Wharfedale Group On The Buses 21st November 2021
Sunday 21st November 2021 saw Wharfedale Group “On The Buses” meeting up at the Keighley Bus & Transport Museum. When the invite went out there was a fairly low expectation of interest, however that proved to be completely wrong as 30 put their name down, including one or 2 “friends” with bus interests.
The Museum is run as a Trust and has been in its current location, one of the old foundry complexes since 2005. They have around 119 exhibits, some in a very sad state, but others in great road worthy condition. 30 or so exhibits are owned by the Trust, the others are privately owned, and road worthy, owners paying rent to the Trust for storage.
There was an eclectic mix of vehicles, from both single and double decker buses, Trolley Buses, ex Army trucks, a couple of old Police Cars and bikes on loan from the Bradford Police Museum, a Metro, and a Ford Consul and various other emergency vehicles including a Green Goddess Fire engine
John Roberts & Mike Sloans cars in and amongst the buses
Two Police Cars on loan from Bradford Police Museum, 1960 Ford Consul and an Austin Metro
Single decker 1954 Leyland. Red double decker 1966 Bristol. Blue double decker 1964 AEC Regent V. All 3 taxed and road legal.
Single decker 1948 Leyland, taxed and road legal.
AEC Routemaster on the right
1960 AEC Regent V taxed and road legal.
1951 AEC Regent, taxed and road legal
The Trust also has the oldest known Trolley Bus survivor from 1924, complete with solid rubber tyres, it is currently undergoing restoration.
They also have a Tram Stop Shelter dating from 1897 and was used at Ingrow Station on the KWVR until 1968.
There were 2 other vehicles hidden away in a dark corner, 2 cars from the 1950’s, believed to be Talbots, check out the below pictures.
After the Museum visit, we went for Sunday lunch at the Airedale Heifer on Bradford Road. Wow, what a great experience that was, fabulous food.
All in all a really great day.