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One event I've been wanting to visit for many years now is the MTT Running Day, operated by the Merseyside Transport Trust, which usually takes place in September every year, but due to a mixture of conflicting events, health problems and Network Rail Engineering Works, I'd never actually magaed to get to one before. Thankfully all the ducks were lined up properly this time, so on Sunday 11th of September I headed west to Liverpool, which has long been one of my favourite places, not just because I have Scouse ancestory (that probably accounts for my somewhat garrulous nature), but because of it being very photogenic, and of course having lots of lovely ships coming in and out via the River Mersey as well.

The MTT event was taking place at Mann Island near to Pier Head, with buses operating an intense timetable of routes out to various places in the city. I did quite a bit of riding, but didn't travel on all the routes, as I wanted to spend a little time photographing some of the other sights (these can be found in the 'Visits To Liverpool' Gallery), and of course I wanted to save something to give me a good excuse to come back again next year (not that I really needed one). The routes I chose to ride were the 20 service from Pier Head to Aigburth, and the 4B service to Penny Lane (yes the Penny Lane of the famous Beatles song, where we even stopped at the bus stop at the roundabout mentioned in the song), then on from Penny Lane to Walton on the 46 service, before returning back to Pier Head on the 44A. The trip out to Penny Lane and Walton was very enjoyable with a former PTE driver giving us an entertaining commentary about his years driving buses there, which gave us all a good laugh. Will I be back again next year? You bet, what a great event this is, and I only wish it didn't take me so long to get there by rail on a Sunday and I could have had another couple of hours there. The weather was somewhat mixed though, and was definitely pure 'Windypics' weather at times, with a couple of very heavy cloudbursts which gave me a good soaking, but of course being a 'Crap Weather Photographer' and a bit of a masochist, I didn't mind that at all!:-)

My thanks to the MTT and all the drivers, owners and volunteers for a first class event.


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