Author Archives: Paul Chambers

New Depot Building (the story so far)


Foundations excavated.

Depot framework
                                                                                                                                     The steel structure is erected.

Depot blockwork

Block walls built.

Depot roof fix
                                                                                                                                      Preparing for the roof installation.

Depot lighting

Lighting installed.

Depot floor levelling
                                                                                                                                     Groundwork floor levelling.

Depot door girder

Steelwork installed for the roller doors.

Depot floor grid
                                                                                                                                      Steel mesh for the concrete floor.

Depot floor concrete

Concrete floor laid.

WAL 782 new addition to collection

We recently added another bus to our collection from the Barton family. WAL 782 is a Leyland Tiger PS1/1 with Willowbrook bodywork. Originally a single decker first built in 1948 and was new to Knowles & Son of Bolton, it was sold to Barton in 1957 and rebodied as a double decker.

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Felix SB test run

The Felix SB has been the main project this year and as a result of the efforts by all the NABS team she is nearly complete.On Sunday 19 November we decided to take her for a test run around the GCRN car park.


Felix test run

Work so far completed this year includes the following; new flooring, seats refitted, rebuilt entrance door, drivers door refurb, new rear tyres, repair fuel tank, refitting trim and insert and various mechanical jobs on the engine and brakes. Among the jobs still to be done include rebuilding luggage compartment door and finishing the dashboard.


Felix test run2               Felix seats



DJF 349

Some bus slides have recently been donated to our collection including several Barton and South Notts vehicles. One of which shows our very own DJF 349 in Barton livery at Kegworth depot.


Showbus 2016 and Barton Fleet Review

Sunday 25th September saw Showbus at Donington Park for the first time. Also included in the event was the Barton fleet review which saw several of our Barton vehicles along with other visiting Bartons line up at Chilwell Depot with all of the Barton family owned buses. One particular bus which has only just appeared on the road for the first time in many years was number 467 JNN 384 a Leyland Titan PD1 with Duple bodywork from 1947.



The Barton lineup at Chilwell Depot.



The Barton lineup at Showbus.

End Of Season Rally

On Sunday 9th October we will be having our end of season rally and invite any bus owners to visit with their vehicle (no need to book and no entry fee).

We also hope to have vintage buses running to local picturesque destinations and entrance is completely FREE. Remember, you can now access us direct from Nottingham with the Nottingham City Transport 10C service.

Last Barton vehicle goes into preservation

The vehicle recently secured for preservation is ex Barton 648 E648 DAU, a DAF MB230 with Plaxton Paramount coachwork. New in 1988, NABS located and secured the vehicle for fellow preservationist Simon Barton in whose care the vehicle now is.
It was with Copelands at Stoke on Trent and still retains their colours.

There will be many months of restoration ahead by the NABS team but it will be worth it as 648 is the very last vehicle purchased by Barton before absorption into the Trent fleet.

Last Barton

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