The road ahead with TV&GWOT in 2024
Happy New Year!
Rested from the festive season (?), engines are
revving for an exciting 2024.
There are Open Days for
Supporters in January then March, alongside
regular archive and vehicle working groups.
The Trust’s event programme
includes firm favourites as well as rare
opportunities to take free bus trips from towns
across the region. Anniversaries are, of course, a
cause for celebrations. too
Take a look at the programme and fill your calendar
– vehicle entries are now warmly invited …..
Find out more
A winter treat to warm the cockles….
Covering the TV&GWOT territory fro’ Paddington to
Penzance, this 35th edition of our
magazine To and fro’ is a joyous and
Royal Blue was so much more than just a coach
operator as accounts of special services, Christmas
Day excursions, and an alternative sleigh for Santa
Sharp memories and detailed records kept by young
enthusiasts in the Thames Valley area in the 1950s
to ’70s rekindle memories of the life, times and
buses & coaches with previously unseen photographs
providing the evidence.
Remarkably, there were nine builders of bodies in
Devon and Cornwall supplying the post-war heyday of
Click here to find out more
and be inspired by the range of events and
activities in 2024.
Kingsbridge in September
Even the rain couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm of
locals, holidaymakers and enthusiasts who descended
on Kingsbridge bus station on Saturday 16th
Buses and coaches ranged in age from 1 to 90 years
old ensuring there was something for every era of
interest giving free rides over a variety of coast
and country routes.
The souvenir programme ran to 52 pages with feature
articles on the centenary of Tally Ho! origins, the
changing shape of the bus station, and the impact of
the Brent branchline closure in 1963, 60 years ago.
A few copies remain if you would like to
find out more…….
particularly if you fancy venturing to the Quay in
Kingsbridge for a great day out with friends and
family on Saturday 21 September 2024.
Fawley Hill Vintage Extravaganza
TV&GWOT and friends created a bus & coach spectacle
at the National Transport Trust Vintage Transport
Festival over the long August Bank Holiday weekend……
to the delight of many, including this troupe of
Many Supporters were involved as we entertained
visitors with hats, ticket machines and local views
from the archive.
If you missed it, you can enjoy sights and sounds
from the event from our
Royal Blue Run – West Country Delights 16-18 June
© Chris Drew
annual spectacle of Royal Blue and Associated
Motorways long distance coaches returned to the West
Country from 16 to 18 June 2023. Some 15 preserved
coaches (dating from 1947 to 2000) took part,
travelling over 450 miles of original Royal Blue
express service routes for bystanders and
enthusiasts to enjoy.
Highlights from the run, including photos & video,
and details of the coaches & routes, are
for you to re-live the experience.
Further live coverage (including views from the cab)
is still available on
Facebook with supplementary updates on
South Midland and the prototype RELH – a celebration
60 years after the prototype BRISTOL RELH / ECW
coach went into service with Thames Valley coaching
subsidiary South Midland of Oxford, TV&GWOT marked
the anniversary with a coach road run for Trust
Supporters. The route covered the central sections
of the two South Midland Oxford -London routes
operated by RELH 521ABL for much of the 1960s.
A new TV&GWOT publication puts this important
development in context. It charts the origins of
South Midland from 1921, the evolution of routes and
vehicles operating through the decades, and the role
of the prototype RELH transforming travel. The
story is continued through the Oxford Tube years to
Thames Transit to the late 1990s.
Find out more
about the vehicles which took part, the route and
Penzance Vintage Bus Day success
With a record number of entries and free rides on
vehicles from older half cabs to VR double decks and
more modern special Darts, there was something for
everyone to enjoy in Penzance on Sunday 16 April.
Crowds flocked to the bus station and enjoyed a
variety of trips to destinations around the West
Souvenir programmes all but sold out but the few
remaining can be purchased
while stocks last. The feature article celebrates
120 years since Great Western Road Motors
inaugurated the Lizard service with illustrations of
bus and service developments across the decades.
The story is brought up to date with the ‘rail-link’
services of today. There’s also a spotlight on
former Truronian Dart ‘TT03’, newly restored which
made its debut back in original livery complete with
vinyls at the bus day. Find out more
The programme cover design is based on the Cornwall
area timetable from 70 years ago – Coronation year
Donations enable the Trust to put on events for
public enjoyment, showcasing our transport heritage
and the origins of sustainable bus and coach travel
You can donate easily here via Paypal and the
Donations page gives
details of other cost-effective ways to contribute.
TV&GWOT’s programme for 2024 includes our
ever-popular annual events (Penzance, Royal Blue Run
and Kingsbridge) together with additional
‘specials’. Do join us throughout the year
Sunday 21 April
Penzance Vintage Bus Day
with the Cornwall Bus Preservation Society
Sunday 2 June
Taunton Vintage Bus Day
A return to the Bus Station
Friday 21 to Sunday 23 June
Royal Blue and Associated Motorways long-distance
From country to coast – Wiltshire, Dorset,
Saturday 6 to Sunday 7 July
Cheltenham Classic Coach Gathering
90th Anniversary of Associated Motorways
Sunday 4 August
Tavistock Vintage Bus Day
Adventures for all the family travelling back in
time to the late ’60s
Saturday 21 September
Kingsbridge Vintage Bus Day
with small narrow buses for the lanes to coast and
Further details of each event and vehicle entry
forms will be available early in 2024. Meanwhile
with any queries.
Events TV&GWOT hopes to attend in 2024
We and our vehicle will be contributing to other
events across the TV&GWOT region through 2024
including (so far):
FoKAB Winchester Vintage Bus Day
Sunday 12 May
HCVS London to Brighton
Friday 17 to Sunday 19 May
Fawley Hill Steam & Vintage Transport Festival
The very last!
Sunday 21 July
Alton Bus Rally & Running Day
Sunday 28 July
Windsor Bus Running Day
Thames Valley services to complement the Amersham &
District Motorbus Society event 40 years after the
closure of the London Country depot
Saturday 17 August
Sunday 29 September
Showbus – Quainton