Author Topic: Maundy Thursday NX 491  (Read 610 times)

Offline Spoddendale

  • Administrator
  • Hero Member
  • ******
  • Thank You
  • -Given: 227
  • -Receive: 446
  • Posts: 1018
Maundy Thursday NX 491
« on: April 20, 2019, 10:06:44 AM »
On Thursday evening (Maundy Thursday 18 April 2019) the National Express service 491 from London to Norwich etc had a non too common vehicle duplicating in the form of Newbury and District 1412 (X90 OXF) which I saw on the A11 at Fiveways, Barton Mills. Where I was standing I didn’t seen the front but the side illuminated destination display read ‘491 Lowestoft’. I didn’t have the camera at the ready and assumed it to be ‘just another all white unlettered Caetano Levante’.

On further reading I found it was one of the pair of Mercedes-Benz OC500RF chassis bodied with the non-National Express spec variant of the Levante known as the CT650. I read that they initially carried the Levante name on the front grille in error. Delivered to Bennetts of Gloucester in November 2010 this one carried the registration FJ60 KUK. (The other one was registered FJ60 KUH).

The service coach on the 491 was Ambassador Travel 209 (FJ09 DXE), a Caetano Levante bodied Scania K340 new in July 2009. This is one of the regular coaches which Ambassador runs on their National Express contracts. At the moment I saw the destination display on the front it showed ‘Great Yarmouth’.

The duplicate passed through at 1758 and the service at 1808. These were times I would normally expect to see the 1600 hrs service from Victoria pass through Fiveways but the normal timetable shows the 1600 service from Victoria as terminating at Norwich (490). It is then followed by an 1800 from Victoria to Norwich, Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft (491) then 2030 and 2330 to Norwich only (both 490). (There is before all these a 1400 to Norwich and Great Yarmouth(491)).

The timetable doesn’t show that Thursday 18 April was anything other than a normal service so I am a little puzzled as to just which timing they were supposed to be on. Maybe they were on the 1400 service running very late?

Does anyone know more?


« Last Edit: April 20, 2019, 10:09:41 AM by Spoddendale »
My photos may be seen at

The site includes:

My 1960s/1970s snapshots taken when I worked at Yelloway: