People can take a trip back in time this weekend ... quite literally.

For a museum of rare buses is hoping hundreds of transport fans will come aboard for its silver anniversary ... and people can go on trips on 20 vintage buses on Sunday.

Dewsbury Bus Museum was established at Foundry Street, Ravensthorpe, in 1989, by a group of enthusiasts who had been collecting and restoring classic buses since the 1970s.

The museum holds an open day this Sunday from 10.30am with rides on 20 vintage buses, a bus cafe and stalls selling books, DVDs and memorabilia.

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Some 600 people attended the museum’s last open day in March, with fans coming from as far as Plymouth and Newcastle.

But the museum isn’t just for diehard bus fans, says museum trustee Mark Byard.

“We’ve tried to make it more family friendly,” he said. “We offer a great, cheap day out. We go out to ice cream parlours and other places and we’re not allowed to take any money!

“We’re constantly broadening the appeal. “It’s definitely not just for enthusiasts anymore.”

The trips will run to Charlotte’s ice-cream parlour in Whitley and Whiteley’s garden centre in Mirfield.

The society began in 1971 as the West Riding Wulfrunian Preservation Society which was set up for fans of the Guy Wulfrunian double-decker bus.

The society began to collect and restore classic single and double-decker buses storing them at a depot on Foundry Street which was owned by the Yorkshire Woollen District Transport Society.

The depot fell into disrepair and with a council grant and a loan, members decided to buy the depot, knock it down and build a new iron clad building to house their buses.

In 1989, the members founded the West Riding Omnibus Museum Trust with charity status to protect the vehicles from receivership if they were unable to repay a loan on the building.

The loan was paid off, more vehicles were acquired and restored and the museum opened sporadically to the public.

Today the museum, which has regular open days, has 33 vintage buses – and 20 of them can be driven on roads.

The oldest is a Guy Arab MkII from 1945 which would have served Huddersfield, Wakefield and Barnsley.

Club member Tony Hanson said: “We’ve had a lot of new members with new skills and knowledge. We had 600 visitors on the last open day and we hope we can beat that this time.”

The Wulfrunian, made by Guy Motors, of Wolverhampton, was a bus that was used around the West Riding between 1959 and 1965.

The buses, which featured then cutting-edge technology such as disc brakes and an air suspension, were either scrapped or have disappeared.

But the museum owns the two remaining Wulfrunians.