Thames Valley Traction Co. Ltd - 10 July 1920 / 11 July 2021


It was on 10 July 1920 that the Thames Valley Traction Co. Ltd was established.  Its initial Headquarter Offices were in Maidenhead in a house called “The Cedars”, alongside a depot for the motorbuses in what was Bridge Road.  This is now Moorbridge Road and Waitrose occupy the site.


TV&GWOT had large public events planned to mark the TVTCo. Centenary and then the Centenary+1 in 2021 but Covid regulations prevented them going ahead.  Instead on Sunday 11 July 2021 (the Centenary + 1 year + 1 day), TV&GWOT took its 75 year old Thames Valley Bristol K type bus (TV Fleet No. 446, Registration No. DBL154) to revisit the company’s origins.  The bus, dating from 1946, was once a familiar sight in High Wycombe and on the route to Maidenhead and Windsor.  It is one of three important Thames Valley vehicles in the Trust Collection:


·         1927 Tilling-Stevens B9A, Fleet No. 152 (MO9324)

·         1946 Bristol K6A double deck, Fleet No. 446 (DBL154)

·         1950 Bristol LL6B Bus, Fleet No. 556 (FMO938)


Follow the tour in pictures below.


After leaving the former ‘depot’, a second stop on the commemorative journey was in Bridge Avenue where offices now cover the original bus station site.  Remarkably the ticket office and waiting room building survives as a TV&GWOT meeting room. 


The final leg of the nostalgic run went through Bray and on to Windsor Station turning heads and raising smiles along the way.


It is hoped for a return to the established format of TV&GWOT vintage bus running days giving people free rides to experience bygone travel in Thames Valley territory next year – see here for past event details. 



TV&GWOT’s vintage Thames Valley bus 446 on the site where Thames Valley Traction Co. Ltd established its first registered office on 10 July 1920   446 sets off to mark the inauguration a Century + 1 year and 1 day on, drawing round Maidenhead’s Waitrose as if departing from the depot on the site now occupied by the Moorbridge Road store.   446 on the stand in nearby Bridge Avenue is passed by an Optare from Reading Buses’ modern ‘Thames Valley’ branded fleet – a century on from its formation, the prestigious name lives on.  The bus station behind the Rialto Cinema was where the offices have now been built

The vintage Thames Valley bus creates a timeless scene passing through Bray – actually 11 July 2021.

On the service for Windsor Station, Thames Valley 446 pulls up opposite, no longer able to turn in to the terminus which was originally alongside the station buildings down under the arched canopy.   The route passes Windsor Castle overseen by Queen Victoria.   And then past Windsor Guildhall where 446 parks on the bus stand.

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