Monday, 16 June 2014

NEBPT Durham Park & Ride

The North East Bus Preservation Trust held their annual Father's Day Rally in Durham on 15th June, taking over the Howlands Park & Ride site and running a free service into the centre of Durham. The event is sponsored by Arriva North East and supported by Durham County Council. Go North East also show their support by arranging for a small selection of vehicles to attend.

 The 500 Group always support this event and this year sent JDC 544L ex Teesside Municipal Transport Northern Counties bodied Daimler Fleetline CRL6 L544
Here it is seen in company with a Go North East Citaro.

Arriva North East finance the rally plaques and send vehicles, one of which was this VDL Wright Pulsar 2  NL63 VPW, with suitable destination alternating between 'Howland's Bus Rally' and 'Happy Father's Day'
 Three vehicles from the Go North East Fleet, one of which is a member of the training fleet freshly outshopped in a smart  red and white colour scheme.
 I was extremely pleased to be offered a drive in the Eden Leopard. It is now a year since completion of its restoration and I can report that it drives extremely well and makes all the right noises!
Below Graeme Scarlett from the Eden waits for the final passengers to board before setting off to Durham with a full load on the park & ride service

 Routemasters are usually in attendance at our north east events and here we see RML 2551 together with RML 2686. 
RML 2686 proved very popular with the travelling public when taking turns on the park & ride service.
 Ex West Yorkshire 8124 WG, one of the NEBPT fleet takes a turn on the service to
Durham city centre.
 Local operator Scarlet Band always support this event and this year Optare Solo MX56 NME attended. I was able to take a turn at the wheel and can report that this is one of the nippiest PCV's that I've driven, the acceleration seeming to be equal to that of an average family car!
  The event was sponsored by Arriva North East. As well as the VDL Sapphire the company also sent NK61 EBX, VDL DB300/Wright Gemini Pulsar 2