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A fourth former "Roundabout" vehicle has been secured for preservation. Carlyle Dart DT39 (G39 TGW) was repatriated on Friday 21st January 2011 to Orpington, in the green and cream livery of Emsworth & District, after seeing out her psv days on a number of Hampshire rural routes.  Work started immediately to restore her to her original Roundabout condition, red with grey skirt, as delivered in 1991.
 
When "Roundabout" ceased in 1995, DT39 was transferred to Catford for routes 124 /160/ 273 & P4.  In 1998, Stagecoach sent DT39 to its "Red & White" operation in Wales until 2002.  After a short spell on the Stafford Bus

 Centre sales list, DT39 was bought by Tilley's Coaches in Bude, Cornwall, and worked private hires for six months until early 2003.  Emsworth & District then operated DT39 until its last day in service on route 27 Southbourne – Rowlands Castle during December 2010.
 
Visitors to Tom's book launch during August 2010 will recall FM1 in a blue and white livery, just days after being transported from Invernesshire.  Work is well in hand on restoring FM1.

While OV2 of course is fully preserved in early "Roundabout" maroon and grey livery and resides with the London Transport Museum reserve collection at Acton. http://www.countrybus.org/midi/OV.htm

RH1 C501DYM was moved on the 22/04/2011 and now joins her "cousins" DT39 and FM1 for restoration




Photo's of Roundabout vehicles DT39/FM1/OV2/RH1



Photo's of FM1 & DT39 in preservation, DT39 at the Cobham Bus Rally 2011 held at Dunsfold, and OV2 visit's Knockholt during mid August 2010. 
RH1 joined the collection on 22/04/2011

Bromley Running Day - Recreating Roundabout 09.12.12

          Above: Photo's from the Bromley Running Day. RH1 & DT39 recreate some of the former Roundabout routes R1 R3 R4 R7 & R11

OV2 "Hurricaine Comes To Knockholt"

                                                      

"Hurricaine Comes To Knockholt"

It was only fair that the author of "Roundabout" sampled the "ole girl" before the the book launch later that afternoon.
       

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