- What A Great Year!
462 Stands proudly in the Thursley lay-by just off the A3 near Hindhead
on its first outing under her own power. The test run was commenced by your
Chairman and the return run by Derek Dollery. Now fully completed, the MOT
test was passed a few days later, just in time for the 100 year celebration
of A & D. On special display at the Running Day site in Farnborough,
100's of visitors admired this new entry to the A&D preservation list.
Soon after the event your Chairman beat the DVLA and forced them to issue
his PCV Liccnce after his cardiologist proclaimed that his heart was 110%
perfect! So he is back driving with lots of passengers on board.
This month the Transport Trust granted us £750 to help us finish
462 EOT, so this is now in the Bank.
Thanks to the help of Dave Ratcliffe we also have had 488 KOT pass the
MOT test, so now we have TWO buses on the road. The other bit of good news
is that we should soon have an engine for the Dennis E project. (See separate
article!) And more good news was the phone call to the Chairman to go to
Birmingham and pick up a Dennis E Radiator which was in excellent condition,
and a gift to the Society!
There has to a down-side to all this good news - well yes, your Chairman's
tomato and strawberry crop was a disaster, and we got "flooded off"
quite a few shows this year. Lets hope that 2013 will be a good year with
the weather and we can make a few bob on the stall.
Photos from our records concerning the restoration of 462 EOT
Top deck showing vinyl floor and seat frames ready to go in.|
Bottom deck being prepared.|
462 in service at the Centenary Running Day 2012|
Static at the Running Day 2012|
Another view of 462 at the Running Day.|
Sales Manager Sarah Hills presents Derek and Ray with souvenir
inscribed silver plates in recognition of the completion of the restoration.|
(18.104.22.168. photos by Les Smith)
- The Dennis E project begins
- This is the start of the project and you see here our South Wales
Dennis E parts at Seb Marshalls base at Byfleet. With the other spare
engines we bought some time ago, there should be enough pieces to complete
the engine rebuild. To get this far the Society and some members have financed
the engine part of the project. It was essential to have an engine in good
running order before we approached the Heritage Lottery Fund for a grant.
No engine and a restored bus would not be going anywhere!
The background to building buses in the 20s and 30s was first
to build a chassis then build a body using timber. The builders then put
the body on the chassis and clamped it on with 6 - 8 U bolts.
This is how we propose to build our bus. The next stage after the engine
will be to fully restore the Chassis on OT 8902 (We call this the Walton
chassis, where it was found). The last stage will be to deconstruct the
two Strachan & Brown bodies to make one good one, about 80% original.
Finance will be entirely with the result of applications to the Heritage
Lottery Fund and you can guess that our Chairman will be devoting a lot
of time in the future, helped by our Treasurer Laurie.
- Activity at the barn
- Comfy Coaches Interest Group have been in the barn since day 1 with
this rare coach. The Company was based at Lower Bourne near Farnham and
was very well known for the quality of their tours and excursions. Comfy
Coaches retained their car sales business in 1962 disposing of their fleet
of coaches. This coach is the only one left!
- Transport Trust
- About a year ago the Transport Trust visited the CCIG to see if a grant
could be made. They hope one might be made in a year or two.
- Blue Ex-Military Bus
- The blue ex-military bus under restoration
- The DVLA and The Chairmans PCV Licence
- You may have been following the reports of progress and some of the
RULES that our Chairman came up against when trying to renew
the PCV section of his Driving Licence. Fully licenced under section B,
the car section, enabled him to drive vintage buses with up to 8 passengers.
Our Insurance Company knew of the difficulty but were happy to insure him.
Following a heart scan in July, the Cardiologist proclaimed his heart is
in perfect condition, indeed the report said 110% perfect. The DVLA had
no option but to accept this report and issue the licence. So your Chairman
can now carry more than 8 passengers on either of our vintage buses.
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