With any serious collection of vehicles, you always end thinking about the long term future of the 'fleet'. With 6 double deckers, a minibus and a handful of taxis it's a big commitment by any means and it would be good to find a single undercover site that would not only accommodate my vehicles but also the ones of Bernard and Paul too. Having them all under one roof is probably a long way off but is certainly the end goal.
Recent events with a pesky trespassing so called bus enthusiast has highlighted the need that the vehicles need to more secure than they currently are. Also the weather does cause a few issues, probably not as much as you would think but undercover is still obviously better than outside.
So with all this in mind, occasionally I do have a flick through the local buildings for sale or for rent. Sale is better than rent in this case. Moving everything is a huge logistical nightmare so you wouldn't want to move somewhere then have the tenancy agreement terminated after a year or two as the landlord had sold to developers... Which highlights yet another issue. Greedy property developers are hoovering up land left right and centre. Obviously landowners when offered millions for a spot of land are going to accept, despite the fact that they've got you and your buses as a sub tenant. So to be secure the land would have to be purchased. Somewhere I own to put the buses on. This again comes with all sorts of issues such as getting a morgage, business rates and maintenance of the property. One day it will happen. But it's a long way off so just keep playing those lottery numbers!
As I said above, I occasionally have a look through the property available and this came up. You might have to copy and paste it to work :
This is the old New Romney bus garage situated opposite the light railway station. Whilst rather unsuitable for my requirements, it would have made a great building for a smaller collection. However, check out that over £200,000 price! The difference that planning permission on a site makes can be several zeros!
This year I hope to get to more shows than last year. As said elsewhere on this blog, 2017 was cut short by the company I worked for failing which obviously affected the old cash flow somewhat...!
Fortunately I managed to find a replacement job pretty quickly but coming halfway through the show season was a little bit annoying to say the least. MFN41R managed to make her debut at the Quex Park show near Birchington where she proved herself very well as a camper bus for the whole family. This has prompted me to start fully converting her to accomodation this year. Obviously I'm aware of her historical significance so this will be done very sympathetically. I know a few people would love to see her returned to being a bus but to be honest, I have 3 other VRs that are buses and with the type of shows I attend with my family MFN will be used a lot more. Externally, for now , my good lady is very fond of the silver and blue which is in good condition. Long term she will be put back into East Kent colours though. As much as I poppy red I'm itching to put a 'Beddy Buys' advert on her so she may well end up matching TFN890T.
PKE809M should be making her debut this year at the Deal Motor Show on 26th May on shuttle buses. I won't be taxing her too much as this will be her first run but I hope she'll do a couple of circuits 'in service.'
As for 40301, I'm aiming to get her to Hastings on Sunday 20th May as well as various other shows in the season.
Look out for them at various shows and events in Kent this year, if you spot me, pop over and say hello.
As has been said on the sister Southern Counties site, we're lacking a webmaster at the moment so updates have to be squeezed in when they can.
I'm aiming to get 40301,7041 and 5809 on the road at some point this year. 40301 is currently having her brake pipes replaced as the originals had corroded.I'm hoping she'll be ready by May.
7041 will have some interior work done on her this year as well as her power steering restored and rear axle serviced.
5809 has had her front blind box rebuilt as this area had rotted due to water ingress. The paint for her seat frames has been acquired and this will be done inbetween other jobs.
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