Post details: So close... so close, and yet so far...

08/17/07

Permalink 09:17:01 am, by Email , 592 words   English (CA)
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So close... so close, and yet so far...

...now, how many of you just started singing "My Eyes Adored You"?

Actually, how many people read the titles of my blog entries?

Hmmm...

An RLH and a Bristol K - Difficult to tell apart for some...

ANYWAY, there is reason to this madness.

Got an e-mail from a friend alerting me that a bus which looks very much like the one [we're] trying to purchase was spotted in an auto-shop in Toronto.

Now, I ain't gonna lie... I got legitimately excited.

The reason?

Well, there's always that "off chance" that someone, somewhere is going to surprise us and Voila! There it is one day...

I know, "pipe dream", but I still have it... heck, we all (here at the homestead) have it.

I fired off a rapid e-mail asking about it's colour to ensure it might be RLH 3...

The answer was no... it's red, not green.

The super-bus-geek in me was able to most likely tell him which bus it actually was...

On a hunch, it's KEL 724... a Hants and Dorset Bristol K bus... a "wide bodied" bus (8 feet instead of 7) which, I believe, was purchased by a Toronto tour group for their fleet... but perhaps they've given up on her... or the work is taking a LONG time...

KEL 724 in Toronto last Summer

There's a picture of her "in her prime" at the link and this link.

She's a beauty and we'd love to have her... and I even asked the friend if, in his travels he stops by the auto-shop, to ask if she's for sale...

...but sadly, she's not our dear RLH 3... and although they're both "low bridge" models, as regular readers know, RLH 3 is pretty near and dear to our heart...

STILL...

Would we say no to KEL 724?

No way! We'd STILL be trying for RLH 3... but we'd love to have another bus to play with try to fix and restore!

...and if the price is right... :)

Don't worry, THAT price would have to be so low that I could afford it myself... which would be very, Very, VERY low... but what is it I always say 'cuz me mum used to say it all the time?

Ask. The worst anyone can say is no.

Anyway, I admit to being a little "let down" that a benefactor hadn't been trying to ready a HUGE surprise for us... but it's not the first time... and probably won't be the last I think that we're so close... so close and yet find our we're still so far. :)

Gotta keep plugging away!

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Comments:

Comment from: ONIT [Visitor] Email · http://incoherent-ish.blogspot.com
M'kay, so cool about the bus!! Have you called? What'd you find out? How much??? :)

And second.. yes, I do read your titles.. but no, I didn't think about .. uhm.. eyes and ... something.. 'cause I'm not a huge Frankie Valley (er whutever) fan. I'm not even a little one. In 1975, I was.. 6. I really liked the Mr. Roger's Neighbourhood theme song..
PermalinkPermalink 08/17/07 @ 09:47
Comment from: Admin [Member] Email · http://www.doubledeckerbuses.org/
ONIT... We don't know the name of the yard yet... Matt C. is looking into it (gently and over time) so it'll be a while... AND ARE YOU CALLING US OLD!?! Geez, we're only TWO years older that you for goodness sake... although, as I like to point out often, SUE'S OLDER THAN ME! (...by just a TOUCH over five months... She's my cougar!)
PermalinkPermalink 08/17/07 @ 19:01
Comment from: ONIT [Visitor] Email · http://incoherent-ish.blogspot.com
~shocked look~ I would NEVER call Sue old. EVER. Although it is cute that she's your cougar. LOL

Two years can mean the world of difference in some cases. 'specially when I still act like a 6 yr old. LOL My husband is 6 years older than I am.. and you'd think it was a span of generations sometimes. ESPECIALLY when referring to music of HIS time vs music of MY time. :D
PermalinkPermalink 08/19/07 @ 14:11
Comment from: Admin [Member] Email · http://www.doubledeckerbuses.org/
ONIT... Also, two-years in old fashioned "dog years" would be FOURTEEN! That would be significant!
PermalinkPermalink 08/19/07 @ 15:32
Comment from: ONIT [Visitor] Email · http://incoherent-ish.blogspot.com
See? You ARE a tonne older than I am.. no wonder I'm thinkin' Mr. Rogers when you're thinkin' Franie whatisface. :D
PermalinkPermalink 08/20/07 @ 21:01
Comment from: ONIT [Visitor] Email · http://incoherent-ish.blogspot.com
Ermm.. FranKie.. Frankie Whatisface. :)
PermalinkPermalink 08/20/07 @ 21:05
Comment from: Admin [Member] Email · http://www.doubledeckerbuses.org/
ONIT... Hey you whipper-snapper! You be nice there or I'll whack you with my walker! I tell you, don't make me resort to fisticuffs! In my day, you could spend a whole day at the "ex" for a NICKLE and come back with change and a potato sack full of candy!
PermalinkPermalink 08/20/07 @ 21:12
Comment from: ONIT [Visitor] Email · http://incoherent-ish.blogspot.com
~snort~ "fisticuffs" "whipper-snapper"

What's next? I'm a hooligan up to my old shenanigans, huh? :D

I'll bet you walked there, too.. uphill.. both ways... for 20 miles. In sleet in the middle of summer. Just to get those Tiny Tom donuts. :D

(Hell, I would!)
PermalinkPermalink 08/20/07 @ 21:23
Comment from: Admin [Member] Email · http://www.doubledeckerbuses.org/
ONIT... Now you're just mocking me and getting my dander up! I tell you, when I was your age, I knew how to respect MY elders!
PermalinkPermalink 08/20/07 @ 21:30
Comment from: ONIT [Visitor] Email · http://incoherent-ish.blogspot.com
hey... Hey.. HEY..!! What you do with your dander is just nonamybidness. :D

And I DO respect my elders.. Well, not the ones that stop me on the bus.. 'cause they're just freaky.. but .. some of them.
PermalinkPermalink 08/20/07 @ 21:40
Comment from: Admin [Member] Email · http://www.doubledeckerbuses.org/
ONIT... HEY! I ride a bus now and want to own one! What're you sayin' about us older folks and buses!?!?!?!
PermalinkPermalink 08/20/07 @ 22:33
Comment from: ONIT [Visitor] Email · http://incoherent-ish.blogspot.com
Pfft... Not elders like.. YOU.. elders like.. Latter Day Saints. LOL They always stop me on the bus and wanna talk.
PermalinkPermalink 08/21/07 @ 10:56
Comment from: Admin [Member] Email · http://www.doubledeckerbuses.org/
ONIT... It's that demonic look of yours, isn't it?
PermalinkPermalink 08/21/07 @ 20:06
Comment from: ONIT [Visitor] Email · http://incoherent-ish.blogspot.com
NO.. You're the one with the demonic look. I'm all innocent n' junk. :)
PermalinkPermalink 08/21/07 @ 21:33

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