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SPRING OPEN DAY - Sunday 8th March 2015

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YES, folks! The 2015 Rally Season starts with our Spring Open Day on Sunday 8th March! Over the coming weeks, more details will be added to this page, but here are the main items:

The event will be based at our building in Ravensthorpe, near Dewsbury. Doors open at 10.30 am, and the event ends at 4.30 pm. Admission (including full-colour Souvenir Programme with timetables and vehicle allocation) is only £3.00. (Accompanied children get in FREE!)

Free & frequent shuttle service to the event from South Street (next to Dewsbury Bus Station).

"Wood" you believe it? Our recently acquired Crossley (pictured right) will be operating on its old route, serving all bus stops, between Dewsbury and Mirfield, which just happens to pass Dewsbury Bus Museum. Times will be published in the Souvenir Programme.

"West Riding Morning!" - all buses operating before lunch will be former West Riding vehicles.

Mini-excursions and mystery tours will take place during the afternoon, and we plan to include Charlotte's Ice Cream Parlour, Whiteley's Carvery (sorry, the garden centre will be closed), and a trip to The Mill Outlet in Batley!

(C) Photo copyright: Gary Hardwick

This Crossley has recently been acquired by one of our members and made its "surprise" debut late in the afternoon at our last event in November. At the Spring Open Day, we are planning to operate this bus on its original route from Dewsbury to Mirfield via Knowle. This just happens to pass Dewsbury Bus Museum!

Static vehicles will be on display in the Social Education Centre car park in nearby Havelock Street. Service buses will be parked up in Riverside Way and Lock Way, a little further down Havelock Street. The free & frequent shuttle service will drop you there if required.

Our cafe will be open, (inside the building), serving tea, coffee and light refreshments.

The building will be full of trade stalls selling bus-related books, DVDs and memorabillia.

Do you have a trade stall? Spaces will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. All successful applicants will receive an information pack about a week before the event, including the building plan, your arrival time time slot, free Souvenir Programmes and vouchers for a free cuppa in our cafe. If you would like to bring a stall to our event, you can download a form (which includes prices etc) by clicking this PDF button:

Do you own a preserved bus? We will try to contact all those who brought buses to our November event. We will be pleased to welcome buses to operate journeys on our services, or static exhibits. There is no charge to bring a bus, but it must be booked in advance to ensure we save a space for it to be parked. You can download a form by clicking this PDF button:

How do I get there?
By car: We are on the A644, half way between Mirfield and Dewsbury. Use postcode WF13 3JR in your satnav. This will land you in the FREE
car park of the Ravensthorpe Retail Park, just across the road.
By bus: Arriva services 202, 203, 253 and 278 pass Dewsbury Bus Museum. Alternatively, get any service into Dewsbury Bus Station and use
our free & frequent shuttle service, which picks up on South Street, just outside the bus station.
By train: Alight at Dewsbury Station, then it's a 4-minute walk down the hill to South Street, terminus of our free & frequent shuttle service.
By plane: Alight at Leeds/Bradford Airport, then get a taxi!

Disabled access - the Museum building is all on one level, with no steps. We have moved the cafe inside this year, rather than using a bus, so this is now fully accessible. Toilet facilities are in The Royal public house, adjacent to the Museum. There is a sloped ramp into the building. Unfortunately, the age of our buses means that wheelchairs and unfolded baby buggies cannot be accommodated - sorry! If you have any queries about our facilities, or think you may need assistance, please contact us in advance and we will do our best.

Order your Souvenir Programme in advance! To help you make plans and ride the buses you want to, it would be a good idea to order your programme in advance. The programme will contain all the timetables and vehicle allocations for the day. To order yours, please send a cheque or postal order for £4.00 (includes p&p) payable to "West Riding Omnibus Museum Trust" to 47E Dale Street, Ossett, WF5 9HE. Don't forget to include your name and address. On the day, programmes will be available at the Museum entrance, from our inspectors in South Street and Havelock Street, or from the conductors on all our buses.

Any questions? If you want to know more, please contact our Events Organiser - Tony Salmon - on 0844 504 0089 (5p/min from BT landlines) or send an email to tonysalmon59@gmail.com

Please call back - this page will be updated regularly as the event draws near, and will include details of buses to operate in service.

YOUTUBE VIDEOS

These are the ones we've spotted so far. Click the Youtube logos to view them....

Mollsmyre (6:51)

Classicr (4:39)

Robert Taylor (2:53)

Here are a few comments that we have spotted on a certain social media website:

"Thanks for the BEST rally of 2014! Was very good and well organised, everyone knew what was going on and there was an amazing amount of buses and plenty of staff to help out where needed" (NM)

"Not a committed enthusiast as some people I know and this was the first ever bus rally I have had the opportunity to go to, and have to say I did enjoy it. Even my 14yo daughter found some of it interesting" (GB)

"Wow - they can organise a mean ole bus event. Expect if they organised a knees up in a brewery it would be lethal. I'm actually going to say it's the best event I have attended this year." (JF -edited)

"A great day for all concerned. Approximately 1,000 people were believed to have visited. Great to be a part of this." (GH)