Preparing The Bus
Our bus was originally in service with the Brighton & Hove Bus Company but caught fire on the Old Steine in Brighton due to an electrical fault and was damaged beyond repair. We asked whether we could have it for our playground!
Mr Ruff helped out at the garage to get the bus ready to be transported.
Preparing The Playground
We had to dismantle and move the sandpit which was exactly where we wanted to put the bus.
The Delivery of the Bus
It took two vehicles to deliver the bus. A huge tow truck with lifting gear was required to get it here in the first place but also to lift one end of the bus to prevent it from grounding when going up slope at the car park entrance.
The second vehicle had a winch which was needed to pull the bus up the slope and then into place on the playground.
A Lot Of Work To Be Done!
It was clear that there was going to be a lot to do before we could use the bus!
Making It Weatherproof
The sired job was to cut out some of the destroyed engine compartment and box it in to make the bus weatherproof. In addition, this made the ground floor of the bus slightly bigger than it would have been when in service.
Cleaning The Bus & Parents' Work Saturday
Because of the fire, the bus absolutely stank! It needed jet washing and scrubbing multiple times before the smell of burning was removed. A group of parents (and some children) gave up their Saturday morning to help us do this. They also rubbed down the outside ready for painting, assembled the planer for outside and filled some of the remaining holes.
Mr Ruff and Mr Richbell decided which seats we wanted, how to arrange them and then fixed them in place.
Painting The Inside
The ceiling has been painted like a sky complete with clouds, seagulls and a jet plane.
Easter 2017 - Painting the outside of the bus
Many people have helped usage the bus ready and we want to say a HUGE THANK YOU to all of them. Here are some of the people who have helped us out:
The Brighton & Hove Bus Company who donated the bus and who have kept an interest in the project as it has progressed, They donated the paint and have found us odds and ends as we have asked for them, for instance some folding seats and a drivers' seat.
Mr Ruff & his brother Nathan, both of whom have worked countless evenings and Saturdays and without whom we would not have obtained the bus in the first place.
All of the parents and children who have given up Saturday mornings and occasional holiday days to help.
Albion Window Cleaning who washed down the entire bus before it was painted.
(Full list to be added!)