8 June 2016: The Trust has received a donation in kind, from Stagecoach East Kent, in the form of a Volvo Olympian, N373LPN. This adds a more modern East Kent bus to the Trust, but continues to strengthen the East Kent local transport history. N373LPN will be restored in original Stagecoach livery. The Trust thanks Stagecoach South East for this donation and their continued support to the Trust.
5 June 2016: The Trust has replaced its former Exhibition vehicle (Leyland National - HOR416L) to increase the range of artefacts available for public display. The new vehicle is ex-Stagecoach East Kent Volvo Olympian, R139EVX. Work on the vehicle will include new paintwork, Trust advertising and interior fittings in preparation as the Trust Museum. This also meets one of the Trust committments in line with the Heritage Lottery Fund.
13 May 2016: The Trust adds another vehicle to its collection with the recent acquisition of Panormama Elite 6542FN - currently registered LAH534A. The coach had been stored on a farm in Lincolnshire and the Trust was approached to seek potential buyers. To ensure the coaches future, the Trust secured the purchase. The coach arrived in Folkestone today.
Much of the earlier coach stripped for spares will now be used to rebuild 6542FN, other than the parts designated for the Trusts other vehicles, as previously reported. The main area, to be restored, will be to remove the roller shutter and ramp from an earlier conversion. A full set of seats will also be sourced.
The coach will be inluded into the overall Trust preservation programme. As always, the Trust offers its thanks to the former owner of the coach for entrusting its preservation to the Trust... the ONLY East Kent Bus & Coach Preservation Group saving former East Kent vehicles for future generations to enjoy.
3 February 2016: East Kent Nostalgic Bus and Coach Trust is delighted to announce that it has been awarded a £50,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for our 3 year project: East Kent Bus and Coach Museum. The project includes one dedicated mobile museum / exhibition vehicle, which will showcase the history of the East Kent Road Car Company and promoting the Trust. A section will be opened on this website explaining the project further, including how you can play your part in protecting this local transport history.
31 January 2016: The Trust recently acquired a (non-East Kent) AEC Reliance Plaxton coach, destined for the scrapyard, to rebuild many of the Trust vehicles. In the main, the coach will rebuild AEC Reliance KFN239; and remaining spares for DJG619C. The coach has had all windows, driver's panels, and body work removed and stored.