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North West VRT - 2022 Nocturnal Running Day & 2023 Open Day

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With the great success of our previous DVD programmes filmed at Kirkby near Liverpool, the independent transport videos cameras have returned to record two events for your enjoyment. The first event is the 2022 Nocturnal Running Day, the second being the 2023 Open Day with both events expertly organised by the North West Vehicle Restoration Trust. As usual these events are centred on the Trust’s premises on the Kirkby Industrial Estate. The Nocturnal Running Day took place between the hours of 2pm and 7pm on Saturday 12th November 2022. Our cameras were on hand to film the action and to ride on some of the excellently restored buses. The buses operated were previously owned by Liverpool and Birkenhead Corporations, MPTE, MTL, Crosville and Ribble to name but a few with vehicles mostly manufactured by Leyland. Just one service was operated during the afternoon/evening, that being the 90 from Charley Wood Road, Kirkby to Prescot Station.

We take rides on four different buses, the first being on 1039 (FKF 918F), a former MPTE Leyland Panther with Metro-Cammell bodywork. At Prescot Station we change to 6045 (YFY 4M) a Leyland National restored to MPTE livery that was originally delivered to Southport Corporation as their fleet number 4. Our next ride out to Prescot is on board 1204 (XKC 831K), a former MPTE Leyland Atlantean PDR2/1 with an Alexander H80D body smartly painted in a ‘what could have been’ livery. The bus is painted in a reversed cream and green scheme similar to the livery that was introduced on the ‘one-man’ operated Bristol REs and Leyland Panthers, but no double-deckers were treated as such. At Prescot we return to Kirkby on board 1365 (DKC 365L), an Alexander bodied Leyland Atlantean in the blue and cream livery of Wirral based MPTE buses. As night falls we see the buses running with lights ablaze reliving memories of days gone by.

The second event we present was the 2023 NWVRT Open Day filmed on a very hot Sunday 4th June 2023. Again based at the NWVRT base in Kirkby we see a vast array of buses attending this excellent event. Buses attending are from the Merseyside area and the northwest of England. Not just preserved buses but current service buses from the local operators of Arriva and Stagecoach showing off their latest vehicles and not forgetting Aintree Coaches with their brand new Irizar i6s coach registered UK23 ACL. Again our cameras go out for rides, again to Prescot Station. First is on board former Liverpool Corporation L255 (VKB 711), a 1956 Leyland Titan PD2 with a Crossley/LCPT body for a ride to Prescot and back. We travel ‘in the cab’ with the driver and lower saloon with the passengers. Next is on 8001 (XBU 1S), Greater Manchester PTE’s first Leyland Fleetline. This bus carries a Northern Counties body and was ‘launched’ at the event after extensive restoration. At Prescot station we change to 1788 (OEM 788S), a 1978 Leyland Atlantean with a Metro-Cammell body painted in the livery of Wallasey Corporation. This bus represents sister bus 1789 that was painted in this livery for the 1979 ‘Big Bus Show’ which was held at their Edge Lane works. Our cameras then locate to Acornfield Road on the industrial estate to see the buses in service as well as some leaving for home after a very successful and enjoyable day. We would like to thank the NWVRT for organising this excellent event and we hope you enjoy watching our film.

Produced by - Independent Transport Videos
Duration - 77 minutes
Region - 0 (worldwide) PAL
Aspect Ratio - 16:9 Widescreen
DVD only
Released - November 2023

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