Taybus Vintage Vehicle Society is a multi award winning group devoted to the preservation, restoration, operation and display of historic road vehicles, especially buses from operators in Dundee and the surrounding area. It also provides storage and garage facilities for members own vehicles along with space for spare parts and memorabilia.
The then Taybus Vintage Vehicle Club was formed in October 1995 by a group of Tayside Public Transport Company employees to look after the company’s preserved Dundee Corporation Daimler CVG6 ETS964. It was based initially at the firm’s East Dock Street depot in Dundee but when the site was redeveloped and reduced in size in 2000 the Club moved firstly to outside at G&N Wishart’s depot at Friockheim and then in 2001 to nearby premises at Little Kinnell airfield (RAF Kinnell).
The first bus acquired by the club for preservation was Tayside Region's Bristol VRT OSR204R. In 2001 charitable status was granted to the renamed Taybus Vintage Vehicle Society (Scottish charity number SC032525) and in 2004 Taybus Vintage Vehicle Society signed a lease on premises in Arbroath where it remains today.
Although the Society was formed in order to care for just one vehicle it has grown into an organisation that owns a number of buses and whose members own many others. Vehicles have been acquired from across Scotland, Wales and England and are stored in various locations in Scotland and England. The Society also owns a significant amount of memorabilia, particularly relating to buses in Dundee and the surrounding area.
Our premises are not generally open to the public but visitors by appointment are most welcome to view what is the largest collection of local public transport vehicles and associated memorabilia.
Taybus displays selected vehicles at events during the summer months. In addition we also provide various opportunities for the public to travel on our classic vehicles.
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Membership of the Society costs £30 per year (membership runs from 01 May each year) and is open to anybody aged 18 and over.
As well as trips to bus rallies and other events during the summer months other outings and social events for members are organised including an annual Christmas meal.
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Taybus Vintage Vehicle Society gratefully acknowledges the support of Xplore Dundee, Stagecoach Strathtay and Fishers Tours. Stagecoach kindly donated Leyland Olympian M953XES in 2014, Xplore Dundee donated Daimler CVG6 ETS964 in 2010 and Fishers Tours has kindly donated many spare parts for our vehicles. In addition Xplore Dundee sponsors the Society and its activities.