Enthusiasts step in to save vintage bus from scrap yard

PUBLISHED: 07:43 31 May 2017

The Whippet bus which has been saved by Eastern Bus Enthusiasts on its first public outing at BusFest

The Whippet bus which has been saved by Eastern Bus Enthusiasts on its first public outing at BusFest

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A bus which transported thousands of people from Huntingdon and St Ives to Cambridge has been saved from the scrap yard by enthusiasts.

The Whippet bus which has been saved by Eastern Bus Enthusiasts on its first public outing at BusFest The Whippet bus which has been saved by Eastern Bus Enthusiasts on its first public outing at BusFest

Whippet’s final Volvo Citybus was withdrawn from service in December 2016 but before its fate was decided, a group of bus fans stepped in to buy the double-decker for about £1,500.

The Eastern Bus Enthusiasts group bought the vehicle, which had served for 26 years, after it was moved to Whippet’s Swavesey depot, and passed to bus dealer’s Chartwell.

Nick Larkin, group spokesman, said: “This is a rare vehicle which will have covered more than a million miles and travelled the 1A route from Huntingdon to Cambridge literally thousands of times.

“Many people are very pleased that the future of this bus has been secured.”

The bus was given its first public outing on May 21 at the Fenland Busfest which saw hundreds of people gather to admire a host of vintage buses. According to the group, it is hoped that the bus will be repainted to its original livery by 2019, in time for the 100th anniversary of Whippet.

Stephen Longmire, from the group, said: “This is an important vehicle and many people are pleased to see it preserved, including those at Whippet who have been great.”

Work will be carried out to restore the bus to its original 1989 condition, with blue and cream paint, and the original Whippet logo.

The bus was withdrawn from service by Whippet’s new owners Tower Transit in December 2016 after it no longer met with the new Disability Discrimination

Act, due to its stepped entrance.

To find out more about the Eastern Bus Enthusiasts, go to ww.easternbusgroup.co.uk.

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