It's been a quiet month or two if I'm honest.
The painting of N301XRP continues and the offside, front and rear is looking really good. She's being hand painted by myself and she's getting to the stage where she can be turned around so I can access the other side and finish that off. Obviously bodywork is a long and laborius process so that's taken all the time so far. I'd forgotten how tedious it is prepping, painting then prepping again...
I managed to get over to check over Muff and Perkie the two VR's that are currently living outside. Both were in fine fettle no doubt helped by the fairly mild winter we've had.
In other news, I have recently been voted in as Chairman of Friends of the East Kent (FotEK). I'm looking forward to tackling the roll and working with everyone else whilst making improvements to our working enviroment (our garage space is rented from Friends of the East Kent). FotEK owned AEC Bridgemaster YJG807 and AEC Regent AFN780B which are superb vehicles and a credit to the team there.
I hope you all had a good Christmas and New Year. Things were very busy with the 'day job' in the run up to Christmas so I didn't have chance to update the website before then.
A date has been decided for the Thanet Vintage Bus Road Run in 2019 and this year it's going to be a summer one! Put the 14th July in your diary, the run as usual starts at 1000 at the Ramsgate Boating Pool on the Royal Esplanade in Ramsgate.
There's a page on the Southern Counties website soley dedicated to the Run where you can download the timetables and a poster too.
No vehicles have been confirmed yet but I'm aiming for WKO137S and N301XRP to be there.
I can't believe how quickly 2018 has gone through. I'm already planning what's going to happen in 2019. At the moment it looks like MFN41R and (hopefully) WKO137S will be out and about. I could be tempted to put PKE809M out again on a few local shows but it would be nice to actually make a start on her bodywork and get her running tip top first. I'm also hoping that I can maybe make a bit of headway with N301XRP my Mercedes minibus. If I can get her done I will definately be attending a few of the more long distance shows.
I'm slowly getting around to updating the picture galleries. The latest one I've added is for Muff The Bus.
Visit the new page HERE!
I must admit I do a pretty rotten job of keeping this website updated. It's always a problem when you're either working on the vehicles or attending shows, time updating a website tends to be not forthcoming. Various people have offered to run the websites over the years but it's just never happened for reasons unknown. So I'm going to be strict with myself and try to get an update in at least once a month.
Also I hope to update the 'Pictures' pages with more galleries on the restoration of the buses. I've started by adding a long needed update on the PKE807M picture gallery. If you click here you can see it!
Who could believe that this website it ten years old today! That's right, on 22nd October 2008 I published the first news item which eventually morphed into the Bus Blog you read today.
That news item was about 7681 a bus I'm pleased to say is still with me - despite being a perpetual pain in the arse! Since then she's been joined by 5807, 7041, 7656, 5137 & 5809 as well as 40301 and the cabs.
In those original days she was in company with FTU392T an ex Crosville Leyland engined Bristol VR who was later sold so I could rescue MLK550L - now Paul's beloved DMS550. With 7681 still off the road and FTU long gone the obvious choice was to do something that involved DMS550 this weekend. Paul and myself included a little run out with some work on B124BOO - his Leyland Tiger coach- to mark the 10th Anniversary.
It's been a really busy but rewarding season this year. It's been really nice to have been back into the swing of it all and get at least two of my old girls out to shows. The pictures from all of these have now been uploaded to the sister Southern Counties Omnibus Collection site.
On 4th & 5th August MFN41R visited the Weald Of Kent Steam Fair. This is one of my favourite shows of the season and so far (touch wood!) we've never had bad weather for this weekend. This was also Muffin's first visit to this show and her longest journey since I got her in 2011. On the way there I stopped off in Pencester Road in Dover - somewhere I don't think Muff has visited since 1993/4. On the way back I stopped for pictures at Wingham Church.
Click here for the archive news pages dating back to 2008.
Owner of 5807, 5809, 5137, 7656, 7681, 7041 & 40301
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