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1019 panelling

With delivery of new side panels it has been possible to complete work on the nearside of RE 1019. The locker doors for the luggage area have been fitted and some of the panels have been scoured in preparation for future painting. Some beading is [...]

December 24th, 2014|Latest News|

December activity

Plenty still going on at our depot in the depth of winter. Recent restoration work has concentrated on PD2 1349 and White Lady Atlantean 1279. Much of the rotten framework downstairs on the former has been replaced and work has now progressed to the area [...]

December 19th, 2014|Latest News|

Filming

National 831 was used to support a film being made about the development of Pacer units for the railway and the related Leyland National bus. The filming took place on Merseyside and featured Nick Hewer, best known for his role in The Apprentice. Below we [...]

December 14th, 2014|Latest News|

December activity

The dark days of December preclude doing much outside but there's plenty of work taking place in our depot. White Lady 1279 is being prepared for replacement of the sub frame at the back which supports the engine and gearbox. We're in the process of [...]

December 11th, 2014|Latest News|

1481 emerges

We have a policy of rotating vehicles as we don't need to have them all in service at all times. One which has been rested for a few years is ECW bodied AN68, 1481. It is now being prepared for its MoT with the aim [...]

December 3rd, 2014|Latest News|

1349 progress

Recent focus on 1349 has seen new body sections for the nearside. Much of the existing framework has to be replaced and it is being done in stages to ensure structural stability. The front bulkhead has been replaced and new framework has been added in [...]

November 30th, 2014|Latest News|

NatEx in Liverpool

On Tuesday, November 18th National Express organised a small celebration to mark the 20th anniversary of the opening of a dedicated coach station in Liverpool. To add a historic dimension to the day NatEx invited RVPT to bring along Ribble 1052 which has been restored [...]

November 23rd, 2014|Latest News|

A Train Day

On Friday we had an outing to the Lakeside Railway in support of a photo session on the railway. The chosen bus was Tiger Cub 452 as these were numerous in the Lake District and 452 itself spent many years at Kendal depot. We transported [...]

November 15th, 2014|Latest News|

Ribble Red

Everyone knows Ribble service buses were painted red but there's sometimes disagreement about the correct shade. In practice it did vary. In the late 1960s a darker shade of red was adopted for the Bristol REs which joined the fleet and later, of course, NBC [...]

November 7th, 2014|Latest News|

PD2 update

As reported we're working in parallel on the restoration of a pair of 1950s PD2s. 1467 is the Burlingham bodied PD2/12 from 1956. Work is now almost complete on the rear wheel arch areas and the next stage will involve rebuilding the rear platform before [...]

November 7th, 2014|Latest News|