November 2006 - 7th January
Work has continued
on YHY80 and RM1363. The Routemaster is now fully repainted, and the
brakes have been overhauled ready for an MOT in due course.
The front nearside wing was temporarily removed on 7th January to
attempt to correct distortion between the radiator grille, the
bonnet, and the wing, but we haven't yet been able to rectify this.
Here's what a Routemaster looks like without the wing:
6th - 12th November 2006
Friday and Saturday 9/10 November, Group members participated in
rescuing the remains of a Bristol 'B' type bus from woods near
Raglan in Wales. This vehicle has now been taken to Scotland
where it will be restored.
date of next year's open day has been fixed for Sunday 12th August
2007. As usual there will be a large display of vehicles, with
sales stalls and free bus rides around Bristol and to the Avon
Valley Railway for steam trains and boat rides on the river Avon.
If you've enjoyed our open days in previous years, please come
30th October - 5th November
On Sunday 5th
November 2006 we took our sales stand to the
Transport Museum's open day. We didn't take any of our
buses for the long journey. Meanwhile, painting continued on
RM1363, which now has (amongst other
things) a complete set of gloss black wheelarch surrounds after the
front nearside was repaired, filled, sanded and painted.
15th - 29th October 2006
Work continues on
YHY80 and RM1363.
The latter is receiving new stairtreads, while damaged rexine on the
lower deck is being repaired, and a complete set of new tyres have
been fitted, and the wheels are being repainted.
9th - 14th October 2006
visit to Oxford on Sunday 15th October has been cancelled as we
weren't able to get a sales stand. Apologies if you had hoped
to see us there.
We've loaded a few
more examples of modern bus photos, this
time of (mainly) independent operators in the Chipping Sodbury area.
You'll have to scroll through the Cambridge pictures in the
photogallery to get to them.
2nd - 8th October 2006
Members of the
Group went to the Winkleigh rally
on Sunday 1st October, and took our sales stand. We've posted
some photos of the
event on the site.
On Sunday 8th
October, AHU803 visited the
Beaufort Arms at
Hawkesbury Upton with friends of a member who is celebrating his
70th birthday shortly.
We have loaded on
the website a small selection of the 14,000
lorry photos we have in stock - if you're interested in lorries
dating from 1900s to the present day, we may have something to
25th September - 1st October
We've loaded a
small selection of our photos of modern buses
as an example of the sort of pictures you can pick up on our sales
stand if you're not interested in pictures of vintage buses in
preservation. At present this consists of 9 photos, but it
will gradually be increased. Of course, if you want decent
quality prints, you'll need to come and buy them from us, or you can
e-mail us with details of anything
you're interested in. We don't have a stock list,
unfortunately, but we do have (literally) thousands of photos.
4th - 24th September 2006
On Sunday 10th
September RTW29 attended the rally at the
Royal Forest Hotel in Chingford, and on 17th
FTT704 went to the Exeter rally
(follow the link for photos of the event).
We have also
arranged to attend the Oxford Bus
Museum open day and bus gathering on 15th October. We'll be
taking AHU803. Any Group Member who
would like to come along should contact
21st August - 3rd September
On Saturday 26th
August, GHT127 took part in the
Hawkesbury Upton village
show and carnival procession. This event used to attract
more vintage vehicles, but this year only GHT127 a steam traction
engine and a small steam lorry took part. If you live in
the Gloucestershire area and would like to take part next year,
contact the webmaster for details.
On Sunday 3rd
September, AHU803 attended the Merthyr
Tydfil rally. We hope to be able to load pictures of the event
on the site shortly.
14th-20th August 2006
Some changes have
been made to our rally calendar. We won't now be running the
park and ride service at RAF Colerne for the annual CTP road run, as
the venue has been changed and there is no need for our services.
Instead, on 3rd September we'll be taking
AHU803 to the Merthyr Tydfil rally.
RTW29 will be attending the Royal Forest
Hotel rally in Chingford on 10th September. However, it will
not now be at the Hawkesbury Upton village show on Saturday 26th
August, which will only be visited by GHT127.
windscreen seals have been replaced on RM1363
and the lower windscreen has been re-fitted. The stair treads
are now being replaced.
7th - 13th August 2006
Our Open Day took
place on 13th August. Have a look at the open day page for
more details, and if you came, please let us know what you thought
by leaving us some feedback
so that we can plan next year's event.
All our buses were
there, except RT1599.
RM1363 and TD130
were available for viewing by special request, and we apologise if
you had been hoping to see them and weren't able to. If you
come again next year the Routemaster, at least, will be on the road.
24th July - 6th August 2006
weren't able to take RTW29 to the
Bishop's Lydeard rally as
planned. Apologies if you were hoping to see the bus there.
RT1599 has now passed its MOT, but has now
suffered a defect with the hydraulic system, and will therefore not
be available at our open day on 13th August.
RTW29, GHT127 and
FTT704 have been prepared for their MOTs
RM1363 has received a coat of burgundy
paint to the lower panels in the interior of the upper deck.
10th - 23rd July 2006
Major road works at
Saltford on the A4 between Bath and Bristol may affect you if you
are coming to our open day and would normally approach from Bath.
FTT704 attended the
3rd - 9th July 2006
Details of the
free bus services running from our base on our open day (13th
August 2006) are now available on the site, along with a map showing
and the Park and Ride site where the majority of the rally exhibits
26th June - 2nd July 2006
on YHY80 and RM1363.
12th - 25th June 2006
YHY80 continues, and most of the bus has now
received a coat of topcoat.
RM1363 has received a coat of topcoat on
most of the nearside and is looking very much smarter than it has
for many years. The repainting of the top deck interior
ceiling has also begun.
RT1599 has been prepared for its MOT next
week. Have you ever wondered what an RT looks like underneath?
OK, few people have, but for those of a curious disposition, this is
GHT127 attended the
Swansea rally on Sunday 18th June.
This was more than a bus rally, and something of a treat for lorry
fans in particular.
5th - 11th June 2006
FTT7704 attended the
Stroud rally and running day on
Sunday 11th June. There were plenty of buses working a good
network of the old routes for the public to ride on, and many were
from the newer generation of preserved vehicles, such as Leyland
Nationals and Bristol VRs.
22nd May - 4th June 2006
RTW29 went to
Gaydon on Sunday 28th May to take part in the "Best of British"
festival which included the Routemaster 50th anniversary event.
FTT704 went to the
Aldershot bus rally and running
day on Sunday 4th June to celebrate the centenary of the first motor
bus service in Aldershot.
RM1363 has now received a coat of red
undercoat on the nearside, and is looking a lot more respectable.
Also the lower deck interior ceiling has been repainted in the
original "Sung Yellow" colour, instead of the cream colour it has
carried for many years:
Yellow" lower deck
deck yet to be painted, showing the current cream colour
15th - 21st May 2006
Four of our buses
attended the Bristol Harbourside
rally on Sunday 21st May (GHT154,
and RT1599). Despite heavy rain for
much of the day, there were more buses present and more routes
running than last year, and the public were undeterred.
8th - 14th May 2006
membership scheme has now been
launched. Have a look and see whether you'd like to become a
member - check out what benefits you
would get in return for your membership fee.
RTW29 attended the
Basingstoke Festival of
Transport on Sunday 14th May, in company with hundreds of other
vintage vehicles of all shapes and sizes.
Pictures of the
It has now been
decided that RT1599 will now be attending
next week's Bristol Harbourside
rally, in addition to our other buses previously listed.
24th April - 7th May 2006
Work continues on
RM1363, which is now completely sanded down
externally and repainting with primer has begun.
RTW29 has been prepared for its trip to
Basingstoke next week.
YHY 80's nearside lower panels have all been
fitted and then removed again for painting.
We have launched
our new "ask the expert"
service - if you have old photos of buses from the South-West of
England that you want identified, follow the link to find out how we
John Grigg, one of
our members, is making enquiries to rent premises in the
Weston-Super-Mare or Bristol area to store a Royal Blue Coach for
which he is the custodian. If you are looking for somewhere to
store your vintage bus or coach,
he'd like to hear from you to assess whether it will be viable to
rent a building for this purpose.
16th - 23rd April 2006
RTW29 provided transport for guests at a
wedding in central Bristol on Saturday 22nd April. It is
pictured awaiting the guests outside Bristol Cathedral.
rally dates for this season are now
confirmed and have been posted on the site.
GHT154 has been prepared
for its MOT.
10th - 15th April 2006
have been listed for sale on eBay. Click
here for details.
22nd March - 9th April 2006
The Group attended
the Cobham rally on 2nd April,
marking the start of the season for us. Unfortunately we
weren't able to take RTW29, so apologies if
you were hoping to see it there. Keep watching the site for
details of the events this vehicle will be attending this year.
GHT154 (masquerading as TX7141) and several
Group members were involved in filming for a production set in
Cardiff. An appropriate destination blind was quickly
manufactured, and Group members dressed in period costume for the
13th - 21st March 2006
information about the rallies we're hoping to attend this year now
appears on the "Rally dates 2006"
page. We haven't finalised all the details yet, so keep
watching the site for details of where to find us this year.
27th February - 12th March
Work continues on
RM1363. The wooden strips beneath the
cab door running track have been refitted, and two new tyres have
been fitted. We're continuing to list timetables on eBay, but
unfortunately haven't found time to link them from this site.
19th - 26th February 2006
RM1363's new rear panels have been fitted.
The wiring problem on FTT704 has been
rectified after many hours of work, and the bells (and all other
systems) are working again.
successful sale of London Transport timetables on Ebay over the last
couple of weeks, we are now selling timetables from other operators,
and items of uniform.
13th - 18th February 2006
A replacement lower
rear panel has been made for RM1363, which
now awaits fitting. A new aluminium panel has also been
riveted in place on the underside of the bus beneath the stairs, as
longstanding accident damage had caused the old one to buckle and
6th -12th February 2006
RM1363's opening windscreen has been
removed to have the rubber seals replaced, and the lower rear panels
have been removed to allow some dents to be repaired, or for
replacement of the panels if necessary. Once the panels were
removed, a huge amount of dried mud was found inside, along with a
stores requisition for stair treads dating from January 1984:
wiring problem on FTT704 is still receiving
frames are being repainted on YHY80.
have listed a number of old bus timetables for sale on Ebay as an
experiment. The oldest of these is are two fascinating period
pieces dating from 1943 and 1944, with the rest being from the
1950s, 60s and 70s.
23rd January - 5th February
Please note that
the date of our open day 2006
has been revised to 13th August to avoid a clash with another
16th - 22nd January 2006
Group members and
to the Beaufort Arms, Hawkesbury Upton, in
GHT127 for the annual Group lunch. The landlord has
persuaded the Group to bring two buses along to the village show in
9th - 15th January 2006
The date of our
open day 2006 has now been agreed. It will take place on 20th
August. More details will follow in due course, but please
book the date in your diary, especially if you're hoping to bring
On Saturday 14th
January, the celebrations took place of the 100th anniversary of
motor bus operation in Bristol..
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