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News - 2012
Some of the most recent events affecting us and our fleet:
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Wednesday, 26 December: there was some doubt as to whether we were going to be able to resource our customary 'Boxing Day Buses' event in Torquay but a last minute decision was taken that this could go ahead. Having used the B6 last year it was time to return to somewhat older transport this time around and the 1972 LHS (VOD88K) was pressed into action. Initially, 88 was unimpressed with the idea and protested with recurrence of a previous issue whereby the clutch plate and flywheel become stuck together. This has the effect of disabling the clutch altogether, making gear selection impossible with the engine running. A few running repairs overcame the problem though and 88 journeyed to Torquay on Christmas Day.
Boxing Day saw most of Torquay's shops open and, with no other buses or trains running, we picked-up a steady supply of passengers throughout the day. All were very appreciative of the service ... especially so when they found out if was free!
Service 136 ran from Torquay, Castle Circus, down through the centre of the town (and Fleet Walk) to the Strand and then along the sea front through to Paignton. Six round trips were completed at hourly intervals.
Sunday, 2 September: the
fourth annual Torbay Vintage Bus Running Day, as usual held at Shedden
Hil Car Park in Torquay. We were, once again, well supported with
over 30 vehicles in attendance and as an experiment, this year all
services commenced and terminated at the rally site rather than on the
seafront. This seemed to work well.
Saturday, 16 June & Sunday, 17 June: the 3rd weekend in June (the Sunday of which is
usually Father's Day) is the traditional date for the Weymouth Vintage
Running Day and this year saw our 6th consecutive event. Once
again Lodmoor Car Park was the venue and we were pleased to enjoy much
better weather than that seen in 2011.
Wednesday, 6 June: today
saw something of a first for the Group as, with 6 of the fleet needing
MOTs, it was decided to tackle all of them in one day. This took
a certain amount of organising as the vehicles are split between
storage locations but, with some careful planning, 518, 2883, 913, 911,
1159 and 1804 were all successfully tested. Although not all of
these will be required for immediate use, it does make a couple more
available for forthcoming events, notably the Weymouth Vintage Bus Running Day
on Sunday, 17 June
Sunday, 27th May: another
'first' was our participation today in the Weymouth Vintage Vehicle
'Dorset Tour'. This is an annual event that allows owners of
vintage cars (with the odd van and lorry) to spend a morning travelling
at a sedate pace around the minor roads of Dorset, at the same time
enjoying some magnificent scenery. Various clues to a 20-point
puzzle are provided along the way to add to the interest, as well as
some suggested 'watering holes'!
Saturday, 26th May: a
new event on the calendar was the St Margaret's Somerset Hospice Summer
Fair held at the hospice in Yeovil. Initially we were asked to
provide a bus as an exhibit but this developed into a request to run a
free shuttle service from the Yeovil Showground car park to the
Fair. Although the distance is probably less than 300 yards, the
very busy A37 Dorchester - Yeovil road has to be crossed and it was
concluded that this could more easily be done in a bus (the driver
begged to differ on several occasions!). Anyway, some 20 round
trips were run and although the crowds were not vast it appeared that
St Margarets did well. The glorious weather can only have
assisted. The photograph shows 88 parked outside the Hospice
awaiting passengers for the return to the car park
Thursday, 3 May - Tuesday, 8 May: the
May Day Bank Holiday weekend sees the
annual Transport Festival at
Bodafon Fields, Llandudno. This coincides with the town's
Victorian Extravaganza which takes place in the town centre and the two
events have come to compliment each other. For some years there
has been a tradition of running 'shuttle' buses between the town centre
and the rally site and this service is provided by various vintage
vehicles that are attending the event. This year some 30,000
passengers were carried over the three days with the fine weather on
Saturday and Sunday helping to draw good numbers of visitors.
Sunday, 29 April:
two years ago the Devon General Society held a running day in
Exmouth. This was well supported and received much favourable
comment, to the extent that they decided to repeat the event this
year. Unlike 2010, however, this year was not blessed with such
good weather. In fact the day was very similar to that
suffered at the Weymouth running day last year with constant rain
throughout the event and miserable journeys both ways. Despite
this a respectable number of buses and members of the travelling public
attended and both 518 and 88 behaved themselves all day.
Unfortunately 701, the B6, decided that the wet weather did not appeal
and developed an insurmountable gear selector problem confining it to
base in Torquay. All in all an enjoyable day despite the weather.
Friday, 27 April: MOT
time again for the LHS, VOD88K. Dorset Works at Charminster was
visited and a pass certificate obtained. 88 will now join 518 at
Sunday's Devon General Society running day in Exmouth.
Tuesday, 22 February: a trip to the
Transport Museum at Wythall with Woody's
S23. A general service and a few minor jobs will be attended-to
ahead of the bus being submitted for MOT and then a return to its base
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