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Official 2023 Calendar now on sale

We’re delighted to offer our new 2023 GVVT Calendar, featuring 13 great images featuring of vehicles from the GVVT collection on the road. No increase in price from 2022, only £9.99 including post and packaging from the GVVT online shop

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Event dates for 2023

We’re delighted to release the dates for our events in 2023, including our popular Open Sundays, Guided Tours, West End Bus Fest and Annual Open Weekend. Please see our Events Page for more details.

2022 has been one of our most successful years ever, with more visitors to Bridgeton Bus Garage and riding on our buses than ever before! We’ve also visited and supported more local carnivals, festivals and community events with vehicles from our collection! Let’s make 2023 even better!

If you’re having a local community event that you think we could be involved with, please drop us an email with more details.

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New Family Friendly Guided Tour Option

Due to the phenomenal success of our guided tours we are now offering a family friendly version our regular tour commencing 28th December, ideal for something unusual to do during the Christmas and New Year break! The Family friendly version will feature slightly indepth information from our tour guides to keep the younger visitors interested, we’ll also feature some more hand-on parts including the chance to sit in the bus drivers seat, try on old transport uniform and issue tickets from vintage ticket machines. Our regular tours are still suitable for visitors of all ages covering our collection of around 140 buses, coaches, fire engines and commercial vehicles!

For more details, dates and to book see our Guided Tour webpage.

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A special event to celebrate 61 since ’61

Date for your diary – Sunday 28th August.   Alexanders – 61 years since ’61.  A special one-off event in Perth.

In a joint production between bus owners from the Scottish Vintage Bus Museum, the Glasgow Vintage Vehicle Trust, and the Angus Transport Group, vintage buses of the former Walter Alexander & Sons fleets will descend upon the fair city of Perth, to celebrate 61 years since ’61.  1961 was the year of the split of the vast Alexanders buses empire into three, namely Midland, Fife & Northern.  Why 61 years?  Well, we couldn’t really do it last year due to the short rally season caused by emerging from the pandemic, and we wouldn’t have had such a catchy title then!

We plan to bring to you a network of free vintage bus routes from Perth Bus Station, and a shuttle from Broxden Park & Ride.

See our event page for more details.

Come and join us for a trip back in time!

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Building Manager required!

Vacancy for a Building Manager

GVVT are recruiting for a Building Manager to look after its Bridgeton Bus Garage home. This is a unique role which requires someone who is an experienced maintenance manager, technician and coordinator for industrial buildings.

This link to s1jobs.com is where you will find more information. Please share with anyone you know who might be interested.

If you have any queries, or wish a full job information pack with application form to be sent to you, please contact Steven Booth (GVVT Chairman) via steven.booth@gvvt.org.

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Back in the West End

Our free vintage bus service around the West End returns for 2022. Click here for more details.

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GVVT’s Back on the Road receives substantial funding

The future of the social inclusion programme run by the Glasgow Vintage Vehicle Trust’s Back on the Road Community Interest Company has been secured thanks to major new funding.

Back on the Road is to receive funding over five years from the Local Support Fund administered by the Corra Foundation, an agency of the Scottish Government committed to improving the lives of disadvantaged people and communities. This follows our engagement with the Scottish Government’s National Drugs Mission earlier in 2021.

The programme uses vehicle restoration to help those in recovery from addiction issues gain skills which increases their chance of employment. The award will help re-establish the programme to pre-COVID levels and further develop it from there. The scale of the award will allow for the recruitment of a coordinator to help with this latter aspect.

Back On The Road, based at Bridgeton Bus Garage, has supported more than 200 people recovering from addiction by providing training in multiple skills, from metal work to painting. Many clients have progressed to employment and further education.

Eight classic buses which have been displayed at Bridgeton have been transformed from decaying hulks to shining showpieces by people in recovery from addiction. Many others have had repairs carried out on them.

GVVT Chairman, Steven Booth, who is also Chair of Back on the Road CIC, said: “This is such good news! It is a very big achievement to receive funding on such a scale. It comes with responsibility but importantly, the future of the programme is secure. We hope this brings significant benefit to the Trust, local community and especially to the participants. Back on the Road has a proven track record and we’re determined this continues.”

If you or someone you know might be interested in applying to become the Back on the Road Co-ordinator, you can apply through one of the following recruitment websites:

s1jobs

myjobscotland

Good Moves

About Corra Foundation

Corra Foundation exists to make a difference to the lives of people and communities. It works with others to encourage positive change, opportunity, fairness and growth of aspirations which improve quality of life. Corra wants to see a society in which people create positive change and enjoy fulfilling lives.

In 2020 Corra launched a ten-year strategy. It is long term because making a different on the big challenges will take time. At its heart is the strong belief that when people find their voice, they unlock the power to make change happen.

Find out more here www.corra.scot

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Guided Tours Sell Out!

More dates now added!

We’re delighted to report that our first 3 advertised guided tours for December have now sold out. We’ve now added a 2nd tour on the 29th December and two new dates on Sunday 9th and Saturday 22nd January 2022.

See our Guided Tours Page for more details and how to book.

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Cover Stars

We’re delighted to feature both inside and on the Cover of the Nat West Social and Community Capital Impact Report 20/21.

NatWest Social and Community Capital (NatWest SCC) provided the remaining funding which allowed GVVT to complete the purchase of Bridgeton Bus Garage in July 2020.  This represented a major milestone for the Trust and allows us to build our future with confidence.

To celebrate this, NatWest SCC commissioned Sequel Group to make a short film about the Trust and the work we do.  This focussed on opening the garage to visitors and our social inclusion programme called ‘Back on the Road’.  As well as the film, we’re also the cover picture for NatWest SCC’s annual impact report.

GVVT Chairman, Steven Booth, said: “We had great fun making this film and really enjoyed working with NatWest SCC and Sequel Group to produce it.  I think it provides a wonderful celebration of the good things that the people involved with the GVVT do and the benefit we give the community.”

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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.