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August 2016
 
Dennis 'E' Project started
In 1996 we recovered two Dennis E buses from a field in Four Marks, near Alton. Now 20 years later we have the funding to start the process of restoration. During that 20 years we obtained or bought various parts including 3 chassis and a part bus. The part bus body was removed and we found that the chassis was in excellent condition. All the parts on most of the chassis’s we obtained were stripped off and saved whilst the part bus chassis has been retained to form the basis of the restored bus. We even bought three old engines plus one in situ on a chassis from Wales. Our engine specialist Graham, has been restoring one engine using all the best parts of the others. The chassis we are going to use is one that was found inside a house beside the River Thames in Walton on Thames. This has been registered with the DVLA and has an original number OT 8902. We had a couple of good donations of parts including 4 brand new pistons and an original Aldershot & District radiator, but best of all is that we do have two items of everything we need!
Charlie from the Isle of Wight has been spending a lot of time over the last 3 weeks, (Charlie is employed by us) and has been carefully matching all the ‘bits’ onto the chassis, The Steering column complete with box, change gear unit, handbrake and clutch has been fitted. The gearbox and differential seem to be in remarkably good preservation as does the petrol tank. A lot of the chassis has been painted.

Our largest purchase was for 6 tyres of a size that is very difficult to obtain. These are imported from the USA and can only be obtained from one supplier in the UK, who just happens to be 1 mile from the Presidents house in Ash. Nearly £4500 was spent on these, but a kind donation of £2000 towards the cost means that it was not using the funds too much.

38 x 7 tyres waiting to be taken to Milland barn
38 x 7 tyres waiting to be taken to Milland barn
 
Chassis painting, steering and foot pedals
Chassis painting, steering and foot pedals
 
Showing the making of the edge of the cab floor
Showing the making of the edge of the cab floor
 
Radiator and cab walls in place
Radiator and cab walls in place
 
Side on view of the engine compartment
Side on view of the engine compartment
 
Back of radiator, cab wall and springs
Back of radiator, cab wall and springs.

More Good News
Since October last year we have been working on getting 488 KOT a better engine and gearbox. Using the engine and gearbox from 508 and then swopping any of the better bits we have managed to achieve our aim. Still one more item to go and that is to swap the oil sumps over. The 508 sump has some small holes that have been filled as a temporary basis, but we need to get the sump off of 488’s old engine, With the running season more or less finished, we can do the swap. Of course 488 now has a 5 speed box making it a bit smoother to drive.

Both 488 and 462 were fully operational at the Alton Bus Rally running on services to and from the Station, and to Selborne and back.

488 still has her original engine
Above, 488 still has her original engine, but not for much longer.
 
488 with smart looking engine
The smart looking engine from 508 is now in place,
just needing all the ‘bits’ to be added.
 
488’s engine has been silver painted
488’s engine has been silver painted and the whole of the
engine compartment is clean and smart.


From The Membership Secretary
Thank you to all members who renewed their membership this year. Many of you added a little more to your payment as a donation and this added £75 to our income. In total we received £455 in membership fees, so hopefully you all will see that your membership has helped contribute towards the restorations in progress at the moment. If we add Gift Aid of £132.50 to the total it comes to a staggering £662.50, that’s at least one new tyre for the Dennis E!
Mary Le Mesurier-Foster

Report from the Sales Manager & Team
For a number years now I have been engrossed in keeping the stall going, getting hold of stock to sell, and keeping the gazebos in working order. Some of the venues are indoors and involved with model railway events. Most of the events we attended this year were fairly successful and we added about £2000 to the Society’s funds. A few years ago we dropped the Amberley Chalk Pit (Southdown) event as we made a loss on every visit we made. This year it looks like we will have to add Stokes Bay Rally to the list as we made a loss on the day. It all seems to be a lack of the Public attending and/or less buses on show.

The President, Ray Le Mesurier-Foster has come up with a new idea that has started to pay off already. It is a separate section of the stall called “MAGAZINE MAN”. We have kindly be given vast quantities of bus and rail magazines, many quite old and in short supply elsewhere. All the magazines are sold at 50p each and include Buses, Coaches, Railways, Model Railways, Ships, Land Rover, Classic and vintage ve-hicles and even tractors. We guess we have about 4,000 altogether.

Sarah Hills & Team


Photos of 462 EOT
462 EOT at Basingstoke Festival of Transport
462 EOT at Basingstoke Festival of Transport in May this year.
The stall is being watched over by Sarah.
 
462 EOT with all lights on
462 EOT seen at Alton Model Railway event just as darkness was arriving.
All the lights were on for this posed photograph


Committee Changes
At the last Annual General Meeting, the following changes took place.
Chairman: Robin Montgomery, (Trustee)
Flat 43, “Homefield”, 94 Moseley Road, Walton - On -Thames, KT12 4RE.
Phone: 01932242702 or 07790039427
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Hon. Secretary: Dorothy Baxter, 56 Humber Way, Sandhurst, Berks., GU47 9RF
Phone: 07923194582 (Trustee)
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Treasurer: (same) Laurie Powell, Hampshire House, 204 Holly Road, Aldershot, Hants, GU12 4SE
Phone: 01252331973 or 07736411762 (Trustee)
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President: This is a new position but within the Constitution. (Trustee)
Ray Le Mesurier-Foster, “Cherrytrees” Grove Road, Ash, Surrey, GU12 5BD.
Phone: 01252311414 or 07973700389. Responsible for some projects and for publicity.
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Trustees:
Sarah Hills - Sales Manager. Derek Dollery - Transport Manager
Brian Finch - Vice-President. Mary Le Mesurier-Foster, Membership Secretary.
Richard Pretious - Trustee Gary Baxter: Trustee and Health & Safety
David Ratcliffe - Engineering John Kennard - ADBIG Chairman


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