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7 February 2017

The Taybus Vehicle Collection

When Taybus was formed in 1995 to look after Dundee Corporation's Daimler CVG6 ETS964 the founding members had the foresight to trace where significant local vehicles were still being used or stored before approaching the owners to see if they could be acquired for future preservation.

By Taybus owning these vehicles it meant they wouldn't be lost to the local area as our members are free to remove their buses or offer them for sale.

The first bus acquired for preservation was Tayside Regions Bristol VRT OSR204R and now the list has grown to some nine vehicles:

- Dundee Corporation Daimler CVG6 ETS964 (donated by Xplore Dundee)
- Dundee Corporation Daimler Fleetline GSL908N
- Tayside Region Bristol VRT OSR204R
- Tayside Region Volvo Ailsa WTS272T
- Tayside Region Leyland Leopard GSL306W
- Tayside Region Volvo Ailsa HSR46X
- Northern Scottish Leyland Leopard GSO86V
- Strathtay Scottish Leyland Olympian M953XES (donated by Stagecoach Fife)
Reliance-Mercury tug Q693GCM

In addition there are currently another 17 vehicles in our collection which are owned by our members and stored at various sites across Scotland and England.

We have been made aware of another organisation's website which features some of our photographs of our vehicles. We have no links to this organisation and none of our vehicles have been loaned to them for display at their premises or events.

31 December 2016

Caledonian Railway events for 2017

Our good friends at Brechin's Caledonian Railway have announced many of their events for 2017.

Included are six Day Out with Thomas events on Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 June, Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 July and Saturday 26 & Sunday 27 August. In addition a special Father's Day event is also planned for Sunday 18 June.

Here's a video of one of our buses (Leyland National WBW735X - restored) chasing Thomas from 2016.


3 December 2016

Events diary and archive updated

We've been busy updating our events diary and archive with many more events, vehicle listings and photographs from 1995 - 2016.

Photographs of some vehicles have not been included before such as Volvo Ailsa HSR46X in Flexicard livery at our very first event (which was also the first event held by the Scottish Vintage Bus Museum at Lathalmond):

Leyland Tiger B835VSR / LXJ462 at Dunbar:

and Volvo Ailsa NSP326R on its way to Bridgeton Glasgow:

Not all of the photographs are in the slideshow at the top of the page so please make sure you check out the 'photograph' links beside each individual event to see them all.

12 November 2016

Getting ready for winter

With the return of Leyland Atlantean HRS270V - restored for winter storage it was once again time to get the garage tidied and the buses parked in such a way as to allow planned work to take place over the next few months.

This time Bristol VRT OSR204R was on the move giving us the opportunity to take some more recent photographs of it and the bus a chance to bask in some autumn sunshine.

Front nearside

Front offside

Rear of bus

Close up of the Gardner 6LXB engine

Repaired front dome of bus

We also had the opportunity to photograph the front nearside of Daimler Fleetline GSL908N which is alongside Daimler Fleetline PYJ461L on which restoration work has stopped following the sudden death of the main restoration team member Jim Elder  - see this post.

The centre door location on GSL908N had to be revealed to allow suitable parts to be sourced so it could be reinstated. The front of the top deck also had to be revealed on both GSL908N and OSR204R to allow accident damage to be removed and suitable replacements manufactured.

15 October 2016

Vehicle updates

We are pleased to report that work on the restoration of Leyland Leopard ULS330T is progressing very well. The vehicle has now been moved to undercover storage at the Scottish Vintage Bus Museum which will allow work to continue in a much more protected environment.

Leyland Olympian M953XES has been given a thorough clean inside and out with plans drawn up for its phased restoration.

Similarly Volvo Ailsa HSR46X has now been adopted by two of our members and work in the interior of the bus is well under way.

Finally Leyland Leopard GSO86V has been given a good clean to prepare it for the winter weather.


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