On 9th November 1938, Birmingham City Transport opened a new bus depot in Yardley Wood, a quiet parish of Birmingham surrounded by lush green fields. Today the garage still stands and is one of National Express West Midlands' 9 bus depots.
2018 marks the 80th anniversary of the garage's opening and to celebrate the occasion, Yardley Wood's passionate team of drivers, engineers, and operational support staff are opening the garage for one very special day.
The garage will be open to the public on Saturday 10th November 2018, between 10am - 3pm; entrance is free so come and have a look around a real working bus garage!
Here's what you can expect on the day:
As well as celebrating the garage's milestone birthday, the day will also be spent remembering and honouring those who have served their country, with November 2018 marking 100 years since the end of World War I.
Through independent research, the team at Yardley Wood have also found that during World War II over 3,500 Birmingham City Transport staff members were enrolled in the Home Guard, an organisation of local defence volunteers comically immortalised by the BBC sitcom Dads Army.
To commemorate the efforts of these men, there will be the opportunity to learn more about the Yardley Wood and the Home Guard on the day, including the names of those who served in the local regiment.
You can visit us at: Yardley Wood Bus Garage, Yardley Wood Road, Yardley Wood, Birmingham, B14 4BN
Travel to the garage in style and relive the past, with a ride on a bus of yester-year!
Yardley Wood will be operating a heritage bus service throughout the day, which will serve run a circular route from the garage to Yardley Wood train station, Billesley and Maypole.
|Yardley Wood Bus Garage||-||10:00||10:20||10:40||11:00||11:20||11:40||12:00||12:20||12:40||13:00||13:20||13:40||14:00||14:20||14:40||15:00||15:20|
|Yardley Wood Train Station||09:47||10:07||10:27||10:47||11:07||11:27||11:47||12:07||12:27||12:47||13:07||13:27||13:47||14:07||14:27||14:47||15:07||15:27|
|Billesley Coldbath Road||09:52||10:12||10:32||10:52||11:12||11:32||11:52||12:12||12:32||12:52||13:12||13:32||13:52||14:12||14:32||14:52||15:12||-|
|Maypole Shopping Centre||10:03||10:23||10:43||11:03||11:23||11:43||12:03||12:23||12:43||13:03||13:23||13:43||14:03||14:23||14:43||15:03||15:23||-|
|Yardley Wood Bus Garage||10:11||10:31||10:51||11:11||11:31||11:51||12:11||12:31||12:51||13:11||13:31||13:51||14:11||14:31||14:51||15:11||-||-|
|Adult Day Ticket||£4|
|Child Single (5-15 Years)||£1|
|Child Day Ticket (5-15 Years)||£2|
|Family Day Ticket |
(Up to 2 adults and 4 children)
|Concessionary Pass Holders||£1|
Special Offer - 50% off fares when presenting a valid National Express West Midlands travel card, daysaver, mTicket or Swift pass.
All funds raised from running our heritage services will be donated to charity.
It's not everyday that you get to ride on a heritage bus or explore a working bus garage, so make sure that you share your day out at Yardley Wood on social media!
Tag us in your photos and videos - @nxwestmidlands - and use the hashtag #YardleyWood80 and we'll share some of our favourites with our followers!
Published 5th October 2018