West Midlands Buses Preserved - 4
transport videos would
like to welcome you to this our fourth 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.
programme filmed during 2022 features two such events and majors on the blue
buses that operated in Birmingham. The
first one being their ‘August Bank Holiday’ event, an event that featured one
of the first appearances of the superbly restored Birmingham Corporation
Tramway & Omnibus Company’s 1931 AEC Regent with MCCW bodywork. Numbered 486 (OV 4486), this is an excellent
example of one of the first metal-framed double-deck bodies that is still in
existence. We take you on a ride on this
bus with cameras in both the cab and the lower saloon to obtain the best views
from the driver and passenger’s perspective.
We also capture some of the other vehicles in service and on display at
the museum that day. Our second visit
took place on the 2nd October 2022.
Titled as a Birmingham City Transport event featuring a ‘Football
Special’ (Happy Hour). This now familiar
feature of the Museum’s October programme sees at least ten buses operating a
frequently run shuttle along the Old Alcester Road between Becketts Island and
Maypole. A good variety of vehicle types
are seen, mostly Birmingham ‘Standards’, which were far from standard as
chassis types included Leyland, Guy and Daimler, each bus doing two or three
‘rounders’ reliving the days when Birmingham’s blue buses ruled the road in the
city. The buses carried the destinations
of the various football grounds in the Birmingham area recalling the days when
many buses ran on ‘Football Specials’ in the 1950s, 60s and 70s. During the day we travelled on four very
different buses. The first was 3796 (NOV
796G), a 1968 Daimler Fleetline CRG6LX with Park Royal bodywork followed by
2222 (JOJ 222) a 1950 Leyland Titan PD2 also with a body by Park Royal. The third ride, during the ‘Football
Specials’ runs was 3780 (KOX 780F), a 1968 Daimler Fleetline with a 76-seat
Park Royal body and finally 2462 (NOA 462X), a 1982 MCW Metrobus with a 73-seat
body in the livery of West Midlands PTE.
At the Museum a short demonstration was given showing the famous ‘Bundy’
clock, a feature of Birmingham streets for many years. On completing our filming at the Museum our
final shots are of Alexander-bodied ALX400 Dennis Trident 4321 (BX02 ASV), a
recent arrival at the Museum, operating the park & ride service ending a
perfect day to this superb Transport Museum.
|| 94 mins
|| Within UK - £16
|| Rest of world -
|| DVD -R
|| Picture Aspect 16:9