Fares Please! 2024

Fares Please! 2024

Last weekend we held our second Fares Please! transport event.  Once again the focus was inevitably on buses, though Lisbon 730 was on display outside the tram depot.

Below: A 1948 Albion Valiant (right) from yesteryear Vintage Vehicle Hire sits alongside stable-mate 1950 Albion Valiant (left) from Gardiners Coach Repairs outside the bus depot at Foulbridge, the hub of operations during the event.

Below: This1950 AEC Regent III (exhibited by David Slater), was supplied to Newcastle Corporation Transport, complete with a Northern Coachbuilders (Newcastle) body, taking the fleet number 341. The vibrancy of the livery compares well with the very similar Lisbon tramways livery on 730 in the background.

Below:  This1953 Leyland Titan PD2/12 owned by Mark Hayes was supplied to, and operated by, Rawtenstall Corporation Transport.  It currently wears the livery of Scout Motor Services Ltd. of Preston.  This vehicle will be holidaying with us at Beamish for the summer, so do take the opportunity to come and enjoy another marque and model of double decker in our fleet – it will join the two Daimlers as well as Sunderland Crossley No.13 in the pool..

Below: We’ve met the 1934 Leyland Lion before (exhibited by Keith Severn) on the left of this view, when we visited the Museum of Transport earlier in the year.  On the right is a returnee to Beamish, a 1958 Dennis Loline Mk1 No.99 from the Teesside 500 Group.

Below: Another view of the superb Leyland Lion.

Below: Another local vehicle, in the shape of 1947 Bristol L5G DB216 and presented in the livery of Durham District Services by David Slater.

Below: A view that is often quite tricky to photograph, with the pavements being busy in this location!

Below: The Leyland Titan is seen again, lining up to appear in the photo parade on Saturday evening.

Below: A queue, led by Sunderland 13, lines up to be posed for photographs on High Street.  This bus should continue to operate at the museum for the forseeable future as we explore further operating loans from owner, the North East Bus Preservation Trust.

Below: This 1948 Bristol L6A with Beadle C31F body, was new to Western National for use on the Royal Blue express services in the south and west of England.  This bus was another from yesteryear vintage vehicle hire fleet.

Below: The two Economic Albions and our own Leyland Cub head up the street view of the participants.

Below: Doncaster 22, a 1953 AEC Regal, based at the Santoft Transport Centre near Doncaster.

Below: This is the view they were queing to create!  We use the opportunity to gather images for publicity use both post-event, and for future events if this one is repeated.

Other vehicles that appeared included:

1959 AEC Regent operated by Lockeys and now owned by Graeme Scarlet, who also brought a 1963 AEC Routemaster to the event.

1964 Daimler CCG5 Darlington Corporation No.7 from the Aycliffe & District Bus Preservation Society

1968 North Western Bristol Paul Williams

1966 Leyland Atlantean ex Tyne & Wear PTE and wearing its 1977 Queen’s Silver Jubilee livery.  From the North East Bus Preservation Trust

In addition to these, the museum’s own fleet of buses were in action and on display throughout the event.

We had good numbers over the weekend, and it is an event that is fairly resilient to poor weather too – the sheer number of buses meaning there are seldom queues and nobody has to wait long for a bus!  We operated Crosville 716 in general service for part of the day, to enable enthusiasts to ride this bus as it is not usually available outside of its core purpose.  We’ve plenty of contacts and ideas for future years, so it is likely this event will return again in the future…