Crowds flock for a bank holiday on the buses in Wythall

By Tristan Harris Monday 21 April 2014 Updated: 21/04 23:30

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Buy photos » Tickets please! - Volunteer conductor Stephen Johnson is ready to welcome passengers. Pictures by Tristan Harris.

CROWDS flocked to Wythall Transport Museum on Easter Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday to embark on nostalgic bus trips to Birmingham, Henley-in-Arden and around local villages.

There was a real buzz and plenty of buses about the place, which boasts an impressive collection of more than 100 vehicles.

Visitors were delighted by the exhibition hall, films, games and the reconstructed 1950s Midland Red Enquiry Office, complete with period advertising.

It was also full steam ahead for the miniature railway which is run by Elmdon Model Engineering Society and took those who went along around the grounds.

Ron and Jean Clarke came to the venue from Sutton Coldfield and had not been there for more than ten years.

Ron, who recently celebrated his 87th birthday, said: "It's absolutely fabulous - when we found out there was a bus direct from Birmingham we just had to come."

Jean added: "We haven't been here for a while - there didn't used to be this much down here, but it's fantastic now."

Mike and Rob Handford jointly own a 1950s Guy Arab Mark 4 bus which used to be owned by Birmingham City Transport. The pair operate some of the rides to and from the museum.

"It has been great - we have been so lucky with the weather.

"We have had a good crowd of people who have really enjoyed the routes," said Mike.

The museum will be doing it all again for the May Day bank holiday weekend - visit www.wythall.org.uk for more information, times and prices.

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Buy photos» Full steam ahead - Volunteer train driver Reece Greenstreet gets the engine ready for its next journey.

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Buy photos» Is it due? - Ron and Jean Clarke, from Sutton Coldfield, check what time the next bus is.

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Buy photos» Welcome aboard! - Mike and Rob Handford who own this 1950s Guy Arab Mark II bus which was offering rides throughout the weekend.

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Buy photos» Having an ice time - Museum member Lew Giddings enjoys a break for an ice cream.

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Buy photos» All aboard - A Guy Arab Mark 4 bus which was built in 1950 and was owned by Birmingham City Transport.

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