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Craig Smith   14 Aug 2016, 11:04 am
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XL319 FTN 708W and R855 PRG. Nelsam Trams and Transport 2016.
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Andreos1   19 Mar 2017, 3:48 pm
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(21 Jan 2016, 9:06 am)Andreos1 wrote Not sure which is the most relevant thread, seeing as we don't have a 'Wilts & Dorset buses living elsewhere' thread...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-35285954
But these ECW Olympians are plying their trade in the states now.

An additional 'bus living on' is ex-ANW Olympian 3319

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-39319757

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Andreos1   29 May 2017, 7:45 pm
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More buses 'living on'

This time an ex-First Trident
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-...ire-family

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Kuyoyo   11 Jun 2017, 9:46 pm
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(05 Feb 2016, 1:31 pm)Kuyoyo wrote Well, news from the 500 Group stable now.

Work took place last weekend to clear out our next restoration project - our Leyland PD2 H240 (JVN 40E).

Wow, it's really been 16 months since that to get to this point

Anyone who follows the 500 Group on Facebook (for those that don't - https://www.facebook.com/500group/), you may have seen that H240 was started for the first time in 20 years earlier today ahead of the restoration work beginning, once a site has been found to undertake the work at.

The good news is that she requires no external work, as such the team has expressed a time scale of about a year for the work once work begins.

So, hopefully come the 2019 Teesside Running Day, we might be able to roster 3 of the Group's own stock for the first time in the group's History.
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Adrian   12 Jun 2017, 6:17 pm
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(11 Jun 2017, 9:46 pm)Kuyoyo wrote Wow, it's really been 16 months since that to get to this point

Anyone who follows the 500 Group on Facebook (for those that don't - https://www.facebook.com/500group/), you may have seen that H240 was started for the first time in 20 years earlier today ahead of the restoration work beginning, once a site has been found to undertake the work at.

The good news is that she requires no external work, as such the team has expressed a time scale of about a year for the work once work begins.

So, hopefully come the 2019 Teesside Running Day, we might be able to roster 3 of the Group's own stock for the first time in the group's History.

Good news about H240.

Are the group any closer to securing their own premises yet? Seems to have been an ongoing saga for a while, but hopefully something will be found soon.

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Kuyoyo   12 Jun 2017, 8:05 pm
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(12 Jun 2017, 6:17 pm)Adrian wrote Good news about H240.

Are the group any closer to securing their own premises yet? Seems to have been an ongoing saga for a while, but hopefully something will be found soon.

We are presently trying to attain Charity Status - as well as looking for our own site.

In addition to 240 being started up yesterday, the team also re-started 544 ahead of its own Restoration. The plan now is to keep the pair running active every now and then in the depot yard pending the completion of their respective restorations

EDIT: It seems I was a bit hasty - now been mentioned by our vice chairman on Facebook that it should take 3 years to restore 240 once a site is found. So, Running Day 2021 maybe a better estimation for her debut.
LeeCalder   20 Nov 2017, 7:51 am
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Some good news regarding our Transbus MPD, 574 / NK53 TMZ......

When we purchased 574, we were advised that either the engine had seized, or a piston had gone - Luckily for us, it's neither, and the alternator has seized, which is probably the best news we could have hoped for.

Following a thumbs up from two engineers, we took 574 on a road test, and she performed very well!

You can view a short video here..... Transbus 574 - Road Test
Craig Smith   20 Nov 2017, 8:03 pm
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Good work. Well done.

Craig Smith. NNRG Operations Engineer. NNRG. Bus Preservationists of the North East.
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Kuyoyo   11 Aug 2019, 10:27 pm
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News from the Teesside 500 Group

Two vehicles have been added to the stable in the last few months - both a bit more modern that H106 (our previous ‘youngest’ of the stable).

In February, we were approached by Cumbria Classic Coaches in regards to Volvo Olympian R833OVN - which they had purchased from Stagecarriage last summer and had developed engine problems. She returned to the region on the 28th February. An engine has been sourced and is waiting for the engineering team to find time in their busy schedules to fit it.

In recent weeks, 833 has been joined by a slightly older sister - Cummins L10-powered, Northern Counties Palatine-bodies M223SVN, one of the first vehicles to arrived at Stockton depot following the Stagecoach takeover in late 1994. It’s arrival was officially confirmed this evening following its successful passing of its MOT. Long term plan is to return it to its original condition in the Transit Deregulation livery (similar to Busways livery but with Green in place of Yellow and the coloured skirts).

Many who have attended recent rallies will have noticed the absent of H106 (and in some cases, the group entirely). Sadly, she was involved in a RTA on her way back from the Tyne Tees Run back in June, leaving the Group down to just 99 as it’s only working vehicle, meaning private work took priority over rallies (or in the case of one of them - our own extra event). The good news is that after a long period of external discussion, work on repairing the damage can now take place, once the chosen repairer has space to do the work.
Cock Robin   15 Aug 2019, 4:21 pm
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(11 Aug 2019, 10:27 pm)Kuyoyo wrote News from the Teesside 500 Group



In recent weeks, 833 has been joined by a slightly older sister - Cummins L10-powered, Northern Counties Palatine-bodies M223SVN, one of the first vehicles to arrived at Stockton depot following the Stagecoach takeover in late 1994. It’s arrival was officially confirmed this evening following its successful passing of its MOT. Long term plan is to return it to its original condition in the Transit Deregulation livery (similar to Busways livery but with Green in place of Yellow and the coloured skirts).

News to me. We haven't even discussed its livery in the long term yet, though that would be my preference.
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Kuyoyo   15 Aug 2019, 4:48 pm
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(15 Aug 2019, 4:21 pm)Cock Robin wrote News to me. We haven't even discussed its livery in the long term yet, though that would be my preference.
(Teesside 500 Group Trustee)


What has been suggested on Facebook....

Adrian   15 Aug 2019, 6:06 pm
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The North East Bus Preservation Trust have shared some photos tonight of KBB 118D's restoration progress.


I have to say it looks fantastic. Can't wait to see this back out on the road.


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Kuyoyo   22 Mar 2020, 10:33 am
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Originally due to be kept under-wraps for the Teesside Running Day but due to its cancellation, The Teesside 500 Group formerly unveiled 223 yesterday repainted into its original livery of Transit Deregulation Green/Yellow/White complete with 'Transit - Part of the Stagecoach Group' fleetnames by way of a YouTube video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dv_6H41HccY&fbclid=IwAR2MupS49Sqa0553xV0Z4Lt2k18ozuZ6XLPGAUC3YAC_BFde7QUkn77WM28
Andreos1   22 Mar 2020, 10:52 am
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(22 Mar 2020, 10:33 am)Kuyoyo wrote Originally due to be kept under-wraps for the Teesside Running Day but due to its cancellation, The Teesside 500 Group formerly unveiled 223 yesterday repainted into its original livery of Transit Deregulation Green/Yellow/White complete with 'Transit - Part of the Stagecoach Group' fleetnames by way of a YouTube video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dv_6H41HccY&fbclid=IwAR2MupS49Sqa0553xV0Z4Lt2k18ozuZ6XLPGAUC3YAC_BFde7QUkn77WM28

No idea if you or anyone else knows, but what's the link with Red Kite and GNE's RYB?
The first thought was that they acquired a GNE vehicle and adapted their colour scheme to suit (like Kingsleys did with their ex Brum MCW's), but I've never been able to find out if that was the case.

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Kuyoyo   22 Mar 2020, 11:32 am
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(22 Mar 2020, 10:52 am)Andreos1 wrote No idea if you or anyone else knows, but what's the link with Red Kite and GNE's RYB?
The first thought was that they acquired a GNE vehicle and adapted their colour scheme to suit (like Kingsleys did with their ex Brum MCW's), but I've never been able to find out if that was the case.

That is apparently exactly what happened - they bought a GNE vehicle and just adapted the livery.
Still a few jobs left to do on it to bring it back to original condition - like retrimming the seats into original Stagecoach 'Chevron' moquette. With the 2020 Rally Season effectively on hold right now, until anything further stops work, there's plenty of time to get the little bits done.
Adrian   22 Mar 2020, 6:55 pm
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223 looks fantastic. Great way to unveil it too, given the unusual times we're in!

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Andreos1   25 May 2020, 12:48 pm
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The Ship Inn at Saltburn seem to have acquired former First Solo W332 DWX. 
Its in a black paint scheme (similar to the ex-GNE MPD) and as yet unsure as to what is happening to it. 
Another bar conversion?

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tyresmoke   12 Jun 2020, 11:32 am
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(25 May 2020, 12:48 pm)Andreos1 wrote The Ship Inn at Saltburn seem to have acquired former First Solo W332 DWX. 
Its in a black paint scheme (similar to the ex-GNE MPD) and as yet unsure as to what is happening to it. 
Another bar conversion?
Late to the party here but yes I would have thought so.

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Andreos1   17 Jun 2020, 3:46 pm
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Saw this beauty earlier on coming from Hetton. 
Decided to follow it and caught it as it was heading up towards Newbottle. 
Managed to get in front of it on the Washington Highway, to see it was displaying '93 Scarborough'.

Needless to say, when it was climbing up towards Newbottle, the radio went off and the window came down.
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Andreos1   12 Jul 2022, 7:34 pm
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Hang tight with me here...

I'm a bit of a hipster. Love cooking, brewing, foraging and growing my own produce and I follow a Tasmanian called Sarah Glover.
Apart from the obvious, I also like what she does.

She is in the US at the moment and landed at a place called The Ecology Centre. Noticed on one of her reels, that there was a Metrobus type vehicle in the background of her shots.
Did some digging, found a decent photo (https://www.greenmatters.com/travel/2018...d-trip-bus) and it still shows a UK plate. The last time I saw the plate, was on an OK Bristol LH https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/19881201...199599932/
But this was an Metrobus, not an LH.


Did some more digging and it turns out it isn't a local Metrobus. Just a Metrobus that appears to have a cherished licence once used by a local vehicle. 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/26024754@N07/11222214553
It looks like it has done the rally circuit at some point https://www.flickr.com/photos/wagn1/7158466068/ 
And it has even had a model made https://www.flickr.com/photos/micastone/41560390372

Not sure whether to be pleased with my discovery or underwhelmed.
Seem to have solved a mini adventure though.

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wibblejunior   15 Jul 2022, 8:46 pm
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RCU 834S has popped up on Ebay... In a rather derelict state, to say the least https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/155076154233?...Sw~wdi0A8F

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