T&I News 18...

T&I News 18…

There is, it has been pointed out, a danger of this blog becoming the Beamish Bus Blog – somewhat inevitable, perhaps, given the only transport operation that we have underway at present is that of running a limited bus service! However, in the interests of keeping readers interested in what we are doing, I include some images (with notes in the captions below each photograph) showing some of the activity this week. Bear in mind that there are just two of us in from the transport team, plus the bus crew needed to operate the WAV plus one of the Daimlers each day.

Noting the WAV has been seeing limited use on quieter weekdays, the Cub tipper has bene brought in for some work, to then enable it to be driven by the bus drivers as practice ahead of the arrival of Crosville 716 later thus year. The Tipper, it may be remembered, originally worked for Blackburn Corporation, but carries the livery of its sponsor (and local haulage operator) E & N Ritchie.
One of the items requiring attention is the exhaust tailpipe (it doesn’t have one!) so Russell is scouring the museum for suitable materials to make one from. It will also receive an inspection and have the tailboard refitted.
I know the Crewe Tractor features a lot on the blog, but that is largely because I get so much use out of it! I tend to keep it looking ‘used’ and therefore a little dirty, but the other day treated the paintwork to a clean and then polish (with oil), leaving the wheels and footboards to display their road-dirt finish to best effect. It is still the plan to one day build the railway chassis for this, to enable occasional conversion to railway guise – such plans are inevitably on the back burner now, but a full set of drawings is available for the project (and anyone wishing to sponsor this work would be welcomed with open arms!).
Darlington 4 has been out regularly, now that more of the drivers have been signed off to drive it. It adds some variety to the bus scene here as well as a different sound (being fitted with a crash-gearbox as a contrast to Rotherham 220’s pre-selector box). It is also nice to have a local operator represented. Here ares some photos of 4 in the sunshine ahead its day at work around the museum.
I mentioned Crosville 716 earlier. Work continues on the bus, with the signwriting largely complete and one panel (above) fully varnished to show the beautiful Crosville LMS livery.
Legal lettering is being applied and the bus will be varnished in the next ten days, along with the wiring being completed. It will then be a fairly quick process to refit all of the components that have been made but not yet fitted, and commission the bus – six years from its rescue from a Cheshire field!
The rear crest (split across the back doors) has been adapted from the original Crosville ‘knot’, replacing the words Crosville Motor Services with Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle and the familiar symbol used for accessible adaptations. We may expand this labeling/branding to other areas of our accessible vehicle operations.