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  KINGSBRIDGE 7'6" VINTAGE BUS RUNNING DAY - 16 September 2017  
     
 

We have organised vintage bus running days in Kingsbridge every year since 2008 so this will be our tenth event in the South Hams. For this special milestone event we are expecting several vehicles which have not appeared at Kingsbridge before and will introduce at least two new routes.

The Running Day, centred on Kingsbridge Bus Station on the Quay in the town centre, will be on Saturday 16th September with services running from 10.00 until 17.30. This gives the visiting public the opportunity to ride on a range of vehicles to spectacular coast and country destinations all around Kingsbridge and the South Hams. On Sunday 17th there will be a road run for visiting vehicles from Kingsbridge to Dartmouth and Buckfastleigh before they travel homeward.

The routes we plan to use are those formerly operated by the Great Western Railway Road Motors, the Western National Omnibus Company and other local operators such as Tally Ho Coaches. Services to East Portlemouth, South Pool, Goveton, Slapton, Salcombe, Hope Cove, Thurlestone, Bantham, Loddiswell, California Cross and East Allington are being scheduled, some with additional journeys and/or with changed timing due to recent timetable changes on Stagecoach services. The circular services will include Coleridge Community Bus route 1 from Kingsbridge to Slapton, East Allington, Goveton and Ledstone and ‘school’ service TNS004 through the Avon Valley coupled with pre-war rail replacement route 177 from South Brent. In addition there will be several short workings including a town service with round trip times of less than 30 minutes to enable sampling a greater number of vehicles over the course of the day. A number of routes will also have duplicates so that passengers can change vehicles at outer termini. There will also be coach excursions to Blackpool Sands.

Feeder services for the Kingsbridge Running Day will operate to and from Totnes Railway station, co-ordinated with connecting train and bus services. One service will also serve Ashburton and Buckfastleigh. Normal Tally Ho services will also serve the route.

 

Earliest feeders to Kingsbridge

 

 

Latest returns from Kingsbridge

 Ashburton

-

0845

-

 

 Kingsbridge

1700

1715

1730

 Buckfastleigh

-

0900

-

 

 Totnes (Rail)

1735

1750

1805

 Totnes (Coronation Rd)

0840

0920

0940

 

 Totnes (Coronation Rd)

1740

1755

1810

 Totnes (Rail)

0845

0925

0945

 

 Buckfastleigh

1800

 

 

 Kingsbridge

0920

1000

1020

 

 Ashburton

1815

 

 

 

A feeder service for the Kingsbridge Running Day will operate to and from Plymouth. Stagecoach service buses to and from Plymouth will also operate through the day in the normal way.

The feeder will depart Plymouth (Royal Parade) Bus Stop A11 at 0830 with the return departing from Kingsbridge at 1700.

Most vehicles in use will be limited to those with a width not exceeding 7’6” (apart from mirrors). This is necessary because of the width of many of the roads in the area over which we are planning to operate. Full width vehicles will be able to be used on the routes to Slapton, Salcombe, Bigbury, Modbury and Totnes. Owners of other visiting vehicles are welcome to come to Kingsbridge and we expect to be able to organise additional parking by arrangement – please contact the organisers below if you wish to avail yourself of this.


Location

The event will be centred on Kingsbridge Bus Station

 

  Entry Forms may be downloaded from here.  
     
 

Programmes
 

To accompany this event there will be a fully illustrated colour programme and timetable which will be on sale on the day and will be available (from 4 September 2017) to purchase in advance:

BY POST for £8 including p&p by either

 
 
   -  Sending a cheque payable to ‘TV&GWOT’ to the address below, or
   -    Paying by Paypal (including any postal / delivery instructions in the notes)
 
 
 
POST EVENT PROGRAMME COPIES

Copies of the 40-page programme including a historic article, route information and photographs can now be purchased at 50% discount

BY POST for £4 including p&p by either

   -  Sending a cheque payable to ‘TV&GWOT’ to the address below, or
   -    Paying by Paypal (including any postal / delivery instructions in the notes)
 
     
 

 
     
 

IN PERSON from 5 September 2017 from the Kingsbridge Information Centre on the Quay for £6.

Colin Billington
Running Day Entry Co-ordinator

For more information contact: Colin Billington, by email to: colinbillington@tvagwot.org.uk or write to TV&GWOT, Ledger Farm, Forest Green Road, Fifield, Maidenhead, SL6 2NR
 

 
 
 
 

This 10th anniversary running day has a record entry with 46 vehicles scheduled on 23 main routes with some new short workings giving even more variety for 2017.

Vehicles expected to operate in service (subject to availability on the day) include:

 
 

Fleet No

Reg No

Chassis

Body

Body code

Date

Operator

137

FJ8967

Bl H

BBW

B32R

1933

Western National

333

DOD518

Bl L5G

Beadle

B35R

1940

Western National

1218

JUO983

Bl LL6B

ECW

FB39F

1948

Southern National

TA5

JFM575

AEC Regal III

Strachan

B35R

1948

Crosville

 

CFK340

AEC Regal III

Burlingham

C33F

1948

Burnhams of Worcester

1613

LTA772

Bl LWL

ECW

B39R

1951

Western National

GS42

MXX342

Guy Vixen

ECW

B26F

1953

London Transport

1376

OTT85

Bl LS6G

ECW

C39F

1954

Southern National

SN839

XTA839

Albion Nimbus

Willowbrook

B31F

1958

Devon General

600

672COD

Bl SUS

ECW

B30F

1960

Western National

603

675COD

Bl SUS

ECW

B30F

1960

Western National

420

270KTA

Bl SUL

ECW

C33F

1962

Western National

425

275KTA

Bl SUL

ECW

C33F

1962

Western National

1234

286KTA

Bl SUL

ECW

C37F

1962

Southern National / Guernseybus

301

862RAE

Bl SUS

ECW

B30F

1962

Bristol Omnibus Co

1420

EDV502D Bl MW6G ECW C39F

1966

Western National

2150

FHW156D

Bl MW6G

ECW

C39F

1966

Bristol Omnibus Co

1255

VOD155K

Bl LHS6L

Marshall

B33F

1972

Western National

1318

BDV318L

Bl LH6L

Marshall

C39F

1973

Western National

 

KJD413P

Bl LH6L

ECW

B43F

1976

Tally Ho!

1557

FDV787V

Bl LHS6L

ECW

B35F

1979

Western National

1560

FDV790V

Bl LHS6L

ECW

B35F

1979

Western National

1563

FDV793V

Bl LHS6L

ECW

B35F

1979

Western National

300

C862DYD

Fd Tt

RH/Do

B16F

1985

Southern National

526

C526FFJ

Fd Tt

Carlyle

B16F

1986

Devon General (Bayline)

401

L401VCV

Ds Dt

Pn

B40F

1994

Western National

628

L628VCV

Merc 709

Pn

B23F

1994

Western National

52529

S529RWP

Merc Vario

Pn

B27F

1998

First Devon & Cornwall

4604

W604PAF

Vo B6BLE

Wright

B37F

2000

First Western National

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

353

FTT704

Bl K6A

ECW

L27/28R

1945

Western National

467

JNN384

Ld PD1

Duple

L29/26F

1947

Barton

959

KUO972

Bl K6B

ECW

L27/28R

1950

Western National

RTL1163

LYF104

Ld 7RT

Park Royal

H30/26R

1951

London Transport

DL640

MTT640

Ld Titan PD2/1

Ld

L27/26R

1951

Devon General

358

MCO658

Ld Titan PD2/12

Metro-Cammell

O30/26R

1956

Plymouth City Transport

1943

VDV760

Bl LD6G

ECW

H33/27RD

1958

Western National

1969

468FTT

Bl FLF6G

ECW

H38/30F

1960

Western National

2019

824KDV

Bl FLF6G

ECW

H38/30F

1963

Western National

RM1872

ALD872B

AEC RM

Park Royal

H64R

1964

London Transport

1121

VDV121S

Bl VRT/SL3/6LXB

ECW

H43/31F

1978

Western National

1141

AFJ706T

Bl VRT/SL3/6LXB

ECW

H43/31F

1978

Western National

1157

AFJ764T

Bl VRT/SL3/6LXB

ECW

H43/31F

1979

Western National

1200

LFJ844W

Bl VRT/SL3/6LXB

ECW

H43/31F

1979

Western National

1203

LFJ847W

Bl VRT/SL3/6LXB

ECW

H43/31F

1980

Western National

1814

A686KDV

Ld ONLXB/1R

ECW

H45/32F

1983

Devon General

34137

L637SEU

Vo YN2RC16Z4

Northern Counties

O49/33F

1993

First Kernow

 
     
 
 
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A Bristol SUS bus of the type appearing at the 2013 running day photographed at Inner Hope in 2010 by Ken Jones   Lively activity in Kingsbridge bus station during the 2011 event with a variety of buses and destinations for the many passengers to chose from.
 
     
     
 

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