Yes I have succumbed and acquired another bus. Although I really do have my hands full, this little beauty came as an offer I couldn't refuse from a very good friend Maurice Bean (previous owner of TFN980T). Originally I was going to go 50/50 with a bus enthusiast but he pulled out at the 11th hour, and being honest, shared ownership rarely works. So why get this one? Well sister bus N306XRP is owned by my friend Bernard, in fact, they're parked next to each other at our storage. Both were new to United Counties which is ironic with Nuw the Titan being a UCOC bus too means we've got 3 in the collection! I know some enthusiasts really don't like minibuses but they're an important part of the bus preservation scene. How can you present the history of the bus and ignore these little vehicles? Also with the reduced fuel consumption they are pretty good for longer runs too. I used to love driving these when I first started at Stagecoach East Kent back in 2000. The first half of my shift would be on a Bristol VR and I'd end up with one of these for the second half.
Although next year is East Kent Road Car's big 100 anniversary, I'm hoping to have 40301 on the road along with MFN41R.
Goodness me, where has this year got to? It only seemed like yesterday I was making plans for this year's shows and here we are at the end of yet another busy season. As for next year, well, I'm still planning for that one but hopefully I will have a few good surprises out there.
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