With all of the events of the last month, the regular news on the blog has been somewhat interrupted. Here are some snippets of news and activities, with the promise of much more news to come next weekend with a few projects that will be made public for the first time on here.
Below: We start with a number of views showing ‘Rambler’ and Neil Thompson’s Marshall ‘Lizzie’ pottering around the Museum over the Bank Holiday and this afternoon.
Below: A job underway, with the ‘leaning on a shovel’ requirement very much evident!
Below: Tony and Matt B have a number of till shrouds to modify – these being originals long since gutted, then adapted to conceal modern till units. New tills are being introduces and these require further modification of the shrouds. Here is one unit during modifications, seen from the non-visitor side.
Below: A pair of signs under construction – to read ‘Road Works, Ahead’ over two panels. These will be placed around the works that Rambler is undertaking on site.
Accessible Bus – Leyland Cub ‘Crosville 716’
Below: The previous report made reference to 716’s trip to Brooklands, an here is a photograph of it in front of the hanger there to prove it!
Below: A number of tip-up seats of modern specification are being fitted – albeit heavily disguised under new upholstery as seen here. Such units will be familiar from modern buses – the base folding upwards and as close to flush with the back panel as possible.
Below: The front axle assembly is seen in readiness for wheeling.
Below: Re-ground king pins with new bushes are seen here.
Below: New brake adjuster pins ready for fitting.
The news on 716 also comes with hints of notable visual progress for next month’s report… The aspiration to have the bus in service before too long remains, and I have a timescale in mind, similarly for some of our other projects, but shan’t commit myself to this in writing lest we don’t quite manage it!