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West Midlands Buses: Preserved - 4 - Birmingham Special

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Independent transport videos would like to welcome you to this our fourth programme featuring preserved buses that served the large West Midlands conurbation.  The excellent Transport Museum at Wythall, near Birmingham in the West Midlands is home to a large collection of buses and coaches.  Throughout the year they put on some excellent events, usually with a theme using their own and other preserved buses invited to participate.
This DVD programme filmed during 2022 features two such events and majors on the blue buses that operated in Birmingham.  The first one being their ‘August Bank Holiday’ event, an event that featured one of the first appearances of the superbly restored Birmingham Corporation Tramway & Omnibus Company’s 1931 AEC Regent with MCCW bodywork.  Numbered 486 (OV 4486), this is an excellent example of one of the first metal-framed double-deck bodies that is still in existence.  We take you on a ride on this bus with cameras in both the cab and the lower saloon to obtain the best views from the driver and passenger’s perspective.  We also capture some of the other vehicles in service and on display at the museum that day.
Our second visit took place on the 2nd October 2022.  Titled as a Birmingham City Transport event featuring a ‘Football Special’ (Happy Hour).  This now familiar feature of the Museum’s October programme sees at least ten buses operating a frequently run shuttle along the Old Alcester Road between Becketts Island and Maypole.  A good variety of vehicle types are seen, mostly Birmingham ‘Standards’, which were far from standard as chassis types included Leyland, Guy and Daimler, each bus doing two or three ‘rounders’ reliving the days when Birmingham’s blue buses ruled the road in the city.  The buses carried the destinations of the various football grounds in the Birmingham area recalling the days when many buses ran on ‘Football Specials’ in the 1950s, 60s and 70s.  During the day we travelled on four very different buses.  The first was 3796 (NOV 796G), a 1968 Daimler Fleetline CRG6LX with Park Royal bodywork followed by 2222 (JOJ 222) a 1950 Leyland Titan PD2 also with a body by Park Royal.
The third ride, during the ‘Football Specials’ runs was 3780 (KOX 780F), a 1968 Daimler Fleetline with a 76-seat Park Royal body and finally 2462 (NOA 462X), a 1982 MCW Metrobus with a 73-seat body in the livery of West Midlands PTE.  At the Museum a short demonstration was given showing the famous ‘Bundy’ clock, a feature of Birmingham streets for many years.
On completing our filming at the Museum our final shots are of Alexander-bodied ALX400 Dennis Trident 4321 (BX02 ASV), a recent arrival at the Museum, operating the park & ride service ending a perfect day to this superb Transport Museum.

Produced by - Independent Transport Videos
Duration - 94 minutes
Region - 0 (worldwide) PAL
Aspect Ratio - 16:9 Widescreen
DVD only
Released - April 2023

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