Transdev in Keighley with Keighley Bus Museum
Planning an open day or running day event takes time to develop, with many ideas thrown into the ring and out again. But the first open day at the Keighley Bus Museum for 2015 was to evolve into a new venture with local bus operator Transdev In Keighley. A poster was designed by your author and with a few tweaks by Transdev, it was used in many shops and Keighley buses. The KBMT had wanted to build upon the success of the 2014 rally season with some very fine events, such as Metro 40 and the Regent Running day. However events over the winter period saw many changes, with some departures amongst the directors, which led to a fresh start for the new year. We at the KBMT wish our former directors good fortune for their future endeavours and new challenges in the coming years.
With these changes came new challenges, along with new horizons for the KBMT, with many behind the scenes changes. But as ever the show must go on, as 2015 brought so many new fresh ideas. Three events were chosen for the new season, our traditional opener in April, a themed running day outside Keighley in July and a nocturnal running day in late October. For the April open day a West Yorkshire RCC theme was put on the table, which led to the interest from Transdev, who wanted to hold an open day at their Keighley depot. Both events were going to be held on the same day, again with a little serendipity it turned out well on the day. As both Transdev and the KBMT decided to run the day together. At this stage your author had produced a programme for the days event and using several ideas, came up with the programme which was on sale on the day. By March 2015 both parties who had several people concerned with the event, arranged a meeting at Trandsev In Keighley main offices near the bus station. These planning meetings saw the event grow into the show staged on the day, with visiting buses at Transdev's bus depot, with vintage and modern buses. While the KBMT had over 15 stalls, light refreshments and a display of visiting buses at Dalton Mills.
It was an early start on Sunday April 26th, as the previous day saw both depots preparing for the open day, with was buses and finalizing any lose ends. The morning was a crisp fresh one as the sun slowly warmed things up, as the events team along with KBMT board members worked to get everything ready. Buses were parked for display, while stall holders arrived at Riverside, which was a hive of activity. Likewise at Transdev's Keighley depot the visiting modern buses arrived ready for a day's public viewing, the various displays and vintage buses were also ready for the off!. The KBMT depot was opened at 10:00am, with members of the public arriving and purchasing the programme. The first trip to Transdev started at 10:25am, while at the depot a large crowd had gathered as the Lord Mayor of Keighley Mr. G. Mitchell with Mr. A Hornby (Transdev MD) officially opened the event, by cutting a white ribbon. Soon after both gentlemen were standing beside newly refurbished 1801 (Volvo B7RLE/Wrights) in the new 'the shuttle' two tone blue livery, again the bus was officially launched. 1801 would find it's self called into service on Monday April 27th as First Bradford had a dispute with its drivers. The bus wash rides proved quite a draw, with such demand three buses were used for this part of the Transdev depot. One bus was raised to allow the public to look underneath a vehicle, an engine, gearbox were also on display. A model of the former Vicar Lane bus station was also on view, giving the visiting public a look back at this once busy area. Two electric vehicles were on display at Keighley with 4007 the Magtec powered double decker conversion and EB2 the grey liveried Optare SoloEV. Burnley 2770, Harrogate 3601 and Blackburn 1308 were part of the modern buses on display at the K&D depot. There was a busy buzz around the depot, which saw families and bus enthusiasts mixing and talking about the buses. Thanks must go to Mr. Revell and his team at Keighley who pulled out all the stops to hold a superb open day, the first since 1978, well done all.
At Riverside the crowds gathered as the vintage buses brought in full loads of passengers, from the Transdev depot. Inside Riverside, again a happy buzz of conversations were ringing round, as friends and families mingled around the collection of buses. During the morning some of the Transdev managers ventured into Riverside for a brief photo-call and look around the museum collection, which rounded off a very good mornings work. But it was still all to do before the end of the day, buses with stalls, stall holders all had to pack away. The buses at Transdev's depot which were visiting were quickly moved out, because the first Sunday returns were about to arrive back home.
By early evening most of the buses used for displays by the KBMT were now back inside Riverside, as the guest vehicles were well on there way home. The remaining members milled around until it was decided to go home, some went to a pub for some well earned refreshment. While another group ventured to Grassington on the former Pennine Dart D15, for a spot of tea and a review of the day's events. Again thanks to the KBMT board for putting together this event, with valuable assistance from Transdev. Positive feedback from the public on the day and on the KBMT facebook page added to the knowledge that this open day was very successful.