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News for 2012

CBPS news update for August 2012

The month has raced away and with some of us involved with passenger transport for the Olympics so it is now time to get back to the bus preservation business. Our Dennis Dart 401Badgers and Flags Pointer Dart L401 VCV | Dennis Pointer Dart | Fleet No. 401 | CBPG , in the safe hands of Lee (he will like that!), was busy at St Buryan rally near Penzance with many people remembering the 'badgers & flags' livery. We had our Mercedes VarioMercedes-Benz Vario (model designation W670) is a heavy van manufactured by Mercedes-Benz and the Dart at the West of England Steam Engine Rally along with WHOTTThe West Country Historic Omnibus & Transport Trust's Bristol RERear-engined single-decker bus or single-decker coach chassis built by Bristol Commercial Vehicles 1962 until 1982; widely considered most successful of first generation rear-engined single-decker buses 14601969 Bristol RELH6G with ECW C45F coachwork; New to Southern National March 1969, transferred to Western National, remained in service until May 1981 when became part of BaMMOTT collection at Wythall. Purchased by WHOTT May 2005 OTA 632G | Bristol RELH | Fleet No. 1460 and Steve's Bristol LHBristol Commercial Vehicles Light Horizontal engined single-decker bus chassis LH at 30' (9.1m); nearly 2,000 were built between 1967 and 1982 1318Royal Blue; BDV 318L | Bristol LH | Fleet No. 1318 | CBPG where after a pretty soggy start on the Friday. Read more

CBPS news update for July 2012

Not a lot for me to report in the news update for July but the CBPSCornwall Bus Preservation Society - formed by a group of bus and coach enthusiasts who are involved in maintaining, restoring and preserving a number of buses which saw operational service in Cornwall that have been bought, donated or even loaned to members of the group is still active and still looking for more of you to become 'friends'. You may have read in Lee's blog that our Bristol LHBristol Commercial Vehicles Light Horizontal engined single-decker bus chassis LH at 30' (9.1m); nearly 2,000 were built between 1967 and 1982 716Bristol LH 6L with 45 seat ECW bodywork was one of 10 new medium sized buses delivered to Western National in the summer of 1968 MUO 328F | Bristol LH | Fleet No. 716 | CBPG(MUO 328FBristol LH 6L with 45 seat ECW bodywork was one of 10 new medium sized buses delivered to Western National in the summer of 1968 MUO 328F | Bristol LH | Fleet No. 716 | CBPG) has been a 'little tinker' to get sorted and ready for an MOTMinistry of Transport test. And then what happens? We get squatters in the form of a nest with young 'on board' under the dash! Perhaps as we had left the front off 716, this was too much of a temptation. We fired up Bristol VRBristol VR Bristol's rear-engined bus chassis, designed as competitor to Leyland Atlantean and Daimler Fleetline. 1141(AFJ 706T) and moved her to another shed earlier in the month. Read more

CBPS news update for June 2012

Since the May 2012 news update, we have successfully moved our new acquisition, Dennis Dart 401Badgers and Flags Pointer Dart L401 VCV | Dennis Pointer Dart | Fleet No. 401 | CBPG (L401 VCVBadgers and Flags Pointer Dart L401 VCV | Dennis Pointer Dart | Fleet No. 401 | CBPG), to Cornwall following problems we encountered with fuel pick-up. This caused some head scratching as it was thought to be of a more serious nature initially however all seems fine now. This Dart was purchased by Western National Limited in 1994 when they were part of the Badgerline Group and is now in the original livery known as 'badgers & flags'. Read more

CBPS news update for May 2012

I hope all of you who joined us at Penzance for our Running DayEach year in April CBPG holds an Annual Running Day with free bus trips around West Cornwall - check our Events for more information last month, enjoyed the day and got to travel around the area on your favourite vehicle or one like it. The weather was again kind to us and passenger numbers were up yet again this year and in spite of a few last minute hitches, we got through it reasonably unscathed. Read more

CBPS news update for April 2012

Our big day is now looming large with only eight days to go before the 5th Penzance VR Revival & Vintage Bus Running DayEach year in April CBPG holds an Annual Running Day with free bus trips around West Cornwall - check our Events for more information in conjunction with The Thames Valley & Great Western Omnibus Trustregistered charity which established in 2008 “to advance education of public in history of public road passenger transport and in particular history of those companies and types of vehicles operated through Thames Valley and Great Western road transport corridors”; TV&GWOT's defined operating area consists of ten local authority areas between West London and Cornwall, hence strap-line “Fro’ Paddington to Penzance” reflecting the extent of the Great Western Railway Road Motors operations over the period 1903 to 1929 and successor companies from then until the present day. http://www.tvagwot.org.uk/about.htm on Sunday 15 April 2012. This year is proving to be a very challenging one with some vehicle problems and the very high cost of diesel fuel affecting all of us, especially our 'bus visitors' who are concerned about enough fuel being available for them to return home. Read more

CBPS news update for March 2012

Well, what can I say but thank you so much to all those who have given so generously and renewed as 'friends' of CBPSCornwall Bus Preservation Society - formed by a group of bus and coach enthusiasts who are involved in maintaining, restoring and preserving a number of buses which saw operational service in Cornwall that have been bought, donated or even loaned to members of the group for another year. This hobby of ours is an expensive but interesting one and is so rewarding especially when so many 'old girls' are brushed off, smartened up and come out to play on our Running DayEach year in April CBPG holds an Annual Running Day with free bus trips around West Cornwall - check our Events for more information. Read more

CBPS news update for February 2012

As I am the Editor of this website and the Treasurer of the CBPSCornwall Bus Preservation Society - formed by a group of bus and coach enthusiasts who are involved in maintaining, restoring and preserving a number of buses which saw operational service in Cornwall that have been bought, donated or even loaned to members of the group, I feel this is the appropriate time to have a little 'rant'. It may have escaped your notice that we have nearly reached the end of February and to date I have only had 2 members re-new for 2012, We are all quite aware that we are in a recession and times are hard but we will come out of it and Great Britain will be 'Great' again BUT will the CBPS still be in existance when this happens? Read more

CBPS news update for January 2012

A quick and brief update for January 2012 regarding the CBPSCornwall Bus Preservation Society - formed by a group of bus and coach enthusiasts who are involved in maintaining, restoring and preserving a number of buses which saw operational service in Cornwall that have been bought, donated or even loaned to members of the group. At this time of the year we are thinking about vehicle preparation and MOTMinistry of Transport test's for the coming year and especially thinking about our Running DayEach year in April CBPG holds an Annual Running Day with free bus trips around West Cornwall - check our Events for more information on Sunday 15 April at Penzance. Our aim this year is to get Bristol VRBristol VR Bristol's rear-engined bus chassis, designed as competitor to Leyland Atlantean and Daimler Fleetline. 1226November 2009, CBPG took over ownership of Bristol VR 38873(LFJ 873W) from Western National Preservation Group. Originally numbered 1226, she was the last new Bristol VR bought by Western National in 1981 LFJ 873W | Bristol VR | Fleet No. 38873 (ex 1226)/38873(LFJ 873WNovember 2009, CBPG took over ownership of Bristol VR 38873(LFJ 873W) from Western National Preservation Group. Originally numbered 1226, she was the last new Bristol VR bought by Western National in 1981 LFJ 873W | Bristol VR | Fleet No. 38873 (ex 1226)) back on the road but it has become apparent that a complete new exhaust system is required. Our Devon based 'friends' are still working on sister VR 1141(AFJ 706T) refurbishing her paintwork for a return to the road this year. Read more