Sunday 29 May 2016

RVPT Morecambe Running Day

1950 Morecambe AEC Regent III 69, back on its old stamping ground on a service to Heysham Village
The Ribble Vehicle Preservation Trust held their sixth 'Vintage Bus Running Day' at Morecambe on Sunday 29th May. The event comprised of static vehicle exhibits, sales stalls and the opportunity to ride on a wide variety of preserved buses from a number of local operators, including Ribble Motor Services. Free bus services were operated between Morecambe, Heysham and Carnforth, plus a frequent Bare Circular service and a mystery coach tour in the afternoon. The day was blessed throughout with glorious sunshine, which was the icing on the cake for what is now a popular annual event.

1931 Ribble Leyland Lion 1161, currently the oldest restored bus in the RVPT's collection
Ribble 1775, a 1962 Leyland PD3/5 with Metro-Cammell bodywork, passing Ribble Bristol RE 338
Ribble 338, a 1971 Bristol RE with ECW bodywork, passing the Midland Hotel
Ribble 1481, a 1980 ECW bodied Leyland Atlantean, passing the Midland Hotel on the way to Heysham

Ribble 1397, a Park Royal bodied Leyland Atlantean AN68 heading into Morecambe
Former Preston Corporation Leyland Panther 204
West Riding 724, a Leyland Tiger PS2 with Roe coach bodywork
Eastern Counties OT5, a 1972 Bristol VR with ECW open-top bodywork, new to Ribble as fleet number 1995
Fishwick 5, a 1958 Leyland Titan PD2 with lowbridge Weymann bodywork, on Morecambe Promenade
Blackpool 512, a 1967 Leyland Titan PD3, leaving Morecambe Winter Gardens on a run to Heysham
1939 Ribble Leyland TD5 2057 and 1950 Morecambe AEC Regent III 69 at the Happy Mount Park bus stop
Ribble 1036, a 1961 Leyland Leopard with a Cavalier coach body, with some other ex Ribble vehicles
1934 Lytham 24, a Leyland Lion LT5A, this bus was recovered from Canada in a totally derelict condition
Eastern Scottish XS750A, an Alexander bodied intercity coach on a Seddon Pennine chassis


  1. Excellent photos as always Alan. I didn't get there so was glad to see you did!

    1. Thanks, it was the first year that I'd been to the event, and the best weather that they'd ever had according to one of the marshalls.