A small Wallasey routes tour took place on the 10th November 2013, organised by local bus preservationist Terry Morris with the assistance of the 201 Bus Group. The event was to celebrate Wallasey Corporation Motors Leyland Atlantean PDR1/1 1 (FHF 451) being 55 years old, and Leyland Atlantean AN68A/1R Merseyside PTE 1788 (OEM 788S) being 35 years old which is finished in the resplendent colours of Wallasey Corporation.
We have for a couple of years added the occasional small scale event to their calendar nearer to the event of each year. The idea is to host small one-off events with other local preservationists and organisations to give members, and the public, something a little bit different to try out and reminisce of the good old times of the local public transport history.
Wallasey 1 (FHF 451) arrives at Seacombe Ferry around 11am
These one-off events fill in a gap in the events and rally calendar of bus shows near to the end of each year, this year is no different. It was first announced to members of the 201 Bus Group on the 25th October that a small scale event is in the process of being finalised.
The day started approximately at 10:30 in Liverpool’s Whitechapel, 1788 is currently stored at the North West Vehicle Restoration Trust in Kirkby it was an ideal location to start the day, Wallasey 1 is too stored at the NWVRT on a rotational basis with the groups two other Leyland buses.
The two buses finally gathered at Seacombe Ferry for 11:00, this was the first of several photographic opportunities throughout the day. We set off shortly afterwards bound for Wallasey Grove Road on a route 2 serving Liscard Village en route.
Changing the rear route indicators to the appropriate route
The next route to cover was the 4 to Saughall Massie Hotel via Moreton Shore, the route would’ve started at Seacombe Ferry, but there simply was no point going back on ourselves to start the service at Seacombe Ferry again. We paused for a short while at Moreton Shore to photograph the two buses displaying two different routes, the Sunday service 4S and the later 5 to Overchurch Road.
We then arrived at Moreton’s Town Meadow Lane for a photograph opportunity for the buses to display the 7 route which ran from New Brighton to Moreton Town Meadow Lane via Liscard Village. Shortly afterwards we departed to nearby Saughall Massie which borders Upton Village and Moreton Village.
Arriving next at Moreton’s Borrowdale Road for a sun-drenched photograph opportunity for the buses to display the 8 route which ran from New Brighton to Moreton Borrowdale Road via Liscard Village, before departing for another photograph opportunity on Moreton’s Hoylake Road.
FHF 451 and OEM 788S pause on Borrowdale Road in Moreton
Departing Moreton we found ourselves on the 8 route, taking in the sights of Leasowe and Wallasey Village before pausing on Breck Road outside the Cheshire Cheese Public House for another fabulously timed sun-drenched photograph opportunity before continuing onto Liscard Village.
Leaving Liscard Village we departed for New Brighton where we took the winding but scenic local roads into the town past New Brighton Railway Station and then onto the promenade for a 30 minute rest/luncheon break which was ideal as the Marine Point retail development provided toilets and food as well as a sit beside the sea if one so wished.
FHF 451 and OEM 788S both parked side-by-side at Seacombe Ferry
The routes tour passengers then assembled back onboard the vehicle of their choice to ride the 1 route along the front via Seabank Road back to the Ferry terminal for a photo shoot with the two buses parked side-by-side before departing again on a short working of route 14 to Liscard Village before returning back to Seacombe Ferry as a route 16 taking a slightly different route back to the Ferry finishing by approximately 15:00.