Following a trip to the CPPTD depot at Portchester in August, 510 developed a problem with the foot brake. From time to time, when the brake was applied, the valve would open fully and apply the brakes hard as if being applied in an emergency. Some research found that this is caused by a wearing component within the valve housing and the only rectification was to fit a replacement.
Another foot brake valve and assembly was obtained and today, Heather and Jason removed the faulty foot brake and fitted the replacement. With the cab being so small, Heather fitted perfectly inside and was able to undo the various fixings holding the part in place. Then, Jason worked from the the front of the bus with Heather inside loosening the air pipes and removed the assembly. After lunch it was time to fit the new part and after checking the joints and unions, the bus was started and full air pressure built up. After testing the brakes, no leaks we found and 510 was certified cleared for use.
Below are some pictures.
Inspection for 510
Friday 20th July 18
510 underwent an inspection at Xelabus's depot, Eastleigh following the Alton bus event. "We were a little concerned about the rear axle on 510 as it seemed to be a little noisey after running in service at the event" explains Jason. "Once in the air, we checked the oil level in the axle and found it to be quite low so a top up was required". A quick look around and the all clear was given for 510 to return to the ground and return to base at Winchester.
Some pictures below show 510 in the air during inspection.
Spring Clean and MOT for 510
Like most of our vehicles of late, Southdown 510 has had a quiet Winter and to date, is yet to attend any events with us. Over the Winter, we have been busy giving her a thorough interior clean and general tidy up. Below are some pictures
510 at our Portsmouth Running Day in 2012.
The history of UUF 110J
Bristol VRT/SL6G chassis VRT/SL2/177 ECW H39/31F body 18932 Series 2 (Southdown body number B3534)
4/71 New in Southdown green and cream livery with large gold block fleetnames to Southdown Motor Services Limited, Brighton, East Sussex (510). 6/71 Allocated to Chichester. 6/72 Allocated to Brighton. 7/72 to 8/72 On loan to Portsmouth. 8/72 Returned to Brighton. 4/73 Given white National Bus Company style Southdown fleetnames. 8/73 Allocated to Portsmouth. 10/74 Painted in NBC green and white bus livery with white Southdown fleetnames and National Bus Company logos. 4/77 Delicensed. 4/77 Painted in all-over advertisement livery (white, National Bus Company green, City of Portsmouth Passenger Transport Department red and British Rail blue base) for Portsmouth area Travelcards. 5/77 Relicensed. 10/77 Rear engine cover replaced by two-piece type. 10/77 Slip board holders fitted to front. 11/81 Delicensed. 11/81 Painted in National Bus Company green and white bus livery without fleetnames and logos. 11/81 Relicensed. 5/82 Given white National Bus Company style Southdown fleetname and red, white and blue National Bus Company logo on offside only. 6/82 Given Chairman’s Award 1981 symbols on both sides and white National Bus Company style Southdown fleetname on nearside. 6/82 to 12/82 On hire to West Yorkshire Road Car Company Limited, PO Box 24, East Parade Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG1 5LS, and allocated to York while on hire. 12/82 Returned to Southdown Motor Services Limited (510). 15/1/83 to -/4/83 On hire to The South Wales Transport Company Limited, 31 Russell Street, Swansea, West Glamorgan, SA1 4HP. Allocated to Llanelli from 1/83 to 3/83 and to Neath from 3/83 to 4/83 while on hire. 4/83 Returned to Southdown Motor Services Limited (510). 6/83 Allocated to Portsmouth. 7/83 Allocated to Hove (Conway Street). 7/83 Allocated to Brighton. 11/83 Delicensed. 5/84 Relicensed. 9/84 Allocated to Reserve for contract duties and maintenance cover. 12/84 Allocated to Hove (Conway Street) for driver training duties. By 12/85 Converted to driver training vehicle with removable seat for driving instructor and emergency controls fitted on platform alongside cab.
1/1/86 Acquired by Brighton, Hove & District Omnibus Company Limited T/A Brighton & Hove Bus & Coach Company Limited, Conway Street, Hove, East Sussex (510) as driver training vehicle. 1/1/86 Allocated to Hove (Conway Street).
21/4/86 Acquired by Brighton & Hove Bus & Coach Company Limited, Conway Street, Hove, East Sussex (510) (change of title). 21/4/86 Allocated to Hove (Conway Street). 11/86 Touched up in National Bus Company green and white, and given black skirt with cream stripe above. 12/86 Painted cream with black skirt and red cantrail band and black Brighton & Hove fleetnames. 30/3/87 Delicensed.
7/87 Acquired by Stuart Johnson, Harthill, South Yorkshire (dealer).
11/87 Acquired by John & Brian Embling T/A JWQ Embling & Sons, Bridge Street, Guyhirn, Cambridgeshire, PE13 4ED. By1/89 Painted in fleet livery. Circa 3/97 Painted in revised fleet livery.
4/1/99 Acquired by Embling’s Coaches Limited, Bridge Street, Guyhirn, Cambridgeshire, PE13 4ED (change of entity). 6/99 Withdrawn.
6/11/99 Acquired by Colin J Ricquier, Portsmouth, Hampshire, for preservation. By3/00 Restored to green and cream Southdown livery.
12/00 Acquired by Eric StC Stobart, Wimbledon Village, London, for preservation.
6/5/15 Acquired by Philip A Blair, Upham, Hampshire, for preservation.
6/17 Acquired by Hampshire Bus & Coach Preservation, Winchester, Hampshire, for preservation.