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After one month it goes to the Archive Section or its own section.

THIS IS PAGE 2 OF BUS AND RAIL NEWS SUMMARY:

OCTOBER 16, 2004. M 106 and M 117 and Bristol LH 78 C 152 were moved from Fota to Cork depot. M 132 is left to come. We are starting the perimeter road on Tuesday which will also be used for the driving school. It will be about three miles long and enable prospective bus drivers to practice in absolute safety and gain sufficient experience to venture on the main road with a 40 foot monster. With vehicles coming in so fast the place is a real mess and we will also concentrate on getting some order into things. There are fifty vehicles coming in the next month and they take a lot of parking. We hope to start the maintenance shed on Monday week. There is going to be very little change out of 500,000 when we get finished.

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT

OCTOBER 16, 2004. One never ceases to be amazed at the crass commercial stupidity of the Commercial Department of Irish Rail. The latest really takes the biscuit.

Because Irish Rail were getting so many complaints about advertised services not being offered the Commercial Manager has at last decided to take action.

His action, believe it or not, is to issue a circular to all staff telling them that in future there will be no refunds if a passenger does not get what he paid for. Examples of this are:

1. Buying a first class ticket and no first class coach;
2. Paying a Citygold supplement but just being left there because there is no staff in the dining car to give one a meal;

and a real beauty which happened to myself so I can vouch for it firsthand:

3. Getting a smoked salmon dinner which was gone off and made me sick and when I did not pay saying at least I should have paid for what I could eat i.e. the egg on top of it and the tea and bread and butter.

And the staff instructions have a real gem and the staff have embraced it with gusto:
THROW PASSENGERS OFF THE TRAIN IF THEY COMPLAIN AND WILL NOT PAY FOR WHAT THEY DO NOT GET.

Last Sunday for example on the non-stop to Cork a regular Citygold passenger refused to pay the supplement when no dining car staff turned up to feed him in Citygold. The checker threathened to throw him off and he moved to the dining car but the checker still demanded the full supplement as he said he had used the Citygold as far as Portlarlington before he went to the dining car. Nevertheless the Checker stopped the train in Portlaoise and threw the man off. Is that some way to run a railway and a super example of customer realations? And this guy travels frequently!

I can confirm that the Manager in question is an avid fan of Basil Fawlty who was arguably one of the most successful people in customer relations when he ran Fawlty Towers.

They must be all mad in that Department!

IS GALWAY BENT?

October 31, 2004. Eyre Square is a mess. I think this picture says it all.

LATEST ON ILLEGAL DUMPING AT MUSEUM-

October 20, 2004. We have finally got access again but it took some work. It is now apparent that it is illegal dumping from - wait for it - a Readymix site. I am away for two days but on Friday or Saturday will post full photos of what happened. The three trailers that were dumped were scrap and are so bad they will have to be cut up on site - more expense. The only good thing is that of the scrapped tyres dumped there seems to be at least a dozen which can be used within the museum so it is an ill wind that blows no good!

Following are some photos of both the dumping and the widening of the entrance road

The boreen before.

Widening the boreen in progress!

After! If two excavators can pass then so can two buses.

What have we done to deserve this?

Some tyres might be good.

A wrecked trailer.

Not to mention the body.

It's called push-pull! Moving another one.

October 17, 2004. There is never a dull moment around our museum. I went to the site yesterday morning and was greeted by the sight which is depicted on the photo shown. It appears that someone illegally was trying to dump tyres on our site and as they went in the entrance to the bus park they were negligent and over the trailer went against the Dubrava. It is going to be some job to remove it and it is blocking the entire entrance.We can neither get buses in nor out. When the machine comes to dig out the road on Tuesday we will have a try and putting the trailer back on its wheels and moving it.

SITE WORKS REPORT - NEW SWIMMING POOL STARTED BY NATURE

October 22, 2004. We are obviously doing the wrong thing as to judge from the appearance of the place today we could build a super swimming pool. It started raining yesterday morning and is still raining on Friday evening. We have had to stop site works until Tuesday. We will after the road is complete start on the base for the maintenance building which is going to be 145 feet x 80 feet, more or less which will be a fine shed. It can take in double deckers as the front gives plenty of clearance.

October 20, 2004. We have cut about one mile of the three mile road by today and we also made passing places on the entrance to the museum which is up a narrow lane one mile long. The site for the maintenance shed is also being prepared and we have built a huge ten foot wall around where the buses will be stored which hopefull will stop vandalism. We are putting an automatically operated gate at the entrance. We have also got the water.

SURPRISE ARRIVAL ARRIVED TODAY

OCTOBER 9, 2004. John Quirke arrived today with 81 D 1380 which turned out to be a Duple Leopard in almost mint condition. We know nothing of her history so if anyone can help please do so. Thanks John. John really has got some amazing finds for the museum. This now gives us Alexander, ECW, Duple, Plaxton, Den Oudsten and Metsec Leopards.

1380 really looks well.

Indside is exemplary.

Dash.

STOLEN MERCEDES PHOTOS AFTER RECOVERY

OCTOBER 9, 2004. We noted previously that we recovered Mercedes ZF 608 in a vandalised condition but not impossible. Following are some photos showing the way she is. There is no evidence of any mechanical damage and we think she is sound.

Front. They even stole the badge.

Rear. They stole the number plate.

Inside. They were about to steal the seats when we got to her.

Dash. They stole the radio.

FORD 806 LIF NEW PHOTO

OCTOBER 9, 2004. Ford Transcontinental 806 LIF is in poor condition a nd we do not know what we will do with her but here is a new photo.

She looks better than she is.

SCANIA 93 RN 1608 DONE UP

OCTOBER 9, 2004. Our recovery vehicle Scania Tractor No. 93 RN 1608 has been done up and looks well. She was delivered to the depot this week. She will also be used in the driving school.

She looks very well.

FORD DUPLE 81 KE 398 ARRIVES IN CORK

OCTOBER 1, 2004. Ford Duple 81 KE 398 arrived safely in Cork this morning have been delivered from Dublin by Padraig for which we are grateful.She is absolutely perfect and ready to go.

We then went and collected tractor 93 RN 1608 and brought her to the depot where she is ready for service.

Padraig and Stacey on arrival in Cork with 81 KE 398.

Rear View.

The Inside in excellent condition.

The Drivers Area.

Typical Ford Dash.

GM 8366 R.I.P.
September 21, 2004. It is with regret that we announce the death of GM 8366 as the owners have decided it would be uneconomic to repair her. We devoted much time and effort to keep her running but alas - as those of you who preserve buses will understand - it is almost impossible to maintain a one-off type, twenty years old in everyday service when it is 5,000 miles from the home country. Add in 40% taxes on parts and you can understand.

We are trying to get the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism to take her over but it could cost 15,000 to repair her as we now may have a gearbox problem as well. Shipping her home is equally uneconomic as it would cost some 5,000. It is very, very, sad after the effort we put into her.

Absolutely resplendent.

Rear View.

Webmaster at the Wheel.

So for the last time Click Here for photos of GM 8366 before her premature death.

GREATER MANCHESTER ATLANTEAN ANALYZED
September 21, 2004. On September 10, 2004 Padraig Williamson safely brought GM 4762 from Dublin depot to Cork. I only got around to driving her today and took her out and found that apart from two minor faults she is ready for service, possibly in the driving school. I had Stephen Lynch for company and Billy the Bee who keeps threathening to teach me how to drive buses! Some hope! She is a fine machine in excellent condition and even the dashboard lights work!

It was all thanks to Francis Dempsey who obtained her. He really has the knack of getting us some super vehicles and the museum is extremely grateful to him. He really does a superb job and I do not know where he gets them from but he does get them. This vehicle is ex Greater Manchester and in superb condition as the photos show. It has a Northern Counties body.

Padraig with 4762 on arrival Cork.

4762 at the yard after a run.

4762 Rear.

Upstairs to the back


Upstairs to the front

Drivers Panel

Drivers Panel closeup.

LS6 WITH NEW REAR END
September 14, 2004. Robin at least got to see LS 6 even if he never got to the depot.

73 C 22 was bought privately from the Cork County Council and has been done up. The following are some photos of her which may interest National 1 fans. She looked very well and is of course 510 engined. She is currently on the link road out of Cork after the Kinsale Road roundabout visible to thousands every day, if you want to see her. She is in superb condition due to Donnchdha Loftus whom I spoke to and intends to keep it in superb condition. All praise to him and as you can see he has done an amazing job. It as of course LS6 before coming to Cork County Council
Robin and LS6!


UP CORK a "FIRST" rear end for a National.

She looks really well

Click Here for article and more photos on LS6.

BG 36 (Ulsterbus 2192) ARRIVES IN CORK
September 11, 2004. Hot on the heels of 4762, BG 36 made it to Cork depot safely today from Kilkelly. Photographs of her are on the special article on the left. She is a fine machine and apart from some seat supports internally needs no mechanical work other than a sticky acclerator.

BG 36 stopped for a photo at Rooskey.

BG 36 front closeup.

Click Here for Full see of photos of BG 36.

Mercedes ZF 608 ARRIVES IN CORK
September 11, 2004. One of our stolen buses has been recovered and we retrieved ZF 608 a Mercedes mini-bus today and brought her to Cork depot. She was stolen by Cormac O'Connor of O'Connor coaches of Kilbrittain two years ago and has suffered vandalism. For some obscure reason the seats were taken off their mounts and put on the floor, an instrument panel was removed as was the Mercedes badge and her number plates. She will need some work but appears mechanically undamaged and she was a good runner when we last saw her. She miraculously appeared by the side of the road in West Cork. The gardai were not much use when they could not find her for two years! Photos to follow.

SURELINE FORD 1014 "GREYHOUND" 84 G 659:
September 7, 2004. I got a chance today to drive the vehicle and took some nice photos in the sun which follow. She started on the button and drove superbly and was tight and rattlefree. It really seems a good body. Pity about the Ford engine! Ewan Duffy from Celbridge came to visit and go for a run and his photo is also here. Following are details of her history which is very interesting as she seems a most unusual vehicle.

84 G 659 is the second of the two Fords R 1014 built by Sureline of Lurgan although was effectively finished by Wright of Ballymena using Plaxton parts hence the Plaxton front screen and panel. It is actually recorded as Wright C45F.

A nice view at the turning bay.

Rear and side View of 659 clearly showing the "Greyhound" style windows.

Ewan Duffy with 659.

The "boreen" is growing again!.

Click Here for article on Sureline "Greyhound" Ford 84 G 659.

PROTOTYPE LEOPARD/TIGER
September 5, 2004. We have come across this strange machine and would be grateful if anyone can fill us in on its history.

Apparently Leyland were experimenting with the idea of a rear engine Leopard and built one or two prototypes. This was one of them. No more were built as instead they developed the standard Tiger.

We think this machine started with a 680 engine but currently it has either an L11 or a TL 11 engine. We hope to start it next week and drive it to the depot. Should be interesting as it has apparently sat for some years.

Front View!

Seats are excellent.

Drivers Cab. Not Leopard. Not Tiger!

Engine Compartment. We could not get farther away to get a complete photo.

Click Here for article on Leopard/Tiger 81 C 1414.

RAIL NEWS has now moved to the bottom of this page with BUS NEWS first.

Anyone want a ride on a Routemaster from London to Cork?

Duple Bodied Ford 1114 81 KE 398 arrives in yard. Photos below.

Northern Counties bodied Atlantean 4562 Photos. Photos below.

MUSEUM OPENING DRIVING SCHOOL

Plaxton TL 11 Tiger 83 TS 403 arrives. Photos below.

Duple TL 11 Tiger 83 C 2836 arrives for driving school.

Pendolino Photo Below!

Our next acquisitions to be announced shortly are our first Bristol VR's.

Barney and Bernard Yourell visit Museum.

Unique Garda corruption photograph.

Nefkins 48 (Servisair 1179) WINS AWARD AT MOGEELY RALLY!
PHOTOS IN SPECIAL SECTION ON LEFT.

BG 43 Ready to Go. BG 35 obtained! Photos Below.

LS25 doing Ballina - Knock scheduled service. Photos below.

Dromod Station wins Station of the Week Award (Good This Time).
Photos of Dromod Museum As Well

Photos of West Railway Track on Athenry to Collooney Section.

Cork Station holds onto Rathouse of the Week for the third week running..

Entrance to museum cleared of shrubbery. New roads and parking underway!

2004 Annual Report now posted on site. Push "RECORD FILES" and "ANNUAL REPORT 2004"

1178 (Nefkins 42) arrives safely in Cork! Full article on the Nefkens Twins below.

How Irish Rail preserve Mogeely Station. See Photos.

Latest on Readymix Saga and LS 129. More damage to bus by Readymix.

LATEST BUS NEWS

HURRICANE "BLASTIT" -
MUSEUM ENTRANCE REOPENED AFTER 36 HOURS

September 15, 2004. We cleared the entrance today and since 2 p.m. the entrance is again clear. There was a second tree came down not far from the first so we really had problems. Never a dull moment!

September 14, 2004. As if we had not enough problems when I took one of our museum visitors, Robin Barnes from London down to the depot this morning we found the entrance totally blocked by, as we called it Hurricane "Blastit!" And it is going to take some removing. We must have had quite a storm last night. One anticipates many problems but not being able to get within a mile of your depot was not one of them.

Halt! Thou shall not enter the museum!

LS6 WITH NEW REAR END
September 14, 2004. Robin at least got to see LS 6 even if he never got to the depot.

73 C 22 was bought privately from the Cork County Council and has been done up. The following are some photos of her which may interest National 1 fans. She looked very well and is of course 510 engined. She is currently on the link road out of Cork after the Kinsale Road roundabout visible to thousands every day, if you want to see her. She is in superb condition due to Donnchdha Loftus whom I spoke to and intends to keep it in superb condition. All praise to him and as you can see he has done an amazing job. It as of course LS6 before coming to Cork County Council
Robin and LS6!


UP CORK a "FIRST" rear end for a National.

She looks really well

Click Here for article and more photos on LS6.

DVH8 ON CORK CITY SERVICE NO. 11:
September 2, 2004. A very unusual Bus Eireann working occurred today September 2 when DVH 8 took the No. 11 afternoon service to Tivoli. What is really unusual about this apart from the fact a "country" bus was doing a Cork City Service is that there is no DVH based in Cork and she had only come in from Castleisland and presumably Tralee on the Thursday service. We understand now that she has changed depots to Tralee last week from Broadstone and will be based there and one of her duties will be the twice weekly service to Cork via Castleisland and Kingwilliamstown.

DVH 8 at South Mall on Cork City Service No. 11. William Mulryan is driver.

BG 36 (Ulsterbus 2192) ARRIVES IN CORK
September 11, 2004. Hot on the heels of 4762, BG 36 made it to Cork depot safely today from Kilkelly. Photographs of her are on the special article on the left. She is a fine machine and apart from some seat supports internally needs no mechanical work other than a sticky acclerator.

BG 36 stopped for a photo at Rooskey.

BG 36 front closeup.

Click Here for Full see of photos of BG 36.

Mercedes ZF 608 ARRIVES IN CORK
September 11, 2004. One of our stolen buses has been recovered and we retrieved ZF 608 a Mercedes mini-bus today and brought her to Cork depot. She was stolen by Cormac O'Connor of O'Connor coaches of Kilbrittain two years ago and has suffered vandalism. For some obscure reason the seats were taken off their mounts and put on the floor, an instrument panel was removed as was the Mercedes badge and her number plates. She will need some work but appears mechanically undamaged and she was a good runner when we last saw her. She miraculously appeared by the side of the road in West Cork. The gardai were not much use when they could not find her for two years! Photos to follow.

SURELINE FORD 1014 "GREYHOUND" 84 G 659:
September 7, 2004. I got a chance today to drive the vehicle and took some nice photos in the sun which follow. She started on the button and drove superbly and was tight and rattlefree. It really seems a good body. Pity about the Ford engine! Ewan Duffy from Celbridge came to visit and go for a run and his photo is also here. Following are details of her history which is very interesting as she seems a most unusual vehicle.

84 G 659 is the second of the two Fords R 1014 built by Sureline of Lurgan although was effectively finished by Wright of Ballymena using Plaxton parts hence the Plaxton front screen and panel. It is actually recorded as Wright C45F.

A nice view at the turning bay.

Rear and side View of 659 clearly showing the "Greyhound" style windows.

Ewan Duffy with 659.

The "boreen" is growing again!.

Click Here for article on Sureline "Greyhound" Ford 84 G 659.

PROTOTYPE LEOPARD/TIGER
September 5, 2004. We have come across this strange machine and would be grateful if anyone can fill us in on its history.

Apparently Leyland were experimenting with the idea of a rear engine Leopard and built one or two prototypes. This was one of them. No more were built as instead they developed the standard Tiger.

We think this machine started with a 680 engine but currently it has either an L11 or a TL 11 engine. We hope to start it next week and drive it to the depot. Should be interesting as it has apparently sat for some years.

Front View!

Seats are excellent.

Drivers Cab. Not Leopard. Not Tiger!

Engine Compartment. We could not get farther away to get a complete photo.

Click Here for article on Leopard/Tiger 81 C 1414.

NEW OFFICE PROGRESS
September 6, 2004. Light fittings have arrived. Water and electricity are within thirty feet. Phones are expected within about three weeks as they have to lay poles one mile in to the office from the nearest phone line.

It is a decent size portacabin with two offices and a kitchenette and washup. It came on August 12 thanks to Michael Walsh of Alan Loftus haulage who drove it superbly. We nearly had to demolish a tree coming in but we finally made it with half an inch of clearance.


Looks well just inside the gate.

September 5, 2004. Stephen Lynch was the 10,000'th visitor to the site and will be suitably rewarded, maybe with BG 43. I think is superb and we are delighted that so many people take the time and trouble to visit us.

June 25, 2004. We had a very pleasant visit yesterday from Daniel Stazicker from the U.K. This followed a visit by Mark Owens. Daniel took 1179 and LS 57 for a drive and it was nice to see a well experienced National driver at work. Here are some photos:
He never drove a National on an Irish boreen before!

Daniel+National

With 1179

At the wheel of 1179

June 25, 2004. Which brings me to the point that anyone from the U.K. is more than welcome to come and see us and assuming they can drive in the first place to take any of our vehicles for a run. Just call me on 00-353-87-240-555-0 or e-mail busmuseum@hotmail.com and we will do everything possible to look after you.

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

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


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

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


The inside is good.

We have started on dash re-wiring.

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


The Main Dash

Dash left hand side

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


Side view of her on the low loader.

August 12, 2004. 630 LZI Bedford TK transfers from Fota to Cork.She started and drove fine. She has a slight clutch problem, a pretty rotten body but other than that is perfect!

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

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


Looks well just inside the gate.

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

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


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

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


The inside is good.

We have started on dash re-wiring.

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


The Main Dash

Dash left hand side

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


Side view of her on the low loader.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

August 8, 2004. I am pleased to note that our hit numbers are at 9916 so we will hit 10,000 shortly. I think this is quite a tribute to the site and if we can find out who number 10,000 is, we would like to commemorate it in some suitable way - readers are invited to offer suggestions - so if you are number 10,0000 please let us know.

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

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

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

August 2, 2004. The Readymix Saga took a new turn this past week. They spent two days at the court trying to eliminate me by organizing free bed and breakfast based on trumped up evidence. Fortunately, the judge saw through their little plan and accordingly I am still at large.

However much more frightening is that they are showing no remorse and are still determined to destroy me and the museum and it is becoming a bitter fight. You think the NIB people were bad but these bastards of directors will not return 78 C 325. Talk of an anti-Irish bunch but they should be ashamed to even show their faces in Ireland. No wonder foreigners get a bad name. And our Irish help them. Ever since Diarmuid Mc Morrogh turned traitor we have always excelled at it and we love to screw each other.

The battle is going to get a lot more intense and one or the other of us is going to be destroyed and I would not bet on it being the museum.

Their solicitors are Mc Cann Fitzgerald who are an utterly unscrupulous bunch and have even less interest in Irish heritage. It is no wonder the legal profession get a bad name as all they want is the filthy lucre. I will keep you informed but the next step now is an application by me to shut their plant down, force them to pay for the damage they have done to the buses and to get them thrown off the Cork Airport contract where I have reason to believe they are involved in a scam.

While on the subject the Cork County Council are still determined to scrap everything in the museum but that also has come to a screeching stop and will stay that way. It is terrible that I have to spend time and money getting council officials to behave like civilized Irish proud of our heritage instead of unscrupulous bastards. It is worth noting that I wrote to the County manager and every County Council official and not one bothered to reply.

I am trying to get one of them to come on one of my broadcasts to explain their position but they are all skulking in their dens like petrified skunks in case they get shot if they show their noses. As Dromod and almost everyone else in this country who has done anything to try and preserve our heritage have discovered, officialdom tries to screw one into the ground.

August 2, 2004. The Readymix Saga took a new turn this past week. They spent two days at the court trying to eliminate me by organizing free bed and breakfast based on trumped up evidence. Fortunately, the judge saw through their little plan and accordingly I am still at large.

However much more frightening is that they are showing no remorse and are still determined to destroy me and the museum and it is becoming a bitter fight. You think the NIB people were bad but these bastards of directors will not return 78 C 325. Talk of an anti-Irish bunch but they should be ashamed to even show their faces in Ireland. No wonder foreigners get a bad name. And our Irish help them. Ever since Diarmuid Mc Morrogh turned traitor we have always excelled at it and we love to screw each other.

The battle is going to get a lot more intense and one or the other of us is going to be destroyed and I would not bet on it being the museum.

Their solicitors are Mc Cann Fitzgerald who are an utterly unscrupulous bunch and have even less interest in Irish heritage. It is no wonder the legal profession get a bad name as all they want is the filthy lucre. I will keep you informed but the next step now is an application by me to shut their plant down, force them to pay for the damage they have done to the buses and to get them thrown off the Cork Airport contract where I have reason to believe they are involved in a scam.

While on the subject the Cork County Council are still determined to scrap everything in the museum but that also has come to a screeching stop and will stay that way. It is terrible that I have to spend time and money getting council officials to behave like civilized Irish proud of our heritage instead of unscrupulous bastards. It is worth noting that I wrote to the County manager and every County Council official and not one bothered to reply.

I am trying to get one of them to come on one of my broadcasts to explain their position but they are all skulking in their dens like petrified skunks in case they get shot if they show their noses. As Dromod and almost everyone else in this country who has done anything to try and preserve our heritage have discovered, officialdom tries to screw one into the ground.

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

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

July 31, 2004. The equipment is coming so fast these days I have lost track and it is a major job to try and keep readers informed of what is arriving. It has now got to the stage that it could be two or three weeks before I even see what we have for the first time. Anyhow following are pictures of both 4562 and 398 and we are very grateful to Francis Dempsey for sourcing these vehicles. He really does a fantastic job and I don't know where he gets them from but they are super.

July 28, 2004. Greater Manchester Atlantean 4762 has arrived in the yard. She is in superb condition and it is all thanks to Francis Dempsey who obtained her. He really has the knack of getting us some super vehicles and the museum is extremely grateful to him. He really does a superb job and I do not know where he gets them from but he does get them. This vehicle is ex Greater Manchester and in superb condition as the photos show. It has a Northern Counties body.






July 28, 2004. Duple bodied Ford R 1114 81 KE 398 has arrived in the Yard and we know nothing of its history. She is in remarkable condition for her age and this can be seen from the photos. This brings out 1114 fleet to four and unusually three are Duple bodied.





July 23, 2004. We are now definitely planning to add some Bristol VR's to our fleet and are looking at as many as up to ten. We will decide in the coming days. We will certainly get two minimum. We are discussing with our UK friends the most suitable machines. We have always wanted one and are delighted we will have one coming. Delivery will be during August.

July 20, 2004. The museum has decided to open a driving school for budding bus drivers. This will commence on September 1st. and will cater for bus, minibus and artic driving initially. Rates will be 75 per hour. Theory classes will also be conducted. The fleet will consist of a double decker, two single deckers and a minibus. We will also have an artic. We will post details here when I get time.

The basic control mastery will be done within the museum boundaries where drivers will have little to hit and once they have mastered the machine they can then venture onto the public road. We feel this will of use to people in the Cork area and of course for our own members as we have to get more qualified drivers.

July 20, 2004. The first bus for the driving school arrived today. It is a TL11 engined Duple Leyland Tiger on air with a manual gearbox. Duples on air are very rare. Registration is 83 C 2836. Thanks to Roy Kearney we were able to get it. As Roy no longer likes fast driving he said we could have it!

We know nothing about her history other than that she has "K.W. Beard" on her front blinds box. Can anyone throw some light on her origin.





We have no idea of the history of either 403 or 2386 and would be grateful if anyone out there could fill us in on their background. We now have both a Plaxton Tiger and a Duple Tiger as well as a Plaxton Royal Tiger.

July 20, 2004. We had a visit from Barney Yourell and his son Bernard today to the museum. Barney is one of our great supporters and works with Dualway who have been of such tremendous help in enabling us to get our double deck fleet and the Dennis fire engine cum tow truck. Barney took Nefkens 42 for a run and enjoyed it. Photo below shows himself and Bernard.

Tony Mc Conn and Dualway won the Tourist award of the year and congratulations to the entire team. Tony and his crew especially Tommy Masterson are fantastic for helping preservation and the run a super show themselves.

July 20, 2004. By way of diversion a subject which is in the news namely Garda corruption. The attached photograph was taken outside the Courthouse in Cork. The offences were parking on a footpath and parking on a double yellow line. The amusing thing is that there are two Garda cones saying no parking at both ends of the car. I challenged the Garda watching it to ticket it and have it towed away and he suggested it was as much as his job was worth. I am afraid the photo says it all about this country and how only the poor commit crimes. What happened there I regard as straight corruption and when the Gardai are afraid to enforce the law because they will lose their jobs I think something needs to be done.

July 17, 2004. Whilst in the Knock area we were amazed to find LS 25 doing the Ballina to Knock shuttle service. We took a series of photographs and they illustrate clearly how some perfectly good vehicles can deteriorate rapidly. Already inside cushions are being replaced, there is much panel damage all round and corrosion is already a problem. She was also throwing oil on her rear. All in all not very promising for vehicles only recently acquired. She was Citybus 1098 from somewhere.

What was really surprising was to see her doing scheduled service - she was not taxed for this - so they must have been desperate in the garage.

LS 25 between Charlestown and Knock.

LS25 at Knock Airport on Knock to Ballina service.

Another View.

Drivers Cab.

Inside of LS 25. Note mixed seat cushions.

Corrosion already rampant.

Panel Damage everywhere.

July 17, 2004. Surprise, suprise! We have just been donated BG 35. And we thought they had all gone. Her Ulsterbus number was 2198. While theoretically complete she is missing a drivers seat, radiator front and has much panel damage. Her inside is a shambles but what is there will provide seats for the others. Her mechanicals should be sound in that she drove in and we expect to make her drive out again. Her engine will transfer to 2187 easily. She will provide valuable spares backup for our growing RE6LL fleet.

BG 35 rear view.

BG 35 Inside to rear.

BG 35 Drivers, well, we can hardly say seat area!

BG 35 Panel over Drivers Head.

July 17, 2004. BG 43 has been made ready for the trip to Cork!
Mechanically she is just fine. We also have the missing window. Photos follow:

BG 43 Side and Front.

BG 43 Rear View.

BG 43 Drivers seat area!

BG 43 Interior.

We are now thinking of the following for our Bristol RELL 6G Fleet:
2180 - Ulsterbus
2187 - Ulsterbus
2192 - Bus Eireann
2531 - Citybus

The next four RE's - arriving in the near future - will be in various operators liveries

July 15, 2004. Alas the pictures of Leyland Nationals running down the boreen entrance to the museum with the shrubs brushing both sides are no more. We undertook a major effort this week to clear the entire mile entrance to the museum and all the shrubs have been cut back. We also cut upwards to twenty feet thereby giving ample clearance for the double deckers. There are two trees to be totally removed so if anyone in Cork wants a tree or two for the taking away contact us! The next step now is to lay a foundation so that we have a minimum carriageway of ten feet wide with passing places every one hundred yards.We also have cut the grass on a further five acres and plan to start weed killing next week. We will then lay a hardcore foundation which will eventually provide parking for four hundred buses.At the same time we will be building the new test track. Twenty seven acres takes a lot of looking after!

July 11, 2004. The Museum won an award at Mogeely Rally today with Nefkins 48 our Den Oudsten Leyland Worldmaster. The rally was held under brilliant sunny skies and was well attended. Photographs of it can be viewed by clicking "Mogeely Rally 2004" on the left.

We must say that we are really delighted at getting such splendid machines as Nefkins 42 and 48 and they are absolutely in mint condition. Following are three photos to make you want to look at the others.

Brian Ainsworth with Nefkens 42.

A steam engine doing some threshing..

One of the many vintage cars - A Beauford.

July 11, 2004. Irish Rail really look after their assets. Here is an update on Mogeely Station which says it all.

Looking to Cork with the Platform 1 on the left. Midleton next station.

Platform 2 facing to Youghal. Killeagh next station.

Another view facing to Midleton

July 10, 2004. Had a busy day today. We were fortunate to have Brian Ainsworth over who helped get the machines started and drove them from one depot to another. Took both LS 118 and SNG 353 for a run and they also transferred from Fota to Cork depot. SNG 353 is on a drip as she has to be fed from a diesel tank in the saloon and it was great fun sucking it into the pump via one's mouth. However, being a Gardner she started and ran happily. However, she must be the heaviest steering bus we have and we are trying to figure if she ever had power steering as there is little evidence of it.

Brian parking LS 118.

SNG353 at Fota prior to leaving.

Denis Lucey with VP 329 and SNG 353 at Knockraha terminus.We photographed her with VP 329 driven by Denis Galvin. We offered her as a relief but there were not enough passengers and she does look a little decrepid!

Brian is not used to Irish boreens as there are none in Cambridge!

Brian collapsing after parking SNG 353 without power steering.

LS 118 started easily once she was bled. Her 510 engine sounds great and she drove very well.

We worked on XIA 857 but could not get fuel to her and we are still looking for the bleed screw. Does anyone know where the fuel pump and bleed screw is on a Cummins? Poor Brian Ainsworth made the mistake of coming over two days early so we put him to work and we really needed his expertise. We have no idea whether it was genius or sheer stupidity but he did get the connections right as the panel was a mess. Some geniuses had stolen the panel and all I can say is they must have been badly off. To leave a souvenir they stuck a punch through a tyre.

July 11, 2004. Latest on Readymix Saga is that they have caused further damage to LS 129. It is heartbreaking to see the bus being destroyed before my very eyes. How anyone running a plc could allow this to happen and be totally indifferent is beyond me. These people are supposed to be the pillars of Irish society and instead they destroy us for their own personal gain.

The comment when I reported it was "What did I expect?" Well, I will tell them what I expect and it is that these people should at least preserve our heritage and behave like normal civilised people. I expect them to look after that bus. They have reiterated a number of things quite clearly. Firstly that we do not have the money to fight them and they will break and destroy the museum no matter what it takes or costs them as we have dared to challenge them. They have now given me an ultimatum that they will put me in jail if I do not surrender and do what they want, and drop the museums damage claim for the ash damage. If you only saw the damage you would cry and they just laugh. Take LS 129 for example. Here is as bus which was in excellent condition and they allow it to be used as target practice. There is not an ounce of humanity in any of them. They now are working with the Cork County Council to destroy the museum another case of big business and politicians working together. I wrote to every director in Readymix and to every County Councillor and not one replied. So far they have spent 200,000 to try and destroy the museum. Think of what that money would have done for the museum.

At the moment I am in acute pain, can barely move around much less drive buses and if it was not for people like Brian Ainsworth who came over and moved LS 118 and SNG 353 we would be lost and we really appreciate his giving up a weekend to come here. I no longer have the energy or the money to fight them and they know it. But what a way to run a business. One would hope that even now some stroke of decency would enter into them, they would leave the museum alone and pay for the ash damage and now the damage to LS 129. Where will we get a headlamp and screens and glass? We do not have the means of putting them in. It is sad, sad, very sad. Please, Readymix let us have her back and put her in our depot where she will be safe but if she stays where she is, you know you will destroy her which is exactly what you want. Look at the photos:

LS 129 in a happy day being driven though Ovens to be stored.

A broken glass.

Broken headlamp and drivers windscreen.

July 10, 2004. Latest on the Bendibus in UK is that she still will not select gear and is stuck at the airport. Andy is working hard to try and solve the problem and we will keep you informed but right now she is moving nowhere.

July 9, 2004. 1178 has arrived safely in Cork having made the trip from Nottingham via Swansea and our good friends Swansea Cork Ferries. We really owe them a debt of gratitude for bringing her and they looked after us so well. They are a superb operation and you should try them to see how good the boat is. We will polish 1178 her up and have more photos shortly.

We must also thank George Mc Ivor of Donaghmore in the North who donated her and Servisair who gave us every help and looked after her so well. We now have "the Twins" 1178 and 1179 safe in Cork thanks to George.

Their history is interesting and is as follows: 1178 and 1179 were:

VAD 1742 (ex Nefkens 42), Leyland LVB668 chnr 7505399 -Den Oudsten body nr 5874, built 1976, registration 31-15-PB

VAD 1748 (ex Nefkens 48), Leyland LVB668 chnr 7505405 -Den Oudsten body nr 5880, built 1976, registration 30-09-PB

which both served on Amersfoort city services all of their Dutch lives.In September 1988 the regional bus operator VAD (Verenigde Autobus Private operator Nefkens had been running the city services in Amersfoort with its greyish blue buses since shortly after World War II. Since the mid 1950's they standardised on Leyland buses. On January 1, 1983, the company sold out to regional operator VAD.

The last 20 buses bought by Nefkens were standard regional buses in city bus-layout. They had bodywork by Den Oudsten and two wide doors. They were the only Leyland standard buses to have full length glass windows in the doors and open grills in the front. The chassis were built by Leyland Belgium to the design developed by Verheul in 1967, though with a shortened wheelbase. After the Verheul factory burnt down in December 1970, the same chassis had been assembled by Den Oudsten as Leyland-Den Oudsten LOB (12-meter) and LOK (10 meter). However, these were only available to Dutch Railways subsidiary companies. This explains why private operator Nefkens turned to Leyland Belgium. The LVB used the components of the Leyland Royal Tiger Worldmaster but was built to a semi-integral design. The designation LVB 668 stood for Leyland-Verheul Bus 6-meter wheelbase, 680-engine. Verheul built a few buses with a 5-meter wheelbase which, logically, were called LVB 568. Leyland Belgium apparently did not know where the designation stood for and simply called them LVB668, even though the Nefkens ones had a shorter wheelbase to accomodate the wide entrance door and a shorter overall length.

Nefkens bought 20 of these buses. Numbers 41-48 in 1976, 49-50 in 1977, 51-54 in 1979 and 55-60 in 1980. They were blue with grey skirts and white upper parts. The various series had different capacities and seat models. When taken over by VAD the numbers were increased by 1700 to form the series 1741-1760 and the buses were repainted standard yellow, with grey skirts and white upper parts.

VAD disposed of the first two buses of this series in September 1988 when they were sold to Volvo-dealer NEBIM, who at the same time bought another 23 VAD Leyland buses which were sold to Leyland England. The other ex Nefkens buses were disposed of later.

The two buses sold in 1989 were:
VAD 1742 (ex Nefkens 42), Leyland LVB668 chnr 7505399 -Den Oudsten body nr 5874, built 1976, registration 31-15-PB VAD 1748 (ex Nefkens 48), Leyland LVB668 chnr 7505405 -Den Oudsten body nr 5880, built 1976, registration 30-09-PB Diensten = United Bus Services) sold 11 10-meter and 12 12-meter Leyland-Den Oudsten buses to NEBIM (the Volvo dealer) who sold them on to Leyland England. 1178 and 1179 were sold to Servisair at East Midlands Airport where they remained in service until we got them. A very interesting history and we are so glad to have them as they are truly a part of Leyland history. Following are some photos of the bus on arrival at Cork


1178 Leaving the Ferryport in Ringaskiddy.

1178 at head office at Grianan House on arrival.
Brian Ainsworth was collected in style by 1178 at Cork Airport.
The Old and the New. 28 years outside the Black Ash Park and Ride in Cork.
Brian Ainsworth (Left) and Billy Corkery (Right) and 1178 and DD33 at Black Ash park and Ride.

1178 Drivers Cab

Left panel of 1178

Closeup of Main dash of 1178

The Twins at the depot.

July 4, 2004. This years Museum Annual Report has been just published and runs to 24 pages. It also has 34 full colour photographs of some of our fleet. If anyone would like a copy just send your name and address by e-mail to busmuseum@hotmail.com and it will be mailed free.

July 4, 2004. Rumour has it that we might get an Irish VR. We would love one.

July 4, 2004. Rumour also has it that we might get an Irish RM. We would dearly love this.

June 29, 2004. On June 29 2004 I visited Cork station and have this time given it the "Rathouse of the Week" award for providing the best accommodation for rats in the country. Tim Sheehan, Regional Manager and Dave Lonergan, Stationmaster are to be congtratulated on their efforts to win this very difficult to achieve award. To show the luxury the rats live in I attach some photographs taken. I was unable to photogaph a rat but did manage to get a photograph of a pigeon wandering around among the food eating customers in Heuston and helping to drop shit on them.

The welcoming area of Cork Station

A secluded corner!

Home is where the rats are!

Unique picture of a Heuston Pigeon picking up the scraps as others eat!

By way of diversion for those of you are interested in railways here is a copy of my article in Irish Railway News yesterday which I hope will be of interest.

Lea Worrall has been kind enough to give us a rundown on her UK history which is:
4762 (A762 NNA) was new to Greater Manchester Transport as 8762 in 1984 and is therefore one of the last to be built for Greater Manchester (The last being 8765 A765 NNA). It then passed to Greater Manchester Buses Ltd on the 26th October 1986 (De-regulation Day). After which it passed to Greater Manchester Buses (South) Ltd in 1992 where it stayed until the company was purchased by Stagecoach Holdings and 8762, by now renumbered 4762, was repainted into Magic Bus with large yellow lettering! After which I think it then passed to another unknown operator. Its quite strange really in that with the exception of 4706 which resides at the Manchester Museum of Transport and 4762, any 'south side' Atlanteans that exist are in service and most of the Atlanteans that exist from the 'north side'company are in preservation (with the exception of a tiny handful). Thanks Lea for your help. Now can anyone fill in what happened after that?

June 30, 2004. At the court case on Monday Readymix made it absolutely clear they were intent on destroying the museum. They are going to continue to hold LS 129. The key point is our claim for damages because of the ash they spread over 20 buses and their argument is to make the museum go broke so they will avoid paying. The damage is 84,000, by the way. How any Irish person posing as an executive of a plc can support this argument is difficult to understand. On expects decency and honour and integrity in board members of large plcs not greedy self serving destructive people. I have to be circumspect and can say little more but I am sure readers will get the message. The case has been adjourned for two more weeks.

June 30, 2004. No, I did not close down the discussion board - ALTHOUGH HEAVEN KNOWS I GET TEMPTED OFTEN ENOUGH! It simply disappeared. Unfortunately our service providers tell us that someone hacked into the board and then contacted them and told them it was no longer needed so they cancelled it. Why anyone would stoop so low is a mystery to us. Anyhow the new board is now up and running.

June 25, 2004. We had a very pleasant visit yesterday from Daniel Stazicker from the U.K. This followed a visit by Mark Owens. Daniel took 1179 and LS 57 for a drive and it was nice to see a well experienced National driver at work. Here are some photos:
He never drove a National on an Irish boreen before!

Daniel+National

With 1179

At the wheel of 1179

June 25, 2004. Which brings me to the point that anyone from the U.K. is more than welcome to come and see us and assuming they can drive in the first place to take any of our vehicles for a run. Just call me on 00-353-87-240-555-0 or e-mail busmuseum@hotmail.com and we will do everything possible to look after you.

June 25, 2004. As we are on Nationals I am reposting here from the Archive files the photos of 73 C 22 (LS6). This is in superb condition due to Donnchdha Loftus whom I spoke to and intends to keep it in superb condition. All praise to him and as you can see he has done an amazing job.

73 C 22 was bought privately from the Cork County Council and has been done up. The following are some photos of her which may interest National 1 fans. She looked very well and is of course 510 engined. She is currently on the road from Carrigaline roundabout to the Ringaskiddy ferry if you want to see her.


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

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

June 1, 2004. For those of you interested in the moving of the Bendi-buses go to Andy Coopers site at www.geocities.com/transportpages14/airport/airport.html where you will get a full narrative and photos of his work in moving them. It is very interesting.


THANK YOU GEORGE MC IVOR AND SERVISAIR

May 16, 2004. This week we would like to thank George Mc Ivor and Servisair who between them enabled us to get Nefkens 42 and 48. These are two of our most important acquisitions and only for Geroge we would never have got them and they would have been scrapped.

Servisair in turn maintained them in superb condition and helped us to get them to Cork. Phil Sentance and Derek Wright at East Midlands Airport really looked after those vehicles and they are a credit to their skills.

There are so many people who help the museum and George and Servisair are one of many who devote time and effort to helping us. It is nice to know that the results of their labours with Nefkens 48 resulted in it winning an award at Mogeely Rally. Thanks.

RAIL NEWS DETAILS

July 22, 2004. Something which might be of interest. I was on Virgins new Pendolino yesterday and attach a photograph. Cramped and claustrophobic might be kind words for it! Certainly a HST beats it hands down and one can only wonder why thirty years later they build what is shown in the photo when a MK3 is so superior.


July 17, 2004. Dromod Station has won this weeks Station of the Week award and some photos follow which show how it can be done. Congratulations to the staff at Dromod!


July 17, 2004. Cork Station retains the Rathouse of the week award. We are not even bothering with photos this week as the thing is a joke, not to mention a disgrace. Most of last weeks photos will do perfectly as they have done nothing. Just look at Dromod by way of contrast. Cork have dug their heels in and told Stephen Murphy they are not cleaning it up and he can get lost. We will let you know the winner of this Dublin v Cork battle next week but I doubt if it will be Cork. With luck Timmy will get fired!

While on the subject of railways we thought it might be interesting to show some photos of the track on the Athenry to Collooney section. It is quite clear that it would take very little to re-open the line as the sleepers are in excellent condition. A visit from a weed spraying unit might work miracles.

It just shows that all these forums etc. are bullshit. If they wanted the line open it could be done in six months. I note that speaking from inside IR there is not even discussion of re-opening and they have no intention of doing it unless dragged screaming by the throat to do it.