Leicester Transport Heritage Trust

Leicester Transport Heritage Trust

Researching, preserving and promoting our local road transport heritage

Leicester Heritage Bus Running Day & Rally 2016 Report

This year the Leicester Heritage Bus Running Day moved to the new venue at the much larger Birstall Park & Ride site. This was quite appropriate as December 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of Leicester’s Park & Ride bus services. The move to the new site did not affect visitor numbers and in fact it was a record year in the number of passengers that travelled on the bus services that connected to the Stoneygate Tram Depot, via the First Leicester garage ‘open day’ and the Abbey Pumping station museum ‘Seaside Special’ event. Another popular destination on the bus services was to Quorn & Woodhouse station to sample more nostalgia as the GCR held a ‘mini gala’ commemorating 50 years since the end of steam and through services on the GCR in 1966.

The LTHT would like to thank all those who visited the event including the vehicle owners who brought along their buses and coaches, either to display or use in service. We would also like to thank Leicester City Council and Leicestershire County Council for making the opportunity to use the Birstall site possible. Also grateful thanks to the Park & Ride team at Birstall, the Abbey Pumping station museum, Richard Bruce from the GCR, Nigel Eggleton, Ady Culpin, Aaron Chambers and the rest of the team from First Leicester for their assistance and enthusiasm in helping create our most successful Bus Running day and rally. Here are some photos from the day.


ex LCT AEC Renown’s No.40 and No. 190 shine in the sun light.


G.H Watts of Leicester brought along their open top Leyland Atlantean and very rare Seddon Plaxton coach


Line up of Leicester bus livery’s and a visiting Northampton Daimler 267


The new site at Birstall gave us plenty of space to display the visiting buses and coaches


DBC 190C ex Leicester City Transport AEC Renown loads up for another busy run to the Stoneygate Tram depot


Stoneygate Tram depot with Robert Kemp’s Austin and Kirby & West 1959 milkfloat


London Transport duo. Blackmore Commercials Leyland RTL and Confidence Coaches Leyland engine Routemaster


Dez Brisco ex LCT Leyland Titan PD3 GRY 48D with MCW body


Birstall Park and Ride control point


AEC Renown No. 190 loads on Route 29 to Stoneygate Tram depot via the First Leicester depot open day


AEC Renown No.40 ready for another departure on route 33 to the Great Central railway at Quorn


Birstall Park and Ride line up view


Plenty of free parking at Birstall for the Bus event


French classic providing superb catering


Leicester Museums ex LCT Leyland Titan PD3 No.164 and Andy Harris MCW Metropolitan No.301


Red Rose advertising the forth coming ‘Showbus 2016’ event at Donnington Park


Awaiting the first run of the day from Stoneygate Tram depot ex Northampton 267 and ex LCT No.40


Advertising banner for the new venue at Birstall


Quorn & Woodhouse station on the Great Central Railway and Oliver Cromwell departs on a Leicester North service