April 7/8/9 With the glorious Easter weather upon us CDK 172
takes another step closer to the "Paint shop"! With 4 days off work
and loads of enthusiasm, early starts were made to maximise daylight
On Friday Rick took Mum and Dad on a day trip (on
the "New" Yelloway, A15 YEL) over to Blackpool and Fleetwood whilst
Steve went up the shed to begin the off side front woodwork.....
Saturday afternoon, after 10 hours of work, the new window pillar
had been cut and shaped and subsequently fitted......
new window pillar
Steve repairing underneath cab framework
By Sunday afternoon the framework underneath the
cab window had been completed (Well done fella - Rick).
Rick meanwhile was busy finishing off the
skylights and refitting the main saloon lights. As is customary,
several hours were also spent underneath with wire brush, chipping
hammer and tin of red oxide primer!
Mum and Dads Blackpool Trip:- 9-30 am Friday 6th April ......What a glorious
sight to see a New Yelloway Motor Services Coach back on the road.
Our memories of the old Yelloways service came flooding back
as A15 YEL arrived in the bright morning sunlight in front of
Rochdale Town hall on its First fare paying passenger trip to
Blackpool and the Flyde coast.
arriving at Rochdale
outside old booking office in Weir street
The updated sun rise logo was displayed with
pride along side the Courtesy coach familiar crescents. We could not
leave Rochdale without going down memory lane as we drove past Weir
Street and the pulled up outside of the old booking office for a
photo shoot. We travelled on via Shaw and Oldham, then towards
Preston and via the old route into Blackpool, passing the Black and
white Windmill then along the prom towards the tower, heading for
Central Blackpool Bus station. Many heads turned and fingers
pointing towards the bus along the way. Hey did you see that it's a
YELLOWAY was the cry. We dropped off passengers in Blackpool
central and then went on through Bispham, Cleveley's then in to
Fleetwood. Pulled into the coach park at midday next to a Courtesy
Return trip back at 5 o'clock.
Well done Courtesy Coaches as everybody said what a good trip it was
and may the name
'Yelloway Motor Services'
continue into the future.
With Andy Sharpe making the trip up
from Willington an early start was made on Friday afternoon - the
target this weekend was for me to get as much of the off side front
woodwork done, whilst Andy continued a pace with his wire tracing,
testing and complete replacement wherever required.
trace testing wires
meanwhile Rick looks and learns
You drill it bro, I'll hold it!
With the sun beating down and the
radio playing, Andy demanding a cup of tea at frequent intervals,
and banter by the bucket load we had between us:-
Rebuilt all the framework around
the header tank
Completed the roof vents
Cut new floor sections for the
emergency door area
Corrected Steve's "Cock-up" at the
off side front wheel arch
Re-wired the salon heaters and
emergency window buzzer
Re-sited the wiring loom at the off
Richard as ever continues to work
on the cleaning of the chassis - removing the skin off his knuckles
With Steve busy at work he could
only manage a few hours on the bus today but he still had time to
re-hang the emergency door, make the off side front vertical pillar
and replace the window pan woodwork.
I meanwhile sanded the boot doors
and finished off the front fibreglass panel ready for refitting.