Yearly Archives: 2015


A testing time

1397 has now been tested on the road prior to submission for its MoT. The first short run produced a couple of very minor niggles but the longer second run was faultless. It will now be booked in for the MoT followed by external painting. [...]

April 5th, 2015|Latest News|

1397 emerges

After a long and very thorough restoration 1397 emerged blinking into the sunlight today. This Park Royal bodied AN68 is the only survivor of a batch of 104 supplied to Ribble between 1974 and 1976. The restoration is essentially complete so it will now be [...]

March 31st, 2015|Latest News|

465 departs

As previously reported our long Leopard 465 has changed ownership and is now with RVPG member John Davies who owns short Leopard 665. John is based on the Isle of Man and the bus is moving there for a full restoration. It left Freckleton on [...]

March 23rd, 2015|Latest News|

PD2 activity

More work has taken place on our PD2 restoration projects. Burlingham bodied 1467 has now had its staircase and its emergency door fitted. In the near future it is intended to fit the rear downstairs window pan and the number blind equipment which will mean [...]

March 18th, 2015|Latest News|

Lion preparations

The Trust's oldest restored bus, 1931 Leyland Lion 1161, has been receiving attention to its brakes. This week it has been on the ramp to assess what adjustments are needed and to give it a check over. All being well it will put in an [...]

March 13th, 2015|Latest News|

Members Day

Our annual members day took place on Saturday, February 28th. A visit to our depot and then a visit on two of our buses to Fylde Rugby Club for lunch and a meeting. Our guest speaker this year was well known transport writer (and RVPG [...]

March 1st, 2015|Latest News|

Restoration work

Recent activity has focussed on Royal Tiger 377 and our two PD2s. 377's steps have been repaired and refurbished and have now been refitted. Also new wheel arches have been installed front and rear. Lowbridge 1349 continues to receive new framework to replace that which [...]

February 25th, 2015|Latest News|

Museum Day

Once again RVPT supported a number of museums in Preston who organised special events for the half term holiday. Our free circular service linked the Ribble Steam Railway, health Infantry Museum, Museum of Lancashire and the Harris Museum, running every 30 minutes. An innovation this [...]

February 20th, 2015|Latest News|

Night moves

A few RVPT members and friends took a couple of our buses out for night photography. Although night photography requires more and different skills it can produce images which add a different dimension. It was a freezing cold night so the heavy (genuine) Ribble overcoats [...]

February 7th, 2015|Latest News|

PD2 progress

Work has continued on our two PD2 projects. Lowbridge 1349 has received a new upright pillar at the front of the offside which provides much needed structural strength. Now that is in place it has been possible to start putting in place new pillars and [...]

February 7th, 2015|Latest News|