The Newsletter of the Omnibus Society Inc.,
3583’s trip to Plimmerton
Arranged at short notice, the Society ran a very interesting trip to visit a couple of places of other transport interest in the Plimmerton area. Lindsay Cameron kindly made the arrangements and drove 3583 on a Saturday, 11 February, with eight members travelling. Two further members joined us at Plimmerton.
First we went to meet Vic Draper, of Drapers Earthmoving
Ltd. at the Aotea Block subdivision above
Next we went to Vic Draper’s workshop at Judgeford where his
wife, Sandra, generously put on a yummy lunch for us. Vic has restored a Ruston Bacyrus 10RB
excavator, which was once owned and operated by his grandfather, and he
demonstrated its range of movements. The
group also admired a Leyland Hippo truck that Vic is rebuilding from the ground
up. He has restored the chassis and
motor to a very high standard and it will be a sight to see when the cab has
been fitted out and painted. Finally we
[ I thank Michael Berry very much for his report on a really good day. I was able to be present only at Plimmerton and can endorse how welcome we were made to feel and how fascinating the visit was. Others have made clear that the Vic Draper parts of the day also offered this high standard of welcome and interest. If you haven’t supported a Society outing for a while, you should! See over for this year’s Programme of Events.]
PROGRAMME OF EVENTS FOR 2006…
18 March – BBQ at Peter Rendall’s house. (*See below for further details.)
9 April – Visit to Mana Coach Services’ Porirua Depot. (*See below for further details.)
21 May – Karori Open Day for public and Society members.
June – Mid-winter Dinner.
15 – 16 July – Bus & Coach Assoc. Conference in
August – Evening meeting.
September – Garage visit.
October – AGM.
November – Trip to
December – Evening trip.
Your last chance to enjoy a barbecue in sunlight! Celebrate the end of daylight saving by
attending our annual BBQ on Saturday 18th March commencing at . The venue will be Peter and Robyn
Rendall’s house at
To see the many changes that have happened since our last
visit, the Society will be re-visiting Mana Coach Services’ busy Porirua Depot
New Routemaster in Napier
Ex London Transport RML 2724 has found its way to Napier. It is the first lengthened, 72-seat RM in NZ, the standard version seating 64. Now registered DBD 664, it is in the First Group livery for London service (all over red with yellow relief and emblem) and has non-matching yellow lettered blinds and NZ adverts. It was imported in November and is owned by a Napier couple trading as Double Decker Tours. They chose a Cummins-engined version as those engines are used in NZ. It has been giving an hourly $10 tour of Napier over the Art Deco weekend and will be used for special events and private hires.
[All the above material has been sent to me by our Events Organiser, Michael Berry, after the recent Committee Meeting. Grateful thanks, Mike. ]
CORRECTION… In November/December’s RUNNING SHEET I published some comments on the meaning of VDL, as
in the bus manufacturer. This attracted the attention of Mike Bennett of the
the large group headed up by a Dutch chap named Van De Leeght. VDL
Bus is the former bus division of DAF, also in the group is VDL Bova, VDL
Jonckheere, VDL Kusters (three body builders/convertors). There
is no direct connection with Volvo or
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