Museum’s £350,000 restoration appeal

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London Bus Museum Chairman Leon Daniels launches the T357 Appeal. NICK LARKIN

The London Bus Museum is appealing for help to restore a classic bus which needs much work, reports Nick Larkin

The London Bus Museum has launched a £350,000 appeal to restore a unique 1931 AEC Regal single-decker. T357, registration GN 8242, was new to Queen Line Coaches of Baldock, Herts, in 1931, joining the Green Line fleet in 1933.

The T357 Appeal was launched at the museum’s Spring Gathering. Chairman Leon Daniels said: “This is a major project with professional restorers involved. It’s going to take a lot of work but T357 is a unique and important vehicle which has important local connections to the museum.”

In summer 2019, all of the museum’s potential restoration projects were placed on display at an event and T357 was voted by museum members and visitors as the vehicle they would most likely want to see restored. The coach is said to be structurally sound but needs major work.

It is expected that the engine will be tackled in house, but no contractors for the rest of the work have been engaged as yet. An application for a 50% grant towards the cost of the work is being made to the Heritage Lottery Fund, but this must be matched by fundraising.


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