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28 August 2016

Event: 27 & 28 August 2016 - Day Out with Thomas at Caledonian Railway's Bridge of Dun station

On Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 August 2016 our Leyland National WBW735X - restored was back on duty providing the link service between Caledonian Railway's Bridge of Dun station and Montrose High Street for the second of their two special "Day Out with Thomas" weekends.

We ran six trips per day and carried nearly 150 passengers with the highlight once again being the "race" between Thomas and the bus from the station to a nearby bridge.

Bus waiting at the Bridge of Dun station ready to start the race:

The train manages to speed ahead of the bus (photo Kevin Wemyss):

Once again Thomas is passed the bridge before the bus arrives with the diesel engine following on:

A smug Thomas back in Brechin Station (photo Kevin Wemyss):

A video of the bus as seen from the train (video Kian Greene):

We all really enjoyed meeting so many Thomas fans young and not so young over the four days and hopefully we'll manage to do it all again next year. Who knows, maybe the bus will win just once!

22 August 2016

Event: 21 August 2016 - Tay Road Bridge 50th anniversary

The Tay Road Bridge, which links Dundee and Fife, was officially opened on 18 August 1966 marking the end of the Fifies (ferries) which operated across the River Tay.

To mark this event Taybus Vintage Vehicle Society was pleased to run two of our award-winning restored buses across the bridge a number of times and line them up at the Fife side of the bridge, a place where a number of buses from many Dundee operators have been photographed over the years.

Volvo Ailsa WTS272T - restored won the Roland Williams Best Bus trophy presented by the Scottish Vintage Bus Museum in 2013 with Leyland National WBW735X - restored winning the same award two years later.

Both buses travelling from Dundee to Fife with the iconic Law in the background.

Buses parked up in the bridgehead car park in Fife.

Making our way from Fife to Dundee with appropriate destination displays on both buses.

Coming after a successful weekend at the Scottish Vintage Bus Museum we were delighted to be able to take make our contribution towards the celebrations that marked this significant anniversary.

21 August 2016

Event: 20 & 21 August 2016 - Scottish Vintage Bus Museum Open Weekend

On Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st August 2016 restored buses from the Taybus Vintage Vehicle Society collection were on display at the 22nd annual Open Weekend hosted by The Scottish Vintage Bus Museum at Lathalmond.

Leyland Atlantean HRS270V - restored was present on both days and undertook a number of runs including this one to Dunfermline.

Volvo Ailsa WTS272T - restored was also at Lathalmond for both days and is photographed in Dunfermline Bus Station.

On Sunday both buses were joined by Leyland National WBW735X - restored returning to Lathalmond for the first time since May 2015.


6 August 2016

Event: Day Out with Thomas feedback

The following was posted on the TripAdvisor website regarding Caledonian Railway's Day Out with Thomas weekend on 23 & 24 July 2016 for which Taybus Vintage Vehicle Society operated the free bus service.

We travelled to Brechin (2.5hrs) as we couldn't make the dates of the one in Bo'ness. My son had a fantastic day. No queuing to get on the train. When we arrived at Bridge of Dun the free bus was waiting for us. All staff both at the station & on the bus were so friendly & helpful. The bus staff slowed down the bus so we could take pictures of Thomas going down the track & handed us a timetable for our return journey when we got off. There were lots of free activities at Brechin station. Food & drinks were reasonably priced. My son had such a good time he didn't want to leave so started to cry. The fat controller came over to make sure he was ok and chatted to him & shook his hand. Would definitely highly recommend.

There's another Thomas weekend on 27 & 28 August 2016 and once again we'll be providing the free bus service on both days.


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