Big Brum Bus Bash is a triumph
Two thousand people and 44 vehicles got together at the weekend to celebrate all things bus in Birmingham’s Cannon Hill Park.
National Express West Midlands’ Big Brum Bus Bash on Sunday 10 September put on a display of Birmingham and West Midlands buses from every decade since the 1940s.
Visitors came from all over the UK - including Manchester, Cornwall, Newcastle and Glasgow - as well as from Ireland. And buses came from far and wide too - one rare MCW 400GT double decker coach even took the opportunity to come back to Birmingham, where it was built, from the Isle of Man.
The oldest bus there was Wythall Transport Museum’s 1947 Birmingham City Transport Daimler CVA6 (fleet number 1486, reg GOE 486), which celebrated its 70th birthday a couple of months ago.
Organiser Andy Collett said:
“The day was a triumph. The weather behaved itself for most of the day and it was great to see so many enthusiasts - and buses. Our free shuttle from the city centre proved very popular and the early services were full up.
“Best of all, we raised several hundred pounds for Victoria Specialist Arts College in Northfield, which is our chosen charity at National Express’ Yardley Wood bus garage this year.
“I’d like to thank all the visitors, and everyone who put in so much hard work behind the scenes to make the Bus Bash a Big Brum success, especially the Wythall Transport Museum, Pete Turland and the Yardley Wood Bus Club.”
Visitors got to see four different types of MCW Metrobuses - MK1, MK2, Timesaver and MK2A. And there were modern buses there too - the very newest was a National Express West Midlands Platinum (fleet number 6832) named in honour of Ronnie Morgan, a bus enthusiast who saved the original 6832 and several other buses for preservation.
National Express West Midlands also used the Bus Bash to show off its smart new training bus livery for the first time.
Mark Simcox, Head of National Express’ driver training school, said:
“We’ve upgraded the training buses. The livery echoes our successful Crimsons, so they look similar, but they’re distinctive enough to make sure we don’t confuse our passengers.
“National Express West Midlands training vehicles are a familiar sight out on the roads of the West Midlands, helping to train up our next generation of drivers. We appreciate the support that other road users give to our trainees.”