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  1. cms206

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    Also, are you ever really a bus driver with kids if you don't force them to pretend they're driving for photos?
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    Not been around much again, so another Beulas-heavy photodump from my travels over the last few weeks. Over six months with the MAN on daily duties now, absolutely one of the finest coaches I've had the pleasure of. Blackpool tomorrow for the second time this week...
  3. I'm coming in a banana powered 22ft coachbuilt Transit with a burst manifold gasket so I'm up for a race if you are
  4. Chinese food was consumed and heartily approved by all the present SVM board members. Eurovision was a fix, Sam Ryder deserved to take a win for the UK. XC90 is absolutely not the worst Volvo I have owned. Home.
  5. A small boy also had a shot.
  6. No idea. We left quickly and no-one died...
  7. It flooded the forecourt at the Shell... 😳
  8. We have arrived in The North. Dinner.
  9. Train three achieved and our collective first visits to Wigan.
  10. Carlisle has been achieved. The authorities are so far unaware.
  11. Also as it is official SVM business...
  12. Train one. Then there was a Greggs. It didn't last. Train two's one of these new fangled BLT trains. Poo count so far: nil.
  13. A train has occurred.
  14. With Covid having massively disrupted the repatriation efforts, today officially marks the resumption of The SVM's mission - to move all of the Volvos north of the border. We start the day on foot.
  15. I always swore I'd never sell my blue Cavalier SRi I had when I was 21 but life got in the way and a sudden storage loss meant it left in 2017. That stung a bit. On the other side of the permanence coin, after my first Volvo (a grey 740GLE saloon) was an absolute disaster and completely unreliable, I swore I'd never have another Volvo ever. In June 2012 the Council Estate arrived with the intention to run it only the six weeks til it's MOT expired. Almost a decade later it's still here, pre-dating my marriage and both my kids. Unless there is a really huge change in circumstances it'll never leave.
  16. cms206

    Bus Shite

    Being punted about more than normal this past fortnight; today's chariot was former Lothian 626, a Dennis Trident still carrying East Coast Buses livery.
  17. cms206

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    Gibson Direct, Renfrew; doors closed April 4th, following Henry Crawford on April 1st. Crawford was a retiral, Gibson collapsed.
  18. cms206

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    Morning all. I've been getting about the last few weeks... also some new* kit joined the fleet, four Plaxton Leopard bodied Volvo B8Rs from the recently collapsed Gibson Direct fleet.
  19. I can't lie, even I've upgraded this year's accomodation from a Volvo estate...
  20. cms206

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    Second in four days; Henry Crawford Coaches at Shillford ceased on April 1st though Jim Crawford had been winding things down for a while; his last school contract ceased on that day. Gibson collapsed suddenly on the 4th; I used to keep a couple of my preserved buses there when I was freelancing and eventually I did a year there in 2013/14. Most of the drivers have been found work thankfully.
  21. I'm in depending on leave, quicker we get a date the quicker I can sort it. Any date suits.
  22. cms206

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    These F-FDV Mercs were a staple of my early spotting years; together with the similar F-KOD and F-EJO batches these little dual purpose 25 seaters cemented my continuing love of the Mercedes T2 range. Second one in here is F740 FDV which I knew well, at least as a regular passenger; Gibson Direct operated several of this batch, with 718, 729, 740, 745, 763 and 764, along with F412 KOD, being long standing fleetmembers. On a sideways note, Gibson Direct ceased trading last Monday after 26 years with the loss of around forty jobs. F740 FDV pictured here at Govan bus station in happier times.
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    I never normally sleep that well in B&Bs but the bed was outstanding, blackout blinds and nice and cool... think I went up about 10am and woke up about 3.30. Teachers said it was snowing through the day. Oh dear, how sad.
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