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Clone of WNPG/CBPS news update for November/December 2016

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Welcome to the last news update for 2016. We have three vehicles being prepared for MOTMinistry of Transport test's probably in January 2017. They are Bristol LHSBristol LH chassis range introduced in spring 1968, 3 variants: LHS at 26' (7.9m); 12551255 was last operational vehicle of this type with Western National and ended her service where began at Penzance depot. One of 6 vehicles bodied by Marshall (1250 - 1255 VOD 120K - VOD 125K) delivered February 1972 to operate between Penzance and Mousehole replacing the Bristol SUS's VOD 125K | Bristol LHS Marshall B33F | Fleet No. 1255 | CBPG (VOD 125KDelivered February 1972 to operate between Penzance and Mousehole replacing Bristol SUS's. 1255 was last operational vehicle of type with Western National and ended her service where began at Penzance depot VOD 125K | Bristol LHS Marshall B33F | Fleet No. 1255 | CBPG), Bristol RELHRear-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; available in low (for bus) or high (for coach) versions; eventually totalled five variants: RELL and RELH (long), RESL and RESH (short), and REMH (maximum length) coach 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 (OTA 532G) and Bristol LH coach 1318Royal Blue; BDV 318L | Bristol LH | Fleet No. 1318 | CBPG (BDV 318LRoyal Blue; BDV 318L | Bristol LH | Fleet No. 1318 | CBPG). The intention is that all three will be available 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 at Penzance on Easter Sunday next year.

I am very pleased to announce that 34003 (K803 ORL) Volvo Olympian owned by Peter Dalley of Camborne has joined our fleet in company with our 34001In July 1993, First Western National purchased four new Volvo Olympian's with Northern Counties coach seated bodies. Sporting the then new 'badgers & flags' livery with the red bordered destination boxes K801 ORL | Volvo Olympian | Fleet No. 801/34001 | CBPG (K801 ORLIn July 1993, First Western National purchased four new Volvo Olympian's with Northern Counties coach seated bodies. Sporting the then new 'badgers & flags' livery with the red bordered destination boxes K801 ORL | Volvo Olympian | Fleet No. 801/34001 | CBPG).

I will keep you posted of any further developements in the January news update. Read more

WNPG/CBPS news update for October 2016

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There has not been a lot happening at the moment but I managed to get the Royal Blue coach 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 (OTA 632G1969 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) running along with the Mercedes VarioMercedes-Benz Vario (model designation W670) is a heavy van manufactured by Mercedes-Benz 52529529 became 52529 in national numbering system, fitted with 27 seats and soon received her current livery; S529 RWP | Mercedes Vario | Fleet No. 52529 | CBPG (S529 RWP) just to move them whilst Lee got 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 (BDV 318LRoyal Blue; BDV 318L | Bristol LH | Fleet No. 1318 | CBPG) started and in position to be prepared for an MOTMinistry of Transport test soon.

Also, Bristol LHSBristol LH chassis range introduced in spring 1968, 3 variants: LHS at 26' (7.9m); 12551255 was last operational vehicle of this type with Western National and ended her service where began at Penzance depot. One of 6 vehicles bodied by Marshall (1250 - 1255 VOD 120K - VOD 125K) delivered February 1972 to operate between Penzance and Mousehole replacing the Bristol SUS's VOD 125K | Bristol LHS Marshall B33F | Fleet No. 1255 | CBPG (VOD 125KDelivered February 1972 to operate between Penzance and Mousehole replacing Bristol SUS's. 1255 was last operational vehicle of type with Western National and ended her service where began at Penzance depot VOD 125K | Bristol LHS Marshall B33F | Fleet No. 1255 | CBPG) is being moved at Penzance to prepare her for an MOT.

Please, if you know of somewhere in mid to west Cornwall where we could store one or more of our vehicles for a reasonable fee, let us know a.s.a.p. Thank you.

Clone of WNPG/CBPS news update for August/September 2016

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The month of August was a quiet one for the group so there was nothing to report except that the lack of storage for our vehicles is still a major concern.

In early September, our Bristol VRT GWR 1003Bristol VR with fleet number 1003 (VDV 141S) is a 1978 convertible open topper, one of 11 delivered to Western National/Devon General between November 1977 and March 1978 (VDV 141SBristol VR fleet number 1003 (VDV 141S) 1978 convertible open topper, one of 11 delivered to Western National/Devon General between November 1977 and March 1978; was originally numbered 941 and named 'Illustrious' VDV 141S | Bristol VR | Fleet No. 1003 (ex 941 'Illustrious') | CBPG) was moved from Truro to a fellow preservationists premises near Camborne unfortunately on the back of a tow truck. The VR has been stored 'off road' for over two years now as major work is required on the chassis and the upstairs floor. We hope that we will be able to get her back on the road for the Running DayEach year in April CBPG holds an Annual Running Day with free bus trips around West Cornwall - check our Events for more information at Penzance next year. Read more

WNPG/CBPS news update for July 2016

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This month has seen the Mercedes VarioMercedes-Benz Vario (model designation W670) is a heavy van manufactured by Mercedes-Benz 52529529 became 52529 in national numbering system, fitted with 27 seats and soon received her current livery; S529 RWP | Mercedes Vario | Fleet No. 52529 | CBPG (S529 RWP) and the Royal Blue Bristol RELHRear-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; available in low (for bus) or high (for coach) versions; eventually totalled five variants: RELL and RELH (long), RESL and RESH (short), and REMH (maximum length) 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 (OTA 632G1969 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) out on the road providing transport for school outings and wedding functions as did the Bristol FLFFlat floor, Long, Front entrance bus of low floor “Lodekka” type, giving passengers one step entrance and flat floor long before present generation of accessible buses 2019 (824 KDV).

Today Saturday 30/7/2016 we took  5 vehicles to the St Buryan Rally in west Cornwall, an event that we have supported over the years and has turned out to be an excellent event with traction engines, many tractors, cars, lorries, motorbikes, static engines and many stalls. Read more

WNPG/CBPS news update for June 2016

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Not a lot to report for June as everone has been a bit busy. However, I am pleased to say that Bristol LHSBristol LH chassis range introduced in spring 1968, 3 variants: LHS at 26' (7.9m); 12551255 was last operational vehicle of this type with Western National and ended her service where began at Penzance depot. One of 6 vehicles bodied by Marshall (1250 - 1255 VOD 120K - VOD 125K) delivered February 1972 to operate between Penzance and Mousehole replacing the Bristol SUS's VOD 125K | Bristol LHS Marshall B33F | Fleet No. 1255 | CBPG (VOD 125KDelivered February 1972 to operate between Penzance and Mousehole replacing Bristol SUS's. 1255 was last operational vehicle of type with Western National and ended her service where began at Penzance depot VOD 125K | Bristol LHS Marshall B33F | Fleet No. 1255 | CBPG) has now got a working clutch and moved under her own power this week. I think every effort will be made to get this bus really sorted before 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 the Easter weekend 2017. Don't forget to sort your accommodation early as Penzance will be a tad busy! Read more

WNPG/CBPS news update for May 2016

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Sorry that we have had a few problems with the website but we are up and running again now.

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 at Penzance was yet another brilliant day for us with 30 vehicles taking part and the sun shining on us once again to establish this as one of the major events of the year. Read more

PENZANCE RUNNING DAY - 17 April 2016

The Cornwall Bus Preservation SocietyCornwall 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 in association 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 invited you to come to sunny, warm West Cornwall for our event on Sunday 17 April 2016. Bring all the family and friends and spend the weekend in Cornwall. This was the 9th vintage bus running day in Penzance following the original Final VR 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 9 December 2006 – yes it’s more than 9 years since VRs were withdrawn from service!
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WNPG/CBPS news update for April 2016

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Well here we go with the April news update which includes the provisional vehicle entry list 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 at Penzance on Sunday 17 April 2016.

First of all I have to advise you that time and resources have not been on our side for two WNPGWestern National Preservation Group/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 vehicles, 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) and newly acquired Bristol LHSBristol LH chassis range introduced in spring 1968, 3 variants: LHS at 26' (7.9m); 12551255 was last operational vehicle of this type with Western National and ended her service where began at Penzance depot. One of 6 vehicles bodied by Marshall (1250 - 1255 VOD 120K - VOD 125K) delivered February 1972 to operate between Penzance and Mousehole replacing the Bristol SUS's VOD 125K | Bristol LHS Marshall B33F | Fleet No. 1255 | CBPG (VOD 125KDelivered February 1972 to operate between Penzance and Mousehole replacing Bristol SUS's. 1255 was last operational vehicle of type with Western National and ended her service where began at Penzance depot VOD 125K | Bristol LHS Marshall B33F | Fleet No. 1255 | CBPG). Therefore. these two will not be taking part at Penzance but look out for them 'out & about' later in the year. Read more

WNPG/CBPS news update for March 2016

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This March news update is the first since we brought together formally the members/friends of the Western National Preservation GroupWestern National Preservation Group (WNPG), which was based in Plymouth with the Cornwall Bus Preservation SocietyCornwall 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 (CBPS) so a big wecome to you all. Read more

NTT 319M | Bristol LH | Fleet No. 1319

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NTT 319M
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1319
NTT 319M | Bristol LH | Fleet No. 1319

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 Marshall DP39F currently owned by friend Bob Margan. 

Photo copyright Dave Godley

 

The vehicle is currently off the road awaiting preperation and repairs. Further information coming soon......... (Lee)

BDV 318L | Bristol LH | Fleet No. 1318

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BDV 318L
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1318

Last MOTMinistry of Transport test: 13th March 2018 - Class 6.

Next MOT due: 4th April 2019.

Kingsbridge 7' 6" Vintage Bus Running Day

Saturday, 17 September 2016 - 9:30am - 4:00pm

Royal Blue Run ( Friday Victoria Coach Station to Bristol, Saturday Bristol to Bournemouth and Sunday The New Forest Tour ending in Southampton)

Friday, 17 June 2016 (All day) - Sunday, 19 June 2016 (All day)