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Sheffield Rear Entrance Bus Anniversary Event

Although there are no more Transpire events taking place during 2016, we thought that you might be interested in the following bus event which is being organised by the Sheffield Transport Study Group on 30th December:

Forty years ago, Sheffield said farewell to the last of a long line of traditional front engine, rear entrance buses, which had plied the city’s streets for many years. The last few remaining examples had been in service on Christmas Eve, 1976, and it was expected that this would be the last time such vehicles would be seen in active public service in the city.

However, much to the surprise of local enthusiasts, a brief reappearance was made after Christmas, with their final day of operation being on 30th December. All were AEC Regent Vs of 1960 vintage, one with Alexander bodywork, the others with Weymann bodywork.100_9704

Although we are currently unable to use an AEC to travel over the routes on which the rear loaders operated forty years ago, on Friday 30th December 2016 the South Yorkshire Transport Museum will provide (subject to availability) former Sheffield Transport 904, 3904WE, a Leyland Titan PD3/1 with Roe bodywork, new to Sheffield in June 1959, for a trip over some of the routes that those buses operated in 1976.

Departure will be from Pond Hill (at the side of the Sheffield Interchange) at 1000 hours, returning at approximatelly 1530 hours. It is hoped to plan a lunch break in Sheffield city centre into the itinerary and for those who do not wish to participate in the full tour it should be possible to join/leave at other times as the tour passes through the city centre. A fare something in the order of £15.00 is anticipated, payable on the day.

This time of year can give some inhospitable weather conditions and in the event of such conditions it may be necessary to cancel the tour at short notice. With this in mind it is essential to book in advance and give some sort of emergency contact – ideally a mobile phone number, such that you can be contacted at short notice if necessary. Bookings should be made by emailing Paul Beardsley at or by writing to him at 37 Peacock Close, Killamarsh, Sheffield, S21 1BF, or telephoning 07860 524 879.

The next Transpire Event will be the Christmas Bristol VR Morning Adventure on Sunday 15th January 2017 – further details of this trip are contained on page 49 of your November Transpire News Sheet.

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