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Saturday 23rd May 2015 ~ A Few Pictures

The work on my house is continuing, so still chaos at home. Thought we ought to have a few pictures though, just to remind you all what the Enviros look like !

Looking back through my 'inbox' I found a few things that I'd failed to include so here goes :
33817 was parked in a rather unusual position when photographed by Cameron Robinson back on 28th March

Grahame Bessey was in Dereham on May 2nd and managed to spot and photograph three X1 services bearing differing destinations. 33807 shown here had Wisbech on the blinds and was carrying the latest advertising campaign for BT.
33812 was heading a westbound service destination King's Lynn. Photo copyright : Grahame Bessey

33814 was seen on an eastbound service with the rather bizarre advert for the Australian breakfast drink 'Up & Go'. Photo copyright : Grahame Bessey
Being such a lengthy route, albeit now cut into smaller sections, the number of diversionary routes used by the X1 at times of roadworks and traffic incidents are many and varied. One of my correspondents reports two such incidents on the same day, Firstly on April 22nd, at about 1300 for a few hours, outbound from Norwich (to Peterborough) there was a closure of the A47 between the A11 & B1108 junctions. Buses were diverted after the Newmarket Road stop, via the Ring Road and B1108. Later that evening a totally unadvertised closure of the A47 at Thorney for roadworks had the 2020 & 21.40 services from Peterborough caught at Thorney, then having to use the B1040 road to Whittlesey before continuing on via Goosetree and Rings End to join the A47 at Guyhirn.

About a year or so ago we reported the use by Emblings of Guyhirn of ex Eastern Counties X94 / X1 coach R841DVF (20141) on the Wisbech to March service, well since then two more old X1 faithfuls have returned to the area, firstly Lynx of King's Lynn have acquired P330RVG (20120) :

20120 captured by Andy Gibbs near Downham Market Academy on a service to Southery on March 27th

Then, this week I spotted (at a distance) a rather smart B10M in buff livery on what appeared to be a schools contract to the Thomas Clarkson Academy in Wisbech, I took a distant photograph of it and was amazed to find it was N617APU (20117) now under the auspices of Fowler's of  Holbeach Drove :
20117 back in Wisbech !

This all goes to prove, you can't keep a good bus (or in this case coach) down. I've always had a soft spot for 20120 incidentally, for while being a bit unreliable when with 'First', it was the coach on my first ever X1 journey with Karen F at the wheel many years ago, It also happens to be the subject of the second ever photo on this blog back in July 2008 !

More news on events at the Lowestoft end next time plus an Enviro update.
33816 passing Walpole Highway today (23rd May) working the 09.20 ex Norwich, 11.05 ex King's Lynn to Peterborough.

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