16/05/2015

Fenland Vintage Vehicle Gathering 2015 - photo special!

Last Saturday (9th May) saw the 3rd annual Fenland Vintage Vehicle Gathering take place in and around the Cambridgeshire town of Whittlesey, the event which is arranged by the Eastern Bus Enthusiasts Group was attended by over 20 vintage buses and coaches (plus a special modern visitor - see photo below!) from both the local area and also from further afield, the event saw a network of free vintage bus services in operation primarily linking Whittlesey with Thorney where a static display of heritage cars, lorries & other commercials was held, other locations served included Glatton, Turves and Crowland. There was also a mystery tour and a Judds open top Bristol VR operating on the soon to end 701 service to Peterborough.

Our regular correspondent David Bell was in Whittlesey for the event and has sent us an excellent selection of photographs to share with you - enjoy!

Fenland Vintage Vehicle Gathering 2015 (c) David Bell
We'll start with Stagecoach Bristol FLF JAH 553D which is seen here looking resplendent in red Eastern Counties heritage livery (c) David Bell.

Fenland Vintage Vehicle Gathering 2015 (c) David Bell
Delaine Buses are celebrating their 125th anniversary this year and that was recognised at the event, one of three Delaine vehicles attending on the day was Northern Counties bodied Leyland Atlantean ACT 540L (c) David Bell.

Fenland Vintage Vehicle Gathering 2015 (c) David Bell
As mentioned in the introduction, Judds had an open top Bristol VR out on their 701 service to Peterborough, BKE 861T pictured here was new to Maidstone & District in 1979. As you may have read in the press, operators Emblings and Judds have recently had their operating licenses revoked by the traffic commissioner with effect from 9th June, you can find out more about this news in a Route One article by clicking here (c) David Bell.

Fenland Vintage Vehicle Gathering 2015 (c) David Bell
Next up is familiar vehicle to the blog having recently taken part in the Norwich Running Day, Eastern Counties - National liveried ECW bodied Bristol RE GCL 349N is seen here operating on one of the free services to Thorney (c) David Bell.

Fenland Vintage Vehicle Gathering 2015 (c) David Bell
Pictured here is Marshall bodied Leyland Leopard EKL 456K, this bus was new to Maidstone & District in 1972, it operated with them for it's entire working life before entry into preservation (c) David Bell.

Fenland Vintage Vehicle Gathering 2015 (c) David Bell
The penultimate photo in this part shows a slightly more modern vehicle, Buckby's Coaches MCW Metrobus B783 AOC, this bus was one of many new to West Midlands PTE, this particular example dates from 1984 (c) David Bell.

Fenland Vintage Vehicle Gathering 2015 (c) David Bell
We finish with the 'special' modern visitor mentioned in the introduction, it was Stagecoach London New Routemaster LT272 LTZ 1272, as you can see it wears the special silver and red livery to celebrate the Year of the Bus, the 'Borismaster' must have been quite a head turner gliding along the roads of rural Cambridgeshire! (c) David Bell.

Many thanks to David Bell for the photos included in this post.