Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Routemaster RM1152 for EuroBus Expo

RM1152 is now in the workshops and has already been stripped out internally. Externally, the bus will be completely repanelled. The restoration has been commissioned jointly by its owner John Pryer and Omnibus Systems, the bus industry's leading passenger transport software supplier. Upon completion, the bus is scheduled to appear in the EuroBus Expo event at the NEC in Birmingham (2-4 Nov).

RM1152 was new to London Transport in May 1962 and survived in service in the capital until September 1986, passing to Clydeside Scottish the following year. It was sold to PVS in Barnsley upon final withdrawal in 1990 but was purchased for preservation in July 1991. Returned to LT livery, it passed to John Pryor in 1996. Mechanical problems have resulted in RM1152 being laid up since 2008 and the BusWorks has fitted a replacement B-frame, new exhaust and steering units and overhauled brakes.

Southend 232 Progress Report

Southend Fleetline 232 has been stripped right down to its basic frame for its thorough restoration to original condition. The lower deck saloon floor has been stripped out, revealing extensive corrosion around the wheelarches and platforms, which will be replaced. The 'dismantling' phase is now complete and work on the re-assembly is now able to start.

Repanelling of National 1000 starts

Following framework attention and the fitting of a new saloon floor, repanelling of Merseyside Leyland National 1000 has started. Some of the original panelling is suitable for refitting, but other panels are being sourced to replace corroded panels.