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LATEST NEWS

Site updated 22nd May 2024 

What has been updated, Latest News, Events 2024.

To view the group's photo site, then please click on the link below (Updated 22nd May 2024 Moreambe Vintage Bus Running Day 2024)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/avtg/

To view the photo site of West Yorkshire Road Car Co, then please click on the link below (All photos from Alex Lawson collection)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/wyrcc/

(Updated 7th February 2024)

AVTG OUT AND ABOUT

We shall be attending the Festival of Transport at Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway on Monday May 27th with 3 vintage vehicles. Further news can be found on the groups Facebook page. 

www.facebook.com/groups/975897892536783/

1953 BRIGHTON & HOVE KSW6G

*****Another new vehicle joins the Aire Valley Transport Group.*****

HAP985 is a 1953 Bristol KSW6G with ECW H33/27R which entered service with Brighton, Hove & District Omnibus Company Llmited in July 1953.

Purchased by Greg Lawson in March 2024 and arrived at the depot after a long drive up from the South Coast on 18th March 2024.

It is exprcted to be out and about very shortly.

1948 MAUDSLAY

*****Another new vehicle joins the Aire Valley Transport Group.*****

Maudslay Regal III HHP755 is an AEC, rebadged for unknown reasons as a Maudslay, it has Duple FC33F bodywork new in 09/48 to Greenslades Tours.

Purchased by members of the group in December 2021 it arrived at the depot on December 23rd 2021. The coach made it's debue at the 17th Yorkshire Dales Running Day on October 8th 2023.

 

1949 ALBION VALIANT HUP236

*****Another new vehicle joins the Aire Valley Transport Group.*****

Albion Valiant CX39N  HUP236 was one of 3 new Albion Coaches to Economic / E.W. Wilson as No.7 in May 1949. It has Associated Coach Builders C33F body, and was withdrawn in 1964. Purchased by Greg Lawson in December 2022.

The coach made it's debute at the 17th Yorkshire Dales Running Day on October 8th 2023.

 

HAWORTH VINTAGE BUS 2024

*****CANCELLED DUE TO OPERATIONAL PROBLEMS*****

The Bronte vintage tour will return again in 2024. Why not come and enjoy the delights of an open top trip across the Haworth moors.

Please keep calling back for updates.

HAWORTH 1940S EVENT 2024

This years Haworth 1940's Weekend was held on May 20/21st 2023 and as usual we provided a vintage bus service between, Haworth (KWVR) Railway Station and the Bronte Parsonage car park. 3 vintage buse were used both days carring over 4000 passengers. 

***** 2024 EVENT CANCELLED *****

 

LETTER FROM THE DUCHESS OF CORNWALL

It is always pleasing to receive a complement on either vehicle turnout or a job well done, but last weeks job perhaps brought the bus preservation movement into a better light than that normally presented at many rallies. The ultimate accolade was to receive this letter from Clarence House thanking us for our efforts. This helped to alleviate the disappointment of not being able to provide our Leyland Lion for the job due to mechanical problems which developed on the way to Haworth. A quick substitution of GWT 630 which was actually booked to do a wedding in Keighley saved the day, and EHL 355 was sent out on wedding duties until GWT 630 was relieved of its Royal duties.

To see an expanded view of the letter then please click on the link below.

 

LETTER FROM THE DUCHESS OF CORNWALL (27kb)

LEYLAND LION 90TH BIRTHDAY PARTY

On  Sunday July 2nd 2017 we hosted a special event at KWVR Ingrow Railway Station to celebrate the 90th Birthday of newly restored ex Blythe and Berwick, Leyland Lion. KW1961 There was a small display of prime half cab ex West Yorkshire buses, with the KWVR running a vintage train compiled mainly of ex Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway rolling stock. The day was blessed with hot sunshine all day which saw a large numbers of visitors to view this historic day.

EX BLYTHE & BERWICK, LEYLAND LION KW1961
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After 80 years in exile Ex Blythe and Berwick of Bradford (taken over by West Yorkshire Road Car) Leyland Lion PLSC3 of 1927 (KW1961) has returned to it''s home town, this is properly the oldest motor bus preserved in the area. This gem been acquired by members of the group.

Work has finished, her first outing was to Ingrow Railway Station on July 2nd 2017 where a small display of prime buses celerbrated her 90th birthday.

BRADFORD 410

Following the unexpected death of member Keith Leighton who owned Ex Bradford AEC Regent III HLW159 this has now been sold to group members Alex & Greg Lawson and David Hudson, for continuing preservation in Bradford City Transport livery.

The Aire Valley Transport Group working with the local community