The last few weeks I've been commuting to work on the bus due to the taxi having a few issues with the steering box. Sitting on these all singing all dancing low floor Breeze buses, you can't help but think whether they'll last long enough to reach preservation. Stagecoach are already having huge problems with the chassis on their N, P and S reg Volvo Olympians which are cracking BIG time. Apparently, so I'm told, this was due to Volvo making the chassis out of recycled metal which has created imperfections which have grown into cracks. With the Enviro 200s and the earlier generation of Dennis Dart there are problems with rot in the rear of the chassis. The Scanias that are the previously mentioned Breeze buses have also had a few mechanical issues as of late too. Is there any type of modern vehicle that is built to last? The chassis cracks in the Olys is bad news to Stagecoach and also the dealers who would sell these 86 seat buses on for further use - mostly school buses. This would've lengthened their service life considerably, many finding use with small bus and coach companies up and down the country. This won't happen now with most of them destined to be used as spares and/or broken up by dealers. The low floor double deckers tend to have lower seating capacity so aren't as useful to the smaller operator (unless they do rail replacement work) - this proven by some having been withdrawn from London and getting scrapped! So I wonder if these modern wonders will have the 15-20 year life span of the older vehicles, the VRs that plod on forever and the faithful Atlanteans and Fleetlines? Somehow I doubt it.
We are pleased to announce the arrival of a new bus in the Southern Counties Omnibus Collection. I won't say too much until she actually turns up next week apart from she is a mid 1990s double decker and is rather unusual. Keep checking the new home page for more details.
After uploading some of Herne Bay's pictures to the computer, I realised I'd not added the Preston or Chilli Farm pictures to the site. Apologies. Things are a tad busy, normal service will shortly be resumed! I've now added the reports with Preston Steam Rally and Chilli Farm now live. Just click on the links to visit the galleries.
Today we attended the excellent Herne Bay Bus Rally in the town's William Street car park. There was a great selection of vehicles and the turn out was really good - including the weather too! We took along 3131 which filled in on a few of the runs around the town and then up to Tankerton. She proved very popular and most runs she was pretty full up. Nick Moore was also there in 1145 on static display, however, he did do a photographic run to the seafront so some pictures of 1145 and the famous clocktower could be taken.
As stated in the Picture Of The Month, I'm hoping to announce big changes to the collection soon. Some of you many remember when I first started this site back in 2008 as Jake's Buses and was solely about SKL681X and MLK550L, the only two vehicles owned at the time. Later, I met Bernard who had bought TFN980T and inclusion of TFN obviously rendered Jake's Buses obsolete! However, as the website was (even then) getting some good hits I decided to only change the name and the address, hence The Bamford & Sealy Bus Collection having jakesbuses.weebly.com as a web address! Well, things tend not to stand still in the world of bus preservation, and I can say that since owning the buses I've met some truly great like minded people. Bernard, Paul, Andy, Pete and Nick to name a few, all with the same intentions - to preserve or help preserve a bus and keep these lumps of emotional metal rolling. Obviously with the inclusion of Paul's and Nick's buses we could no longer be called The Bamford and Sealy Bus Collection, so after a few months of chatting amongst ourselves we will be renaming the collection The Southern Counties Omnibus Collection complete in an NBC style of presentation. A new website is being designed as I type this, but don't worry, this one won't disappear overnight. Once the new one is complete and has been tested, this one will remain but with links to the new site (which is also a Weebly site and very similar to this one). By coming together, we hope to secure the future of all of our vehicles so that generations on, people can still be riding, photographing, looking at and generally enjoying them still.
This is a fantastic video shot by DMS550's Dad, Paul as RVB977S - better known as the Pride Of Thanet- passed through the Dartford Tunnel en route to North Weald.
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