HEADS turned as motorists and bystanders watched the return of the ‘Midland Red’ to the roads of Solihull and Shirley, on Bank Holiday Sunday.
Solihull News competition winners were picked up from The Square, Solihull, Stratford Road and the Colebrook, Shirley, and then they travelled by double decker (type BMMO D9) to the Transport Museum, in Wythall, where they spent nearly three hours.
The weather was the best of the year so far.
As a bonus, the guests did the return trip on a Midland Red single decker (type BMMO S16).
The single decker made it easier to travel along the more scenic return route of Wythall, Earlswood, Hockley Heath, to Solihull.
Midland Red or, more precisely, the Birmingham Midland Motor Omnibus Co Ltd (BMMO) built most of its own buses between 1923-1970, and it was good that the competition winners were able to experience travel on two of these.
A nice touch was that the route number showed 154 on both journeys, this route having been mentioned a number of times in the Solihull News recently.