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Collecting fares on the mezzanine floor

Posted by Trevor
January 31, 2012 in Community

A transport charity has increased the storage space in its workshop by installing a new mezzanine floor.

The independent bus company, King Alfred Buses, served Winchester and the surrounding community from 1920 until 1973, running vehicles which were highly decorated with paintings of King Alfred of Wessex. The Friends of King Alfred Buses was founded in 1985, choosing its name to commemorate both the history and the bus company.

The charitable trust, which is run by a group of transport enthusiasts, boasts a very large collection of heritage vehicles. The aim of the trust is to restore and maintain former public transport vehicles to their original condition and show them at public events to keep the history of transport alive.

Each year on 1st January, an exhibition of old buses and coaches is organised by the Friends, which is joined by other enthusiasts showing their own vehicles. This event is called ‘The Running Day’ and old buses, restored to their former glory, take visitors on a tour of their journeys of the past.

Restoration of large public transport vehicles requires large premises and the Friends’ workshop was rapidly running out of space.

After consultation, and in keeping with many firms which need larger premises, the Friends decided that installing a mezzanine floor would be the most cost-efficient way of increasing the available space for storage of spare parts and equipment. To reduce the time required for installation, a pre-manufactured steel partition was fitted between the mezzanine floor and the roof.

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