Monday 27 September 2010

A Good Weekend

Another epic weekend trip to Duxford, and a succesful one in many ways.

In the event, the party less BHU left Burnett at 1230 and went straight to Reading Services where it joined BHU, which had worked up from Swindon following its private hire. We continued to Birchanger Green, arriving at 1830.

An early start on Sunday and we were in place at Showbus by 0900.

Another Collection vehicle slipped in to the event almost un-noticed: Gary Williams had called on Friday to say that his Volvo B10M had broken down and asked to take blue Olympian "Sir George White" - 9552 - to the show, and she made it up on Saturday and back on Monday without incident.

The event was as large as ever, and the two L coaches operated a free service to Duxford village at 1245, with the two MWs following at 1330, both appreciated by those who travelled on them.

Then came the rain, which put a dampner on the rest of the day, resulting in many exhibits and trade stands leaving early.

However, in the pouring rain, I was pleased to be able to accept the award for the best ECW bodied Bristol on behalf of NAE3 - making the long drive up well worth the effort.

On Monday we left Birchanger Green at about 5 to 9 and, led by Derek White in 2815, we went down the M11 and threaded our way through London, arriving at Victoria Coach Station at just on 1100, where we were all ushered on to Bay 20 and, joined by Carl Berry with his "Greyhound" RE, and Duncan Law who had taken time from work for the occassion, we recorded the event on camera.

At 1130 we departed Victoria for the long drive to Reading Services and the A4 through Newbury, Marlborough and Chippenham, home to Burnett, arriving at 5.30.

All four coaches behaved perfectly, and thanks are due to Martin, Derek, and David and Mike from North Somerset Coaches for their stirling efforts in helping to get all four Greyhound coaches through the long weekend!

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