It's been a busy few months since the last update - hence the delay. We had a few days away on the Isle Of Wight which happened to coincide with Rydabus. It was so nice to get back to my old home and go on some of the vehicles of my childhood and youth again.
Aside from this, the bodywork on N301XRP has been continuing with the top coats going on the front blue section. I'm still hoping for her to be out laterin the year- who knows, we might end up taking her to the Isle of Wight again.
With the Chairmanship of Friends of the East Kent, several other jobs have cropped up, one of which is getting our bus garage up to spec and tidied up. The amount of unused cardboard boxes and general rubbish that was cluttering up the place was rather scary. Long term plans are to get everything straight and tidy so working (or even walking) around the place isn't such a hazard.
In other news the last roofed Willowbrook bodied Bristol VR in exsistance TFN980T and new to London Transport Leyland Titan NUW553Y have passed inot my care - although Bernard, their previous owner, is still actively involved with them. Work will be starting on TFN to get her sorted out. She's a lovely old motor and only realy came off the road for a tidy up and a service, although a few electrical issues have raised their head recently. NUW is certainly going to be a more long term project and will certainly NOT be coming out the end of her restoration as a London Bus - not that there's anything wrong with a London Spec Leyland Titan - as there are plenty of those around. She will be something totally different and an interesting 'might have been'.
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