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  1. Yep, and how are Northern Rail going to get away with operating the bags of 80's shit called Splinters ? . Oh sorry, trains don't count do they...
  2. Just shown Mrs BMH this and she went Ohhhhhh, thank fuck we haven't got the space, one that leaks oil on the drive is enough !
  3. The more I sit in the sun and drink San Miguel, the more things I want to buy... https://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201712021761462 Battered and a bit rusty, three hundred of the Bank of Scotland's drinking vouchers.
  4. https://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201712122004842 WBoD ? 250 quid
  5. https://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201707127313873 Tested to June 2018, 295 of her majesty's finest
  6. https://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201710280728716 This has been winking at me for weeks, fortunately it's in Londinium and Mrs BMH already thinks 7 vehicles (not counting motorbikes) is too many...
  7. I thought the Tata Nano was the first car to get a zero. Or as it's a wheelbarrow with a roof doesn't it count?
  8. Must be early 60's as the fountain is there.
  9. This was taken in 1986, I used the GLS Hunter for parts for my Holbay engined Rapier. When some twat who didn't bother to de-ice his window ran into it whilst it was parked outside my house (this is outside my parents place) and totalled it, it was time to say goodbye to the Hunter. The Lada to the right was it's replacement. The Hunter was in their place for about a year afterwards as I went their for bits for the Lada.
  10. First question you'd always ask when taking over a coach on National Express was "what's it go like?". You always hoped the reply was "Smith's MPH" (which on the old coaches was was what it said between 80 and 0 on the Speedo...)
  11. I have to say I agree with FPB7 and his comments above. When I first got into bus preservation in the early 70's the basic 'want' of a preservationist was to purchase the oldest vehicle they could find from their favourite fleet. By this era most operators were getting rid of outdated front engined, rear entrance vehicles and replacing them with one man operated buses. These were the obvious choices for people who had grown up with rear entrance buses. The first generation rear engined deckers were generally despised by even people like me and were not at the time they were getting withdrawn thought of as being worthy of saving. How times change. As the 70's rolled on, more people became interested and London was the last stronghold of these types of vehicles. When the RT's went at the end of the decade it just left the Routemaster for people to long for. By then all the early 60's stuff had been scrapped. When I purchased my first Reliance, it was the oldest one I could find, but single deck wise things are different as underfloor engined vehicles were the norm in the late 50's. As for London, the world revolves around it doesn't it?. No money to electrify the railway to Leicester and Sheffield but money to build another underground line can easily be found. Same with the Routemaster. When London found out it couldn't overall it's modern DMS class Fleetlines how it wanted to it promptly sold them claiming they were unreliable. Yet their own figures showed they were more reliable than the Routemaster. I remember going on a trip around Chesterfield Transport just after they had bought some. Speaking with their engineers they had bought both runners and scrap ones. Looking at one of the ones they pointed out as being scrap we asked what was wrong with it. Nothing, other than the a half shaft failure was the reply. It was soon in service. It's not changed much either in my opinion. When Ken was mayor he set about buying up all the existing Routemasters and putting them back in service. Then Boris got rid of them and the artic's and had a bespoke Decker designed. Sod all use anywhere but London but I bet almost every one gets preserved in the future. I like Routemasters, don't get me wrong and if I had the money, space and a Mrs that allowed me to have one I would. But I'd want either a proper one like Yoss, with an original engine, not a modern Scania, Iveco or Cummings in there or one of the Sri Lankan ones, where they threw away the greasy bits and stuffed an Indian built engine and manual box in. It would seriously piss off the snobby, up their own arse preservationists that exist in the bus as well as car world, but it would be fun. Rant over.
  12. Allegedly there was a haulage company not that far from me that had an identical fleet of 8 wheel tippers. It's also alleged that the chassis and reg plates were held on with well greased nuts and bolts on all of them. One of the waggons was apparently known as the test waggon...
  13. Let's start with the trip to the Southsea Rally in June 1978. We left Sheffield on the Saturday night and went via London. First stop for a photo was outside the works of the best bus and coach builders there ever was (IMHO). Then we drove down into the middle of the town to take a picture by that big clock. It's am and apologies, I cannot get it to be vertical. Whilst we were blocking off the inside lane we were overtaken by a piece of modern, fuel guzzling shite, which itself was being overtaken by a Reliant Regal, a Rover P6 and an FX4. A stereotypical British bus of the late 50's, early 60's. Driver up front in a separate cab, engine along side him and a rear platform so you can jump on and off at traffic lights. Oh, and a Routemaster and what looks like a Datsun sneaking out of the picture. We arrived at Southsea for the rally. The group of passengers waiting for the open topper look suitably bemused whilst a City of Portsmouth Passenger Transport Department (to give them their correct name) nasty National sneaked into the edge of the picture. We got back in the early hours of Monday morning, ready for work. If anybodies interested I can see what was still running then and post a few. I kept detailed records of all the colour slides I took between the first one in September 1972 (the world was in black and white before then) until I got bored doing that in November 1978. I'd taken just over 4000 by then.
  14. I've been to London a few times since then so a few pictures to get you excited (!!!). For the Queens Jubilee, London painted 25 Routemasters (sorry) in a silver livery. SRM10 (RM1914) being sandwiched between an XJ6, FX4, a Grenada, a Fiat (124 ?) and an Austin 100 round the back of Buck Pal. How many remember London Undergrounds PD3As ? The last day of RTs, April 1979, and RT2240 somewhere near Barking (somebody on here will be able to identify this street). According to me there's 16 cars, a Marina Van, a milk float, a caravan and a speed boat in this picture. And just for Yoss, a year after you went to Glasgow on RML903, she visited the Tinsley Transport Museum in Sheffield. Off to walk the dog and sort out the pictures of 874 on her travels
  15. You may remember my comment earlier in the thread about our Scottish holiday on ex Sheffield 874 in 1978, and photos will follow, but even before the Portsmouth trip a few of us, armed with sleeping bags to sleep on the bus overnight, went down to the smoke on 17/18th September 1973 in a then recently acquired ex Rossie Motors Daimler CVD6 for a transport rally on Clapham Common. Sadly KWT600 is no longer with us. I thought I'd post a few pics of what we found that weekend, hopefully with a bit more than just the bus in the picture. Ignoring the three people and their 1970's dress sense trying to commit suicide, there's a Triumph Herald and a Mk I Zepher ruining my picture of RT1181. RM952 in it's Dinky toys advert livery (before the days of wraps), about to be overtaken by a BeeeMMM. Another RM, 783, and it's Esso Uniflo advert for their 10W/50 motor oil. It's sandwiched between a pair of HB Vivas and is being overtaken by a continental visiting coach. The reg plates appear to be Portuguese, and it looks like a Salvador Caetano body but what chassis I don't know.
  16. One way of sorting out the black oil problem is to fail to put the new oil filter on tightly enough. It takes a hell of a lot of cat litter to soak it up. And if you change the points don't drop the little nut inside the distributor. My mate did that many years ago with an Avenger. He bought a new nut, fitted it then started it. Sheared the drive, I had to remove the sump and sort the mess for him. Enjoy driving her, the Roadster is wrapped up for the winter now.
  17. One of our drivers forgot to press the ferry lift button on one of these at Dover. Ripped the sump off, oil everywhere followed by a big bang. Management weren't too happy with the bill.
  18. I was asked to take a Volvo down to Scratchwood Services (now London Gateway) early one Sunday morning." Meet the fitters there, they're already set off" they said. Sure enough, our ex Shell Chinese six Scammell wrecker was in the park, and one of our drivers waiting for the Volvo. The plan was to go with the fitter then to Reading and drag one of our Tigers back to Sheffield that had gone bang big style. We rang the depot (no mobile phones in the eighties) and they said that a Neoplan wouldn't start at Battersea coach park, go start that first. "You know where that is "said the fitter. "Why ?" "'cause your driving" was the reply. To cut a long story short about blocking a bridge, various roads and a well known coach station in London off with our attempts to tow start it, all I'll say is the Germans are ingenious. Start a British diesel up and you don't then need batteries, on a Neoplasm, if the batteries are faulty then there's an auto kill system that cuts in. It was a long way back with it on a fixed bar at 40mph.
  19. Have to say I don't. I do remember British Coachways (I've a tie somewhere) who briefly competed with National Express. This was a few operators who joined together, if I remember correctly this included Grey Green, Tratherns, Wallace Arnold amongst others. I also seem to remember that as part of this Wallies Trollies put in an application for a Leeds, Sheffield London express service. It was rejected by the traffic commissioners when they did some simple maths on the timings. The Sheffield London bit worked out to have an average speed of 70 mph, doable in the late 70's in s Reliance, but hardly legally.
  20. I will see what I can find. They'll be slides so need to dig the scanner out as well. That'll be another reason for not sorting out the oil leak on the wife's C3.
  21. Back in July 1978, a group of about 12 of us that were associated with the preservation of ex Sheffield 874, an Alexander bodied Regent V took it for a weeks touring holiday in Scotland, bit Cliff Richard style but without the singing and low bridge!. It was a bit of a bus mans holiday for me as I'd only returned to Sheffield the month before having been working at Rosyth dockyard in Fife the previous 6 months. We'd actually taken her to London (traditional picture on Westminster Bridge, but with a Metro Scania Decker passing her) as well as to Portsmouth the previous month for a long weekend and bus rally. Built to cope with Sheffield's notorious hills, she had (and still has) a top speed of 37MPH. That extra 5MPH of RML903 would have taken just a little bit of the boredom out of the slow progress we made on both trips.
  22. Purchasing that has brought some memories Trigger. Back in the early 80's, the Scunthorpe Division of the then nationalised British Steel Corporation (BSC aka Billy Smart's Circus), leased a shed load of these, and a few Metrovans, from the local BL dealer, Kennings, all in that shade of blue. I recall the departmental manager asking me to take our current van, an old Vauxhall Viva HA down to the works garage and collect our new van. It was, bigger, more comfy but not as much fun going sideways around the gravel roads in the quarry as the Viva, but was otherwise OK. Being a small department ours was reasonably well looked after, we'd actually wash it regularly, preferably with the garages' high pressure cleaner. This not only got most of the shite off under the wheel arches but also removed all the BSC badges as well. This made the chip shop run less hazardous! What it didn't do was remove the shite that got behind the rear bumper which eventually rotted and fell off. It wasn't that far into the lease that the bean counters started having squeaky bums. There were more and more bills coming in from Kennings for work required outside the warrenty and T&C of the contract. On one occassion I was driving the van when the drivers door window fell out of it's runner whilst trying to open it. Arriving at Kennings I was greeted with a "what have you done to this one?" followed with a "at least this doesn't need the inside steam cleaning before the fitters will touch it". They were returned as soon as the contract ended, how many found new homes I don't know, but a fair few 3 year old ones received a one way ticket to the moon, not necessarily because they were shite, more due to the couldn't care a fuck attitude of some of our employees. Look forward to seeing it in all it's glory, but without BSC's copulating caterpillars logo.
  23. Noticed water coming back up the drain in the drive just as we were leaving for few days away. Thought, bollocks, blocked sewer, sort it when I get back. Got back, lifted manhole... Two hours of proding, jet washing, swearing and I was as happy as a pig in shite. Except the shite was gone.
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