A VINTAGE bus has been transported across the country for much-needed maintenance work.

The Oxford Bus Museum, based in Long Hanborough, has sent its Dennis Loline II (304 KFC) to Selby in Yorkshire to have its front end straightened and for a complete repaint.

The vehicle is almost 60 years old and has not had a new lick of paint for more than 20 years, so the museum elected to transport the bus on the back of a truck.

Chris Butterfield, a museum trustee, said: “Although the Loline is in running order, 180 miles is a long way for a bus almost 60 years old and the trustees decided it was safer to send it on a low loader.”

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The Oxford Bus Company's purchase of five Dennis 'Loline' Mk II low height double deckers in 1961 marked a departure from previous vehicles.

From 1930 to the late 1960s, the company normally chose chassis built by the Associated Equipment Company (AEC).

The Dennis 'Loline' Mk IIs were still fitted with AEC engines, instead of the usual Gardner power units.

The Oxford Bus Museum tells the story of bus and coach travel around Oxfordshire over the last 130 years.

It is run entirely by volunteers and is just a short walk from Hanborough Railway Station.

Since 2004, the museum has been home to the Morris Motors Museum, which charts the story of how the classic British cars and commercial vehicles were produced at Cowley.

The museum's collection of vintage Morris vehicles exhibits those produced during William Morris's life.

It it is also home to a unique collection of 40 vintage bicycles.

For more information visit oxfordbusmuseum.org