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400 enjoy Aldridge show

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: April 22, 2014

  • A hand operated miniature barrel organ provided a musical accompaniment throughout the day

  • John Bird with a model of Midland Red at Digbeth and a Birmingham City Transport garage, while Roy Finney has larger Midland Red buses

  • A selection of rail-based models from members of the Rugeley Power Station Model Engineering Society

  • Steve and Jack Daniels' half-size agricultural traction engine based on a 1909 Garrett

  • Barry Kefford's scale steam timber Foden tractor lorry and a miniature electric lorry

  • Event organiser Dave Wall provided several Bournemouth buses and trolley buses

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MORE than 400 visitors attended an open day with a difference at Aston Manor Road Transport Museum in Aldridge.

Enthusiasts put on a model road and rail layout exhibition including some which were large enough for visitors to have short rides on when they opened their doors to the public on Sunday, April 6.

"Public reaction was very positive and all those came enjoyed what they saw, particularly the children, " said the museum's financial director Richard Gray.

But he added: "Holding these kind of events does also pose a bit of a problem, especially for the volunteers, as it involved moving many of the buses out, some from quite awkward positions within the building.

"However, most of the commercial vehicles were able to stay inside as they could be accommodated around the large number of layouts."

The museum, which has been open since the early 1990s, was based in Birmingham's first original tram shed at Witton, near the Aston Villa ground. It moved to premises in Shenstone Drive, Aldridge, reopening in July last year.

It is primarily a commercial road transport museum featuring vehicles built or operated in the West Midlands and has a number of local buses that operate on event days as well as at other times.

The museum is open to the public on Tuesdays and weekends and further events are planned later this year. For more details call 01922 454761.

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