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Ribble Exhibition

As part of our celebrations of the Ribble centenary the Harris Museum is hosting an exhibition about the company using many items from our archive. The exhibition opens on Saturday, January 19th and will be in place for six months. In support of the […]

January 9th, 2019|Latest News|

New Year Update

A lot has been happening over the past few weeks despite the holiday period. Restoration work has concentrated on PD2 1467 and Royal Tiger 377. Having completed the wiring on 1467’s bodywork the ceiling panels have been fitted upstairs and down and the upstairs […]

January 9th, 2019|Latest News|

1775 progress

The major rebuild of 1775’s engine has continued over the past two weeks:_

1) Valves removed from cylinder heads
2) Valve seats cleaned up and “decarbonised”
3) Mating surfaces cleaned up
4) Leaking injector sleeves removed from front head, cleaned up and refitted with new sealant
5) Engine block […]

December 5th, 2018|Latest News|

1775’s engine

An earlier blog explained that 1775 had engine problems. The bus is now undergoing repairs at our depot. It displayed some signs of overheating and water loss, also a little black engine oil visible in the cooling radiator top tank, clear evidence of the […]

November 22nd, 2018|Latest News|

1523 moves on

The Burlingham bodied PD3s made a big impact when they first appeared in 1957. RVPT has had two examples in the collection for many years, 1523 and 1553. The latter is in poor condition and has been kept as a donor for the former. […]

November 16th, 2018|Latest News|

Emerging from the depths

As we had to remove many buses from the building to install the air line it became possible to photograph certain vehicles which are usually inaccessible. The attached photos are examples.

November 11th, 2018|Latest News|

Building upgrade

Our building has a compressor to provide an air supply to tools and for tyre inflation. Although a useful asset we’ve had to struggle with air pipes criss crossing the floor when we need to get to certain buses. Not only is this inconvenient […]

November 11th, 2018|Latest News|

1686 revival

Our early Atlantean 1686 has been ‘resting’ for a few years. With Ribble 100 on the horizon we wanted to make sure it can be active next year. While reorganising our depot over the weekend we took the opportunity to bring 1686 out for […]

November 11th, 2018|Latest News|

377 progress

Royal Tiger 377 continues to progress steadily. The external bodywork is close to completion; recent work has included fitting all wheel arches, smoothing out the rear dome and fitting the side mouldings. Attention has now switched to the interior with refurbishment of the luggage […]

October 27th, 2018|Latest News|

1775’s project list

Since joining our collection in 2010 1775 has been a regular performer at our events. As we enter the winter period it will be receiving a lot of attention. First up will be a new set of front tyres which will be fitted in […]

October 21st, 2018|Latest News|