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P335ROO - Story in Picture

16th August 2012

P335ROO is acquired from Sanders Coaches, Holt, Norfolk.

She is towed back as the angle drive is broken. Also included below are images taken on arrival back in Essex.

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Fred Lawrance

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Word of my acquisition quickly spread around the preservation scene and fellow preservationist Fred Lawrance, who also worked for Harris Bus, has produced some very interesting images he took of 335 and its sisters when new - as revealed below, the actual original livery was London Buses Red!!

Naturally the copyright for these images belong to Fred, though he has given me permission to add them here 

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15th September 2012

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Following arrival back in Essex, the first main job was removal of all the Sanders stickers. Well ok, the first proper job is to repair the angle drive and get 335 moving again under her own steam - I am reliant on specialist engineers though so I’m doing what I can whilst she remains stationary in the spot she’s occupied since arrival back in August.

Also now completed is removal of all the advert frames and the London style running number holders. I was going the reposition the nearside holder towards the the front entrance door, to further ‘hide’ the centre door conversion, but a fellow preservationist was after them for a DMS restoration and the original single door Harris DAF’s didn’t have them when new - given that I’m going for the ‘single door look’, I have removed them completely and have donated them to the DMS restoration.

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Sanding & Filling

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Following removal of the advert frames and London style running number holders, I had a number of holes that needed filling.

There was also a fair amount of ‘bubbling’ of the paint work around the window rubbers - oxidation, bit like rust but the aluminum equivalent - so this has been sanded too......and filled if required.....

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January 2013 - Painting

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I had removed the London style running number plate holders as I was originally intending on recreating the livery carried by Harris Bus’s single doored DAF’s on the “Lakeside Link” group of services.........however I’ve now decided that I’m gonna 335 back to her original Ilford Link livery minus the centre exit doors; cost and good quality single door conversion being the reason for not putting those centre exit doors back. So if you notice those holders reappearing on the images below, now you know why!!

Now unfortunately there aren’t many images - I tend to do things and forget to get the camera out as a I go. Also, the bulk of the paint job was done in winter time when natural light is sparse so the images aren’t the best quality either....

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Ilford Link returns.....

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As is usual for me, I didn’t take images at every stage so things tend to jump along here and there....

Now although it does look just like the real thing from a distance, I’m not altogether 100% happy with how its come out. To be fair, given that Harris Bus no longer exists, the people that made the stickers (concept signs in Braintree, Essex, 01376 328240) didn’t have the easiest of tasks as they could only work with either images I provided or images they themselves found on the internet.

I can live with most of the errors - there’s at least 12!! - but those dots are just plain wrong and will need to be redone at some point in the future.....

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Collision

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Unfortunately 335 was damaged in a slow speed collision on Sunday 11th May at the place where she’s stored. 335 was stationary at the time (ie, it wasn’t my fault!). Although she is currently off the road for the foreseeable future - radiator, gearbox and diff are all suspect - thus her future status isn’t assured, the person who did the damage has agreed to pay for repairs and so it is planned at the time of writing that the damage will be rectified.

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The end....

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Two years, 3 Months and 12 days after I acquired 335, it departed on its final journey to Wigley’s scrap yard in Barnsley on 28th November 2014.

Having been through numerous breakdowns and still not got 335 running consistently, I had been losing any trust I had to such an extent that I dreaded taking her out on the open road. The accident in May was the final straw and so by November the decision was made to get quotes for scrapping. Wigley’s of Barnsley were the only one’s interested in taking her so that was that. Arrangements were made and some spares were taken off for 337.

She was then duly parked outside for a week prior to collection - in exactly the same spot she occupied after being towed onto site from Sanders. So it ends how it started, on the back of a tow truck!

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Final resting place

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I often peruse the likes of Flickr, checking for images of my vehicles; its sometimes quite interesting finding out what people think of my efforts!

Anyway, I have recently came across a couple of images showing 335 in her final resting place, taken on 21st December 2014 and posted by the user “STAN-BUTLER” (click here for their photostream) - I have permission to share the images below but please note copyright rests with “STAN-BUTLER”

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Arial Update

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