I have no real idea how to write up about a trip to the Capital of England, but im going to try my best so please bare with me...!!!!
My day didnt start of smoothly. The night before there was overhead wire problems at Littleport (circa 1745hrs) but not a problem i thought, as engineers had all night to restore the service.....yeah right!! I got to Downham Market at about 0640hrs and 365511 sat in the uproad platform, and i thought at first that he was there to form the 0709 to London (which i was going for) but at 0645 it cleared off southbound.
At 0710 (one late) my train rolled up which was 365507, i joined it and took my seat ready to go. But we didnt go. Our driver announced that we were going to be waiting here for a while owing to wire problems, so i knew then we would be in for a long old slog. Credit to our driver he did keep us informed as to what was going on, but few of my fellow passengers agreed, argueing that we should be kept up to date the whole time, but how is this possiable when the only thing that changes is the fact we`re still sat here and are going to be for a while? I mean, new information isint coming in all the time is it!
We eventually set off at 0756hrs as far as Littleport, when it became clear that the reason for our prolonged stay at Downham Market was due to the fact the unit id previously seen at Downham Market was acting as a `rescue` train to propell out the unit which had caused the previous nights OHLE problems. They must have encountered further problems in getting the crippled train moving, but eventually they did, and we was only sat at Littleport for 15mins, leaving at 0830hrs for a near perfect run from then on to London Kings Cross. We joined up to 365541 at Cambridge to form an 8 car set to London, where we arrived some 80mins late.
I met Jamie and Adam just outside Kings Cross about 15mins after my arrival, as owing to my delays they hopped an earlier train down to London, which gave me some time to photo the new VDL Gemini II`s on the Route 73:
|DW433 - LJ11AEA|
|FJ61EVN, Buckingham Palace Road.|
The only other new Levante seen were FJ61EWA with Luckett, Fareham:
|FJ61EWA, Buckingham Palace Road|
|DLA62 - S262JUA|
|There were plenty of these funny things about the place, DWS4 - LJ53NHC|
|More odd things, this time a Optare Esteem bodied Enviro 400 in Morden.|
61 - BD60XSZ Mercedes Tourismo
OIB3514 Volvo B10M Ceatano Enigma Amber, Rayleigh
SIL7029 Setra S315GT-HD Skill, Bulwell
YS03ZKZ Scania Irizar Inter-Century Greyshell, Cannock
JE52/06LJE both Bova Futura`s L.J Edward, Hailsham
WA54KTT Bova Futura Barnes, Swindon
MX10DFE Neoplan Tourliner SeaView, Poole
3093RU Volvo B12B Ceatano Enigma Baker, Moreton in Marsh
JAZ8291 Vovo B10M Johnckheere Deuaville Standcom, Foxton
NJI9242 Setra S315GTHD Belle, Lowestoft
RUI9414 Scania Irizar Century Standcom, Foxton
73-XEA745 & 74-405MDV both MAN Noge Catalan Star`s Bowen Group, Tamworth
K50HAM Neoplan Euroliner Jans, Soham
FG10WEN Mercedes Tourismo Owen, Ostwerty
Y664HWY Bova Futura Cook, Westcliffe On Sea
J300TRU Neoplan Tourliner Trueman, Ash Vale
YIL1840 Bova Futura Howells, Deri
BV08ZVZ Setra S416GTHD Florida, Halstead
FN52HRR Volvo B12B Johnckheere Mistral Lehane, Sturry
PPY238 Setra S??? Chenery, Dickleborough
N909DWJ Scania Irizar Unknown Operator
EB04LYN Scania VanHool T9 Alizee Lynns, Eastbourne
GT06LCT Scania Inter-Century Turner, Little Maplestead
BHZ1880 Volvo B7R Sunsundegui Sideral, Cropley, Fosdyke
BV10ZKC Mercedes Tourismo Clark, Lower Sydenham
YN09AOX Volvo B9R Plaxton Panther Anderson, Bermondsey
W10HOL Setra S315GTHD Welsh`s, Pontefract
We then walked upto Parliment Square, to photo the new buses working on the route 453, which turned out to be a mixture of ADL Trident Enviro 400 and older Volvo B7TL Plaxton President.
|E175 - SN61BHF, Parliment Square|
|E165 - SN61BGO at Trafalgar Square|
After noting none of the Hydrogen buses on the RV1, we took Docklands unit 76 (forgot to note its twin) to Poplar and then sets 61 & 99 to Westferry, followed by 148 & 102 to Canary Wharf to see what Ensign were using on DLR Replacements to Stratford, we travelled on ex Stagecoach Trident/ALX400 103 - V479KJN to Stratford, followed by ex Go-Ahead Trident/President 107 - X601EGK back to Devons Road, then finished with ex Metroline ALX400/Trident 109 - T87KLD, after establishing nothing out the ordinary was on the route (T87KLD was winner though for me).
|New Go-Ahead Plastic Pig SE143 - YX61BXL stands at Canary Wharf|
|BF60OFT, Temple Place|
|Even though these have been around for well over a year now, they still make for a nice change from all the boring NX Levantes. Here is Kings Ferry`s FJ10EZH on the Embankment.|
We finished things off by catching the District Line back into Victoria from Embankment to have a last look at Victoria Coach Station, and got a shock by seeing Barnsley Allocated ADL Trident Enviro 400 19557 - YN59EAF deputising for the usual coach on a Megabus to Huddersfield, but unfortunatly my photo came out terriable so i wont be putting it up on here.
The journey back to Downham Market was fault free, the 2045 from Kings Cross was formed of 365520 & 365503, with 503 being detached at Cambridge, and i arrived back at Downham 2 mins late. All thats left to say is thanks to Adam & Jamie for a good day out!