Sunday 16th August 2009 was the day of Arriva's Inchinnan Depot open day. The event was organised to celebrate the arrival of a fleet of new vehicles for the 23 service. I received a request from the Managing Director, also a former Clydeside Manager! For a loan of my two Clydeside vehicles. The event was due to open at 10am and we decided it would be best to drop the vehicles off at Inchinnan depot on the Saturday evening after Lathalmond, to enable the staff to position them where they wanted when setting up on the Sunday morning. We arrived at the depot around 6pm after some heavy traffic on the way back from Lathalmond, I believe Adam decided to take the A803 through Kirkintilloch and Springburn to avoid the traffic which made good sense, although I would have loved to have got a few photos on the way! A warm welcome awaited us at Inchinnan and after the vehicles passed through the wash and received a quick clean inside, we headed home ready for Sunday!
We all arrived at Inchinnan around 10am just as the event was due to open, I thought my vehicles would have been part of a line up in the yard, so was most shocked to see them sitting pride of place on newly painted and lined sections of the floor at the main depot entrance. The staff had been busy decorating the vehicles with balloons and printing a supply of information sheets for each vehicle. They had even managed to find appropriate destinations for service 23! The reaction from the public and staff was fantastic, and it was nice to see both vehicles back at Inchinnan depot again since they were both previously allocated there in the Clydeside days! The event finished around 3pm and the Arriva management were delighted with the turn out from the public and the day was deemed a great success.
Since we would not get back into GVVT till after 6pm that evening with everyone either at the Bigger rally or Lathalmond, we decided to take M73 for a run down to Largs. A few friends who had arrived at the open day towards the end decided to join us. We headed over to Paisley and down to Largs via the "High" road, Beith, Kilbirnie and the Hailey Brae. After descending the very steep Hailey Brae we parked up in Largs and went for tea and cakes, allowing the brakes to cool down! Return trip to Glasgow was up the coast road to Gourock, Greenock, Port Glasgow and Erskine. We called back into Inchinnan Depot and collected G750 and finally parked both buses safely back at GVVT approx 7pm.
All in all a fantastic weekend and I was delighted everything ran smoothly. Many thanks to both Adam and Simon for taking the time to come up and drive for me and their help in making both days a great success.