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  KINGSBRIDGE 7'6" VINTAGE BUS RUNNING DAY - 15 September 2018  
     
 

Returning for our 11th year, the Kingsbridge Running Day on Saturday 15th September is going to include some interesting new routes as well as a different mix of vehicles for both regular and new visitors to enjoy.

Although the road closure for major causeway re-construction along Slapton Sands limits our north-east routes this year, we will benefit from reduced through traffic and have taken the opportunity to explore new routes to the west.

The Running Day will be centred on the recently remodelled Kingsbridge Bus Station on the Quay, operating services from 10.00 until 17.30.

The extensive network and full timetable give visitors the opportunity to ride on a range of vehicles to spectacular coast and country destinations all around Kingsbridge and the South Hams.

The routes we plan to use were formerly operated by the Great Western Railway Road Motors, the Western National Omnibus Company and/or other local operators such as Tally Ho Coaches and the Coleridge Community Bus.  

- Services to East Portlemouth, South Pool & Sherford, Goveton, Slapton, Salcombe, Hope Cove, Thurlestone, Bantham, Loddiswell, California Cross, Bigbury on Sea, and East Allington are being scheduled.
- Circular services will include Coleridge Community Bus operated routes from Kingsbridge to Ledstone, Goveton, East Allington, and Slapton, and from Kingsbridge to Beesands, North Hallsands and Ford.
- A new service will venture west to termini at Kingston and Ringmore.
- The circular ‘school’ service TNS004 through the Avon Valley will again be combined with pre-war rail replacement route 177 from South Brent.
-

        Coach excursions will operate for the first time to Bigbury-on-Sea for Burgh Island - now under new ownership, The Pilchard Inn and café offer a warm welcome and spectacular coastal views.  Depending on the state of the tide, access to Burgh Island will be by Sea Tractor – a new public transport experience for most.

- There will be several short workings including a town service with round trip times of less than 30 minutes so enthusiasts can sample a greater number of vehicles in the course of the day.
- A number of routes will also have duplicates so that passengers can change vehicles at outer termini.
- As in recent years, 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.  There will also be a feeder service from Plymouth
 

     
 

Programmes


A full colour programme will accompany the event.  A particular feature this year will be venues for refreshment en route and at the termini.  Maps, timetables and vehicle duties will help you plan your day and a specially researched and extensively illustrated article on the historic links between bus and ferry services around the South Hams coastline will set the running day services in context.

 

Programmes will be on sale on the day or can be ordered in advance so you can plan your day:

BY POST (despatched from 3rd September) 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)
 
     
 

 
     
 

IN PERSON from 4th September from the Kingsbridge Information Centre on the Quay for £6
 

 
     
 

Feeder services

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 (tbc)

 

 

Latest returns from Kingsbridge (tbc)

 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 (tbc).

 
     
  Vehicles  
     
 

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.

The list of participating vehicles is growing rapidly so check the listing out again nearer the event as owners decide which of their fleet to bring.  As of 30 July the confirmed vehicles are listed below.

Entry form: If you are a vehicle owner there is still time to enter (closing date 14th August 2018).  Entry forms can be downloaded in pdf or Word formats.

 
     
 

Buses from across the decades take part in the running day. © Colin Billington Bristol SU buses and coaches are particularly well suited to the South Hams and appear frequently. © Colin Billington Plenty of capacity on double-deck routes. © Graham / Plymothian Transit
FJ8967 (137) in Kingsbridge Bus Station. © Colin Billington 286KTA (1234) at Soar. © Colin Billington NAE3 (2467) rests at South Pool. © Len Wright
FTT704 (353) traversing the spectacular Slapton causeway. © Allan MacFarlane JUO983 (1218) climbs up through Kingsbridge en route to California Cross and Modbury. FJ8967 (137) at Inner Hope. © Colin Billington
DOD518 (333) a Kingsbridge stalwart makes its annual pilgrimage through South Pool. © Allan MacFarlane LTA772 (1613) is convincing as the service bus in Modbury. © Allan MacFarlane 468FTT (1969) stops at Torcross for passengers to disembark and take photos. © Tim Stubbs
 
     
 
 

Fleet No

Reg No

Chassis

Body

Body code

Date

Operator

137

FJ8967

Bl H

BBW

B32R

1933

Western National

1218

JUO983

Bl LL6B

ECW

FB39F

1948

Southern National

S302

GFM882

Bl L6A

ECW

B35R

1948

Thames Valley

 

GOU732

Tilling-Stevens

Scottish Aviation

C35F

1949

Altonian

1613

LTA772

Bl LWL

ECW

B39R

1951

Western National

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

1

1RDV

AEC Reliance

Harrington

C41F

1964

Devon Geneal (Grey Cars)

1254

VOD124K

Bl LHS6L

Marshall

B33F

1972

Western National

1255

VOD125K

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

300

C862DYD

Fd Tt

RH/Do

B16F

1985

Southern National

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RTL1163

LYF104

Ld 7RT

Park Royal

H30/26R

1951

London Transport

DL640

MTT640

Ld Titan PD2/1

Ld

L27/26R

1951

Devon General

1943

VDV760

Bl LD6G

ECW

H33/27RD

1958

Western National

360

TCO537

Ld Atlantean PDR1/1

Metro-Cammell

O44/33F

1960

Plymouth City Transport

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

1203

LFJ847W

Bl VRT/SL3/6LXB

ECW

H43/31F

1980

Western National

1814

A686KDV

Ld ONLXB/1R

ECW

H45/32F

1983

Devon General

 
 
     
 

Excursion for Entrants and Volunteers

On Sunday 16th there will be a road run for visiting vehicles and volunteers to thank them for their efforts.  New for 2018 the excursion will depart from Kingsbridge for an extended Dartmoor tour (this year suited to 8’ wide vehicles), in part taking in highlights from the Tavistock event in June.  The logistics mean it is essential for those wanting to take part to let the organisers know by 31st August latest, please.

 

  The 2017 Dartmoor tour was very much a 7’6” vehicle event. © Colin Billington
 
 

Past Events

To get a flavour of previous events, why not take a look at the TV&GWOT workshop blog describing goings on in 2017, 2016 and 2015.

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

 
     
 

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