Dates for your diary
for your diary
Dates for your
...Dates for your diary
Saturday 28th April 2018
Annual Bus & Coach Rally, Cultra.
Friday 4th May Monday 7th May 2018
Llandudno Transport Festival.
We are once again proposing to attend this popular event.
The vehicle we intend using this year has yet to be
Thursday 11th January 2018 Moving
For many years it was the policy of Translink and its
predecessors to mainly dispose of their surplus vehicles
to scrap dealers only, lest they should fall into the
hands of potential competition. However some years ago it
was decided to offer serviceable vehicles for sale and
under the guidance of Pat Moss, a considerable number of
vehicles have been sold on for further use, both within
Ireland and on the UK mainland. Not only has this given a
further lease of life to vehicles which not long ago
would have been consigned to the scrap man, but it has
also provided the companies with a welcome income stream
Using mainly the internet it has been possible to pull
together quite a collection of photographs of vehicles
that would once have been familiar to us in their new
homes. The task is a mammoth one, there being far more
material than I could hope to cover in one meeting.
Hopefully you will enjoy the selection I have put
together and perhaps at a later date we can return to
cover some of the ground not covered this time round.
Thursday 8th February 2018 To
Millbrook and beyond !!!
Tonight we welcome back member Noel ORawe who is
going to show us a collection of his photographs going
back as far as March 1993 which as he puts it was
when he first lifted a camera in anger. In addition
to local material, he hopes to feature Dublin, Glasgow
and possibly Edinburgh as well and may even take us to
foreign climes. This promises to be an interesting and
entertaining evening no doubt delivered in Noels
inimitable style. As to the title, I will leave it to the
man himself to explain that on the night.
Thanks to Noel for taking the time and trouble to put
together tonights presentation.
Thursday 1st March 2018 Try before
you buy PLEASE NOTE DATE
Many of you will have heard of the expression try
before you buy, something most of us regard as good
advice. Constant changes in regulations and advances in
technology means that bus manufacturing companies are
keen to promote their latest product and hopefully tempt
operators into ordering a fleet of their shiny new toys.
To this end all bus manufacturers have their own fleet of
demonstrators which tour the country trying to impress
potential buyers and secure future orders. We in Northern
Ireland are no different and over the last half century
or so vehicles of many different types have been trialled
by our local operators, some attracting orders but many
failing to impress.
Thankfully member Raymond Bell was on the ground and
managed to capture on film many of the interesting
vehicles which have visited our province. A lot of ground
to cover here and we are very grateful to Raymond for
taking the time and trouble to put together this
presentation which will no doubt be delivered in his own
A special word of thanks to all who have agreed to give
presentations at our meetings, your efforts are very much
Indoor meetings are held in McElhinney Room 2, The
Pavilion, NICSSA, Stormont Estate, Upper Newtownards
Road, Belfast and commence at 19:45.
Admission free Open to non-members Retiring
As mentioned previously, the cost of holding our monthly
meeting continues to rise. We have looked at moving to
alternative venues but the facilities here are good, can
be regarded as safe and there is plenty of parking. In
order to help cover our monthly overheads, could we
respectively suggest a donation of £2 a head for the