Friday 29 April 2011

Spring update Part 2

At the other end of the restoration road 1935 London Transport, Leyland Cub, C4 is ever nearing completion. Problems with the emergency exit have slowed us down and getting some of the parts required for the engine is proving troublesome but in the meantime, the body work gets smoothed ever finer in readiness for its painting. We are still hopeful that late summer is realistic as long as the engine parts can be found.

From buses that we are starting on, to those we are finishing to one that we have finished but like all old buses they require a lot of attention to keep them roadworthy. RT8 has a minor water leak from the pump which has had to be stripped once again. It would appear part of the solution is going to lie in washing machine seal technology and so the first ever AEC/Zanussi water pump will be refitted and trialled next week.

And staying with water pumps, DM2646 had a number of delays for its MOT largely caused by water pump issues, but as can be seen in this shot taken from the offices looking down on to the test lane she was up for test and has now had all those issues resolved.

Well that largely covers most of what has been going on here with the exception of routine MOT's and servicing.


Spring update Part 1....

Firstly apologies for the lengthy delay, various subsidiary companies that we have recently sold have meant a lot of time and has spent on dealing with other matters rather than the vintage fleet, but hopefully now monthly updates can be reinstated.

First up today being Royal Wedding Day, most of the worlds media is pointing at the happy couple, and I like everyone else wish them all the very best for the future, they seem a great pair, but I do feel a little sorry for the other brides getting married today, must be quite a show to follow! But even Royalty don’t have a PS1 to take them home, which was today being cleaned ready for a wedding as I entered the office.

Keeping it topical (to both the Royal Wedding and the extended absence of this blog) and linking nicely is that as a part of the sale of Bath Bus Company, heritage RM25 returned to us and now form its stay in Cardiff as a PH vehicle to become part of the private hire fleet here at PT. Its first job was with four of our other RM class vehicles and two of our Darts taking the elite competitors to the start of the London Marathon. Seen here in a picture taken by Glyn Matthews passing through Admiralty Arch at the top of the Mall, something not to many double decks get to do, and of course scene to mass flag waving and pomp and ceremony today.

Onto half cab single deck classics and what vehicle is more than handsome than a 10T10, (well I certainly cannot think of many) and our very own returned from Australian exile, T499 has now commenced its long journey to be returned to the UK roads after an absence of some 60 years. I will update on this as we go along but here a couple of pictures of the initial strip down to give you an idea of the task ahead.

It would appear that I am going to have to do this post in 2 parts....