Irish Transport Heritage Events

Outdoor Events

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Saturday 28th April 2018 – ‘Annual Bus & Coach Rally, Cultra’.
CANCELLED
 
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 confirmed.
 
 
Indoor Events
 

Thursday 11th January 2018 – “Moving on’’

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 O’Rawe 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 Noel’s 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 tonight’s 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 inimitable style.

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A special word of thanks to all who have agreed to give presentations at our meetings, your efforts are very much appreciated.

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 collection

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 retiring collection.
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