About this time last year you may recall me saying we were about to collect another new member to the fleet then it all went quiet! Well I'm pleased to say that the vehicle in question is nearly ready and is out of the paint shop (at last). More details later, but be warned, this one is a bit off the radar even for us. It's ex Stagecoach and had German pedigree!!!
I am pleased to report that ex Western/Southern National Bristol LH / Plaxton Supreme AFJ692T will be joining the fleet soon. She is fully restored and carries the fleet number 3131. Bernard actually bought her a few months back but we've found it hard to find time to collect her from her current storage in the Southwest. She is our first coach and carries on the Bristol (BCV) theme in our collection as well as the Southwest theme (along with NUW the Titan). I am hoping to pick her up for Bernard in the next few weeks. More information and pictures then.
Please visit the FotEK website, they have a couple of interesting vehicles for sale in the shape of an AEC Reliance and an AEC Swift plus they have limited undercover storage available for preserved buses in the east Kent area.
More from my files. This one goes back to 2000 when the first Herne Bay Rally was organised to mark the garage's closure. Fortunately the garage (and the rally) are still around. Although at the time of this first show I own 7681, she was not on the road and Thanet not having any Bristol VR's left I decided to take 7122 an ex Selkent Leyland Olympian with late ECW bodywork. We had four of these things at Thanet and although lovely to drive they were totally unsuited to life outside London with (this particular one) having a top speed of 40mph! One was even slower 7134 which would bomb along at 36mph - perfect for the 18 mile drive to Canterbury! Also the front doors with its split level step caused many a local in Thanet to hit the deck. They lasted a few years from what I can remember and the next imports from London, the Northern Counties bodied Scanias were a bit more successful.
Going through my picture collections I stumbled across a shot of this Stagecoach East Kent Unibus liveried Volvo Olympian seen in Pin Hill, Canterbury. Although only taken a few years ago, the Olympians have now been replaced on this service by 'Transbus' Tridents in an orange, brown, white and blue livery (which from the front looks very Greater Manchester PTE!). With the surviving Volvo Olympians becoming preservation prospects in their own rights, I wonder if anyone will preserve one in this livery. It's certainly not a classic but would make a change from standard Stagecoach colours.
Nuw our Titan failed her MOT due to some of the rear lights failing at the test centre, typical eh? She goes back for a part re test on the 17th which will give me chance to get the faulty switches replaced.
On a brighter note, I now have a windscreen for National 1178 so once everything with Nuw is sorted out I can get this fitted.
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