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#1831 OFFLINE   clayts450

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Posted 03 June 2018 - 06:50 PM

Wollaton Park Autokarna today

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Posted 03 June 2018 - 07:04 PM

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#1833 OFFLINE   Scotty2

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Posted 04 June 2018 - 11:41 AM

Just tried to get a quote for my coach. Expecting around £150 as last policy. Quotes was £500 ish!!  FJ used to very competitive.

 

Hagerty wont insure it due to 53 seats.

 

Any tips for 1972 Bedford VAL insurance?



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Posted 05 June 2018 - 05:16 PM

FJ quoted me £155 on the Tiger, £500 seems steep! You could try Rigtons but fingers crossed you never have to claim - from what I’ve read they’re a nightmare to claim with.
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Posted 12 June 2018 - 03:12 PM

Looking at getting the Old Gal back on the road. Found this pic with original livery. Tempted to go back to this. Does anyone have contacts or photos to help me get the colours right? Golden Key Coaches Bognor Regis were first owners then Kim Sandown. Anyone got photos of the other side and close up of trim?

 

 

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Posted 12 June 2018 - 06:08 PM

The cream looks very close to 'Wigan Airways' base livery, with ivory for the windscreen & roof, lower side looks like gloss black


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Posted 12 June 2018 - 08:31 PM

The cream looks very close to 'Wigan Airways' base livery, with ivory for the windscreen & roof, lower side looks like gloss black

i;d suggest he  dark colour may be a  dark navy / midnight blue rather than black, a  bit like  some dinner Jackets  and/or  old  school Plod uniform 



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Posted 12 June 2018 - 10:31 PM

This was a new one on me.

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Posted 13 June 2018 - 08:55 AM

A friend of mine nearly bought one of those once. That version is actually an improvement on the original, which retained the original Mercedes truck cowl and cab doors!


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Posted 13 June 2018 - 10:33 AM

Did those 814/817Ls not eventually end up as the Buscraft Buffalo after NWCS went under?

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Posted 13 June 2018 - 11:09 AM

The cream looks very close to 'Wigan Airways' base livery, with ivory for the windscreen & roof, lower side looks like gloss black


TBH looks like primrose with a deep Maroon skirt to me.

External trim looks standard Plaxtons from that era, internal will be standard with the operators choice of colour for the seats.

Have you tried the Southdown Enthusiasts Club. I know it wasn't one of theirs but Bognor was their territory so an older member may remember it or have pictures. Surprising what can turn up, doubt I'll have a pic of it, I can ask around if you want.

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Posted 13 June 2018 - 11:13 AM

The trim inside is original. Sort of Rupert Bear tartan! Yes please ask around as I'd like to bring her back to Bognor Regis sometime. 



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Posted 13 June 2018 - 04:39 PM

I've already had a reply from a friend and as there's some useful bits in it I'll post his full reply rather just pm you as it may be useful to others.


Good to know that this still survives. I looked it on Bus Lists of the Web to see who it was new to as I did not recognise it at all, the reason being the top sliders in the side windows – which was extremely rare to say the least on Panorama Elites. The only others I can recall with this feature were Southdown’s touring coaches.



So, it was new Morgan, Bognor Regis being PSV licenced 1/72 on chassis 2T471136 with body number 728379. At the back of my mind I seem to recall Morgan used the fleet name Golden Key, so I have looked it up in The Little Red Book I have for 1979/80, and found:



GOLDEN KEY of BOGNOR, Hillsboro Garage, 33 Chichester Road, Bognor Regis. Proprietor W. H. Morgan so there you have it! Fleet of 5 Plaxton coaches plus 1 minibus, and a livery of gold/black/white. So that is the original livery in your photo.



Another non-standard feature is the herzim moulding at the bottom of the black paintwork, with the black plastic insert to the moulding.



Now all the Plaxton records of that era are held at the Kithead Trust and if someone contacts them they should be able to find the build records and specification for this coach. They will need the body number, the name Morgan t/a Golden Key and the reg no. The supplying dealer was Arlington Motor Co Ltd.



West Sussex was never an area I covered in my Plaxton days, I was with them when this was new, otherwise I might have remembered more about the coach and its’ specification. Incidentally the records at Kithead will include the paint colour codes and the lettering details plus what was on the destination blind. If the paint code is HMG that means the supplier was H Marcel Guest in the Manchester area, and I understand that they are still in business today and have the records to be able to supply the actual colours used.



All the above is conditional on the coach being built new for Golden Key and not somebody else who did not take delivery of it, when someone other than Plaxtons could have applied Golden Key’s livery.



The Kithead Trust is at Droitwich see http://kitheadtrust.org.uk/ although I see that it has become the Bus Archive now http://www.busarchive.org.uk/



Hope this helps, perhaps you would be kind enough to keep me informed as to how this all progresses in the coming months
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Posted 13 June 2018 - 05:46 PM

This was a new one on me.

 

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Posted 13 June 2018 - 10:00 PM

That beige looks pretty close to "Grampian Beige" as was the base colour used by Grampian Regional Transport before they became First...

Though looking at a couple of my photos, that looks like it's a little more yellow.

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Still surprised me when I actually found that colour in a car parts store!


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Posted 13 June 2018 - 10:04 PM

It’s the eastern bus handbook, but I haven’t got it in me and can’t remember the year. I’ll check.
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Posted 14 June 2018 - 08:55 AM

Thanks Busmansholiday, that is a help and yes I'll keep you updated. might even start a thread when I get going.The Telford Bus Group have a lot of VAL contacts. Must rejoin.  I'll continue digging...The history I have is:

 

New to “Morgan” Bognor Regis in 1972.  Part of “Golden Key” coaches and christened:
 
“The Golden Hind”
 
Sold to “Kim” Sandown, then “Kingfisher Tours” Royton, then “Abbeyways” Halifax.
 
Bought  through “VALs Classic Coaches” to be preserved by 
S Maxwell Brandesburton.
 
I have now decided that she needs to be painted back in original colours, so I will be looking for info on the font for the "Golden Key" and the paint codes. 


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Posted 14 June 2018 - 09:43 AM

"Abbeyways" of Hafilax eh, not that far from me. When was that as I'll put feelers out for any pics of it then.

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Posted 14 June 2018 - 11:00 AM

I bought it in 2002 and it had been stood for 7 years I believe. Abbeyways called her "The Kirkstall Princess"

I am lucky to have undercover storage now so can look at painting.



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Posted 15 June 2018 - 11:15 AM

GOOD NEWS EVERYONE!!! The tram & trolleybus museum at Carlton Colville near that there Lowstuff in East Angular is set for major expansion, it's not a bad place to visit, and now it's about to get much betterer LOL, a couple of NIMBY's moaned and objected, but the council gave said belly achers a 2 fingered salute. It's not a bad gaff as it is, and the expansion will mean it is even more worthwhile to visit, I think it is much nicer than 'Scraptoft' at Axholme, shame there is nowhere near to camp en masse for a possible future Shitefest. 

 

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Posted 18 June 2018 - 10:54 PM

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Posted 19 June 2018 - 02:15 PM

 

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Posted 19 June 2018 - 02:18 PM

 

What did you go n do that for?


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Posted 19 June 2018 - 02:21 PM

GOOD NEWS EVERYONE!!! The tram & trolleybus museum at Carlton Colville near that there Lowstuff in East Angular is set for major expansion, it's not a bad place to visit, and now it's about to get much betterer LOL, a couple of NIMBY's moaned and objected, but the council gave said belly achers a 2 fingered salute. It's not a bad gaff as it is, and the expansion will mean it is even more worthwhile to visit, I think it is much nicer than 'Scraptoft' at Axholme, shame there is nowhere near to camp en masse for a possible future Shitefest. 

 

http://www.lowestoft...roval-1-5558979

 

 

i must agree that this is a fine place to visit and i may* have been more than once


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Posted 19 June 2018 - 05:10 PM

Just passed my PCV test in this;

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Posted 19 June 2018 - 05:24 PM

Well done! Give it two weeks and you’ll be as bitter and twisted as the drivers who’ve been there decades.
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Posted 19 June 2018 - 08:27 PM

Saw one of these goppers (a Van Hool Exqui.city 18m single bendy Trambus) this morning just outside Larne.

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Posted 19 June 2018 - 08:50 PM

Holy hell that's ugly...
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Posted 19 June 2018 - 08:53 PM

Those wheel covers have a service life shorter then a bottle of whiskey in an AA meeting. 


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Posted 19 June 2018 - 09:33 PM

Well done! Give it two weeks and you’ll be as bitter and twisted as the drivers who’ve been there decades.

 

Are you saying he's a slow learner?

 

I was considering deliberately failing my PSV test years ago, just to stay on the training bus & avoid the public.


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