Irish Transport Heritage Events

Outdoor Events

Saturday 28th October 2017 – ‘Dublin Port Rally – Dun Laoghaire’.
 
This popular event returns after a year’s 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 Explorer Tour’.
 
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 (don’t 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).

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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 confirmed.
 
 
Indoor Events
 

Member’s 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 1960’s/early 1970’s
 
The late 1960’s were to see the end of trolleybus operation in Belfast and the end was also nigh for the fleet of traditional half cab double decker’s which had formed the backbone of the city’s 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 Belfast’s 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 – “Clifton’s 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. Clifton’s 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 confirmed
 
Thursday 8th February 2018 – Topic to be confirmed
 
Thursday 1st March 2018 – Topic to be confirmed (Please Note Date)

 
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A special word of thanks to all who have agreed to give presentations at our meetings, your efforts are very much appreciated.
 
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 collection
 
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