Classic Buses in Cumbria
In 2011 where in the United Kingdom can you find Leyland
Tigers, AEC Regals and Regents, Leyland Titans, Daimler Fleetlines, Bristol Lodekkas, Guy Arabs, both
single and double deck, Routemasters and even more superbly restored buses
and coaches – operating in service? The
answer, The Kirkby Stephen Classic Vehicle Rally!
The independent transport
cameras paid a visit to the 13th such event over the Easter weekend in
2011. The weather was kind on both days. We start our
filming at the Rally site at Brough
early on Saturday morning to see the vehicles getting ready to work
the event. We then take a ride on
Cumbria Classic Coaches owned AEC Regal (JTB 749) for a run through the
beautiful countryside to Kirkby Stephen West railway station.
From here we film the buses in action running
along the A685 road as we make our way to the Kirkby Stephen East
we film the bus activity at this busy interchange. Our next ride is on
board ECW bodied Daimler Fleetline DD294A (TGM 214J)
in the livery of Eastern Scottish for the short ride into Kirkby
Stephen. There is an almost continuous stream of buses
and coaches passing through this pretty market town all captured on
you to enjoy.
We then ride back to Brough on
board former Crosville open top Bristol Lodekka
(627 HFM) that now belongs to Cumbria Classic Coaches. We alight at the Memorial Hall by the village
clock to record further action,
returning to the main rally site to see the buses there as well as the
‘Lake District’ Steam Passenger Bus! At
the end of the first day, our cameras took up prime position by the clock in Brough to
film the rally entrants passing by on the road run. As well as the buses and coaches, some
commercial vehicles have also been filmed.
Sunday dawned bright, sunny and cloudless. We start at the Brough
rally site to see the new arrivals for the day and then jump on board former
Lancashire United single deck Guy Arab (MTJ 84) for a run to the ‘West’
station. More action is filmed from the
station and along the A685 with some of the most picturesque backgrounds you
will find anywhere in the UK. We
continue to film in Kirkby Stephen where there is a carnival atmosphere, and
many buses passing by. We take a ride on
another Guy Arab, this time a Massey double decker (UFJ 292) in the
livery of Shaw Bros. To add variety we
return to Brough on L544 (JDC 544L), a Daimler Fleetline in
preservation in Teeside Municipal Transport livery.
Our filming concludes with the buses leaving past the clock and from the
rally site at Brough. What a fantastic
rally? If you were there you can relive
your memories, if not, just see what you have missed!!!
|| 118 minutes (approx).
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