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CBPS news update for March 2013

Welcome to 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 March update. We are getting ever closer to Sunday 21 April 2013 when we are holding 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. Read more

CBPS news update for February 2013

Well the first month of 2013 has gone already and it is a bit drier but still cold. After our 'working' Saturday in January, we fired up Bristol VRBristol VR Bristol's rear-engined bus chassis, designed as competitor to Leyland Atlantean and Daimler Fleetline. 1147Bristol VR AFJ 749T 1147/38749(AFJ 749TBristol VR AFJ 749T 1147) and moved her out of the barn to have a clean up. She is sounding good so we would like to have her out and in use 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 in April if we can finish off the Autumn Gold seats and sort out a problem with the door mechanism. Talking of which, Lee and Derek have managed to sort the doors on sister vehicle 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) so we can push on now for an MOTMinistry of Transport test on her now. Read more

CBPS news update for January 2013

Yes we are back and may I wish all bus and coach preservationists and enthusiasts a Happy New Year. Lets hope it proves to be a good one for all. As you know, August 2012 was the last entry and it was during September and early October, that I experienced problems with the site, namely that I could not get in to it. Eventually this was sorted and then I was a tad busy but realised that I had nothing new to report as the rain, rain and more rain had put a complete damper on our activities. The vehicle situation now is that our Dart, VarioMercedes-Benz Vario (model designation W670) is a heavy van manufactured by Mercedes-Benz and 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 are 'on the road'. Read more

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

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