Buses and coaches brave autumn gloom

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Despite what could be called ‘truly autumnal weather,’ Transport Museum Wythall’s Autumn Running Day still attracted 260 visitors, all determined to enjoy the event, say the organisers.
Visiting vehicles included two fine members of the Roger Burdett collection, which ran a free ‘long distance coach service’ from Birmingham City Centre. These were 1948 Southdown Leyland PS1/1 HUF 303 and 1950 AEC


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Regal LPT 328, new to Gillett Bros, with lots of smiling faces from the passengers upon arrival.
Another welcome visitor was 2008 Optare Solo WK58 EAF, new to Western Greyhound but acquired out of service from Go North East by Midland Bus Hires of Tamworth, Staffs. Meanwhile, 1962 Willowbrook-bodied Leyland

Leopard, Midland Red LS18, 5212 HA, is about to leave for restoration off-site by a number of Transport Museum Wythall members.

Plans are now underway to deliver the museum’s final event of the year, the Twilight Running Day on October 25: “This event is always a fitting end to the season, a season that this year has significantly challenged the heritage movement,” commented museum spokesman Denis Chick.