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Hi everyone,
Im a big fan of model buses, and i have got over 40, in lots of different liveries, and castings.

I use "First Group" liveried buses on my layout, and will soon also see Southern vectis.

Im just wondering, does anyone else here collect model buses and use them on there layout?

Ta
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I have one Hants & Dorset by EFE that's usually visible on my layout. We detached the floor and added a driver and a few passengers. Hoping to buy another, earlier model H&D sometime.
 

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QUOTE (elliottwaters92 @ 2 Jan 2007, 17:54) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Hi everyone,
Im a big fan of model buses, and i have got over 40, in lots of different liveries, and castings.

I use "First Group" liveried buses on my layout, and will soon also see Southern vectis.

Im just wondering, does anyone else here collect model buses and use them on there layout?

Ta
Elliott

I came across this Fotopic site a while ago, I made a note of the link as a good reference site (but my micro layouts don't have much room for road vehicles).

"World Wide Model Buses"
 

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(Sounds of nylon scratching and zip being done up!)

Right I've got my anorak on, so now I'll begin.

At the last count the bus shelves had 51 vehicles in assorted scales on, all in the livery of East Kent Road Car Co. Ltd. That is to say original, NBC, deregulation, and Stagecoach. They are Corgi, OOC, EFE, Lledo,
Britbus, Northcord and an assortment of kits. Some are factory finished others are repaints. Additionally I have a number of Souvenirs of the company including a timetable frame and bus stop flag.

My layout is therefore set west of Salisbury so these are completely useless!

The layout uses two Lledo Bristol Lodekkas, one in Southdown livery (wrong part of the south coast) and one in Fife livery (obviously stolen from Neils layout) Both are actually due for repaint when I can find the appropriate colour photos.

I can take my aanorak off now.

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I have just the one model and that remains in its box. It is that of a National Express coach bearing the Royal British Legion logo and poppies. I refuse to have ANY buses on my personnal layout when its finished, because I hate the things. If I wanted buses on the layout, then I wouldn't have trains and have no wish to offend those of you who like them.
 

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QUOTE (trainman @ 3 Jan 2007, 14:17) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I have just the one model and that remains in its box. It is that of a National Express coach bearing the Royal British Legion logo and poppies. I refuse to have ANY buses on my personnal layout when its finished, because I hate the things. If I wanted buses on the layout, then I wouldn't have trains and have no wish to offend those of you who like them.

Come on trainman, that was a bit harsh.....

Elliott is only a youngster and, in my opinion, raised a valid and interesting topic. Most layouts I have seen in the past few years have buses as a feature, as they help to give a local atmosphere. I personally have a collection of model buses based on the area where I have always lived (see earlier post). in addition to that I also have an interest in classic cars and lorries, and have worked on preserved railways in order to further my understanding of the subject.

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QUOTE (trainman @ 3 Jan 2007, 14:17) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I have just the one model and that remains in its box. It is that of a National Express coach bearing the Royal British Legion logo and poppies. I refuse to have ANY buses on my personnal layout when its finished, because I hate the things. If I wanted buses on the layout, then I wouldn't have trains and have no wish to offend those of you who like them.

Did you overdose on your serious pills this morning ?


C-mon - lighten up a bit ! Anyway, how many train passengers get to the railway station by bus ?
 

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QUOTE (Bob Hughes @ 3 Jan 2007, 09:50) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I came across this Fotopic site a while ago, I made a note of the link as a good reference site (but my micro layouts don't have much room for road vehicles).

"World Wide Model Buses"

Ah yes, im a regular submitter of that fotopic webiste. Im also a member of the Yahoo group.

A few more buses are due my way soon!
(all Southern Buses!)

If i rebuild my layout, they will have to be "Northern" buses.
I do have a few, as im from the North, but not many.
 

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QUOTE (trainman @ 4 Jan 2007, 01:17) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I have just the one model and that remains in its box. It is that of a National Express coach bearing the Royal British Legion logo and poppies. I refuse to have ANY buses on my personnal layout when its finished, because I hate the things. If I wanted buses on the layout, then I wouldn't have trains and have no wish to offend those of you who like them.
I think having buses, cars and people on a layout add to it's realism and although I only have one at the moment I do intend to addd some more.
 

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QUOTE (neil_s_wood @ 3 Jan 2007, 21:57) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>although I only have one at the moment I do intend to add some more.

Good Man...

What companies were yuo planning on using, and presumably you would be using both 1:76 and 1:87. As an aside the Lledo Lodekkas I mentioned earlier are now under the Corgi banner, and are 1:87!!

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www.hattons.co.uk is a very good website for cheap affordable model buses (Optare solo for £9!)

I suggest, you buy model buses to suit what area and age you are doing.

As mine is fictonal, ive got anything. But if i get round to re-doing mine, i will need to focus heavily on the northern bus scene (which isn't going to be hard, as i live there!)
 

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QUOTE (BRITHO @ 5 Jan 2007, 00:44) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Good Man...

What companies were yuo planning on using, and presumably you would be using both 1:76 and 1:87. As an aside the Lledo Lodekkas I mentioned earlier are now under the Corgi banner, and are 1:87!!

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John
My Uk part of my "under construction" layout is based in Scotland so I was looking for various Scottish buses. Corgi are the only ones I had looked at. I had thought about Faller ones to use the Faller road system for my German part of my layout. I haven't really looked at that in depth yet as that bits still a way off.
 

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I have one old layland titan double decker im more in to ww2 stuff thats why im building the armourd train for heacham.
 

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Scotland models....

From memory, there are quite alot. It just depends where you are based, and what era your layout is set in (modern ect)

There alot of Edinburgh models (Lothian)
Strathtay scottish
Bluebird
ect
 

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I have a collection of buses, they are mainly London Transport buses as I grew up in London. I keep them in a display cabinet, that I made my self. When! I finish my layout I will have a few buses on it, but not the ones I have on Display.
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QUOTE (Cameron @ 8 Jan 2007, 19:49) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Elliot
I have a collection of buses, they are mainly London Transport buses as I grew up in London. I keep them in a display cabinet, that I made my self. When! I finish my layout I will have a few buses on it, but not the ones I have on Display.
Cameron

Sounds like a very interesting collection. Lots of RMs I imagine?
I have a few London buses, but they are all the same. Wright eclipse Gemini double deckers (London general, Arriva & London United)

I will have to post pics of the whole of my fleet when possible here.
 

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I've been collecting 1:76 model buses since EFE and OOC started making them. One of the first OOC releases was a Bristol/Eastern Coach Works Half-Cab Single Decker. My Grandfather (who worked at Lowestoft Shed 32C) got me into trains and also took me round to the Eastern Coach Works just round the corner from where he lived. My father also served an apprenticeship at ECW in the 1930s - so I just had to have the OOC Bristol/ECW Half-Cab!!.....and have been collecting since then......

More recently I've got some of the Sunstar?corgi 1:24 buses and coaches - which go well with my G-Scale line in the garden. It's interesting to see a London Transport Routemaster, Southdown Bedford OB or China Motor Bus DMS awaiting passengers off an HSB (HarzerSchmalspurBahn) train hauled by a giant 2-10-2T.......

Elliot, carry on collecting!!

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It wasn't something I gave much thought to, buses, trucks and the like after all they are the enemy, or they were according to lord Stamp back in 1936. I have the usual collection of Airfix military transport suitably modified but I never bothered with buses till I seen some EFE products at last years Brisbane show. Now I have so many trucks and buses, nearly all of Scottish origins I may have to build a seperate layout just for them.

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QUOTE (folkestonekeith @ 9 Jan 2007, 19:31) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>More recently I've got some of the Sunstar?corgi 1:24 buses and coaches - which go well with my G-Scale line in the garden. It's interesting to see a London Transport Routemaster, Southdown Bedford OB or China Motor Bus DMS awaiting passengers off an HSB (HarzerSchmalspurBahn) train hauled by a giant 2-10-2T.......

That's what I love about "G in the garden" - the mixing & matching - I often run my LGB diesels with US hoppers & suchlike - and nobody seems to mind (or care).
Strangly enough, my lovely wife complains if the train is not running in the summer - she says the sound of it gently running round is relaxing !
 
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