AJN825 Preservation Group
Blackwater Preservation Group
Canvey Island Transport Museum
Basildon Bus Rally
Ipswich Transport Museum
Ipswich Bus Preservation Group
East Anglia Transport Museum
Eastern Transport Collection
Yeldham Transport Museum
National Bus Preservation Group for preserved NBC-era buses
Eastern Anglian Railway Museum
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Engineering solutions to the bus and coach industry throughout London, East Anglia and the southeast. Offer a variety of work from light body repairs, electrics and inspections through to engine rebuilds and axle changes.
BODYWORK & PAINTING Barnhawk (Cris Hawkins), Little Oakley Hall, Clacton Road, Little Oakley, Essex, CO12 5JL
Tel. 01255 880856 . Mob 07775 525919.

Cris also undertakes general servicing and can arrange to take vehicle for MOT (Ipswich).
Hand painting undertaken by Ken Robinson

BODYWORK & COACH BUILDING Stephen Balls, Elmstead Market, Colchester
Tel. 01206 826720.

Coachbuilder since August 1973 - vintage cars, buses etc.

FASTENERS & FIXINGS South Essex Fasteners Ltd, 13 Commerce Park, Whitehall Industrial Estate, Colchester, CO2 8HX
Tel. 1206 793497. Fax. 01206 793869.

Steel/stainless steel bolts, screws, nuts & washers (all threads available); sheet metal products, silicone and sealants, re-threading inserts & insert tools and all types of industrial fixings. There is also a Southend-on-Sea branch (see their website for details)

ENGINE, GEARBOX & RECONDITIONING RAND (E Rand & Sons Ltd), Chapel Lane, Gt. Blakenham, Ipswich, Suffolk IP6 0JY
Tel: +44 (0) 1473 832833 Fax: +44 (0) 1473 832834

Long-established engineering company specialising in engine, gearbox repair and reconditioning of modern and mature engine manufacturers including Gardner, Cummins, Volvo, Scania, Mercedes & Allison/ZF transmissions. They work alongside many small and large operators including Ipswich Transport Museum's heritage fleet. Their service engineers can attend site or work can be carried out at their modern fully equipped workshop near Ipswich.

UPHOLSTERY & TRIMMING Wayne Alderton, Universal Upholstery
Mob. 07858 350898 . Home. 01702 309544

Universal Upholstery is based in Southend-on-Sea. Wayne used to trim buses and coaches for First Group. For preserved buses, he can also work with the owner's salvaged moquette and can trim seat covers with piping and leatherette ends.

ELECTRICAL NI Auto Electrical (John Innocent) provides on site service.
Tel. 07973 743210.

TYRES Mobile Tyre Services (Mark Collyer) provides on site service
Tel 07850 169618.

Universal Tyres at 104 Hythe Hill, CO12NP
Tel 01206 791347

John Bull Tyres UK Ltd supply a variety of "John Bull" brand tyres for vintage bus and commercial vehicles (some may recall the name from the early fifties before it was withdrawn).
Tel: 0191 487 2551. Email:
John Bull Tyres UK Ltd, c/o Suite 2, 6 Kingsway North, Team Valley Trading Estate, Gateshead, NE11 0JH

BATTERIES Colchester Fuel Injection, Haven Road, Colchester, Essex, CO2 8HT.
Tel. 01206 862049

Also sell 15/40 Mineral Oil, Fuel System and Tacho Repairs

OIL Marks Tey Auto Spares, 93-93a London Road, Marks Tey, Essex, CO6 1EB
Tel No. 01206 211782

For all Comma Oils Heavy Duty Truck 20/50 Mineral Oil usually in stock.

HYDRAULICS Anglia Hose & Hydraulics, 263 London Road, Stanway, Colchester, CO3 8LT
Tel: 01206 212168

For repair or replacement of hydraulic parts. If it can't be repaired, they can advise on where to get it remanufactured.

RADIATORS Colchester Radiator Specialists, Grange Farm Road, Colchester, Essex, CO2 8JW.
Tel 01206 799559

For Radiator Repairs/ Rebuilds. Also do stamped Registration Plates.

GENERAL Serck Intertruck, Unit 6-8 Davey Close, Colchester, Essex CO1 2XL.
Tel No. 01206 864406

For Oil/Fuel Filters, Lubricants, Batteries, Brake Linings, Cooling System Repairs etc

VINYLS GK Auto Factors, 34 Newland Street, Witham, Essex, CM8 2AQ.
Tel 01376 500016

For Vinyl Signs Destinations, logos etc

FUEL PUMP/INJECTOR SERVICES Colchester Fuel Injection, Haven Road, Colchester, Essex, CO2 8HT.
Tel. 01206 862049

Lexden Diesels, Unit 3B Hawkins Road, Colchester, Essex , CO2 8JY.
Tel. 01206 799668

M&C Diesel Services, Unit 15 B&C, Lodge Lane Colchester, Essex, CO4 5NE
Tel. 01206 231808

Ensignbus Used bus dealer, largest local bus service operator in Thurrock, Essex and private hire company. Based in Purfleet, Essex.
Preserved Bus and Coach Insurance / Public Liability Insurance (Rallies)

Rigton Preserved Bus & Coach Insurance offer preserved Vehicle Insurance in exclusive partnership with Chaucer Insurance. Cover can include: storage only, social/rallies, free rides, wedding/prom use, private hire, stage services and training. Rigton are themselves enthusiasts who regularly attend bus rallies. Rigton advertise a special knowledge of insurance issues with double deckers. Rigton can also provide Public Liability Insurance for events. Tel: 01943 662345

Towergate Insurance specialise in classic car/classic vehicle insurance since 1969 and offer an insurance policy specifically for a classic vehicles including cars, commercial vehicles, tractors, military vehicles and American classic cars. Their classic car/vehicle insurance team are enthusiasts who understand that there is not a "one size fits all" solution. Towergate can also provide Public Liability Insurance for events.

Enthusiast Clubs

Essex Bus Enthusiast Group Caters for anyone interested in bus and coach operations in Essex and the out-county operations of Essex based firms. Monthly meetings/slideshows (open to non-members) in Wickford and Colchester and arranges local tours and visits (members only).

Online Groups

Essex Bus Photos Googlegroup Essex Bus News Yahoogroup