New to Ipswich as one of 6 Excels built (and 1 ex-Demo) for the town network, to be used on the 13/8 services.
190 and the other excels were later debranded of their route branding and later lost the 'Easy Access' branding and dark green skirt.
Later 190 found itself on the Suffolk Bus network, featuring on routes such as 4/34/171/116 etc.
Norfolk Green needed some Low Floor buses to upgrade their services and replace older step darts/mercs, They purchased 186 first because of its recent overhaul of work, they came and looked at the others with options to purchasing a couple more. After looking at most of them the decision was made to purchase 190/5 (P190/5SGV).
On the 14th October 2008, 190 departed for pastures new with Norfolk Green in Kings Lynn.
It was used on various services in Kings Lynn with Norfolk Green such as the 505, 46, 1 etc.
By August 2009, 190 and its sister 195 were re-branded for the Fairstead One local Kings Lynn Route. In this they featured black above the windows, new chrome strip instead of white with branding and fares information for Fairstead. In this process 190 was also named 'Wally Glynn'
Although partially branded for the Fairstead One, in time they strayed from the F1 and were found on many of other routes, luckly the branding used wasnt full F1 branding so can be used as advertisments for the route on others, with Kings Lynn local fares advertised on the rear.
The IBPG examined both 190 and 195 well prior to purchasing, 195 was found out to be less original since leaving IB and not so mechanically great, so the decision was to buy the first one of the batch, 190. After the purchase of 190, 195 suffered Gearbox problem and then was withdrawn and sourced for parts of which Norfolk Green were very happy to let IBPG purchase parts from 195.
November 2011, 190 (P190SGV) was purchased for Preservation by the Ipswich Bus Preservation Group, we would like to thank Norfolk Green for allowing us to do this.
205/190 is to stay in the Norfolk Green livery at present, with Norfolk Green's permission..
In 2014, 205 attended Great Yeldham's Open Day and Colne Valley Railway Bus Day.
205 was in reserve for 2015 rally season, but was not needed. We expect it to also be in reserve for 2016 whilst other projects are on-going.
Publicity Photo Shoot at near Orwell Bridge for Darts 130-2 and Excels 190-6 when Brand New
(c) Bryan Dickson.