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August 16, 2004. Next weekend we will concentrate on cleaning up the office, installing the necessary electrical fittings and connecting up the water. Once we can make a cup of tea it will be liveable.

August 12, 2004. Our new Office has arrived at Cork depot. This is a major achievement and is the first of our site buildings and was very, very, necessary as we had nowhere to put anything other than in the buses which is not very secure. It is a decent size portacabin with two offices and a kitchenette and washup. It came thanks to Michael Walsh of Alan Loftus haulage who drove it superbly. We nearly had to demolish a tree coming in but we finally made it with half an inch of clearance.


Looks well just inside the gate.

We must now clean it up and fit it out. The light fittings were stolen from the previous occupier so we have to start rewiring it from scratch. Nothing seems safe around Cork anymore!

August 12, 2004. We finally got XIA 857 started. Believe it or not the problem was that some vandals had stolen the release switch for the stop and it was stuck on. Being electric nothing would start her until we found the problem and drove her over. Only for Roy Kearney and John Quirke we would never have managed and thanks to them both for dropping everything and coming to help. I certainly could not have done it.


She motored fine except for a small scare en route when we were suddenly found ourselves driving in a bus sauna. We think a rat gnawed at the heater hose in the saloon and the water burst out. Turning off the water, refilling and away we went. We took the opportunity to transfer her to Cork depot as well.

August 12, 2004. 88 KK 152 transfers from Fota to Cork. Believe it or not but she started and though the outside looks deplorable a cleanup will work wonders. The inside is fine. The engine though is not happy though and will have to be stripped and we just hope when we take the sump off that the inside of it does not fall on the ground in little pieces.


The inside is good.

We have started on dash re-wiring.

August 12, 2004. Ford Transcontinental 806 LIF transfers from Fota to Cork.This unit is a very rare Ford Transcon but the cab is in appalling condition. However it is alleged to run and if we can find a good example it will be valuable spares.


The Main Dash

Dash left hand side

August 12, 2004. Renault Tractor 89 C 16611 transfers from Fota to Cork. This Tractor is missing a gearbox and is defintitely for parts.


Side view of her on the low loader.

August 12, 2004. LZI 506 Bedford TK transfers from Fota to Cork.She started and drove fine. She has a slight clutch problem, a pretty rotten body but other than that is perfect!

August 12, 2004. I am pleased to say now that we have hit 10,000 visits on the website which I think is superb and we are delighted that so many people take the time and trouble to visit us. If you were number 10,0000 please let us know.

August 8, 2004. I just took a weeks holiday. One change I intend making to the site this week is to cut down the size of the front page which has become unwieldy as there is so much news. I will post brief details and then a click will taken a reader to a separate page for that news item. It might make more sense.

August 8, 2004. BG 43 - Ulsterbus 2180 made it to Cork on August 7, 2004. She is pretty good. mechanically we have to look at the starter motor but that seems to be it as the engine is fine and everything else seems to work.

Bodywise she needs a few panels and other than that is nothing a good paint job would not make her look like new, Inside she needs seat cushions but we have plenty of those.She certainly is worth preserving and will be. Photos are elsewhere on the site. 2198 should come down soon but 2192 is next to drive to Cork. We do not know if 2198 will drive but she drove in and most things that drive in drive out again! Photos are farther down this page.

August 2, 2004. Due next is a Lothian Atlantean. This is a closed top vehicle. This means we have Atlanteans from ten different UK municipalities and we now have arguably the finest collection of preserved Atlanteans.

August 2, 2004. Who would like to do a trip from London to Cork on a Routemaster? Give us a shout if you are interested.

June 30, 2004. Greater Manchester Atlantean 4762 has arrived in the yard. She is in superb condition and it is all thanks to Francis Dempsey who obtained her. He really has the knack of getting us some super vehicles and the museum is extremely grateful to him. If the armchair generals now did the same, things would be fine.

June 23, 2004. The Bank of Scotland Chief Executive, Martin Duffy, wrote back telling us in so many words to get lost, that they have no interest in the museum and if the buses are destroyed, tough luck. I suppose if a bank can tell the Oireachtas to get knotted then we are small fry. It says a lot for the attitude of big business whose only ambition seems to be to screw everyone in sight. However, in this case for reasons which will be disclosed later we may well have the last laugh. Nobody forces the museum to move its vehicles at considerable expense and gets away with and Mr. Duffy will regret his attitude yet. Watch this space.

So moved to our temporary depot in Kilkelly en route to Cork have been five Atlanteans, Aberdeen 278, Nottingham 589 and Nottingham 662, Roe Bodied S. Yorks, Warrington 20 and VS 243, BG 36 and dear Dennis.They will all move to Cork as we find time to do so.

June 18, 2004. This week we have descended on Ballinlough depot and started getting the buses there ready for the long trip to Cork - for them that is. The first stage is to move them to a temporary depot in Kilkelly and then they will come to Cork.

The following photographs give an indication of what was being worked on:
General view of the Atlanteans lined up ready to go. Looks impressive. After they being winterised everyone of them except Nottingham 662 started on the button. 662 seems to have a starter problem so we will change that and she will be ready to go.

The other side shows Bristol 2192 and Nottingham 662 with the Dennis.

First out and already moved is VS 243.She Looks well.These are Volvo B57 machines built in New Zealand by New Zealand Motor Bodies and run in Singapore for many years prior to coming to Ireland.

Drivers Cab and Dash. Rather unusual.


The engine sits alongside the driver.
Next out for a run was Bristol RE 2192 (BG 36). She runs well though with a sticky accelerator. We seem to suffer from sticky accelerator problems - i.e. the pedal goes down but does not come back and would welcome comment on our discussion board as to whether this is prevalent or not and where the trouble most likely is. This picture is taken at Ballinlough.

Bringin up the rear is our lovely Dennis tow truck ex fire engine.

June 15, 2004. Leyland Royal Tiger was out for a ten mile run yesterday and she also transferred depots from Fota to Cherry Orchard. Started on the button. Who says we are not busy?


June 15, 2004. We are now in the process of removing the remaining vehicles from Fota to Cherry Orchard and hope to have Fota vacated within the next week or so.

June 14, 2004. Our internal test track is now 2 km long which means we can run the buses without taking them on the public road and if anything goes wrong they can be easily recovered. We plan to expand it to about 5 kilometres which will be of major benefit. For those of you interested we now have twenty acres for the depot having got more land. We discovered that buses take lots of space and to be able to get them in and out needs even more space. A rough guide is 40 buses per acre. When everything gets finished it should be a superb site.

We are now preparing to hardcore a further three acres. We are going to put a bus ramp up in the next few weeks so we can do essential underneath maintenance. We will build it of concrete blocks.

July 4, 2004. The BG we have acquired is BG 43 and is in Ulsterbus colours. We will be collecting her during the week and driving her to Cork.

July 4, 2004. We are all set for Mogeely next Sunday, 1179 is polished and ready to go and the good news is that Brian Ainsworth - one of our best supporters and donors - is coming over for the rally and will probably drive her or Western Welch 1575. We look forward to his visit. If anyone wishing to go lets us know we will arrange transport from Cork to Mogeely for them. It starts at 2 p.m. on Sunday July 11, 2004 with a parade through the town of all vehicles. The vehicles then go on display and the rally finishes at 5. Call Michael at 087-240-555-0 to arrange.

July 4, 2004. Not much news this week as we have been busy on the annual report which at 24 pages took a lot of work. The weather has been bad as well which has not helped. Next noteworthy event is the collection of our BG. After that the removal of the Kilkelly fleet to Cork. That will be a sight on the road from Kilkelly to Cork, four open top Atlanteans in a row.

June 14, 2004. There is going to quite a sight on the Dublin to Cork Road shortly with the following double deckers transferring:
Aberdeen 278
Brighton 12
GM 8762
Nottingham 589-612-616-662.
South Yorks Roe Bodied unknown number.
Warrington 20.
West Midlands 6889 and Fleetline 47.
R 913
D 665
This will be a major event in moving all the fleet to Cork. They will of course all drive and are in first class condition.

June 10, 2004. We lined up our three M's at Cherry Orchard and a picture follows. Left to right MD 42, MG76, and MG56. The three other Cork M's will arrive shortly.

June 8, 2004. M56 was restarted today after some mechanical work and taken for a run. Also the opportunity was taken to transfer her from Fota depot to Cherry Orchard and she ran fine with one small fault! The accelerator would not come back up when depressed which made for some entertainment. However, the inside is badly ashed by Readymix and after our experience with M42 we will not even start on this until we find a way of doing the job properly. If Readymix only knew the damage and heartbreak they have caused. The ash has destroyed the paint and both it and 42 will have to be totally repainted inside and out. Photos of the damage will be posted here tomorrow. We would welcome comments on the website as to how to deal with the problem. Our latest thoughts are trying power washing or even steam cleaning but we are worried by the effect of steam cleaning on the inside. Any ideas?

M56 at Halfway Roundabout in Cork.

June 7, 2004. Had a group of buses out today in that we had LS 91, M42, Southdown 126 and 1179. All motoring fine. We are having terrible trouble with the inside of M42 and have given up for the moment as nothing seems to want to move the cement. We are bringing in a steam washer and that may do the trick.


June 7, 2004. To add to our woes some miserable person entered the depot and stole six mirrors off the buses. I simply cannot fathom why people will do this. As a result we are going to have to tighten security! And now we have three buses suddenly with no mirrors. Between theft and vandalism it seems nothing is safe anymore.

June 6, 2004. The Innishannon Steam Rally Opened today and was very well attended. They had a fabulous collection and on the site are some pictures taken there. Push Special Reports and then Innishannon Steam Rally. To whet your appetite here is one photo. Now look at the rest!

June 5, 2004. Southdown 126 was out for a run today. Started on the button and is fine. She is next for interior cleanup though she is pretty clean as it is. Ross Aitken did a superb job in sourcing this bus. Thanks Ross.
Coming out the lane from the depot.
At the end of the test run at the turning bay.

Inside is pretty good

In the cleaning Bay alongside M42

June 5, 2004. M42 interior is proving a right mess as the cement ash is literally concreted on. It has to be scrubbed by hand, every inch of it. We moved M42 to the light maintenance area and she is now undergoing a complete cleaning, washing and polishing. We went through her thoroughly yesterday now that we have facilities to do so. The inside will come up well and we have started on cleaning that. The outside paint will not come up so she will have to be painted. We had a terrible job getting the gearbox filler cap off as it seems not to have come off for years but we eventually succeeded. Mechanically she has passed for this year and the only outstanding work is a sticky accelerator which we will deal with today. Until she is painted we will polish her and she looks tolerable enough. The other outstanding work is bodywork as when she was returned to Bus Eireann temporarily the rear end was bent in. We welcome ideas as to which livery she should be in. As regard this we have a photo of her in red and orange and she looks very smart.

June 4, 2004 Bendibus 2 is still refusing to budge and we simply cannot get gear. She is running fine. If there is no success this week we will have to get a rigid bar and tow her that way. You have no idea of the amount of work Andy Cooper has put into the two Bendi-buses and I am amazed he has not given up but he will overcome! Anyone got any ideas on the gearbox?

June 23, 2004. The Readymix saga continues unsolved and the court case has been adjourned for a week. Again like the Bank of Scotland they could not care.

June 23, 2004. Spoke to the County Council yesterday, Toddy Cuthberts Department, and they are adamant they want all museum buses scrapped and the receipts for scrapping delivered to them. I told them go to hell. I also have written every county councillor seeking help and want to meet the county manager. I find it hard to believe that they are all of the same ilk. Has this country gone totally mad?

I can tell everyone one thing. Toddy Cuthbert and his mad mob can go jump in the lake and if it came to it I would rather see the entire collection go to the U.K. rather than be destroyed by this mad group of Philistines posing as protectors of the environment. I would not dream of calling them ignorant uneducated pigs for fear of being unfair to our four legged friends and courtesy is the only thing which refrains me from telling them where really to go.

Sorry about that, but, you know, running a museum is hard enough at the best of times but when you are fighting people who even attack your websites, vandalise your buses and try and cause the maximum mayhem to drive you out of business, one wonders whether it is worth it and if anybody cares about preserving our transport heritage. We have never asked for one penny in government money. All we want is to be left alone.

June 30, 2004. We have acquired another BG probably the last available model. We plan to collect her next week. We do not know her identity but will later today. We believe she is one of the ex Ulsterbus batch and bought by bus Eireann. This will mean that we will have 2187 ex Ulsterbus in Ulsterbus livery, the new one and BG 36 in Bus Eireann livery and 2531 in Citybus livery. Kind of nice!

June 18, 2004. This week we have descended on Ballinlough depot and started getting the buses there ready for the long trip to Cork - for them that is. The first stage is to move them to a temporary depot in Kilkelly and then they will come to Cork.

The following photographs give an indication of what was being worked on:
General view of the Atlanteans lined up ready to go. Looks impressive. After they being winterised everyone of them except Nottingham 662 started on the button. 662 seems to have a starter problem so we will change that and she will be ready to go.

The other side shows Bristol 2192 and Nottingham 662 with the Dennis.

First out and already moved is VS 243.She Looks well.These are Volvo B57 machines built in New Zealand by New Zealand Motor Bodies and run in Singapore for many years prior to coming to Ireland.

Drivers Cab and Dash. Rather unusual.


The engine sits alongside the driver.
Next out for a run was Bristol RE 2192 (BG 36). She runs well though with a sticky accelerator. We seem to suffer from sticky accelerator problems - i.e. the pedal goes down but does not come back and would welcome comment on our discussion board as to whether this is prevalent or not and where the trouble most likely is. This picture is taken at Ballinlough.

Bringin up the rear is our lovely Dennis tow truck ex fire engine.

June 15, 2004. Leyland Royal Tiger was out for a ten mile run yesterday and she also transferred depots from Fota to Cherry Orchard. Started on the button. Who says we are not busy?


June 15, 2004. We are now in the process of removing the remaining vehicles from Fota to Cherry Orchard and hope to have Fota vacated within the next week or so.

June 14, 2004. Our internal test track is now 2 km long which means we can run the buses without taking them on the public road and if anything goes wrong they can be easily recovered. We plan to expand it to about 5 kilometres which will be of major benefit. For those of you interested we now have twenty acres for the depot having got more land. We discovered that buses take lots of space and to be able to get them in and out needs even more space. A rough guide is 40 buses per acre. When everything gets finished it should be a superb site.

We are now preparing to hardcore a further three acres. We are going to put a bus ramp up in the next few weeks so we can do essential underneath maintenance. We will build it of concrete blocks.

June 14, 2004. There is going to quite a sight on the Dublin to Cork Road shortly with the following double deckers transferring:
Aberdeen 278
Brighton 12
GM 8762
Nottingham 589-612-616-662.
South Yorks Roe Bodied unknown number.
Warrington 20.
West Midlands 6889 and Fleetline 47.
R 913
D 665
This will be a major event in moving all the fleet to Cork. They will of course all drive and are in first class condition.

June 10, 2004. We lined up our three M's at Cherry Orchard and a picture follows. Left to right MD 42, MG76, and MG56. The three other Cork M's will arrive shortly.

June 8, 2004. M56 was restarted today after some mechanical work and taken for a run. Also the opportunity was taken to transfer her from Fota depot to Cherry Orchard and she ran fine with one small fault! The accelerator would not come back up when depressed which made for some entertainment. However, the inside is badly ashed by Readymix and after our experience with M42 we will not even start on this until we find a way of doing the job properly. If Readymix only knew the damage and heartbreak they have caused. The ash has destroyed the paint and both it and 42 will have to be totally repainted inside and out. Photos of the damage will be posted here tomorrow. We would welcome comments on the website as to how to deal with the problem. Our latest thoughts are trying power washing or even steam cleaning but we are worried by the effect of steam cleaning on the inside. Any ideas?

M56 at Halfway Roundabout in Cork.

June 7, 2004. Had a group of buses out today in that we had LS 91, M42, Southdown 126 and 1179. All motoring fine. We are having terrible trouble with the inside of M42 and have given up for the moment as nothing seems to want to move the cement. We are bringing in a steam washer and that may do the trick.


June 7, 2004. To add to our woes some miserable person entered the depot and stole six mirrors off the buses. I simply cannot fathom why people will do this. As a result we are going to have to tighten security! And now we have three buses suddenly with no mirrors. Between theft and vandalism it seems nothing is safe anymore.

June 6, 2004. The Innishannon Steam Rally Opened today and was very well attended. They had a fabulous collection and on the site are some pictures taken there. Push Special Reports and then Innishannon Steam Rally. To whet your appetite here is one photo. Now look at the rest!

June 5, 2004. Southdown 126 was out for a run today. Started on the button and is fine. She is next for interior cleanup though she is pretty clean as it is. Ross Aitken did a superb job in sourcing this bus. Thanks Ross.
Coming out the lane from the depot.
At the end of the test run at the turning bay.

Inside is pretty good

In the cleaning Bay alongside M42

June 5, 2004. M42 interior is proving a right mess as the cement ash is literally concreted on. It has to be scrubbed by hand, every inch of it. We moved M42 to the light maintenance area and she is now undergoing a complete cleaning, washing and polishing. We went through her thoroughly yesterday now that we have facilities to do so. The inside will come up well and we have started on cleaning that. The outside paint will not come up so she will have to be painted. We had a terrible job getting the gearbox filler cap off as it seems not to have come off for years but we eventually succeeded. Mechanically she has passed for this year and the only outstanding work is a sticky accelerator which we will deal with today. Until she is painted we will polish her and she looks tolerable enough. The other outstanding work is bodywork as when she was returned to Bus Eireann temporarily the rear end was bent in. We welcome ideas as to which livery she should be in. As regard this we have a photo of her in red and orange and she looks very smart.

June 4, 2004 Bendibus 2 is still refusing to budge and we simply cannot get gear. She is running fine. If there is no success this week we will have to get a rigid bar and tow her that way. You have no idea of the amount of work Andy Cooper has put into the two Bendi-buses and I am amazed he has not given up but he will overcome! Anyone got any ideas on the gearbox?

June 1, 2004. We had a successful meeting with the Insurance Assessor yesterday re CKE and it has agreed she will be rebuilt. We now need help to source parts. Anyone know where there are any ECW Leopards? We need a door, bumper, front panels and windscreen. If these can be got then we will repair her in Cork. We invite suggestions for a new livery for her. Our current thinking is Cumberland Motor Services Red and White which makes this otherwise hideous machine reasonably attractive. I would like to pay tribute to Assessor George Ballard who is really helpful and understands the value of the vehicle. Between us she will be like new. We really appreciate his help. Thank you, George.

June 1, 2004. 1178 is scheduled to come this week now. She is coming via Ringaskiddy and if anyone wants a ride from Ringaskiddy to Cork or wants to see her on arrival drop me an e-mail at busmuseum@hotmail.com

June 1, 2004. Because the site is getting bigger and bigger and is getting even more information we need to do a little re-arranging. We have started this and you will see some new buttons. Basically Railways are totally separate under its own button and section. Likewise Airlines and Ferries. It is difficult to strike a balance between a reasonably sized front page and having current information on it for a reasonable time. The problem is that there seems to be so much current information.

June 1, 2004. We are appalled that anyone would go to the trouble of perpetrating an elaborate hoax on us by advertising our Bristol 2531 for sale. Some people must have nothing else to do. But to put the record straight 2531 is not being sold and the Museum does not sell buses. All I can say is that some people must have nothing else to do.

June 4, 2004. There is a diatribe on the discussion board from Mark Phipps. If I remove it I am accused of censorship and if I leave it then foreigners must think the Iraqi war situation was mild compared to the way Irish preservationists begrudge each other. I will therefore just comment and leave readers to judge for themselves.

I say just look at the way we turned out 2531 for Bangor. Just look at 1179. Most of our equipment is in pretty good shape and I think it takes some nerve for someone who never comes near us and has never seen our depots to discuss them. We have about 150 buses and they all take time, money and work. You cannot save the world. We now have a world class area to make a world class depot and we will. When we get our new shed in there it will be a start. We have seven acres with an option this week on a further 20. I SUSPECT SOME OF THE OTHER PRESERVATIONISTS WOULD BE GLAD TO HAVE THIS AND WE ARE MORE THAN WILLING TO STORE ANYTHING FOR ANYBODY FREE OF CHARGE WHICH I THINK IS A VERY FAIR OFFER. There are times when I look at something like Marks diatribe and then look at our fleet and wonder if I am living in the same world. We may not be the best in the world but to my knowledge are the only people in Ireland who keep our fleet running and active. We intend putting in shortly a two mile test track on the site and this will enable us to keep buses out for a run which for one reason or another might not be desirable on the public road - E 72 for example - and if anything goes wrong they can be easily got back to the garage. it keeps them active.Our program to run every vehicle once a month should be a major advance. As any rational person can see from this site we are busy, very, very, busy. We invite constructive comment from readers on the discussion board as to how best we can proceed. People like Mark have short memories of how we help people. When he got M 45 we paid for the tyres in order to help him as a gesture of goodwill because we support other preservationists. I am not sure that his diatrible is a very good example of gratitude. Anyhow make up your own minds.

June 4, 2004. We are going to make a serious attempt to get our M fleet up to date in the next few months. M56 will arrive in Fota shortly and M 35 is going to an outside garage for an engine change. A high pressure washing system is expected shortly and this should help us to keep them clean. We have a new problem in that owing to the fine weather the entrance - one mile long - is raising dust so that an immaculate bus can be dirty again by the time you get to the main road! Anyhow the entrance has to be done but it all takes time. Also if you look at the photos you will see the warm moist weather is causing extra growth which seems to make a joke of the work we did cutting the growth back two months ago.

June 4, 2004. We have started a new restoration program now that Cork depot has got water and power. The first to undergo this was 1179 and you can see from the photo the way she is gleaming. the inside is the same and we will show it in a few days. We also gave her a good run. Compare this photo with one below showing her before she was buffed and polished.

And here is the other side June 3.Absolutely gleaming.

June 4, 2004. 89 MN 414 was taken for a run yesterday and passed mechanically as needing no work. She will get a cleanup and polish shortly.

Next out was Western Welch 1575 and she is in fine form but has some rust which needs attention. She will get the full cleaning and polishing. The museum has a permanent staff member for the summer to look after the vehicles and this should make a difference. All of this spould make Brian Ainsworth happy who so kindly donated the vehicle.




June 1, 2004. We have put in a section on "OTHER BUSES" which will cover photos of other buses not owned or involved in the museum but which may be of interest to readers. 73 C 22 is such an example. I think we may well have to have a section on Site Navigation to tell people what is here and how to get there!

June 1, 2004. We also will be putting in the fleet and photos and this has been delayed again and again but it takes so much time.

June 1, 2004. I am very disturbed at the nasty tone of messages being posted on the discussion board. This Board is for discussing buses not people. If you have nothing good to say then shut up. We are left with no option but to enforce the rule that if you do not put your e-mail then you do not post. If you have not got the guts to sign your name to your nasty comments we do not want to know you. We want the discussion board to be professional in appearance and discuss buses. Armchair generals are not wanted.

It is very easy to criticise what is done or not done but these people should remember that it costs over 100,000 per annum to run the museum, the supply of funds is not unlimited and priority decisions have to be made which do not even please the museum. But if the money is not there then certain things cannot be done. Our priority right now is collecting and building a maintenance shed. Everything else waits.

June 1, 2004. Depot report. This is beginning to fill up and we plan to hardcore two acres in the next few months which will provide more storage. Ultimately we plan 400 buses there to make it the largest in Europe. The water and electricity have arrived and are on site and the next item is the maintenance shed which is absolutely critical.

May 25, 2004. Results of court on May 24, 2004 are illuminating. First Readymix are prepared to have 78 C 325 destroyed out of spite. What goes through the mind of their executives to allow this happen is undiscernable. One would have thought there was one decent director in the lot but apparently not. The case has been put back to June 21, 2004. Then we had that performance followed by one from the Bank of Scotland in which a sneering, sniggering counsel wants the museum destroyed financially because it dared challenge the mighty Bank of Scotland. This case also went back to June 21, 2004. Finally, the Colunty Council case has gone back to June 21 also as now the museum is put to the expense of adding the Attorney general and Ireland as defendants owing to the fact that the Act on which the counsel are relying on to destroy the buses has to be challenged directly. Normally this means the cost for the case would run over 500,000 which would destroy the museum as is the intention of the Council. What I cannot understand, and perhaps someone can enlighten me on the discussion board is how can a County Manager stand over destroying what has been carefully built up. One would have though that the Council would have been delighted to have a museum in Cork attracting tourists but instead the Manager wants it destroyed. Shame on Readymix, Shame on the Bank fo Scotland and shame on the Cork County Council.

May 16, 2004. Because we have been so busy we have really not had time to thank people
for what they have done to help the museum build up its collection. So each week we
will pick a different person and show photos of the vehicle they have helped
us acquire. This section follows this news section. We have beee so totally up
the walls that we have simply not had time to thanks everyone. The new annual report
coming out will have a section as well.

May 14, 2004. By way of diversion from our own buses, 73 C 22 was bought privately from the Cork County Council and has been done up. I saw her on the way to work this morning and the following are some photos of her which may interest National 1 fans. She looked very well and is of course 510 engined.


May 11, 2004. This is a picture of 78 C 325 and clearly shows the lengths Readymix have gone to in order to hold her. To drive home the message they smashed a window on the entrance door so they could get in. I am lost for words to describe the mentality of the Readymix executives. How they could contemplate deliberately destroying our museum defies words.

May 18, 2004. The Worldmasters are now scheduled to arrive in Cork on Friday but the Bendibuses are proving difficult to move. The Worldmaster twins were taken a for a few miles ride and passed as in A1 condition so they are now ready to go. If anyone wants a ride on their delivery trip send an e-mail to busmuseum@hotmail.com.

May 17, 2004. The Bendibus story is typical of how a simple operation becomes complex. The two truck duly arrived Saturday but could not tow them without the risk of mangling the front of them. Andy now expects to drive them and all day Saturday was spent working to this end. The first prequisite is to start them and that is not as easy as it sounds. One cannot detect it is in neutral and will not start if it does not and the other is blowing on two cylinders. Add in a knackered alternator and you have an interesting situation. It illustrates the problems of vehicles with which one has is not familiar. I never even heard of a Heuliez until this one turned up. If anyone has photos of other Heuliez e-mail them to busmuseum@hotmail.com and we will put them on the site.

May 17, 2004. An entertaining diversion was an engine door trying to demolish the webmaster on Thursday but apart from a sore head - which most people would argue he is anyhow - there are fortunately no serious consequences.

May 16, 2004. Meetings with the Insurance Company to settle a figure for CKE are scheduled later in the week. Also a meeting with the Cork County Council and we are hopeful on the latter as not everybody is like the people trying to destroy us. Some people actually see the museum as a means of attracting tourists to Cork.

May 14, 2004. By way of diversion from our own buses, 73 C 22 was bought privately from the Cork County Council and has been done up. I saw her on the way to work this morning and the following are some photos of her which may interest National 1 fans. She looked very well and is of course 510 engined.


May 14, 2004. Further pictures of the two Worldmasters. They started on the button yesterday and we took them for a run and they are now passed to drive to the ferry which trip will occur early next week. They are good machines with 680 engines and in excellent condition. Does anyone know the difference between the Worldmaster chassis and the Leopard as they seem almost identical?






May 6, 2004. We have been offered four buses. Photos follow.
We have now been told that the two rigids are Leyland Worldmasters with 680 engines.
The bendibuses are Mercedes with bodies by a French manufacturer, Heuliez.
Anyone know anything about them? Our problem is that the Worldnmasters will drive but neither Bendibus is capable of being driven and of course due the length cannot be put
on a low loader. It is therefore likely that we will have to allow them to go to scrap
as we have no means of getting even one of them back to Ireland. Shame.


These are the bendibuses.






May 6, 2004. We had M 42 out for a run today and she started on the button.

May 6, 2004. A new photo of BM 63 taken today.


THANK YOU BRIAN AINSWORTH

May 16, 2004. Because we have been so busy we have really not had time to thank people for what they have done to help the museum build up its collection. So each week we will pick a different person and show photos of the vehicle they have helped us acquire. This section follows this news section. We have been so totally up the walls that we have simply not had time to thanks everyone. The new annual report coming out will have a section as well.

The order of people is picked at random and is chosen by the availability of photographs of their vehicle.This week it is Brian Ainsworth we thank who was kind enough to donate a Leyland National Mk 1.This machine is a valuable addition and is now in Cork depot hale and hearty.

One of the reasons we had been tardy in doing this was that when the website was destroyed all the photo uploads have to be done again. This takes time and getting the originals as we were foolish enough to think the web kept a backup. So hang on and later today the photos of Brians vehicle will go in.

April 30, 2004. Cork County Council have gone off their rocker. You may recall comment by me on an environmental officer Mr. Cuthbert who decided everything over twenty five years old was scrap.They have now issued the museum with an enforcement order that every vehicle over 25 years old is to be scrapped by May 26 and the receipts from the scrapper forwarded to them. It is bureaucracy gone totally lunatic. I will have a lot to say on the site on this shortly but my immediate plans are to go to the High Court to have their decision overturned. But this takes time and money. It seems that trying to keep the museum going is becoming a nightmare. At the very least I expected my own County Council to support a museum but to order everything scrapped is appalling. We are now under attack from The Bank of Scotland, Readymix and the Cork County Council. Each wants the museum destroyed and has clearly stated so and that they do not care. The Council have confirmed that it was Readymix who called them to seek the order.

THE RELEVANT WORDING OF THE ORDER OF THE CORK COUNTY COUNCIL IS THAT "ALL BUSES MUST BE SENT TO THE RELEVANT RECYCLERS OR RECOVERY SITES AND RECEIPTS OBTAINED AND SENT TO THE CORK COUNTY COUNCIL". Furthermore they must all be scrapped by May 26, 2004.

This is absolutely scandalous and it illustrates the moronic mind of the officials at the Cork County Council.There is no way I intend complying and they can go to hell.

April 30, 2004. The following are some photos of the damage to CKE 170Y.
We would welcome comment on the discussion board as to how we
should approach it. There must be experts out there who could give us help on
what can be done because I have not a clue! I know little or nothing about the way
ECW bodies were built.

The trailer was swinging and the tail hit the bus aft of the door
and pulled everything forward.




April 28, 2004. 78 C 325 came up in the High Court and the matter was put back
to May 24, 2004. despite all requests to Readymix they flatly refuse to release
the bus. They also intimated they would destroy the museum, put me in jail
and refuse to pay any compensation for the damage they inflicted on 12 buses.
We will see. A mean, miserable lot!

I find it totally and utterly incredible that people who call themselves Irish will destroy
our heritage to make a few euros. One would have thought that at least one director
would not condone the behaviour but as they say, birds of a feather ....

Their objective as clearly expressed is that the museum will be unable to fight their
superior legal team and neither will it have the money. The museum has ruffled
their feathers. It must be taught that nobody questions the great Readymix
and must be destroyed.

April 26, 2004. All Bangor Rally photographs are now in their own section.
Push the button on the left marked Bangor Rally 2004.

Francis organised the entire event and prepared 2531 to immaculate
condition. She drove faultlessly up and back, a tribute to the way
Translink kept their machines.Mick Woods drove her and Padraig and Michael also went.
The weather was perfect and it was a great day out.

Let to right Mick (driving), Francis and Padraig.

Two of a kind. Paul Haughey's 2589 on the left.

Classic Alexander Bristol rear end.

A wonderful day. Tea break on the way home.

CAHIR ACCIDENT VIADUCT REPAIR LATEST PHOTOS

April 26, 2004. Faroff view of Cahir Viaduct showing scaffolding.
The entire viaduct is now scaffolded. Work on the outside members is complete and work
is progressing well on the deck with good progress being made and a
July re-opening date seems feasible.

Underneath view.

General view of the work.

This clearly shows a patch where a crossmember was ripped out.
They seem to have taken my advice and not redesigned the entire viaduct.
There was no need.

The excavator here can be seen preparing to go on the viaduct.

April 24, 2004 - CKE 170Y accident. The situation is as follows:
1. She was parked on her usual bay and alongside her was a 45' artic trailer with some 25 tons of steel. This was owned by the previous occupier and because they have been so helpful to us we allowed them to remove their property at their own pace.
2. They hired Loftus Hauliers and he came and hitched up to the trailer and started to move out.
3. He misjudged the turn and did not go far enough out to clear and when he swung, the overhang - some eight feet - hit the bus behind the front door.
4. Because the trailer was still turning it cut like a knife through the door, the front left pillar, and pulled the windscreen, - which ended up on the ground as little bits of glass - together with the front panels and bumper completely off her, smashing them in the process. The drivers windscreen was also fractured and because it is a one panel across front the entire front is written off.
5. She is a rare ECW bodied Leopard with Leyland 680 engine and at this stage we do not know if any parts or windscreens can be got for her. We simply do not know.
6. We do intend to rebuild her but if we cannot get parts then we have a serious problem.
7. Theoretically the haulier is covered by insurance but the problem is that the insurance company will only want to pay the scrap value whereas on a preliminary estimate it will cost 20,000 minimum to repair her. Has anyone reading this any experience of similar accidents and what was the outcome as we need all the help we can get?
8. It is doubtful if it can be done in Ireland and it may well have to go to the U.K.
9. There are certainly going to be some interesting negotiations with the haulier's insurers but at the end of the day cases like this end up in the courts and cost much money.
10. We very much appreciate the sympathy of those who wrote and phoned and the kind offers of help.
11. We would like to know if anyone out there knows where an 1982 or similar ECW body Leopard can be found or where windscreens could be got. If we had the windscreens we might be able to do the rest.
12. So that is the sad story. She was just reupholstered beautifully inside and you have no idea how much work had gone into her.
13. I had collected her from London and it took much time and effort to get her here and we then did a lot of work. It is really heartbreaking and makes you want to cry.

CKE 170Y acting as escort vehicle! Note typical Leyland 680 startup smoke.
The background gives an idea of a small portion of our seven acre depot of which one acre so far is hardcore - gravel, that is!

CKE 170Y turning at start of lane!
Last look as she is destroyed.

April 23, 2004. We look forward to meeting people at Bangor Saturday 24th. There will not be any updating to the site until after it when the photos will be put in. This main page will also be revamped so if you want a copy of anything on this page take it now. See you there


April 15, 2004. As if things were not bad enough we had two successive robberies in the last week. The first was an internal job taking the petty cash which was not too bad but the second was where a teenager had the nerve to go into our bank with a withdrawal slip and draw cash and HE GOT IT! Total involved 3,000 which would buy a lot of buses - about ten Nationals. We do have him on video so hopefully the Gardai will nab him but from loooking at him one has serious doubts he could give back 3 cents never mind 3,000.

I am definitely convinced that trying to preserve vehicles is definitely a form of lunacy and when I see what gets written on the website by armchair generals I am ready to give up - but not yet!

April 2, 2004. M 76 went for her ten mile run and in the process transferred
from Fota to Cherry Orchard. We are gradually phasing out Fota depot
as the damage done by Readymix makes it impossible to keep anything
there. They have indicated they are determined to destroy the museum by
sabotaging the vehicles and trying to break it in costs.
From correspondence received yesterday they are totally unrelenting.
Following are some photos of the ash they sprinkled on M 76.It's an absolute disgrace.

M 76 is an air conditioned vehicle!

Instrument Panel is covered in Readymix Ash.

The entrance side of the dash is even worse.

Footmarks are clearly visible on floor showing ash depth.

Seats are smothered.

The ash is corrosive and every vehicle is going to have to be totally
washed and cleaned. It is a museum's worst mightmare.
The damage done by Readymix is almost 100,000.

An Ash Heater!


Readymix smashed our lock, left the gate open and this type
of vandalism occurred. It was done on purpose to cost us money.
Even worse they admitted to it.


ATLANTEAN GM 8366
Photos of a visit by the author to Atlantean GM 8366 in the Bahamas March 9.
Click on button on left

RAIL: IRISH RAIL
Updated photographs of work on the Cahir Viaduct are below. The Cahir Accident report has gone back in under its own section and is complete with photographs.

CHALKS FLYING BOAT SPECIAL This section arises out of a visit by
the author to Paradise Island this week and has some photos of Chalks, the
oldest airline in the world - it started in 1919 and is the only surviving
flying boat airline in the world. As we are a transport museum these 63 year
old veteran airplanes still in everyday service merit a mention.
Click on button on left

April 24, 2004. CKE 170Y Accident

The situation is as follows:
1. She was parked on her usual bay and alongside her was a 45' artic trailer with some 25 tons of steel. This was owned by the previous occupier and because they have been so helpful to us we allowed them to remove their property at their own pace.
2. They hired Loftus Hauliers and he came and hitched up to the trailer and started to move out.
3. He misjudged the turn and did not go far enough out to clear and when he swung, the overhang - some eight feet - hit the bus behind the front door.
4. Because the trailer was still turning it cut like a knife through the door, the front left pillar, and pulled the windscreen, - which ended up on the ground as little bits of glass - together with the front panels and bumper completely off her, smashing them in the process. The drivers windscreen was also fractured and because it is a one panel across front the entire front is written off.
5. She is a rare ECW bodied Leopard with Leyland 680 engine and at this stage we do not know if any parts or windscreens can be got for her. We simply do not know.
6. We do intend to rebuild her but if we cannot get parts then we have a serious problem.
7. Theoretically the haulier is covered by insurance but the problem is that the insurance company will only want to pay the scrap value whereas on a preliminary estimate it will cost 20,000 minimum to repair her. Has anyone reading this any experience of similar accidents and what was the outcome as we need all the help we can get?
8. It is doubtful if it can be done in Ireland and it may well have to go to the U.K.
9. There are certainly going to be some interesting negotiations with the haulier's insurers but at the end of the day cases like this end up in the courts and cost much money.
10. We very much appreciate the sympathy of those who wrote and phoned and the kind offers of help.
11. We would like to know if anyone out there knows where an 1982 or similar ECW body Leopard can be found or where windscreens could be got. If we had the windscreens we might be able to do the rest.
12. So that is the sad story. She was just reupholstered beautifully inside and you have no idea how much work had gone into her.
13. I had collected her from London and it took much time and effort to get her here and we then did a lot of work. It is really heartbreaking and makes you want to cry.

CKE 170Y acting as escort vehicle! Note typical Leyland 680 startup smoke.
The background gives an idea of a small portion of our seven acre depot of which one acre so far is hardcore - gravel, that is!

CKE 170Y turning at start of lane!
Last look as she is destroyed.

RAIL : IRISH RAIL
EXTRA SPECIAL RAIL NEWS - THE DIRTY IRISH
:
The photographs were taken on the recent visit to Heuston Station, Connolly
Station, The Oslo Restaurant and the Enterprise on March 19, 2004 are utterly
appalling and it is unbelieveable how any railway management could allow a
situation to exist as depicted in the photos.The Photos and captions are now in
their own section so click on the blue button on left under:
"FILTHY IRISH RAIL PHOTOS".

April 23, 2004. We look forward to meeting people at Bangor Saturday 24th. There will not be any updating to the site until after it when the photos will be put in. This main page will also be revamped so if you want a copy of anything on this page take it now. See you there

April 23, 2004. We plan to meet Readymix today to see if we can negotiate the return of 78 C 325. I am not very hopeful of any reason as they have made it clear they want the museum destroyed.Heaven knows why.


April 15, 2004. As if things were not bad enough we had two successive robberies in the last week. The first was an internal job taking the petty cash which was not too bad but the second was where a teenager had the nerve to go into our bank with a withdrawal slip and draw cash and HE GOT IT! Total involved 3,000 which would buy a lot of buses - about ten Nationals. We do have him on video so hopefully the Gardai will nab him but from loooking at him one has serious doubts he could give back 3 cents never mind 3,000.

I am definitely convinced that trying to preserve vehicles is definitely a form of lunacy and when I see what gets written on the website by armchair generals I am ready to give up - but not yet!

April 17, 2004. 2531 is ready to go to the Bangor Rally this year and
Francis has her absolutely superb.
It is nice, not to mention a change having a Southern Irish entrant
with a Northern Bus. It is also a tribute to our friends at Translink. Can we suggest that if any of you would like that you should come to the Rally which is next Saturday the 24th. at Cultra Transport Museum at 11 a.m. It is expected some one hundred buses will attend and it is a great day out. You can easily go by rail taking the first morning train to Belfast and connect to Cultra and go back in reverse in the evening.

Approximate schedule for 2531. Leave Dublin at 7 a.m. due Cultra 11 a.m. Return about 1600.

2531 as prepared by Francis Dempsey.
Grille and badge have been replaced and she really looks super.

Another View of 2531.

April 14, 2004. LS 118 was moved from Fota to Cherry Orchard and started on the button and is a real good driver.

Near Side of LS 118.

Offside of LS 118.

Interior of LS 118.


April 14, 2004. A terrible disaster has befallen the museum in that CKE 170Y was so
badly damaged in an accident that it may have to be written off. As noted earlier
she was out for a run last week and having been fully restored was parked in her usual
location at the depot. The previous occupiers of the depot were removing their
equipment and hired Loftus hauliers to remove a trailer full of steel which had
been parked alongside her. Unfortunately the driver of the artic made a very
serious mistake, caused the trailer to hit CKE and pull the entire front out of her.
The trailer hit her on the front door sideways destroying the pillars
and the windshields and literally pulling the entire front away.

It is a terible tragedy as so much work and effort - not to mention money -
had gone into this vehicle. She was collected in London and brought
over and restored and was just in super condition. One really wants to cry.

We are assessing the damage but to look at it she is destroyed.
In any event parts would be totally impossible. Even if the insurance
for the haulier pays up there is noway that we know that a
replacement vehicle could even be found as it is doubtful if any exist.
One would have thought that she would be safe right in our own depot
and then this happens.

It seems like it is impossible to protect vehicles. In one year, Readymix
have put ten vehicles on the heavy repair list,
they have due to smashing the security at Fota allowed valuable parts to be stolen at Fota,
Nottingham 612 was vandalised while waiting for a rescue vehicle, M 76 was vandalised
in the CIE yard in Bandon, M 42 was hit in the rear when CIE "borrowed" her,
BM 42 was vandalised at Capwell, M 117 was vandalised at Tramore Road,
Loftus stole our Volvo which has not been returned, Our Dubrava was stolen
and involved in a fatal accident and we have got no compensation,
BM 23 simply disappeared, and it goes on and on.

April 14, 2004. LS 91 was taken for a run and transferred from Fota to Cherry Orchard.
Started on the button and drove superbly.

April 14, 2004. The latest on 78 C 325 is that Readymix still have her impounded and have
told us to go to hell. We are going back to court on April 26,
and they know this costs time and money and are determined
to break us.

April 12, 2004.Still no luck in getting Readymix to release 78 C 325. It is .
incredible that a huge public company would devote so much time and effort to destroying us.

April 7, 2004. West Midlands 6965 was coopted into a most unusual role, that
of a tree lopper. We had been unable to get deckers into Cherry Orchard depot
due to overhanging trees so after taking her for the usual ten mile run and
transferring her to Cherry Orchard we turned her and backed her the entire mile
into the depot while I had a chain saw as seen below and cut the trees.

We are happy to announce we can now proceed to move the other fifteen or so
double deckers in and have them all together. This will commence next week.
We will also start relaying the approach road in.

6965 en route from Fota to Cherry Orchard.

6965 getting ready to back up lane.

A rather narrow lane for 6965.

Michael Grimes with chain saw.

An earlier picture of 6965 outside Fota on a run.

April 7 2004. As we needed an escort vehicle in case of any problems we
had CKE 170Y out. See above for disaster which befell her later.

April 7 2004. What amazes me is that on the discussion board we are accused of
doing nothing at regular intervals yet if you look at this news section
you can see we are indeed very busy. Maybe if some of these people who criticise
helped we would get even more done.

April 7 2004. Readymix have still refused to return the bus. They are determined
to destroy the museum - not that they will succeed - but they are
formidable opponents.

April 2, 2004. M 76 went for her ten mile run and in the process transferred
from Fota to Cherry Orchard. We are gradually phasing out Fota depot
as the damage done by Readymix makes it impossible to keep anything
there. They have indicated they are determined to destroy the museum by
sabotaging the vehicles and trying to break it in costs.
From correspondence received yesterday they are totally unrelenting.
Following are some photos of the ash they sprinkled on M 76.It's an absolute disgrace.

M 76 is an air conditioned vehicle!

Instrument Panel is covered in Readymix Ash.

The entrance side of the dash is even worse.

Footmarks are clearly visible on floor showing ash depth.

Seats are smothered.

The ash is corrosive and every vehicle is going to have to be totally
washed and cleaned. It is a museum's worst mightmare.
The damage done by Readymix is almost 100,000.

An Ash Heater!


Readymix smashed our lock, left the gate open and this type
of vandalism occurred. It was done on purpose to cost us money.
Even worse they admitted to it.


March 26, 2004. We took Mercedes Minibus 89 MN 414 (MM14) for a ten mile
run and then transferred her from Fota Depot to Cherry Orchard. She
started and ran perfectly and could go into service in the morning.

April 2, 2004. We have not had a photograph of 89 MN 414 on the site
before so here goes.

March 31, 2004. LA 13 went for a ten mile run and was transferred from Fota
depot to Cherry Orchard depot. She started on the button and ran just fine.
Cherry Orchard is now starting to fill up.
Next due to arrive are M 76, M 56, LS 119, LS 57 and 291.
Also expected when we cut the trees is Daimler Fleetline West Midlands 6965.
It is also intended to transfer all the buses in the Midlands to Cherry Orchard.
Following are some photos of LA 13 on her last outing.

Michael Grimes, Padraig Williamson and John Quirke with LA 13.


No we are not getting headlamps and instead are trying equipping
the drivers with night vision goggles!
Does that answer the question?


March 26, 2004. We took Stagecoach 802 for a ten mile run and then transferred
her from Fota Depot to Cherry Orchard. She ran fine but has developed a
water leak which will have to be fixed before she goes anywhere else.
Doing a Run

March 25, 2004. This week we took Ford Murphy 211 JIF and Leyland National
LS 91 for a ten mile run in the course of their moving depots from Fota
to Cherry Orchard.

211JIF is believed the only surviving Murphy bodied Ford in existence
and is an absolute pig to drive. Like all Fords any resemblance between
retardation by the brakes and actually stopping is a coincidence.
However she started on the button and went fine.

211 JIF Outside Fota Depot, Started on the Button.


Outside Fota Depot. Started on the Button.

211 JIF Entering Fota Depot


Entering Fota Depot.

211 JIF Rear View


Rear View.

211 JIF Interior


Interior.

March 26, 2004. We took LS 91 for a run. LS 91 has no first and
second gear which makes her tricky to drive.
She fired up on the button and her 510 engine sounds fine.

LS 91 at Grianan House Museum headquarters


The other Side of LS 91.


Rear of LS 91


March 26, 2004. The museum got nowhere in the High Court and it became
quite clear that Readymix are quite prepared to have the museum destroyed.
They were merciless and want to keep LS 129 until they get their way
in other matters, in other words straight blackmail.

This matter could have very serious implications for the museum in that
Readymix have made it clear they will destroy the museum rather than
fix the damage they have done. I will have more comment this weekend.

The courts seem to support big business it his country and it was
quite clear that the museum was regards as something thought
up by some nut case - possibly correct - and business was more
important. Sad. The only hopeful sign is that negotiations will be
entered into next week but I am not hopeful they will get anywhere.

March 16, 2004. We have trampled on the Giants toes and he is mad.
Readymix have come back and told us go to hell. We have been told we
have to spend the time and money going to court to get our bus back
so Monday March 22, 2004 is the appointed day.

It is a sad facet of Irish Life and unfortunately true that we ourselves do
ourselves in and here we have a big company ostensibly run by genuine
Irish who stop at nothing for their own corporate enhancement.

One would have thought there would be at least one director who cared for
Ireland's heritage but sadly it appears not. What I am terrified
is that they will deliberately vandalise her to teach us a further lesson.

March 5, 2004. Our latest acquisition 78 C 325 has been grabbed by Readymix
and they are refusing to release it. Fuller details shortly. This is a despicable
act of a big company taking it out on a small museum and it shows that
corporate greed will try and squash any opposition.There is a court hearing
scheduled for March 22, 2004 to have it released but all this costs money
and time and while they employ Mc Cann Fitzgerald at 500 per hour we have
only myself.

It will be recalled that an explosion of ash from their plant at Coolmore
drifted across and spread itself evening over some twenty buses
leaving us with a cleanup bill of about 80,000. The Company told us get
lost and that we did not have enough money to go to court against them
and effectively might was right.

I find it very difficult to understand why people who profess to be Irish
in their own desire to get money for themselves and their company
will destroy Ireland's heritage. It is hard enough to run a museum without
this kind of behaviour. If they do any damage to her I will be very, very,
cross as she has a superb body and they could not care less.

AND PEOPLE SAY NOTHING GOES ON IN OUR MUSEUM!

1. February 27, 2004. VS 243 has been collected and is in Ballinlough. This vehicle is one of the better VS and as can be seen from the photographs looks super. All of these were originally built by New Zealand Motor Bodies on Volvo B57 chassis and went to Singapore for service. Bus Eireann bought them from Singapore and over 300 have ended up in Ireland.

They are wickedly noisy beasts, desperate things to drive and you need ear muffs. However they are fully automatic and while the steering claims to be power steering any resemblance is generally coincidental.

In absolutely immaculate condition.