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Wythall’s Autumn Running Day

Published: 05/10/2020

AUTUMN RUNNING DAY REPORT - OCTOBER 4TH

DULL, COLD AND DAMP BUT THE BUSES SAVED THE DAY

The end of the season beckons but Wythall’s Autumn Running Day still attracted 260 visitors, all determined to enjoy the event despite truly autumnal weather. A number of visiting vehicles attended along with sales stands and the ever popular free bus and miniature train rides for the family. Roger Burdett ran the free ‘long distance coach service’ from Birmingham city centre with his magnificent 1948 Southdown Leyland PS1/1 HUF 303 and 1950 AEC Regal LPT 328, new to Gillett Bros, with lots of smiling faces from the passengers upon arrival. 

A welcome visitor was newly preserved (and seemingly almost too new for preservation) 2008 Optare Solo WK58 EAF, new to Western Greyhound but acquired out of service from Go North East. It’s great to see the significant ‘modern’ vehicles coming into the preservation fold.

At the end of the day a museum ‘shuffle’ in readiness for the final event, brought several shy vehicles out into the open air for the late-leavers to admire – photos attached. 
Midland Red LS18 5212 HA is about to leave for restoration off-site by a number of TMW members. 

Midland Red Leyland Leopard SHA 645G may be available for ongoing preservation – enquiries to dave.taylor@wythall.org.uk. 

Plans are now underway to deliver TMW’s final event of the year, its Twilight Running Day on October 25th, always a fitting end to the season, a season that has significantly challenged the heritage movement.

As always, please check the website for more details and to make bookings. www.wythall.org.uk

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