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This years run is on Sunday 29th April. We've yet to confirm which vehicles will be in attendance but we're hoping for one of ours there too this year.
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Again, apologies for the lack of a regular or recent update. Unfortunately we are without a regular webmaster and work commitments, family commitments and actually fixing and working on the buses takes priority.
Currently we are preparing several vehicles for the forthcoming season. Paul's ex London DMS MLK550L , Jake's Bristol VRs MFN41R, PKE809M and Mercedes 708D N301XRP are all expected to be on the road at various points this year.
DMS550 is having work done on her interior with the last of the residue of the soft trim being removed and fresh paint being applied.
MFN41R is due a tidy up and work on her power steering system.
PKE809M is also undergoing interior work with rotten areas being replaced and sear frames being painted.
N301XRP is currently having her brake pipes replaced as the originals are badly corroded.
Apologies for the lack of updates. Things suddenly went a bit crazy halfway through our season and we're just about starting to catch up!
So what have we been up to then? Quite a lot as those of you on our Facebook page will know. We attended the Gears Of Change / War & Peace Show at Birchington in June. Chilli Farm was attended in July and Paul finally lived his dream of getting DMS550 to the Isle of Wight in October. Slowly all the galleries are being updated. MFN41R made her debut at the War & Peace show and it was great to finally get her out and about.
Paul has been working really hard on DMS550's rather unreliable fuel system. She's been suffering from fuel contamination which has caused a couple of breakdowns (550 not Paul!). A new tank was sourced and fitted by Paul in the course of a couple of days and although there's been a few hiccups, on the whole she's running a lot better now.
On opening up the old tank a quantity of stones, bits of brick and twigs were found.The only conclusion we've made is that this must have been done during her time in Ovenden's yard with the local kids playing around her. With the amount of debris in the old tank it's a wonder she ran at all. We worked out she's done around 300 miles in preservation over the last few years and all of this with the crap in her tank!
It's been a busy few months for us at Southern Counties yet again. After the success of our Thanet Vintage Bus Road Run, Robin (owner of SVOC 243) has had her fully repainted into her original livery. And she looks superb too! Currently he's proudly showing her off at various shows on the Island and in the south. Hopefully she might visit our Kent base next year for either the Heritage Transport Show or the Thanet Road Run.
Some of the other vehicles in our collection that have been long term off road have enjoyed a brief start up. WKO137S and TFN980T enjoyed this but unfortunately Nuw the Titan continues to slumber as someone has 'borrowed' one of the battery terminals!
MFN41R is ready to hit the road later this month. Preserved as an exhibition unit she will be used to house some of our smaller items that normally don't see the light of day - photographs, timetables and bus stops mostly.
MLK550L has undergone transplant surgery! She is now the owner of a new fuel tank after the original one started to seriously hamper her reliability. It had started to corrode on the inside and the flakes were blocking the fuel system. This caused at least two breakdowns but not anymore!
Both 7041 and DMS550 will be at a number of Kent shows this season.
Gears Of Change, Birchington......................... 17th & 18th June.
Chilli Farm Festival, Dover .............................. 29th & 29th July.
Weald of Kent Steam Fair, Ashford.................. 5th & 6th Aug.
Friends of the East Kent Show, Deal................ TBC
New Romney Bus & Taxi Rally.........................10th September
(although 7041 might be suplimented by a London taxi!)
We'd like to pass on thanks to everyone who supported our 2017 Thanet Vintage Bus Road Run. The pictures are up and can be found here.
With less than a week to go until our 2017 run on Sunday 7th May, we have several lovely vehicles confirmed. RVB977S The Pride Of Thanet open top bus will be there alongside former shed mate Daimler Fleetline RFN953G. Friends Of The East Kent are hoping to send one of their buses - probably AFN780B - whilst representing Southern Counties Omnibus Collection is Paul's MLK550L. We are also hoping for no less than an ex London Transport Routemaster and an RT too. Obviously these will all be depending on weather and mechanical availability but it looks to be a great day.
It all kicks off at Royal Esplanade Ramsgate at 10am. Please visit the Thanet Road Run Page for a timetable.
Our Leyland National EFN178L has left our care for pastures greener. Last week she joined the team at East Kent Nostalgic Bus & Coach Trust from Folkestone. Here she joins a huge collection of former East Kent Road Car vehicles including another Leyland National NFN84R. This is very good news as we've been unable to give her much time with the rest of our buses being so demanding. It means she stays in Kent but also stays safe in preservation. We'd like to wish Jon and the rest of the guys at EKNBC Trust all the best with 1178 and we look forward to the day she returns to the road.
We've had a busy few months with our vehicles. Paul is still working on MLK550L - his ex London Transport DMS class Fleetline- with a view to an MOT. If all goes to plan this should be completed later this week and she can look forward to a busy season at various shows.
Work is also underway on MFN41R replacing her exhaust tailpipe which means she'll also be out and about this season. Although not configured for a bus, she will be housing various exhibitions over the forthcoming year - all to do with transport.
In the south, Robin is working hard on his Olympian G715WDL. New to Southern Vectis as 715, he's worked hard rebuilding her ready for MOT. She'd been partially stripped for spares by her previous owner and Robin is doing a grand job replacing all the missing bits.
Our taxi collection is undergoing extensive overhaul too with one of the series 3 Metrocabs receiving new brakes, shocks and welding ready for an MOT in the next few weeks.
Here you will find out the latest news about our buses and future events we hope to attend. In addition we will add any interesting bus and coach related news we come across.
SOUTHERN COUNTIES OMNIBUS.
A collection of retired buses living in southeast England owned by a group of friends.