Countryside Magical Mystery Tour - Sunday August 3rd 2008
Well, we had a great afternoon out. So where did we finally go? All will be revealed:
- From the depot at St James, along the old Towcester Road to Blisworth.
- Followed the Courteenhall Road towards the A508, crossing over the railway at Roade cutting.
- Headed towards Roade then took the back lane to Hartwell.
- Through a leafy Salcey Forest until we got to the Newport Pagnell road.
- Left on the NP road until Horton, then right towards Brafield, passing the old stock car track.
- Crossed the A428 at Brafield and on to Cogenhoe, turning around at the Royal Oak pub.
- Back through this linear village, past the Aquadrome and on to Earls Barton.
- Across the old Welly road at EB, headed towards Mears Ashby then on to Sywell Aerodrome.
- Pulled into the Sywell Aerodrome Museum car park and spent some time perusing this great aviation heritage site. Also watched the light aircraft coming and going on runway 23. Many thanks to the warm reception we got from the staff at the museum.
- As time was now getting on we headed back to St James via the Holcot crossroads and the A43 Kettering road.
The weather was kind to us, just a few spots of rain as we headed for home. Everyone enjoyed this little countryside sortie.
Tiger Moth Club Fly-in, Sywell Aerodrome - Sat 16th August 2008
Departing the St James depot at 12.00 midday. After a short 20 minute journey to Sywell Aerodrome, we will stop over in the Sywell Aerodrome Museum car park. The top deck of the vehicle will provide a good viewing platform to observe any aircraft movements. You will also have the opportunity to view the exhibits in the aforementioned museum. Depart Sywell about 15.00hrs to arrive back at the depot no later that 15.30.
Please be aware that due to the prevailing weather conditions, especially if it is raining or the cloudbase is low, there may not be any aircraft to observe. If it is chucking it down with rain on the day, then the trip will probably be cancelled. Using the following link, you can check the Sywell Aerodrome Current Airfield Status on the morning of the trip.
Well the weather turned out to be quite good, although there was a brisk wind as can be seen by the flags and windsock on the roof of the Aviation Museum. (I really think the Met Office should invest in some more accurate forecasting software!). Unfortunately we missed the Tiger Moths because we had to leave before they were due back from their fly-in to one of the other participating airfields. All was not lost, however, since a de Havilland Dragon and Dragonfly made a welcome appearance earlier in the afternoon. Check out the pictures on the Photo Gallery page.
Heritage Weekend - Sat 13th and Sun 14th September 2008
Although the Heritage Open Day event begins on Thursday 11th September, the vintage bus service only operates on the last two days. Apart from ourselves, there will usually be an assortment of vintage vehicles present. Further details of this event can be found here on the Northampton Borough Council website.
We can now confirm that 154 will be operating 3 trips on the Southern Route on both Saturday and Sunday, departing opposite the Guildhall at 10:30, 12:30 and 14:30hrs. There are, of course, a variety of other trips being operated by an assortment of additional vintage vehicles including ex: Northampton Transport Daimlers 246 and 258. Please check the NBC website above for further details and timings.
The Southern Route, in brief, is as follows:
- Bridge Street, Cotton End, London Road to:
- Delapre Abbey
- London Road, A45, Berry Lane, High St to:
- St George's Church, Wootton
- Water Lane, Newport Pagnell Road, Mereway
- Towcester Road, Hunsbury Hill Road to:
- Northants Ironstone Railway
- Danes Camp Way, Upton Way, Weedon Road to:
- Quinton House School including St Michael's Church in the school grounds
- Back to town via Weedon Road, Marefair and Gold Street
Click the links above (in blue) for further information regarding each particular attraction.
Kettering Vintage Rally & Steam Fayre - Sunday September 21st 2008
We will be departing the St James depot at 9.00am sharp. Apart from ourselves, there will be all sorts of vintage vehicles on display. For further information about this event please refer to the Kettering Vintage Rally website.
Village at War weekend, Stoke Bruerne - Sat 4th and Sun 5th October 2008
Provisional - to be confirmed later
We will be attending this Retro Event at Stoke Bruerne with 154, providing there are volunteers available for driving and conducting duties. As soon as the details have been confirmed, I will post the information here. Please check back at regular intervals.
Town or Country Saunter - Sunday October 12th 2008
Again, this will either be a town-based journey, taking in some of the old bus routes or a countryside mystery tour. The actual details will be announced at a later date. Meet at the First Bus depot in St James at 1.00pm. Please ensure that you park in the old Bus Club car park and not in the grounds of the First depot since National Express coaches will need constant access.
Well this turned out to be a town-based saunter and the weather could not have been better. The route taken was briefly as follows:
- St James Depot, Weedon Road, Sixfields, Upton Way to Camp Hill
- Ironstone Railway, down the big hill (Hunslet Lane) to Ladybridge Drive
- Towcester Road, Clannell Road, Rowtree Road, A45 to Nene Valley fly-over
- Bedford Road, Cheyne Walk, Billing Road to Church Way in Westone (Had to dodge some low trees in Church Way but it gave 154 a much needed clean of the outside top-deck roof)
- Weston Way, Norman Road, Birchfield Road to Abington Park and a change of drivers
- Abington Park Crescent, Welly Road, Booth Lane to Moulton Way
- Manning Road, Northampton Lane and round the one-way circuit in Moulton Village
- Back down Northampton Lane, Kettering Road and around the Parklands estate
- Kettering Road, White Elephant, Kingsley Road, Kingsthorpe Grove to Cock Hotel
- Welford Road, Acre Lane circuit and back to Kingsthorpe again
- Kingsthorpe Road, St Andrews Road, Spencer Bridge Road and finally back to the depot