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21 Mar 2020

I think we can all agree that attending a bus rally in the current climate of social distancing is irresponsible. This, and the fact that GCT 113 requires an MOT test at the end of the month, has forced me to think long and hard about the bus's usage during 2020. Sadly...

14 Aug 2019

Periodically I enjoy searching the registration of GCT 113 online to see if anything other than the more obvious images present themselves. Thanks to Google, and those who've taken the time to photograph and - most importantly - upload them, there are now countless pho...

19 May 2019

​I took GCT 113 to her first rally of the year today. The annual Fenland BusFest is the first large running day local to me and it was to this event on the same weekend last year that I took GCT 113 which marked her first ever rally in private preservation. Last year,...

27 Mar 2019

I'm always a little anxious around March as this is the month when GCT 113's MOT is due. Previously she's passed all her MOTs with flying colours, failing just once under Stagecoach's tenure when in 2009 an imbalanced brake was a culprit. Last year, GCT 113 passed her...

21 Dec 2018

It was a year ago this week that I first collected GCT 113 from a paint shop in Immingham. This would be the second occasion that I’d need to take the bus for repaint since on the first occasion the bus was painted in the wrong shade of orange.

I’d planned to the nth de...

13 Dec 2018

As 2018 is drawing to a close, I thought it would be prudent to write a blog entry looking back at GCT 113's first year in private preservation, where she found herself back in GCT colours and rallied on six occasions.

In fact, the year dawned with GCT 113 wearing...

4 Nov 2018

The end-of-season Transport Festival, organised by the Lincolnshire Vintage Vehicle Society (LVVS) and based at the Lincolnshire Road Transport Museum, is the first event that GCT 113 has attended twice, in her new lease of life with me in private preservation. The eve...

30 Sep 2018

Today would be the first time ever that any vehicle of any type wearing GCT's orange and white livery dating from 1987 until the Stagecoach purchase in 1993 (and into January 1996 when the last closed-top Fleetline was withdrawn) would attend Showbus.

For the uninitiate...

17 Sep 2018

Today marked a significant milestone for this website as it recorded the 1,000th hit.

Knowing next to nothing about how to produce such a site, I always intended on producing something to mark my purchase and preservation of GCT 113. A Facebook page seemed an obvious ch...

16 Sep 2018

I'd always planned on taking GCT 113 home at some point, though what with having a life and family outside the bus preservation scene, not to mention a full-time job, committing myself to a specific date was never something I'd got round to doing. Then a chance convers...

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