433 is a Leyland Atlantean AN68C/1R with Nothern Counties bodywork. It was delivered on the 17th of September 1981, being registered and entering service on the 1st of October. It was originally destined to be registered ORA433W, but owing to production delays at Northern Counties this registration was surrendered.
The bus was repainted twice during its time with Nottingham, this being in July 1985 and then November 1989. In October 1991 the seating capacity was reduced to H47/32D (formerly H47/33D) by replacing the first seat downstairs with a single width frame, creating a wider entrance gangway.
A life after Nottingham
Moving into preservation
Its first outing with us
Following its attendance at the Sandtoft Gathering we found that the bus needed its heads skimming along with the timing case gasket replacing. This work was undertaken prior to the Meadowhall Rally in the September and the impending storage prior to restoration.
Into store pending restoration
433 was purchased with the view to returning it to 'as new' condition in a few years time. With this in mind many other Nottingham Atlanteans have been acquired to provide usefull spares over the past years. Some of these including 445 shown here have since been broken up. Others have been returned to service with a friendly local operator with a view to returning to us in future years. At least this way they don not sit and rot like so many other vehicles secured for eventual preservation. We decided to take this approach as 433 stood from September 2002 until April 2007 prior to commencement of restoration, leading to a whole host of silly and irritating problems to deal with.
April 2007 - work commences.
Work started in earnest back in April 2007 with the removal of all outer panels for inspection of the framework.Unfortunately the steel former anchored to the 'T' section framework was found to be rotten throughout the vehicle. This led to all the pillars below the upper deck floor rail being replaced with new sections. Once completed all the inner panels were treated with anti rust coatings and new panels fitted.
All the lower deck window pans have been removed leading to three being replaced due to aluminium corrosion. By August 2007 the bus was starting to look a little healthier with all the between deck panels refitted and the lower saloon structural work completed.
We have replaced the step nosing on the entrance steps, fitted better door brushes, rubbed down the entire vehicle and finally prepared it for its test and subsequent trip to the painters. It was decided to have this vehicle brush painted.
The images above and below show the bus just prior to going to the paintshop. At this stage all the windows were removed. They were refitted with new rubber extrusions once the paint had been applied.
This picture shows 433 after it had been painted, and all fleetnames applied. Since this photo was taken the refurbishment of the interior has been started, commencing with the fitting of a good set of seats and repainting where required. A new cab door has been constructed, replacing the rather intrusive driver protection screen.
A jolly around town !
Here are a few views of her out and about. Particular interest was shown whilst attending with the other two vehicles at the Riverside Festival at Trent Embankment in August 2014. The event as a whole generated a large amount of interest in the charity and our future plans.