PHIL HALEWOOD tells the story of the formation and growth of the North West Vehicle Restoration Trust, which plans to unveil some of its latest work at its postponed 2021 open day in Merseyside in September

Ribble 249 (HRN 249G), a 1969 ECW-bodied Bristol RELL6G restored to its 1970s livery of National Bus Company poppy red with NBC and Merseyside PTE logos, was unveiled at the June 2019 open day. It was carefully driven out of the large shed and paused for a few minutes on the cleared forecourt area to allow photographers to obtain their perfect shots.

The Liverpool city region is rather blessed with bus preservation groups, with four now well established on either side of theMersey.

The Wirral has the Birkenhead Transport Museum with a collection not only of buses from across the region, but also a short working electric tramway running between its Taylor Street garage and Woodside Ferry Terminal.

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