Pre Lothian warm-up trip
As a little treat before the Lothian open doors event I’ve arranged a mini-trip with Swift Coaches, Barrhead in the afternoon on Friday 28th September.
This enthusiast friendly operator has agreed to allow us to photograph their vehicles and ride out on a couple after they return from schools contracts on the Friday afternoon so that anyone staying in the region ahead of the superb Lothian event can sample a couple of quite unusual vehicles.
The fleet includes;
C45HNF Leyland Olympian/Alexander new to Kowloon Motor Bus as DJ3770
MIL5574 Leyland Olympian/Alexander new to Kowloon Motor Bus as DJ1454
J465MJL Leyland Tiger/Wright Goldliner new to Ulsterbus as WXI4413
K984JNV Leyland Tiger/Wright Goldliner new to Ulsterbus as WXI4408
Only ONE of each type is normally taxed and on the road, at time of writing these are C45HNF and J465MJL but that could change depending on maintenance requirements etc at the time. This trip will include rides on two Leyland’s but a third bonus vehicle is possible on the day.
We will meet in Carlibar Road, Barrhead at 1600 which is just beside Barrhead railway station beside the southbound platform and main exit from Barrhead station. There are four trains per hour from Glasgow Central - we will await the arrival of the 1543 Glasgow Central to Kilmarnock. Upon arrival in Barrhead exit the station and turn left, there is a driveway off Carlibar Road just after the station parking area leading to a timber yard, the Swift depot and a metal recycling yard which runs beside the railway line. Please wait around there so we can go up to the depot as a group, we will start with photos before the yard gets too busy. I expect us to be finished for around 1800 but I recommend allowing extra time in case the third vehicle is possible, we will aim to finish before the 1855 train at the latest.
Unlike previous trips you may have been on this will be a very informal one; the routes and photo stops will be the chosen by the driver and there will be no fare charged. HOWEVER, I will carry out a collection to thank them for their hospitality and depending on passenger numbers and the third vehicle I will anticipate a recommended donation level of between £5 and £10. You don't need to pre-book or reserve a place; simply turn up on the day. There is no requirement to be a member of any particular group or society to join this trip. You must NOT contact the operator with any enquiries relating to this trip as they will not be able to answer any questions- if you require any further information or you have any questions please e-mail me at chrismartin13601 (at) hotmail.co.uk and I will be happy to help.
We sincerely look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on this trip, please forward this message onto anyone else who you think may be interested and please cut and paste into other news groups or regional social media groups if you think it might interest their members.