Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Ribble Atlantean 1805 (RRN405) returns to the road

Ribble 1805 seen at Piece Hall as the last bus on 27th October 2013. Photo by Jono Niblock

After spending the last few years in store one of the trust's founding buses Ribble 1805 successfully passed its MOT in October.

This involved a lot of work on the chassis and rear framing including repairs to the fibre glass floor around the lower rear saloon. The work was as usual, more than was originally anticipated but was very pleasing for all involved when she was successfully given 12 months clean bill of health by Martins of Middlewich after a long run down the M6!

Following on from the news of the MOT pass and with the vehicle performing well the opportunity was taken for 1805 to attend the Heart of Pennine Rally on 27th October 2013.

As part of the event 1805 had the honour of been the last bus at Piece Hall, the event will no longer be running to the hall due to renovation work. The bus had full loads and was enjoyed by a lot of people on the day.

It is planned that 1805 will be attending several events over the forthcoming year.

This now means that the trust has an operating example from Blackpool, Lytham St Annes and Ribble once more.