Wednesday, 8th May, 2019

Our first outing of the year takes us to Worcestershire for a visit to The Transport Museum, Wythall. The museum houses an extensive collection of buses, coaches and what is probably the largest collection of battery-electric vehicles in the world. The bus collection includes representatives from Midland Red, West Midlands P.T.E., the Corporation fleets of Birmingham, Walsall, West Bromwich and Wolverhampton as well as independant operators such as Harper Brothers, Soudley Valley and Blue Bus. The collection of battery-electric road vehicles includes over 30 milk floats and bread vans from such operators as the Co-Op, Midland Counties and Birmingham and Handsworth Dairies. One of the vehicles is Brightside & Carbrook FWB784, a Metro-Vick new in 1938.

Tea/coffee and biscuits will be provided upon our arrival. The rest of the itinerary for our visit will be decided by the museum and will include a 'behind the scenes' guided tour as well a run out on at least a couple of vehicles, one of which is expected to be Sheffield Transport 271, OWE271K, a Bristol VRT/SL2 with East Lancs 73 seat bodywork new in 1972, kindly provided by our member Phil Ireland. The cafe and shop will be open during our visit but hot food and sandwiches won't be available. However, participants are welcome to take their own food and eat in the cafe, or outside at the picnic tables. For those wishing to purchase food Becketts Farm Shop and Restaurant is only a short walk away and sells a range of sandwiches and cakes which can be taken to the museum.

Until transport arrangements are confirmed it is not possible to give an indication of departure and return times or cost, although don't anticipate departing earlier than 0800 from Sheffield or being back later than 2000.

Wednesday, 19th June, 2019

Taking advantage of one of the longer days of the year this rather ambitious outing offers travel by rail, road and boat! On leaving Sheffield we will make our way to Llangollen for a trip on the Llangollen Railway. Steam hauled, departure from Llangollen will be at 1040 hours, all the way through to Corwen, the extension from Corwen East having opened a few weeks previous. Llangollen Station is the main hub of the railway with a cafe and souvenir shop. The line is located within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and remains close to the waters of the River Dee for most of the journey. The railway is part of the Ruabon to Barmouth line which was closed to passenger traffic in 1965 and to goods traffic in 1968. From Llangollen the line climbs steeply to Berwyn Station and onwards through Berwyn Tunnel. From here the gradients are much easier, rising gently to Glyndyfrdwy and on to Carrog. Progressively from opening Llangollen Station in 1975 the railway has extended with Berwyn being reached in 1985, Deeside in 1990, Glyndyfrdwy in 1992, Carrog 1996, Corwen East in 2014 and Corwen this year (planned for 1st. May). Scheduled arrival at Corwen is 1117 hours with the return departing at 1140 and arriving in Llangollen at 1218.

At 1300 we will join Routemaster 4 Hire's sightseeing tour to the Pontcysllte Aqueduct which carries the Llangollen branch of the Shropshire Union Canal 126 feet above the River Dee. The aqueduct was built by Thomas Telford and opened in 1805. The 18 arches are built of stone and cast iron and this is the longest aqueduct in Great Britain and the highest canal aqueduct in the world. After viewing the aqueduct the tour will return to Llangollen. Following this tour will be a second tour, departing at 1415, this time to the summit of the Horseshoe Pass, a journey affording stunning views of the Clwydian Range whilst climbing 1,368 feet to the Ponderosa Cafe. Leaving Llangollen you will see spectacular views towards the Llantysilio mountain range and Maralyn Cyrn-y-Brain. At the Ponderosa Cafe take in the views from the highest point of the Horseshoe Pass. Hopefully there will also be time to partake of refreshments too. Weather permitting these tours will be operated by the company's open top Routemaster, RM1783, 783DYE, which whilst it has an A.E.C. engine it is a 690 unit rather than the original 590. In the event of inclement weather one of their other two Routemasters will be used, one of which still retains an A.E.C. 590 engine.

To conclude the day and help unwind enjoy a leisurely 45 minutes horse drawn trip on the canal from Llangollen Wharf. The canal is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to a rich variety of local flora and fauna.

As you can see the day has several components and you can participate in as many or as few as you wish. Anticipated fares for the different elements are as follows: Llangollen Railway 16.00, Bus Tours 7.00 per tour or 12.00 for both, canal cruise 8.00. These are adult fares and in some cases there are reductions for senior citizens. Depending on numbers there could be further reductions. Thus, the fares quoted, are the maximum you will pay for each element. Transport from Sheffield will of course be an additional cost. Please advise any part of the itinerary you do not wish to participate in when booking.

Wednesday, 17th July, 2019

Save the date! Provisionally, an evening visit to the Elsecar Heritage Railway. The line was built to serve Earl Fitzwilliam's collieries and iron works and opened in 1850 as part of the South Yorkshire Railway, known as the Elsecar Branch. The branch closed in 1984 following the closure of the last colliery on the line. The line currently runs for one mile. Departure from Sheffield will be at 1800, returning for around 2200. The visit will include a diesel hauled round trip in a Toad Guard's Van and a guided tour of the workshops and engine shed.

Sunday, 18th August, 2019

A full day out with cruise on the Manchester Ship Canal.

Travel the length of the Ship Canal on board a vessel from the world famous 'Ferry 'cross the Mersey' in this special 125th anniversary year of the canal. Take in Britain's grandest canal as you journey between Salford and Liverpool. During the cruise, taking in the 35 miles of the canal there will be a full commentary by a Blue Badge Guide. See the locks and bridges which remain largely unchanged since their construction. The construction was completed in just over six years and was opened by H.M. Queen Victoria in 1894, enabling ocean going ships to deliver and collect cargo along the route and into the heart of Manchester.

During the course of the cruise you will be able to purchase food and drink from the licensed bar and servery. The menu includes such things as Bacon Barm, Sausage Barm, Assorted Sandwiches, homemade Vegetable Soup, homemade Scouse, assorted cakes and crisps, tea, coffee, beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks.

The cruise sails from Salford at 1030 hours, with an arrival time of 1000 hours at the latest. Cruising time is very much dependent on the level of traffic on the waterway on the day but is normally around six hours. Dependant on arrival time in Liverpool there should be time for a stopover before heading east.

Cost of the cruise and return travel from Liverpool to Manchester is 44.00. Given sufficient support transport from Sheffield to Manchester will be arranged at an additional cost.

In its 125th year come along and admire the waterway, hailed as an engineering wonder of the Victorian age.

Friday-Sunday/Monday, 11-13/14th October, 2019

Given an adequate level of support a long weekend visit to Scotland. Expressions of interest are requested before any detailed work is undertaken. The vague plan would be to head north on the Friday for two or three nights in Glasgow. This is the weekend of the Glasgow Vintage Vehicle Trust's Annual Open Weekend at Bridgeton Depot. Bridgeton is home to over 100 buses and during the course of the Open Weekend a number will provide free services into Glasgow and the Riverside Museum of Transport.

The time in Glasgow will be your own but it is hoped to arrange an excursion to visit the Bo'Ness and Kinneil Railway, the Museum of Scottish Railways and possibly The Scottish Vintage Bus Museum at Lathalmond if time permits.

At this stage it is impossible to give any idea of cost. Should you have any interest in this proposal please make it known as soon as possible. If a sufficient level of interest is indicated a provisional itinerary will be drawn up and costings obtained. Once this has been done firm bookings and deposits will be requested. Should numbers be insufficient for road transport then travel by rail will be investigated.

December, 2019

Annual Christmas Lunch outing. Date and location to be confirmed. Please express your interest now to avoid disappointment.

Enquiries and bookings for any outing to be made with Paul Beardsley
Email beardspaul@aol.com
Telephone 07871 975479. Please express your interest in any of the above now.
Places for the Welsh Outing on 19th June and Manchester Ship Canal on 18th August need to be reserved as soon as possible.