West Midlands Buses Preserved - 3
We would like to
welcome you to this our third programme featuring preserved buses that served
the large West Midlands conurbation. The
excellent Transport Museum at Wythall, near Birmingham in the West Midlands is home
to a large collection of buses and coaches.
Throughout the year they put on some excellent events, usually with a
theme using their own and other preserved buses invited to participate. This DVD programme filmed during 2021
features three such events. The first
one being their ‘Spring Bank Holiday’ event.
This event features some buses and coaches from other parts of the
county such as a Royal Blue coach and a former Southdown Leyland Titan TD3 –
970 (AUF 670) on which our cameras take a ride to Old Alcester Road at Maypole,
Birmingham. Much of the day’s action
featuring preserved buses running in service is filmed here. Other rides are taken on former Birmingham
Corporation 2548 (JOJ 548), a 1950 Guy Arab IV on a round trip to Maypole from
The second event featured on
this programme is the ‘West Midlands Municipal Monday’ event. This event showcased former municipal buses
and majored on buses from the Coventry Corporation fleet, amongst others. We
take a ride on former Coventry Corporation 334 (334 CRW), a 1962 Daimler CVG6
double-decker to the current National Express West Midlands (NXWM) Yardley Wood
bus garage. We travel in the presence of
other preserved former Coventry buses for a photo shoot at the entrance to the
bus garage and return to the Museum on 334.
Our cameras then board former Coventry 94 (GKV 94), a Daimler CVA6 from
1950 for a ride to Maypole and return on a former Trent Leyland Titan PD2
dating from 1955 to the Museum. Look out
for NXWM 4601 (BX54 DDJ), an Alexander ALX400 painted by NXWM in the former Walsall
Corporation livery. Unfortunately since
our filming this bus has been destroyed by fire.
The third event is really quite something - the
‘Midland Red Running Day’. We travel on
no fewer than seven former Midland Red buses and coaches! We begin our day at the Museum and take a
ride on a BMMO S22 single-decker bus, 5901 (MHA901F) to Maypole and then join a
BMMO C5 ‘Motorway Coach’, 4780 (780 GHA), which has been restored to a very
high standard, travelling to Becketts Island on Alcester Road in Wythall. Here we witness a breakdown of 5901 and see
it’s recovery by a preserved former Leyland Titan double-decker, that was
converted to a breakdown tender, 2225 (SBF 233). Other types of vehicles ridden on include a
Daimler Fleetline, Leyland Titan PD2, Leyland National and a Leyland
Olympian. A non-Midland Red bus ride is
on Trent Leyland PD2 1256 (FRC 956).
There is plenty of roadside filming for you to enjoy as the area is
transformed back to the Midland Red era.
We conclude this programme with a look at Britain’s first low-floor
double-decker, 4001 (R1 NEC), new to Travel West Midlands. This DAF DB250LF with Optare Spectra H72F
bodywork was built in 1997 and is seen operating the park & ride service to
and from the Museum.
|| 87 mins
|| Within UK - £16
|| Rest of world -
|| DVD -R
|| Picture Aspect 16:9