The following is our provisional rally program for the remainder of 2022. Unless otherwise stated, all trips depart from the front car park at Stagecoach’s Stockton Depot, in Hill Street East, just off the Church Road dip. There is usually more than enough on-street parking available for Sunday departures. Members and friends are welcome on all of these outings. Full details for each event will be posted nearer to the date and further events may be added. Each outing is subject to the usual provisos about (1) the listed event going ahead as planned, (2) vehicle availability, (3) sufficient members intending to travel, (4) developments with Covid (5) etc., etc.
Sunday 17th July – NEBPT/Beamish Living Museum – Beamish Bus Bonanza.
Sunday 24th July – South Yorkshire Transport Trust – Eastwood (Rotherham) Running Day
Sunday 31st July – NEBPT – Bishop Auckland : Buses Through The Ages
Sunday 14th August – NEBPT – Whitley Bay Classic Vehicle Display
Sunday 21st August – Aycliffe & District BPT – Vintage Bus Display at Locomotion (Shildon)
Bank Holiday Monday 29th August – NEBPT – Seaburn Classic Vehicle Rally
Sunday 6th November – Keighley Bus Museum Twilight Running Day
*** We are also considering outings to :-
- The second day of the Scottish Vintage Bus Museum’s Open Weekend at Lathalmond on Sunday 21st August
- Showbus 50 at the Hertfordshire County Showground on Sunday 25th September and
- The first day of the Glasgow Vintage Vehicle Trust’s Open Weekend at their Bridgeton Depot on Saturday 8th October. This would be a joint trip with the Aycliffe & District BPT and the United Enthusiast’s Club.
These three additional trips will involve hiring in a commercial coach so will only run if sufficient people express interest. If you are interested, could you please let Chris Hall, Mark Wilson or Bill Woodward know as soon as possible, please?
We also still intend an alternative date for the Annual Basher’s Day, sadly postponed last December
2022 Annual Teesside Running Day
Sadly, it is not proved practical to organise a 2022 Teesside Running Day in its traditional April slot nor at its Transporter Bridge base. We are looking for an alternative venue, perhaps for a reduced, September event. Updates, if any, will appear here.
Events Already Attended
Sunday 20th March – Manchester Museum of Transport’s Spring Spectacular. We travelled with Rob Hughes in his Strathtay Leopard, leaving Stockton Depot at 0700. With refreshment stops en route, a great time was had by all.
Sunday 17th April saw us return to the Cumbria Easter Rally at Kirkby Stephen for 106’s first rally outing since June 2019. 106 performed very well on the day, including two runs on the Brough to Kirkby Stephen shuttle service, although avoiding the demanding hill between Kirkby Stephen East and West stations! Untypically summery weather made for a very successful start to what we hope will be a full rally season in 2022.
Sunday 1st May – Workington Transport Heritage Trust – Leyland National 50th Anniversary event. We travelled in newly repaired Olympian 223, M223SVN, for only her third rally since her restoration in 2020! A long but very worthwhile day, departing from Stockton Depot at 0655, picking up at Feethams in Darlington en route and arriving at Whitehaven at 1010. Given the length of the journey, we had a comfort stop at the Rheged Discovery Centre, each way. One of the most unusual service areas anywhere!
Saturday 7th May – Our sales stall was at the MBF Show at Wawn Street Salvation Army Hall in South Shields.
Saturday 14th May – We took 99 to the Aycliffe & District BPT’s Darlington Running Day, involving the recreation of two former Darlington Corporation bus routes. We provided free rides on the 2B Salters Lane Circular (at 1200 and 1400) and on the 4 to Branksome at 1115, 1245 and 1445. Both services operated non-stop with start and finish in the open air Market, where the buses were on display between runs.
Sunday 15th May – NEBPT – MetroCentre Bus and Coach Show. We attended possibly the biggest preserved (and current) bus gathering in the Northeast and hopefully provided a surprise by turning up with three buses, 99, 106 and 223. Between that and our best day ever on the sales stall, a great day out.
Saturday 28th May – Northern National Restoration Group Depot Bash. A delightful day out to the NNRG’s Open Day at their depot in the Grade II listed, former Sunderland & District Electric Tramways Power Station in Philadelphia. It is a fascinating building in itself and lies next to the one-time SDO Depot. The NNRG’s resident vehicles were augmented by Graeme Scarlett’s and Rob Hughes’s Leopards and our own H106 and 223. Seven of the resident and visiting buses ran trips to the Herrington Country Park roundabout, next to Penshaw Monument (and further!). A lovely relaxed event was rounded off by a cavalcade followed by a photo session in the former SDO forecourt.
Sunday 5th June – HCVS – Tees Tyne Run with H106. A very enjoyable event, cruising through County Durham and over the Northern Spire Bridge in Sunderland to get from Stockton to South Shields. A great atmosphere with friendly waves from spectators and bystanders as the cavalcade passed.
Sunday 19th June – NEBPT – Durham (Howlands) Fathers Day Classic Vehicle Display – departing Stockton Depot at 0900. We took 99, H106 and 223 and all three operated two trips each on the revised shuttle service. Particularly nice to have David Hunter travelling with us again.
Sunday 26th June – Preston Park Vintage Fire Engine Rally – We departed from Stockton Depot at 0900, parked up at Preston Park and set up the sales stall, only to have the event cancelled due to safety concerns related to the strong winds forecast.