Heritage Open Day – Saturday and Sunday 19th and 20th September 2020

We continue to monitor the ongoing Covid-19 situation and particularly the recent localised restrictions that have been put in place in Northampton to forestall another lockdown. Our plans to hold the event continue to be formulated but obviously are under constant review. If you intend to participate during the event then please be aware that there will be restrictions in place. As is normal for the event, we will provide bus services to venues that are open to visitors. It is likely that many of the usual participating venues will be hosting virtual tours and as a consequence the need for buses may be reduced. To counter this, we plan to operate regular short tours in addition to the services. Travel on the buses will be entirely at the passengers’ own risk but we will be taking all reasonable precautions to minimise any danger. Buses will operate on reduced capacity to allow for social distancing. Intending passengers will be required to...
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Heritage Open days 2020 and Return to the Market Square 2

New Combined Event - Because of the current COVID-19 Pandemic, and the current proposed reductions in the restrictions, we along with Northampton Borough Council are holding a joint event of the Heritage Open Day 2020 HOWEVER The Borough Council cannot allow the use of the Market Square on the Sunday under the current maximum number of people restrictions, so this part of the event will NOT go ahead. Both days will be centred around George Row as usual with probably short tours for any Heritage site open for visitors. As at 19th July, the buses so far provisionally attending are - NT154 (ANH 154), Barton 851 (851 FNN) and Bedford OB MYB 33. Obviously buses will be subject to reduced capacity and passengers must wear face coverings or masks whilst on board a vehicle. More details will follow as we sort out the organisation for the day ...
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Coronovirus Update/Events

Please now check on the Events page for our anticpated events. All events are subject to change/cancelation with the COVID-19 updated restrictions, we will endeavour to keep you updated. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- With the restrictions created by Covid-19 a decision was taken by Committee to cancel all events until the end of July. However, it is also likely that most events for the rest of the year will be cancelled. Two problems arise from the uncertainty of the ongoing situation. Firstly, our prime concern is to safeguard the welfare of our members and volunteers and this has resulted in work on the buses being suspended. At the end of restrictions we will only have one vehicle (154) available for use, although MV02 VBZ may be available subject to road tax and insurance. Secondly, organising events takes a lot of time and this becomes abortive where an event is subsequently cancelled. In fairness to our members, volunteers and partners who assist with providing help...
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Volvo 66334 added to NTH Fleet

Volvo 66334 added to NTH Fleet

A "first" for NTH! All of our vehicles we have, until now, inherited or kindly have the use of. We have though had the opportunity and have purchased our first vehicle at a very good price for preservation. MV02 VBZ is a Volvo B7L with Wright Eclipse body work. Originally numbered 358 it was new to First Manchester in June 2002 to help with the Commonwealth games. A year later in 2003 it was brought to First Northampton where it operated out of St James garage until 2012 and gained a new fleet number 66334 From St James it was transferred to First Norwich, and finished it's commercial days at the Caister road depot of First Great Yarmouth. It was withdrawn and sold to Ensign Bus in March this year from where we have purchased it. Why, we hear you say? Well mainly for three reasons really; it's part of our transport history having served in Northampton for nine years, it will appeal to...
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ANH 154

Back in February this year we sent 154 away to H C Davis & Sons of Corby for a service and to fix a loss of power issue. Amongst other things Davis's diagnosed a sticking valve and injectors needing replacing. A complete top engine rebuild was accomplished after a few hiccups sourcing new replacement parts. By the time 154 was put back together Covid had arrived, which meant 154 was stranded and locked down in Corby with no way of being retrieved due to restrictions. Though safe and secure she has been stabled outside for all these weeks and we have been desperate to get it back under the cover of our own storage facility. An opportunity to repatriate 154 presented itself today, now the restrictions have eased slightly. It drove back very well and performed as it should do. Now back to full fitness it's back home and under cover and awaiting a time where our volunteers can get cleaning and preparing her for...
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