|DIDCOT TRANSPORT RALLY AND VINTAGE BUS RUNNING DAY – 02 JUNE 2019|
TV&GWOT is again supporting the Great Western Society organising a vintage bus running day as part of the Transport Rally alongside the Didcot Railway Centre on Sunday 2nd June. TV&GWOT is co-ordinating bus and coach entries and organising vintage bus services on former Great Western Railway Road Motors, Thames Valley and City of Oxford bus routes from Didcot. Bus and coach entrants will have two complimentary tickets for entrance to the Railway Centre.
Visitors arriving by car should follow signs to Didcot Railway Station to park. There may be free parking in the streets opposite the station or for a fee in the car parks to either side of the Prince of Wales public house. Note that Julians car park only accepts payment via Mobile Phone using Ringo. Alternatively the new multistorey car park to the West of the Station and Railway Centre is open. These locations provide ready access to the bus services in front of the station, the Railway Centre, and shuttle bus services to the static display in Ladygrove Park (there is no visitor parking at Ladygrove Park).
The running day bus services will operate from outside Didcot Parkway station with the Transport Rally a short walk away at Ladygrove Park (off Tyne Avenue), nearest post code OX11 7GA. A shuttle bus with 10 minute frequency will connect the rally site and the Railway Centre and mainline station.
Running day bus services will run on authentic routes including:
Didcot – Wantage via Harwell, East Hendred and Ardington
Didcot – Wallingford via Brightwell
Didcot – Blewbury and Upton via East Hagbourne
Didcot – Chilton Circular via Harwell, Harwell Campus and West Hagbourne
Didcot – Abingdon
All buses will start from and return to Didcot Parkway station where passengers will be able gain access to the Railway Centre through the station building. All services are free and may be boarded at the bus stops on Didcot Parkway Station forecourt, from shuttle buses serving the transport rally site, or at outer termini.
As well as the buses and coaches, the Transport Rally will include a display or vintage cars and commercial vehicles, together with miniature railway rides, trade stands and refreshments. Admission to the Rally site at Ladygrove Park is free but standard Great Western Society fees apply at Didcot Railway Centre, for steam train rides, the shop and refreshment room.
Supporters – There is an opportunity for TV&GWOT Supporters to get involved with the event by conducting, helping in the bus station, marshalling or any number of jobs to suit your skills – if you would like to volunteer please contact Peter : firstname.lastname@example.org.
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To accompany this event a fully illustrated colour programme has been produced. In addition to timetables and details of the record number of vehicles attending, the programme includes a feature on complementary rail and road motor interests fro' Paddington to Penzance from GWR operations more than 100 years ago to the focus of preservationists and enthusiasts today. Many vehicles and imaginatively re-purposed buildings are illustrated.
So you can plan your day, programmes can be purchased in advance for immediate despatch (last orders 30th May) as follows:
BY POST for £5.50 including p&p by either
- Sending a cheque payable to ‘TV&GWOT’ to Ledger Farm, Forest Green Road, Fifield, Maidenhead SL6 2NR, or
- Paying by Paypal (including any postal / delivery instructions in the notes)
IN PERSON at the rally site on the day.
A selection of the vehicles anticipated will be attending.
Information about previous events and programme articles can be found here.
TV&GWOT’s Blog also has an account of the 2016 Didcot event.
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