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CBPS news update for February 2012

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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 CBPSCornwall Bus Preservation Society including Western National Preservation Group - formed by 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 still be in existance when this happens? In case you haven't noticed, situated just to the right of this section is a piece that now promotes that we have a Pay Pal account for the Society. It would be very nice if we had something to go in it. Just so you are all aware of what is involved in keeping our 'heritage fleet' going, new batteries for the VarioMercedes-Benz Vario (model designation W670) is a heavy van manufactured by Mercedes-Benz at the end of 2011 cost £232. The old ones had completely died so we had no choice. Steve is trying to get the 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 ready for an MOTMinistry of Transport test. Water pump u/s, belts worn out, steering problems to name but three things. This is going to be expensive and the MOT itself costs £80-£90. We haven't even started on the 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 yet. No doubt all enthusiasts in Cornwall and those travelling to Penzance on Sunday 15 April 2012 will look forward to seeing these and other vehicles on the road for your enjoyment. Believe you me, I am looking forward to it as well but it is beginning to worry me that there is very little coming in the form of 'donations'. Just the odd £5 a month from tweny or thirty people would make all the difference. Well, I feel better now. I'll give you a proper news uodate in March.