2017 Bus Tour weekend:   
28-30 April 2017   


Download Pooley’s full report on the Saturday and Sunday in pdf format from here.

  Friday 28 April 2017

Nothing.   Rien.   Nada.   Niente.   Niets.   Ничего.


For the first time in many years, nothing was organised for the Friday.   Must do better in 2018.

  Saturday 29 April 2017

The 41st LUPTS Bus Tour: Saturday 29 April 2017



Download the day’s itinerary from here.


Some photographs to support Pooley’s report below.

The tour vehicle – Howard’s/Springfield Wright-bodied Scania L94UB V23HOW – arrives at Apedale for the first visit of the day.   Vehicle was new to Yarrington Brothers of Eardiston (originally registered YN51MKZ) and has passed through a number of independent owners before reaching Howard’s.

In a break with tradition, the group photograph took place at the beginning of the day, when people were more cooperative (= sober).

Built by Kerr Stuart in Stoke-on-Trent and new to the French Commission for their artillery railways in 1916, 0-6-0WT 3014 runs round the LUPTS train at Apedale Road terminus.

Organiser’s prerogative is to get a cab ride without looking too smug about it.   Chris fails.

No 5197, an S160 Class 2-8-0 built for service in China by Lima Locomotive Company in Ohio, USA in 1945, is ready to depart from Kingsley and Froghall station on the Churnet Valley Railway with the 13:20 departure for Cheddleton.

Bus timings were a bit tight between Froghall and Blythe Bridge for the Foxfield Railway, but the 15:00 departure was held by a few minutes.   Loco is 1959-built Bagnall 0-6-0DMWolstanton No 3’.

Elbows to the fore as members of the LUPTS party jockey for position to get the best shot of ‘Wolsnaton No 3’ as it runs round at Dilhorne Park halt.

The last LUPTS visit to the Foxfield was on the occasion of the 1987 bus tour when the vehicle – Warrington Borough Transport Leyland PD2 48 – grounded as it arrived at Blythe Bridge.   Not to be outdone …


Mention should also be made of the post-bus tour gathering in Liverpool.   The spec for the venue was a quiet, city centre location where the conversation could flow along with the beer.   A table in the back room of Thomas Rigby’s in Dale Street sufficed … until the TV was switched on to show the Joshua v Klitschko fight from Wembley.   People in the pub started getting excited as, it has to be said did many members of the LUPTS party.   All except for John Fraser in fact.   He managed to sit through all 11 rounds of the fight with his back to the TV.

  Sunday 30 April 2017

Canal boat trip along the River Weaver and up in the Anderton Lift.   Lunch (when it eventually arrived) at the Stanley Arms.



Don’t forget the dates for the next bus tour weekend – 4-6 May 2018.  

Also look out for details of the special event to mark the 60th anniversary of the formation of the society.   This will probably be held in early October 2018.


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