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CBPS news update for April 2015

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I can report that 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 19 April was great success. The vehicle entry went up to about 26 in the end with last minute changes being made on the day.

We managed to get MOTMinistry of Transport test's on our Dart L401 VCVBadgers and Flags Pointer Dart L401 VCV | Dennis Pointer Dart | Fleet No. 401 | CBPG, Bristol VRT AFJ 749TBristol VR AFJ 749T 1147 and our Mercedes VarioMercedes-Benz Vario (model designation W670) is a heavy van manufactured by Mercedes-Benz S 529 RWP all in the preceeding week. We also managed an MOT for Lee Shephards 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 BDV 318LRoyal Blue; BDV 318L | Bristol LH | Fleet No. 1318 | CBPG which with the 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 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 gave us a good 'home' entry.

An update on our Bristol LH 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 is that she is stripped down, windows and window rubbers removed and undercoat has been applied. A gloss finish of paint on the roof has commenced.

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 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 has most of its lower panels and curved roof panels removed awaiting replacement. Unfortunately, Roger who has undertaken the work has been unwell so this job will take longer to finish.

I will update you with any more news in May's posting.

We still need covered storage and we would like more of you out there to become a 'friend' 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 for £25 a year or indeed to just donate via Pay Pal to help 'keep the wheels turning' on our fleet. Thank you.