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CBPS news update for May 2012

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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. We have received some feedback which has mostly been favourable but a couple of issues raised will be looked at for next year.

Since the Running Day, we have been involved with Trevithick Day at Camborne where Bristol VRBristol VR Bristol's rear-engined bus chassis, designed as competitor to Leyland Atlantean and Daimler Fleetline. 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) and our 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) were active. At the Roselyn Running Day at Par, 1003 again put in an appearance and then she was required again on the 9th May for GWR Celebrations at Helston and The Lizard where commemorative plaques were unveiled at the two locations. Along with Colin's Bristol H and Mark's Routemaster, she helped to transport the invited guests on the very special day. This month has also seen work resume on 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 (see recent blog entry) to get her back on the road again. I can now take this opportunity to say that 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 have now taken over ownership of the former Western National 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) and we hope to be moving her to Cornwall as soon as possible.

Thank you to all of you who have agreed to support us and become 'friends' this year and to those out there who are thinking about it, just join us now or send us a donation! The next 'friends' Newsletter should be with you before the end of the month and will include your 2012 membership card.