Carlisle Bus Group was set up in September 2012 by seven like-minded individuals who shared a common interest in the local bus industry in Cumbria. The goal was to secure the future of Alexander bodied Leyland Olympian F805FAO, which had been part of the Stagecoach Cumberland fleet since 1988.
Sharing a common interest in the bus industry, together with the passion to secure the future of 1005, our members come from a variety of different backgrounds in terms of knowledge and expertise. Many of us work for transport companies around the county, from driving buses and trains, to looking after the company we work for from the offices and commercial operations.
Some of our members decided on a career in the bus industry because of their keen interest in public transport at a hobbyist level, so this enthusiasm from an early age has driven passion into preserving 1005 for generations to come. Whereas those who did not have such interest when they started out, their career has ignited the spirit of wanting to save the vehicles which we see and work on day in and day out. We also have members on board who have got involved with the group through friends of the hobby.
Together with our enthusiasm and diverse knowledge, we are committed to maintaining 1005 for years to come.