The Plymouth City Transport Preservation Group was formed in July 2006. Our aim is to preserve the history of local public transport through vehicle preservation and archiving of photos, documents and artifacts and making the vehicles accessible to all.
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Work has continued on 9, and now is starting to get nearer completion. On a miserable sunday 26th jan we gave her a "blast out the cobwebs" run to Yelverton and back down Southway drive.
Having not been out for many months,we were very happy that she performed faultlessly
We had our 1st working party of 2020. It was well attended and big thankyou to everyone who helped out. 283 was given a good clean,having passed its m.o.t ready for use this year. unused vinyl window panels were removed from 7552. Parts were removed from 42 for donation to 47 and water pipes for 458 recently brought back into P.C.T.P.G (currently stored at Winkleigh awaiting continuing repairs) 42 will finally be removed within 2 weeks.
We aim to have working parties back for 1st Sunday of every month. next 2nd feb. 11am
We have attended two meetings in recent months with other preservation groups in Devon. Following initial statement. Hope to fill out some details through 2020.
" As trustees and enthusiasts alike get older and recruitment of younger members becomes somewhat differcult. Serious questions need to be asked of a future direction.
Other groups face similar problems and recent months there has been a desire to engage with one another to explore the possibility of achieving something on a joint scale.
It is to early to fully explain in any detail, but two meetings have been held where the feeling was of a mutual and positive nature. Individuals from five groups have been tasked with taking things to the next stage. We will keep you all informed of its progress "
Instead of our usual 1st sunday working party, we took Atlantean 168 out to do timings on the routes chosen for the 60th Anniversary Leyland Atlantean day 5th April.
168 developed techincal problems (indicators packed up!) so we returned to outland rd and swapped to NDR 509J to carry on timings. 4 short circular routes will be run around Mount Gould, Stoke, Laira, and the Hoe/ Royal William yard
While we were all trying to make sense of what had happened to us on the 1st day of the Covid-19 national lockdown. Cannon recoveries of Heathfield managed to go to Winkleigh and return our latest acquisition WJY 758 to Outland rd. It'll be stored as best as we can until the time when we are free to move around again. The plan is to restore it back to original 1975 yellow livery when it was still numbered 158. Thanks to Tom Pearce for being there to photograph the arrival
The ex Target Travel/Roberts mini coach B674 CBD a longtime derelic from days at Colebrook has been removed for scrapping. One day we will be able to have a working party to clear the undergrowth from that area and make better use of vehicle parking. Photos courtesy Tom Pearce
283 N283 PDV Has returned from its repaint at "Car to Coach" looking better than it ever did in service.
still awaiting acurate logo transfers, but fit and ready for use when we can get out again
Leyland Lepoard CSU 938 also went to Car to coach and has had an amazing repaint back to its original company livery "WA" wallace Arnold. As a side note, it now has a sister vehicle, although not in directly in the group W656 FUM owned by James Pratt has also been returned to it original livery of Wallace Arnold. Hopefully sometime they will be able to go out together. I think at rallies they will be a real head turner.
Having sometime on our hands at this present time. Some jobs that could be done at home, have been completed on 9 that have taken a backseat until now. All seats have been restored for upper deck. We made the decision to recover the rear downstairs seatback which still had original covering but didn't match restored seats. Now restrictions have eased and warm weather, the floor has been painted. (treadmaster will be laid in the future,but not high on priority list).
WJY 758 has also had work started on it. The missing engine components have been rebuilt or replaced. It was towed out so drive shaft could be re-fitted. It is now mobile and in place so a new exhaust system can be fitted.
For those who attended our Atlantean timing trip in March. The indicator fault on 168 has also been fixed. It was found the switch contacts between hazzards and indicators had become covered in grime and welded itself together. A new hinge for overhead swithboard in the cab has also been replaced
Ian byrne's citybus dart 47 is ready for the road again. Thanks to Alex for his time spent replacing parts from 42 and installing better seat cushions from stores. 42 has now met its maker in the sky somewhere above Barnsley breakers
We are very happy to see Leyland Atlantean 201 finally brought back to Plymouth. Having spent the last 7 years languishing at a garage in Buckfasleigh, it has been brought by Grant at Car To Coach body repair and spray paint finishers. As you can see with only a jet spray wash it is still resplendent in orient red, unbelievable as it had been sat under a large tree all that time. Still complete as original interior, it will need mechanical overhaul and will be repainted in this 1960s livery. We wish Grant all the best with this fantastic example of a Plymouth corporation Atlantean
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This month has seen several vehicles that had used for parts to help save other preservation projects, be removed by Barnsley breakers. Volvo citybus B10m 175 B175 VDV and 176 B176VDV having started their lives together,ended together. Group vehicle 312 W312 SDV citycoach followed along with MPD 201 which had been a doner vehicle to a private project converting MPD 203 into a motorhome. It was felt that we needed to concentrate preservation on vehicles which were mobile
Work has continued on PDR1 158, Philip has spent many hours scraping lays of paint from interior panels ready to apply the original Panama beige. Next stage will be to relay the upper deck floor with marine plywood as the original floor is now very rotten
Owner Ian Byrn has had the window rubbers on AN68 STK 131T replaced by National Windscreens, in readiness for M.O.T