Fleet Updates - Sanders

Sanders 806 YJ12CHK
I am grateful to a regular contributor for sending in this excellent report from Sanders Coaches yesterday.

Sanders 807 YJ12CHX
The two Berkhof Axial bodied VDL SB4000 types which arrived last week are YJ12 CHK new to Golden Tours of Victoria London in August 2012, (last recorded as far as I know with Edinburgh Coach Lines) and YJ12 CHX new to Reays of Wigton in March 2012.  Currently in dealer white, they are to be repainted in full Sanders coach livery and will be numbered 806 and 807 respectively. It is likely that one or both will be used prior to repaint on NCFC away match travel.

Recently acquired VDL Bova Futura type 805 YVJ 677 (BT08 LCT) is now in full Sanders coach livery.

Sanders 805 YVJ677 (BT08LCT)
Photo: Copyright (C) Return2LayerRoad
On the bus side former Arriva South London Wright Gemini bodied DAF DB250LF type 104 (LJ53 NHP) was in the Holt workshops having destination displays fitted etc prior to entry into service.  Vehicle 103 (LJ53 NHN) should arrive next week.

Former Johnson Brothers of Henley in Arden Optare Olympus Scania N230UD type 120 (PN09 ELJ) has gone for repaint into fleet livery.

Of the once numerous Wright Cadet bodied DAF SB120 types only 216 (HE51 BUS) remains in active service.  Thus the 200 class consists of Optare Solos - 204/5/15, VDL SB120/Plaxton - 206-9 and DAF SB120/Wright - 216.

Sanders 303 YN53GFX
Scania Omnicity type 303 (YN53 GFX) has been fully refurbished inside and out in similar fashion to sister vehicle 301 (YS03 ZKR).  

However, Scania Omnicity 304 (YN03 UWF) becomes the first of the type to be withdrawn from active service and it is currently being stripped for spares.  Other vehicles noted in the withdrawn/stripping row at Holt were Wright bodied Scania L94UB type 310, plus Wright bodied DAF SB120 types 201/213/219 and 225.  

On demonstration loan to Sanders from Moseley (dealer) for evaluation is Sitcar bodied Iveco Daily type mini coach YD65 DMF, which has been tried by a number of East Anglian independents.  

On the service front, a new timetable book will be issued from the Easter weekend and as noted in the latest online edition of N&P a new Monday to Friday service 15 North Walsham to Norwich via Smallburgh, Hoveton and Wroxham will commence.

The foggy and icy conditions on the morning of Tuesday 16th February saw the A140 at Roughton blocked for several hours due to a series of accidents.  As a result service X44 was forced to take a lengthy diversion by using the service 6A route from Roughton to North Walsham (Greens Road) via Thorpe Market and the service 18 route from North Walsham to Aylsham via Felmingham and Colby.
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  1. Excellent informative report.
    Lesson to be learnt by someone else

  2. Just seen on Flickr that YJ03PKZ/Y/Z are now with Mullany, Watford. Still in Sanders Orange.