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 you will know from reading this website I spent many years living on the Isle of Wight and Bernard also has connections down that way as well as the Southwest. A couple of new websites have been started which are well worth a look at if you're interested in things down this way. http://vectisveterans.yolasite.com/ is the address of Vectis Veterans which details some of the former Southern Vectis buses now in preservation.
http://southbusscene.weebly.com/ is Southern Bus Scene with pictures and news of buses in the south of England. Proper links will be added on my links page.
Click here for the archive news pages dating back to 2008.
Owner of 5807, 5809, 5137, 7656, 7681, 7041 & 40301
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