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Heritage Buses across the West Midlands - protecting our wonderful history!

Here we feature the buses of the past and why it's so important to protect them and promote the great work of those who help protect them for us all to enjoy. 

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21 Oct 2019 - Elliott Brown
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Southdown and Bath Bus Company buses at the Great Birmingham Run 2019

Walking up the Edgbaston Road to check out a bit of the Great Birmingham Run. Had to give up the idea of going into Cannon Hill Park, and the Cricket Ground was quiet. Anyway saw this pair of buses at the Pershore Road junction as runners went past up the Pershore Road.

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Southdown and Bath Bus Company buses at the Great Birmingham Run 2019





Walking up the Edgbaston Road to check out a bit of the Great Birmingham Run. Had to give up the idea of going into Cannon Hill Park, and the Cricket Ground was quiet. Anyway saw this pair of buses at the Pershore Road junction as runners went past up the Pershore Road.


I was expecting runners to be coming out of Cannon Hill Park and around Edgbaston Cricket Ground, but Great Run had to cancel that. So Edgbaston Road was a bit quiet while it was completely closed from the Willows Road / Russell Road end.

Saw this pair of open top buses at the Edgbaston Road / Pershore Road junction.

Bath Bus Company with the Alzheimer's Society.

Southdown with the Birmingham Children's Hospital Charity.

People were cheering on the runners from the top deck of each bus. I headed right next up Pershore Road and went as far as Calthorpe Park before I left the runners behind.

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Southdown bus from the Tyseley Locomotive Works to Tyseley Station

For the open day weekend at the Tyseley Locomotive Works on the last weekend of September 2019, Vintage Trains had hired this green Southdown bus. While passengers arriving at Tyseley Station could walk the distance, for some they could ride for free on this bus to the entrance, before seeing the old trains. I later saw it on Kings Road in Tyseley, instead of using the lay-by.

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Southdown bus from the Tyseley Locomotive Works to Tyseley Station





For the open day weekend at the Tyseley Locomotive Works on the last weekend of September 2019, Vintage Trains had hired this green Southdown bus. While passengers arriving at Tyseley Station could walk the distance, for some they could ride for free on this bus to the entrance, before seeing the old trains. I later saw it on Kings Road in Tyseley, instead of using the lay-by.


Tyseley Locomotive Works

Before I got to the Tyseley Locomotive Works, I saw the green Southdown bus arriving at the entrance on the Warwick Road in Tyseley. At the back was route no 75. Licence plate no: EAP 984V. The bus is a Bristol VR. I think they hired it from Southampton?

Saw it turn right and stop just before the entrance. When passengers get off, they can get their e-ticket scanned, or buy a ticket for the open day in the entrance tent.

During my 3rd open day visit at the Tyseley Locomotive Works, view of the Southdown bus from the car park.

Passengers get off the Southdown bus, ready to head into the tent to get their QR code on their e-tickets scanned (unless they printed it). Or buy a ticket on the "door". Volunteers ready to great them.

Having dropped the passengers off, the Southdown bus starts to reverse out onto the Warwick Road.

The ticket inspector from Southdown, helps gets the traffic to stop, to let the bus reverse out. Doors were still open. I think he must have gotten on board before they closed the doors.

After this I saw the bus head up the Warwick Road towards Acocks Green. I think it must have turned onto Stockfield Road, then onto Rushey Lane, before going down Wharfdale Road. When I got to Tyseley Station, I saw that man putting up signs telling potential passengers where the bus was. It was on Kings Road.

Tyseley Station

The bus seen waiting at Kings Road in Tyseley, to take the next load of visitors to the Tyseley Locomotive Works open day. At the front it has route no 31 and British Rail Hire. Also found it it is 684 Beatrice.

On closer look, is a pair of adverts for the Great Central Railway. Travel on heritage steam and diesel trains in Leicestershire. I've yet to go on this one.

The side view of the Southdown bus on Kings Road in Tyseley. Would have thought a better photo would have been if it parked next to the Edwardian Tyseley Station (which dates to 1906), rather than the walls here with graffiti.

Leaving Kings Road, before I walked around Blythswood Road towards Rushey Lane. Not something I would normally see around here, after getting photos at Tyseley Station from the Wharfdale Road Bridge.

One last look at the bus from Blythswood Road. The start of yet another walk towards Acocks Green Village down the Warwick Road from Tyseley. At the end of Blythswood Road is the Tyseley Corner Cafe and The Sunrise Cafe on Rushley Lane. Although I prefer to go to the Costa in Acocks Green Village.

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01 Oct 2019 - Elliott Brown
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Another NXWM bus in classic cream WM Travel livery

I saw the National Express West Midlands bus 4780 on the 94 bus route at the end of Moor Street Queensway near Jennens Road / James Watt Queensway earlier in September 2019. It was in the classic WM Travel livery of cream and navy blue. I've also seen it on the 65 on The Priory Queensway.

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Another NXWM bus in classic cream WM Travel livery





I saw the National Express West Midlands bus 4780 on the 94 bus route at the end of Moor Street Queensway near Jennens Road / James Watt Queensway earlier in September 2019. It was in the classic WM Travel livery of cream and navy blue. I've also seen it on the 65 on The Priory Queensway.


I missed the last Bus Bash that was held at the home of Moseley Rugby Club at Billesley Common, and saw this bus the following day on Monday 9th September 2019. Another one of National Express West Midlands buses transformed into one of the classic liveries of their predessors.

4780 on that day was on the 94 to Chelmsley Wood. With a Swansea University advert. In the classic cream and navy blue livery of WM Travel (or West Midlands Travel). Seen here in Masshouse on Moor Street Queensway

I've since seen it on the 65 on The Priory Queensway, but didn't take a new photo of it.

 

The next vintage bus post will be the green Southdown bus used for the Tyseley Locomotive Works open day weekend.

 

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West Bromwich Corporation heritage livery on an NXWM bus

I was heading up to St Chad's Tram Stop when I spotted another modern bus in old livery. National Express West Midlands route 12, ID no 4679 in the West Bromwich Corporation livery. Seen at St Chad's Circus and Colmore Circus. Did also see it at Colmore Row before it departed. In November 2018 I saw a green Wolverhampton bus and blue Walsall in Yardley Wood when the open day was on

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West Bromwich Corporation heritage livery on an NXWM bus





I was heading up to St Chad's Tram Stop when I spotted another modern bus in old livery. National Express West Midlands route 12, ID no 4679 in the West Bromwich Corporation livery. Seen at St Chad's Circus and Colmore Circus. Did also see it at Colmore Row before it departed. In November 2018 I saw a green Wolverhampton bus and blue Walsall in Yardley Wood when the open day was on


I'm already used to the National Express West Midlands bus in heritage livery on the buses services from Acocks Green Garage, so was suprised to see this bus heading past, as I headed up to St Chad's Tram Stop.

4679 on the no 12 bus route heading towards it's terminus on Colmore Row. The no 9 from Stourbridge, 6921 was in front in the Platinum lime green livery.

The no 12 waiting at the lights at St Chad's Circus, it was in West Bromwich Corporation vintage livery.

After walking up from St Chad's Tram Stop past 3, 2 and 1 Snowhill, saw it again at Colmore Circus. Just before the pair of blue trams went past here.

The bus ended it's journey on Colmore Row, but by the time I crossed the road, it had pulled out, so wasn't able to get a fourth photo of it.

 

That bus reminded me of the two special livery buses used at last November 2018's Yardley Wood Bus Garage open day. The green bus from Wolverhampton was taking passengers around the suburbs. Seen here in the rain at the Warstock Road island.

With Wolverhampton Garage on the front it's ID was 4535, and was probably heading to Yardley Wood Bus Garage.

It was a wet day as I started my walk from Yardley Wood to the Maypole.

Later saw it again from the Maypole on Alcester Road South, it had probably headed around the suburbs such as Billesley before getting to the Maypole before returning to Yardley Wood. A no 50 bus on the left (those buses are now with the no 11 bus routes since the 50 got upgraded to Platinum).

I was thinking that the West Bromwich Corporation heritage livery bus I was was Walsall Corporation (or at least I thought what it said). The actual heritage livery Walsall Corporation bus I saw last year during the November 2018 Yardley Wood Bus Garage open day was in blue with ID 4601, with the destination of Sutton Coldfield.

Seen from the back with other buses.

As well as the buses there was tables with items to buy, and bagpipes playing. This bus was advertising Aston University.

 

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Central Buses Wedding Special - former London Transport red bus around Birmingham

I was on the no 50 bus in Kings Heath when I unexpectedly saw a red London bus, the Wedding Special bus heading in the Maypole direction. Camera wasn't out so no new photo of it (was unexpected). So here is some old photos of what I assume is the same bus in Birmingham City Centre in 2015 and 2016.

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Central Buses Wedding Special - former London Transport red bus around Birmingham





I was on the no 50 bus in Kings Heath when I unexpectedly saw a red London bus, the Wedding Special bus heading in the Maypole direction. Camera wasn't out so no new photo of it (was unexpected). So here is some old photos of what I assume is the same bus in Birmingham City Centre in 2015 and 2016.


Dudley Street, May 2015

The first time I spotted this bus was on Dudley Street in Birmingham, at the time Birmingham New Street Station wasn't quite finished (well not on the Station Street side). Licence plate no: JJD 411D. "Congratulations from Central Buses: Wedding Special".

Side view of this ex London Transport Routemaster, called Trudy, as seen on Dudley Street.

You're more likely now to see rail replacement coaches parked down here, than this vintage bus 4 years ago.

Back view of the ex red London bus.

Newhall Street / Great Charles Street Queensway, September 2016

The next time I spotted it, the bus was crossing over Newhall Street from the Jewellery Quarter, over Great Charles Street Queensway, to the other side of Newhall Street in the Colmore Business District.

Holliday Street, November 2016

My last photo to date of this bus was a view on Holliday Street in front of the Register Office. The view from the Holliday Street Aqueduct on the Worcester & Birmingham Canal.

More recently, I saw it (assuming it was this bus) heading down the Alcester Road South in Kings Heath. I was on a no 50 bus, sitting on the right on the top deck. I wasn't expecting it, and no time to pull my camera out. So the above archival photos from 2015 and 2016 will have to do for now. The last vintage London Routemaster I got photos of was a a picnic bus at the East Anglian Railway Museum in Essex.

 

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Yardley Wood Bus Garage open days in 2013 and 2018

I've been to two open days at Yardley Wood Bus Garage. The first back in October 2013 for the 75th anniversary of the bus garage. More recently the last open day was during November 2018 when it was the bus garages 80th birthday. In 2013 you could get a vintage bus ride from Acocks Green Bus Garage and back to Yardley Wood. In 2018 you could get a ride around the nearby suburbs.

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Yardley Wood Bus Garage open days in 2013 and 2018





I've been to two open days at Yardley Wood Bus Garage. The first back in October 2013 for the 75th anniversary of the bus garage. More recently the last open day was during November 2018 when it was the bus garages 80th birthday. In 2013 you could get a vintage bus ride from Acocks Green Bus Garage and back to Yardley Wood. In 2018 you could get a ride around the nearby suburbs.


The other bus garage near to where I am is in Yardley Wood (Acocks Green is closer). It is on the Yardley Wood Road, close to the Stratford-on-Avon Canal. Bus routes such as the 2, 3 and 18 stop nearby to here.

Birmingham City Transport opened the garage here on 9th November 1938. It is now operated by National Express West Midlands. They are home to the world famous number 50 bus route.

For my post at Acocks Green follow this link A selection of vintage buses at the Acocks Green Bus Garage Open Day, October 2013.

For the vintage bus ride I took from Acocks Green to Yardley Wood bus garages please follow this link Timesaver 900 - vintage bus ride from Acocks Green to Yardley Wood Bus Garages, October 2013.

Yardley Wood Bus Garage Open Day: October 2013

That year I got to the bus garage by catching a vintage bus from Acocks Green Bus Garage (link to post above). On this occasion the bus garage was celebrating it's 75th birthday (was easier that year to hold two bus garage open days on one day).

900 - Private - West Midlands Travel - Timesaver - D912 NDA

18B - Cotteridge - Birmingham City Transport - MOF 9

18 - Garage - WM Travel - JOV 613P

16 - Hamstead Green Lane via Hockley - WM Travel - DOC 26V
 402 - Bloomfield Central Avenue via West Bromwich - WM Travel - WDA 956T

383 - Hitchin - Willian Walsworth - London Transport - RF627

Yardley Wood Bus Garage Open Day - November 2018

For this open day I caught a regular NXWM bus towards the bus garage. On this occasion it was the 80th birthday of the bus garage. I wasn't able to go to the last Acocks Green bus garage open day which I think was held in June 2018.

JOJ 222 - 2222 - Leyland - Birmingham - Bearwood via Dudley Road - B82

I rode this bus during September 2018: Vintage bus ride from Snow Hill Queensway to the Birmingham Museums Collection Centre, September 2018.

Also see this post: Wythall Transport Museum heritage buses between Hollywood and The Alexandra Theatre.

Globetrotter - RS-Recovery - 300 movie livery.

(These both later left the garage, the bus taking passengers on a tour - I saw it on the Alcester Road South and the recovery vehicle probably to rescue a broken down bus somewhere).

WM Travel - 74 to Wednesbury via Wednesbury - NOC 600R - 6600

Travel West Midlands - 45 to Kings Norton via Pershore Road - 2811 - B811 AOP

National Express Health Buzz - Faye - C8 NEX

Pippa The Ten-Ton Bus of Fun - Special XX - Yellow Buses - MFX 169W

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Former Travel West Midlands Metrobus back on the 11C with Roberts

From time to time there are rival bus companies that operate on the 11 Outer Circle (11A / 11C). This former Travel West Midlands bus withdrawn back in 2010 I think, is now with Roberts. B789 AOC. With TWM used to have the ID 2789. Seen on School Road in Hall Green. By chance advertising my current Smartphone!

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Vintage London bus in Broadway, Worcestershire from the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway

Heading under the railway bridge into Broadway, within the Cotswolds in Worcestershire (not far from the Gloucestershire border), I saw this classic red London Routemaster bus heading from Broadway Station of the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway into the centre of Broadway. Later coming back saw a steam train called King Edward II.

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Vintage London bus in Broadway, Worcestershire from the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway





Heading under the railway bridge into Broadway, within the Cotswolds in Worcestershire (not far from the Gloucestershire border), I saw this classic red London Routemaster bus heading from Broadway Station of the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway into the centre of Broadway. Later coming back saw a steam train called King Edward II.


Broadway is a large village in the Cotswolds within Worcestershire. The picturesque village is popular with tourists from all over the world for it's beauty. Nearby is the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway which was extended to Broadway Station in 2018.

Sunday is the perfect day to get out of the City and to explore the local countryside villages and stately homes. Even the steam railways.

On Sunday 21st July 2019, on the way to Snowshill Manor in the nearby village of Snowshill in Gloucestershire, I saw this vintage red London Routemaster bus heading from the station, up Station Road and then the High Street in Broadway.

Routemaster RML2478 - JJD 478D - a long way to Trafalgar Square on the 6 if you are in Broadway! Already the village is looking picturesque.

Turning onto Church Street in Broadway towards Snowshill Manor, while the bus continues towards the war memorial along the High Street in Broadway.

Later coming back from Snowshill Manor, now heading back up Station Road in Broadway towards the Low Bridge. Broadway Station is to the right of here. You can get steam trains towards Cheltenham Racecourse. I've never been on this heritage railway line. Wasn't aware of it before heading through Broadway.

This modern single decker bus from Marchants was on route 606 from Stratford-upon-Avon towards Broadway. Seen behind on the railway bridge was the steam locomotive 6023 King Edward II.

6023 King Edward II. Great Western Railway (GWR) 6000 Class 6023 King Edward II is a preserved steam locomotive. I don't think it is part of GWSR's collection of Steam Locomotives so it was probably a visitor. Was nice to see before leaving Broadway though.

The roads from Broadway back to Birmingham takes you up the A44 towards Evesham, nearby where the Battle of Evesham 1265 was fought (and Simon de Montfort was killed). A bridge is named after him. Near the A46 is the Evesham Country Park with the Evesham Vale Light Railway (which I saw back in August 2014 - a possible future post). North of Evesham along the A46 towards Alcester. Then through Coughton and Studley on the A435 towards the Maypole in Birmingham.

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Birmingham Bus Bash, September 2017

The Birmingham Bus Bash was held on the 10th September 2017 on the fairground at Cannon Hill Park. Various old and new buses to see from National Express West Midlands and Wythall Transport Museum. Many vintage Birmingham City Transport buses was there at the time. 

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Birmingham Bus Bash, September 2017





The Birmingham Bus Bash was held on the 10th September 2017 on the fairground at Cannon Hill Park. Various old and new buses to see from National Express West Midlands and Wythall Transport Museum. Many vintage Birmingham City Transport buses was there at the time. 


Organised by National Express West Midlands, the last Bus Bash was held on Sunday 10th September 2017 (I'm not aware of one being held in 2018, or if they will do one for 2019). It was held on the fairground (to the far end of the park and near the footpaths that run alongside the River Rea route). A collection of buses from the Wythall Transport Museum, some in private hands and of course National Express West Midlands.

Four old Metrobuses at least one of these was part of the Wythall Transport Museum collection (three in private ownership).

NOA 462X - 2502 / 2462 | 159 to Coventry | West Midlands Travel / Birmingham City Transport

WDA 835T - 6835 | 52 to Beeches Estate | West Midlands Travel / Birmingham City Transport

D912 NDA - 2912 | 900 Timesaver | West Midlands Travel

F53 XOF - 3053 | 900 to Birmingham - Airport Link | West Midlands Travel

Same four buses as above, but from a different view. All former West Midlands Travel buses.

Now some vintage Birmingham City Transport buses now part of the Transport Museum Wythall collection.

2976 - JOJ 976 | 1 to Acocks Green via Moseley | West Midlands Travel / Birmingham City Transport

3009 - MOF 9 | 52 to Beeches Estate via Walsall Road | West Midlands Travel / Birmingham City Transport


1486 - GOE 486 | Outer Circle 11 | West Midlands Travel / Birmingham City Transport

Next up a pair of former WM Travel buses.

4613 - JOV 613P | 205 to Blackheath


4413 - NOB 413M | 79 to Wolverhampton

Not all buses from Birmingham! These examples from out of town.

Leyland Leopard | Bob on Tour | GSO 90V | Bluebird

Leicester City Transport | 18 to Braunstone | 301 | GJF 301N

Magic Bus | 15032 | 1AN to Chorlton | H132 GVM

Same buses, but from a different angle. Old Midlands buses were further to the left of this view. Better view of the Magic Bus and old Leicester bus from here.

An old National Express coach and an old Birmingham City Transport bus.

National Express Rapide 400 GT | MCW | MMN-400 G

Vintage Bus Service 48 | MOF 225 | 3225 | West Midlands Travel / Birmingham City Transport

A collection of modern National Express West Midlands buses you may see on the streets now, or ride yourself. Including this NXWM Platinum bus on the X2 - Solihull to Birmingham via the Coventry Road. 6832. Also visible here 6147 and 4738.

Not NXWM here but Diamond and Arriva.

Diamond - BK13 NZO - 30938 | Diamond 25

Arriva - Saphhire - YX64 YMA - 4407

Green and red NXWM buses. The green ones are electric hybrid. That pair I think are based in Wolverhampton and Dudley. The green buses in Birmingham have since been repainted red (such as on the 61 and 63 along the Bristol Road), but are still green and yellow inside.

Representing the different bus garages with these red NXWM buses. Acocks Green Garage, Perry Barr Garage, Walsall Garage etc. Plenty of people about at the time.

Differnet styles of double and single decker buses. Movie out in September 2017 was Kingsman: The Golden Circle, filmed right here in Birmingham! (the taxi night car chase opening scenes doubling as London).

Full album on my Flickr here Birmingham Bus Bash.

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4651 a National Express West Midlands bus in classic Birmingham City Transport colours

Recently I've kept seeing a National Express West Midlands bus in classic Birmingham City Transport livery colours. 4651 based at Acocks Green usually goes on the 1, 1A, 4 or 4A bus routes. I had a ride of this bus finally in late April 2019 from Carrs Lane, near M & S in Birmingham City Centre to Warwick Road in Acocks Green Village. I've also seen it in Solihull!

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4651 a National Express West Midlands bus in classic Birmingham City Transport colours





Recently I've kept seeing a National Express West Midlands bus in classic Birmingham City Transport livery colours. 4651 based at Acocks Green usually goes on the 1, 1A, 4 or 4A bus routes. I had a ride of this bus finally in late April 2019 from Carrs Lane, near M & S in Birmingham City Centre to Warwick Road in Acocks Green Village. I've also seen it in Solihull!


I first saw this National Express West Midlands bus 4651 in the classic Birmingham City Transport livery during March 2019. It was coming off the 1A bus route from the QE Hospital. I had gotten off the 4A bus and headed to the 11C bus stop on the Westley Road outside of Acocks Green Bowl. I quickly took this photo on my smartphone camera! I've been seeing it again ever since, usually as the 4 or 4A. Sometimes it's on the 1 or 1A bus routes as well. Based at Acocks Green Bus Garage.

I was able to get another photo of 4651 in Solihull. This is the roundabout between Prince's Way, Blossomfield Road, Streetsbrook Road, Lode Lane and Station Road. This was in the middle of April 2019. I think they may have done this livery to celebrate the end of Birmingham City Transport which ended 50 years ago in 1969 when it was taken over by the West Midlands Passenger Transport Executive.

Late April 2019, and I saw 4651 as the 4 at the bus stop on Carrs Lane in Birmingham City Centre, and I caught it towards Acocks Green Village. Didn't take a photo before getting on the bus, but took this from the other side of the Warwick Road, before it resumed it's journey to Solihull Town Centre! The bus stop is close to Wilko and a zebra crossing that I use when I get off the 4 or 4A (was the 37 until July 2018).

I went up to the top deck of 4651 when the bus was at Carrs Lane. I only get photos like this when the top deck is empty (would rather not take it if full of passengers behind me). Sat at the front. Just the standard NXWM interior. Although the seat coverings may have been changed. But they haven't made the interiors look like a classic BCT bus.

Sitting at the front of the bus while on Carrs Lane, above me was the number 4651. The bus windows were more or less dry on the journey to Acocks Green, apart from the odd rain drops, due to the strong winds and light rain outside the bus!

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Vintage buses seen around the West Midlands

I first started to spot vintage buses around Birmingham and the West Midlands around 2011, and have kept seeing them ever since. Including the buses going between Acocks Green and Yardley Wood bus garage during the October 2013 open days. Sometimes the bus just randomly goes past me when I was least expecting it!

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Vintage buses seen around the West Midlands





I first started to spot vintage buses around Birmingham and the West Midlands around 2011, and have kept seeing them ever since. Including the buses going between Acocks Green and Yardley Wood bus garage during the October 2013 open days. Sometimes the bus just randomly goes past me when I was least expecting it!


Starting with this bus on Edmund Street in Birmingham, I saw it during May 2011, and I think it's the first old bus that I took a photo of in Birmingham! Now owned by what was the Aston Manor Transport Museum (now based in Aldridge). This bus celebrated 100 years of public transport in Walsall. Reg no: JOV 714P, WMPTE 4714, Bristol VRT/SL2/6LX with Metro-Cammell H43/33F body. Dates from 1976.

During my first train trip to Bromsgrove in April 2013, on my walk back from Bromsgrove Town Centre to the old Bromsgrove Station, saw this bus at the lights on the A38. I was crossing over New Road. Reg no: XDH 516G, 116, Walsall Corporation, Daimler Fleetline. Built in 1968, was taken over by WMPTE in 1969.

Sarah's Diner spotted near Amber Way in Halesowen during January 2019. Reg no: TVP 875S, 6875, MCW bodied Leyland Fleetline, WM Travel. Formerly used on the 11 Outer Circle in Birmingham.

Now a look at the former Birmingham City Transport buses used during the October 2013 open days between Acocks Green and Yardley Wood bus garages.

There was at least 3 vintage buses that you could catch a free ride between both bus garages on Saturday 5th October 2013. One of them was this former Birmingham City Transport bus, 3225, MOF 225. Seen at the Summer Road bus stop close to Acocks Green Bus Garage in the Fox Hollies area of Birmingham.

I was going to catch a free bus ride from Acocks Green to Yardley Wood. I think the bus in front with 90 Pheasey Estate via Kingstanding on it, was getting full, so I got on the blue Timesaver bus behind. See this post for more of that Timesaver 900 - vintage bus ride from Acocks Green to Yardley Wood Bus Garages, October 2013.

A bit more close up to both buses on Summer Road, Acocks Green.

One last look before I got on the old Timesaver blue bus behind. This car was parked near the road, so the bus had to park awkwardly next to it, to pick up passengers heading to Yardley Wood Bus Garage.

Later after I had visited my first Yardley Wood Bus Garage open day, I left via School Road in Yardley Wood and saw 3225 heading past me! Still taking bus passengers between both garages.

Seen continuing on it's way towards Yardley Wood Bus Garage on School Road, Yardley Wood. Shortly after this, I would get a no 3 bus back towards Swanshurst Park.

Here 3225 had just arrived on Yardley Wood Road outside of Yardley Wood Bus Garage. I myself had got off the blue Timesaver bus behind (before I went into the bus garage for the first time). The bus was already full.

Sometimes 3225 goes past you unexpectedly like when I was walking up the Warwick Road in Acocks Green, around about the time when National Express West Midlands was going to renumber the 37 as the 4 and 4A, so seeing this old Birmingham City Transport bus going up here was not expected during July 2018!

Forgive the quality of this photo, as it was a mobile phone photo taken on James Watt Queensway during November 2017 (I have also cropped it). 3225, MOF 225 seen passing Aston University and the Law Courts. Another random unexpected sight of this particular heritage bus!

This bus is used every year at the St Patrick's Day Parade in Digbeth. 3225, MOF 225 (I think) seen at the 2015 parade. As the 50 from West Midlands Travel. One of National Express West Midlands green electric hybrid buses was behind (then on the 23 and 24, now on the 61 and 63, repainted red outside).

Saw 3225, MOF 225 again at the 2018 St Patrick's Day Parade in Digbeth. Seen passing the Bull Ring Tavern, from this Moor Street Car Park view, zoomed in. Heading round Digbeth onto St Martin's Lane (one of the shortest roads in the city centre) and then going round onto Moat Lane. This is the reverse of the way buses normally go around Digbeth to the Bullring!

Getting back to the October 2013 open day, another vintage bus was taking passengers between Acocks Green and Yardley Wood bus garages. While I didn't see it at either bus garage, I did see it on the School Road in Yardley Wood. 3472, BON 472C, as the 4 to Pool Farm and Cotteridge, Birmingham City Transport.

Here it would pass over a bridge near the Stratford-on-Avon Canal. I think this was the only single decker bus that they were using that day!

In November 2018, I saw this old Birmingham City Transport bus heading off Highfield Road and onto Fox Hollies Road in Hall Green. Seen here crossing over the Stratford Road. Reg no: JOJ 548, 2548, Birmingham City Transport, built in 1950. It was a few days before the Yardley Wood Bus Garage open day that would be held on Saturday 10th November 2018, and I was wondering if it was heading towards Acocks Green Bus Garage?

Seen on the Fox Hollies Road in Hall Green. It's route number was the 9 to Quinton.

One last look at this bus passing me on the Fox Hollies Road in Hall Green. Advert at the back: "Avoid the race for car park space Take a Bus to any place".

 

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Timesaver 900 - vintage bus ride from Acocks Green to Yardley Wood Bus Garages, October 2013

We continue our look back to the bus garage open days of October 2013 with this vintage bus ride from Acocks Green to Yardley Wood Bus Garages on Saturday 5th October 2013. Starting at Summer Lane in Acocks Green ending at Yardley Wood Road outside the other bus garage! Timesaver 900 in blue livery. I would supect that the bus used to be used on the Coventry Road (the modern X1 bus route).

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Timesaver 900 - vintage bus ride from Acocks Green to Yardley Wood Bus Garages, October 2013





We continue our look back to the bus garage open days of October 2013 with this vintage bus ride from Acocks Green to Yardley Wood Bus Garages on Saturday 5th October 2013. Starting at Summer Lane in Acocks Green ending at Yardley Wood Road outside the other bus garage! Timesaver 900 in blue livery. I would supect that the bus used to be used on the Coventry Road (the modern X1 bus route).


This West Midlands Travel blue bus was one of three buses that was used to transport passengers (for free) between Acocks Green and Yardley Wood Bus Garages on Saturday 5th October 2013. On the occasions of both bus garages then 75th birthday. Open days were being held at the same time at both garages, and these bus rides was a convenient way of getting between both open days!

West Midlands Travel Timesaver was used on the former 900 route between Coventry and Birmingham, via Meriden, The NEC & Birmingham Airport and then up the Coventry Road via Sheldon, South Yardley, Hay Mills and Small Heath. The bus identification number was 2957. Licence plate number: D957 NDA.

 

Starting at the bus stop on Summer Lane (not too far from Acocks Green Bus Garage). This bus stop is sometimes used by the no 1 bus route (NXWM keeps changing the route). It was used recently for the 1 and 1A, but is now not in use again (since they changed the route back).

I sat somewhere near the back of the bus on the bottom deck. This is the interior of an 1980s bus!

Some of the old WM Travel adverts on the wall near the ceiling of the bottom deck. This one showing a map of the West Midlands with the locations of the WM Travelshop's across the county!

This one "Get Around for Less". About the Travelcard and Clubcard. The dates on it 1993, make it as it was in the 1990s!

I remember seeing these ones on the buses in the 1990s! "Something interesting to read on the journey. Your bus ticket.". I'm not sure anyone actually bothered to read it by the way! Garage code, bus number, service number, time, date, ticket serial number, stage number, fare and class of ticket. "Know Your Ticket". By the time people had bus passes or smartcards or apps, I don't think you'd be spending time staring at your pass (apart from when the inspector comes on board of course).

It's rare now for buses to have adverts about "new" cars but in the late 1980s, they had this for for the Ford Escort Cabriolet! A convertible "ideal for the British summer".

About 15 minutes later we were in Yardley Wood! The bus standing outside of Yardley Wood Bus Garage on the Yardley Wood Road. Many passengers getting off to start their visit to the bus garage open day in Yardley Wood.

One of the older vintage buses was also parked outside of the garage. Both buses ready to take passengers back to Acocks Green. That bus (on the left) had the route number  90 and destination Pheasey Estate via Kingstanding. That was MOF 225 / 3225.

I later saw the Timesaver 900 bus heading over this canal bridge on School Road in Yardley Wood.

Another view of the bus on the School Road in Yardley Wood.

Bonus photos of the Timesaver bus at the Yardley Wood Bus Garage open day in November 2018, for the garages 80th birthday! This open day was held on Saturday 10th November 2018, was a bit of a wet day outside!

Timesaver seen from within Yardley Wood Bus Garage.

Seen from outside the garage, as I started my walk to see other heritage buses towards the Maypole!

They had cleared the route number and destination board at the front, but only had 2957 on the side where the route number would usually be!

Later saw the Timesaver bus from the no 50 bus on Alcester Road South! Doing the loop around Kings Heath, Maypole, Yardley Wood and Billesley!

 

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A selection of vintage buses at the Acocks Green Bus Garage Open Day, October 2013

I missed the last open day at Acocks Green Bus Garage for their 80th birthday in June 2018, but I did go to the previous open day, 5 years earlier in October 2013. A selection of some of the historic buses on show at the time. Was the 75th anniversary of the bus garage. They also had vintage bus rides to Yardley Wood bus garage (but will leave that to another post!)

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A selection of vintage buses at the Acocks Green Bus Garage Open Day, October 2013





I missed the last open day at Acocks Green Bus Garage for their 80th birthday in June 2018, but I did go to the previous open day, 5 years earlier in October 2013. A selection of some of the historic buses on show at the time. Was the 75th anniversary of the bus garage. They also had vintage bus rides to Yardley Wood bus garage (but will leave that to another post!)


Acocks Green Bus Garage - Open Day - Saturday 5th October 2013

The bus garage is home of the World Famous Outer Circle (the 11A and 11C bus routes). Also known now as National Express West Midlands Acocks Green. This open day was to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the opening of this bus garage on the Fox Hollies Road in Acocks Green. That day there was also an open day over at Yardley Wood Bus Garage, and you could catch a free ride on a selection of vintage buses between both bus garages.

This post will just look at some of the vintage buses that were inside of the bus garage that day!

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Towing - Sandy Lane Garage
105
722 DU
XVC 290

Coventry Corporation Transport

Dated to 1959.

Corley - City Pool Meadow
334
334 CRW

Coventry Corporation Transport

Dated to 1963.

Circular 28
FEA 156
156

West Bromwich Corporation

Dated to 1952.
Daimler CVG5
Metro-Cammell B38R

32 - Gospel Lane Loop via Lakey Lane
LOG 302
3002

Birmingham City Transport

Dated to 1954.

Daimler CLG5LW

MCCW H30/25R

79 - West Bromwich via Bilston
XON 41J
4041

WM Travel

Dated to 1971.
Daimler Fleetline

159 - Coventry via Airport N.E.C. and Meriden
NOA 462X
2462
WM Travel
MCW (Metrobus)

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Wythall Transport Museum heritage buses between Hollywood and The Alexandra Theatre

On Bank Holiday weekends, up and down the Alcester Road, between the Wythall Transport Museum and Birmingham, you may see the odd vintage bus going up and down, taking passengers on rides from the museum to various nearby locations. From Hollywood, south of the Maypole, then up Kings Heath, towards Bristol Street and last stop at The Alexandra Theatre on Suffolk Street Queensway!

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Wythall Transport Museum heritage buses between Hollywood and The Alexandra Theatre





On Bank Holiday weekends, up and down the Alcester Road, between the Wythall Transport Museum and Birmingham, you may see the odd vintage bus going up and down, taking passengers on rides from the museum to various nearby locations. From Hollywood, south of the Maypole, then up Kings Heath, towards Bristol Street and last stop at The Alexandra Theatre on Suffolk Street Queensway!


You may be suprised that there is an area near Birmingham, called Hollywood! Just south of the Maypole, down the Alcester Road South towards Wythall is Worcestershire's very own Hollywood! On the Easter Monday Bank Holiday in 2017 I had a walk from The Maypole towards Whitlocks End Station, when I spotted three heritage buses on special journeys from the Wythall Transport Museum!

You can find out when the next event is on at this link Event Days.

Metrobus on the 48 - 2462 - NOA 462X - returning to Wythall from the Maypole. Easter Monday 2017.

Sea Front Service on the 48 - Southern Vectis - 314 PFM - Carters - returning to Wythall from the Maypole. Easter Monday 2017.

Carisbrooke Castle on the 48 - 570 - Bristol Lodekka - Southern Vectis - YDL 315 - returning to Wythall from the Maypole. Easter Monday 2017.

The 48 - 322 - Midland General FRB 211 H Bristol Rear-Engined Double-Decker Bus -  FRB 211H - seen here heading to the Maypole. Late May Bank Holiday Weekend 2017. Not wanting to walk back to Whitlocks End again, I turned back to the Maypole (hoping to see another bus). The 750 to Birmingham I did see but missed getting a shot of it (see the photo at the end of this post from Suffolk Street Queensway).

Yardley Wood Bus Garage celebrated it's 80th birthday during November 2018, and they had bus rides around the local area. On other Bank Holidays I did try and go to Kings Heath, to see if I could spot one of the vintage buses but I kept missing them, or didn't have my camera ready. These photos below were taken from the top deck of the no 50 bus I was on to town. These buses are not part of the Wythall collection.

I have previously been on rides on this pair of vintage buses!

Timesaver - 2957 - WM Travel - MCW - D957 NDA - Seen November 2018

Previously rode on this bus during the pair of open days at Acocks Green and Yardley Wood bus garages in early October 2013, on the occasion of the bus garages 75th birthday.

JOJ 222 - 2222 - Leyland - Birmingham - Bearwood via Dudley Road - B82 - Seen November 2018

Saw this bus again only 2 months after I had ridden on it from Snow Hill Queensway to the Birmingham Museums Collection Centre!

If seeing the vintage Wythall buses on Bank Holiday's was hit and miss in the Maypole, Kings Heath or Moseley, the next option was to check them out in the city centre! I checked their timetables, so I had a fair idea approximately where they would be.

750 to Birmingham - GREEN LINE AEC RCL CUV 219C - CUV 219C - London Transport - AEC Routemaster - seen on the Easter Monday 2018 Bank Holiday. I had walked up to the Alexandra Theatre, but didn't see the expected bus, then walked down Bristol Street, before this one went past me!

Route 750 to Birmingham (Alexandra Theatre) - 1256 - FRC 956 - Trent FRC 956 Leyland PD2/12 with Leyland body - seen the late May Bank Holiday Monday 2017. I had previously tried to see this bus the day before in Kings Heath but I missed getting a decent shot of it (or I saw it being towed back to Wythall). So seeing it arriving at the Alexandra Theatre was my best chance of seeing it! At this point heading onto Suffolk Street Queensway from Holloway Circus and Bristol Street.

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Vintage bus ride from Snow Hill Queensway to the Birmingham Museums Collection Centre, September 2018

A look back to my vintage bus ride in September 2018 when an open day was again held at the Birmingham Museums Collections Centre on Dollman Street. Was a long wait on Snow Hill Queensway before the bus came! But was well worth the wait. 2222 aka JOJ 222.

 

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Vintage bus ride from Snow Hill Queensway to the Birmingham Museums Collection Centre, September 2018





A look back to my vintage bus ride in September 2018 when an open day was again held at the Birmingham Museums Collections Centre on Dollman Street. Was a long wait on Snow Hill Queensway before the bus came! But was well worth the wait. 2222 aka JOJ 222.

 


A long wait on the 16th September 2018 during Heritage Open Week in Birmingham. After a visit to Highbury Hall, next on the agenda was a return visit to the Birmingham Museums Collection Centre, on Dollman Street. I heard about the free vintage bus ride, so I wanted to go. A 50 minute wait at bus stop SQ3 outside of Lloyd House, but it was worth it!

Seen arriving on Snow Hill Queensway was former Birmingham City Transport bus 222. JOJ 222. Made by Leyland. To "Saltley". Passing Three Snowhill.

It was approaching bus stop SQ3. Worth the wind and rain to see it and ride it!

Birmingham City Transport with Birmingham's Forward coat of arms.

Top deck. The seats are a bit different to modern buses and the ceiling is much lower! I sat on the left.

The steps are at the back of the bus, not near the front. Similar to old London buses!

Reflection in Lloyd House, the West Midlands Police Headquarters.

I believe this section is now a little exhibition with the history of the West Midlands Police.

"Spitting strictly prohibited offenders will be prosecuted". One of the signs I saw on the top deck! What was their litter policy back in the day?

"Any passenger leaving this omnibus without paying the fare and with intent to avoid payment is liable to prosecution". To be fare / fair, it was a free bus ride, so no ticket, and I don't think my Swift Card would have been accepted!

If you wanted to stop the bus to get off, press this button. I would think that the light would come on?

Close up look at the button. The metal has rusted a bit. You have modern equivalents of these on modern buses!

2222 the buses ID. Modern buses have ID numbers like this too.

After leaving Snow Hill Queensway, the bus went via Colmore Circus Queensway, Steelhouse Lane, Corporation Street (near the Aston Expressway), Dartmouth Circus, Dartmouth Middleway, then up Vauxhall Road, Great Francis Street, Duddeston Mill Road and down Dollman Street.

Once the bus had parked near the Birmingham Museums Collections Centre, it was time to get off. On the way down the steps I saw theses signs. "Beware of approaching vehicles when leaving or passing behind this vehicle. Safety First".

Bus destinations used to be on rollable blinds like the one below (modern buses have digital ones). It was still like this until at least the 1990s! Bottom sign says "Passengers are requested not to alight except at authorised stopping places". These buses didn't have automatic doors, in fact they had no door at the back, but only a conductor to collect tickets!

View of the other side of JOJ 222 / 2222 from after I got off the bus, and before I went into the Birmingham Museums Collections Centre for my second time in over 6 years!

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