As you would of have seen from some of the pictures, our Titan (known as Nuw) is in need of a real tidy up outside. Inside she's ok but the exterior bodywork is rather shabby. After a lot of thought, Bernard and myself came up with putting her into a heritage livery. As stated on her page, Nuw ran with Stagecoach United Counties but Titan's like her were found all over the Stagecoach network. Yes, we could restore her back to the Stagecoach stripes which would be different now days and would allow for her to appear as a United Counties, East Kent, Southcoast or Devon vehicle. After quite a bit of thought we wondered what would've happened if Stagecoach Devon had run her in a heritage livery. Both of us being fans of Devon General and me having encountered a similar liveried Titan in Canterbury some time ago kind of swung the balance. Eventually we hope to present Nuw in a Stagecoach Devon General livery. The Titan (T638 of the same batch as Nuw) which inspired us can be seen below. At the time it was running for Poynters Coaches of Wye having come from MTL. It's seen here providing service to the local Beer Festival 2 years ago.
Ok, following on from my previous post, here are some pictures taken back in August 2009 when we visited London Truck and Bus with a view to taking on former East Kent 7001 (JJG1P) and ECW bodied Leyland Atlantean. Although impressed with 7001, the asking price was a tad high and we decided to sadly walk away from this one. The yard where 7001 was resting was Titan ( and Metrobus) heaven as you will see from the pictures.
As some of you may be aware, Fotopic, the free gallery hosting service used by quite a few enthusiasts, has gone off line. This means the my 'Jakes Bus Pictures, site (as well as many other sites) are now unavailable and all in limbo. A quick Google search will bring the subject up in most techy forums such as THIS ONE. Nobody really knows what has happened and many people have lost lots of work. Personally I always backed my pictures up just in case.....
As a result of this I will be putting some more bits and pieces on here which may not be totally related to our preserved fleet but still in the transport vein. Some of them you may have seen before (like THIS ONE ) while others will be brand new. Some of the things I see in my day to day work driving Park & Ride are unreal and I hope to share them with you.
I've been busy getting 5137 ready for her MOT as THIS GALLERY will show. Hopefully when finished she will look a lot fresher and brighter and all ready for the M&D 100 event next month! In between all this I've managed to get Nuw's leveling valve sorted out. It's only a bodge job for now but she sits nice and level again. I also gave 1178 a quick run around the yard. Her batteries are shot so she has to be jumped to get her going but once she's up and running she's very smooth.
Hopefully in the next few months we will be adding another vehicle to the collection. Until she is collected from the sunny Southwest I won't say too much - apart from COACH! As soon as she arrives all will be revealed.
Also plans are afoot to pass on DMS550 to Stuart Boxall who is a huge fan of the type. At the moment she is sitting gathering dust at Sandwich with me having very little time to give to her these days and finish the rebuild. It would also mean that every vehicle we have could potentially go on the road straight away (even 5807 when her engine is sorted out) which means they are less of a liability. I will of course be keeping all the DMS related pages on the site including 550 page for the time being. This certainly won't be the last DMS I own as, like Stuart, I'm a huge fan of this very under rated bus and will be keeping my ear to the ground to find and rescue any others that head my way.
Well I'm starting to grind back into life after a rather nasty cold winter and have booked the tests for 5137 and 7980. Both Bernard and me had assumed (wrongly) that 5137's MOT was in June, BUT we found out it ran out on the 27th March, whoopsy! She is now booked in for a class 5 on the 30th March meaning if she passes she will certainly be at the M&D event stated in a previous post. 7980 has her test booked for 15th April and I would really like to check her brakes before she goes up (they did smell rather warm in Hastings on the hills last year) but apart from that she should be ok.
Other little jobs that need doing involve all the fleet having a good clean out inside and out as well as:
7681: Swap F/N/S tyre. Install the opening front windows and tidy bodywork by August.
7980: Floors to be tidied and painted. Seats to be tidied. External bodywork carried out. Also start trying to source the front push out windows.
5137: T-Cut and wax bodywork for April 9th. Waterproof front screen area. Try to source a ticket machine for her.
T553: Resolve stuck leveling valves. Uncover destination area. Start on bodywork. Maybe give her a service.
1178: Source O/S windscreen and fit. Service (oil change and lube). Check brakes. Smoke test. MOT.
Both 5807 and DMS550 will be stored VOR (Vehicle Off Road).
If you would like to lend a hand please get in touch HERE. We welcome help with everything from cleaning to other tasks important to keeping these ladies on the road.
On 23rd March 2011 Maidstone and District (now part of Arriva) celebrates it's 100th anniversary. The Maidstone and District Preservation Group have organised an event at the Kent County Showground at Detling on April 9th at the Heritage Vehicle Show. Please pay a visit to their fantastic website. Obviously 5137 will be attending (all being well) and it's a shame that 5807 can't make such an important event.
A list of other events that our fleet will be attending is being drawn up but we hope to get to Hastings, Herne Bay, Preston Steam Rally, Quexpo, Coldred, Dover and New Romney.
Sometimes owning and restoring old buses can be great fun and very rewarding but other times it can be a real pain in the ####! This week I checked the fleet at the yard only to find that 'NUW' has two sticky leveling valves making her lean to the right and 7681 has a flat tyre making her lean to the left. I'm hoping the tyre is something simple like a leaking valve rather than a puncture as it has a good tread on that particular one. Changing bus wheels is never easy - because of the size and weight of the things for a start - and when I get round to doing it I will include a photographic report on it to give you and idea of what's involved.
As stated in this months picture of the month, 7681 is 30 years old this September and it's also 10 years of her being in my ownership. I'm looking at doing something special - maybe with the Thanet Roadrun which happens at that time of year - and giving her a run around her former routes and maybe out to Canterbury. Of course it would be nice to recreate the 47 school service as this was my old school route that I used to travel on 7681 to and from school. However, with the final stages of the East Kent Access Scheme (nothing to do with East Kent Buses I'm afraid!) closing several of the roads this route used, it looks likely that a trundle round Thanet will have to do. If you're interested in coming along and riding on 7681 on this important event please contact me via the website so I have an idea of numbers. I don't want to end up leaving people behind!
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