For vehicle preservationists and transport geeks alike, the Trans-Lancs Transport Show in Heaton Park is a ‘must-visit’ event. Beside one’s ability to look at preserved vehicles, it is also a chance for operators to showcase their newest buses and coaches. For some, a chance to accumulate more ephemera like old bus timetables, new books or models.
This year, Greater Manchester’s operators had few new buses to showcase. Stagecoach Manchester’s contribution included an Enviro400H and three former Bluebird Bus and Coach single deckers. Disappointingly, no representation from First Greater Manchester. A lost opportunity given their recent arrivals and repainting of existing buses into heritage liveries.
Chesters Coaches showcased a new Mercedes minibus, two coaches with personalised number plates (3 LXE, an Iveco and 3 KLC, a Volvo) and an Alexander bodied Volvo Olympian. Making their Trans-Lancs Transport Show début was Club Class Travel’s Dennis Dart, with I’mALittleGem.com branding for the 61 route to Higher Blackley.
The weather was cold and windy, but the rain held off. As usual, the Heaton Park Tramway was in full swing whilst the Tramway Museum held its Model Show. Shuttle buses operated from the Middleton Road entrance and the park itself to the Greater Manchester Museum of Transport in Cheetham.