FIRE DISASTER UNDERLINES NEED FOR SAFE STORAGE

The King Alfred Olympic in 2013.
TONY WILSON
Among the King Alfred vehicles operating on New Year’s Day was FoKAB’s first vehicle, 1959 Weymann-bodied Leyland Tiger Cub WCG 104, which has been in preservation since 1981 and was photographed on a rural part of route 7 to Sparsholt.
CHRIS DREW
The Hants & Dorset Leyland Titan PD1A in the shed at Penton Mewsey.
CHRIS DREW

The preservation movement has been rocked by a disastrous fire in Hampshire on December 8 that destroyed eight restored buses and coaches including the unique Friends of King Alfred Buses (FoKAB) Leyland Olympic and a rare surviving example of a Leyland Titan PD1A with Eastern Coach Works (ECW) body.

The overnight blaze swept through industrial units at a farm in Penton Mewsey, near Andover. FoKAB had occupied one of the units for many years, using it for parking and restoring some of its vehicles and those of its members and fellow preservationists. It is believed to have started in another unit but was well alight by 01:30 and soon spread across the complex.

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