This years Plym Valley Railway's Mince Pie Specials kicked off and the PCTPG provided a free bus service to the site at Coypool from Plymouth Station and the City Centre. Thanks to Tom Pearce for the photographs.
137 has returned to Milehouse following the major overhaul at Central Bus Works. She is looking immaculate and it is obvious the staff at Central Bus Works in Staffordshire have put an enormous amount of effort into this 50-year old Atlantean. Our thanks go to them.
Children from Chernobyl were taken on an open-top bus ride around Plymouth. The 12 youngsters, who suffered as a result of the Russian nuclear contamination in 1986, were brought to the city by the local charity Sunflowers, in partnership with the Chernobyl Childrens Lifeline charity. They were given a ride aboard 458 with their host families.
The PCTPG have launched their new web-site which now includes a members only section. Members will be advised of a username and password in due course.
There still more work to be done and we hope you like the new look! Any feedback will be welcome - good or bad - so please email the webmaster with your comments at email@example.com.
458 was used to take Commonwealth Games medalists on a tour of honour around Plymouth City Centre and on to a Civic Reception with the Lord Mayor at the Council House. Diver Tom Daley, sprinter Katherine Endacott, lawn bowls winner Natalie Melmore and swimmer Antony James were onboard 458 as it was driven by BBC Radio Devon's Gordon Sparks. Thanks to Tom Pearce for the photographs.
PCTPG has added another bus to its growing fleet of preserved buses with a Plymouth connection. The bus is former Plymouth Citybus Dennis Dart 105 (K105SFJ) and it becomes the most modern bus added to the PCTPG fleet.105 is a Plaxton Pointer bodied Dennis Dart from the first batch delivered new to Plymouth in 1991 and is now nearly 20 years old. Similar bus 107 (K107 SFJ) is still currently in service with Plymouth Citybus, the last of the batch still active in Plymouth. The batch consisted of 101-5/7 - 110 (K101-5/7-10 SFJ). There was no 106 due to the unavailability of 106 numbered registrations at the time. 105 is owned by Bobby Darch - one of the junior members of the group and we wish him the very best of luck with 105.
Preparations are under way for the Plymouth Bus Rally this Sunday, 25th July, on Plymouth Hoe.
Mike Hudson has been busy preparing his bus for the Plymouth Rally this weekend. Here are some photos by Tom Pearce showing the work that has been carried out.
The stairs and entrance step of 168 have been repaired as part of the works in place to allow this vehicle to return to the active fleet after a brief period out of service. It is hoped that 168 will be back in service in time for the Plymouth Bus Rally in Juy, hosted by the Western National Preservation Group.
Members Robbie and Bobby Darch lent a hand helping to give 458 a thorough clean inside and especially upstairs where the lack of a roof results in a very dusty upstairs. A big thanks to you both who have assisted on several Sundays cleaning and sorting out some of our stored parts and sales items.
Pop down to the Plym Valley Railway this coming Sunday 4th April where they will be manning the sales bus and say hello.
A thorough check of 458 has been undertaken with attention to a leak from the angle drive. All levels topped up and she is now ready for her forthcoming MOT.
131 was used on our members only day out across the Moors to Princetown where any mums who attended were taken for a cream tea courtesy of the group. ‘Thanks to all our mums’. 57 members and immediate family attended. A brilliant attendance and a brilliant day out. And thanks to group member Ian Byrne for allowing us to use 131.
Following the accident damage sustained in November 2009, 137 was towed away to Central Bus Works in Stafforshire for repairs and repaint.
171 passed its MOT. Many thanks to Graham for his help adjusting the brakes. Really appreciated.
Chris at the Milehouse Body Shop has been helping out the group by sorting out the stairs of Atlantean 168. Mike and Tom went along today to get some pictures of the work in progress.
Mike Hudson and Tom Pearce spent today at Milehouse transferring seats from 175 & 176 on to 168. A very productive day requiring lots of hard work - well done to both of you!
171 is prepared for MOT. Attention was given to the king pins and minor repair work to the rear bumper has been made. A repaint into original livery is intended for this vehicle in the future.
Meanwhile, 168 has had all the odd seat rears replaced with the correct leaf pattern formica backs. Group members, Tom Pearce, Rob and Bobby Darch assisted Mike Hudson with this time consuming task. Thanks guys!!!
And finally, 131 passed the MOT and is now on schedule for her moorland members only trip on March 14th.
131 is being prepared for MOT which is due soon.
Work continues with restoring 133. The floor and aluminium panels have been fitted. External work is next with removal of the offside lower windows and replacement of the rotten steel work.