THAMES VALLEY 100 - 02 August 2015  
  TV&GWOT is planning a major event to celebrate the commencement of bus services in the Thames Valley by British Automobile Traction, the forerunner of the Thames Valley Traction Co, a BAT subsidiary.

Pre-order your programme for this event by sending a cheque for £8 (inc P&P) to TVaGWOT, Ledger Farm Forest Green Road, Fifield, Maidenhead, SL6 2NR. The lavishly illustrated programme will contain several previously unpublished photographs and:

        • Details of all vehicles expected to take part.
• Route details and the history and description of the first route from Maidenhead – Reading – Streatley.
• Route map.
• A history of the British Automobile Traction and Thames Valley Traction Companies and successors.
• Timetables of free bus services including feeders.
• Duties showing allocation of vehicles to services.

The event will start with a cavalcade of preserved Thames Valley buses which will leave Bridge Avenue, Maidenhead at 9.10am, the time of the first departure from Maidenhead 100 years ago and will be led by Mike Sutcliffe’s 1913 Leyland S.30 which was transferred by BAT from Barnsley to Reading to start the service. The cavalcade will travel along the Bath Road (A4) and through Twyford to Reading (eta 10.15-10.30am) where the older vehicles will be on display in the pedestrianised forecourt on the south side of the new Reading Station.

Free vintage bus services will operate from 10.30am to approximately 4.30pm from the South West Interchange at Reading Station which is on the site of the terminus used by Thames Valley buses and adjacent to the site of the former Reading Bus Station which has recently been demolished and is currently being redeveloped for commercial use. See http://www.reading-buses.co.uk/files/maps/7%20July%2014/town%20centre%20stops%20map.pdf

The first service (No. 1) ran Maidenhead – Reading – Streatley and commenced on 31 July 1915. The service was inaugurated using five 1913 Brush bodied Leyland S3.30.T type single decks transferred from BAT subsidiary Barnsley & District and operating under the ‘British’ fleetname

  Leyland S3.30.Ts HE11 and HE12 outside the BAT offices in Caversham Road, Reading in 1915 for the Maidenhead and Streatly service.
  The LT Museum’s 1914 AEC B type ‘Battlebus’ B2737 as it went to the Continent as a troop transport in WW1.

Remarkably one of these vehicles which started this service 100 years ago, registered HE12, still exists and has been restored to original Barnsley & District livery by ace restorer and Leyland expert, Mike Sutcliffe. The BAT original office buildings and the depot building in Caversham Road, Reading also still exist and appear largely unchanged since 1915. In the photograph HE12 and sister vehicle HE11 are seen outside the BAT offices. Mike Sutcliffe will be bringing HE12 to our Thames Valley centenary event.

  Thames Valley 1927 Tilling Stevens No. 154 at the TV&GWOT workshops now being prepared for the TV100 event.

TV100 will be held on Sunday 2 August and will feature:

  l A cavalcade of former Thames Valley Traction and associated companies vehicles from Maidenhead to Reading
  l A display of the older vehicles on the forecourt of the new Reading Station by permission of First Great Western, Network Rail and Reading Borough Council.
    t 1913 ‘British’ Leyland S3.30.T HE12 which started the service in 1915.
1914 London AEC ‘B’ Type ‘Battlebus’ LH8186 by courtesy of the London Transport Museum
    t Thames Valley 1927 Tilling Stevens MO9324 which is on loan from the Southdown Omnibus Trust to TV&GWOT and is currently being refurbished in our workshops
    t TV&GWOT’s 1927 GWR Guy FBB which was originally delivered to the GWR Road Motors main works at Slough


Free bus services on Route 1 (Maidenhead – Reading – Streatley)

Vehicles expected in service include:

    t Thames Valley Bristol K, KSW, FLF double decks and Bristol L, LL, LWL and LH single decks
    t Alder Valley Leyland Nationals
    t Bee Line Volvo
    t Royal Blue coaches which operated on hire to Alder Valley on Route 1 in 1973-5
    t Vehicles from neighbouring operators who interfaced with or worked into the TVT area
  l Photographic opportunities at the former BAT premises

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