Irish Transport Heritage Events

Outdoor Events

Saturday 28th April 2018 – ‘Preserved Vehicle Outing’
 
Sadly it will not be possible to hold our annual rally on this date as originally planned. To replace it we are organising an outing for preserved vehicles and if you are the owner of a preserved bus, we would be like to invite you to bring it along. Vehicles should assemble on Queens Road, Belfast (adjacent to the White Star House) by 10.30 with a view to departing at around 10.45. For the convenience of members, a bus will operate from the Europa Bus Centre at 10.00 linking the city centre with Queens Road. Planning for the day is still in progress but full details of the route and timings will be provided on the day. We look forward to seeing you on the day.
 
Sunday 20th May 2018 – ‘Trolleybus Memories’
 
12th May 1968 marked the end of just over thirty years of trolleybus operation in Belfast. Today just over 50 years later we take a look at some of the routes operated by the trolleybus fleet and seek out examples of what little of the infrastructure that still remains in-situ after half a century. This tour will hopefully be operated by vehicle(s) with a Belfast Corporation Transport connection and departure will be from Donegall Square West at 13.30. No advance booking is necessary for this tour.
 
Thursday 24th May 2018 – ‘Merseyside Bus Club Visit’
 
The Merseyside Bus Club is once again visiting Ireland for their annual spring tour and on 24th May they will be visiting us here in Northern Ireland. Our member Bill Barlow has kindly agreed that any ITH member who is interested can join the tour for the day. It is the intention to visit the Coleraine and Londonderry areas and as part of the visit to Coleraine it is hoped to incorporate a return trip between Coleraine and Dunluce Castle using a Bedford OB coach belonging to a local private operator. ITH board member David Allen has agreed to act as a contact point for this run and anyone interested in participating should contact David on 028 90774084 (landline), 07500 638303 (mobile) or david.allen677@gmail.com. David will be able to provide you with detailed timings/itinery.
 
Saturday 30th June 2018 – ‘Ulsterbus 252 Service’
 
The Ulsterbus 252 express route for many years linked Belfast to Portrush using the scenic Antrim Coast road taking in Carrickfergus, Larne, Ballygally, Glenarm, Cushendall, Cushendun, Ballycastle and Bushmills before arriving in Portrush. Sadly in recent years the route has been steadily cut back until it now only operates between Larne and Ballycastle and even then only in the peak summer season. Today it is our intention to cover the complete original route with hopefully taking in a few depot visits en-route. Departing from Belfast (Europa Bus Centre) at 09.30, we should be back in Belfast early evening. No advance booking is necessary for this tour.
 
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Saturday 4th August 2018 – ‘Into the West’
 
A day trip to Co. Fermanagh hopefully using Leyland Tiger / Alexander (Belfast) “N” type 343 (DXI 3343) which spent most of its operational life in the Enniskillen area. We also hope to tie up with local member Stewart Graham who also has preserved another former Fermanagh based Leyland Tiger but this time with an Alexander (Belfast) “Q” type body, 1390 (WXI 4390). Full details and timings for this tour will be supplied in the next mailing.
  
Saturday 15th or Saturday 22nd September 2018 – ‘Rally Replacement Event’
 
Subject to finding a suitable site within the greater Belfast area, it is hoped to organise some form of rally or gathering to replace our now cancelled annual rally. Planning is still at a very early stage and hopefully more details can be provided in the next mailing.
 
Saturday 6th October 2018 – ‘UTA at 70’
 
1st October 2018 marks 70 years since the formation of the Ulster Transport Authority. To mark the occasion it is hoped to organise an outing using one or more former UTA buses. Again planning it is at very early stage and hopefully more details can be provided with the next mailing.


Indoor Events
 

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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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