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On the road again – Stroud Vintage Bus Show makes a return journey

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Here we are (at last) with warmer summer temperatures and the annual Stroud Vintage Bus Show upon us once again, writes Ian Thomas.

Organised by Adam Hall, and celebrating its fifth year, there was a good turnout of vehicles, perhaps this time with more modern examples. Having said that, the 1990s buses are now vintage – hard to get my head around!

All well-restored and with the usual timetable in place giving visitors the chance to ride out to the outposts of Stonehouse, Cashes Green, Minchinhampton, Nailsworth and Leonard Stanley.

The usual trade stands and food outlet was there, and many faces I have known from decades ago and more recently. The older veteran buses from the Bristol fleet were in evidence plus the 1930s-built Soudley Valley luxury coach owned by Nick Heliker.

Also present was the Leyland Tiger coach from Merseyside that we took to Nailsworth and back, now withdrawn just like their rail counterparts – the Merseyrail Class 507 electric multiple units which are almost extinct as new trains come online.

A good day and punters coming away quite happy, and the good weather made it appealing indeed.

Pictures by Ian Thomas, video by Matt Bigwood

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