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Offline David Goddard

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Family Open Day 03 July
« on: June 01, 2011, 07:23:20 PM »
The fourth Reading Buses family open day will be held on Sunday 3 July at Great Knollys Street Bus Depot
They always put loads of effort into putting on some great displays and activities, and its free to get in.
Lots of side shows, with all money raised going to charity, this year being the Duchess of Kent House Charity.

Full details at http://www.reading-buses.co.uk/articles/family-open-day/

Look forward to seeing some of you there!

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Re: Family Open Day 03 July
« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2011, 07:43:14 PM »
Look out for an announcement very shortly, but I am hoping to arrange a Forum meet-up there.
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Re: Family Open Day 03 July
« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2011, 07:22:22 PM »
Heard yesterday that former Reading trolleybus No113 will be on display at the open day.
It will also form part of a display in Broad Street on Saturday 2 July.

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Re: Family Open Day 03 July
« Reply #3 on: June 23, 2011, 08:13:14 AM »
That will clash with the North Weald Rally unfortunately !
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Re: Family Open Day 03 July
« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2011, 03:10:17 PM »
it was the same day as north weald last year and i think it has been the same day each year it has been on ?

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Re: Family Open Day 03 July
« Reply #5 on: June 23, 2011, 03:53:28 PM »
Does Roger Freeman not like North Weald then ?
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Re: Family Open Day 03 July
« Reply #6 on: June 23, 2011, 08:25:18 PM »
I hadnt heard that the former minister of transport was now in charge at Reading...
I think you meant James Freeman.  I'm sure he won't be offended.

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Re: Family Open Day 03 July
« Reply #7 on: June 24, 2011, 07:45:59 AM »
Oops !
Senior Moment there , me thinks !
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Re: Family Open Day 03 July
« Reply #8 on: July 02, 2011, 04:50:01 PM »
Heard yesterday that former Reading trolleybus No113 will be on display at the open day.
It will also form part of a display in Broad Street on Saturday 2 July.
And here she is in all her glory.  Also on display is former Reading AEC Regent RD7127 looking just as immaculate.


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Re: Family Open Day 03 July
« Reply #9 on: July 03, 2011, 03:40:40 AM »
For those forum members who enjoy ale, may I suggest a visit to The Hobgoblin, on Broad Street ?

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Re: Family Open Day 03 July
« Reply #10 on: July 05, 2011, 08:22:55 PM »
It was a super day on Sunday when Reading Buses threw their gates open to the public again.
Here are a selection of pictures taken at the event.  First the vintage lineup, made up of buses from Reading's past.
« Last Edit: July 05, 2011, 08:25:59 PM by DavidG »

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Re: Family Open Day 03 July
« Reply #11 on: July 05, 2011, 08:35:12 PM »
The next set are from the main display of Reading's current fleet.
Seen here are the main Double Decker line up, the single Deck Solars and Solo, and brand new Enviro400H SN11BVR, which will become no 210.

The open day also saw the unveiling of names on Reading Buses for the first time.  Four of the Enviro400s from yellow route 26 were on display, proudly bearing their new names,  in memory of people closely connected with the work of the Duchess of Kent House - Reading Transport's chosen charity of the year.  The buses are 202 - Marion Dollery, 203 - Joan Taylor, 204 - Kenneth Solly, 205 - Phyllis Haydon.  Their families were in attendance for the ceremony.
« Last Edit: July 05, 2011, 09:15:32 PM by DavidG »

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Re: Family Open Day 03 July
« Reply #12 on: July 05, 2011, 08:47:22 PM »
A popular part of the Reading open days is the opportunity to go behind the scenes, with tours of the workshop and control room on offer, as well as rides through the bus wash.  These were well worth the token donations of £1 or 50p they ask for, and 820 must be able to claim the accolade as the cleanest bus on the day!

Visitors to the workshop were able to see the other four new E400s which arrived last week.
These are not yet branded but are 207 in yellow for route 26 to Calcot, and 211, 212 & 215(?) for routes 20/20A/21s to Lower Earley.

Meanwhile, the control room tour gave an insight into operations, and systems used to monitor each bus' location and punctuality.
« Last Edit: July 05, 2011, 09:12:47 PM by DavidG »

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Re: Family Open Day 03 July
« Reply #13 on: July 05, 2011, 09:03:41 PM »
The day ended with available drivers being called to their buses, before visitors were asked to "board a bus with a driver".  At 16:00 most of the Double Deck vehicles in the main display then departed the site in convoy, followed by Routemaster 25, Thames Valley JRX 823 and AEC Regent 3, for a circuit of the town centre, the latter two seen here on arrival at St Mary's Butts at 16:20.

Also attached is a list of the displayed vehicles.  The rest of the fleet were in the East yard and were visible, but not on active display.  Most of these were parked tight together to leave room for those coming in or going out on service during the day.

Over £3,000 was raised at the open day, which will go to the Duchess of Kent House Charity.