After a few months of planning the latest KBMT open day arrived on a very sunny June 8th 2014. Amongst the arranged duties were two bus services, a display of buses which did not make Metro 40, stalls, exhibits, guest vehicles and a programme.
Carrying on from the success of the open day in March 2014, the events committee sat down to flesh out ideas for the June open day. The KWVR was holding its annual Diesel engine gala across that weekend. So with that in mind, it was decided to run rear-engine vehicles on the Ingrow shuttle service. While traditional Half cab veterans were used on the Riddlesden Hall service which ventured passed the Airedale Heifer public house. Running on the Ingrow service were KBMT Huddersfield Fleetline 473, private owned K&D Olympian 389, private owned WYPTE Atlantean 6294, Private owned Yorkshire Rider Olympian 5181 and private owned Pennine Dart D15. While on the Riddlesden route had KBMT Bradford Titan 309, KBMT Leeds Regent 916, private owned Leeds Atlantean 331, private owned Pennine National LN19 and private owned WYPTE Leopard 8534.
Inside the museum Olympian 5024, Fleetline 7140, Atlantean 6228 and Atlantean 6020 were placed in a row with preserved Bradford AEC Matador 025. The remaining private and museum vehicles were static displays for the visitors to wonder around, museum members were on hand to assist with questions about the whole collection. There were a couple of stalls within the museum and a refreshment stall just near the entrance. Although the morning was quite things picked up during the afternoon with KWVR diesel gala visitors also milling around the museum and riding on the free bus services, the god weather also helped. Beside the KWVR gala, there was the traditional Keighley Gala which saw a procession ride around the town.
As the afternoon drew to a close the event was completed and all the visiting buses were going home and the KBMT and private owned buses were placed back into the depot, thus ending quite a successful open day.
The next open day at Keighley will feature as our main theme the AEC Regent, from the initial Regent I to Regent V with no doubt the popular RT thrown in. So make a date in your diary for Sunday September 28th 2014.