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From Caerphilly to Amsterdam in 43 years.......

Once this J2 was the pride of its owners Caerphilly Greys of Caerphilly.   After several years of sterling service it was sold on and came into the ownership of travellers who converted it into a mobile home to travel the world.  It owners was a man called Thompson who hailed from Southend in Essex.

After a few years travelling it arrived on the outskirts of Amsterdam at a sort of travellers paradise where squatting was the order of the day  and its owner abandoned it as he could no longer keep it running as there was a problem with the gearbox and engine.

There it stayed for the next four years until a lucky day before Christmas 2005  when Rik krielaart happened to see it....it was love at first sight, he had to have it,  but the owner had gone and it seemed to be claimed by the squatters group !

He agreed to do some work on the site and that work involved repairing the communal toilets,  after that the J2 should present no problems for a man of Riks ability and enthusiasm.

Rik wants to restore it to its original Caerphill Greys livery and external appearance and for that he requires a new drivers windscreen, complete wiper arms and various chromework etc.  The interior has been stripped and he plans to restore that to a non original finish.

He plans to restore the bus and then use it to take his band around the Nederlands and Europe.  Rik also pledges to return the bus to its true home in Caerphilly and hopefully meet up with one or two of the old drivers of Caerphilly Greys. We hope it will happen and wish Rik well.

If any one can help Rik with more history, original photos or parts then you can contact him via our contact address, all contacts passed on. 


Basic Data:

Type. J2

Registration. 226 VTG

Chassis no.  184344

Body Make & No.  Plaxton  633670 



Now where does that stained glass window fit ?



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