The Wythall Transport Museum, in partnership with Cummins are marking the 50th anniversary of the formation of the West Midlands Passenger Transport Executive with a special running day that includes the last pair of running V6 powered Daimler Roadliner buses.
October the 6th is gonna be a noisy one…
Commemorating 50 years since WMPTE (West Midlands Passenger Transport Executive) took over the operation of the local West Midlands corporation fleets in 1969, the day will uniquely feature two Cummins V6 powered buses running side by side (bring your ear defenders!) with the return to the road of Wolverhampton Daimler Roadliner 719 alongside the giant Walsall Daimler double-decker 56.
West Bromwich Daimler 101 will also run side by side with a number of Birmingham City Transport and visiting WMPTE buses in support. The Coventry fleet and much of Midland Red were not absorbed until 1974 but it’s planned that both fleets will be represented on the day. We’re hoping the West Midlands Buses fleet of Corporation heritage liveries will join us too.
Clearly illustrating the contrast between 20th and 21st century technology and how the bus industry is addressing the challenging road to lower emissions. The exhibits will also include Cummins electric battery technology for zero-emission buses and the Darlington-built successor to the V6 – the latest ISB-6.7 engine meeting Euro VI emission regulations. Cummins literature will also be available to take away.
The Wythall museum is located a few minutes north of the M42 junction 3 and houses one of the largest collections of heritage vehicles in the UK. Food and drinks are available from the on-site cafeteria and a well stocked book and gift shop caters for all those with an interest in transport. CLICK HERE for information and how to get there.
Doors open at 10:00am
Cummins celebrate 100 years in 2019 and kind thanks go to them for sponsoring this event.