Yardley Wood Bus Garage is turning 80 this November and they’re hosting an open day to celebrate!
The garage will be open to the public on Saturday 10th November 2018, between 10am – 3pm and will play host to a wide range of activities including; a vehicle exhibition from old to new, live music, memorabilia & stalls, a children’s party bus and so much more!
The garage was first opened on 9th November 1938 by Birmingham City Transport when Yardley Wood was surrounded by lush green fields. The garage is one of 9 depots in the region operated by National Express West Midlands.
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, staff at the garage 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 Home Guard on the day, including the names of those who served in the local regiment.
Throughout the day there will be a heritage bus service operating which will serve run a circular route from the garage to Yardley Wood train station, Billesley and Maypole. A timetable and more information can be found at https://nxbus.co.uk.
If you share your photos on social media of the day make sure you tag in @nxwestmidlands and use hashtag #YardleyWood80.