On a slightly chilly Sunday 3rd of November, We’re off on another adventure as we go to visit our friends at North East Bus Preservation Trust to see some of their exciting projects and of course to catch up after a busy rally callendar. Leaving our usual Stockton Pickup point, with a relatively good crowd of members and friends as we travel north to the Wardley shed of the NEBPT in Gateshead.
We arrived at NEBPT by around 10.30am to be greeted by Chairman Peter Elliott and his daughter Caroline, we were given a short talk about the vehicles and the history before we were given the opportunity to explore another fantastic preservation group in the North East of England and see some of the ongoing projects that the team have at Wardley.
Vehicles from Economic, Sunderland Corporation, Northern and United yesteryears were just some of them in various stages of restoration within Wardley and this gave us a great insight into the work currently ongoing and the efforts to bring rare and historic vehicles back into use. After some light refreshments, which were kindly supplied by Peter, it was time to head home. We had a great time, we saw some fantastic vehicles and an enjoyable morning out to see NEBPT and the work they are undertaking on their vehicles.
A selection of photos from the day
Sunday 27th October seen a good crowd of Members and friends alike head to Keighley for the annual Bus Museum’s twilight running day. Piloted by Trustee John Atkin, we took M223SVN proudly sporting her Red Poppy for Remembrance Day. We arrived at Keighley around 10.30am and carefully unloaded the sales stand into the museum before we dispersed off and went to enjoy the day. M223SVN took part in the Shuttle runs organised by Keighley Bus Museum and there was certainly a good selection of vehicles on the run including an Alexander Royale Volvo Olympian, an ECW Leyland Olympian and a Leyland Fleetline. I (Website Editor) speak for myself in saying we all had a very enjoyable day but by 18:30pm after a cold day, we were all very grateful for a warm 223 and her heaters to take us home! See a selection of my photographs from the day, of course a trip to Keighley is no trip without a visit to the fantastic preserved Keighley and Worth Valley Railway.
On a rather cold and wet Sunday 20th October, Members and friends alike jumped aboard 223 (M223SVN) our preserved Volvo Olympian Northern Counties and made our way to Tyneside Heritage Vehicles at Felling in Gateshead. We arrived around 10.30am and arrived to see a number of familiar vehicles from previous visits. We were given a grand tour of the premises by Matt and Lee along with the opportunity to grab a coffee and a biscuit to warm up on what was a wet and miserable date! To say we were impressed would be an understatement, the facilities at Tyneside Heritage Vehicles is something we could only ever hope to have, with bus jacks/lifts, panel cutting equipment and electricity, it was very much an active bus museum right in the heart of the North East of England. We came across a fellow Teesside bus OEF74K which had recently been acquired by Tyneside Heritage Vehicles and was very much in as acquired condition. She was looking very solid for her age though a little play worn. She is under evaluation by Tyneside Heritage Vehicles as to the next steps for her. By around 1.30pm it was time to call it a day and we headed home with an insight into the operation, some photographs of the different preserved vehicles within the shed and of course an insight into their operation.