A group of transport enthusiasts who are restoring a vintage bus are asking local residents to help track down vital parts that went missing in Eastleigh some years ago.
Southampton and District Transport Heritage trust are restoring JOW 928 – a unique former Southampton Corporation single deck bus which they have owned since 1976
Work was required to the window frames and several years ago these were removed for repair. A member of the trust arranged for them to be removed from an address in Shakespeare Road, Eastleigh in two consignments by a repairer driving a white van. Unfortunately the member has since died and no record has been found of the identity of the person who took the frames.
Extensive enquiries have been made but so far these have been unsuccessful.
David Hutchings, convenor for the trust, can’t remember the exact address in Shakespeare Road where the window frames had been stored but he told Eastleigh News:
“I do know that the man who collected the window frames did so in two trips, he had a beard and he drove a white van. Our member passed away last October in Eastleigh so the window frames were probably collected about two or three years ago. Our member assured me that all was well…..he fell ill and largely recovered and we thought he would follow up the arrangements he had made…..then he died…and no name, address or contact details could be found in his effects for this metal worker who took the frames”
The bus was one of small fleet of single deckers built for Southampton Corporation in 1955 that were able to drive under a low railway bridge at Woolston en route to Weston.
This particular bus had a wheelchair lift installed in 1965 which was very unusual at the time.
Mr Hutchings added:
These window frames have no commercial value but are of historical significance. If anyone knows of the whereabouts of these bus window frames or any relevant information we would be very pleased to know and would be happy to invite them for a VIP trip when we relaunch the bus after its restoration.
If you can think you might be able to help please contact David Hutchings on 023 80 581536 or email. [email protected]
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