PENZANCE RUNNING DAY - 21 April 2019  

The Cornwall Bus Preservation Society in association with the Thames Valley & Great Western Omnibus Trust invites you to come to sunny, warm West Cornwall for our event on Sunday 21 April 2019. This will be our 12th vintage bus running day in Penzance following the original Final VR Running Day on 9 December 2006.

 The Running Day will be based at Penzance Bus Station (adjacent to the main railway station)  with vintage bus services running from 10.00 until 17.00. Routes around West Cornwall will include Penzance to Camborne, St Ives, St Just, Hayle, Marazion/Perranuthnoe, Praa Sands, Paul/Sheffield and out to Sennen Cove and Land’s End with small vehicles going into Mousehole, a highlight for many. 

There will be feeder bus services to and from Camborne, St Ives and Goldsithney – timing tbc.

Mousehole in the 1950s – Bedford OB bus No. 517 swings wide to turn into the narrow streets leading out from the harbour   St. Ives – probably the most spectacular bus station site in the UK – three different routes to and fro’ Penzance  

As always, the day will revive memories of VR operations in West Cornwall – some of these plus others, new to the event, will be in service.


Entry Form

Click here for the vehicle entry form.

NOTE: This is a new style of pdf form for completion.  If you encounter any problems, please email enquiries@tvagwot.org.uk for help.

Excursion for Entrants and Volunteers

As our traditional 3rd Sunday in April for the Penzance Running Day falls on Easter weekend this year, it gives additional time to travel and enjoy the West Cornwall peninsula.  As in previous Easter running days, there will be an excursion on Monday (22nd April) for visiting vehicles and volunteers to thank them for their efforts.  Previous excursions have followed the Penzance – St Ives – Land’s End circular 300 route and something similar (but different) is planned for 2019

The spectacular view of the Cornish coastline enjoyed on the 2017 excursion seen from the (open) top of Western National Bristol LDL VDV753 (1936) with Barbie liveried VR 1203 (LFJ847W) just disappearing over the horizon. © Colin Billington



To accompany this event a fully illustrated colour programme is being produced.  In addition to timetables and details of the vehicles attending, the programme will include an illustrated history of the liveries carried by buses forming the West Cornwall scene over the past 100 years and more.  So you can plan your day, programmes can be purchased in advance as follows:

BY POST for £6.50 including p&p (programmes will be despatched from 8th April) 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 from 10th April for £5 at outlets in Penzance and St Ives to be announced in due course.

Vehicles anticipated will be attending will be listed here in due course.

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Information about previous events and programme articles can be found here.  

TV&GWOT’s Blog also has an account of the 2016 Penzance event.


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