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Welcome to the KELLS TRANSPORT MUSEUM

IRELANDS OPERATING BUS MUSEUM

PERU RAILWAYS - PERURAIL - FCCA - YAURICOCHA - CERRO DE PASCO - ENAFER
CUSCO AND SANTA ANA RAILWAY - HUANCAYO AND HUANCAVELICA RAILWAY
FERROCARRILL ECUATORIANA - E.N.F.E. - GUAYAQUIL & QUITO - ECUADOR RAILWAYS MOROCCAN RAILWAYS - HARZER-SCHMALSPUR-BAHNEN
CZECH RAILWAYS - SLOVAK RAILWAYS - ROMANIAN RAILWAYS

IRISH RAILWAYS - FFESTINIOG RAILWAY - GREAT ORME TRAMWAY

CHALKS OCEAN AIRWAYS - ISLAND HELICOPTERS - CZECH AIRLINES
SWANSEA CORK FERRIES - DEELIS TURF POWER STATION

RAILWAYS OF AUSTRALIA - ECUADOR - NEW ZEALAND - PERU - TASMANIA - SOUTH AMERICA
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CORK AIRPORT LIVE FLIGHT ARRIVALS AND DEPARTURES
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Also details of the Cork Airport Scandal

1981 OUT FOR A RUN

October 30, 2010. We have been busy here but forgetting to put things on the web. For example 1981 was out for a run and looked resplendent. Typical Leopard fuel restriction problems due to dirt accumulating in the fuel lines over probably 30 years plus were giving us problems. We took the system apart and cleaned it and now she is as fit as a fiddle.

If you look at the heading photo she is alongside one of our three Setras 7042 EL. A stunner.

RECENT VISITORS TO MUSEUM

September 15, 2010. Recent visitors to the museum have included Paul Llewellyn, the noted Southdown author and we were delighted to have him. He took 1320 for a run. Also visiting was Phillippe Bwanga.

Paul taking 1320 down the lane.

Paul and 1320.

Paul with 1309 and 1310.

Phillippe between 1003 and 1320.

CRAZY SIGNS IN KERRY

September 16, 2010. The way public money is wasted by Kerry County Council beggars belief. Take a look at this which greets the worried double deck bus driver as he approaches the bridge in Mountain Stage. Bear in mind that a double deck bus is just 14'2" high so the extra inch is vital.

Fine. Definitely 14' 2".

50 yards later. The inches are still fine but oh! oh! the metres are dropping. Definitely 14' 2". Our bus is a British Bus so definitely we go by inches.

50 yards later. Yikes! The inches have gone down now but the metres have gone up! Looks like we may shortly have an open top!

After the bridge. Anyone want a recently converted open top double decker?

KR9 OUT FOR A RUN

September 15, 2010. We had KR9 out for a run today. She really looked resplendent and a credit to the way Christy and Stephen restored her.

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THE OLOMOUC VETERAN CAR MUSEUM

September 10, 2010. Today I had the pleasure of visiting the Olomouc Veteran Car Museum and I was stunned at the magnificence of the vehices there, which are mainly Tatra.

For the full set of photos click on menu on left.

Two storeys.

One of the rarest cars in the world.

A magnificent Tatra.

Just look at the standard of restoration!.

A vintage Tatra Fire Engine!.

DO YOU WANT BLINDS FOR YOUR BUS EIREANN BUS?

September 16, 2010. Because the blinds on our Bus Eireann buses are in a bad way we have decided to commission a number of sets of blinds.

Some of you out there with preserved vehicles might like to get a set also and we would be glad to facilitate you. Give us a shout at busmuseum@hotmail.com.

We hope to have many different destinations and to avoid printing different blinds for very depot we plan a universal list that can be used on any vehicle, if that is possible. We invite suggestions. We think it is cheaper to have them all the same rather than say ten different blinds with different destinations. They will also carry fifteen Northern Ireland destinations and here again suggestions are invited.

Our initial choice for Northern Ireland is:

Ballymena
Kells
Belfast
Belfast Express
London Express
Newry
Londonderry
Coleraine
Portglenone
Dungannon
Enniskillen
Omagh
Vacant
Vacant
Vacant

The general will be:

Private
Tour
Garage
Airport
Vacant

The Irish Section - and here we particularly invite suggestions:

Cork
Knockraha
Goleen
Sundays Well
Togher
Donnybrook
Grange
Gurranebraher
Knocknaheeny
Parnell Place
Statue
Bandon
Mitchelstown
Ringaskiddy
Glengarriffe
Youghal
Fermoy
Charleville
Dublin
Dundalk
Arklow
Limerick
Shannon Airport
Kilkee
Doolin
Galway
Clifden
Westport
Belmullet
Ballina
Blacksod
Sligo
Rosses Point
Bundoran
Killybegs
Donegal
Letterkenny
Waterford
Tramore
Wexford
Foulksmills
Rosslare
Tralee
Dingle
Caherciveen
Phoenix Park
Bray
Dun Laoghaire
Howth Museum
Drogheda

Suggestions as to additions or removals are welcome and please put on discussion board.

PC2 ARRIVES IN THE DEPOT

August 31, 2010. PC2 arrived at the depot today from our depot in Dublin. Because she only has a top speed of 25 m.p.h. - she was an airport bus - we brought her down by low loader. She started instantly on arrival. She is a unique vehicle and a valuable addition to the museum. She is in excellent condition mechanically but needs some bodywork.

She is Cummins engined with a special low speed axle and fully automatic gearbox. The body is Van Hool. We understand she was built in the Van Hool factory. If anyone has further information on her please let us know.

On the low loader.

Offside View.

Another View.

Drivers Area.

ULSTERBUS LEOPARD 120 ARRIVES

August 28, 2010. 120 arrived at the depot today.

This leaves 107, 108 and 111 older. This batch started life in 1978 so they have almost 32 years service with their first operator which is nothing short of amazing. At the top of this page are four of our Leopards out for a run and a photo. Left to right Omagh(118), Larne(120), Metro (1981) and Newtownabbey (117).

120 is an Alexander 680 engined Leyland Leopard.

The following are her details:

Registration Number: ROI 120
Chassis Make: Leyland
Chassis Model: Leopard
Chassis No.: TR00
Body Make : Alexander Belfast
Body Model:
Body Number:
Engine: Leyland 680
HP: 150
Seating: B47F
Date service entry: 1978

Her history is (Thanks to Howard Cunningham for the info):

120 has current registration HCZ 5696 and is a Leyland PSU3E/4R with an Alexander ‘X’ (Belfast) body, DP49F. v She was new to LR 25.10.78 as ROI 120, with chassis number 7801537.

Transferred LR to BM 03.01.86, BM to V 01.05.90, V to R 01.09.92, R to LD 12.09.92, LD to R 30.09.92, R to MF 07.12.92, MF to R 31.10.94, R to AT 01.12.94, AT to R 31.12.94, R to LR 01.09.95, LR to R 30.04.95, R to LR 11.07.96, LR to R 01.09.98. Body and chassis shortened at rear and allocated for towing to LR 01.11.00. Renumbered 4120 01.04.03.

The other towcar Leopards in the museum are :

117
118
126
1891
1902
1981

An interesting addition for the museum indeed. The museum is extremely grateful to Ulsterbus for allowing us to have her

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Rear.
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Another View.
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Drivers Area.
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DR. GRIMES RECOVERING WELL.

August 23, 2010. Before someone adds funeral arrangements to the bulletin board - somebody was nasty enough to do so before - and to dispel any rumours, we are happy to announce that Dr. Grimes is recovering extremely well from a major eye operation performed last week. It appears the sight will be restored to the defective eye and that he will be able to drive buses for many years to come! We expect him back to work next week.

THERE IS NO KNOWING WHAT OUR STEPHEN GETS UP TO!

August 14, 2010. The weather has been so perfect that Stephen decided to give our Fahr combine a run and the first two photos were taken during preparation. The third photo was taken when he was finished the work and we think it is a super photo.

Wash it first.

Ready to go to work.

A perfect job!

ULSTERBUS 2650 ARRIVES

August 12, 2010. Tiger 2650 arrived on May 12, but we only got around to doing photos today. She was delivered by our Barney Yourell as usual. She is a Volvo Q Tiger and our third after 2648 and 2673. We are delighted to have her.

2650 is an Alexander Q type Volvo engined Leyland Tiger.

The following are her details:

Registration Number: SXI 2650
Chassis Make: Leyland
Chassis Model: Tiger
Chassis No.: TR00
Body Make : Alexander Belfast
Body Model: N
Body Number:
Engine: Volvo
HP:
Seating: B53F
Date service entry: 1992

2650 on arrival.
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Left View.
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Right View.
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Rear View.
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Inside Looking Back.
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Drivers Area.
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RICHARD AND KAREN SANDERSON VISIT THE MUSEUM

August 12, 2010. We were delighted today to have a visit from Richard and Karen Anderson from Aberdeen.

1981 ALL SPRUCED UP FOR MOGEELY

July 18, 2010. Stephen and Christy went to a lot of trouble to have Baby Leopard 1981 ready for Mogeely as the photo shows. Alas, it was a washout and she never got ther but she sure looked good.

Looks real super.

THE PINK PANTHER - AN ERROR IN POSTING TO THE SITE

Unfortunately a gremlin crept in when we posted the original arrival photos of 1981 in that they did not get posted. Accordingly we repeat them corrected here in case anyone missed them

April 27, 2010. Our heap of babies is growing with the arrival of, this time, another baby Leopard. In keeping with our current tradition we no longer name babies but number them and this bouncing Leopard is called 1981. She was delivered by Pat O'Sullivan with Sean Ryan as midwife!

After one look at her she was christened "The Pink Panther" and we intend using her for rallies this summer. She is our first pink bus! We hope to get some nice photos of her in the sun shortly.

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Side View
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Rear View.

A real classic Leyland dash.
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BABY LEOPARD 120 ARRIVES

August 3, 2010.

Leopard 120 was collected today from Larne. This is our seventh Leopard towtruck. Photos will follow.

She is only 32 years in service so is probably about one third of the way through her life!

Her history is (Thanks to Howard Cunningham for the info):

120 has current registration HCZ 5696 and is a Leyland PSU3E/4R with an Alexander ‘X’ (Belfast) body, DP49F.

She was new to LR 25.10.78 as ROI 120, with chassis number 7801537.

Transferred LR to BM 03.01.86, BM to V 01.05.90, V to R 01.09.92, R to LD 12.09.92, LD to R 30.09.92, R to MF 07.12.92, MF to R 31.10.94, R to AT 01.12.94, AT to R 31.12.94, R to LR 01.09.95, LR to R 30.04.95, R to LR 11.07.96, LR to R 01.09.98. Body and chassis shortened at rear and allocated for towing to LR 01.11.00. Renumbered 4120 01.04.03.

The other towcar Leopards in the museum are :

117
118
126
1891
1902
1981

An interesting addition for the museum indeed. The museum is extremely grateful to Ulsterbus for allowing us to have her

Michael Grimes

MOGEELY RALLY A WASHOUT

July 18, 2010. Alas, Mogeely Rally was a washout and we were unable to attend. This was a huge disappointment as we have been always there and well represented over the years but it was a vile weekend. We were taking Tiger 1320, Leopard 1981 and a Cork fire engine 2755 ZF.

We would not stand a chance of getting the machines - especially the baby leopard - onto the grass and if we did and they got bogged down even worse they would have to be lifted out which would risk damage so the decision was made not to take a chance. Nobody regretted it more than we did but we could do nothing. If they got bogged down you simply could not get them out and they would have to be lifted but the lift truck would have the same or worse traction and disaster could ensue.

ULSTERBUS 1320 ARRIVES

April 18, 2010. This is our seventh 13xx machine and was delivered by our Barney Yourell. She is fairly unique for an N Volvo Tiger in having sky boards.

1320 is an Alexander N type Volvo engined Leyland Tiger.

The following are her details:

Registration Number: PXI 1320
Chassis Make: Leyland
Chassis Model: Tiger TR2R56V16Z4
Chassis No.: TR00
Body Make : Alexander Belfast
Body Model: N
Body Number:
Engine: Volvo DH10
HP:
Seating: DP53F
Date service entry: February 1992

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Front View Drivers Side.
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Rear View Drivers Side.
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Rear View Passenger Side.
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Inside Looking Back.
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Inside Looking Forward.
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Drivers Area.
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ULSTERBUS LEOPARD 118 ARRIVAL

July 15, 2010. As promised here are photos of 118. She is in superb condition. She arrived at the depot on July 7, 2010.

118 started life in 1978 so they have almost 32 years service with their first operator which is nothing short of amazing. She joins sisters 117 and 126.

118 is an Alexander 680 engined Leyland Leopard.

The following are her details:

Registration Number: ROI 118
Chassis Make: Leyland
Chassis Model: Leopard
Chassis No.: TR00
Body Make : Alexander Belfast
Body Model:
Body Number:
Engine: Leyland 680
HP: 150
Seating: B47F
Date service entry: 1978

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At depot entrance going for a run for photos.
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Passenger Side.
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Drivers Side.
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Rear View.
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Drivers Area. Real classic Leopard.
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MOGEELY RALLY JULY 18th.

July 7, 2010. Do not forget the Mogeely Rally next Sunday July 18. We will,as always, be there and plan at the moment a fire engine, a Tiger and a Leopard or a RE. It is always a wonderful day out at one of the best rural rallies in Ireland.

ANNOUNCING THE ARRIVAL OF LEOPARD 118

July 7, 2010. Leopard 118 arrived today from Ulsterbus. Full details and photos will follow.

ANNOUNCING THE ARRIVAL OF TIGER 1320

July 7, 2010. Tiger 1320 arrived today from Ulsterbus driven, as usual, by Barney Yourell. Full details and photos will follow. She is an N Volvo Tiger.

ANNOUNCING THE ARRIVAL OF VOLVO B10 87 LK 3557.

July 6, 2010. Volvo B10 87 LK 3557 arrived today from Mannings of Croom. She is a Plaxton Paramount 3500 Volvo B10. She is intended for parts as her engine is seized but she can provide a valuable source of parts including a very valuable, almost perfect, set of seats. Full details will follow.

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1271 OUT FOR A RUN.

July 5, 2010. 1271 was out for a run to keep her in good order. Following photos taken.

Two views on the run.
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1312 OUT FOR A RUN.

July 4, 2010. 1312 was out for a run to keep her in good order.

Four views on the run.
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THERE IS NO KNOWING WHAT OUR STEPHEN GETS UP TO!

August 14, 2010. The weather has been so perfect that Stephen decided to give our Fahr combine a run and the first two photos were taken during preparation. The third photo was taken when he was finished the work and we think it is a super photo.

Wash it first.

Ready to go to work.

A perfect job!

ULSTERBUS 2650 ARRIVES

August 12, 2010. Tiger 2650 arrived on May 12, but we only got around to doing photos today. She was delivered by our Barney Yourell as usual. She is a Volvo Q Tiger and our third after 2648 and 2673. We are delighted to have her.

2650 is an Alexander Q type Volvo engined Leyland Tiger.

The following are her details:

Registration Number: SXI 2650
Chassis Make: Leyland
Chassis Model: Tiger
Chassis No.: TR00
Body Make : Alexander Belfast
Body Model: N
Body Number:
Engine: Volvo
HP:
Seating: B53F
Date service entry: 1992

2650 on arrival.
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Right View.
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Rear View.
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Inside Looking Back.
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Drivers Area.
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RICHARD AND KAREN SANDERSON VISIT THE MUSEUM

August 12, 2010. We were delighted today to have a visit from Richard and Karen Anderson from Aberdeen.

1981 ALL SPRUCED UP FOR MOGEELY

July 18, 2010. Stephen and Christy went to a lot of trouble to have Baby Leopard 1981 ready for Mogeely as the photo shows. Alas, it was a washout and she never got ther but she sure looked good.

Looks real super.

THE PINK PANTHER - AN ERROR IN POSTING TO THE SITE

Unfortunately a gremlin crept in when we posted the original arrival photos of 1981 in that they did not get posted. Accordingly we repeat them corrected here in case anyone missed them

April 27, 2010. Our heap of babies is growing with the arrival of, this time, another baby Leopard. In keeping with our current tradition we no longer name babies but number them and this bouncing Leopard is called 1981. She was delivered by Pat O'Sullivan with Sean Ryan as midwife!

After one look at her she was christened "The Pink Panther" and we intend using her for rallies this summer. She is our first pink bus! We hope to get some nice photos of her in the sun shortly.

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Rear View.

A real classic Leyland dash.
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BABY LEOPARD 120 ARRIVES

August 3, 2010.

Leopard 120 was collected today from Larne. This is our seventh Leopard towtruck. Photos will follow.

She is only 32 years in service so is probably about one third of the way through her life!

Her history is (Thanks to Howard Cunningham for the info):

120 has current registration HCZ 5696 and is a Leyland PSU3E/4R with an Alexander ‘X’ (Belfast) body, DP49F.

She was new to LR 25.10.78 as ROI 120, with chassis number 7801537.

Transferred LR to BM 03.01.86, BM to V 01.05.90, V to R 01.09.92, R to LD 12.09.92, LD to R 30.09.92, R to MF 07.12.92, MF to R 31.10.94, R to AT 01.12.94, AT to R 31.12.94, R to LR 01.09.95, LR to R 30.04.95, R to LR 11.07.96, LR to R 01.09.98. Body and chassis shortened at rear and allocated for towing to LR 01.11.00. Renumbered 4120 01.04.03.

The other towcar Leopards in the museum are :

117
118
126
1891
1902
1981

An interesting addition for the museum indeed. The museum is extremely grateful to Ulsterbus for allowing us to have her

Michael Grimes

MOGEELY RALLY A WASHOUT

July 18, 2010. Alas, Mogeely Rally was a washout and we were unable to attend. This was a huge disappointment as we have been always there and well represented over the years but it was a vile weekend. We were taking Tiger 1320, Leopard 1981 and a Cork fire engine 2755 ZF.

We would not stand a chance of getting the machines - especially the baby leopard - onto the grass and if we did and they got bogged down even worse they would have to be lifted out which would risk damage so the decision was made not to take a chance. Nobody regretted it more than we did but we could do nothing. If they got bogged down you simply could not get them out and they would have to be lifted but the lift truck would have the same or worse traction and disaster could ensue.

ULSTERBUS 1320 ARRIVES

April 18, 2010. This is our seventh 13xx machine and was delivered by our Barney Yourell. She is fairly unique for an N Volvo Tiger in having sky boards.

1320 is an Alexander N type Volvo engined Leyland Tiger.

The following are her details:

Registration Number: PXI 1320
Chassis Make: Leyland
Chassis Model: Tiger TR2R56V16Z4
Chassis No.: TR00
Body Make : Alexander Belfast
Body Model: N
Body Number:
Engine: Volvo DH10
HP:
Seating: DP53F
Date service entry: February 1992

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Front View Drivers Side.
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Rear View Drivers Side.
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Rear View Passenger Side.
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Inside Looking Back.
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Inside Looking Forward.
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Drivers Area.
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ULSTERBUS LEOPARD 118 ARRIVAL

July 15, 2010. As promised here are photos of 118. She is in superb condition. She arrived at the depot on July 7, 2010.

118 started life in 1978 so they have almost 32 years service with their first operator which is nothing short of amazing. She joins sisters 117 and 126.

118 is an Alexander 680 engined Leyland Leopard.

The following are her details:

Registration Number: ROI 118
Chassis Make: Leyland
Chassis Model: Leopard
Chassis No.: TR00
Body Make : Alexander Belfast
Body Model:
Body Number:
Engine: Leyland 680
HP: 150
Seating: B47F
Date service entry: 1978

On lane to depot.
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At depot entrance going for a run for photos.
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Drivers Side.
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Drivers Area. Real classic Leopard.
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MOGEELY RALLY JULY 18th.

July 7, 2010. Do not forget the Mogeely Rally next Sunday July 18. We will,as always, be there and plan at the moment a fire engine, a Tiger and a Leopard or a RE. It is always a wonderful day out at one of the best rural rallies in Ireland.

ANNOUNCING THE ARRIVAL OF LEOPARD 118

July 7, 2010. Leopard 118 arrived today from Ulsterbus. Full details and photos will follow.

ANNOUNCING THE ARRIVAL OF TIGER 1320

July 7, 2010. Tiger 1320 arrived today from Ulsterbus driven, as usual, by Barney Yourell. Full details and photos will follow. She is an N Volvo Tiger.

ANNOUNCING THE ARRIVAL OF VOLVO B10 87 LK 3557.

July 6, 2010. Volvo B10 87 LK 3557 arrived today from Mannings of Croom. She is a Plaxton Paramount 3500 Volvo B10. She is intended for parts as her engine is seized but she can provide a valuable source of parts including a very valuable, almost perfect, set of seats. Full details will follow.

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1271 OUT FOR A RUN.

July 5, 2010. 1271 was out for a run to keep her in good order. Following photos taken.

Two views on the run.
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1312 OUT FOR A RUN.

July 4, 2010. 1312 was out for a run to keep her in good order.

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VISIT BY THORNES OF BUBWITH SELBY.

June 7, 2010. Thornes did us the honour of bringing us 27 visitors in their 1959 AEC coach pictured above. We were delighted to have them but unfortunately it poured cats and dogs during their visit, but they enjoyed it. It was the largest single group to visit the museum to date. The tour was led by Philip Thorne, son of the founder of the coach company bearing their name. Their website shows the many vintage coaches they operate, one of which, VHO 200, visited us, and is well worth a visit.

A beautiful machine.
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Leaving the Carrigaline Court Hotel.
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En route.
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Up the approach road.
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Entering the depot.
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The inside - immaculate.
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The dash.
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Parked at the depot. We thought of keeping her!.
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Phil1ip Thorne.
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Philip and his Tour Conductor Tom.
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A wet but happy group.
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With webmaster.
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Shows off its elegant rear lines when leaving.
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A very watery departure for Stradbally.
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INNISHANNON STEAM RALLY

June 6, 2010. Under glorious weather conditions, one of the best rallies ever was organised by the Innishannon rally Group. The steam turnout was arguably, the best in these islands. A complete set of photos are being prepared. The rally continues tomorrow Monday.

Part of the 58 steam engines that attended.
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Sean Ryan and Pat O'Sullivan with their 1949 Leyland Beaver
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1889 Marshall, believed to be the second oldest working engine in Ireland.
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1916 Rumley
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1964 Humber Hawk.
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A MOST GENEROUS GIFT FROM ED O'NEILL : PC 2.

May 22, 2010. Thanks to a most generous gift from Mr. Ed O'Neill, managing Director of Ideas in Motion Limited in the Howth Road we have received a present of a unique vehicles, Aer Lingus Van Hool PC2.

The story of this vehicle is most interesting. Some six to eight years ago somebody bought four of them from Aer Lingus for over €10,000. They then disappeared. We wanted them at the time, obviously, as we also had the Aer Lingus Nationals in our collection but there was no way we could afford them.

PC2 and PC6 were bought for a client of Ideas in Motion who specialise in converting vehicles, in this case, for conversion into mobile classrooms. The project was been shelved. Rather than have them scrapped, Ed O'Neill was willing to donate PC2 to the museum which offer was gratefully accepted. These are unique Irish vehicles and a real part of Irish history. They have Cummins BT11 engines on a Van Hool body and are unique in that the doors open outwards. The buses are governed to 25 m.p.h. by the way.

The museum is most grateful to Mr. O'Neill and his company Ideas in Motion Limited for their most generous gift to the museum.

Does anyone know what happened the others from Aer Lingus? We think they were six in total.

PC2 prior to delivery.
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Rear.
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Near side.
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Inside looking forward.
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TIGER AND MOGEELY WEEKEND

May 14, 2010. Don't forget that Mogeely Rally is on Sunday July 18th. As we will have Tigers out that weekend we are going to have a "Tiger" day on the Saturday July 17th. and we invite visitors to come and drive our Tigers. We will have a Gardner "N", TL11 "N", Volvo "N", Volvo "Q" available.

In order to be allowed drive, you need to be able to drive in the first place, of course, and MUST let us know in advance so we can slot you in. So here is your opportunity to come and drive Tigers the first day and then go to the rally the second day. We will probably have a Leopard towtruck, a Tiger Q and a Tiger N at the Rally. We might instead just take our six Tigers shown here.

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AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT

May 14, 2010. Real life is often better than preserved life. Whilst travelling in Poland this week I came across a dealer who had his wares out for display and they were literally a museum in themselves. I thought it might be interesting to share them. The town was Gorzow and I have no idea what he was doing with them, but what an amazing variety! I did get his phone and I am sure anything could be bought cheap. I wish I had the money to take the whole lot!

At the door. What is it?

The rear end.

The dash

Need a fire engine? What is it?

I hate to admit it but I have not a clue what they are other than the Ford Popular. Any ideas



Need a helicopter?

Or a Tank?

Or a God Knows What?

Or another one?






Fancy another helicopter?

Or how about an amphibian?





ANNOUNCING THE ARRIVAL OF Q TYPE VOLVO 2650

May 12, 2010. Q Volvo Tiger 2650 was delivered to the museum today. She was delivered by Barney Yourell. This is our third Q Tiger. She is a fully automatic Volvo machine. Photos will follow.

Anyone know her history?

Michael Grimes

WHAT SHOULD WE DO WITH THE LEOPARD TOWTRUCKS?

May 9, 2010. We now have five Leopard towtrucks, 117, 126, 1891, 1902 and 1981. Four are in Ulsterbus livery and 1981 in metro pink. We would welcome discussion on the discussion board as to how best to preserve them. The real questions are:

1. What livery should each be in? We do not know what liveries they wore during their careers so any help will be welcome?
2. Should any be full Ulsterbus i.e. without the stripes?
3. Should we ever plan to extend one back to full length or are there enough preserved full length?
4. How many should be kept as towtrucks?
5. Should any be fully seated as "Baby Leopards" and if so, how many seats?

LEOPARDS AND TIGERS FOR A RUN

May 8, 2010. It being a nice day today we had Tigers 2624, 1312 and 2673 out for run. Surprisingly 2673 is proving to be a good starter although this is relative when compared to a 680 or a Gardner.

We also took Leopard 117 and 1981 for a run and then moved them to the cleanup bay where they will receive a complete cleanup inside. It is intended to rally these two during the summer so we want them spick and span. Unlike their modern Vovo counterparts, one touch of the starter and they spring to life. They don't even need any batteries to run all day. Try that with any modern machine and see how far you get! The photo at the top of this page was taken with them both side by side.

Leyland Q Tiger 2673 arrives.

April 28, 2010. Barney Yourell delivered today our second Leyland Q Tiger No. 2673 which is in absolutely superb condition.

2673 is an Alexander Q type Volvo engined, fully automatic Leyland Tiger.

The following are her details:

Registration Number: VXI 2673
Chassis Make: Leyland
Chassis Model: Tiger TR2R56V16Z4
Chassis No.: TR00
Body Make : Alexander Belfast
Body Model: Q
Body Number:
Engine: Volvo DH10
HP: 220
Seating: DP53F
Date service entry: 1992

Under the bridge at Glanmire.
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Closeup.
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Slipping through between the Bus Eireann service bus to Hazelbrook (Route 221) and Kearneys school bus driven by Eddie Green.
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Eddie Green with his BMC.
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Coming up the Knockraha Road.
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Approaching the depot entrance.
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Coming in the Lane.
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Approaching the depot entrance.
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Barney Yourell with 2673 on arrival.
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A PINK PANTHER ARRIVES

April 27, 2010. Our heap of babies is growing with the arrival of, this time, another baby Leopard. In keeping with our current tradition we no longer name babies but number them and this bouncing Leopard is called 1981. She was delivered by Pat O'Sullivan with Sean Ryan as midwife!

After one look at her she was christened "The Pink Panther" and we intend using her for rallies this summer. She is our first pink bus! We hope to get some nice photos of her in the sun shortly.

Front View
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Side View
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A real classic Leyland dash.
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AMAZING PHOTOS.

April 20, 2010. The following photos were taken today. Who would have ever thought it possible? The first is the last N Leyland TL11 Tiger 1299 alongside the first Volvo N Tiger 1300. Note the different colour lower grill slats on 1300.

The first is the six 13xx Tigers which we have, from left to right:
1311 1313 1310 1309 1312 1300
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Here we have the last N TL11 Tiger 1299 with the first N Volvo Tiger 1300.
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ULSTERBUS 1300 ARRIVES AND ALSO GOES TO KNOCKRAHA

April 18, 2010. This is our second 13xx machine and was delivered by our Barney Yourell.

1300 is an Alexander N type Volvo engined Leyland Tiger.

The following are her details:

Registration Number: PXI 1300
Chassis Make: Leyland
Chassis Model: Tiger TR2R56V16Z4
Chassis No.: TR00
Body Make : Alexander Belfast
Body Model: N
Body Number:
Engine: Volvo DH10
HP:
Seating: DP53F
Date service entry: February 1990

Note that she has different colour lower grille slats and and the interior which is 12xx not 13xx.

Being collected at Milewater Road. Left to right: Barney Yourell, Mark Phipps, Nicky, Mark Byrne and Michael Grimes.
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Barney with 1300 on arrival.
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Rear View.
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Other Side.
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Inside Looking Back.
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Inside Looking Forward.
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Drivers Area.
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Leaving Cultra Rally.
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Barney coming down the lane arriving at the depot.
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Entering the depot.
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On April 20, we went for a run to Knockraha. Here going down the lane. Note the new tarmacadam.
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Michael and Lukasz. Lukasz is starting to drive the machines.
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Coming towards the terminus at Knockraha.
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At Knockraha Church.
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At the terminus.
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Passing Knockraha School.
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The following were taken on the road back to the depot:
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Lukasz has an evil glint in his eye as he tries to run the webmaster down! Thats what happens when you teach them to drive!
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CULTRA 2010 A GREAT DAY OUT FOR EVERYONE

April 17, 2010. Under perfect weather conditions the 2010 Cultra rally was a huge success. As always Ulsterbus played a prominent part and it was wonderful to have Frank Clegg present the trophies. Frank and his colleagues Pat Moss and John Montgomery have done much for preservation and only for them most of the vehicles preserved would now be scrap.

The full set of photos can be seen by clicking on the main menu on the left "Cultra 2010" but here is a small flavour.











ANNOUNCING ARRIVAL OF OUR NEW BABY LEOPARD.

April 15, 2010. We are delighted to announce the safe delivery of our new Baby Leopard which we have christened 126. Our Leopards are obviously very promiscuous and we are delighted to have this latest addition to join baby sisters 117, 1902 and big sister 1891.

Near Drivers Side.
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Webmaster and drivers Side.
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Coming in depot gate.
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Rear View.
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Parked Up in her bay.
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Inside looking Back.
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Inside Looking Forward.
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Drivers Area.
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Switchgear - classic!
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Original Number!.
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ANNOUNCING ARRIVAL WEST MIDLANDS LYNX 1280.

April 14, 2010. Further to the arrival of West Midlands Lynx 1280 on April 6, 2010. the following are photos of the vehicle:

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Front Passenger Side.
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Rear View.
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Lynx Drivers Entrance.
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Drivers Area.
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Inside.
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Still has original fleet number from West Midlands.
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WEBMASTER WINS COMPETITION AS TO WHAT GOES TO CULTRA

April 12, 2010. What a surprise! The webmaster has won the competition to guess what goes to Cultra. He won in a huge competition with only one entry - his! The two Tigers selected to go are 1300 and 2673 of which photos follow. We might send a baby Leopard also but this is not certain.

2673 looks respendent.
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MORE VISITORS TO THE MUSEUM<

April 7, 2010. Today was a sort of a record when we had no less than eight visitors and, of course, were glad to have them. The Yarwood Family from the UK and Malcolm Mooney from Portlaoise visited and their photos follow.

The Yarwood Family.
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Malcolm Mooney.
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OUR YOUNGEST VISITOR

April 7, 2010 Naturally, the future of the musuem lies in the hands of the young people after we, ourselves, all start growing daisies. Today we had a visit from one of our youngest supporters, David Galvin accompanied by his mother and we got the following photos. We welcome young visitors.

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We gave 1312 a run to Knockraha and took a photo of our visitor.
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At the wheel. An omen for the future, hopefully.
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ANNOUNCING ARRIVAL WEST MIDLANDS LYNX 1280.

April 6, 2010. We are happy to announce the arrival of West Midlands Lynx 1280. Photos will follow.

BUSES FOR CULTRA APRIL 17.

April 2, 2010. As usual we will have a little competition again as to what buses we will be taking to Cultra and invite readers to guess what will go - put your guess on the discussion board. We will give you a hint in that we expect to have a 13xx and a 26xx Tiger and a new (to us) baby Leopard. Another hint: The 13xx will have a special fleet number. Make sure you come to Cultra, which is arguably the best day in the year for bus enthusiasts.

Here were our four exhibits last year:

1312 GOES TO KNOCKRAHA

March 20, 2010. 1312 was by herself at Knockraha today. The following photos give a flavour of Route 221 and she seems absolutely at home. Soon, alas this will be about the only route in Ireland where N TL 11 Tigers can be seen on the public road.

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Arriving Knockraha.
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Approaching the terminus after turning.
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Ready to go.
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First Stop Knockraha School.
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Tight turns for a Tiger.
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House stop.
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At the Cross.
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Classic en route picture.
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Could not leave the webmaster out!
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MOGEELY RALLY - JULY 18TH.

March 18 2010. Mogeely Rally this year is going to be on July 18th. and of course the museum will, as always, be strongly represented. Mogeely is a small village about six miles from Midleton near Cork and is eighteen miles from Cork. It is the typical rural rally with loads of friendliness, tractors, threshing, vintage cars, motor bicycles and small engines not to mention the museum buses.

So do come and if you come from the UK, we will collect you from Cork Airport or the train station. We do not yet know what buses will be there but we would like to have R 913 and will of course have a Tiger or two also. We will keep you posted.

R 913 RESTORATION REPORT.

March 17 2010. We have discovered that the engine is definitely a 600 and accordingly are now chasing spares. We think replacing No. 5 piston and possibly the liner together with valve overhaul will do the trick. I had a look and took the following photos. You can see there is a vast amount of work. However, she will be beter than new. What is interesting is that there is very little corrosion other than the stairs as they sure built them like tanks in those days! The rear platform is also sagging so we will completely rebuild this. I am not sure that people realise the amount of work involved in overhauling what, by museum standards, is an excellent bus. Christy Power is also in charge of this project.

Upstairs stripped and ready for the new floor.

The blinds area.

Downstairs being stripped.

The offending No. 5 piston!

The left side seems OK!

Another view!

Radiator area has very little corrosion and radiator itself is fine.!

One side of the head is fine ...but

Here is where she dropped the valve.

Components are very good, as these views show.

Gearbox area is good.

The stairs is a big problem needing total rebuild..

And this is what she will look like when Christy gets finished - returned to her former glory!

KR 9 RESTORATION REPORT

March 16 2010. I had the pleasure of driving KR 9 for the first time since her restoration and she is really super. The original seating has now been installed and she really looks authentic. I took the following photos.

Looking well

Webmaster at wheel

Inside

Drivers Area

Engine Department

DENNIS TOWTRUCK RESTORATION REPORT.

March 15 2010. Christy Power has rebuilt the engine on this machine which dates back to 1979 and originally was a fire engine.

He has started on the body and is about 60% of the way through it. I took the following photos.

Front with primer

Rear View

Drivers Area

Cab behind drivers.

ARRIVAL BRISTOL RE 2449.

March 12 2010. Thanks to Mark Byrne Bristol RE 2449 has been turned out in superb condition. Many people do not realise what goes on behind the scenes and the amount of work that goes into restoring a vehicle and this is a nice surprise. She has been totally repainted in Ulsterbus livery and looks superb. Thanks Mark.

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As a matter of interest she joins her Ulsterbus sisters to give a museum fleet of:
POI 2156
POI 2180
POI 2187
POI 2192
WOI 2449
XOI 2525
AXI 2531
AXI 2538
AXI 2547
BXI 2569

It's a nice collection. They are all in good shape apart from 2182 which needs an engine change. We have the engine.

MANY MANY BUS MOVEMENTS THIS WEEKEND.

March 7, 2010. We have had so many movements this week and weekend that it is almost impossible to show them all. However, for the record, it is important, and here goes in no particular order.

For the record other vehicles taken for a run were:

2620
385
340
1143
1271
1282
1288
1310
1311
1312
1313
and Fire engines

79 CE 77
2755 ZF
729 DNI
Blue Ford Tractor

and of course our two recovery vehicles:

Foden
ERF

HITHERTO UNPUBLISHED PHOTO OF ROSS BEFORE JOINING WEIGHTWATCHERS SPECIAL.

March 8, 2010. We always suspected Ross was a little on the heavy side but this photo of him at Ingliston Truckfest in August 2009 is something special.

Ye Gods!

MANY MANY MANY TIGERS.

March 8, 2010. Here is a super photo of many, many, many Tigers at the depot this weekend while we were giving them a run. Left to right 460, 468, 1311, 1313, 1310, 1309, 1312, 2648.

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TWO OF THE BALLYMENA 6 DO DUPLICATE SERVICE 221 TO KNOCKRAHA.

March 5, 2010. Today we took 1312 and 2648 to Knockraha to duplicate Bus Eireann service 221. They are both beautiful machines. I drove 1312 and she is probably the nicest driving Tiger of the lot.

Bus Eireann VWL 11 pulls in front of the two parked Tigers.

VWL 11 loading. Unfortunately there did not seem enough passengers for the two Tigers so they returned directly to the depot!

Left to right, Ross, Lukasz and Marta.

Ross, Marta and Michael.

There was a further delay due to Ross getting wedged between 1312 and 2648 when he tried to get out. We have recommended a suitable weight loss course! On the other hand maybe he should not park the buses so close!

Ross at the wheel of 2648.

Tiger 1271 OUT FOR A RUN.

March 7, 2010. When 1271 arrived it was dreadful weather and we had no decent photos of her. So, today we took her for a good run and she look splendid.

She looked really well.

Front view.

Another View.

Inside Lookiing Back.

Inside Looking Forward.

Frivers Area.

TIGER 1282 OUT FOR A RUN.

March 6, 2010. We also took 1282 for a run and again a superb machine.

Front View.

Side and Rear View.

TIGER 1288 OUT FOR A RUN.

March 5, 2010. Tiger 1288 stretched her legs today and she is a really nice machine.

Coming out of the depot.

Marta with 1288.

Front and Side.

Rear View.

TIGER 1312 OUT FOR A RUN.

March 6, 2010. 1312 went to knockraha for a run today.

Coming out of the depot to Knockraha.

Another view.

FORD TRANSCON 806LIF RESTORATION STARTS.

March 5, 2010. People who criticise us never really know of work that goes on in the background. Take our Ford Transcontinental 806 LIF which could only be described as in deplorable condition. Take one look at the photos and you would think she could never be restored.

Well, Pat O'Sullivan has taken her under his wing and here she is being loaded on the flatbed to go to the Mallow Raod yard. Now believe it or not but we had the engine running the next day! We have got a cab from the UK and plan to swap them and hopefully we will have a beautiful looking Transcon ready this summer. She will join the 1947 Leyland Beaver. But just take one look at the photos and you will see the work involved.

The Renault alongside was acquired for a spare engine in case it was needed.

The vehicle is a little the worse for wear! Pats son Andrew in picture.

Pat O'Sullivan driving the loading vehicle..

The cab is knackered but the mechanicals are fine.

Getting it on board.

DENNIS FIRE ENGINE DNI 729 AT MUSEUM.

March 3, 2010. Dennis Fire Engine has come back to the depot to complete its restoration having been away for bodywork. She will be nice when complete. We will keep you posted on progress.

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FIRE ENGINE H153 CBC ARRIVES.

March 10, 2010.

--> A fine machine in excellent condition.

BABY LEOPARD 117 OUT FOR A RUN.

March 5, 2010. We took Baby leopard 117 for a run today and she looked really well. You cannot beat a 680 for willingness to start.One wishes that Volvos were as easy. Such is progress.

Coming up the yard.

Passenger side.

Drivers Side.

THE BALLYMENA FIVE

March 6 2010. The heading picture today is somethinq we only dreamed off. It is the "Ballymena Five", 1309, 1310, 1311, 1312 and 1313 all lined up together just like they did in Ballymena Garage. Who would have ever thought it possible? Tomorrow, or when the sun next comes out, we will add 2648.

BROWSER PROBLEMS READING USING OUR WEBSITE

March 6 2010. We have been told that some people have troubles reading our website in that the text integrates into the menu making the page a right mess. The only thing which we have identified is that this seems to be Firefox browser problem and does not occur on Internet Explorer. Is there any chance of some feedback from readers, and particularly any Firefox ones who get it displayed correctly? And if anyone is more expert out there and knows anything about the problem and its solution then please let us know. Thanks.

BUS RECOVERED

March 6 2010. We are extremely happy to announce that our Bristol VR has been recovered undamaged from Clondalkin where it was found in an industrial estate this afternoon. She will be moved to Cork later this coming week in case anyone else has a sudden urge to borrow it!

HELP WANTED - BUS STOLEN

March 5 2010. This beggars belief but one of our latest acquisitions, A Bristol VR has been stolen from the yard at Newcastle, Co. Dublin. When we went to take it to Cork it had gone. The matter has been reported to the Gardai and we appeal for any help in locating it as being an ex-Ribble it was very valuable for us. If you have any information or saw it please call me at 086-0444-017. Somebody must have seen it as it is massive. When we find the perpetrators we will prosecute them and seek to put them in jail.

Our last photo of it.

PLEASE HELP. ANY INFORMATION GRATEFULLY RECEIVED.

CULTRA BUS RALLY APRIL 17

February 28, 2009. Cultra Bus Rally will be held this year at Cultra, near Bangor, on Saturday April 17. It is without doubt the best rally in Ireland and we highly recommend a visit. A flavour of it can be seen in the above photograph as our immaculate 2610 left Cultra for Cork after the 2009 rally shown above followed by our baby Leopard 1902.

So do come and enjoy a day out and visit us. We do now know what we will have there yet but hopefully two Tigers, a Leopard and possibly KR 9.

Our other Rally plans for this year will include Mogeely for definite, possibly Charleville, Robertscove and Innishannon. We also hope to take a Tiger to some Welch rallies with the advent of the new Swansea Cork boat service which cuts driving mileage to a rally by some 600 miles, which makes all the difference.

CURRENT RESTORATION PROJECT - R 913

February 26, 2010. For those interested we are well through our current major restoration project - R 913. She went to Dublin where we took out the downstairs ceiling, which was rotten. We are now replacing this and will shortly replace the rear platform which has sagged badly, as is common on this type of vehicle. The engine has also just had a major overhaul. Christy Power has taken on the massive job of rebuilding her as he has now come full time but it will be quite a job! When the bodywork is complete she will go to the paint shop to receive a new paint job and will then look like new. We are hoping she will be back in service by July and hopefully make her debut at Mogeely Rally. It will bve nice to get her back in service.

OUR SPRING PLANS

February 27, 2010.

There is a rumour around that Spring has arrived and hopefully we will have some weather where we can work outside. As usual we have many plans.

One of the effects of the rather unusual winter seems to have been the deposit on our vehicles of green slime. So we have started a plan where every bus will be washed and polished to make them look like new. We will start with the Ulsterbus Tigers, followed by the Leopards and then the rest of the fleet will follow. We do have a new high speed steam washer and this should be a great help.

Next, we have to finish the tarmacadam of the drive. The entrance drive is 1.2 miles long and we have put on a solid surface over it all and tarmacadam over one third. We will tar the remainder as soon as we can. As one can imagine this is a major project and a costly one.

Our maintenance shed should start erection and this is desperately needed. It will hold 24 buses.

We have been debating what to do about exhibiting the buses and in particular the Tiger Fleet. Owing to the sheer size - over 100 Tigers - it seems impossible to have them all lined up together. We think the best way is to take a totally new area and to put the Ulsterbus Tigers in there lined up as they would in an Ulsterbus Garage with sufficent distance between them so that people can see them individually but also so that they can be taken for a drive easily. The big problem which is developing is the length of time taken to crank the Volvo Tigers which requires external power to start. This means leaving a space between them of some ten feet so that we can drive in our external start vehicle but that eats up a lot of space. We do not know yet if the slow Volvo start problem is due to the cold winter or if it will persist in normal summer conditions. We will see and welcome advice.

Next we have to consider our fire engine division which has grown to ten or twelve vehicles and will probably be about twenty by the end of 2010. We are going to set up a separate exhibit area for these in the new section of the depot.

Lastly to our surprise, no doubt due to the appalling weather, we have to resurface a major section of the main yard which in places resembles a mudheap at times. We estimate we will need about 5,000 tons of hardcore here. This will be done in the next month as a matter of priority.

In short a museum our size has a never ending set of demands and it is matter of priority - not to mention money! By the end of 2010 we should have between 500 and 600 vehicles. We are planning for a maximum size of about 1,000 vehicles when we just might stop collecting!

ULSTERBUS 2648 ARRIVES

February 16, 2010. Tiger 2648 arrived at the depot today and was delivered by our Barney Yourell as usual. She is our first Volvo Q Tiger and we are delighted to have her and are very proud of her. She is currently the queen of the fleet.

2648 is an Alexander Q type TL 11 engined Leyland Tiger.

The following are her details:

Registration Number: SXI 2648
Chassis Make: Leyland
Chassis Model: Tiger
Chassis No.: TR00
Body Make : Alexander Belfast
Body Model: N
Body Number:
Engine: Volvo
HP:
Seating: B53F
Date service entry: 1992

On the Motorway.
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Taking the slip road to Glanmire.
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A beautiful shot with the bridge.
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At Sallybrook.
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On the Hazelwood Roundabout.
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Another Shot.
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Approaching the depot.
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Barney and Michael with 2648 on arrival.
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Rear View Left.
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Rear View Right.
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Drivers Area.
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ULSTERBUS 1282 ARRIVES

February 10, 2010. It was delivered by our Barney Yourell as usual.

1282 is an Alexander N type TL 11 engined Leyland Tiger.

The following are her details:

Registration Number: OXI 1282
Chassis Make: Leyland
Chassis Model: Tiger TRBTL11/2RP
Chassis No.: TR00
Body Make : Alexander Belfast
Body Model: N
Body Number:
Engine: Leyland TL 11
HP:
Seating: B53F
Date service entry: July 1989

1282 at the depot.
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1312 GOES TO KNOCKRAHA!

Febuary 10, 2010. Ulsterbus 1282 arrived at the depto today driven as usual by Barney Yourell. Full details and photos to follow.

On route she looked well.

At Knockraha with Peter.

NO IT WAS NOT A GHOST YOU SAW - IT WAS KR9!

Febuary 1, 2010.

KR9 is an Bombardier DAF engined Bombardier.

The following are her details:

Registration Number: EZV 9
Chassis Make: Bombardier
Chassis Model: KR Chassis No.:
Body Make : Bombardier
Body Model: N type
Body Number:
Engine: DAF
Engine Number:
HP:170
Seating: B45F
Date service entry:

Originally Delivered to: Bus Eireann
As Fleet No. KR 9

Dakota tribal wisdom says that when you discover you’re riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount. However in business we often try other strategies with dead horses, including the following:

Buy a stronger whip.

Change riders.

Threaten the horse with termination.

Say things like, “This is the way we have always ridden this horse".

” Appoint a committee to study the horse.

Arrange to visit other sites to see how they ride dead horses.

Lower the standards so that dead horses can be included.

Appoint a tiger team to revive the dead horse.

Ride the dead horse “outside the box.”

Buy a commercial off-the-shelf dead horse.

Create a training session to increase our riding ability.

Reclassify the dead horse as “living-impaired.”

Compare the state of dead horses in today’s environment.

Change the autopsy report to declare that “This horse is not dead.”

Kill all the other horses, so this one will look the same.

Name the dead horse “Paradigm Shift” and keep riding it.

Ride the dead horse “smarter” not harder.

Hire outside contractors to ride the dead horse.

Harness several dead horses together for increased speed.

Do a time management study to see if the lighter riders would improve productivity.

Declare that “No horse is too dead to beat.”

Call the dead horse a “joint venture” and let others ride it.

Provide additional funding to increase the horse’s performance.

Do a cost analysis study to see if contractors can ride it cheaper.

Purchase an aftermarket product to make dead horses run faster.

Declare the horse is “better, faster, and cheaper” dead.

Form a quality circle to find uses for dead horses.

Declare that “This horse was procured with cost as an independent variable.”

Get the horse a Web site.

Thanks to Eunice Kron for the above.

BOMBARDIER KR9 RESTORED

February 1, 2010. The restoration of KR 9 by Stephen Payne and Christy Power is nothing short of a miracle. Christy did all the work on it and its condition is a tribute to him and his workmanship. He single handedly rebuilt the engine, sourced a gearbox, refurbished the interior as well as repainting her. For a person of his age it is great to see people as young as 16 getting involved and taking on vehicles from the museum. This is following his fantastic refurbishment of the Dennis towtruck 79KE564, which he now uses on a daily basis himself.

People do not realise the amount of work in restoring a vehicle of this type and this is the first of our Bombardiers to be so treated. We gave only about twelve more to do! To give an idea of what was involved we have the following photographs since she was retired up to her full restoration including her subsequent visits around Dublin. I should say that none of the photos are mine and the museum is very grateful to all the individuals who actually took them.

We did not know what to do with her when we got her and this was how she came from Skibbereen. Her engine was poor and the gearbox knackered.

Standard Drivers Area.

Another View.

Here is a picture of her in service in Cork in March 2000 by which time she had become a school bus.
She was retired to Mallow in 2001. She was photographed two years later at Mallow.

In April 2004 she went to Capwell And another photo at Capwell before delivery to the museum. In April 2008 she had been at the museum for some years and looked like this. Here she is ready to go to Dublin for restoration with Stephen and Christy. We do not know what to do with her.

Standard Drivers Area.

Another View.

On arrival at Dublin depot.

Then the hard work started. The original inside looked like this.

Strip the Inside.

Looking the other way.

Then the new seats arrive.

Fitted.

Next the drivers area.

Looking Front.

Back of the wayfarer.

Front.

Christy at the wheel.

This was the roof.

Christy getting ready.

Christy Painting.

The result.

Next the back.

Then the side.

Followed by the rear.

Side detail is important.

Ready to leave the paintshop.

In the Yard.

Rear View.

Next the engine. Also following are different angles of the engine compartmemnt.

Approaching Powerscourt.

At Powerscourt.

In Broadstone.

Another view.

Looks quite at home.

Leaving Broadstone for BusAras.

At Busaras.

Just like it used to be.

In O'Connell Street on December 23, 2009.

Another view.

Unbelievable. Outside the GPO with KC 48 behind. This was 2009 not 1999.

Mark Byrne at the wheel.

On its way to Cork.

A lovely sepia picture.

Back at the depot alongside a leaning CVH1 with a airbag down.

We cannot say how proud we are of the work done by Christy Power. I never thought that we would be able to do the above photos. It is a wonderful record. And thanks to Mark Phibbs for bringing KC 48 along. If fine weather comes back we will try and do some more.

INTERESTING PICTURE ABOVE

January 29, 2010. With the arrival of 1312 our Tiger yard is getting a little congested. The above picture was taken this morning in the main yard and shows Tigers in every direction. We are currently resurfacing hence having to keep everything together. How many Tigers can you count? The easy ones are 1312 on the left and 598 on the right!

ULSTERBUS 1312 ARRIVES

January 28, 2010. This is our second machine of 2010 and was delivered by our Barney Yourell.

The first vehicles in the Ulsterbus N Volvo preservation program are the "Ballymena Five", 1309, 1310, 1311, 1312 and 1313. We think it will be an unique first for preservation to have five vehicles in numerical order and from the same depot all together. 1312 was the last of the Ballymena Five to arrive and all give are in absolutely superb condition.

1312 is an Alexander N type Volvo engined Leyland Tiger.

The following are her details:

Registration Number: PXI 1312
Chassis Make: Leyland
Chassis Model: Tiger TR2R56V16Z4
Chassis No.: TR00
Body Make : Alexander Belfast
Body Model: N
Body Number:
Engine: Volvo B58
HP:
Seating: B53F
Date service entry: July 1990

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Drivers Area.
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Inside Looking Forward.
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ULSTERBUS 1311 ARRIVES

January 26, 2010. This is our first machine of 2010 and was delivered by our Barney Yourell.

The first vehicles in the N Volvo program are intended to be the "Ballymena Five", 1309, 1310, 1311, 1312 and 1313. We think it will be an unique first for preservation to have five vehicles in numerical order and from the same depot all together. Ballymena can be proud of the condition these are in which is why they were chosen.

1311 is an Alexander N type Volvo engined Leyland Tiger.

The following are her details:

Registration Number: PXI 1311
Chassis Make: Leyland
Chassis Model: Tiger TR2R56V16Z4
Chassis No.: TR00
Body Make : Alexander Belfast
Body Model: N
Body Number:
Engine: Volvo B58
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Seating: B53F
Date service entry: July 1990

En route to the depot leaving motorway.
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An excellent view of her.
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With Glanmire Footbridge as a backdrop.
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With a Kearneys Coach driven by Eddie Green on the left and the CIE serice bus on the right at Hazelwood.border=

Coming up by O'Connell Warehousing.
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Approaching the depot.
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Turning in the depot entrance.
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Barney Yourell and Michael Grimes with 1311 on arrival.
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Drivers Area.
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Inside looking back.
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Inside Looking Forward.
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Barney Yourell at the wheel.
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Stephen Payne who also helped in the delivery.
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THE WEATHER AND THE MUSEUM

Janaury 6, 2010. Obviously the weather is of major concern to us with the freezing temperatures but so far we seem to be surviving and are keeping our fingers crossed. The following photograph was taken and it really would pass for an Ulsterbus depot. It has to be unique in the annals of Irish preservation. Where else could you possibly see such a scene? The tow wagon gives the final authentic touch. Needless to mention there is another forty Ulsterbus vehicles not shown!

Not bad at all!
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LEOPARD 117

January 5, 2009. Our baby Leopard started running around the museum today and we got some photos which follow.

At NewtownAbbey prior to delivery.

Rear view.

Stephen driving her into her parking bay.

Rear View.

Drivers Area. The old style Leopard dash.

Inside currently storing spares from the weather.

MARK PHIPPS, MARK BYRNE, NICKY, AARON AND STEPHEN AT THE MUSEUM.

January 5, 2010. We had visitors today in the form of Mark Phipps - who has a superbly preserved KC 48 - and Mark Myrne and his colleague Nicky. We took the following photos.

Mark Phipps.
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Mark Byrne and Nicky.
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Aaron
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And of course Stephen!
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A Group Photo!
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