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I do not know who John Bean is and I do not think he is a genuine person as he is afraid to put down his e-mail but if he were to come to Cork he would see the museum is a hive of activity.
At the moment two major projects are under way.
The first is the expansion of the depot by a factor of three or four and we have half the fence in already - some 100 metres. We should have the other half in by weekend. And this costs money!
This will then be followed by about 20,000 tons of hardcore to provide a base for the buses. This is a giant operation in itself and it has to take priority as we need the space as we expect to have another 100 buses this summer.
The next major project is our KC fleet to get ten of them in 100% order and this also requires much work as we had vandalism last year before we put up the fence. The first bus to come out of this program as noted on the main board is KC 160 and we expect 153, 155 and 159 to follow shortly.
This will be followed by others so there is a lot going on. Wer are also working on our new Stagecoach and we have a Titan and an Olympian coming shortly - our first of each model.
The third major project for the summer is the maintenance shed which will start when we have the depot extended.
So I do not know where he gets the idea that things are very quiet as the place is a hive of activity with people and buses coming and going all day.
Would he like to come and see for himself? We would be delighted to show him - and anyone else for that matter - around and would welcome them. But that would mean telling us who he is really is and might stop the snide comments. Terrible if that happened!
But we want to see some restoration work on the buses! It's about time at least one of the vehicles was put back to original condition like what other preservationists and museums do.
Saying that, the pictures of the KC on your web page do look really good and I hope the journey to the rally goes well
The reason there is limited restoration in summer is that we only have a window of eight weeks to work on the depot owing to weather.
We are under very severe pressure for space at the moment with almost a bus a day coming in and our first priority has to be the expansion. And the first item here is a secure fence which everyone is currently working on. After previous vandalism we cannot take a chance as our collection is very valuable. I do not think people realise the physical size of the depot and think things like putting up a fence are only a days work. It is weeks as it is almost a half a mile long.
The second priority for the winter has to be maintenance due to our huge fleet of over 220 vehicles. Without maintenance we cannot hire vehicles out and cannot make money. So the erection of a maintenance shed has to be done and fast. As it will be 150 feet x 80 feet that too will not go up overnight.
KC 129 for Mogeely and KC 160 have just been turned out in fully restored condition but every bus takes weeks. On the other hand doing it properly like with KC 129 as shown on the main bus page shows how rewarding it can be. Even a simple thing like washing her takes over half a day. She has to be driven to the wash yard some seven miles from the depot, washed, detergent washed and then polished and finally driven back. But these washes are probably the first for years and are not a superficial wash but have to be a thorough heavy deep clean and wash like with 129. She will have taken twenty man hours!
If people like those armchair generals who do nothing but complain that we do not do enough, fast enough, were to even give us one day a month, we would progress by leaps and bounds but right now it is a small dedicated team of five who do the actual work and look after 220 buses and the depot and do a hell of a good job. Why is Chris not a member?
We only each have two hands, twenty four horus ba day and also have to earn a living. I think we do pretty well.
The way I see it is why don't you work through the winter, If you say that there is only 5 of you's and 220 buses, dont get any more until u have done more work, you jsut making more work for your self by, getting loads of buses then, not having space for em, or having to rush to extened the fence,
The fence needs to be extended in order for Sub Contractors to move in to dig out the new Parking Area which will hold About 250 Buses and the new maintainance shed.
Restoration has recommenced on a Bus Eireann KC and is ahead of Schedule.I hope to have her ready for Mogeely.
I am currently the Only Regular Volunteer but we need more Help Anyone ??
what exactly are you doing for this restoration, is it just washing and cleaning?
as far as am concerned, preservation work is more than a clean, surely micheal you need to do more than just clean the bus
this my first time putting message on this board , doctor grimes wants see some kind of work been done to bus that is all. gives us answer where is kd 156 still ardee in what i seen of it. so kells transport will never transport museum only junk yard for scrap, that is true . you just keep on youre so called museum at stop butting in what the mangemeant do at cork airport it was the same with the trains .
i understand that micheal, my care about what happens at cork airport, but you should not be going around harrasing the mangerment, then posting about it on the site, thats not tight, you would like cork airport to start post on the site about what KTM is doing, and critising your every move, so why do you do it to them