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News - 2015

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Some of the most recent events affecting us and our fleet:

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We regret to advise that neither the Weymouth or Torbay Vintage Bus Running Days will be repeated during 2015.  We do, however, intend to organise several less formal outings during the year and full details of these will be posted on the website in due course.  We hope that both of the Running Days may return in subsequent years.
Sunday, 16 August 2015: our friends in the West Country Historic Omnibus and Transport Trust have traditionally held a rally each year during September at the518 at Frampton Westpoint Showground, near Exeter.  In a break from that tradition they decided this year to hold a Running Day in the Top of Town Car Park, Dorchester which was attended by 25+ vintage vehicles and was well supported by enthusiasts and the general public alike.

Both 5919 and 518 made appearances, the latter undertaking 5 service journeys to Frampton and Poundbury.
Saturday, 2 May - Monday, 4 May 2015: old buses have a habit of springing unwelcome surprises and 1159 decided that it was not keen on the idea of a few days in North Wales carrying lots of passengers.  To this end it suffered a compressor seizure at Warwick Services on the M40 and, 12 hours later, had to be towed back to its current base in Surrey.  5919, on the other hand, performed flawlessly throughout and, although it did not undertake any service duties, was much admired as a static display on the field.
Saturday, 4 April 2015: a new feature in our calendar this year was an invite to913 at Paignton attend the Torbay Motor Show held on Paignton Green. 
913 at Broadsands

913 and 701 made the journey and provided trips to both Broadsands and Torquay for a modest number of interested parties

Tuesday, 18 February: it's never easy to say goodbye but today we parted company with our Series 3 Bristol VR, VDV123S (former Devon General '584').  This584 was originally acquired from West Kent Buses during May 2006 and, after an 'epic' journey home (the bus wasn't keen on returning to the West Country!) it has provided reliable service and attended a number of events.  Apart from a replacement gearbox, no other serious work was undertaken on the vehicle but much needed to be done to bring it back to decent, serviceable condition.  We are pleased to report that Stuart Gilkes of West Kent Buses has re-acquired 584 and will be taking forward its further restoration in due course.  The bus returned, without incident, to West Kingsdown and we wish Stuart well with his endeavours.  A great bus to drive - we will miss it!

Updated 16 August 2015     E&OE.  Nothing contained in this website constitutes a legal contract or guarantees availability.


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