Back in April 2019 a new bus joined my collection. J913MJF is a Ford Transit Mk3 with Dormobile bodywork and was new to Humberside Council before being converted by a previous owner into a motorhome. Whilst she's never been a service bus, she represents a type that very similar to the service buses. Another attraction is the Dormobile bodywork which was built in nearby Folkestone. Those of you who know me will know I've always liked the Ford Transit minibuses - probably more now than when I did when they were in service! I think at the time seeing one of these turn up in Newport bus station and having a choice between that and a VR, the VR would win every time! But time is a wonderful thing and these once hated minibuses are now rather sought after and indeed rather rare - especially the earlier Mk2. Despite often being labled 'breadvans' -a term I hate if I'm honest - it could be argued that these helped to turn around the bus industry in the 1980s.
Here she's seen with my other and later minibus N301XRP which is a Mercedes 709D with Alexander bodywork. New to Stagecoach United Counties 301 is still - and staying - very much a bus and is currently having MOT work done on her brakes with a view to getting her on the road again. J913 - or Snoopy as she's now known - came with an MOT until October and whilst the underside of her certainly isn't pretty I'm hoping I can muddle her through another MOT before starting on doing some serious work on her which will include a repaint into bus company livery that's period with her look. Snoopy will be remaining as a motorhome. She's very useful and comfortable and has become my base during the week when I work away from home.
14th July saw the Thanet Vintage Bus Road. This is held every year and follows the old East Kent Road Car Company open top route 69 around the coast of Thanet calling at Ramsgate, Broadstairs, Cliftonville, Margate, Westgate, Birchington and then back to Ramsgate via Manston.
This year was without doubt the best one yet with seven preserved buses on the route. Those that took part this year were:
HKE867 - ex Maidstone & District Bristol K
PFN874 - ex East Kent AEC Regent
YJG807 - ex East Kent AEC Bridgemaster
AFN780B -ex East Kent AEC Regent
RVB977S -ex East Kent Bristol VR
AFJ692T -ex Western National Bristol LH
HW54BTU -ex Southern Vectis Dennis Dart
A collection for local charity Cats In Crisis was held and as soon as the amount raised is known I will post it on here.
Many thanks to all involved for a truely amazing day. I'm looking forward to next year's already.
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