The Main Project

This is a 1998 Dennis Dart SLF model that operated with Rossendale travel from the new until the day they scrapped it for an unknown reason. Somehow it was saved from the scrap yard and in 2013 ended up on an airfield as a shuttle so a new V5 was never applied for around 2020 it was seen on Facebook for sale and Mancbuses with help of the members bought the vehicle for £800 as the last ever SLF dart that exists from Rossendale Travel. Once bought the fun began convincing the DVLA that the vehicle was not scrapped and did exist. In 2022 the vehicle went for an MOT which it passed with flying colours for a vehicle of its age. Follow the story as it develops.

Serving the community

We love to help and serve different communities if able we are always happy to provide our services to others whether this is mechanical or a Free Bus Service


We create our video content to help educate others on the cost and bus preservation as a whole we would love to expand this into showing and explaining the history etc to schools and allowing youngsters to see and ask questions that they wouldn’t normally get to see.


We have a vast collection of tools. However, we are always on the lookout for more special tools if you have any that you wish to sell or donate to us please contact us and we will be very happy to consider them.

The Hard Truth

We aim to always show the true feelings and raw emotions of what we do. We also share the cost of things and try not to hide anything so you get a true feeling of going through the good and bad times with us also

Love & Care

Building a friendly and helpful community is the key to what we do and we will not stand for bullying that hurts or offends others within our little community and will take steps to prevent this.

Travel Activities

Running Free days out and services at shows and the community for example Christmas Day Running donates and gifts make this possible.

Plans for 2023 and our Goals

As the year draws to an end it is time to start to think about 2023 and where we want to go within the year with our end goal in sight. In the first few months, we aim to have the engine up and running again giving us a chance to use the vehicle and…

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The fuel Tank is Shot

Hi everyone, The day we bought the bus and saw the fuel tank we knew it was something that would need replacing at a later date, but we did expect to get a little more road time out of it than the 6 months we actually have. Although we have owned the bus for longer…

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The Fuel Pump

Well, where to start with this one? This problem originally started with what we thought was an injector issue and although we were not wrong in that diagnostic as it turned out one of the injectors was bone dry and all carboned up it was clear it had not been working correctly this seems to…

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Getting ready for shows

Hi everyone, As we get closer to the Newton-le-willows town show the rush has been on and we have not been able to do any posts on the progress to the bus. It has been a rather interesting time after months of it not running due to the injector job going a little south and…

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Well, the day came after around 8 years of not having an MOT. Mancbuses finally after many false starts got it to the MOT testing station. We use Martin’s MOT Test Center which is in Middlewich. We used these for the Volvo B10 about 3 years ago and the tester remembered us even though we…

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Preparing for MOT

An MOT is very important however as many forget it is only valid really to say your vehicle passes the minimum requirements to be on the road at that second it is on a ramp or over the pit. It still falls upon the owner to maintain it to that standard and then there is…

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Tyre Swap from 314 to 317

Hi Everyone. This week’s early access video is the first where people will start asking questions as 3350/D4 isn’t truly out there yet. The reason we are swapping tyres is there is a new Law out for tyres that are on the front axle, on a bus/coach the front axle tyres have to be 10years…

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White washing the roof – Dennis Dart

The repaint has begun with the roof in this video Callum and Kain sand the roof then followed by other Callum and Kain painting the roof. What more can I say about this…   We are sorry this Early access is late. Jordan is slightly behind with the video editing but on the other foot…

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How we are changing the normal


We try to support the community by providing free transport at community events where possible which are funded by our Members, Patreons, Volunteers, Directors and Donations.


We are providing where possible instructional videos and walking through the ways we are doing the different jobs. We are learning sometimes the same as you watching.

Our Volunteers

Our main Team