The West Yorkshire Information Service
was formed in 1951 to collate and distribute news regarding the vehicles
and operations of the West Yorkshire Road Car Company Limited, based in
Harrogate. From the outset a monthly newsletter was produced, and for 40
years the WYIS kept its readers up to date with events concerning the company.
In 1989/90, with the privatisation of the
National Bus Company, the West Yorkshire company was sold and broken up
into a number of separate companies. With the exception of the operations
integrated into Yorkshire Rider, the WYIS continued to record developments
within the new companies for a further 22 years, by which time the original
West Yorkshire operations were no longer recognisable and the successor
companies were themselves under new ownership.
The changes which had taken place meant
that the original WYIS aims could no longer be maintained, as the
old West Yorkshire company that it had been following had completely disappeared
and the committee therefore took the difficult decision to wind up the
organisation, which it did in the Spring of 2012.
One of the services that the WYIS provided
for members was a detailed annual fleet list and rather than see this consigned
to the history books we are continuing to maintain it for as long as it
remains reasonably possible to do so with accuracy. This is due in no small
part to our contacts within the companies and several former WYIS members
who continue to supply details. It provides a way for those interested
in the present day Transdev Blazefield and First York operations to keep
up to date with fleet changes.
We offer no guarantees that the list can
be kept up to date indefinitely, but should the time come when regular
updates are no longer possible then an announcement will be made on this
page. Meanwhile, enjoy this surviving remnant of the WYIS........