NXWM goes virtual

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MCW Metrobuses were a feature of the West Midlands for 30 years. D957 NDA is preserved by NXWM. NXWM

National Express West Midlands (NXWM) is hoping to get members of its heritage fleet out to rallies and other events this year, but even if this can’t happen the operator has, as they say, a cunning plan.

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A Virtual Bus Bash is being organised for 21-22 August this year which will involve an online stream of the heritage fleet driving through the Black Country.

The event is still in the planning stage and more details will be available soon, said NXWM’s Nikki Houghton: “We’re hoping that some of the vintage buses will be taken out to events but nothing has been confirmed yet. We’re still keeping an eye on restrictions and which events might or might not go ahead.

“At least whatever happens people will be able to see the vehicles in action with the virtual event. We weren’t able to take the buses out last year so can’t wait to do so in 2021.”

NXWM has a three-part blog on its half dozen or so classic buses. Vehicles range from 1952 ‘Birmingham Standard’ Daimler CVG6, MOF 102, owned by the operator and its predecessors from from new, to its first Dennis Trident, Y716 TOH.