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The Trust organises regular displays and vintage bus running days, where you are able to enjoy a wide range of vehicles in their former habitats.

At our running days, you observe first-hand how the vehicles performed in service and build your own sense of how bus and coach travel has developed through the generations.

Our events have gained a nationwide reputation for authenticity and adventure, recreating the full experience of road transport in bygone days. They have become established, popular attractions for local communities and enthusiasts alike.

Why not come along to enjoy the scene and join us for a free bus ride?

 
 
Our principal events for 2022 are:

 

Victoria Coach Station - VCS90 – year long celebration 10 March / 17 June / 24 July / 24 September

To mark 90 years since VCS was officially opened, a series of events is planned to involve former and current staff, local residents, passengers, vehicle enthusiasts, and everyone with an interest in heritage transport.  10 March – 90 years since the grand opening; 17 June – mass coach departure at the start of the Royal Blue Run; 24 July – multi-faceted bus running day centred on VCS giving free trips; Date tbc – 24 September - a static display of vintage coaches in pole position in the VCS departure bays.  Coach entries are invited here

© Helen Billington

Penzance VR Revival & Vintage Bus Running Day – Sunday 17 April 2022

Since the ‘final’ VR running day on the marque’s .withdrawal from service in December 2006, TV&GWOT and the Cornwall Bus Preservation Society have revived services around the spectacular West Cornwall peninsula each spring with a vintage bus running day. Free passenger rides were given again on Easter Sunday 2022. Then on Easter Monday, entrants and volunteers were rewarded with an excursion from Penzance to St Ives, St Just, Sennen Cove and Land's End. Find out more.

© David T Sheppard

Didcot Transport Rally & Vintage Bus Running Day – Sunday 22 May 2022

TV&GWOT’s fifth event in collaboration with the Great Western Society combined free vintage bus rides on former Great Western Road Motors routes, with an extensive static transport rally and opportunities to visit the railway centre with locomotives in steam. There was a interesting mix of buses and coaches on static display and in service. Find out more.

© Peter Delaney

Royal Blue Run – Friday 17 June to Sunday 19 June 2022

In its 21st year, the Royal Blue & Associated Motorways vintage coach run traced yet more unexplored routes from the coaching network.  The mass departure from Victoria Coach Station formed part of the VCS 90th anniversary celebration. A combination of joint Royal Blue/ Greyhound, Associated Motorways, Elliott Bros era, and Tourist (later Royal Blue) routes took coaches on a tour through Middlesex, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Hampshire, Surrey, and Berkshire.

©  Helen Billington

Thames Valley Traction Co. Centenary Revival

- 9 July Maidenhead bus running day CANCELLED
- 10 July Supporters’ excursion GOING AHEAD

 

© Chris Drew

Kingsbridge 7’6” Vintage Bus Running Day – 17 September 2022

This is now the 15th year that vintage buses and coaches have converged on Kingsbridge and its small but perfectly formed bus station on the Quay.  The running day is a reminder of the value of public transport to rural and coastal communities and a treat for all those enjoying the free rides.  The services unlock hidden gems of the South Hams to passengers and crews alike.  Vehicle entries are invited here.  There will be an excursion on the Sunday for entrants and volunteers.

   

In addition to these and other events organised by the Trust for Supporters, our vehicles also attend events across the country throughout the year. Details are published on the Home page and on our Facebook page.

 
PREVIOUS EVENTS

To get a flavour of TV&GWOT Events from previous years, follow the links below:

Penzance VR Revival and Bus Running Days

Didcot Transport Rally and Vintage Bus Running Days

Tavistock Mini Running Days

Royal Blue Runs

Kingsbridge 7’6” Vintage Bus Running Days

Reading-centred Thames Valley Displays and Vintage Bus Running Days

Other Events

 
 

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