September 14th 2014 saw the 8th Merseyside Transport Trust running day, again using Liverpool South Parkway Interchange as the main base. Penny Lane and Pier Head/Mann Island were also used as transfer points across the day.
Feeder services from across Merseyside ran into Pier Head and Liverpool South Parkway (LSP), Aintree, Kirkby, Netherton, Ormskirk, St. Helens and Tower Hill. All these routes called at Mann Island before running forward to LSP and either Speke Hall or Aigburth Vale, via Penny Lane. The MTT provided a mix of front and rear engine vehicles for the travelling public to use, two AEC Regents, a Bristol RE, Leyland Atlanteans and a Leyland Panther. Also a Chesterfield Roe bodied Daimler Fleetline, a Merseyside PTE Dodge Minibus, a Stagecoach Ribble Leyland Olympian, a Ribble Olympian, a Merseyside Leyland National MKI and a National Travel West Leyland Leopard coach. With a preserved Halton Leyland national MK2 proving some interest on some 'H' services throughout the day.
LSP saw most of the early morning departures run with reasonable passengers on board, as a mixture of buses and the coach headed for either Pier Head or Speke Hall, providing some great areas for photographing these classic vehicles in service. Buses on the 77A used Mather Avenue for Pier Head journeys and via Woolton Road for Speke Hall diagrams. The MTT's own buses were used mainly on this particular service, with a few journeys operated by Mr. J Cherry's MPTE Leyland national 1000. The H1 and H25 were operated by the former Ribble Leyland Olympians 2101 and 2186, with the Halton Leyland National 2. Merseyside Minibus 7685 ran on the M2 MerseyMini service from the City to Speke Boulevard, while open topper 1449 ran on the 401 Garden Show special service.
For most of the morning I stayed around the Mather Ave and Woolton Rd areas to catch the buses running to and from Pier Head and Speke hall. By the afternoon a move to Pier Head and Mann Island saw more vehicles in situ, with a Crosville Bristol Lodekka and various Leyland vehicles parked up or waiting for departure on the H1/H25 or the 77A routes.
However a visit to Aigburth Vale was not taken as time flew by and its was time to watch the final departures from LSP, as the sun was starting to set. The MTT always put on a good selection of buses for this annual running day, with thanks to Chairman Steve Kelly and all the other MTT members for their hard work in getting the day ready.