Busworks have finished the work and I hope to collect the bus on Tuesday 16th June.
For the latest pictures please click here.
Here is a history of the bus to date, from the information on Ian’s Bus Stop
RM238 VLT 238 February 1960 supplied new by AEC to London Transport
3/60 West Ham garage used on routes 58, 69, 162, 272 and 278
1/64 to Aldenham for overhaul
1/64 Walthamstow garage
9/67 to Aldenham for repaint
9/67 to Upton Park garage
4/70 transferred back to West Ham
8/70 to Aldenham for overhaul
8/70 to Middle Row garage (
12/86 to Thornton Heath garage
4/89 to Bucks Free Press, converted to OPEN-TOP by London Transport, operated as a promotion vehicle “Henrietta”
12/98 sold to Nash (Weybridge)
6/08 bought by Rob Duker, repaired to serviceable condition and MOT-ed
03/09 bought by Chris Dobbing
This is what she looked like when owned by Bucks Free Press
The AEC engine runs very sweetly and the automatic transmission works well.
Here are the pictures to show you what the bus looks like when I bought it on 15th March 2009; they may take a while to load. There is clearly a lot of scope for restoration! The plan is to get the outside looking like it was when it was made in 1960 but leave the open top like it is and leave the back door on.
The BusWorks at
Blackpool21st May 2009
This is how she looked after repanelling and restoration of the blind box panels and before going to the paint shop.