- Dennis 'E' Restoration
- Following an appeal to our members, the Trustees have approved the
first part of the restoration of a Dennis E Bus. The engine from the Welsh
Bus Chassis is on its way to Byfleet for a complete overhaul. One of the
main expensive items we did not have was a radiator, expected cost around
£5,000, but a phone call to our Chairman and a dash to Birmingham,
resulted in a Dennis E radiator being donated to us. The outer casing and
the two tanks are in remarkable condition but we will have to have the
core replaced. The next stage will be to get the chassis of OT 8902, to
Byfleet for restoration. We have made an initial application to the National
Lottery Heritage Fund for a grant, but this is a delicate application that
we need to get right. The final stage will be to get the two Strachan &
Brown bodies to Byfleet where they will be reconstructed to form a complete
and original bus body. With the restored chassis and the reconstituted
body together we will have a bus!
Below are latest photos of the engine and radiator
- Membership Prices
- Since the formation of the Society in 1996 the membership fee has always
stood at £10 per year.
At a special meeting of the Trustees to discus finances it was decided
that we needed to raise the
fee to £12 per year as from the next renewal, i.e. from the 1st March
2012. Our Treasurer will be
contacting you all with revised standing order forms or renewal notification.
You may wonder why we have resorted to this action, so an explanation
is in order. Our income
into the Society has been dependant on several factors. The first one is
the stall, aptly run by Sarah
Hills and we have noticed that takings have dropped due mainly to the lack
of money in peoples
pockets. Our investment is second, and like us all, income has dropped due
to the present
financial situation in the UK. Thirdly, we have chassis and bits all around
the Barn. These need
tidying up, and we have part done this, to make additional bus space that
we can rent. We are
looking for at least two extra spaces. Fourth, we need to charge a realistic
rent to owners and this
will operate from the 1st January 2012. Lastly, the cost of diesel has increased
to make running
buses almost prohibitive and the Trustees have asked the Chairman to look
into whether some of
our outings are non-productive and should be stopped. We are also finding
that the Government
are not in a hurry to give us our Gift Aid, although we do get it eventually.
- 462 EOT Dennis Loline III
- Restoration has been a long road to travel on for this unique double-deck
bus. It was a bit of a mess. when we got it in 1998. So far it has
taken around 12 years to get it to the condition it is in now. Over this
time we have made a complete staircase, replaced the nearside front wing,
made a cab door , restored the illuminated sign complete with advert. Then
we remade all the seats, painted the frames, scraped and cleaned the underside
of the bus finishing with a nice bright coat of aluminum paint. All the
mechanical parts were stripped and cleaned and even the road springs were
sent away for refurbishment. All the windows were removed, the sliding
parts being taken apart for new felt to be inserted. The windows are mostly
done and replaced with new rubber surrounds. The upstairs ceiling has been
scraped and repainted, the blue insert put in and the emergency window
has been restored. The rear advert is now on as is the nearside Henhams.
(We do know that ROOTES has been spelt wrong - it will be corrected!).
The engine runs fine and we do start it on the batteries to keep it going.
All the wheels have been cleaned and painted and new tyres fitted where
need be. It is in fact a very long list of what has been done, with very
little that needs doing - nevertheless time consuming. The floors need
to have the vinyl flooring fitted, the seats need replacing and the whole
of the lower deck has to be painted. The windows for the lower deck have
to be replaced with new rubber surrounds. Some outside painting to be finished
and the A&D Roundel. on the offside put on. The air system should be
OK in a couple of weeks time and the electrics finished by the end of the
year. The destination box was empty when we got the bus so a new frame.
had to be constructed from bits. we had acquired. There should be
no reason why 462 will not be at the 100 years event in May - maybe even
- Nearside wing of 462 now finished
- Final painting of the panels and awaiting the yellow band
- Destination box and front adverts
- This very nice advert was quite common on A&D buses
- The DVLA Story - What a Farce!
- Your Chairman, as you will know, had a heart attack in March last year.
It was a very minor one that required no surgery. The DVLA issued him with
a "letter" permitting him to drive "Large PCV vehicles,
with passengers, even though his PCV Licence had expired at the end of
March (and never renewed). Soon after leaving hospital, your Chairman was
back driving and this continued until the end of the season.
In March this year the DVLA's overzealous medical advisor decided that
she was going to "revoke? his PCV Licence (How one can revoke something
that you haven't got we do not know) Your Chairman has been fighting to
get his PCV License renewed but all that came back from the DVLA was "Refused
in the interest of road safety" "unfit to drive large vehicles".
What the DVLA did not do was to send your Chairman a leaflet INF52 (You
can look it up on the internet). This leaflet reads on the front "LARGE
VEHICLES YOU CAN DRIVE USING YOUR CAR LICENCE". Description "A
bus made more than 30 years before the date of use, not used for business
and no more than eight passengers". So everything that was said by
the DVLA was untrue as now using his car licence, he is perfectly fit to
drive large buses and is completely safe on the road and they are unable
to stop him. You might ask "what about the insurance?" The Insurance
Company we use have said that your Chairman has been fully covered even
after the heart attack. To cap it all, as your Chairman only had a car licence
from the end of March 2010, he need not have informed the DVLA of the heart
problem - their rules! At the end of the day, you will be seeing Ray driving
again and enjoying the pleasure and ironically if you want to drive a large
bus, you need NO training, no "L" plates, just a licence! That's
- Special Event - 100 Years of Aldershot
- 100 years ago I was not around to see the birth of the bus industry.
When we look at our ancestors we realize that they could well have been
in on the birth. My mother was 2½ years old and in the depths of
"Straights Settlements" in 1912. Grandfather was a tin miner
and the family probably travelled on a Rickshaw to the nearest town - Penang
I think. I arrived on the scene 24 years after Aldershot & District
was formed and another 28 years before I was associated with the Bus Company.
Since that day in 1964 I have been interested in buses and the last 15
years in the preservation world.
The Trustees of our Society are anxious that we get 462 EOT finished
and would be delighted to have that bus and 488 KOT at the big event in
Farnborough. The Running Day will be based at the Farnborough Airfield Bus
Station on Sunday the 27th May 2012. We do know that there are no car park
facilities at the Airfield Bus Station and visitors should park in Aldershot
or Farnborough and travel on the special shuttle buses or the Aldershot
& District service buses. The event is being organised by the Bus Interest
Group in conjunction with Stagecoach who are supporting the show. ADORRS
will have the stall in operation and there will be lots of other stalls
present. If you are on the internet then have a look at the ADBIG Website
for more details. If you are able to help on the day then contact them through
Ray Le Mesurier-Foster, Chairman
Buy online and trade on eBay and hundreds of
- Buy OnLine and Earn for ADORRS
- There are several members who are buying online and so
far we have received just under £50 from the Charities Trust. It
would be very nice if more of us did this as this would increase our revenue.
Go to www.everyclick.com and register!
Give this a go as we can get funds when you trade online - at no cost
to you. Click The Aldershot when you search for our charity.
- Thank you to all those members who donated to our Dennis E appeal.
You can still help if you missed the last appeal, as now the project has
started we will continue to need funds. We will be taking the stall to
as many places as we can as this is a very useful income. If you would
like to donate, send a cheques to Ray Le Mesurier, 22 Lower Green Road,
Esher, KT10 8HD.
Make cheque payable to ADORRS.
- Tilford Rally
- Two little girls had a surprise when they were asked to present a bouquet
of flowers to Baroness Virginia Bottomley at the recent Bus Rally at Tilford.
The went off with their reward. In the background is Sarah Hills who
runs the Stall and Mary Le Mesurier-Foster, membership Secretary.
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