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BLACKPOOL 543 ARRIVES.

23 November 2008. This fine machine in excellent condition has joined the fleet. It is nice to have a Blackpool representative. Together with the 2 Southdown and the United 137 National 2 machines they are a welcome addtion to the fleet.

Blackpool 543 is a Leyland bodied, Gardner engined, National 2.

The following are her details:

Registration Number: 84 LK 1039
Original Registration Number: A543 PCW
Chassis Make: Leyland
Chassis Model: National 2
Chassis No.: 7779
Body Make : Leyland
Body Model: National 2 NL116HLXCT/1R
Body Number: 7779
Engine: Gardner
Engine Number:
HP:160
Seating: B49F
Date service entry: July 84.
Originally Delivered to: Blackpool Corporation
As Fleet No. 543
Other Operators: Arriva NorthEast As Fleet Number : 3153 July 2000
Next Operator : O'Sullivan, Hospital on July 2000.

Before leaving Hospital

Inside Looking Back

Inside Looking Forward

Drivers Area

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE

January 1, 2009. Another new year has arrived. We wish everyone the very best for the year. We have great plans for the year and it is interesting that right now we have 32 buses to collect. That would be a fleet or a complete museum to many people whereas to us it is a small addition.

Our big plans for 2009 are the new maintenance shed plus two new offices. We would expect anywhere from 100 to 200 buses to arrive during the year. We are finding it more and more difficult to keep track of everything and as the following articles show we have got some pretty good equipment from Sean O'Sullivan. The five Lynxes, four National 2's, 3 Leopards and 2 Fleetlines are a very worthwhile addition.

We all here wish everyone a happy and prosperous 2009.

ARRIVAL SOUTHDOWN 155 LEYLAND NATIONAL 2

December 31,2008. Leyland National 2 Southdown 155 is Leyland bodied and Cummins engined. It is in superb condition and arrived in the depot on November 23, 2008.

The following are her details:

Registration Number: 85 LK 1327
Original Registration : C455 OAP
Later: YAZ 8744
Chassis Make: Leyland
Chassis Type: NL116HLXCT/1R
Chassis No.: 7801
Body Make : Leyland
Body Model: National 2
Body Number: 7801
Engine: Gardner
HP: 180
Seating: B49F
Date service entry: September 1985
New To: Southdown as 155.
Subsequently : Kime 44 8/05
Subsequently : O'Sullivan, Hospital, Co. Limerick.9/05

Photographs:

Seen here on left at Hospital prior to the delivery trip.

Closeup.

Drivers Area.

Inside looking back. Immaculate.

Inside looking forward.

Southdown Fleet Number is still on her.

ARRIVAL SOUTHDOWN 157 LEYLAND NATIONAL 2

December 31,2008. Leyland National 2 Southdown 157 is Leyland bodied and Cummins engined. It is in superb condition and arrived in the depot on November 23, 2008.

The following are her details:

Registration Number: 85 LK 1328
Original Registration : C457 OAP
Later: PAZ 3185
Chassis Make: Leyland
Chassis Type: NL116HLXCT/1R
Chassis No.: 7824
Body Make : Leyland
Body Model: National 2
Body Number: 7824
Engine: Gardner
HP: 180
Seating: B49F
Date service entry: September 1985
New To: Southdown as 157.
Subsequently : Kime 85 8/05
Subsequently : O'Sullivan, Hospital, Co. Limerick.9/05

Photographs:

Seen here on right at Hospital prior to the delivery trip.

Closeup.

Side Víew.

Classic Front.

Drivers Area.

Right Hand Panel.

Inside looking back. Immaculate.

Inside looking forward.

ARRIVAL COUNTY BUS AND COACH LEYLAND LYNX 252

December 27,2008. Leyland Lynx 252 is Leyland bodied Cummins engined. It is in superb condition and arrived in the depot on November 22, 2008.

The following are her details:

Registration Number: 90 LK 5372 Original Registration : H252 GEV
Chassis Make: Leyland
Chassis Type: LX2R11C15Z4S
Chassis No.: LX1759
Body Make : Leyland
Body Model: Lynx
Body Number: LX1759
Engine: Cummins L10
HP:
Seating: B49F
Date service entry: July 90

New To: Country Bus and Coach as 252.
Subsequently : Burtons 353 7/06
Subsequently : O'Sullivan, Hospital, Co. Limerick.9/06

Photographs:

Seen here on left at Hospital prior to the delivery trip.

Side View.

Front Detail.

Rear Detail.

Drivers Area.

Inside Looking Back.

Inside Looking Forward.

ARRIVAL COUNTY BUS AND COACH LEYLAND LYNX 253

December 30,2008. Leyland Lynx 253 is Leyland bodied Cummins engined.It is in superb condition and arrived in the depot on November 22, 2008.

The following are her details:

Registration Number: 90 LK 5373 Original Registration : H253 GEV
Chassis Make: Leyland
Chassis Type: LX2R11C15Z4S
Chassis No.: LX1777 (
Body Make : Leyland
Body Model: Lynx
Body Number: LX1777
Engine: Cummins L10
HP:
Seating: B49F
Date service entry: July 90
New To: Country Bus and Coach as 253.
Subsequently : Burtons 353 7/06
Subsequently : O'Sullivan, Hospital, Co. Limerick.9/06

Photographs:

Seen here on left at Hospital prior to the delivery trip.

Rear View.

Drivers Area.

Inside Looking Back.

Inside Looking Forward.

ARRIVAL COUNTY BUS AND COACH LEYLAND LYNX 256

December 28,2008. Leyland Lynx 252 is Leyland bodied Cummins engined. It is in superb condition and arrived in the depot on November 22, 2008.

The following are her details:

Registration Number: 90 LK 5374 Original Registration : H256 GEV
Chassis Make: Leyland
Chassis Type: LX2R11C15Z4S
Chassis No.: LX1798(
Body Make : Leyland
Body Model: Lynx
Body Number: LX178
Engine: Cummins L10
HP:
Seating: B49F
Date service entry: July 90
New To: Country Bus and Coach as 256.
Subsequently : Burtons 356 7/06
Subsequently : O'Sullivan, Hospital, Co. Limerick.9/06

Photographs:

Seen here on left at Hospital prior to the delivery trip.

Rear View.

Drivers Area.

Inside Looking Back.

Inside Looking Forward.

December 27, 2008. DAIMLER FLEETLINE CLEVELAND 118 ARRIVAL.

Daimler Fleetline Cleveland 118 has arrived. This machine arrived on November 23, 2008.

As can be seen she needs some cleanup but mechanically she is running around like a two year old! She really needs a wash and cleanup as she never actually entered service in Ireland but was delivered and just parked. We are at a loss to explain why she and West Midlands 6306 have SJI registrations very close together. Anyone know?

They were both purchased by Kimes Coaches from their original operator, repainted in Kimes livery and subsequently operated by them before transfering to Ireland to O'Sullivan, Hospital.

November 23, 2008. Cleveland 118 is a Gardner 6LX engined, Northern Counties bodied, Daimler Fleetline.

The following are her details:

Registration Number: SJI 6568
Original Registration Number: YVN518T
Chassis Make: Daimler
Chassis Model: Fleetline Chassis No.: Ld FE30AGR 7801212
Body Make : Northern Counties
Body Number: NCME 8496
Engine: Gardner
Engine Model: 6LX
Engine Number:
HP:180
Seating: H43/31F
Date service entry: March 1979.

Originally Delivered to: West Midlands
As Fleet No. H118
Other Operators: O'Sullivan Hospital - But never actually entered service.

DAIMLER FLEETLINE CLEVELAND 118

November 23, 2008.

Ready to go. Does she ever need a wash?

Rear View.

Drivers Area.

Typical Overhead Panel

Typical Warning Signs. These are high machines.

Battery Box under stairs.

Downstairs Looking Forward

Downstairs Looking Back

Upstairs Looking Forward

Upstairs Looking Back

DAIMLER FLEETLINE 6306 ARRIVAL

Following our promise to show you photographs of our new arrivals, we start with West Midlands Daimler 6306. We hope to add one bus a day as each addition takes considerable time. This machine arrived on November 23, 2008.

As can be seen she needs some cleanup but mechanically is just fine. She has been sitting for a few years, as is obvious, but, no doubt, a good wash and cleanup might work miracles. It goes to show that not everything that arrives in the museum is in superb condition. This vehicle brings our West Midlands fleetline fleet to three, 6306, 6889 and 6965. We also have Fleetlines Cleveland 118 and Derby 47.

6306 is an Gardner engined, MCW bodied, Daimler Fleetline.

The following are her details:

Registration Number: 76 LK 541
Original Registration Number: KON 306P
Other Registrations Carried: SJI 6321
Chassis Make: Daimler
Chassis Model: Fleetline Chassis No.: Ld FE30ALR 7504847
Body Make : MCW
Body Number:
Engine: Gardner
HP:180
Seating: H43/33F
Date service entry: January 1976.
Originally Delivered to: West Midlands
As Fleet No. 6306
Other Operators: O'Sullivan Hospital

On arrival at the depot. Front View.

Side View.

Rear View.

Drivers Area

Original Fleet Plate

Downstairs Looking Back

The tree growing department!

Downstairs Looking Forward

Upstairs Looking Forward

Upstairs Looking Back

HAPPY CHRISTMAS AND A PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR

All of us at the Kells Transport Museum would like to wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and a prosperous 2009.

It as been an excellent 2008 for the museum, particularly leading to the fact that we have thirteen Ulsterbus/Citybus Tigers which is due to our wonderful friends and supporters in Ulsterbus and elsewhere in the North.

It is can often be unfair to single people out, as one then gives the impression of ignoring those not mentioned, which is certainly not the case with us, but we do owe a special vote of thanks to Frank Clegg, Pat Moss and John Montgomery of Ulsterbus without whose help it would not have been possible to save what we did. Future generations will thank them and be able to hear the sound of a Leyland 680, TL 11 or a Gardner still running in fifty to one hundred years time - which is what the museum is for!

And particular thanks goes to Colin Young of Michelin and to his management who have been most generous as our Tigers would have found it extremely difficult to get to Cork without tyres, particularly Michelin tyres.

And this is not to ignore people like Sean O'Sullivan of Hospital who enabled us in one fell swoop to add fourteen vehicles, Malahide Coaches who donated some fantastic vehicles, and many, many others, who donated vehcles. And thanks to the other Sean O'Sullivan of SOS Recovery Services who brought many of our vehicles safely. Thanks you all.

People often do not realise the amount of work that goes into the safe delivery of a preserved vehicle from the operator to the museum and the amount of people involved, whether it be the previous drivers of vehicles that are destined for us, the garage that maintains the vehicles or the people who work to ensure it can safely make the long trip to Cork which for many vehicles is probably the longest trip it has ever taken in its life! And then the final person involved is the driver who manages to deliver the vehicle safely, in our case Barney Yourell. Our thanks to everybody.

May we invite you all to enjoy the festive season and accept the good wishes from everyone at the museum to all of you for a very Happy Christmas and a very prosperous 2009. We wish you all well.

Michael Grimes
Stephen Payne
Barney Yourell
Ross Aitken
John Quirke
Stephen Lynch
Roy Kearney
and all our members.

A NEW BUS SERVICES IN IRELAND - THE MIDLETON TOWN SERVICE

We cannot say we are disinterested and we certainly wish him well as our Vice-President John Quirke has taken the leap into the scheduled bus service in Ireland.

He has set up a circular new town service from monday to Saturday from 0720 to 1800 in the town of Midleton in County Cork offering a 45 minute frequency on a circular service. Fare is 2 euro. He is using a Mercedes Wright registration 94 C 18020 which has body number S168. Ít was delivered new to Mercedes in Tankersley as L610OWB with chassis number MB OH1416 396341-2Z-902476 and we know nothing of its susbequent history. Can anyone fill it in?

Front and side view.

Rear View

Route and stops on the side.

Perfect inside.

The back says it all.

WHILE MICHAEL WAS IN HOSPITAL MIRACLES OCCURRED.

November 23, 2008. During Michael's absence, Stephen Payne organised the collection of ten buses which are now safely in the depot. Our thanks to his co-workers, Gavin Kearns, Karl Roche, Colm Lydon and James O'Donovan who made it possible.

The following buses arrived in the depot on November 22 and 23, 2008 (Photos will follow shortly):

Wadham Stringer Leopard 51-AC-01
National 2 Blackpool 543
National 2 Southdown 455
National 2 Southdown 457
Lynx Country Bus and Coach 252
Lynx Country Bus and Coach 253
Lynx Country Bus and Coach 257
Lynx Midland Red 141
Lynx Badgerline 3616
Daimler Fleetline West Midlands 6306
Daimler Fleetline Cleveland 118

These are really a superb addition to our collection and set a new record for deliveries. We would appreciate previous history on all of them.

Cleveland 118, looking in need of a wash, ready to start the trip to Cork.

Left to right ready to go to Cork, Country Bus and Coach 252, Country Bus and Cioach 256 and Midland Red West 141.

Country Bus and Coach 253.

Leyland National 2, Blackpool 543.

LATEST UPDATE ON NEXT DELIVERIES

The next delivery schedule now comprises:

Bristol RE6LL Ulsterbus 2525
Bristol RE6LL Ulsterbus 2539
A CVH
A Volvo Tiger
Ipswich Dennis Falcon HC 116

Plus some real surprises!

ANNOUNCING THE ARRIVAL OF DAF CAETANO F771RHP

November 18, 2008. Announcing the arrival of DAF SB 2300 Caetano bodied, engineless F771RHP for parts. She has excellent glass for our other Caetanos which is difficult to source. She is solely for parts. She was new to Bonas of Coventry in 1989. She was subsequently sold to Cliffs Coaches of High Wycombe in Bucks and ended up in Mannings of Croom from whence we got her. We do not know her intervening history.

ANNUAL REPORT MAILED

November 17, 2008. The 2008 annual report has been mailed to those members of record. You should have got your copy by now, but if you did not and want a copy, please e-mail us at busmuseum@hotmail.com and we will gladly send you one. It has 24 pages with some 44 photographs in living colour as well as a complete fleet list.

ANNOUNCING ARRIVAL OF DUPLE 340 BODIED VOLVO B10M PARK OF HAMILTON 656.

November 15, 2008. We are happty to announce the arrival of Park of Hamilton 656. This machine has been obtained for parts as it is unlikely it will run again due to engine problems. As it is totally watertight it will probably make an excellent seat storage vehicle. We might decide in due course to rebuild the engine but right now we have enough on our hands so she will be going nowhere.

We have no idea of her history after she left Parks. Can anyone fill us in please?

The following are her details:

Registration Number: 87 KK 3056
Original Registration: D656 BCK Chassis Make: Volvo
Chassis Model : B10M Chassis No.: 10837
Body Make : Duple
Body Model: 325
Body Number: 8693/0399
Engine: Volvo
HP:
Seating: C53F
Original operator : Park Hamilton
Date service entry : July 1987.

Photographs:

Front View:

Rear View:

Seats are good.

Inside Looking Back:

Inside Looking Forward:

AN IMPRESSIVE LINEUP

With the arrival of 2609 we lined up our Tiger fleet to get a super photo. We can just about manage them in one photo! Copies of the photo are available free of charge by emailing us at busmuseum@hotmail.com.

Twelve Tigers! Left to right 2609, 1000, 1131, 1143, 340, 385, 2620, 400, 2629, 2624, 1122 and 460.

2609 in the sun, reunited with her sisters the morning after delivery in brilliant sunshine. She looks like new.

ARRIVAL LEYLAND LEOPARD 81 LK 390 (51-AC-19).

November 6, 2008. Wadham Stringer Leyland 680 registration 81 LK 390 ex Ministry of Defence number 50-AC-19 has arrived. Our plans are to scrap 81 LK 390 as we need the gearbox and clutch for our Leopard towtruck, we will use the engine, if in any condition, as a spare 680 and the rest will be spares for our Wadham Stringer Fleet. The gearbox from the towtruck will then be reconditioned and used as a spare as manual Leopard gearboxes are hard to find.

Front

Side

Rear

Other Side

Inside is somewhat of a mess. Not much to salvage here.

Drivers Area

LEOPARD SOUTHEND 206 ARRIVES

12 November 2008. Leyland Leopard with Duple Dominant body and 680 engine arrived at the depot today. She was rather scruffy looking but intact. She does have a brake fault but that should be no problem and we should have her up and running in no time.

Before the journey to Cork.

Rear.

Inside looking back.

Inside looking forward.

Drivers Area.

Motive Power Department.

The following are her details:

Registration Number: 80 LK 469
Original Registration Number: BTE 206V
Other Registrations Carried:
Chassis Make: Leyland
Chassis Model: Leopard PSU3E/4R Chassis No.: 7904691
Body Make : Duple
Body Model: Dominant
Body Number:034/5356
Engine: Leyland 680
Engine Number:
HP:1500
Seating: DP51F
Date service entry: April 1980.

Originally Delivered to: Southend Transport
As Fleet No. 206
Other Operators:

ARRIVAL OF LEYLAND NATIONAL 2 UNITED 137.

November 8, 2008. We are happy to announce the arrival of Leyland National 2 which started life as United 137.

Anyone know what livery she had when delivered?

On arrival in pouring rain.

The inside. Seats are good and it just needs a good cleanup having been out of service for quite some time. It would also help to stick the engine back in!

LEYLAND TIGER 2609 ARRIVES

November 6, 2008.We are happy to announce the arrival of Leyland Tiger 2609, the last of our four Ulsterbus Gardner Tigers and the last of our N type fleet.

Being passed by Bus Eireann Fermoy service bus VC 135 at Sallybrook.

At Hazelbrook

Approaching The depot.

It is a tight turn in the entrance.

Arriving at the depot in pouring rain as dusk falls.

Rear view. She really was immaculate.

Drivers Area

Inside looking back.

Inside looking forward.

Barney after another successful delivery.

THIS PAGE HAS ALL THE NEWS FOR 2008 IN DATE ORDER

LAST REPORT ON MICHAEL

November 28, 2008. This is the last report on Michael as he is well on the road to recovery. He plans to visit the museum next Monday or Tuesday and will commence limited work there until Christmas. He should be pretty clear of everything by the New Year but as it was serious surgery a full return is not expected for six months or so and then and only then will it be possible to know if the sight has been fully restored. So this is the last bulletin and thanks to everyone for their good wishes.

Here is a picture of our Supreme Leader undergoing forced meditation!

COMPUTERS! COMPUTERS!

We thought the following might provide some light entertainment. The following was found in some archives found in a bus which arrived at the museum this week and we thought we should share it. It illustrates the problems for foreigners with what we take for granted as the english language. Try translating this into Czech or Polish!

LOU COSTELLO CALLS TO BUY A COMPUTER FROM PAT ABBOTT OF PC WORLD.

ABBOTT: PC World. May I help you?
COSTELLO: Thanks. I'm setting up an office in my den and I'm thinking about buying a computer.

ABBOTT: Mac?
COSTELLO: No, the name's Lou.

ABBOTT: Your computer?
COSTELLO: I don't own a computer. I want to buy one.

ABBOTT: Mac?
COSTELLO: I told you, my name's Lou

ABBOTT: What about Windows?>
COSTELLO: Why? Will it get stuffy in here?

ABBOTT: Do you want a computer with Windows?
COSTELLO: I don't know. What will I see when I look in the windows?

ABBOTT: A desktop and wallpaper.
COSTELLO: I already have a desk with a large top, so never mind the windows with the computer. I just need a computer and software.

ABBOTT: Software for Windows?
COSTELLO: No. For the computer! I need something I can use to write proposals, track expenses and run my business. What have you got?

ABBOTT: Office.
COSTELLO: Yeah, for my office. Can you recommend anything?

ABBOTT: I just did.
COSTELLO: You just did what?

ABBOTT: Recommend something.
COSTELLO: You recommended something?

ABBOTT: Yes.
COSTELLO: For my office?

ABBOTT: Yes.
COSTELLO: OK, what did you recommend for my office?

ABBOTT: Office.
COSTELLO: Yes, for my office!

ABBOTT: I recommend Office with Windows.
COSTELLO: I already have an office with windows! OK, let's just say I'm sitting at my computer and I want to type a proposal. What do I need?

ABBOTT: Word.
COSTELLO: What word?

ABBOTT: The Word in Office.
COSTELLO: The only word in office is "office."

ABBOTT: The Word in Office for Windows.
COSTELLO: Which word in office for windows? I told y ou I don't want windows installed in my computer.

ABBOTT: The Word you get when you click the blue "W."
COSTELLO: I'm going to click your "blue 'W'" if you don't start with some straight answers! OK, forget that. Can I watch movies on the internet on this computer?

ABBOTT: Yes, you'll want Real One.
COSTELLO: Maybe a real one, maybe a cartoon. What I watch is none of your business. Just tell me what I need!

ABBOTT: Real One.
COSTELLO: If it's a long movie I also want to see reel 2, 3 & 4. Can I watch them?

ABBOTT: Of course.
COSTELLO: Great! With what?

ABBOTT: Real One.
COSTELLO: OK, I'm at my computer and I want to watch a movie. What do I do?

ABBOTT: You click the blue "1".
COSTELLO: I click the blue one what?

ABBOTT: The blue "1".
COSTELLO: Is that different from the blue "W"?

ABBOTT: The blue "1" is Real One and the blue "W" is Word.
COSTELLO: What word?

ABBOTT: The Word in Office for Windows.
COSTELLO: But there are three words in "office for windows"!

ABBOTT: No, just one. But it's the most popular Word in the world.
COSTELLO: It is?

ABBOTT: Yes, but to be fair, there aren't many other Words left. It pretty much wiped out all the other Words out there. COSTELLO: And that word is "real one"?

ABBOTT: Real One has nothing to do with Word. Real One isn't even part of Office.
COSTELLO: STOP! Don't start that again. What about financial bookkeeping? You have anything I can track my money with?

ABBOTT: Money.
COSTELLO: That's right. What do you have?

ABBOTT: Money.
COSTELLO: I need money to track my money?

ABBOTT: It comes bundled with your computer.
COSTELLO: What's bundled with my computer?

ABBOTT: Money.
COSTELLO: Money comes with my computer?

ABBOTT: Yes. No extra charge.
COSTELLO: I get a bundle of money with my computer? How much?

ABBOTT: One copy.
COSTELLO: Isn't it illegal to copy money?

ABBOTT: Microsoft gave us a license to copy Money.
COSTELLO: They can give you a license to copy money?

ABBOTT: Why not? THEY OWN IT!

A FEW DAYS LATER . .

ABBOTT: PC World. May I help you?
COSTELLO: Your people set up this computer in my den and turned it on, but how do I turn it off?

ABBOTT: Click on "START"
COSTELLO: Aagh! (Sound of suicide!)

NO PASSWORD REQUIRED FOR DISCUSSION BOARD

November 27, 2008. We hate to admit it but applying a password to the discussion board killed all discussion. The discussion board is an integral part of the site so to revive it we have removed the passwork requirement. We hope people will behave and that it will not be necessary to bring it back. We will increase our monitoring so as to kill nasty, vicious and non-museum messages and will strictly enforce a no personal attacks policy.

PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTRIBUTE.

MAKING THE FRONT PAGE MORE MANAGEABLE

November 1, 2008. Somehow the front page keeps filling up and this in turn makes it more difficult to open.

Consequently we have made two changes.

The first is that the previous front page has been transferred in its entirety to a new page "2008 NEWS" which can be accessed from the main menu on the left. If you want details of 2008 museum and other happenings up to November 1, 2008 then go to this web page.

The second is that we are trying to get all the details of each vehicle into its own web page which is accessed through "ALL OUR BUSES" on the menu. This change alone is a colossal undertaking and could take a year. Basically, if you want to access details or photos of any particular bus then this is the way to go.

The problem, of course, is that the website just keeps getting bigger and bigger as more and more buses arrive and more events occur at the museum. Therefore structuring the site so as to make it easy to get at information is a major item and there is no guaranteed way of doing it. One tries something and if it works, fine, and if it does not work then try something else. To make matters worse any change must be backwards valid so as to avoid negating previous work.

If you are a regular then go to "2008 NEWS" for all news prior to today November 1, 2008. This page will first have the latest news as it develops and will then transfer subsequently to the 2008 news page. It is also worth noting that the "FLEET LIST" page has just been updated as of October 31, 2008 and is now correct. This an abbreviated table listing all the museum vehicles It can be accessed as "FLEET LIST" from the menu on the left.

2008 ANNUAL REPORT AND 2009 CALENDAR AVAILABLE NOVEMBER 14.

The 2008 annual report will be published on November 14 and together wth our 2009 calendar will be sent to all members of record. If you would like a free copy then e-mail us your address to busmuseum@hotmail.com and it will be promptly posted.

NEWS FROM IPSWICH RE DENNIS FALCON IPSWICH 114

Our sincere thanks to Ross in Ipswich for the following information re our Dennis Falcon. Incidentally we hope to get her sister shortly! Interestingly there was an article in Bus and Coach Preservation recently bemoaning the fact that they did not think any Ipswich Falcons survived!

He writes: I was interested to learn that you recently added former Ipswich Buses’ East Lancs bodied Dennis Falcon 114 (E114 KDX) to your collection, and hope she will do you proud. The following may be of interest:

114 (E114 KDX) Dennis Falcon HC SDA419/188 East Lancs A8601 B44D

New, 7/88. Delivered, 4/7/88. In service, 26/7/88. Named “Avocet”, 29/4/89, in special ceremony, and with accompanying plaque fitted in saloon; Repainted, 8/93; Repainted, but with cream roof, and without dark green and lining, 8/00. Withdrawn, 6/12/02. To Ensign Bus Company Ltd (as dealer), Purfleet, 12/02, (left Ipswich, 6/12/02); To Guide Friday Ltd, Stratford upon Avon, 414, 6/12/02; Allocated to Cambridge; Repainted in Ensign Bus Company Ltd fleet livery (blue/silver), with Cambridge Blue fleetnames, 3/03; Operated on Ensign Bus Company Ltd operator licence disc; Withdrawn, by 12/04; To Malahide Coaches Ltd, Malahide, Co. Dublin, Eire, 9/04; re-registered 88-D-43778, by 9/05. To Kells Transport Museum 9/08.

General: 114-124 were new in standard Ipswich Buses Ltd livery of two-tone green and cream: green - roof, side panels and front apron; dark green - side skirting swept up from midway along the rear overhang and over the rear below window level; cream - front dome, window surrounds, and doors; black lining - between green and cream areas below window level; orange lining - surrounding green roof. A black front bumper was also fitted.

Fleetnumbers were of the style introduced in 1980, prefixed by No on the front only. The front destination display incorporated roller blind destination with three-track route number to the offside. A nearside digital route number box was also fitted at the top left corner of the window between the entrance and exit doors. “IPSWICH BUSES” fleetnames, incorporating the borough coat-of-arms, were applied to the side panels.

114-124 had top rail seats, trimmed in the standard orange and brown pattern moquette introduced on Leyland Atlantean 36 (RBJ 36W) in 1980.

LATEST REPORT ON MICHAEL

The exploratory surgery has shown up the need for major surgery as quickly as possible. The basic plan is that he should be recovered from the first about by November 3 and will then have two weeks operational with the major surgery following November 14. This will keep him out of circulation until the New Year at least as he will have to stay as still as possible to allow the eye to recover. There is no knowing when he would be able to see enough to work.

In the meantime Stephen Payne is running the museum. Michael has promised while recuperating to update the website and to write - or dictate, if he cannot see - all sorts of articles.

FOUR COURTS GONE MAD

One of Michaels last events was to almost get arrested in the Four Courts and he penned the following which we print.

If anyone in authority wants to do something unchallenged then they think that all they have to do is say the word "security" and one should put up with any sort of crazy instructions. In pursuance of this famous "security!" all sorts of nutters are making rules, none more so than in the Courts Service in the Four Courts in Dublin. Nobody thinks through the effect of rules and nobody can be found to be responsible for making them. This series deals with some of these crazy nutcases and the rules they make so we will start with the Four Courts.

It is, apparently, OK to blow Judges in the Distillery Courts and the Kings Inns and all over the country up but not in the four courts. So they spend over one half million euro a year putting in security checks in one of 192 court buildings. Why 1?

To make matters worse they then discriminate between the ego inflated barristers and solicitors by allowing them in two special gates with no security, whereas us peasants are barred. We might contaminate them! Again why?

But, even worse, we have in the Four Courts one of the most beautiful buildings in Ireland and tourists are not allowed photograph it. Not even in Russia does this happen. The queston is who decided this and when I find out I will string him up here.

In connection with this I met Frank Lyons who is responsible for the building and I attempted to educate him - without any success, I must admit - on the fact that this is a free country and he simply cannot stop anyone taking photographs. I asked him who the stupid fool was that made the rules and he told me the Chief Justice. I remarked that by a most remarkable coincidence I would be appearing before him in half an hour and would ask him if he was the stupid fool as I had just been told he was. Somehow Frank decided this might not be the best idea.

He then asked me to hand my camera to him to leave at the gate and courtesy refrains me from telling you where I told him to go. I also warned me that I would do the first person who laid a hand on me for assault and somebody would have to assault me to stop me taking a photo.

I told him I was just about to take a photo and asked him what he was going to do about it. He told me, he would have me arrested. I called over the Garda standing nearby and asked him to be ready to arrest me as I was going to take a photo and arrest me as dear Frank wanted it. The Garda said he knew of no law stopping people taking photos and suddenly discovered he had urgent business elsewhere!

Anyhow, on my last day in the Four Courts I was in Aras Mhic Dalaigh when one of Franks goons assaulted me after taking a photo. Why? Because when leaving fee the office I looked at the entrance and it was utterly filthy with boxes and rubbish piled high everywhere. I took a photograph of one side. As I was taking the other I felt a wallop and one of your goons had pushed and assaulted me.

He told me I was not to take photographs. I told him he had assaulted me. I also informed him that the mess was contrary to the Health and Safety Acts and it was an offence and that he was now conspiring to pervert the court of justice by preventing me getting evidence of a crime. I also pointed out there was no law against photographs.

He mentioned something about arrest and made a phone call but as I was on at 11 a.m. I had no time for his nonsense. After the court I tried to find a member of the Garda Siochana to give myself up for the offence. However, this member said he knew of no law against taking photographs and he seemed unwilling to handcuff me and march me off to the Bridewell to lock me up!

I hope you enjoy the photos I took, which if an offence, I freely admit to and if charged will plead guilty, so now is the chance of a Garda seeking promotion to charge me!

Frank must have some fix on womens toilets as there is no such sign on the mens toilets, where, obviously photographs are not specifically barred!

This is what they wanted me to stop photographing and used force to try. I must say I agree they had good reason as the place is a mess. Not alone is this a violation of Health and Safety but it is utterly ludicrous not to allow such a beautiful front entrance to be used. In any event why?

The Planning Authority in the Dublin Corporation and the Fire Officer turns a blind eye to the blatant danger and the fact that the entrance violates the law and makes the building unsafe in the event of an emergency. But of course they are in the pocket of the courts authority so they do nothing!

What a mess!

This what happened when I was hit. The evidence speaks for itself as to whether I was assaulted or not!

Just to confirm I broke the law here is a picture of a most beautiful building, taken, according to Frank Lyons, illegally. I challenge him now to have me prosecuted but I bet he does not have the guts! He is great at making rules but runs when challenged. I offer him the incontrovertible evidence to convict me.

A lost chance to save Ireland. During an alert what did the security people do but put everyone into the square right alongside the alleged bomb. Just think of the advantages to Irish society if most of the Judges, senior and junior cousel and many solicitors were all blown up together. This would have made the security people worthwhile.

In summary as long as we have stupid fools like Frank and his goons running the courts it is no wonder the country is in such a mess! I challenge him to come on here and explain his position and his logic and I guarantee to print it unedited.

LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL - TODAY WE SELL A CAR

I could not resist this sign today in Bishopstown at Denis and Mary Ryan's place. The recession is beginning to bite! Obviously the sale of even one car has become such a rare and infrequent event that a day when a car sale finally arrives should be told to the world at large by huge road sign. When is the next car going to be sold Denis?

We will actually sell a car today!

LATEST PHOTO OF KELLS TIGER ROW

We think this is a rather unique photo and wanted to share it. It consist of Tigers 340, 385, 400, 460, 1000, 1122, 1131, 1143, 2620, 2624 and 2629. Missing is 598 which is in Dublin at the moment and 2609 is yet to come. This is the end of the N type preservation program. OKAY, OKAY 598 is not N type but you know what we mean!

Some lineup!

ANNOUNCING ACQUISITION DAIMLER FLEETLINES CLEVELAND 118 AND WEST MIDLANDS 6306.

October 5, 2008. We are happy to announce two valuable additions to our collection of Daimler Fleetlines, Cleveland 118 and West Midlands 6306. These probably complete our Fleetline programm which also includes West Midlands. All are in operable condition.

We went to look at Cleveland 118 yesterday and she had been living in the bushes literally. However, we got her started and to our amazement everything worked even though she had been sitting there for over seven years. We plan to give her a wash before commencing the long drive to Cork. The picture says it all.

As for West Midlands 6306 when we get the trees out of the engine we wll try and start her. She has, we understand, a new engine, so it may not be that bad. As readers will be aware most Fleetlines are Gardner engined. We are so pleased with these two additions and added to Derby 47 and West Midlands 6889 and 6965 we have a superb collection.

She sure needs a wash. Her original registration is YVN 518T.

QUEEN ELIZABETH ISSUES NEW PROCLAMATION TO SOLVE WORLD CRISIS

MESSAGE FROM THE QUEEN

Caroline Ferres of Uruguay, one of our rail colleagues out there has come across a top secret document in the British Embassy in Montevideo. We are the first to publish it. It will only stay on the main page for two days and will then be accessible from the menu. It is clear there will be a lot of left hand drive buses available to the museum shortly so we had better get some more space!

To:
the citizens of the United States of America

From:
Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

In light of your failure in recent years to nominate competent candidates for President of the USA and thus to govern yourselves, we hereby give notice of the revocation of your independence, effective immediately. (You should look up "revocation" in the Oxford English Dictionary.)

Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will resume monarchical duties over all states, commonwealths, and territories (except Kansas, which she does not fancy). Your new Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, will appoint a Governor for America without the need for further elections. Congress and the Senate will be disbanded. A questionnaire may be circulated next year to determine whether any of you noticed.

To aid in the transition to a British Crown dependency, the following rules are introduced with immediate effect:


1.
The letter "U" will be reinstated in words such as "colour," "favour," "labour" and "neighbour." Likewise, you will learn to spell "doughnut" without skipping half the letters, and the suffix "-ize" will be replaced by the suffix "-ise." Generally, you will be expected to raise your vocabulary to acceptable levels. (Look up "vocabulary").

2.
Using the same twenty-seven words interspersed with filler noises such as '"like" and "you know" is an unacceptable and inefficient form of communication. There is no such thing as U. S. English. We will let Microsoft know on your behalf. The Microsoft spell-checker will be adjusted to take into account the reinstated letter "u"' and the elimination of "-ize."

3.
July 4th will no longer be celebrated as a holiday.

4.
You will learn to resolve personal issues without using guns, lawyers, or therapists. The fact that you need so many lawyers and therapists shows that you're not quite ready to be independent. Guns should only be used for shooting grouse. If you can't sort things out without suing someone or speaking to a therapist, then you're not ready to shoot grouse.

5.
Therefore, you will no longer be allowed to own or carry anything more dangerous than a vegetable peeler, although a permit will be required if you wish to carry a vegetable peeler in public.

6.
All intersections will be replaced with roundabouts, and you will start driving on the left side with immediate effect. At the same time, you will go metric with immediate effect and without the benefit of conversion tables. Both roundabouts and metrication will help you understand the British sense of humour.

7. The former USA will adopt UK prices on petrol (which you have been calling gasoline) of roughly $10/US gallon. Get used to it.

8.
You will learn to make real chips. Those things you call French fries are not real chips, and those things you insist on calling potato chips are properly called crisps. Real chips are thick cut, fried in animal fat, and dressed not with catsup but with vinegar.

9.
The cold, tasteless stuff you insist on calling beer is not actually beer at all. Henceforth, only proper British Bitter will be referred to as beer, and European brews of known and accepted provenance will be referred to as Lager. Australian beer is also acceptable, as they are pound for pound the greatest sporting nation on earth and it can only be due to the beer. They are also part of the British Commonwealth - see what it did for them. American brands will be referred to as Near-Frozen Gnat's Urine, so that all can be sold without risk of further confusion.

10.
Hollywood will be required occasionally to cast English actors as good guys. Hollywood will also be required to cast English actors to play English characters. Watching Andie MacDowell attempt English dialogue in Four Weddings and a Funeral was an experience akin to having one's ears removed with a cheese grater.

11.
You will cease playing American football. There is only one kind of proper football; you call it soccer. Those of you brave enough will, in time, be allowed to play rugby (which has some similarities to American football, but does not involve stopping for a rest every twenty seconds or wearing full Kevlar body amour like a bunch of nannies).

12.
Further, you will stop playing baseball. It is not reasonable to host an event called the World Series for a game which is not played outside of America. Since only 2.1% of you are aware there is a world beyond your borders, your error is understandable. You will learn cricket, and we will let you face the Australians first to take the sting out of their deliveries.

13.
You must tell us who killed JFK. It's been driving us mad.

14.
An internal revenue agent (i.e. tax collector) from Her Majesty's Government will be with you shortly to ensure the acquisition of all monies due (backdated to 1776).

15.
Daily Tea Time begins promptly at 4 p.m. with proper cups, with saucers, and never mugs, with high quality biscuits (cookies) and cakes; plus strawberries (with cream) when in season.

God Save the Queen

STEPHEN PAYNE GONE UTTERLY BONKERS THIS TIME - 42 NEW ARRIVALS AT DEPOT IN ONE DAY.

October 4, 2008. Stephen has got obsessed with this farm machinery business. Not content with the machinery side he introduced breakfast, lunch and dinner complete with an ample supply of milk in the form of 42 cows. He keeps going on about having the proper atmosphere at the depot. He also procured a cowboy who is remarkably similar to Ross who also doubles as a speed hump. Trouble is that this includes the atmosphere of you know what which totally overpowers the smell of diesel. Here are some photos:

Arriving at the depot

Inspecting the fleet.

Further inspection.

A little Tiger, Leopard, Bristol RE and Foden does not impress them!

STEPHEN LYNCH NEGOTIATES SPECIAL DEAL WITH TOPAZ.

After our trip with 2156 Stephen has been wonderful to negotiate a special deal with Topaz oil company. For every five gallons of oil we get one free RE! Thanks Stephen.

THE GARAGE CAT AND THE GARAGE KITTEN.

We finally got a photo of the Garage Cat who keeps posting on this board together with our new Garage Kitten!

What a remarkable similarity!

Closeup!

BRISTOL RE's 2156 AND 2569 ARRIVE AT DEPOT

October 2, 2008. We are happy to announce the safe arrival of Bristol RE 2156 and Bristol RE 2569 at the depot. Ross drove 2569 and Stephen 2156. 2156 being typical ex Bus Eireann was in appalling condition and in fact used 5 gallons, yes, 5 gallons, of oil coming down. We think though it is only the head gasket. The bodywork after the usual Bus Eireann bashing has not one panel in one piece.

As for 2569 she was well looked after by Swilly and was in the same condition as she came ex Ulsterbus and without a dent. 2156 and 2569 on the motorway.

2569 leaving yard in Rathangan.

2569 arriving depot after dark.

Rear view of 2569.

Inside of 2569.

Drivers Area of 2569.

Classic evening view of 2569 at sunset.

Inside 2156.

Steophen driving 2156

2156 used 5 gallons of oil coming to Cork. Inside became rather smoky towards the end!

OUR BRISTOL RE PRESERVATION PROGRAMME

With the delivery of 2156 and 2569 we have some valuable additions to our RE fleet. 2525 is due next week and this will conclude our current programme altough two more might be possible ex Swilly.

This then gives us:
2156/BG 45. At depot. Needs some minor engine work but major bodywork and repaint.
2180/BG 43. At depot. Mechanically good. needs minor engine work and repaint.
2187. At depot. Needs new engine and repaint.
2192/BG 36. At depot. Needs repaint but mechanically fine.
2198/BG 35. In Mayo. Knackered. Debatable if worth cost of collecting.
2525. In Dublin. Due next week.
2531. In depot. 100%.
2538/470 In depot. 100%.
2569/458. In depot. Will need paint job. Question is what livery?

The question now arises as to what liveries they should be in and our thinking is as follows and comments are invited:

2156. Bus Eireann.
2180. Ulsterbus.
2187. Ulsterbus.
2192. Bus Eireann.
2198. See note above.
2525 Ulsterbus.
2531 Citybus.
2538 Citybus.
2569 Swilly. But is there any such livery and if so, what is it? If not, then Citybus.

We think this is a pretty good collection as we entered the RE scene at the end. They are not as easy to maintain as their Leopard counterparts.We will keep readers posted on future progress.

One comment in passing. It is interesting to note that the RE fleet seems to need a lot of engine work. The Leopard fleet has no such requirement, the 680 being indestructible. The big problem with the Gardner is that they leak oil like a sieve everywhere and this can lead to catastrophic failure, if not watched. Almost every one of our RE fleet need a major checkup on the engines to stop oil leaks. And for any engine that has been near Bus Eireann it is a disaster.

It is a little early to have any firm views on the Tiger fleet but the engines seem indestructible. However, the electrics seem to be the weak point. They seem to suffer from a lot of niggling items, especially if they are not run everyday. They do not like sitting. Once we get our new 24 bus maintenance building we will be able to devote more time to keeping them 100%.

NEW ROUNDABOUT AT THE DEPOT

When I came in a few days ago I discovered a new roundabout at the depot on the way in. On closer inspection it turned out to be Ross.

Suggestions for captions invited.

ULSTERBUS EXPRESS TIGERS 460 AND 1131 ARRIVE AT MUSEUM

September 30, 2008. Ulsterbus Express Tigers, 460 driven by Barney Yourell, and 1131 driven by Ross Aitken arrived safely at the museum today after the long trip from Belfast.

Coming down the Motorway.

The delivery Team with webmaster.

Front Views.

Rear Views.

Passing each other at the depot.

Very unusual 3+ 2 seating in 1131.

Standard Dash.

STEPHEN PAYNE GOES COMPLETELY BONKERS
ANNOUNCING ARRIVAL DEUTZ-FAHR M1102 COMBINE - 603 JZL.

September 26, 2008. I had another surprise today when Stephen Payne asked me if I would go with him as escort to collect a special vehicle. Off we went to Coolagown.

To say I was surprised was to put it mildly as it turned out to be another combine,this time a 1980 massive Deutz Fahr M 1102. Stephen has combines on the brain! If he keeps this up we will have to rename the museum the Kells Combine Museum!

She is an absolutely fabulous addition to the collection and arrived safely in the depot driven all the way by Stephen. Our museum is really expanding. We really have to hand it to Stephen for sourcing such a fabulous machine. Now, does anyone know anything about these machines. Perhaps our Clayson friend in the UK can help.

CLICK HERE FOR FULL ARTICLE ON DEUTZ FAHR M1102.

ULSTERBUS FLEET PLANS

September 26, 2008. With arival shortly of N type Tigers 460, 1131, 1200 and 2609 this will complete the N type Tiger programme.

Our next plans will be to obtain probably about six to ten Q type in due course. In the meantime we will rationalise our overall Tiger program and we intend getting as many as possible into fully restored condition. Originally we had planned to use some of the Ulsterbus Tigers for parts but these are such superb machines it would be a shame so we will probably scrap about two of our other Tigers which are beyond redemption and use those for parts. We expect to receive about twelve to twenty non-Ulsterbus Tigers in the coming year as well.

I have posted on the Northern Ireland Bus Message Board an invitation for ideas on building our Ulsterbus collection by way of replicas of previous fleets. Basically we would take a vehicle which was operated in the Northern Ireland fleet e.g. an Atlantean, and rebuild a similar vehicle which we have in our collection so as to appear for all intents and purposes as the Ulsterbus vehicle i.e. in Ulsterbus livery etc.

I realise this will be sacrilege to some but a museum is not about having everything original but having exhibits which show certain events, types etc. and I would argue if we can have a vehicle which is almost identical to the Ulsterbus vehicle it portrays then that is a valuable exhibit. It makes the collection of that much more interest. We are basically an Irish museum and therefore Irish transport history should be our top priority. We do have surplus vehicles which could be used for this purpose.

Whether one likes it or not the reality is that certain types of Ulsterbus vehicles no longer exist so the next best thing, in our view, is to replicate them. We are currently doing reserach into a ten year plan to this end. We invite all our readers to comment and make suggestions. Basically is a similar vehicle exists to an Ulsterbus vehicle no longer available then we will restore it as the Ulsterbus vehicle. What do you think?

We started out by just expecting to have a couple of Ulsterbus/Citybus vehicles but now we are, arguably, the museum of Ulsterbus vehicles so we need to look at - in our view - having the most representative collection possible. How we do it is a matter of debate and the more opinions the better. Anyhow, read the N.I. message board and post your comments either there or here.

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING TOTALLY DIFFERENT

September 19, 2008. The following is of rather limited interest but I will just leave up for a short while. The full photos of the railways of Ecuador can be accessed from the menu on the left. I have just returned from working the entire system in Ecuador and there is much good news.

The Government of Ecuador has decided to rehabilitate the entire line from Quito to Guayaquil and from Otavalo to San Lorenzo and has made an initial allocation of funds to commence. The line from Quito (Chimbacalle) has been entirely relaid and the line from Tambillo is currently closed for complete reconstruction which is about 50% complete. It is expected to re-open to El Boliche in October and to Latacunga in January 2009. Riobamba to Urbina has also been completed. 200,000 new sleepers are in the process of being delivered.

The line from Riobamba to Sibamabe is being worked on currently but is fully operational. The next sections to be worked on are Yaguachi to Milagro scheduled to re-open in January 2009, Urbina to Mocha (January 2009) and Bucay to Huigra (March 2009). These are expected to be followed by Huigra to Sibambe currently scheduled to re-open in June 2009.

The line from Ibarra to Primer Paso is currently being upgraded between Ibarra and Salinas and by 2010 it is expected that this line will be operational from Otavalo to San Lorenzo.

Major equipment refurbishment is either underway or complete. Two new trains based in Quito and Riobamba have been completed all with accommodation for roof riders. Cars 97 and 98 are fully refurbished, 61 and 95 is fully operational and 93 is being refurbished. A new railcar has been built and is fully operational No. 86 and No. 10 has been totally rebuilt. Finally new coaches are being constructed in Ibarra for the line to San Lorenzo re-opening with diesel power.

Stations at Quito, Tambillo, Machachi, El Boliche, Lasso, Latacunga, Urbina and Riobamba have been totally refurbished.

Allocation of vehicles is currently as follows:

Duran : Steam loco No. 11 operational. No. 18 under repair. Autoferro 3 operational.
Bucay : Steam Loco No. 58 under repair. Autoferro 95 operational.
Alausi : Autoferros 61 and 111 Operational.
Riobamba: Steam Locos Nos. 17 and 53 operational. Autoferros 97 and 112 operational. New five coach passenger train under construction. Stored serviceable Alsthom 2401. 2403. 2406, 2408, 2409. Quito: Autoferro 98 and 110 operational. 93 under refurbishment. New five coach passenger train under construction. Stored serviceable Alsthom 2404 and 2405.
Ibarra: Autoferros 10 and 86 (new) operational. No. 36 under repair. Steam loco No. 14 operational. Alsthom 2402 and 2407. New coaches under construction.

Some pictures. Go to Ecuador section for over 3,000 photos of the railroad.

NEW ADDRESS AND TELEPHONES AND FAX FOR THE MUSEUM

We have finally got a complete address for the museum and new phones and fax which are as follows:

Kells Transport Museum
Knockraha Airport
Knockraha
Co. Cork.

Tel. +353-21-482-8046
Fax +353-21-482-8047.

e-mail: busmuseum@hotmail.com

websites:

www.kellstransportmuseum.com
www.railwayinternational.com

Visiting Hours are :
Monday to Friday : 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Saturdays : By appointment 10 -1 and 2 - 4

ANOTHER SCREWY SIGN - THIS TIME A BUS ONE!

It can only happen in Ireland. Definitely every twenty minutes - but no fixed timetable!

At the reception of Bewleys Hotel at Dublin Airport.

TIGERS 460 AND 1130 HISTORY WANTED

August 14, 2008. The next additions in our Tiger preservation programnme are 460 and 1130. Both are express Tigers which means we now have a pair of express Tigers which was a major omission in our fleet.Our thanks to Fred Mairs for the following information about the vehicles.

460

460 was chosen because she appears to be the only machine left as an original express Tiger and is suitable for changing her present seating for coach seating to make her original. 1130 was chosen because we have no three and two Tiger.

460 entered service with Ulsterbus on the 17th January 1986 at Londonderry / Derry Depot. As it was an Express Tiger when in Derry 460 could often be found on the Londonderry - Dublin Express Service. 460 later transferred to Coleraine Depot in exchange for Tiger 368 and 460 remained at Coleraine until withdrawal at the end of December 2007. When in Coleraine 460 was often used on the long service run 134 / 143 from Coleriane - Limavady - Londonderry but in its later life was often outstationed at Ballymoney.

When new 460 was registered HXI 460 but it was reregistered JNZ 7487 when low floor Scania 2460 arrived. 460 was the only Tiger reregistered with an NZ number and this is rather strange. We would hope on the delivery trip to get some photos of her at Bus Aras which she used to visit.

1130

1130 (LXI 1130) was new to Enniskillen on the 24th March 1988. It only remained in Enniskillen for 1 year and then it moved to Ballymena. When in Enniskillen it often worked the Enniskillen - Belfast Express. During its time in Ballymena believe it or not it spent a number of years allocated to Portglenone. It later moved back to Ballymena and was replaced at Portglenone with 1122 (Kells Transport Museum also). 1130 was reseated as a 62 seat Tiger and has been used on busy school runs in the Ballymena area.

We really are grateful to our northern friends for their help in selecting Tigers and every suggestion is very carefully considered so please keep the suggestions coming. This program has to be unique in preservation history and as far as I know no other vehicle is the subject of such an encompassing preservation program. The real test will come in a hundred years or so when it remains to be seen how many are still running!

-- AER ARANN LOSES 1,225,000 EURO IN 2007. OPERATIONS NOW A TOTAL SHAMBLES

August 15,2008. Internal documents of Aer Arann show that it lost 1,225,000 euro last year. Even worse confidential predictions drawn up for 2008 show the loss rising to almost 2,500,000 euro. Aer Arann do not publish accounts and have left the Department of Transport in a quandary as they refuse to provide them with figures even though the taxpayer is footing the bill and should be told what a mess he is supporting.

Their operations have denegenerated into chaos and today August 15 out of Cork airport illustrates what a mess they are in and as can be seen they have achieved the magic figure of 100% of their flights late. This takes quite come achieving and shows that Padraig O'Ceidigh and his team are totally incompetent, have their heads buried in the sand, decline to do anything and are rapidly approaching bankruptcy. Stupid, bloody, fools are currently running Aer Arann.

INBOUND

RE 409 DUBLIN DUE 1340 ACTUAL 1727
RE 422 CARDIFF DUE 1435 ACTUAL 1738
RE 454 SOUTHAMPTON DUE 1755 ACTUAL 1807
RE 432 BRISTOL DUE 1800 ACTUAL 1923
RE 627 DUBLIN DUE 1835 ACTUAL 2012

OUTBOUND

RE 421 CARDIFF DUE 1500 ACTUAL 1812
RE 624 DUBLIN DUE 1620 ACTUAL 1759
RE 303 BELFAST DUE 1830 ACTUAL 1841
RE 465 EDINBURGH DUE 1840 ACTUAL 2139
RE 632 DUBLIN DUE 1900 ACTUAL 2041

and if anyone be thinks the above record - which is repeated day after day - is the way to run an airline then they are crazy. Padraig O'Ceidigh blamed Michael O'Leary for his behavour on the Dublin route. The truth and reality is that Aer Aranns performance is so appalling that nobody can rely on them anymore and the passengers are deserting in droves. It is interesting that today Ryanair were spot on on every Dublin service.

As for load factor Aer Arann are 46.2% which is totally lossmaking by any standards whereas Ryanair achieve 80.8%. In plain English Aer Arann have such a lousy commercial department they are simply failing to sell seats and should be fired. Every Ryanair passenger is a potential Aer Arann passenger so why are they not on Aer Arann? Simply because nobody expects Arann to turn up on time.

The cure is to fire the Operations Manager and fire the Commercial Manager and keep replacing them until things go right and if that does not work then fire Padraig O'Ceidigh.

It is simply not good enough for Padraig O'Ceidigh to take taxpayers money and have no accounting for it. A lot of small suppliers are going to come badly unstuck when Aer Arann go bankrupt and that is neither right nor fair. Minister Dempsey also has a duty to ensure they are financially sound and is failing in that duty.

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E 106 PROGRESS REPORT

August 12, 2008. The restoration of E 106 continues apace. Headlamps - and they work - have been fitted and the front now looks tolerably respectable.

Next somes the restoration of the back end and which is very badly corroded. This will be followed by a heavy clean of the interior. Once the new maintenance shed comes, she will be the first for a paint job.

All the E class had cast iron fleet plates originally. Does anyone know where these were made or where we could get duplicates made? Another question is who still manufactures blinds as we need to make up a new set for her.

Stephen Lynch has informed us that she was a Sligo based bus in service with the snail on the side but that she was subsequently painted with the CIE roundel. She then went to Athlone as a schools bus and finally to Cork as a driver trainer. She was delivered in cherry and cream and was the only E ever to be painted in CIE green but only for a film. No E ever wore green in service. They were a remarkably standardised fleet in that they all remained as delivered through their entire life other than possibly having the rear ladders removed. It is our intention to repaint her in cherry and cream with snails on the sides.

CORK AIRPORT DISASTER
FOREIGN BOTTOMS IN IMMINENT DANGER
EXECUTIVE BOTTOMS SAFE.

August 9, 2008. The cutbacks by the government have begun to bite and in the wrong places. Dublin Airport Authority have decided that foreigners at Cork Airport will have to sit on their bottoms on the toilets as toilet seats are being systematically removed and not replaced to save money. However, the Irish can use the bushes around the airport and Pat Keohane in his executive seat - if that is the correct expression - has no problem, as he still has a seat!

A shiny toilet for a shiny bottom!

AND THEY KEEP ARRIVING - LEYLAND LEOPARD 79 MN 522 ARRIVES

The latest arrival at the depot, courtesy Stephen Payne, has been Leyland Leopard 79 MN 522 in absolutely mint condition. Thanks to Stephen, there is, arguably, no better Leopard in the country.

Alongside our Tigers.

Front View.

Rear View.

Inside.

Drivers Area.

Traditional Clock.

Builders Plate.

88 C 16323 AN UNUSUAL GRIMSBY AND CLEETHORPES TIGER ARRIVES

July 9, 2008. A very rare Tiger with a very unusual Alexander body arrived at the depot today. It is in unusually good condition and was donated by John Hallahan of Hallahans coaches in Cappoquin to whom we are very grateful. The following are the photos of the machine.

Front View.

Rear View.

Inside like new.

Drivers Area.

One version of the Fleet Number 422.

Another version of the Fleet Number 25822.

MD 182 RUNS AGAIN

After probably 8 years Stephen got to work on MD 182 and got her started and she is purring like a kitten. She needs a driveshaft which will be donated by MD 117 and a windscreen but is otherwise complete and perfect. We hope to have her on the road in a few weeks in order to send her to the paint shop. Anyone know what colour she wore in service?

This means we now have the following M's running : M8 MD42 MG56 MG76 MD 182.

Next expected to run are : M 80 and M 82 which have no known faults.

Finally MD 35 is perfect other than a missing engine which will come from MD 117.

Needs a coat of paint after 8 years

Rear End

Inside

Drivers Area

SOME THOUGHTS ON THE KD 184 RESTORATION PROGRAMME AND OUR OTHER PROBLEMS

Just to set everyones mind at ease KD 184 will be restored without doubt. The only question is when, and this depends on when we can allocate covered storage to her for working on her. We estimate up to nine months.

We will have our first double decker maintenance bay ready in the next two weeks but immediate priority is anything that needs minimal work first and then we work our way down to the bigger jobs.

My best guess is that she just might be a winter project as our immedate priority is to maintain our 20+ strong Ulsterbus fleet in 100% condition.These were handed over in super condition and that is the way we will keep them but it does take hard work and the lack of activity requires a more intense maintenance schedule than if they were working every day. That is the reason we like visitors to come and take vehicles for a run. It keeps them active. The driving school also is a means of keeping them active.

To give an example of the problems we run into, 1143 two days ago would not start for God or man. Yet we knew she was perfect. All it took was a tap of the hammer on the solenoid which simply had stuck in the no start position because she had sat there for a month. Tigers are particularly prone to sitting problems.

The easiest of all are the 680's which seem to start at the drop of a hat even if they have sat for years. The Gardner is not far behind and the only problem on that is the stop unit which sometimes can be very slow to release if she has been sitting.

Our IT Manager, Lukasz, is working on a programme whereby we can make sure that every vehicle gets started on a regular interval and gets a regular run. Quite honestly with so many vehicles one simply loses track of each one and when they last started and when they last ran.

Another peculiar problem is that while if you have only one of a type, it is easier to remember the individual characteristics of each, but where you have identical multiples then it literally becomes impossible to tell one from the other. Ulsterbus Leopards 319, 326, 337 and 338 are absolutely identical as are Tigers 2620, 2624, 2629 not to mention Tigers 340, 385, 1122 and 1143 to name a few. It is equally difficult to differentiate between Gardner Tigers and TL 11 Tigers and it is only when you drive one you notice the difference and how slow the Gardner is. A Gardner does about 45 max and a TL11 65. But that goes out the door when you come to 2609 which is a high speed Gardner and goes like a TL11.... and so it goes. But then to show that the exception proves the rule 598 is a totally different Tiger and there is no way you could confuse her in anyway with any of the others.

Our top priority is to keep our recovery equipment operating perfectly and right now we have major work on both our tow trucks which includes full overhaul and a repaint of our motorway lift vehicle.

We are most grateful for readers support but simply do not understand the comments of people who have never been near us and simply have no idea of how much work goes into running a 300 vehicle museum, yet pass derogatory comments. Ireland is the land of begrudgers.

If it was not for people like Stephen Payne, Stephen Lynch, John Quirke, James O'Donovan and the myriad of other people and particularly Francis Dempsey who did miracles in sourcing vehicles and helped build the collection to what it is, all of whom devote their time and energy in to making vehicles work, we would have nothing.

Of course we are all mad but it is a wonderful form of madness just like my other madness of trying to restore steam in Ecuador but one gets a great sense of pride in having any vehicle, be it bus or steam engine back and running. That was why after restoring KC 129 it broke our hearts to have her stolen and crashed and it had to be someone very close who knew exactly what they were doing. It will take about €5,000 minimum to rebuild her but it will be done and this is a priority.

I hope this gives some insight into our work and when you criticise consider the size of the project we have undertaken. No other bus garage in Ireland has a fleet the size we do but we are proud of it and if we do not get things done this week, there is always next week. The alternative is everything scrapped. In my view our solution is better. I hope people in one hundred years time appreciate our efforts!

Michael Grimes

WHY AER ARANN IS RUN LIKE A LUNATIC ASYLUM AND IS GOING BROKE

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NEW ARRIVAL - LEYLAND LEOPARD 83 D 4174

jUNE 2, 2008. Thanks to Barney Yourell and Stephen Payne and James Kavanagh of Malahide Coaches and their kind generosity we have received another valuable addition to our collection. She was delievred by Stephen Payne accompanied by Aaron Donohoe.

She is a 1983 Leyland Leopard 680 engined Plaxton Supreme in perfect condition. It was delivered new to Wallace Arnold in C49F layout (Plaxton recliners), delivered 4/1981, as PNW 310W. (Chassis No: 8031151 PSU3F/4R). Following delivery, it appears this vehicle was involved in an accident, rendering the body a write-off (Body No: 8111LC3010. It was returned to Plaxton, Scarborough, where it was rebuilt, and delivered in 1983 to Wallace Arnold as GWY 165Y. Hence the unsual reg for a Leopard! We are unsure of when it was withdrawn from Wallace Arnold, and what it did between then and it's acquisition by Malahide Coaches. The body is believed to be the last Supreme body built.

Malahide coaches purchased it in 1998. It was still in school service in January 2007 and was withdrawen in june 2007.

We are delighted with this addition and thanks to everyone. Can anyone fill in the gaps?

A good looking Plaxton.

Rear view.

Passing the most recent arrival Tiger 1143.

Drivers area.

Inside with extra seats.

Rear view.

Stephen Payne and James Kavanagh on collecting the vehicle.

STUPID COMPANIES - STUPID MANAGEMENT - TOPAZ

May 29, 2008. Topaz have taken over the Statoil franchise. The new emblem is total and utter rubbish and a product of an ad agency who firmly believe in the emperors new clothes. Whoever in Topaz selected it needs to be fired for wasting the companys money and likewise at the ad agency who thought it up. To have paid a fortune for this emblem proves that those at the top of Topaz are totally and utterly stupid and should not be in charge of such an important company.

They cannot spell either as this sign at Frankfield service station in Cork shows. I asked them to change it but was informed this could not be done as it is directed from head office in Dublin presided over by one Danny Murray. Danny apparently believes in central control and gives nobody any authority to do anything. A funny way to run a business. We will see how how much longer the stupid sign stays up. I will keep readers advised.

Somebody cannot spell Castlemaine!

THE DEMENTED RAVINGS OF A FOUR YEAR OLD AT ARTS CLASS!!

MORE SCREWY SIGNS - THIS ONE FROM CORK AIRPORT

The following sign was in a lift at Cork Airport!

Hope you have a mobile with you or it may be a long wait in the lift!

WHY OUR VEHICLES CARRY UK AND NI PLATES

Things down here are not what they seem - if they ever were! Bristol RELL6G 2531 still carries her AXI 2531 plates everywhere she goes and will never carry southern plates. However, all vehicles coming south for insurance purposes have a southern equivalent which in her case is 84 C 3716 even though she will never carry it. It is purely a paperwork exercise.

This applies to all our Northern and UK vehicles and in fact any vehicles we have which currently have southern plates will revert to their UK or NI plates and will wear them at all times even on the roads in the south.

I know it sounds crazy but surely it is better than having that horrible 84 C plate in her!

Even more to the point NI vehicles which have been reregistered in the north will also revert to their original northern plates.

So it is possible for a northern vehicle to come down south and meet an older vehicle on the road with the exact identical plates. What a photograph that would be!

Finally it may be of interest that when Citybus Tiger 2624 was in Knockraha last Saturday she was photographed alongside her Bus Eireann counterpart but she had her Northern Plates NXI 4624 on her for all the photos. I think it is unique that she is the first Citybus Gardner Tiger ever down here and secondly wonderful that she could be here. When she goes to Parnell Place Bus Station and Cork Airport who ever dreamt that 2624 would be photographed at Cork bus station? And it is all due to the Translink team who have helped their preservation in a way nobody would believe.

I only wish we could reciprocate and send a few KR's to fellow preservationists but down here everything wants everything destroyed as we just have a bunch of Philistines loose. It is both scandalous and a tragedy.

One of the unique things about our museum is that visitors can drive the buses - assuming they can drive in the first place, of course - and photographs taken on our roads could, very easily pass for UK or NI. If I live long enough I would hope to have as many of our vehicles as possible painted back in their old original liveries e.g. a GM Atlantean, a Crosville National etc.and of course with their original plates which should make some photographs, which while they can never be 100% genuine can act as a reasonable substitute. You cannot have everything in life!