Stagecoach Family Open Day & Rally in Morecambe

Stagecoach Family Open Day & Rally in Morecambe
Contributors Daniel Christopher, Tom Harrison, Macauley Pugh, Luke Bowman & Archie Campbell.Ethan Aspinall

Celebrating 100 years since the start of Ribble Motor Services, Stagecoach Cumbria & North Lancashire invited the public to explore behind the scenes at one of Stagecoach North West’s biggest bus depots. Fun for the kids, and for the grown-ups!

As 2019 marks the centenary of the Ribble Motor Services, Stagecoach Cumbria and North Lancashire hosted their popular Family Open Day at their Morecambe Depot at White Lund Industrial Estate on Saturday 25th May.

Alongside the historic vehicles from the fifties through to the noughties, several modern buses were on display and used on the free shuttle bus services between the depot, Lancaster and Morecambe.

A selection of buses based at Morecambe Depot. Tom Harrison

In addition, a series of activities for visitors were available, including a chance to see behind the scenes at how the buses are maintained, riding through a bus wash on a double decker and seeing your name on the bus destination screen (like we did in the main picture).

Open Day visitors enjoying the bus wash experience. Tom Harrison

With free entry for all, it was great to see so many families taking advantage of Stagecoach’s generosity in organising an event like this. As a bus enthusiast, it was the ideal opportunity to come and explore a working bus depot, along with the being able to discover a variety of buses from days gone by as well as some of the more modern buses in the Stagecoach fleet.

A selection of visiting vehicles including Ribble NRN 397P. Tom Harrison

The Stagecoach Family Open Day forms part of various celebrations happening across the North West for Ribble’s centenary, with bus companies Arriva North West and Transdev Blazefield both painting buses in special commemorative liveries to mark the occasion.

A well presented Volvo Olympian in Stagecoach’s Stripes livery. Tom Harrison

Interestingly, Stagecoach renumbered their 2 service in April this year to the 100 in celebration of 100 years of Ribble Motor Services. The service, which plays a vital role within the local community and acts as the primary source of transport for more than one and a half million customers per year, will continue to take passengers between Lancaster University and Morecambe Bus Station via the same stops and at the same times, albeit renumbered.

One of the School Runner branded Alexander bodied Volvo Olympians. Tom Harrison

Please keep an eye out for our blog post on the Ribble Vehicle Preservation Trust’s bus running day which was held on Sunday 26th May, where a selection of vintage bus rides were available between Morecambe, Heysham and Carnforth to add to the festivities.

Visiting from South Wales was this Alexander Dennis Enviro200 MMC. Tom Harrison

Please keep an eye out on our Facebook page and Instagram page for even more pictures from the day. I’d like to take the time to thank the organisers of this event for a very enjoyable event, particularly the variety of buses being used on the free shuttle services.

Tom Harrison
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