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‘A Day Out in 1968’

TAVISTOCK RUNNING DAY – Sunday, 18 March 2018

 
     
 

Join us for a time warp in this historic Devon market town, as a specially invited selection of vintage buses and coaches recreate scenes from exactly 50 years ago.

Radiating from the former Western National Tavistock Bus Station, free vintage bus services will operate to Princetown, Yelverton, Calstock, Metherell, Milton Abbot, Lamerton, Lydford and others, taking in the beautiful scenery of Dartmoor and mid-Devon.

We have assembled vehicles to represent the allocation of Western National’s Tavistock depot in 1968, plus one or two representatives of local independent operators, all giving free rides on authentic routes.

A feeder service from Plymouth will depart from Royal Parade (Stop A21) at 0910 (arr. Tavistock 1000), with return departing Tavistock Bus Station at 1645 (arr. Plymouth 1735). This service will run via Plymouth Railway Station in each direction. Another feeder service will operate from Okehampton, departing Fore Street Arcade (Stop C) at 0900 (arr. Tavistock 1000) with return departing Tavistock Bus Station at 1700 (arr. Okehampton 1800). Travel on all services will be on a first come, first served basis.

Vehicle owners: Please note that, because of the nature of this recreation and limitations on layover space, participation in this event is by invitation only. However, we’d be delighted to welcome your vehicle to our other running days throughout the year and hope that you'll enjoy the opportunity to come along to Tavistock as a passenger, perhaps taking advantage of our feeder services as detailed above.

 
     
 
   

Tavistock variety: Bristol SU saloon 632 and Bristol LS coach 1358 await duty on the depot forecourt. (Brian Veale)

 

Dartmoor scenery: Bristol SUL coach 423 braves the Dartmoor snow on a return journey from Princetown. (WHOTT)

 

Tavistock stalwarts: Bristol LS saloon 1723 and rebodied Bristol LL 1206 form a typical 1968 depot scene. (John Barley)

 
     
  Programmes  
     
 

A fully illustrated colour programme and timetable is available to help you get the most from your day. This is available to pre-order and will be dispatched 2 weeks in advance of the event:

BY POST for £7.50 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)

 
 
  Vehicles Expected to Attend  
     
 

959

KUO 972

Bristol K6B

1950

ECW

Western National

1943

VDV 760

Bristol LD6G

1958

ECW

Western National

1969

468 FTT

Bristol FLF6G

1960

ECW

Western National

2019

824 KDV

Bristol FLF6G

1963

ECW

Western National

1218

JUO 983

Bristol LL6B

1948

ECW

Southern National

1613

LTA 772

Bristol LWL5G

1951

ECW

Western National

1376

OTT 85

Bristol LS6G

1954

ECW

Southern National

1781

TUO 497

Bristol LS6G

1954

ECW

Southern National

600

672 COD

Bristol SUS4A

1960

ECW

Western National

603

675 COD

Bristol SUS4A

1960

ECW

Western National

420

270 KTA

Bristol SUL4A

1962

ECW

Western National

425

275 KTA

Bristol SUL4A

1962

ECW

Western National

495

LOD 495

Albion Victor

1950

Duple

Carmel Coaches

 

 
 
     
     
     
     
   
 
     
  Photos: Keith Newton, Ken Jones, Kevin Cripps, David Fricker, and Len Wright.  
 

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