Skjoldenæsholm Tram Museum

14. February 2010

KS 329 - the Comet bus, is now in the paint shop


The museum’s Leyland Comet from 1949 has "stood still" for a couple of years. The bus originally ran for the Copenhagen Tramway Company, and became a museum bus as early as 1961, when it joined the company’s museum vehicle collection. It was exhibited in the HT museum when this opened in 1984. The bus was transferred from the HT museum to the Danish Tramway Museum at Skjoldenæsholm in 2003, when this beautiful Leyland COMET bus was in ready to run condition with its historically correct licence plates.




There have been no major renovations to the bus since it was taken out of daily passenger operations almost 50 years ago. A large and clumsy route sign box which was mounted on top of the existing box in the front was removed shortly after it became a museum bus.


In 2007 the rubber strips, etc., around the windows of the bus were beginning to corrode, and replacements were urgently required. Once all the window seals had been removed, it was decided to paint the bus, as it had become somewhat faded. There was also some minor bodywork damage, which had to be repaired to ensure that the bus would be presentable on outings and exhibitions.

Unfortunately it turned out that several side panels had rusted from the inside, and repairing these would be such a major task that the museum's volunteer staff would not be able to manage it without neglecting maintenance tasks on other buses, so it was sent to external panel beaters.

The museum has a good partnership with Asnæs Karrosserifabrik A/S which is also working on KS 815 - the second "Miss Dusseldorf" articulated tram brought back from Alexandria in 2001. Asnæs Karrosserifabrik undertook the task of replacing the side panels and remedying the minor bodywork damage to the Comet bus.

On a cold January day, when the temperature was around minus 10 C, the bus was driven from Asnæs to Holbæk. It was a cold trip for the driver and his helper, as all the windows except the windshield had been removed. There was not much dust left inside the vehicle afterwards, although its maximum speed is 40 km/h.

The Tramway Museum has enjoyed a good working relationship for years with Regionstog in Holbæk. The company carries out high quality paintwork, so it was natural to send the KS 329 Comet bus here for a total repainting.

Here the bus will be given the original yellow colour which the Copenhagen Tramway Company also used in the 1930s for its beautiful new bogie trams (designed by architect Ib Lunding). The roof, screens and bottom edge of the bus will be given the same greyish trimming as the bogie trams. All of the colours are being specially blended by the museum's paint supplier, Baden Jensen A/S in Ballerup on the basis of the original paints, which the Tramway Museum fortunately possesses.

When Regionstog in Holbæk have finished painting the bus it will be driven back to Skjoldenæsholm, where the windows will be installed in new, custom-made rubber seals produced by Sindby A/S in Vejle.