- 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 chassiss 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
- 38 x 7 tyres waiting to be taken to Milland barn
- Chassis painting, steering and foot pedals
- Showing the making of the edge of the cab floor
- Radiator and cab walls in place
- Side on view of the engine compartment
- 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 488s 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.
- Above, 488 still has her original engine, but not for much
- The smart looking engine from 508 is now in place,
- just needing all the bits to be added.
- 488s engine has been silver painted and the whole
- 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, thats
at least one new tyre for the Dennis E!
Mary Le Mesurier-Foster
- Report from the Sales Manager &
- 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 Societys 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 in May this
- The stall is being watched over by Sarah.
- 462 EOT seen at Alton Model Railway event just as darkness
- 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
Phone: 01932242702 or 07790039427
Hon. Secretary: Dorothy Baxter, 56 Humber Way, Sandhurst, Berks.,
Phone: 07923194582 (Trustee)
Treasurer: (same) Laurie Powell, Hampshire House, 204 Holly
Road, Aldershot, Hants, GU12 4SE
Phone: 01252331973 or 07736411762 (Trustee)
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
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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