If you're a regular visitor to our site (and at least 400 of you are every day!) you will have noticed a few changes. Don't panic! We've not had a fall out or anything like that! I have decided to take this site back to it's roots and concentrate on my own 4 vehicles - which of course are STILL members of the excellent Southern Counties Omnibus Collection family. The obvious thing would've been to close this site down but me being me, I'm a little bit sentimental about this- well we've been here since 2008 so we've come a long way together eh? With this site being rationalised, it saves a lot of information from being duplicated between the two sites, especially as it's either Nick or myself that is responsible for their upkeep. Sometimes it felt like we were constantly repeating ourselves... I will still update this one with the picture of the month as well as the fleet news pages but for news of all the other vehicles and most of our shows, please visit the Southern Counties Omnibus Collection's page. As I stated above, the website has been going for 8 years and I look forward to your company for at least another 8.
Sometimes in bus preservation you have to be multi-talented to get things done. A basic skill in metalwork, woodwork, mechanics and glazier springs to mind but there are other things to it as well. Most preservation groups now have a website of some shape of form which has taken the place of the good old fashioned 'News Letter' , after all, why pay 50p or 60p to send something out when you can read exactly the same online with the postage money going to the vehicles themselves? Also, with postage you are limited to how many addresses you have in your address book but once you're on the internet, it's there for all to see WORLDWIDE! Another interesting notion is that when the earliest vehicles in our collection were being constructed, computers filled whole rooms and were very basic - normally running off big reel to reel tapes ala The Italian Job! A RAM was a male sheep, a printer was someone who worked in Wapping, the web was for spiders and a mouse sat in the corner squeaking and eating cheese! Things have certainly moved on since 1973 and continue to do so too. We shall be modernising our sites over the next few months with a lot of help from Nick Moore. This one won't close completely but by the spring, it will stop being updated, most of the information here will be transferred over to a new Southern Counties Omnibus Collection website.
Your support for this website continues to grow and I'm amazed at how many thousands of hits we receive, for this I am truly grateful. We look forward seeing you all on the new site which will introduce new features to our collection too.
Please note, due to problems at Weebly (our site host) I am unable to upload pictures and change The Picture of the Month just yet. I'm hoping this will be fixed soon. Weebly don't have too many issues which is why our site are with them.
Whilst on the subject of this site, over the last month we received 4137 hits which equates to around 133 hits a day. I'd like to thank you all for making this site such a success. Our new site is also attracting some good figures considering it is still work in progress.
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.
The number of hits this website receives has continued to grow with a new record high of 306 yesterday (29th)! This is fantastic for such a specialist site and I'd like to thank you all for your continued support.
I would like to thank everyone for the interest and support with this site. Last month on the 20th July we had 389 hits which for such a specialist site is fantastic. The site has been running now for about four and a half years and has gone from strength to strength.
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