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Midland Red at Digbeth

jfc

master brummie
In 1975 during my WMPTE days at Lea Hall, we used to run from Castle Vale to Wythall Chapel Lane and also Kings Heath, 165/185 if i remember correctly. via Chelmsley, Sheldon, Shirley Maypole. We used ex Midland Red S17, LS18 ( my all time favorites ), S20,S21 and S23s then later on Nationals.
 

conclub

Brian Haynes
On late nights you wouldn't switch engine off outside Wythall Church in case it didn't start very eerie.. Chelmsley Wood North - Sheldon, Shirley Maypole 164/165/185 ..
 

Radiorails

master brummie
On most occasions of school term days I used my bicycle, even snowy days (maybe the buses were not running or were late), but raining and very cold days I used either the 170/172 route. I remember the HHA 601 series which I believe were the originators of those routes.

I always was interested in the parking lot at Digbeth. During the daytime many relics could be seen parked there. :D At some time during WW2, most likely in the later part I recall seeing a German aircraft which had presumably been shot down and had crashed onto the roof of buildings adjacent to the entrance road to the Digbeth Garage. * I will place this later part of this post in another thread here which will be relevant to WW2 discussions.
 

Radiorails

master brummie
A good friend. last year. loaned me a DVD of a BAMMOT Open Day. The introduction music was by the , presumably erstwhile, Midland Red Concert Orchestra. (I hope I have the name correct). I had not heard of this illustrious group beforehand and have made a couple of enquiries about them; without success. I did write to an 'Official' City history department but had no reply.

I was surprised that the Red had this organization but guessed that given the size of its workforce it might not have been so unusual. I wonder if any Forum Member belonged to the orchestra and did they make any recordings?

O am not sure where they met but posted here as I assumed it to be Digbeth or Bearwood.
 

Lloyd

master brummie
The Midland Red Salon Orchestra was primarily part of the company's publicity 'machine', and would provide accompaniment to slide shows or (silent) films given to advertise the company's services, principally 'Coach Cruise' holidays and day & half day tours, but also "days out by bus" using the 'Day Anywhere' ticket which allowed travel on all the company's bus routes.
They also gave concerts in their own right, the name being enough to spread the Midland Red name.
For a while in the 1960s a withdrawn type C1 coach was used to transport the orchestra to and from these events, the rear seats being removed to enlarge the luggage boot space for the instrumenets.
Not all members of the orchestra were full time Midland Red employees, some were just hired for the events they attended.
 

Thylacine

master brummie
Alan, I would love to know more about the Midland Red Salon Orchestra. The subject has been discussed briefly on the Midland Red Early Days thread (posts #166-169), but without adding much to Lloyd's previous notes.
 
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Radiorails

master brummie
Thank you for the replies: hopefully more may come. I had not got the Orchestras name correct: Salon would be more suitable for such a Group. The sound reminded me of The Grand Hotel , Torquay and similar places here which were large enough for a small group, usually ladies, who played during afternoon tea. ;)

I did look at the early days thread earlier this evening but gave up by Page 10 as I was due to be working at a local Heritage Railway, (yes I know, almost treasonable talk on a bus thread :D).
 

Thylacine

master brummie
Alan, my link in post #370 will take you directly to the relevant place in the (rather large) MRED thread. As I said, there's not much more information there. But there is a lovely picture of our Lloyd driving the former orchestra C1 coach!
 

Radiorails

master brummie
Thank you for the link. I missed it last evening: maybe a senior moment or tiredness. ;)

I remember seeing that bus and similar ones around Digbeth when I made visits to the big city. I also saw those and the newer versions of the coaches in parts of the South West of England bringing holiday makers here - and of course taking them home again.
 

Bernard67Arnold

master brummie
Enid and I were married on August 28th 1954, on the following day my brother who had hired a car for the weekend
to us down to Digbeth Coach Station at 8 am to get the coach to St Ives in Cornwall for our honeymoon. No sure but I think the fare was £10 each return, and it took us 10 hours to get there, no motorways of course in those days, A38 all
the way.The journey together lasted until 2008 and I dont regret one minute of it. Bernard
 

Mike Bond

master brummie
Hello Bernard,
Your a very lucky chap to have found the right girl for you, lots of happy memories to keep you going. Mike.
 

Bernard67Arnold

master brummie
Hello Bernard,
Your a very lucky chap to have found the right girl for you, lots of happy memories to keep you going. Mike.
Thanks Mike I have known that for many moons, its even more amazing when you see how beautiful she was, Bernard
 
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Thylacine

master brummie
Stitcher, I've commented on your 1964 Corporation Street picture on the Midland Red Early Days thread.

Yes, Fashionz, strange indeed (but then it was the sixties!).
 
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