Return unique South Notts Heritage bus to the road

Return unique South Notts Heritage bus to the road

The Charity wish to restore a donated 1962 half cab former South Notts double decker bus back to roadworthy condition for public enjoyment

We did it!

On 9th Jul 2017 we successfully raised £9,040 of £9,000 target with 22 supporters in 56 days

New stretch target

With the fantastic progress to date we have reached our target to fund the restoration of 80NVO but our work doesnt stop there. With the mobile vehicle fleet developing and being able to tell the story of South Notts and our local transport heritage we feel it fitting to add a new dimension to our work to date.

The Charity will use any additional funds received towards this project to research and create displays for exhibition use in telling the story of the South Notts Bus Company. It will then be possible to display these works in the museum premises for all to see.

We aim for a stretch target of an additional £6,000 as we wish to complete the restoration of a later South Notts vehicle (albeit from post takeover by Nottingham City Transport). Volvo 769 has already undergone major restoration and repanelling by the Charity but requires finishing and painting.

It has been decided that should we manage to harness enough public support we will fit this vehicle out as an exhibition unit to work alongside the preserved vehicles as a mobile museum and indeed take such displays out to retirement homes and community halls as a means of engaging in reminisence projects with members of the local community. A very valuable tool  in ensuring the social history of the area is recorded and documented for future generations. This vehicle operated for many years from South Notts in the blue and cream livery after takeover by Nottingham City Transport.

It is always eye opening to learn about the role public transport has had over past decades in the development of our everyday lives. The Blue and Cream buses of South Notts have a place in many people's hearts - let's celebrate the company, its history and our memories and record it all for future generations. Help us to do this ! Please Pledge Now ! EVERY SINGLE PENNY COUNTS.

Come and see both projects on display at our Heritage Depot Openday on 9th July at The Old Bus Garage, Portland Road, Hucknall, Notts

We look forward to receiving your support

Help breathe life into our local heritage ! 

As a Charity, receiving this fine example of 1960s transport heritage by way of donation, we are driven by a desire to see life return to this old vehicle by completing its restoration. (This project image for the appeal dates back to 1984 when it had just been withdrawn from active use). This will make a fantastic addition to our recently completed South Notts Olympian (South Notts last new bus to be purchased prior to sale of the company to Nottingham City Transport). 

OUR AIM - to see this marvellous piece of transport engineering restored,  making transport of yesteryear available to all. The Charity has one main purpose - to preserve transport heritage for future generations. 

This involves: sourcing and then buying an engine for the vehicle; refurbishing the gearbox; re-panelling areas of the bodywork not yet completed and re-flooring the interior. We then need to retrim the seats in period moquette and have the vehicle professionally repainted before presenting her for a Department of Transport inspection and its much awaited return to the road. Much of this work will be undertaken by our volunteers, many of them retired members of the local community, now engaged for many hours a week in putting something back into our local area. This is a fantastic project which will energise our supporter's drive to see our aims fulfilled.  

 (Image shows the poor state of the framework prior to restoration commencing)

(Images show the results of many hours of work by the previous owner up to the donation of the vehicle to the Charity - we now need funds to complete this work and to undertake much more necessary restoration).

(Engine needed - urgently! )

Based in a 1936 art-deco style bus garage in Hucknall, Nottingham Heritage Vehicles Charity opens its doors numerous times a year for the general public to visit us. Many are amazed to see the quality of work undertaken through our dedication to preserving a little of our local transport heritage for future generations to enjoy. We run all roadworthy vehicles on free trips around the local area which are enjoyed by visitors of all ages, when the premises are open. On other occassions we engage with local community groups, schools, retirement homes and local councils aswell as attending and organising many public displays throughout the area. Our day to day fundraising efforts ensure that the premises remain open, and that all our costs are covered but sadly there is little left to allocate to projects such as this one - and that is where we need your help ! 

We wish to add this bus 80 NVO (new to the South Notts bus company of Gotham, Nottinghamshire in October 1962) to our active usable display fleet by the end of this current year. It was the last exposed radiator, sunken gangway, forward entrance, Leyland PD3 to be produced for an independent operator - in other words this vehicle is unique! The low-height bodywork is by Northern Counties of Wigan (no longer in existence). It operated daily with South Notts Bus Company of Gotham until March 1984.  It  ran the mainline route tirelessly between Loughborough, East Leake, Gotham, Clifton and Nottingham for this period, before being retained by the company as a heritage vehicle.  This made it the longest serving half-cab, exposed radiator, front engined bus in the operational fleet. From then, until the sale of the company to Nottingham City Transport in 1991, it was retained for occasional use and promotional work. In later years, after a period at another local museum as a static exhibit but kept outside, the vehicle was donated by the family who operated South Notts Bus Company to a local preservationist. 

We were fortunate enough to have the bus donated to ourselves on establishment of the Charity some 2 years ago. In that time much effort and resources have been utilised on the project but we are now at the stage where the Charity needs funds to progress further with heavy mechanical work, material purchase and seat trimming to the next stage. Without such funding it will remain as an exhibit, albeit worthy in its own right, but not as it should be - ie back on the road. 

If you have any interest in our local transport heritage, the vehicle itself or indeed the South Notts legacy then please support us in our aims.  

This project will: bring people together to reminisce; build knowledge; develop skill sets amongst our volunteers and recreate living history for people to enjoy and for memories to be re-kindled. It is part of a story that depicts our social history and allows our history to be accessible to all.

Any support is appreciated so please make contact if you feel you or your company can assist the project in any form,

All supporters will receive a thankyou certificate recording their input to the project.

Major sponsors will have their name added to our display boards once the vehicle is completed (if desired). All supporters are also welcome to become part of the volunteer workforce undertaking this enormous restoration project.  

Everyone who assists will be doing their bit to preserve a little of yesteryear for future years - and FOR EVERYONES BENEFIT & ENJOYMENT.


This project has been approved for funding through the Heritage + The Crowd match funding. It will receive a top up of 50% towards its fundraising target from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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