CHESTERFIELD: Busy season for Transpire bus society

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Members of Transpire, the Chesterfield Bus Society, have continued their very full summer season of outings to bus rallies across the country over the past few months.

Notableoutings have included a visit to the celebration of the centenary of motorbus operation in Sheffield held at First Bus’ Olive Grove Depot and Charlotte Road bus park, which saw probably the largest gathering of former Sheffield Transport and South Yorkshire P.T.E. vehicles ever assembled, along with 17 vehicles from other companies whose vehicles had at some stage operated into Sheffield. Free bus services carried the enthusiasts during the day to Lodge Moor, Manor Top and the Sheffield Transport Museum at Aldwarke, Rotherham.

The next visit was to the Potteries Omnibus Preservation Society Rally and Running Day at the Wedgewood Visitor Centre, again with several of the preserved vehicles, including that from Chesterfield, operating free bus services around the locality during the day.

Back nearer home, members enjoyed an evening visit to the premises of Midland Classic at

Burton on Trent, and also took part in the Trent Barton 100 ‘The Big Weekend’ celebrating 100 years of Trent Buses, at the Langley Mill Depot of that company.

The next outing took them further afield to the North West Vehicle Restoration Trust Running Day at Kirkby, Liverpool, and this was followed by a visit to the Churnet Valley Railway at Froghall Railway Station for the Alf Tunstall Bus Rally.

The next event was one of the highlights of Transpire’s programme, when they organised a hugely successful Peak Park Preserved Bus Gathering at Rowsley South Station of Peak Rail, welcoming a total of 56 buses, numerous sales stalls, and providing a number of free bus

routes around the area.

After that, Blackpool was the venue for the Totally Transport Rally, before society members enjoyed another evening visit, this time to the depot of Cooper’s Tours at Killamarsh, and also stayed local with a trip to the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway Bus Rally at Wirksworth, again with the opportunity to sample a train journey.

This programme of outings is continuing throughout the summer, with destinations as varied as the Sandtoft Trolleybus Museum; the Potteries Connection Running Day at Gladstone Pottery, Longton; the Bristol Vintage Bus Group Rally and Open Day at Brislington, Bristol; and an evening tour to the Steeple Grange Light Railway at Wirksworth; the Trans-Lancs Rally at Heaton Park, Manchester; the Leicester Bus Running Day; the Merseyside Transport Trust Running Day in Liverpool and the South Yorkshire Transport Rally at Aldwarke. Another important event for Transpire is the Comminside, Baslow via Cutthorpe, Dronfield and Staveley.

The society has further visits to rallies planned for later in the year also.New members are always welcome.

The society’s Annual General Meeting will take place at Rose Hill United Reformed Church, Rose Hill, Chesterfield on Tuesday, October 1, at 7.30 pm.

After the A.G.M. the next meeting will be on Tuesday, November 26, at the same venue, when local transport enthusiast Shayne Howarth will give one of his lively presentations on transport! For more details contact society secretary Chris Corroy on 01246-205317, or visit the society website at www.transpirebus.org.uk