On Friday May 15th 2015 the donated Volvo Olympian Alexander Royale was officially handed over to the Keighley Bus Museum Trust, on a very bright and sunny day at Bramley bus depot.
The morning started with 30790 (5610) R610JUB getting a final spring clean and wash down, with Wingnut spending fours hours cleaning the interior of the bus. While Scott and Iain gave the bus a good soaping and wash down, while the sun shone in the Riverside depot. However while doing this the Royale was showing signs of being a little off, with a warning light and buzzer. With a few phone calls the problem was located and sorted, luckily the bus would perform well for the trip to Bramley depot. While all this was going on the recently restored Leyland Atlantean/Roe 9339 GUG547N was being given a wash down then a short trip to the petrol station. Then it was a return to the Riverside depot were the open topper, joined the Volvo and then it was off to Bramley depot.
Both buses were driven to Bramley via Saltaire, Shipley, Bradford, Thornbury and finally Stanningley, arriving at Bramley around 11:30ish. The KBMT Chairman Iain Bonner, Iain Simpson the Secretary, Neil Halliday Treasurer with Kiran Tolson Events and members Scott Poole and David Stapleford (Wingnut).
At Bramley depot the Royale was joined by one of the new Alexander/Dennis Enviro 400 double deckers fresh from the Commonwealth Games at Glasgow, 33877 SN14TVE. With the arrival of Brandon Jones First Marketing Manager, Bob Dorr First Leeds manager and several First Bramley depot employees, all joined by Victoria from UK Bus Users. This lead to the various bus photo, with Iain Simpson joining selected First and Victoria for the shoot. Iain Simpson was also chosen to do a small sound bite sections for the newly launched Made in Leeds TV station, which will be shown at a later date. Everyone were chatting about the visiting Atlantean and Royale vehicles, with many regaling tales of the buses in service, which was interesting to hear. Kiran was able to place the Atlantean near the depot doors for a few shots, revisiting the 2005 depot departure when the vehicle was purchased for preservation. With the thanks and farewells complete, the KBMT group departed Bramley, with the Olympian visiting Calverley near Leeds then into Shipley. While the Atlantean was driven on the reverse of the route going to Bramley, then stopping at Thornbury, Bolton Bridge and in Wrose, then forward to Keighley.
Then its was time to put the buses back into the KBMT Riverside depot, and then a well earned pint and some food. The day was very enjoyable for all who went to Bramley with a pleasant catch-up with the First personal.
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