Bus fans flock to vintage show in city with ride down memory lane

Bus fans at the rally in Bradford city centre today with classic Bradford City Transport and Leeds City Transport vehicles in the background

Passengers climb aboard this bus in Bradford city centre

Bernard Dalby acts as a conductor on the platform of this Bradford City Transport bus

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Bus fans flocked to Bradford for rides down memory lane as 35 vintage buses filled the city’s squares and streets this afternoon.

Forty years ago, Bradford bus travellers bade farewell to the blue and cream beauties that had ferried them around the city and welcomed a new era of Verona Green.

On April 1, 1974 Metro, the West Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive, took over the merged municipal bus fleets of Bradford, Leeds City Transport, Huddersfield and Halifax and Calderdale.

Split into four districts, each got new paintworks with a new livery of Verona Green and Cream replacing the former Bradford colours.

And buses of every hue, lovingly maintained by the Keighley Museum Trust and other local transport heritage groups, drew big crowds in Centenary Square and at Jacob’s Well.

AEC Regents, Daimlers and Leyland Panthers gleamed in the occasional afternoon sun and free trips around the city in such classic vehicles were enjoyed by many visitors.

Transport fan Alan Compton, from Shipley, had brought his seven-year-old son Jack, who stood mesmerised by a big chugging diesel engine displayed under its open bonnet.

“I just love the solid engineering of these buses and the care that went into them. They were lovingly made and have been lovingly kept,” Mr Compton said.

The 42 to Greengates via Idle, the 34 Wibsey to Canal Road , the 72 to Bramley, Stanningley and Laisterdyke, all the old favourites were there.

And to show off the very latest in public transport, First West Yorkshire also gave guided tours of their Bowling Back Lane bus depot.

Truck mechanic and member of Keighley Bus Museum Trust Kiran Tolsan helped organise the logistics of bringing so many, sometimes temperamental, elderly vehicles all together.

“It’s been a team effort and it’s turned out to be really successful.

“There are lots of bus enthusiasts, but also plenty of members of the public.

“We’ve had great support from transport groups from as far as Derby and the West Midlands who’ve sent buses up,” Mr Tolsan said.

The 40th anniversary celebration was organised by all the main bus preservation organisations in West Yorkshire, led by Keighley Bus Museum Trust Ltd with help from the Aire Valley Transport Group, the West Riding Omnibus Museum Trust, and Transport Yorkshire Preservation Group.

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11:43pm Sun 6 Apr 14

CharleyVarrick says...

I wish I could have been there.. I would ended up with a tear or two in my eye... Would have brought back happy memories of happier days in Bradford.....
I wish I could have been there.. I would ended up with a tear or two in my eye... Would have brought back happy memories of happier days in Bradford..... CharleyVarrick
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12:31pm Mon 7 Apr 14

bradfordian says...

Wish this event had been more widely advertised.
Wish this event had been more widely advertised. bradfordian
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1:26pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Not so simple says...

Why aren't these events advertised


Would have been a lovely day out for those of us who enjoyed these marvels of transport
Why aren't these events advertised Would have been a lovely day out for those of us who enjoyed these marvels of transport Not so simple
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2:34pm Mon 7 Apr 14

bcfc1903 says...

That green painted bus in the middle pictured above looks terrible, who on earth would have it's buses painted in that livery, awful. Always liked the old Bradford Council transport livery, which I saw on a tram parked at the Industrial Museum in Eccleshill, very smart, I notice TLC buses have got the same livery on their immaculately spotless transport!!!!!
That green painted bus in the middle pictured above looks terrible, who on earth would have it's buses painted in that livery, awful. Always liked the old Bradford Council transport livery, which I saw on a tram parked at the Industrial Museum in Eccleshill, very smart, I notice TLC buses have got the same livery on their immaculately spotless transport!!!!! bcfc1903
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8:40pm Mon 7 Apr 14

alive and awake says...

Spot the bus spotter.
Spot the bus spotter. alive and awake
  • Score: -2

8:55pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Bradford56 says...

This was an excellent Sunday afternoon! Really enjoyable event in the City Centre.
This was an excellent Sunday afternoon! Really enjoyable event in the City Centre. Bradford56
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