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Ulsterbus RE Twilight

The days of the Bristol RE in the ULSTERBUS fleet are drawing to a close.  From a once 600+ strong fleet which includes their cousins with CITYBUS based in Belfast our cameras have followed the blue REs in their twilight days at the close of 2003.

This video programme takes the form of three parts:  The first records a day trip organised by the Irish Transport Trust on a tour to say farewell to the REs in the Newry area.  The day starts at Belfast Europa Bus Centre on preserved CITYBUS RE 2415 and we journey to Newry via Hillsborough and Banbridge.  At Newry bus depot we see ULSTERBUS REs 2589 and 2590 being prepared for the day. From there we head to Rathfriland for a brief visit before driving through the spectacularly scenic Spelga Pass to Spelga Dam. (Just listen to those sound effects!).  From the Dam we travel through Kilkeel and Warrenpoint to the Newry Bus Centre.
From here we are joined by RE 2454 as 2590 takes a well earned rest.

On board 2589 and 2454 we travel out to Newtownhamilton, Cullyhanna to Crossmaglen.  The journey back to Newry is taken through Forkhill where we find former Edinburgh and Ulsterbus 1013 (SWS 13) in a field!! From Newry depot we travel back to Belfast on board 2415.

The second part of the video charts  Ulsterbus RE 2190 (POI 2190) now in preservation in England.  It is filmed at the Alton bus rally in Hampshire.  We take a ride on her through the scenic Hampshire countryside, and then see her on a visit to the Warminster running day in Wiltshire.

The final part features four ULSTERBUS REs 2316, 2390, 2565 and 2594 as they are prepared in Londonderry for their journey to preservation in England.  We see them heading to Belfast docks and loading onto the ferry for their voyage across the Irish Sea to Birkenhead.  After landing at Birkenhead docks they head to Chester services on the motorway before each heading their separate ways to locations in England.

As on our previous ‘Northern Ireland RE Twilight’ video most of the filming on board features the vehicle following, or leading and getting the driver and passenger eye views.  There are plenty of roadside views which of course includes the unmistakable exhaust sounds captured in glorious stereo.  So join us in the twilight days of these superb machines

 Filmed :  2004
 Duration :  120 minutes (approx).
 Price :  Within UK - 16
   Rest of world - 18
 Format :  DVD - Digital
 Order Ref :  D041 - DVD format
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