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Classic Buses in Cumbria - 6


The independent transport videos cameras returned to Kirkby Stephen and Brough at Easter 2024 to record the excellent rally and running days. The event known as the “Cumbria Easter Rally” is now a regular fixture in the bus rally calendar.  The event was just as good as ever and coupled with some lovely spring weather, it was a joy to attend and bring you this DVD programme.  We filmed the event from early on Saturday, 30th and on Sunday 31st March.  As usual our cameras will take you around the area, filming at the best locations and also ride on a number of the classic buses and coaches attending the rally. This event brings the past to life as the buses and coaches run through the pretty towns of Kirkby Stephen and Brough. There are a good variety of vehicle types that include the Leyland Titan, Atlantean, Tiger, Leopard, Olympian and National.  From the AEC stable there is the AEC Regal, Regent, Routemaster and Reliance.  Bristol buses and coaches and an Albion Valiant are also represented, not to mention other types including Daimler, Optare, Volvo, MAN, Bedford and an MCW Metrobus - the list goes on!  Bus fleets featured include Barrow, Doncaster and Haslingden Corporations, Cleveland Transit, Crosville, CMS Cumberland, Ribble, Stagecoach, Hebble, United, Merseyside PTE, London Transport and Isle of Man Transport.  Scottish fleets are also represented with vehicles from Strathclyde’s Buses, Western and Midland Scottish, Clydeside, Kelvin, Lowland Omnibuses, Eastern Scottish, Kelvin Central and Highland.  Also featured are a good number of independents. Our filming locations in Brough included the main rally site, New Road and Main Street.  In Kirkby Stephen we filmed along North Road, Market Street, Victoria Square and outside both the West and East railway stations.  All of these locations are linked by rides on the different buses and coaches that we travelled on over the two days of the event.  During the time of our visit we travel on nine different buses and coaches for you to experience in this programme.
   
On Saturday there is a ride on 808 (APT 808W), a former United Bristol VRT with ECW bodywork to Market Street in Kirkby Stephen.  The next ride is on board 1979 (DEM 779Y), a Leyland Atlantean AN68D with Alexander bodywork from the former Merseybus fleet to Kirkby Stephen West railway station.  From here we travel to Kirkby Stephen East Station on board LA1204 (XUS 575S), another Leyland Atlantean with Alexander bodywork from the Strathclyde’s Buses fleet in their striking orange and black livery.  We travel back to Market Street, Kirkby Stephen on AD1543 (MSD 407), a 1959 Leyland Titan PD3 with a low-bridge Alexander body formally operated by Western SMT.  We then return to the rally site at Brough on 7020 (EKA 220Y), a former Merseyside Transport Leyland Tiger TRCTL coach with a Duple Dominant Express 49 coach seat body. 
   
Our Sunday rides start on ZS928L (JSF 928T), former Eastern Scottish Alexander bodied Seddon Pennine VII from Brough into Kirkby Stephen.  We then travel to the West station on 202 (M202 LHP), a Volvo B10M with an Alexander PS body in the ‘stripe’ Stagecoach (Midland Red) livery. From here we make a brief visit to the preserved railway at the East station, travelling there on board 400 (RMS 400W), an Alexander-bodied Leyland Leopard in the smart blue and cream Midland Bluebird livery.  Our final ride of the day is a brief trip around Kirkby Stephen on the superbly preserved Albion Valiant, 7 (HUP 236) with Associated Coachbuilders bodywork of 1949 smartly painted in Economic of Whitburn livery.  Final scenes are filmed at the rally site at Brough.

We hope you have enjoyed your trip around the superb Cumbrian countryside featuring these lovely classic buses and coaches.

 

     
 
 Filmed :  2024
   
 Duration :  96 mins
   
 Price :  Within UK - 16
   Rest of world - 18
   
 Format :  DVD -R
   Picture Aspect 16:9
   
 Order Ref :  D456

 

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