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About this eventWe are pleased to announce an Autumnal evening shoot at Wythall Transport Museum using a number of buses from the superb BAMMOT (Birmingham & Midland Motor Omnibus Trust) collection. This October evening event gives us a fantastic opportunity to photograph members of the fleet after dark, both in authentic-looking depot and bus stop settings within the Museum complex. We will also try to get the old St Mary's Parish Church illuminated as a landmark backdrop, though this has not yet been confirmed.
Our event will run from just before dusk through until approximately 22.00 with breaks in between our cameos to reposition vehicles. Tea, coffee and light refreshments will be available to purchase on the night to keep out the cold. We will be pairing several combinations of buses during the evening to give variety and to put buses together that would have been seen together on the roads in and around Birmingham at the same time. Given how long some members of the Cityís bus fleet lasted in service that is quite a long time span! The Museumís volunteers are very knowledgeable and will be able to get the correct matching destination blinds showing appropriate destinations for two vehicles together.
Until we head into early Autumn, we cannot be 100% accurate as to which buses will feature but I have requested some of the older buses from what is an amazing collection and am confident that for those with a keen interest in this form of transport it will be an event you will wish to attend.
Birmingham City Transport existed with certain name variations from its inception in 1899 (as Birmingham Corporation Tramways) through until 1969 when it became a part of West Midlands Passenger Transport Executive. BCT ran its first motor bus service in 1914 and operated buses exclusively from July 1953 when the City's tramways closed, with over 1700 new buses being ordered in the seven year period leading up to the tramway closures.
As those who attended our previous event at Wythall in Autumn 2016 will know, we also try and arrange for one or two unusual Ďextrasí to appear, though we are always cautious as to what these might be. The crew members involved will be wearing uniforms and we expect to have several re-enactors joining us for the evening to bring life to the scenes that we create - after all, one very seldom saw buses without passengers either travelling or (more usually!) waiting.
The Transport Museum has several areas where it is possible to properly recreate scenes, both depot views and bus waiting areas with the appropriate street furniture of the eras we wish to reflect. Coupled with the superb vehicles that form the Museumís collection, we are confident that some great images will be obtained. We hope many of you will wish to join us for our second nocturnal visit to Wythall Transport Museum.
- Spare batteries
- All levels welcome
- Sturdy outdoor shoes
- Warm clothing
- Wet weather gear