Time Line

We are placing photographs alongside each year to enhance our history. Please click a thumbnail in each section to view and scroll through these galleries.

2005

30.03 – Purchase of Wallace Arnold Heritage Fleet
15.05 – Clearing unit of previous tennants equipment, painting walls, etc
15.05 – Discussion with Don Bate
25.07 – Replace roof lights, reposition workshop heater
01.08 – Mel Eanor joins the team
14.09 – Start of floor painting
29.09 – Pit inspection
26.10 – Making benches, cleaning carpets
04.11 – Ken Brindley collects office furniture from Lowfields Road, Leeds
05.12 – Hanging pictures, cleaning up. Fully operational
12.12 – Classic Connections Christmas party

 

 

2006

09.01 – Start of regular Monday visits
26.01 – Purchase of Bristol LHS
30.01 – Mick Burdett joins the team, first Monday
06.03 – Visit to Ray Trigg in Cheshire
14.03 – Visit to NDY Coach Sales
21.03 – Visit to Blackpool Trim Shops
16.04 – Kirkby Stephen Running Day outing
02.05 – Visit to Llandudno Festival of Transport
11.05 – Noordwijk with Thornes
01.07 – Collect Dons coach from Durham, Neil, Mick, Mel and Kiran
21.08 – New compressor for workshop, a gift from Colin Ashby
02.10 – BUF 425C sold at Palmers of Wakefield
06.10 – Stuart Brown photographs 8332 U in Tong for Plaxton Centenary book

 

 

2007

26.02 – Alvis pit adventure
20.04 – Plaxtons centenary at Scarborough
15.05 – First fish n’ chip run to Pately Bridge
26.06 – Don moves out
09.07 – Order new door motor & buy new pillar drill
16.07 – Conversation with Alan Rogerson regarding tractor
17.08 – Conversation regarding Flights vehicle with Go Goodwins
03.09 – Floor painting weekend synthetic treatment by Ultrasyntec
10.10 – Line marking of floor
30.11 – Kiran brings ERF Wrecker & joins the group
10.12 – Work on tractor parts

2008

01.01 – Keith Grimshaw joins the group
13.02 – Trip to Grimsby with Mel’s boat club
16.04 – New pit lights & extra wall sockets fitted
03.05 – 8332 U 50th Birthday party
26.05 – Doncaster Rovers celebration tour in BUF 267 C, driven by John Dodsworth
13.06 – Filming of The Damned United
16.06 – Metal shelving, gift from Autosound
31.07 – With Brian & Kiran to collect Foden Crane Lorry
13.08 – New long reach 10 ton jack & pressure greaser arrive
03.09 – Buy Leyland 262 Tractor
24.09 – Discussion with Stoneywood regarding Matador
27.09 – Malcolm moves out
06/23.10 – Builders move in, demolish offices, create new mess room & upstairs office
24.10 – Painting new surfaces, walls, etc.
10.11 – Synthetic treatment to workshop floor previously occupied by offices
29.11 – Mel and his son Ben finish off electrics
02.12 – Roller shutter fitted to external office window & new carpets fitted to offices
05.12 – Ben and Joel assemble office furniture
08.12 – Electric gates fitted to the yard

2009

02.02 – Scott Poole joins the team
23.02 – Ben Sedgeman joins the team
23.03 – Kiran passes Class 1 test
01.04 – Group visit to see The Damned United film
06.04 – Scott produces leaflet
21.05 – Classic Connections stationary printed
13.06 – Alvis Owner Club visit
26.06 – Collect hired Low Loader for Kelsall
26.07 – Epic trip to Sandtoffs with Matador
01.08 – Thornes centenary visit
03.12 – Classic Connections Christmas dinner

2010

20.01 – Collect Leyland Lion from Great Yarmouth with ERF & trailer for Aire Valley Group
07.03 – Millstones restaurant with Harrogate Transport Touring Society in 8332 U
01.04 – Classic Connections April Fools Day gaff and talk by Stephen Barber on Wallace Arnold
26/27.05 – Down to Taunton to collect 1/2 cab for Aire Valley
25.06 – Kelsall Steam Rally
16.08 – Autosound use Low Loader to gain extra height
16.08 – Group visit to Wythall Transport Museum, Birmingham
27.09 – Melotte Plough arrives
18.08 – HCVS Group visit to St. Helens, Bury and Manchester
03.12 – Classic Connections Christmas dinner
15.12 – Lend EC11 to Brian Hartley – ‘a classic motor on a proper job’

2011

10.01 – Workshop heater fails, repaired later in afternoon
10.01 – Visit from fire officer – exempt
10.01 – Serious trouble as we all get locked in corridor!!
22.01 – First discussion on the sale of ERF Tractor unit & trailer
12.03 – Omnibus Society visit
14.03 – ERF Wrecker moves Seagull 8340 U to M & H Leeds
06.04 – Discussion on sale of 262 Tractor
19.06 – Trolley Bus towing to Bradford Industrial Museum
27.06 – Break in at premises
26.07 – Rear door fitted to fire exit
07.08 – Harrington wins Lord Mayors Trophy Trans Pennine Run
10.08 – Correct rear door fitted to fire exit
31.10 – Erect gazebo for open evening, which Ben films
04.11 – Open evening- Peter Green speaks
05.12 – Delivery of 262 tractor lift arms and plough on loaned car trailer to North Wales. Trailer subsequently gifted to us by Harry!
12.12 – Obtain new gun for power greaser
19.12 – Christmas dinner at The Calverley Arms

2012

06.01 – Repurchase Leopard from Dodsworth Coaches, send to Express at Pickering for repaint
09.01 – Discussion with Kiran regarding the future
12.01 – Purchase 2 x battery condition chargers for coaches
23.01 – Visit to Liverpool Maritime Museum
15.03 – Visit to Pickering to view Leopard
02.04 – ERF Wrecker goes to Keighley Bus Museum
06.05 – Visit to Llandudno
31.05 – Kiran moves Matador to Keighley Bus Museum
02.07 – Ben and Joel collect AEC gearbox and spare seats from Flights, Birmingham
16.07 – Pete Foster joins the team
07.09 – Divide up parts and tools with Kiran
08.09 – Peter Bibby’s 60th Birthday, Ingleton
15.09 – Atlantean moves to Keighley Bus Museum
22.09 – Kiran pays off Matador & moves over to Keighley
13.10 – 100 years of Samuel Ledgard celebration
27.10 – New lighting installed in the building
7.12 – Classic Connections Christmas dinner at the Calverley Arms

2013

14.01 – Snow! Cleaning Bay 2
04.02 – Scraping & waxing interior wood trim on 8340 U
18.02 – Clean pit floor
23.02 – Visit to the Valentines Fair Model Show, Leeds
01.03 – Classic Connections Open Evening
05.03 – Visit from coach operators
25.03 – Snow! Clearing yard, helped by Lee
26.03 – Staff trip to Keighley Bus Museum
30.03 – Easter Saturday – Grand Central Railway visit
06.04 – Staff trip to Scarborough Model Show
08.04 – Fix Blaupunkt illuminated sign over door
08.04 – Re-mark bays with floor tape, paint pit floor & repair lights
26.05 – Breakdown on M62 – rescued by Kiran
03.06 – Keighley Bus Museum & sort windows for Leopard
10.06 – Clean Leopard windows obtained from KBMT
07.08 – Collect rubber trim from Pickering
27.08 – Clean & tidy top workshop
17.09 – Joel removes gear from top office & relocates to Australia
08.10 – Research type of wood on Tiger Cub
15.11 – Remove all equipment stored in Unit 1 & store in our workshop
09.12 – Christmas Dinner, Rawdon
23.12 – Carvery lunch, Toby Inn
30.12 – Cleaning floor & tidy up work area

2014

July

New shelving fitted to alleviate storage problems

Sale of excess rubber trims, beading etc

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Right then, let’s shift this lot

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He’s definitely mad!

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As if, by magic!

p for open

 

 

 

 

 

 

November

Set up for open day!!

Pictures courtesy of Colin Ashby

 

February 2015

Make up and fit new work bench for small component shop

 

July 2015

Purchased new power drills for workshop

Visit from Nick Barr

Visit from Tony Hanson and friends

August 2015

Repairs to building roof and gutters.

November 2015

Prepare for open evening and host same

January 2016

Host Leeds low emission zone meeting organised by James Fairchild with representatives from Dewsbury and Keighley Bus Museums and local enthusiasts.

Make up and fit new pit covers

New water meter fitted by Yorkshire Water

February 2016

Replenish consumables and stock with oil and anti-freeze

Purchase new jigsaw

Make up tow bar for tractor

March 2016

Tyre Power call and check and adjust all tyre pressures

Work on Kiran Tolson’ Matador to include, electrical system, brakes, fuel pipes, exhaust, trailer board, winch ropes and alternator.

May 2016

Fit new pit lights.

June 2016

Clean workshop floor.

July 2016

Repairs to workshop press

August 2016

Deep clean canteen

Moving vehicles about to accommodate Bradleys Black Prince Merc’s and subsequent recovery and repairs, also Kiran’s PD3 Breakdown tendar.

September 2016

Electrical inspection on building

Grey Ferguson tractor arrives for rebuild.

 

 

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