Sunday 15 September 2013

End Of Season Gala - Day One

Huddersfield 541 on a circuit of the museum yesterday 
With bad weather forecast for today, I decided to attend the East Anglia Transport Museum's End of Season Gala yesterday. (This morning started bright and sunny - have they got it all wrong again?!)

The main attraction was Huddersfield Trolleybus 541 CVH741, offering rides around the museum; as I was about to enter I was told she was now out of service!
Royal Blue Bristol RELH/ECW 2380 OTA640G in National White

Upon arrival, the first vehicle I saw was Royal Blue Bristol RELH6G 2380 OTA640G, complete with an Eastern Coachworks body.

She was delivered to Southern National as their 2380 in March 1969.

A second Bristol/ECW bus visiting was former Eastern National RELL6G FWC439H
Eastern National Bristol RELL 1516 FWC439H
She was taken into the fleet as No 1516 during December 1969

The saloon is currently owned a member of the Colne Estuary Preserved Buses Group based in north Essex

Another interesting attendee was AEC Reliance/ Harrington Grenadier HLP10C

New to Surrey Motors of Sutton in July 1965, she was displayed in her original owner's colours
Surrey Motors Harrington Granadier bodied AEC Reliance HLP10C

HLP10C is not a complete foreigner to the region as she also spent some time in service with Premier Travel of Cambridge

Ensignbus sent former London Transport RLH61 MXX261

Delivered in February 1966, she later spent some thirty years in Canada (mostly in
Ashton Under Lyne 87 YTE826 in a livery similar to Great Yarmouth Corporation!
Ontario) before returning home to the UK

Another former London bus attending was London Country RML 2419 JJD419D

Most of the museum's trolleybuses were out on display and I had to do a double take when I saw Ashton Under Lyne's 87 YTE826 in her cream and blue livery

Not too dissimilar to that of a former municipal operator further along the A12!

Speaking of Great Yarmouth Corporation, Leyland PD2 66 EX6566 and AEC Reliance 85 AEX85B were both in active service

As I was originally only planning to attend the gala on the Sunday, I was therefore fortuitous in being able to meet up with some old friends at the event too

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