Midland Red record bid

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[/wlm_nonmember][wlm_ismember] Transport Museum Wythall is hoping for a record number of preserved Midland Red vehicles at an event later this year.

The Midland Red Special Running Day commemorates 40 years since this iconic operator, one of the largest English bus companies, was split into six new regional entities in September 1981 by the National Bus Company. Birmingham-based Midland Red ran buses from Gloucestershire to Leicestershire and was famous for its London coaches, many of which, like the rest of the fleet, were built by the operator.

Transport Museum Wythall’s Midland Red collection is the largest under one roof and includes a wide variety of the company’s vehicles from 1913 to 1976, many in running order. The event, on Sunday 3 October looks set to be a record day. The museum intends to run eleven of its own vehicles with many more visiting from private owners and collections. It will show examples of SON, S12, S16, S22, S23, CM6 Motorway Express, LD8, D9, the unique D10 prototype, a D12 fresh from restoration plus a Leyland National. Said museum spokesman Denis Chick: “We intend to set a 21st Century record for the numbers of Midland Red vehicles we can muster for public service on a single day. It should be a sight to behold.”

 If you would like to join the event with a vehicle or bring along a trade stand, contact [email protected]

C1 unveiled

Vehicles expected at the Wythall event include this C1 coach, KHA 301, which made a surprise arrival at the Museum’s May Bank Holiday open day, on its second shakedown run and first public display since its overhaul began. The iconic 1948 Duple-bodied coach is nearing the end of an extensive restoration programme by Andrew Hawthorn. Final detailing and a full repaint are just around the corner, and if all goes according to plan, 3301 is expected to make its running debut at the museum’s event on 3 October.