Following on from a rather manic year work wise, I have decided to change my career. My previous job gave me daytimes off of work but meant I worked most evenings. There was very little plans when it came to holiday cover or sickness. This would normally result in us working 6, sometimes 7 days a week. As it was a physically demanding job this would result in me being too tired to do little else when I finally DID get a rest day. This is why little has been achieved this year - strangely enough, the last time I had a unproductive year was during the M&D anniversary a few years ago. Maybe I'm fated with anniversaries?
My new job is very much a temporary thing before I move on yet again. However, the beauty of it is that the pay is at least equal but mostly more. It not so physically demanding so I won't be so exhausted (hopefully).
This seems to be a problem in vehicle preservation - lots of time but no money or lots of money and no time!
A quick fleet update at the end of August 2016:
PKE807M - Currently off road awaiting repairs to the hydraulic throttle system and a mechanical service.
MFN41R - Currently off road but nearing completion. Awaiting final fitting out and a new tail pipe.
XJJ656V - Off road and still away from HQ being used as an apprentice project at a local engineering company.
SKL681X - Currently off road. Various items removed for the other buses which are currently being refurbished prior to refitting. Awaiting an electrical rewire and repairs to leaking propshaft.
N301XRP - Currently off road. Cab floor repairs completed. Handbrake needing adjustment and repainting is underway.
Series 1 Metrocab - Off road awaiting repairs to the body mounts.
Series 2 Metrocab - Off road with a fuel supply and starter issue.
Series 3 Metrocab - Off road but MOT work underway.
Series 3 Metrocab - Serviceable
After several months away and being unable to edit the site I've managed to get the technical issues sorted out.
In the last few months it's been very busy with various bits and bobs going on. Work on MFN41R is pretty much complete and she's now ready to return to the road. There are still a few little jobs to do on her but her work as an exhibition unit with Kent Police will continue in my ownership. She was chosen for this because of the superb headroom on the lower deck. There's nothing worse than either banging your head all the time or having to walk with a stoop!
40301 has been sanded down ready for a repaint. Although initially it was planned to put her in Stagecoach livery, a recent change of plan will see her go in to a special "in house" livery which will not only advertise Southern Counties but be smart too - plus she'll be unique too.
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