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Annual Open Weekend 2021

Join us for the return of the main event of our calendar, on 9th and 10th of October

Visitors will be able to enjoy the sights and sounds of yesteryear with our free vintage bus services to and from the City Centre and the Riverside Museum. The frequent service will use a selection of historic buses from the GVVT collection together with a number of visiting vehicles. The service will operate to a timetable which will be posted here and our facebook and twitter accounts before the event.

Inside the garage, we’ll have a fine display of buses, commercial vehicles and fire engines again many visiting the garage from elsewhere. We will also have a number of modern buses from today’s operators which will let visitors contrast buses of today with their predecessors from the 20th Century. The vehicle displays also give the visitor insight into all stages of vehicle restoration, from rusting hulks, to preservation in progress and finally to the restored vehicle.

Other popular activities will be running:

We will have a large number of stalls selling souvenirs, books, models, photos and autojumble.

There will be an exhibition of artefacts from the GVVT Archive.

The Model Bus Federation will be bringing their dioramas showing their models in a range of street scenes.

Finally, and not to be forgotten, the Clippie’s Café will be opening serving refreshments and light snacks (including lots of delicious homebaking!)

Admission prices:

Adults £8, Child (5-15) £5, Senior £5, Family (2 Adults and up to 2 children) £20. A weekend pass is available (adults £13, child/senior £8). Under 5’s are free.

Entrance to Bridgeton Bus Garage will be via our Broad Street door. You can pay at our cash desk, or buy your tickets in advance for priority entry.

You can pre-book your ticket here on our shop page

More details can be found on our Open Weekend page.

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Reopening in 2021

We’re back from July

The GVVT is pleased to open our home, Bridgeton Bus Garage, to the public on the first Sunday of July, August and September 2021.

Initially these events will require advance purchase tickets to ensure we can keep our visitor numbers within a safe limit.

The garage will be open from 11am-4pm. Each ticket will allow you 2 hours at the event and you must arrive within 30 minutes of the time you have chosen.

Ticket prices: Adult £5, Child/Concession £3, Family £12

Child tickets are for ages 15 and under, Concession is for over 65. A family ticket is valid for 2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children.

Booking is through our Open Sunday Event Page

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Centre Circle Day

Back for 2021!

GVVT are looking to re-start the year’s programme of events this year with a re-run of the ‘Centre Circle’ day which we successfully operated last October, when 19 preserved vehicles created quite a spectacle running around the city centre.

The principle focus of this event is to showcase the collection to the public, thereby reminding them of our existence in advance of our series of open days throughout the remainder of 2021.  Of course, it gives owners the chance to stretch their vehicles’ legs and get back in the driving seat again after a long period away. 

The route will be identical to that followed in October.  However, High Street is currently closed while an unsafe building is demolished so it may be necessary to divert the route if this work is not complete in time.
Buses will operate in a clockwise direction with the first departures from Cowcaddens Road around 11am with a departures at very regular intervals through to around 4pm.  Once again, no passengers will be carried because of the current Covid situation.

Details of the route and some images from our last event can be found below.

If you are planning to view this event or would just like to make a donation please consider doing so on our fundraising page.

our route subject to High Street being open to traffic
An original City Circle Timetable
LA764 turning onto George Square
LA853 on Killermont St

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Have you seen our new book?

Bridgeton by Bridgeton

Discover who fits the cab at open days and events, meet the team who serve tea with a smile to visitors, join us in a salute to our founders and archivists, and learn how Back On The Road restores buses and lives.

On sale now – 36 pages, 8000 words, 105 faces not counting crowd scenes, and all of them about the men and women of Glasgow Vintage Vehicle Trust. Bridgeton by Bridgeton is an overdue celebration of our people, switching the spotlight from the vehicles to those who drive them, own them, preserve them and present them to the public.

Written by Ed Bonner, designed by Stuart Bell, funded by Phil Blair, Bridgeton by Bridgeton is available from our online shop, cover price £5 (£6 inc p&p).

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Bridgeton Garage Reopening

We’re pleased to announce that Bridgeton Garage will re-open for vehicle owners from Monday 26 April and or all other GVVT members from Tuesday 27 April. Please check you email inbox for more details. Please note that the bothy and locker room remain closed for the time being and previous corona virus precautions remain in place. Unfortunately we cannot accommodate general visitors at this time. To become a member please see our membership page

We aim to reopen the Garage to members of the public on Sunday 4th July. Please see our events page for more details of our planned open days and events.

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Support us with AmazonSmile

If you buy online from Amazon you can nominate the GVVT to receive a donation every time you shop at no cost to yourself through the AmazonSmile program.

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support a charity of your choice every time you shop, at no cost to you. AmazonSmile is available at smile.amazon.co.uk on your web browser and can be activated in the Amazon Shopping App for iOS and Android phones. When you shop AmazonSmile, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as amazon.co.uk, with the added bonus that AmazonSmile will donate a portion of the purchase price to your selected charity.

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2021 Events

We’re delighted to announce our events program for 2021. These are subject to alteration and cancellation depending on any restrictions at the time, more details can be found on our events page. We’ll publish more details on the website nearer the time of each event, please check these before coming along to any event incase it is cancelled or if pre-booking is required.

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Centre Circle Day

Saturday 24th October 2020 between 11am and 4pm.

We’re delighted to confirm that we will be holding an event on 24th October 2020 between 11am and 4pm where we will be getting many buses out on the road to run on a circular route around Glasgow city centre. This will be a spectator event where you can come and see the buses in motion and out on the street. A great opportunity for photographers! Unfortunately, we are not able to allow passengers on the vehicles due to the current COVID-19 restrictions. But nonetheless, it will be a great chance to add some colour to the streets and to see the vehicles running.

Here’s a map showing the route. Vehicles will be running from around 11am through to 4pm.

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Coronavirus Precautions

The trustees have reviewed the latest advice from the UK and Scottish Governments and have decided that the measures we have in place need to continue for the timebeing.  This means that the garage remains fully closed.

We have also looked ahead over the next couple of months and decided to cancel some more events.  The events cancelled are:

6th September – Open Sunday

We will continue to review the latest advice available and assess what it means for Trust activities.  Please be assured that the health, safety and wellbeing of everyone is at the forefront of our decision making.  Of course, the safety and security of the vehicles and garage building is also imperative and they will remain closely monitored.

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Purchase of BBG

The Glasgow Vintage Vehicle Trust (GVVT) is delighted to announce that it has completed the purchase of Bridgeton Bus Garage from City Property Glasgow (Investments) LLP, an arms-length organisation of Glasgow City Council.

This marks a major landmark for the Trust and provides a sound basis for its long-term future. Ownership of the garage gives GVVT the best opportunity to fulfil its aims and objectives, to keep the vehicles together as a ‘collection’ and ensure the greatest security for vehicle owners. Ownership will also present more opportunities to attract grants or loans for continuing development of the Trust’s activities, in particular the ‘Back on the Road’ social inclusion programme.

The Trust is very grateful to the help and support of City Property and our principal funder RBS Social & Community Capital. We also very much appreciated the range of private individuals who have contributed to make this possible.