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RVPT - Morecambe Vintage Bus Running Day 2018

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• The RIBBLE VEHICLE PRESERVATION TRUST will again be operating its popular ‘Vintage Bus Running Day’ in Morecambe Sunday, May 27th, 2018.
• With a selection of vintage buses, many from the old local Ribble Company, RVPT will operate a FREE service from Carnforth railway station and Happy Mount Park to Heysham Village every 10 minutes from about 09:30 to 18.00.
o Great links to Barrow in Furness, Skipton, Preston and Carlisle.
• There will also be displays of vintage buses and coaches on the promenade near the Midland Hotel and in the car park of the Festival Market.
• This is a great day out for all the family, while parents and grandparents can reminisce, the younger passenger can experience to sounds and smells of the past, chirpy conductors and possibly even try their hand with an old ticket machine…
• With bi-directional bus stops at Carnforth Station, Morecambe Winter Gardens, Happy Mount Park and Heysham Village, there is ample opportunity to get a good Sunday lunch, take in a stroll on the prom and grab an ice cream.
• Subject to good weather, open top buses will be in operation
• In additional there will be the popular Bare Circular, Stalls selling memorabilia and Three mystery tours (approx. 40 minutes) on vintage coaches
• Programmes available on the day for £4 with a full details and timetables.

Running day

The Ribble Vehicle Preservation Trust is organising its seventh ‘Vintage Bus Running Day’ on Sunday, May 27th, 2018. Preserved buses ranging in age from 75 years to 25 will be available to operate a free service between Heysham Village and Carnforth railway station via Morecambe promenade and Happy Mount Park. The service will operate every 10 minutes between Happy Mount Park and Heysham and every 20 minutes between Heysham and Carnforth. Buses will operate from 09:30 to 18.00. Passengers may board at the Winter Gardens or the three termini but there are no other intermediate stops. There will be an additional “L14 Bare Circular” operating on a frequent basis from outside the Winter Gardens on the promenade. A vintage coach will also offer “mystery tours” in the afternoon.

As well as the service there will be a static display of buses and coaches on the promenade adjacent to the Midland Hotel and in the car park of the Festival Market behind ‘The Platform’. The main theme of both the service and the display will be buses which operated with Ribble Motor Services but other local operators will be represented, including Morecambe & Heysham, Barrow, Preston and Blackpool.

Carnforth Station, famed by ‘A Brief Encounter’ has been named one of the most Romantic location on Trip Advisor, so why not come and take a photo under the famous clock and catch the vintage bus for afternoon tea at the 1930’s art deco Midland Hotel’s Rotunda bar overlooking the beautiful Morecambe Bay.


The Ribble Vehicle Preservation Trust is a bus preservation group which was set up 40 years ago. It is a registered charity which houses its collection at its own premises in West Lancashire. The Trust has grown over 40 years and own owns its buildings and land but the main difference in what we are is that we are not a static museum, our guest are welcome by appointment. Instead our policy is to bring the museum to you. We enjoy taking the buses out to public events so that everyone can enjoy the experience of travelling on old buses, and maybe recall traveling to school, work or holiday. The collection spans the period from 1931 to 1991 and totals over 30 vehicles. About a dozen are restored and available for service.
Further details can be found at www.rvpt.co.uk or www.facebook.com/RVPT.events


Ribble Motor Services was set up in 1919 and expanded rapidly during the 1920s and 1930s. By the 1950s it was one of the largest bus companies in the UK with over 1300 buses and operated from Carlisle in the north to Liverpool and Manchester in the south, from Blackpool in the west to Skipton in the east. Headquarted in Preston it had depots in both Lancaster and Morecambe.

As part of the build up to deregulation and privatisation in the mid-1980s Ribble was split up and eventually the services in central Lancashire and north to Carlisle became part of Stagecoach.


For further details contact Lance Jobson at lance.jobson@live.co.uk or 07419 190519