Classic bus rides are just the ticket

By Tristan Harris 05/04 Updated: 05/04 11:47

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RESIDENTS will be given the chance to ride some classic buses on Easter Sunday and bank holiday Monday (April 8 and 9) at Wythall Transport Museum.

The venue boasts the biggest collection of classic Midlands buses and battery-operated vehicles - some 100 in total.

The collection will take visitors back to the time when operators, such as Midland Red, Birmingham City Transport, Wolverhampton and Walsall Corporations carried millions of passengers every week.

The main exhibition hall has games, a film and other interactive exhibits and all sorts of classic transport memorabilia will be on sale.

On bank holiday Monday, visitors can catch a classic bus to the museum from Birmingham City Centre and, at the venue, there will also be the opportunity to ride the miniature steam railway.

Malcolm Keeley, one of the trustees of the entirely volunteer-run museum, said: “You can simply visit the museum, but most visitors enjoy a great taste of the past with a classic bus ride.

“We’ll be ready on all the holiday Sundays and Mondays in 2012 to carry you through beautiful villages like Henley-in-Arden, Earlswood, Alvechurch and Beoley.

“For some it’s pure nostalgia, while car users and kids relish the chance to look over the hedges and across the lovely countryside.”

Adult admission on Easter Sunday and Monday is £5 or £9, including all-day bus rides.

Children aged five to 16 are half price and family tickets are available too.

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