisbech - Peterborough (K2-XL08) with a cheery Mr. Woodhouse at the helm of 37579. The very tight scheduling to Thorney Toll saw us 2 minutes late there despite a relatively delay free journey. The revised timetable soon turned things round though and we were a minute early into Peterborough Queensgate at 07.26.
I was soon receiving reports from my correspondents of a deteriorating situation on the road though with an accident at Narborough causing diversions from about 08.00 and the A47 remained closed until about Noon. Running via Stradsett cost most services around 10 minutes in added journey time. At just before 11.30, an accident caused closure of the Acle Straight for an hour and then at around 12.30 there were delays at the South Gates roundabout after a collision between two cars, so all in all a bad day for people trying to run (and catch) a bus service. Vehicle swaps were minimal though and nothing too untoward on the punctuality front was reported to me.
Here are a selection of X1 shots taken by Grahame Bessey at Norwich on Friday depicting both old and new :
Saturday couldn't have been more different though with new liveried 37158 having a funny day. It came off L11-XL17 at Lynn at 13.20 and 37160 replaced it. 37158 then had another trip to Peterborough at 15.12 on K19-XL06 replacing 37575. Just about every turn from lunchtime onwards changed vehicles, no doubt due to A47 delays. 37158 itself was replaced on K19 by 37565 at 17.30. I travelled back from Peterborough to Wisbech on 37158 which was handled very competently by King's Lynn driver Jason. We were on time throughout which as regular readers will be aware is quite a feat with a B7.
|Andrew gives 37571 a wash at King's Lynn garage. Photo taken with First Group permission.|
The new livery for the Enviro 400 X1 fleet is now confirmed as blue or purple and gold and these photographs by Mike Wallington are believed to show the scheme before full branding has been applied. It is also thought that frames for advertising boards will be fitted before entry into service.
Thanks to Mike for allowing me to use his photographs and to an X1 blog reader for tipping me off.