Spotted in Deal, Kent last Sunday ( 22nd May) and in use for a wedding was Red Route Buses RML2322. This is a very smart looking vehicle and is nice to see an RML in the 'white bullseye' livery. Just need to see a NBC green one now....
Just a reminder that we do have a Facebook group. Just search Bamford and Sealy Bus Collection and it should take you there. It has recently been reworked and between this blog and the Facebook group's wall, you will get all the latest news about the fleet as it happens!
All being well we will be attending this in 5137 or 7980. Due to other work commitments we will be arriving on the Saturday night and leaving on the Sunday evening but we look forward to seeing you there. This is the first time we have done this event and are looking forward to it.
Due to an electrictal fault that affected several lights and the screen wash unit, Nuw failed her MOT last Wednesday. Apart from those very minor glitches, Lee, the MOT tester reckoned she was a very good bus and she passed the brake test well - so it's not all bad news. Tony from FotEK is going to give me a hand this Friday to blitz the problems before she goes back up the following Wednesday (1st). Although it's always a pain to fail the MOT at least (especially with a new bus to the collection) it gives you a 'heads up' on any faults.
Yesterday Nuw our Titan was being worked on for her MOT. The battery panel flap which had fallen off was screwed back on and the drivers seat was replaced with something less thread bare and more authentic. She just needs a clean inside and the spare seats removed that were being stored in her and she should be ready. I've checked all the lights, buzzers, bells and fittings and they all seem to work ok. The upper deck rear emergency exit needs to be wedged shut as the buzzer keeps going off as the bus moves so this is another little job that I will have to do. Once tested work can then start on painting Nuw's exterior.
With all the MOT work it would be easy to forget 5807, my Camperbus 1! Although she's not on the road at the moment she still get runs around the yard and moved about. I've also been looking at maybe trying to improve the engine cooling grills on the side panels as they seem smaller that the original series 2 grills and could be contributing to her getting hot and bothered. She also doesn't have the grills on the rear advert panel which I will put in too.
Good news indeed that 7980 has passed her MOT and will be on the road again this year. Catch up with her at Preston Steam Rally and Herne Bay to name a few.
I have started working on our National 1178 (EFN178L) with a view to put her up for test after Nuw goes up. This will probably be sometime in June (all being well)! I've started stripping down the area around the wheelchair door to see whats involved in putting a standard window and panel back in and I must say, she looks pretty good. Oddly enough, the rusty bits are what was put in there to support the door and aren't original to the old girl - this was similar to DMS550 where the window had been put in where the front doors were.
A few days ago I recieved a very interesting email from Stuart of West Kent Buses about Nuw our Titan.
Jake - Have just been reading your website with interest. You mention that 553 passed from Fleetlink,Liverpool to Roberts. This is incorrect. Fleetlink sold 553 ( along with 554 and 595) to me( on paper) - he never saw the buses,and we picked them from United Counties depots. All three came here, 554 was repainted blue and white for Renown of Bexhill,595 was painted in our (then current) 'Hire fleet' livery,which was essentially Devon General red/cream,but with WK HIRE fleetnames,and 553 was sold to Roberts Coaches. All three were in Stagecoach original livery. We kept 595 for several years until it was sold to Farleigh Coaches of Wouldham,nr Maidstone,who ran it in our hire livery until he withdrew it. It then passed on to Nu Venture for spares,and has now been scrapped. 638,which you saw with Poynters was another of mine. This came to me from GTL (Glenvale),not MTL,and was one of five which we bought from GTL. We painted 638 in hire fleet livery,although,for cheapness,the middle cream band was omitted,and the top painted by hand. Poynters had previously bought a pair of Titans from me for a Tenterden school service ( 488/529),and 529 had been the victim of a serious accident,and was written off.they needed an urgent replacement,so I sold them 638,as our ' self drive hire' fleet was being run down at that time. Poynters never repainted 638,as you have seen. However, when they finished with 638,they sold it back to me,late in 2009. We have now repainted it into our current fleet livery ( see attached photo) and it is one of three we currently use on service work ( NUW638Y,NUW671Y and B124WUV). I also still have A871SUL,which will be returned to service in due course. I also own EYE250V,which,as you may know,was the final bus produced by Park Royal Vehicles. It was new as LTE T250,but had been the last of five intended for Maidstone & District,to be 5400 (FKM400V).That order was cancelled due to late deliveries and union problems at the factory. I bought it from Stagecoach East Kent about ten years ago,and it has stood here since then,awaiting restoration. I intend using it in our fleet colours initially,but will have it turned out as a Maidstone & District vehicle eventually - another' 'might have been',though perhaps,somewhat closer - as it WOULD have been......! Our current fleet livery is a slightly modified DEVON GENERAL livery - based on what may have happened had the fleet continued beyond 1971 into the 1980s. The larger area of cream around the lower deck is the change - all other lettering is based on DG style as I remember from my youth in Devon. I have been considering that when they are next painted,they will have the entire DG livery,with three cream bands,so watch this space. I have attached pictures of 638,671 (with black ribbons for a strange wedding customer!! I would be most interested to see 553 when you paint it! Best of luck with the fleet. All the best, Stuart Gilkes. West Kent Buses
Well there you go, Nuw is linked to Devon General liveried 638! I never expected that. This has spurred me on even more to put Nuw into a Devon General livery. Stuart also sent some pictures too.
Thanks very much Stuart!
As stated on the Picture of the month, our buses will be at lots of local events as per norm but we haven't yet decided which ones where. I'm currently getting 7980 through her test then I'll be putting Nuw the Titan through followed by 1178 our National. I'm hoping to have 7681, 7980 AND 1178 at the Herne Bay Rally this year and maybe at the Friends of the East Kent Running Day too.... watch this space. 7681 is going on the road a little later this year, probably May or June so that she can stay mobile a little later in the year. As to the events, we will be at Sellindge on the 28th/29th May (I think that's the right date!) and Preston Steam Rally on the 25th and 26th June.
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