Stagecoach North West continue with the now annual depot open day, this year held at Carlisle. At Willowholme just outside the city center, with preserved NBC/vintage vehicles providing all the free bus rides to and from the city. At the depot visiting buses were parked around the grounds, with services departing near the so called 'bungerlow'. Here the visitors could sample the various vehicles used for the free bus service. While within the depot the stall holders and other non operational/static display vehicles were housed, most with a pre Stagecoach before the deregulation era feel. From Bristol to Leyland the classic RE, VR, Olympian chassis were used along with Alexander, ECW and Leyland bodywork, with Cumberland and Ribble fleetnames. It was a chance to travel on proper non low floor vehicles for a day enjoying some nostalgic memories from the 1960's, 70's and 80's, Its strange to think that the NBC poppy red livery would be fondly remembered after it took away so many distinguished liveries. Even the Stagecoach stripes livery now looks good after the recently finished Alexander bodied Leyland Olympian 2186 continued to enjoy its maiden year out in preservation glory. Former First-West Yorkshire 5659 an Alexander Royale Volvo Olympian which had gained the Stagecoach 'beachball' livery looked smart and different, and it suited the lines of the Royale shape.
The year 2014 signals the start of celebrations for the newly formed PTEs. First South Yorkshire opened Olive Grove depot in 2013, with a highly successful open day. Celebrating 100 years of the 51 service to Lodge Moor, using preserved Sheffield and SYPTE buses. On may 10th 2014 Midland Road depot opened its doors to the public for a celebration of 40 years of SYPTE and 100 years of Rotherham Transport. Working with South Yorkshire based enthusiast groups, First SY Staff ensure Midland Road was ready to roll. Visiting buses and ancillary vehicles were all inside along with the five heritage liveried Volvo B7TLs, were all placed inside Midland Rd before the event opened. Highlights at Midland Road were collectors items, a specially commissioned tie and seat cushions, three commemorative booklets. With the addition of the repainted Volvo 524EB YN58ETR into the SYPTE tan and cream livery, which suits the vehicle well, thanks must go to Darren Sentence who has painted the five FSY heritage buses. Two free bus services were set up with one as a South Yorkshire Transport Museum shuttle and another visiting Thorpe Hesley, using vintage Sheffield preserved Leyland Titans, AEC Regents and a Leyland Atlantean, a SYTPE Dennis Dominator and a Huddersfield Daimler CVG6. Managing Director of First Bus UK Giles Fearnley was in attendance during the rally, with thanks to all the First South Yorkshire Ladies and Gents for their time during the event. Unlike Olive Grove, the visiting vehicles were housed inside the depot as 24 Rotherham/Doncaster/Sheffield & SYPTE buses, along with sixteen modern and guest vehicles. Which included the five heritage vehicle seen above just near the bus depot doors. In all the day was very enjoyable and there was opportunity to photograph the buses as they arrived and departed the depot.