OXFORD – Only one of Oxford’s English buses will be running this football season while the other gets what is essentially a heart transplant.
The city, looking to celebrate its English heritage, bought one of the red double-decker vehicles in 1994 and added a second one in 2005, but because they are several decades old and were made in Europe, parts have become virtually impossible to find.
“There are several of them that have converted to American engines,” said city shop director Bo Ragon. “Our best bet is to convert them over to American engines.”
Ragon estimated with their current workload it would take “at least six months” for him and his crew to complete the conversion.
Since the bus will be unavailable for ballgame shuttle duty, aldermen voted Tuesday to lease a trolley-style vehicle to take its place.
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