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1686 update

A few months ago we reported that our early Atlantean 1686 was being returned to service. Since then it has been given a thorough service and a complete mechanical check. Various issues have been addressed including some rewiring and a deep internal clean has commenced. [...]

March 22nd, 2019|Latest News|

NARTM weekend

RVPT is a member of the National Association of Road Transport Museums, (www.nartm.org.uk) an umbrella organisations involved in vintage bus preservation. Meetings are held for members twice a year and the most recent one was hosted by RVPT as part of our Ribble 100 celebrations. [...]

March 11th, 2019|Latest News|

1467 rises up

PD2 1467 was moved into the centre of the building to allow it to be raised on the Hywemas. This gives access to the chassis to allow the remaining rods, cables and pipes to be fitted prior to installing the engine and gearbox. It has [...]

February 23rd, 2019|Latest News|

1775 refurbishment

PD3 1775 has received a lot of attention over the winter - see earlier blogs re the engine rebuild. This week the body work has been the focus of activity. The nearside rear downstairs has for some time shown signs of rusting behind the rexine [...]

February 17th, 2019|Latest News|

Work continues

It's been wooly hats and gloves time at our depot recently but work has continued on our restoration projects as well as attention to some of the operational fleet. This blog focuses on two of our restorations - Royal Tiger 377 and PD2 1467. The [...]

February 2nd, 2019|Latest News|

New Ribble book

As part of the centenary celebrations a new book is being published. Authored by well known transport writer Roger Davies the book reviews many aspects of the company and provides a flavour of "The Mighty Ribble". The book is profusely illustrated with photographs which have [...]

January 21st, 2019|Latest News|

Ribble 100 at The Harris

The first event of our centenary year took place at the Harris Museum in Preston on Saturday, January 19th. An exhibition of Ribble artefacts was officially opened and to draw attention to the event we took four buses to display on the Flag Market in [...]

January 20th, 2019|Latest News|

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 opening [...]

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 ones [...]

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 [...]

December 5th, 2018|Latest News|