Videos of Quantock Open Weekend

A series of videos taken at the recent Quantock Motor Services Depot Open Weekend has been posted on YouTube. Part 1 is shown here:

The four videos give a good impression of all the action and even includes a ride in a 1937 Leyland Tiger. The eagle-eyed viewer may even spot yours truly on the platform of a Crossley. The videos are largely unedited but are available to view in High Definition, if your connection can cope with a high data streaming rate. If you view the clip above you should find the other parts listed nearby but I’ve included links here too:
QUANTOCK CLASSIC BUSES 1 MAY 2010 Part 2
QUANTOCK CLASSIC BUSES 1 MAY 2010 Part 3
QUANTOCK CLASSIC BUSES 1 MAY 2010 Part 4

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Conducting on a Crossley

A bright and early start found me meeting in the office for a crew briefing. I was paired up with a very experienced volunteer driver on EVD 406, a Crossley/Roe DD42/7 once operated by Joseph Wood of Mirfield. We were the first bus out of the depot, running an all day shuttle service to Taunton.

A couple of visiting Royal Blue coaches had arrived just before me and were parked in the yard. Inside the depot were people setting up their stalls, selling bus models, books, magazines etc. Right at the back was a stall selling refreshments, including a range of home-made cakes. Yummy!

Our first departure from Taunton Railway Station was quite well loaded and on the next run we were almost full by the time we had picked up at the Bus Station as well. We also called at our old depot at Norton Fitzwarren (which will be demolished at the end of June) where some of our fleet was on display, along with some ‘restoration projects’. We set down and picked up there so that passengers could wander among the buses and spare parts on display.

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