A "Modern" Bus
DM1051 is now for sale (July 2005). Contact me for details.
The DMS class was introduced by LT in an attempt to reduce staff costs (they had one-man operation in mind although this required a change in the law). The class had 2 sets of doors for entry and exit. When LT found the boarding times were very slow they altered some of the class to become crew-operated by taking away the ticket-machine and making other modifications. This modified class was known as DM. At some point DM1051 lost its second door (although as you can see in the diary photos the entrance floor was there all the time).
For a variety of reasons, the DMS/DM class only had a limited success. For a full acount of the reasons, see The DMS Bus Page
I acquired DM1051 in June 2002. It had been owned for a short time by Mike Fuller of Bedford, and was about to be sold as a playbus. I thought it too good a bus to undergo this fate. It had full Class 5 MOT (it was only just out of Class 6 MOT), and by all accounts a good engine.
I negotiated with a friendly local farmer to rent space to keep the bus on a farm. It will not be in covered storage, but will be on hard-core, and reasonably secure.
In-service History1/75 Aldenham
2/75 Brixton (Trainer)
3/75 Brixton (in service)
2/78 Upton Park (Trainer)
7/79 Barking (Trainer)
8/80 Wood Green (Trainer)
11/80 Poplar (Unlicensed)
5/81 Poplar (Withdrawn)
7/81 Ensign (Purfleet)
9/81 Blue Diamond Coaches, Harlow
6/82 Southern Coaches, Harlow
8/86 Pathfinder Coaches, Chadwell Heath
3/87 Shorey's Travel, Maulden, Beds
3/02 Mike Fuller
6/02 John Braga (for preservation)
Click on any photo for a full-size version
|At Pathfinder Coaches||At Pathfinders, August 1985|
|At Shoreys Travel, July 1987||At Shoreys', April 1990|
|With companions, April 1993||September 1996|
|Shorey's Travel Livery, in Luton, March 2002|
maintained by JohnB@crownsys.co.uk.