As I’ve done for the last few years I spent today photographing and videoing old buses that were running on Liverpool’s streets as part of the annual Merseyside Transport Trust’s Liverpool Bus Running Day. This year, however, my brother Brian Nulty came with me. We also had a browse around the Queensway Mersey Tunnel ventilation tower building, George’s Dock Building. (Below) The building was open as part of the annual Heritage Month where buildings are open to view – many of which would normally be closed to the public.
Despite being hampered by major road works in South Liverpool, the Bus Running Day was still a great success with old buses from the 1950s to 1980s heading to various places in Liverpool, including Aigburth Vale, Walton and Speke Hall. Buses were also heading across the River Mersey to Birkenhead. We got one of the old buses to Aigburth Vale and back and then another to Speke Hall and back and took lots of photos and videos during the afternoon, mostly at Mann Island near the Pier Head where all the buses were operating from. Normally, as well as the Pier Head, Liverpool South Parkway is used as a starting point in South Liverpool and as a base for stallholders selling memorabilia related to buses and other transport. Unfortunately, due to the road works South Parkway was not used and no stalls were operating this year. The buses were also not stopping at Penny Lane for the same reason. Nevertheless, it was a great day and my brother relived a lot of memories of riding the old buses in the 1970s and 1980s.
You can view my videos from today on YouTube (also at top of this post) and my photos on Flickr or as an animation on YouTube. (above) While in the George’s Dock Building, I bought a short DVD of the history of the Mersey Tunnels, which you can easily find on YouTube. It is narrated by Simon O’Brien who was once a star on the Liverpool-based soap opera Brookside.