Been a really busy month with an even busier one to come as we get ready for our Winter Running Day on Saturday December 1. As always we like to try and get vehicles out that haven’t been seen before to add something different. This year if everything comes together we should get out no less than five of our own vehicles that have not yet been out and at least two and possibly three guest vehicles, so if you fancy a ride on something different then December 1 is the day for you.
Lights camera action…one that won’t be out this year but will return to
the road next is long time Australian resident and repatriated 1938,
10T10 T499c. The interior as can be seen is coming along in leaps and
bounds and will recreate the pre-war period and feel of these
illustrious motors, with every detail from the period being faithfully
But buses are far more than just mechanical beasts, they are about the
people, those who traveled on, drove, conducted, or worked on but that
is often largely overlooked as no official record will ever add a
personal story. So it was with great delight that we were sent this
picture by Mr J. Harding whose grandfather had driven T499c during the
war whilst it was an Ambulance based out of Hendon. I’m sure you will
agree a great shot and one for which we are very grateful to have
And whilst on the subject of long term 1930s London Transport projects
here’s our own ‘right little pain’ that has now departed us for
painting. It was successfully COIF’ed last week and whilst we do still
have some minor some issues to solve, the next time you see a picture of
her she will be resplendent in the chosen livery and complete with all
the finishing touches….
And with the move of the Cub away for a couple of weeks we are able to
catch up on a few jobs that have been pressing now for some time. RT1431
was pulled off the road by us until we could re-frame the rear end.
This is now being done requiring new steel work as well as much new
woodwork. All is progressing well though and following this remedial
work she will probably go for repaint having had a busy season and being
a popular vehicle.
And whilst I am on RT’s, well an RTL in this case, here’s ex California
based RTL1014 having been recovered from the ‘awaiting restoration’ line
to having her first inspection prior to the journey back to being made
UK road legal.
Meanwhile despite all the other work and time requirements on the
restoration team for the Cub and others work has continued on the
re-framing of DUF179. As can be seen the cab is now completed and we are
just waiting for some leather than the backed on to the radiator to be
delivered before the last part of the front can be finished. We also
found some live woodworm rot today that means part of the bulkhead we
had no intention of removing now needs to be replaced to stop the
spread. Once that is done and the rear door framing completed we will
start to put her back together, starting with the cab door, emergency
exit etc, so hopefully by next month she may be starting to look less
Added to all this the RMA B frame was completed and RMC1485 is now
undertaking the same work, so as I have said (more than once) a really
busy time lately which hopefully has given a good insight as to what
goes on behind the scenes to keep them all on the road.
Next update will be after our running day so as not to ruin any
surprise vehicles that may (or may not) be ready so look forward to
seeing you there and if you do capture any shots that you think we could
use on the blog or on the vehicles history page then we would love to
Cheers for now