Seasonal activity at museum

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A regional museum says it is delighted to be able to reopen and hold a New Year’s Day event, reports Nick Larkin

Oxford Bus Museum is opening every Wednesday and Saturday until Christmas and organising a limited New Year’s Day event. The museum, located next to the railway station at Long Hanborough, has been closed during the lockdown.

This Bedford OWB new to House is now under restoration. JOHN WAKEFIELD
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“We are delighted to say that now we know what is happening we can welcome visitors again,” said museum trustee Paul Statham. The museum dates back to 1967, when the Oxford Bus Museum bought 1950 Willowbrook-bodied City of Oxford AEC Regal NJO 703 for preservation.

Opening times are from 100 to 1630hrs, when visitors can see some 40 Oxfordshire buses and coaches dating back to 1913 and also visit the associated Morris Museum. The decision has also been taken to hold a New Year’s Day event: “We won’t be having our normal running day but we do hope to have a couple of buses running,” added Paul.

Meanwhile two contrasting vehicles from the museum’s collection have, with the help of a generous donation from a museum member, been dispatched to restorer Ashley Blackman: OFC 393 is a 1949 Weymann-bodied AEC Regent III new to City of Oxford Motor Services, and the museum has also repatriated sister bus OFC 395 from the USA, which is set to be used as a source of spares. BBW 291, a 1942 Bedford OWB new to House of Watlington and recently acquired by the museum, is also undergoing extensive restoration.

Oxford Bus Museum can be contacted on 01933 883617 during opening times or 01296 377622 at other times. The website is www.oxfordbusmuseum.org

Looking superb in City of Oxford traditional livery, AEC Regent V/Park Royal 956 AJO is a regular on museum bus services. OXFORD BUS MUSEUM
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