19th December 2005 - 8
Work continues on
the rewiring of FTT704.
RM1363 is still being rubbed down, and
dents filled. Some panels have received undercoat. The
wheels have been removed for inspection and cleaning, and new tyres
will be fitted shortly.
12th - 18th December 2005
FTT704 is receiving a re-wire to the top
deck to replace the 50-year old wiring, much of which has lost its
We now have
standard brake linings for Bristol K, L and LD types available for
sale. Please see our spares
pages for details.
Also for sale are
numerous back numbers of Buses Illustrated magazine and Buses
magazine. See our sales page for
4th - 11th December 2005
Work continues on
YHY80, which has received further work to
its hinged side panels, and on RM1363,
which is being stripped of paint on the upper deck, where the old
paint was particularly bad.
21st November - 3rd December
Please have a look
at our information about the centenary of
Bristol motor bus services, and join us if you can on the 14th
January 2006 to celebrate this anniversary.
14th - 20th November 2005
Work on sanding and
filling the bodywork on RM1363 continues,
and replacement wooden platform edging pieces have been fitted.
The old ones had rotted while the bus was stored in the open.
7th - 13th November 2005
Work continues to
rectify the electrical fault with FTT704.
It transpires that the wiring is in poor condition and insulation
has perished in several places, so the job has turned out to be more
major than was expected.
YHY80 has started to receive its first
topcoat of paint. Ultimately this will be rubbed down before
the final coat is applied.
RM1363's lower panels have been filled and
primer applied to some parts. The roof has been sanded down:
24th October - 6th November
Work has begun on
scraping and rubbing down RM1363 for
18th October - 23rd October
FTT704 attended the
Warminster Running Day on Sunday
23rd October. This event brings this year's season to an end.
We will post next year's rally dates on the website as soon as we
know them in the early part of 2006.
Our attention will
now be on continuing the restoration of YHY80,
getting RM1363 back on the road and if we
really make progress, starting to rebuild the bodywork on
LAE13 and TD130.
And RT1599 needs a repaint, too.
Fancy helping? - Check out our "Get
10th October - 17th October
RM1363 has now been moved into the Group's
premises, ending its long stay in the open on a farm. It can
now be overhauled and repainted. Thanks to Martin Curtis of
Bath Bus Company for his assistance with moving the Routemaster.
26th September - 9th October
With the rally
season coming to an end, vehicles are being prepared for the winter
and restoration work will be getting underway on those that need it.
Here, TD130's coolant is drained off.
FTT704 will be attending the Warminster
running day in a couple of weeks' time, but at present there's a
problem with the bells not working. Our engineers inspect:
YHY80 has had further attention to its side
panels, and the entrance doors have been undercoated:
5th September - 25th
On Sunday 11th
September, AHU803 attended the
Merthyr Tydfil rally.
29th August - 4th September
On Sunday 4th
September, FTT704 and
RT1599 attended RAF Colerne for the display at the end of the
Commercial Transport in Preservation road run from Bournemouth.
Our two vehicles provided the park and ride service between the
parking area and the display area on the airfield. Apologies
to anyone who had hoped for a ride on GHT127,
our open-top bus - we didn't take it due to the threat of thundery
weather, which in the end didn't materialise. See
pictures of the event.
Our new shed has
now been tidied up completely, and spares stowed away. This
allowed TD130 to be moved by low-loader from
its garden home of the last 5 years to our premises so that
restoration can begin. RM1363 will
join it in the next few weeks.
22nd - 28th August 2005
improvements have been made to the website including a photo gallery
for each vehicle and for our Open day.
15th - 21st August 2005
Open Day and vehicle rally took
place on Sunday 21st August, in fantastic weather. All our
vehicles took part, except TD130 and
RM1363. Hopefully, they'll be
available for next year's event - we'll post details of the day once
we know the date. We'd like to hear from you if you attended
and would like to give us your views about the event.
Due to a change of
plans, RT1599 will no longer be attending
the rally at the Royal Forest Hotel at Chingford on 11th September.
8th-14th August 2005
vehicles are now ready for next week's
Open day (unfortunately
RM1363 and TD130
won't be there - come again next year if you'd like to see them).
We hope to see you there next week.
RTW29 has passed its MOT.
1st-7th August 2005
RTW29 has been prepared for its MOT next
GHT127 has received attention to its
lighting circuits which have been playing up.
25th-31st July 2005
GHT127 attended the
RTW29's cooling system was reassembled minus
its thermostat, and this appears to have cured the overheating
problem which we originally suspected might have been caused by a
failed head gasket.
18th-24th July 2005
FTT704 attended the
11th - 17th July 2005
AHU803 received attention to its autovac
following last week's problem, and appears to be cured.
FTT704 has now been fitted with fleetname
transfers, and is complete. It has been checked over prior to
its MOT this week and its trip to the Plymouth rally next weekend.
the offside fleetname transfer
Applying the front transfer.
GHT154's brake system has been losing
vacuum, and the fault has been traced to a non-return valve in which
the rubber washer has perished. The search is on to find a
replacement. If you know of a supply of these washers, please
get in touch. B&Q don't stock them, strangely. Nor do
we, which is even stranger - we even have spare gear levers (and how
often do you need those?) but we don't have this particular part.
The website hasn't
been working quite right, so if you've tried to reach our
spares page, and failed, please try again,
as the link now works properly. The same applies if you've
been trying to leave feedback.
Apologies for the fault, and for your frustration.
4th - 10th July 2005
AHU803 attended the
Aston Manor rally. Its
autovac (fuel pump device) developed a fault during the day, which
resulted in the need to stop and refill the autovac's tank about
every 20 miles.
27th June - 3rd July 2005
FTT704's offside headlight has been
refitted, and the hand-painted advertising panels finished.
RTW29's thermostat and water pump have been
removed for inspection.
RT1599 passed its MOT and remains available
for use, although we hope to repaint the upper deck later in the
AHU803 has been prepared for its visit to
the Aston Manor rally next
The website has
been updated with lists of parts for sale.
Click here for more information
20th June - 26th June 2005
Other than minor
retouching, FTT704's paintwork is complete
and looking immaculate. Fleetname transfers need to be
applied, and the offside headlamp refitted, and the bus will then be
week's problem, RTW29's bonnet lid, air
filter and radiator have been removed to allow the radiator to be
cleaned out and for access to the heads, as we think the likely
cause of the problem is a failed head gasket.
RT1599 has been prepared for MOT this week.
13th June - 19th June 2005
RTW29 went to Cobham for the 1950's running
day. Sadly, due to mechanical problems, it wasn't able to take
part in the public services.
Read more about this. We will need to trace and rectify
the problem before the bus can be used again, but we hope to have it
back on the road in time for our
23rd May - 12th June 2005
FTT704's front offside wing has been
re-fitted and we're making good progress with repainting.
RT1599 has been fitted with new exhaust
parts. We're hoping to find time to give the roof a new coat of
paint. Once that's done, TD130 will
move to the new shed.
We attended the
Stroud running day on 5th June, but took AHU803
instead of the advertised FTT704, as the
latter's repaint is not quite complete.
17th May - 23rd May 2005
Three of our
GHT127 and GHT154) attended the
Bristol Harbourside rally.
9th May - 16th May 2005
FTT704's lower deck has now been painted.
RM1363 has received a thorough internal
clean of the top deck, and much of the exterior has been cleaned of
We have cleared a
space amongst the stack of spares in our new shed which has allowed
a bus to be stored there. We expect to move
TD130 into the space shortly, as it's
currently under a tarpaulin in its owner's garden.
1st May - 8th May 2005
GHT127 took part in the HCVS
London-Brighton run on 1st
May, travelling up to Cobham bus museum the day before.
25th April - 1st May 2005
YHY80's lower side panels have started being
fitted, and undercoat applied to the back end.
GHT127 has been prepared for the
London-Brighton run on 1st May.
RM1363's horn has been rewired, the
radiator grille mounting freed, and the grille and surround rubbed
down prior to re-paint.
18th-24th April 2005
GHT154 in Bristol Tramways blue livery met
First's Olympian, now painted in similar livery.
RM1363's front nearside wheel has been
11th-17th April 2005
has received a service and is now ready for the season.
electrics received attention, and all the lights are now working
correctly. The main beam switch needs attention, and the horn
needs rewiring. A front wheel needs changing before the
vehicle can be entered for an MOT.
is now rubbed down and repainting has begun.
has been prepared for its visit to Lawrence Hill Depot on Wednesday,
where it will meet the Olympian painted in the blue livery of
Bristol Tramways and Carriage Co. that GHT154 itself also carries.