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CBPS news update for January 2014

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Welcome to all out there with interests in 'bus & coach preservation' from 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. Well, January has almost gone already and I am only just getting around to this update!

I can say that the vehicle situation is pretty well as was with little or no work being carried out due to the continuous wet weather we seem to be experiencing and the rather heavy work load the majority of us are involved with at this time of the year. There are additional vehicles with strong Cornish links that we (CBPS) are interested in however, we have had to put these on hold. Read more

CBPS news update for December 2013

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Just a brief update for December from 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. Not much can be achieved when it seems to be raining all the time. I drove the 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) back to store today and she was going well. The 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) also moved today and we are hoping an air leak is nothing to serious. Everything else is stored for winter. Read more

CBPS news update for November 2013

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I don't like these dark winter months much very much but on the bright side, after the 21 December 2013, the evenings start drawing out! Also on the bright side, we have gone for Sunday 20 April 2014 for our next '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. This date does happen to be Easter Sunday next year but we have kept to our normal third Sunday of the month and there by avoiding a clash with other similar events which are moving about a bit next year. So, Penzance will be busy for our event and I strongly recommend the early booking of accommodation for those requiring it. Read more

CBPS news update for October 2013

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Well the winter evenings are closing in and the weather isn't getting any better. However, it did just about hold off for the Kingsbridge running day which was 'the best yet'. We had our Dart and VarioMercedes-Benz Vario (model designation W670) is a heavy van manufactured by Mercedes-Benz there as well as 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) which I was able to drive to Bigbury, Slapton Village and RAF Hope. If you didn't go then you missed a good day. We've left 1003 in Devon where we hope to have her brown and cream paintwork smartened up. Today I took our Vario 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) for her MOTMinistry of Transport test and I am pleased to say that she passed. Read more

CBPS news update for September 2013

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The re-conditioned water pump for 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) arrived so Lee and I set to work fitting it. Things were going quite well until the 'monsoon' arrived! Both of us underneath the bus on our backs, it soon became apparent that we were getting a tad wet and 'drowning' was a possibility! The expression ' a wet a-- and no fish' came to mind! With the pump on, it was down to me and Mel (on a much dryer day) to get underneath, attach the oil pipe and fit new jubilee clips to the hoses. Time was against us so filling with water and starting up will be the next test. So. Read more

CBPS news update for August 2013

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Well August month is going fast but we have been quite busy. After taking Bristol VRT 1147Bristol VR AFJ 749T 1147/38749(AFJ 749TBristol VR AFJ 749T 1147) and Dennis Dart 401Badgers and Flags Pointer Dart L401 VCV | Dennis Pointer Dart | Fleet No. 401 | CBPG (L401VCVBadgers and Flags Pointer Dart L401 VCV | Dennis Pointer Dart | Fleet No. 401 | CBPG) to St Buryan Rally, we then concentrated on getting vehicles sorted for the Park & Ride at the Steam Rally at Stithians. Our plans to re-paint and remove the roof on 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) did not work out so she appeared at Stithians along with our Dart, 1147 and 34754Former Western National 'Bristol' Leyland Olympian, A754 VAF in Barbie 2 livery and displaying fleet number 34754; This represents a very important 'save' for the CBPG as is last vehicle from initial batch of 8 first introduced in Plymouth in November 1983 to come out of service in Cornwall A754 VAF | Leyland Olympian | Fleet No. 34754 (ex 1807/1754) | CBPG(A754 VAFFormer Western National 'Bristol' Leyland Olympian, A754 VAF in Barbie 2 livery and displaying fleet number 34754; This represents a very important 'save' for the CBPG as is last vehicle from initial batch of 8 first introduced in Plymouth in November 1983 to come out of service in Cornwall A754 VAF | Leyland Olympian | Fleet No. 34754 (ex 1807/1754) | CBPG) which worked on Saturday. Read more

CBPS news update for July 2013

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Just a brief update on things happening with 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. As mentioned last month, our Bristol VRBristol VR Bristol's rear-engined bus chassis, designed as competitor to Leyland Atlantean and Daimler Fleetline. 1141(AFJ 706T) which has been repainted in green, was moved to Cornwall for MOTMinistry of Transport test preparation. The vehicle has been stored for several years and therefore there is quite a lot of work to be done. This means that it may be a while yet before she is ready to 'hit the road'. Better news on her sister, Bristol VR 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) which, thanks to the hard work of several 'friends', has now got an MOT for 12 months. Read more

CBPS news update for June 2013

Well I'm late again with the news update for June so please accept my apologies but time is just shooting by! On the road at the moment are: LeylandLeyland Bus was a British bus manufacturer. It emerged from the Rover Group (formerly British Leyland) as a management buyout of the bus business. It was subsequently acquired by Volvo Buses in 1988 and the name finally disappeared in 1993 OlympianLeyland Olympian was a 2-axle and 3-axle double-decker bus chassis manufactured by British Leyland/Leyland Bus in the United Kingdom from 1980 to 1993. It was the last Leyland bus model in production 34754Former Western National 'Bristol' Leyland Olympian, A754 VAF in Barbie 2 livery and displaying fleet number 34754; This represents a very important 'save' for the CBPG as is last vehicle from initial batch of 8 first introduced in Plymouth in November 1983 to come out of service in Cornwall A754 VAF | Leyland Olympian | Fleet No. 34754 (ex 1807/1754) | CBPG(A754 VAFFormer Western National 'Bristol' Leyland Olympian, A754 VAF in Barbie 2 livery and displaying fleet number 34754; This represents a very important 'save' for the CBPG as is last vehicle from initial batch of 8 first introduced in Plymouth in November 1983 to come out of service in Cornwall A754 VAF | Leyland Olympian | Fleet No. 34754 (ex 1807/1754) | CBPG), Bristol VRT 1147Bristol VR AFJ 749T 1147/38749(AFJ 749TBristol VR AFJ 749T 1147) and 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). Our Bristol VRT 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) is being prepared for MOTMinistry of Transport test and will be on the road in August for some important events. Our 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) has 'suspension issues' which have to be addressed in the near future so is 'off the road' at the moment. Read more

CBPS news update for May 2013

Just a little late, but welcome to the May news update. Thank you to all the operators, helpers and the general public for making our 2013 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 such a success again. Our event seems to be well established in the preservation world now with visitor numbers and passengers on the increase. In these pinching economic times and with diesel fuel still being expensive, it was pleasing to have with us so many visiting vehicles offering to carry the enthusiasts on our special day. Read more

CBPS news update for April 2013

Hello and welcome to the latest update from 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. Well the lighter evenings are here, it's warmed up a bit which is good news 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 21 April 2013. I would be distorting the truth if I said 'everything is sorted - bring it on'. These hard economic times have taken their toll both with us and our visiting 'friends'. However, this does not mean we have a problem because we still have an excellent day planned with the vehicles able to make the trip south west in the company of some of our own. Read more

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