Showbus Report 2003

As mentioned on Sunday evening, the weather was the customary occasional showers and the temperature was about 18 degrees with a light breeze. The rain did not appear to spoil the day for the visitors although it always amazes me how some dealers can set up a stall for Showbus without overhead protection! As a result I did see some very wet stock on some stalls.

I was able to meet a number of people during the day to say hello, it is always good to be able to put a face to names.

EFE announced their new casting as an AEC regal 10T10 which they hope to release at the end of the year. They also had two new models on display that had not been previously announced. These models are a Wright Volvo Renown Keighley and District and a Leyland Olympian in Wilts & Dorset livery. Pictures of these models are shown below. I received a few requests to report on any new goods vehicles. Unfortunately there were none although there was a rumour that we will see something new early next year. No details however are known.

Britbus had 6 new models on display in pre-production form these are:
MCW Metropolitan

London Buses
Reading
Whippet
Greater Manchester

Guy Arab MKIV
Southdown
Confidence of Leicester

Again photographs are shown below. They also released a set of four Showbus models (two Guy Arab IV and two Metropolitans) I hope to bring photographs of these later in the week.

The photographs were all taken in macro mode on the camera using the natural light and in the case of two of the EFE through glass. Unfortunately these are not as clear as I would have hoped. To compound my difficulties all pictures were taken with the camera being hand held and you would not believe how much the wooden flooring and the cabinets in the marquee bounced as people walked by! Hopefully you will be pleased with the results.

Click on the small images below to view a higher resolution photograph.

PLEASE NOTE: All these photographs are copyright British Model Buses and must not be used on any other web site without my express permission.

 
EFE


Click here for a higher resolution image LEYLAND OLYMPIAN - WILTS & DORSET
Stock number: 29301
Fleet Number: Not known
Registration number: Not known
Route: Not known
Destination: Not known
Release date: Not known

EFE state the actual model to be released will not be as shown but will be a Type A Olympian. Full details will be published as soon as they are available.



Click here for a higher resolution image WRIGHT VOLVO RENOWN - KEIGHLEY AND DISTRICT
Stock number: 27612
Fleet Number: 540
Registration number: T540 AUA
Route: 697
Destination: Bradford via Thornton
Release date: Not known


AEC REGAL 10T10

This photograph shows bare metal and painted samples. No other details are known at this time. The first model may be released at the end of the year.



Click here for a higher resolution image AEC REGAL 10T10

This photograph shows a close up of the painted sample.



BRITBUS



Please note the models shown are early pre-production samples. Some have some errors which are already known and will be corrected before the model is released. Some of the details e.g. colours, registration numbers, route numbers etc may be subject to change.


Click here for a higher resolution image MCW METROPOLITAN - GREATER MANCHESTER
Stock number: N6101
Fleet Number: 1425
Registration number: GNC 277N
Route: 400
Destination: Bolton
Release date: Not known


Click here for a higher resolution image MCW METROPOLITAN - LONDON BUSES
Stock number: N6205
Fleet Number: MD127
Registration number: OUC 127R
Route: -
Destination: "For sale one careful owner"
Release date: Not known


Click here for a higher resolution image MCW METROPOLITAN - READING
Stock number: N6207
Fleet Number: 417
Registration number: KJD 208P
Route: 17
Destination: To be confirmed
Release date: Not known


Click here for a higher resolution image MCW METROPOLITAN - WHIPPET
Stock number: N6204
Fleet Number: -
Registration number: KJD 268P
Route: -
Destination: St Ives
Release date: Not known


Click here for a higher resolution image GUY ARAB IV - CONFIDENCE OF LEICESTER
Stock number: N6004
Fleet Number: -
Registration number: PUF 647
Route: 1 (front), 547 (rear)
Destination: "Confidence Bus hire Services"
Release date: Not known


Click here for a higher resolution image GUY ARAB IV - SOUTHDOWN
Stock number: N6003
Fleet Number: 527
Registration number: PUF 635 or PUF 627 (to be confirmed)
Route: 38
Destination: Pool Valley
Release date: Not known


Click here for a higher resolution image BRITBUS NEW PACKAGING - PHOTOGRAPH 1

This photograph shows the new style packaging comprising a foam lined rigid plastic box and the cardboard sleeve



Click here for a higher resolution image BRITBUS NEW PACKAGING - PHOTOGRAPH 2

This photograph shows a model inside a new style display box



Click here for a higher resolution image BRITBUS NEW PACKAGING - PHOTOGRAPH 3

This photograph shows the end of the rigid plastic box. Note the image showing the model that is contained within the box. I understand that the other end of the box will be printed with the models stock number.

 



Click here for a higher resolution image BRITBUS NEW CERTIFICATE - PHOTOGRAPH 1

This photograph shows the front of the new style plastic limited edition certificate. You may be interested to know that the dog shown in the photographs is a real one and lives in the factory in China where the models are manufactured.

 



Click here for a higher resolution image BRITBUS NEW CERTIFICATE - PHOTOGRAPH 2

This photograph shows the rear of the new style certificate.

 



This page last updated Monday, 25 February 2013

British Model Buses 2003