Paul McCartney’s psychedelic Wings tour bus rediscovered

Almost 50 years ago, Sir Paul McCartney and his band Wings decided to decorate an open-top bus in psychedelic colours to take them on tour across Europe.

He converted the double-decker for his post-Beatles band and their families, with the seats on the upper deck replaced by mattresses and bean bags.

Now, after being found in Spain, the Wings Over Europe bus is back in the UK and is to be sold at auction.


Reunited with vintage police car after 33 years

(The police car is now in Swansea Bus Museum.)

The former owner of a vintage police car has got back behind the wheel of his “beloved” vehicle after 33 years.

Brian Gough, 82, paid £50 for a 1951 black Wolseley in 1974, and donated it to South Wales Police’s museum in 1986.

After moving around museums for 30 years, it went on display at Swansea Bus Museum where Mr Gough climbed into the driver’s seat once again . . .


Swansea’s Bascule Bridge lifted and moved for restoration

A 110-year-old landmark bridge in Swansea has been lifted to be taken for restoration.

Preparation work has been under way for weeks and the Bascule Bridge near the Liberty Stadium was moved on Sunday.

More than 20 workers, a 53m (174ft) crane and and a truck performed the manoeuvre.

The 70-tonne Grade II listed bridge will then be assessed and restored at Afon Engineering, Swansea Vale, and re-installed next year.

Bascule BridgeImage copyrightSWANSEA COUNCIL
Image captionThe Bascule Bridge was built in 1909 to strengthen Swansea’s copper industry

The bridge was pivotal to the area’s time as the world copper capital, and its hinged steel structure would lift to allow for river traffic to pass through.

[ I declare an interest in this project as chair of the Friends of White Rock Copperworks, and chair of the Friends of the Slip Bridge – another iconic Swansea bridge, spanning the Mumbles road and three railway lines. John Ashley, webmaster. ]

Plans for London-style bus system in Wales

A major shake-up of the Welsh bus industry is being planned by the Welsh Government.

Ministers want to boost services by introducing a London-style system where bus operators bid to provide services.

It could allow councils to dictate what bus services are provided, but there are concerns it could put some bus firms out of business.

New Welsh Assembly legislation is expected to be published within the next year.

Sitting pretty: London transport fabrics over the decades – in pictures

As part of the Celebrating Britain’s Transport Textile project, London Transport Museum curator Georgia Morley has researched the hard-wearing and distinctively patterned fabrics that have covered Britain’s transport seating since the 1920s


Old Crocks and Dodgy Car Salesmen – talk in Liverpool 24 April 2019

The Record Society of Lancashire and Cheshire is hosting a talk at 2pm on WEDNESDAY 24TH APRIL 2019 at LIVERPOOL CENTRAL LIBRARY about car registrations in the period 1904-1907 in Cheshire. It will be delivered by Dr. Craig Horner of Manchester Metropolitan University, an expert in the field. Full details – Old Crocks and Dodgy Car Salesmen.