Work on 5137's fuel system was completed by Jake recently and included flushing out the fuel tank, new jubilee clips on the fuel hoses and new filters. She successfully fired up and ran really well on Saturday 28th March. Her gearbox still needs connecting up as she was latterly used as a compressor(!) at SCOC HQ but this is a 5 minute job. She will retain MFN41R's silver offside rear panel whilst hers (and 7980's) are repaired by Paul and Jake.
Paul is continuing with stripping the paint off of his ex London Transport DMS with the warm weather proving to be a real help removing it. Once the bus has been parked in the sun for a while the old paint comes off in long strips!
Work continues on former East Kent Leyland National 1178 with the former wheelchair door area being cleaned up ready for the new framework to be inserted. This work being carried out by Jake whilst Andy sanded the exterior paint ready to give her a freshen up. Once all this work is complete she will be give a service.
We shall be at Detling Showground for this fantastic family day out on Saturday 5th April. All being well, the sun will shine and the buses will purr. The last few years we have attended in Nuw the Titan but this year with her off the road, we have WKO137S, Bernard's ex M&D Bristol VR back on the road. We look forward to seeing you there!
As the sun begins to shine, it has allowed work to continue at a growing pace.
At HQ the buses continue to be prepared for Detling on the 5th April, BOO and 5137 have been run up to check that everything is still moving and working correctly.
DMS550 ventured into the outdoors for the first time in over 3 years, It was a fantastic site to see and a credit to Paul, who has constantly been working on it for the past 2 years.
In the West Kent base the rebuild of Q has been progressing with the front now fixed into position, and now looks like a bus again at the front, the next step is to replace the back end which was rather rotten!
5916 has been shunted around the yard a few times to keep everything running and to keep the wheels turning, she has now been parked up for the time being, while a problem with the gears is rectified.
A new bus maybe on the scene within the next few months which has meant something has to go. With sadness we must part company with our Zig Zag Dart. She was rescued with the intentions of passing the project on to someone that had the time to put her back to former glory. Anyone wishing to express an interest in taking it on please get in touch!
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.