Saturday 28th October 2017
Dublin Port Rally Dun Laoghaire.
This popular event returns after a years gap and
with the venue now moved to the former Stena compound at
Dun Laoghaire Port. It is our intention to send two
vehicles to support this event, Leyland Leopard/Alexander
(Belfast) 1591 (SOI 3591) and Leyland Tiger/Wright 1431
(WXI 4431). Departure will be from Belfast (Europa Bus
Centre) at 08.00 returning early evening. No advance
booking is required for this tour.
Saturday 18th November 2017 Foyle
On 1st September 2017 there was a major revamp of the
city services operated by Ulsterbus in Londonderry. As
well as a revamp of services, a new burnt orange livery
was applied to the vehicles used on these services which
are now branded as Foyle Metro. A number of
the vehicles used were taken from the existing fleet but
in addition a sizeable fleet of new Optare saloons and
minibuses were added to the fleet as well. Today we give
members an opportunity to visit the maiden
city and sample the new Foyle Metro. It
is also hoped to organise a visit to the Ulsterbus depot
premises at Pennyburn (dont forget to bring your
high viz jacket) on the day. Departure will be from
Belfast (Europa Bus Centre) at 08.00, returning early
evening. No advance booking is required for this tour.
Saturday 9th December 2017 Dublin
Day Tour (Please note change of original date).
** EVENT CANCELLED **
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Saturday 28th April 2018 Annual Bus &
Coach Rally, Cultra.
Friday 4th May Monday 7th May 2018
Llandudno Transport Festival.
We are once again proposing to attend this popular event.
The vehicle we intend using this year has yet to be
Members attention is drawn to the fact that due to
renovation works at The Pavilion, there will be some
unavoidable disruption to this seasons winter programme.
The bar area at The Pavilion is undergoing a major revamp
and as a consequence McElhinney Room 2 will be used as a
bar during the course of the works. As a result our
meetings will take place in the adjoining smaller
McElhinney Room 1. Please pay particular attention to the
dates of the winter meetings below. To accommodate the
works some of our meetings will be on the first Thursday
of the month whereas others will be on our usual second
Thursday. We apologise for any inconvenience this may
cause but we are doing our best to work with The Pavilion
during the course of these works.
Thursday 12th October 2017 Transport
in Belfast in the late 1960s/early 1970s
The late 1960s were to see the end of trolleybus
operation in Belfast and the end was also nigh for the
fleet of traditional half cab double deckers which
had formed the backbone of the citys bus fleet for
many years. The troubles which were to engulf the
province were just around the corner with the disastrous
effects that was to have on public transport both in
Belfast and the province generally. In addition the end
was not far off for the Belfast Corporation Transport
Department which itself would cease to exist becoming
Citybus in 1973. Tonight with the help of Howard
Cunningham we take a look back at this interesting period
in Belfasts transport history.
Thursday 2nd November 2017 Members
Contributions (Please Note Date)
In the good old days this would have been a members slide
night but advances in technology now gives a lot more
options when it comes to making presentations. Members
are invited to bring along material, whether it be in the
form of slides or the more modern DVD/data pen format. I
regret to say that we cannot accommodate any carvings on
tablets of stone. So have a hunt about and see what you
can come up with. or to the commencement of this meeting
our Treasurer Howard Cunningham will present our most
recent accounts and a report on our recent activities.
Thursday 7th December 2017
Cliftons Travels Summer 2017
(Please Note Date)
Once again we welcome back our Dublin member Clifton
Flewitt to share with us some of the transport related
gems he unearthed on his European travels in summer 2017.
Cliftons annual pilgrimage always proves to be an
interesting and entertaining evening and once again we
thank him for taking the time and trouble to come north
to entertain us.
We are still in the process of trying to finalise the
remainder of our programme of indoor winter meeting and
we hope to be in a position to provide full details in
due course. Below are dates confirmed for the remainder
of our winter meetings.
Thursday 11th January 2018 Topic to be
Thursday 8th February 2018 Topic to be confirmed
Thursday 1st March 2018 Topic to be confirmed
(Please Note Date)
A special word of thanks to all who have agreed to give
presentations at our meetings, your efforts are very much
Indoor meetings are held in McElhinney Room 1, The
Pavilion, NICSSA, Stormont Estate, Upper Newtownards
Road, Belfast and commence at 19:45.
Admission free Open to non-members Retiring