Whilst waiting for the coach to be serviced Claire and me popped into Canterbury to have a look around. We visited the Westgate Towers Museum which allowed these unusual shots of Stagecoach East Kent Alexander bodied Tridents. The Towers has to be one of the wonders of the bus world. If watching a double decker squeeze through looks tight, you should see it from the driving cab. Pull the offside mirror in and get as tight to the wall as you dare! I've done this many time when on the Compass service without any issues until one day I went to pull the mirror in .... and it came off in my hand! Yes, that's right, nobody at Canterbury Bus Station believed me thinking I'd hit the Towers too hard and knocked it off!
Always good to see another VR enter preservation. This is ex Crosville YMB512W which was Arriva's last Bristol VR and worked in Rhyl in North Wales. Here's a couple of YouTube videos of the old girl, one of her in preservation and one of her in service.
As you will know, I sold DMS550 on to Paul Tripptree in June for continued preservation. Paul has been working very hard on 550 since then and had apent a lot of time rebuilding and restoring her. He still has a long way to go but she is certainly taking shape well. I'm hoping to have an update on here soon but if you search DMS550 on Facebook you will find Paul's group. Please support him in this. Just to show you how dedicated he is, Paul currently is without a car so gets the train to Deal and then the bus to near where the bus lives. The downside is the bus stop is 2 miles away from there! I think that must make Paul one of the countries most dedicated preservationists.
Bernard's Bristol LH coach is off to Eclipse next week to have the MOT faults ironed out and receive a service ready for the season.
31st March 2012 see a special event celebrating the diamond jubilee of the Maidstone & District and East Kent Bus Club at Detling Kent County Showground. More details of this big event to follow later but just to say it's being organised by the guys who did M&D 100 this year.
Yesterday, Andy and myself took Bristol LH coach 3131 to it's first MOT since Bernard acquired her. Unfortunately she failed on several small things which will be easily rectified. Bernard decided to get her serviced too at the same time so she will be ready for the next season. This was the first real drive I've had of her and after getting used to the gearbox I've discovered what a joy she is - although my left knee still aches from the heavy clutch! She also proved to be very fuel efficient - obvious really as she has a smaller engine - which will make her ideal for longer distances.
Last Tuesday, me and a friend headed down to a top secret location in East Sussex to collect a load of Bristol VR seats that fellow preservationist Mark Terrill had for sale. Whilst there we had a quick look at his buses which included OCD768G and WUF537K. What an amazing collection of vehicles, which like our own features rare buses. WUF for example is the only flat screen duel doored VR left (as I always say) unless you know any different - and you know I'd love to be proved wrong. The seats are of the later VR type as fitted in 7681, 5137 and 7980 but will prove very useful when we come to fit the seats back in 5807 (one day!). For now I'm going to use them to tidy up 'Nuw's' interior.
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