North Western and Yorkshire

Welcome to the North Western and Yorkshire Branch

In 2016, the Branch celebrates its 80th anniversary having been formed in 1936 by a group of enthusiasts based in Warrington. The Branch covers the counties of Cumbria, Lancashire, Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Cheshire, the High Peak of Derbyshire, (Isle of Man), North Wales together with East, West, South and North Yorkshire.

We have a Branch committee which is elected annually at the Annual General Meeting in March. The committee organises events each month throughout the year, arranges for the monthly Branch Bulletin to be collated and manages the Branch finances.

During the summer, we arrange visits and study tours to look at operations across the area; and in the winter, for our indoor meetings, we invite speakers both from the industry and also from our own ranks to give presentations on a range of subjects, both topical and historical.

Peter Taplin Memorial

Pictured above are North Western and Yorkshire members and guests on the Peter Taplin Memorial Tour to Mid-Wales and Shropshire operators in July 2014. We welcomed Peter's wife, Jean on the trip when we visited Arriva Wales, Wrexham, Tanat Valley and Owens plus photo opportunities in Wrexham, Oswestry and Shrewsbury. One of the buses used by the party was YRC194 - a 41 seat Alexander bodies Leyland Tiger Cub, new to Trent in 1961, now owned by Tanat Valley Coaches.

NW Y Members Visit To Wright Bus Factory Northern Ireland June 2011 Meeting Company Owner Mr Wright

NW Y Members Visit To Wright Bus Factory Northern Ireland June 2011 Meeting Company Owner Mr Wright


Comprehensive coverage of service developments is provided by our monthly Bulletin, compiled by local correspondents from information provided both from official sources and from members’ observations.

We are continually looking to embrace the digital age.  Charles Gill, the bulletin co-ordinator can send you a digital copy of the Branch Bulletin, by email at the same time it is sent to the printers. bulletinNWY@omnibus-society.org

In addition, the Branch offers a free weekly email Digest of up-to-the minute news from the Branch area and beyond. The Secretary can arrange for this to drop into your email box usually each Friday morning. Further details and a sample copy from secretaryNWY@omnibus-society.org

Obviously the success of any organisation such as ours is dependent on the active involvement of its members, and this Society and its Branches are no exception.  I look forward to enjoying your support of our activities.  Please feel free to get in touch with me if in turn I can provide you with any further information on the Society and its activities.  

NWY committee Oct 2016

Branch Officials: From Left to right:Robin Bence (Summer Visits)Geoff Cook (Winter Meetings)

Paul Wigan (Treasurer), Don Akrigg (Chairman), Martin Yates (Bulletin Distribution), Charles Gill (Bulletin Collator), Paul Wilkinson (Secretary), Ken Swallow (Vice Chairman) and  Kelvyn Waites (Committee Member).  Photo taken at MoTGM, Boyle St Manchester in front of Stockport 97. 22October 2016

Contact Us

To book a place on a visit, contact Robin Bence.

To book a place at a meeting where numbers are limited, contact Geoff Cook.

Geoff and Robin may be contacted at eventsNWY@omnibus-society.org

General enquiries should be addressed to secretaryNWY@omnibus-society.org or to the

NWY Secretary Paul Wilkinso

Chairman: Donald Akrigg

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don.akrigg@omnibus-society.org

Vice Chairman Ken Swallow

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NWY Secretary: Paul Wilkinson.

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paul.wilkinson@omnibus-society.org

Treasurer: Paul Wigan

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paul.wigan@omnibus-society.org

Distribution Officer: Martin Yates

mjyatesuk2000@yahoo.co.uk  

Bulletin Collator: Charles Gill

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charles.gill@omnibus-society.org

Summer Visits: Robin Bence

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robin.bence@omnibus-society.org

Winter Meetings: Geoff Cook

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Committee Member: Kelvyn Waites

kelvyn.waites@omnibus-society.org