On 15th June we attended the Dover Transport Museum bus rally which is held in conjunction with the East Kent Railway and includes a free bus service between the two sites. This really is a great day out and the museum has so much to look at with cars, commercials, models and loads of other exhibits. If you're in east Kent area pay them a visit, details on their website HERE. Same applies with the East Kent Railway. If like us you grew up with Southern Region electric trains then this place is for you. A 4-BEP and a 2-EPB are just some of what they have there. We took along two of Nick's buses, N715TPK and NPD145L and had a great day.
Following a rather busy house move for one of our key members, things have gone a little quiet as of late with Nuw's MOT now having expired too. The date for the move was the same as the Preston Steam Rally which meant we were unable to attend this event. We also didn't attend the Dover Transport Museum Rally. As it is rather undesirable to have MOTs in the middle of the season, 5137 will be tested towards the end of August and Nuw shortly afterwards. Early next year we're hoping to be in a position to test 1178, 1145, 1255, DMS550 and maybe even 7980. We shall keep you updated on the work involved.
On 25th May Nuw attended the Deal Motor Show, the report and pictures can be seen here! We are hoping to attend the following shows this year:
29th - 30th June Preston Steam Rally
14th July Dover Transport Museum Rally
11th August Herne Bay Bus Rally
8th September New Romney Bus Rally
We look forward to meeting you at one of these events during 2013.
1145 and 3131 attended the New Romney bus rally on Sunday. This was a great day out with bus rides and train rides galore. This marks 3131's last rally with the collection as her tax runs out at the end of this month and Bernard has reluctantly decided to sell her to allow us to concentrate on our buses. Other news is 1145 collided with a bollard on the way back from Herne Bay whilst taking evasive action to avoid a on-coming car. Nick and Peter repaired the nearside damage in time for New Romney although the middle door step still needs a bit more work, she's looking tidy.
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.