THE WYTHALL Transport Museum will be offering rides into the past this coming Bank Holiday Sunday and Monday.
The museum specialises in Midlands buses and coaches, and the August holiday sees as many old-timers as possible back on the roads to give visitors a flavour of days gone by.
“The bank holiday meant a day out on the bus to their favourite locations for many in the mid-20th century,” said Malcolm Keeley, collections manager and a trustee of the museum.
“Wherever you come from in the Midlands, you will find memories here. Our buses are the real deal, genuine classic survivors from the old-time operators like Midland Red, Birmingham City Transport and the Black Country corporations that, between them, carried millions of passengers every day.
“We’re offering rides into the lovely countryside all around us, pure nostalgia for some while car users and kids relish the chance to look over the hedges and across the fields.”
Volunteers entirely run the museum, restoring and preserving around 100 classic buses, coaches, milk floats and bread vans, including a 1949 Wolverhampton trolleybus – powered by electricity through overhead wires.
The museum’s exhibition hall takes you through the decades with films, games, and a bus cab that makes all the right noises when you press the start button! All sorts of transport memorabilia will be on sale.
Younger children can enjoy the play cabin and measure themselves beside possibly the largest Birmingham coat of arms. This has just been re-assembled and used to grace the Corporation’s Tyburn Road bus repair works.
Further details about the museum and when the classic buses run can be found on www.wythall.org.uk