Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Winter News

Whilst the bus rally season goes quiet during the winter months, that dosen't mean a quiet life for preserved bus owners!

December 2015 saw Volvo D302PEV and Dart J317XVX put in for their MOT's - both passed with no advisories.

My storage location (Yeldham Transport Collection) is in the process of losing it's home as the owner is selling the industrial estate it occupies for housing. Having been offered an alternative undercover location in North Essex, three of the fleet (Volvo D302PEV, Dart J317XVX and DAF P337ROO) were moved to their new home at the end of January. Olympian W437CWX is still awaiting completion of work to get the engine running (turns out there's more missing than just the fuel pump) and so remains at Great Yeldham for the time being.

In mid February I got a surprise phone call from the company that has Volvo's D301PEV and D304PEV - the same company that had the batch of four Harris Bus Volvo's after Harris Bus had finished with them. I had visited this company 2 years ago and made an offer for both the vehicles then but sadly I couldn't match the expectations of the company and that was that.

Fast forward to 2016 and we were able to agree a price but the stumbling block this time was that I couldn't raise the money quickly enough. To cut a long story short, I was able to retrive a full set of original 30 years old interior, a luggage pen and a ticket machine "shelf" from 304 ............. a few days later I was sent this image of 301 (304 had already seen the same fate):

March saw preparations being made for the new rally season with DAF P337ROO getting a wash and a new nearside advert fitted ............

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