SHOP - To and fro'  

TV&GWOT Supporters receive a high quality quarterly magazine To and fro’.  Each edition runs to between 36 and 52 pages and includes original articles relating to passenger transport history in the Thames Valley and the West Country with connecting services covered by Royal Blue.  The full colour magazines are extensively illustrated and include regular features like a spirited Editorial, Trust Traffic Notices, Any Questions and pictorial reviews of recent events.  Copies for the current year are only available to Supporters but back numbers (where copies remain) can be purchased online.

The original articles, over and above the regular content, are summarised below. 

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What’s in To and fro’?

Articles in addition to regular features are catalogued below.
To and Fro' Season Title   Brief Description
034 Autumn 2023 Michael Plunkett  

Tributes to Michael Plunkett (1931-2023) whose Thames Valley Tilling-Stevens MO9324 is kept for posterity in the TV&GWOT Collection.


Inside the Factory   Marking 40 years since the end of Bristol Commercial Vehicles, Martin Curtis gives lavishly illustrated and fascinating insight to the practices and achievements of BCV.
The Great West Road   The impact on coach travel and journey times of the routing, terrain and legal limits over the main roads connecting London and Penzance is explored from the earliest days to the motorway era.

Tavistock Depot: 50th Anniversary of Closure

Part 2: The Three Outstations and Other Developments

  Subsequent to the depot closure in 1973, outstations were established and successive operators have appeared in Tavistock.  John Barley brings the story up to date.
How to do a threepoint turn in 1936   A sequence of glass plate images from the Bristol Vintage Bus Group Archive show a rare Bristol ‘A’ performing manoeuvres near Bath Old Bridge Terminus.

To and Fro' Season Title   Brief Description
033 Summer 2023 Tavistock Depot: 50th Anniversary of Closure   The circumstances around Western National’s withdrawal from Tavistock on 5 May 1973 are described.
Early Coaching in the Thames Valley   Thames Valley Motor Tours in charabanc coaches from 1919 into the 1920s were varied and popular as this article reveals.
A Holiday in 1970: Part 2   A day trip to Torpoint and Plymouth in August 1970 is re-lived in excellent photographs.
On the Run! A Driver’s view on the 2023 Royal Blue Run   From behind the wheel of TV&GWOT’s LS No. 1286, readers are taken on the journey from Salisbury to Liskeard (via Seaton), Wadebridge (via Penzance) and Salisbury (via Exeter) with Supporters’ photographs capturing the spectacle.
While in Wadebridge   Sixty years earlier, a young Supporter was also in Wadebridge photographing the fleet of W A Hawkey & Sons enabling us to step back in time.
A Striking Opportunity   Parallels are drawn with the recent role of coach travel with strikes on the rail network to circumstances in 1919 and then again in 1955 and 1982

To and Fro' Season Title   Brief Description
032 Spring 2023 The Thames Valley Floods of 1947   Pictures show the impact of the severe floods 75 years ago on bus operations across Maidenhead, Reading and Windsor.
All Aboard Service 23!   A snapshot of the fascinating threads in TV&GWOT’s new Facebook Group, Service23, continuing Supporter dialogue between To and fro’ editions.
Finding a Path for Travellers   Pathfinder, Traveller, 10a Princess Square and the intrigue around D G Clifford make for a remarkable tale of Express Coach Services from Plymouth in the 1920s and ’30s.
A Holiday in 1970   Looe in SE Cornwall is a picturesque holiday resort as Mike Hodges’s 1970 photos prove capturing service buses and an array of coaches on outbound excursions and incoming tours.
The First Year of Western National’s VRs   Inspired by early sightings of VRs at Bristol Commercial Vehicles recalled in Tnf’ 030,  David Burch shares records from observations of the spread of VRs around Plymouth through 1969.

To and Fro' Season Title   Brief Description
031 Winter 2022 Paul Green’s Winter Blues   Atmospheric pictures of Bristol VRs from Torpoint, a late stronghold for the type, give interesting insight to the logistics of regular river crossings.
What are the Chances?   Martin Curtis reveals further excitement from his youth spent near BCV’s Brislington works and the remarkable revelations more than half a century later.
The United Welsh Twins   Editor David Sheppard leaps on the example spotted by Martin Curtis, to contrast the lonesome United Welsh (SU) twins with their more numerous Western and Southern National cousins.
Any Questions (Answers)?   Supporters contribute an array of pictures developing points from To and fro’ 030 and demonstrating the richness of Supporter insights.
Holiday Tours   The tradition of perusing holiday brochures once Christmas festivities are over, is continued by Peter Delaney with a fascinating account of the rise and decline of coaching holidays by Royal Blue.
Thames Valley Gas Cars of World War 2   A look back at Thames Valley in the 1930s and ’40s illustrates the first generation of hybrid / gas propulsion systems for buses - Paul Lacey adds tales of some alarming experiences!

To and Fro' Season Title   Brief Description
030 Autumn 2022 Thames Valley Tour  

Pictures from the Supporters tour of former Thames Valley depots to pay homage to the company’s centenary.


Full Frontal Delight! Kingsbridge Running Day 2022  

James Freeman’s view from the Driver’s cab (of Southern National Bristol LL6B No. 1218 – JUO983) brings the Kingsbridge 7’6” vintage bus running day to life – you’ll wish you’d been there…


Route and Branch  

The vehicles employed by Thames Valley’s “Route Servicing Crew” for tree lopping described by Paul Lacey


Old Friends: Western National’s first VRTs  

Martin Curtis’s recollections from the vantage of a childhood home in Brislington supported by expert research, were prompted by driving 1056 (OTA290G) in service for the Penzance VR revival in April.


A Link between Bournemouth and Birmingham  

The Royal Blue run traced parts of early 1930s’ Elliott Bros routes from Bournemouth to Birmingham – here Peter Delaney reveals the history of Link Safety Coaches, a contemporary small operator (1926-1933) who also provided express services from the South Coast to the Midlands.


Southern National’s Alexander Interlude  

Following To and fro’ correspondence about Scottish buses in the West Country, Peter Snowden’s photograph albums evidence the Alexander interlopers in Cawlett Group’s Southern National operations in the 1990s


Anniversaries in the Thames Valley  

A roundup of significant anniversaries for transport businesses in the Thames Valley through 2022.

To and Fro' Season Title   Brief Description
029 Summer 2022 Easter in Penzance   A Supporter report of the bus adventures enjoyed by Supporters and the visiting public in Cornwall
Reflections on the 60th HCVS London to Brighton Run   A Supporter report of the excitement as TV&GWOT’s Thames Valley fleet returned to the road, as one, for the HCVS’s iconic London-Brighton run
Plymouth Nationals in Essex   50 years of the Leyland National are celebrated with the tale of the Essex after-life of three former Plymouth City Transport examples
Monte Carlo or Bust!   A driver’s eye view of the 2022 Royal Blue Run – a legendary journey in its own right with a spectacular destination
Expressing it on a Poster: Part 2   Peter Delaney provides further examples of poster designs, particularly those adopted by Royal Blue – images of coaches are remarkably scarce

To and Fro' Season Title   Brief Description
028 Spring 2022 Name Dropping in Weymouth   Martin Curtis recalls the Leyland Nationals Southern National provided under his direction for a BBC drama in 1984 ...and the celebrities who starred
From the Valleys to the ’Valley – Transfers between Thames Valley and United Welsh   To maintain standardisation in the Thames Valley fleet some 36 vehicles were acquired second hand from United Welsh as detailed and illustrated by Paul Lacey
The Cornish Adventures of 1990   Photos from author Nik Anthony’s first visit to Cornwall in March 1990 give a powerful recreation of the bus scene around the country
Expressing it on a Poster   The many forms of poster used by bus and coach companies to inform and entertain are explored by Peter Delaney giving insight to the services and design styles
Better than Socks or Pants   A calendar in the form of a Williamson ticket brought Peter Snowden decades more pleasure than the more usual Christmas gift

To and Fro' Season Title   Brief Description
027 Winter 2021/22 Licensing the Service   The evolution of licensing schemes for buses and coaches from an 1847 Act through to deregulation in the 1980s, with fascinating examples.
Green’s festive Greens and reds   Paul Green’s photographs from Guildford (1972) give a festive display of reds and greens as Aldershot & District transitioned to the Alder Valley ‘wine’ era with the recent NBC corporate identity also in evidence.
From the ’Valley to the Valleys   An illustrated record of transfers between Thames Valley and United Welsh
Taunton Lodekkas: The Twilight Years   A colourful demonstration of Lodekkas around Taunton photographed by Peter Snowden through the 1970s and early 1980s.
An Exmoor Winter’s Tale   Kevin Pankhurst tells of the fate of the crew and passengers in a Western National OB attempting to cross Exmoor in 1937 when a blizzard struck…..

To and Fro' Season Title   Brief Description
026 Autumn 2021 Kingsbridge Running Day 2021   Sheer Joy in a Bedford – another view from the driver’s cab (of Beadle-Bedford 2015 – HOD66) by James Freeman
Into the ’Valley: The GWR bus and coaches transferred to Thames Valley   What happened when 15 buses and coaches arrived with Thames Valley
Short & Sweet 2: Bristol SUs in the Thames Valley   A lavishly illustrated companion article to the celebration of SUs in the West Country in the Kingsbridge 2021 event programme
Sunbeam Forging Ahead   A 1930s’ tale of passenger road transport and criminal activity in the Bournemouth area evidenced from the TV&GWOT archive
The Breadwinners – Western National’s Mercedes Minibuses   A celebration of Mercedes minibuses which took pride of place in the Western National fleet and now worthy of preservation as testified by the author’s newly restored 357
Step Inside, Love!   Answers to the interior challenge set in To and fro’ 025 identifying the Thames Valley vehicle saloons

To and Fro' Season Title   Brief Description
025 Summer 2021 Thames Valley and the Festival of Britain   How Thames Valley promoted and served the 1951 Festival of Britain
The 2021 Royal Blue Run   A driver’s eye view by James Freeman brings the journey alive for readers
I drove the First and Last – and we are not talking about Land’s End!   Martin Curtis relives unexpected excitement at the turn of 1982/3 as WNOC made its final journey in Weymouth
Flying By….   A recreation of the CBPS/TV&GWOT vintage bus fly-by around Penzance in April 2021 captured in spectacular photographs by Chris Drew
Step Inside, Love!   A quiz posed by Paul Lacey to identify vehicles by their interiors
Travel Anywhere! Cornwall fifty years ago   David Burch and Mervyn Kendall share illustrated reminiscences of day trips from Plymouth into Cornwall in June 1971 by ‘Travel Anywhere Bus Ticket’
Beyond the Fringe   Peter Delaney examines services that, with other operators, took Royal Blue beyond its traditional boundaries into north Kent, Essex and East Anglia.
Green’s Greens   North Devon in the 1960s as witnessed by Paul Green who grew up there
A much travelled bus ticket   A remarkable tale of preservation over 70+ years – a Thames Valley Bellgraphic ticket

To and Fro' Season Title   Brief Description
024 Spring 2021 Graham Geoghegan, 1926-2021   Obituary
Mike Stephens 1935-2020   Obituary with a six-page spread sampling Mike’s photos from across the decades now in the TV&WOT Archive
Life in the Thames Valley Central Works, 1961-1966   Insight into life at ‘the works’ which set Trustee Graham Green on track for a career in mechanical engineering
Ghostly Gritters   The after-life of Thames Valley Buses as gritters with Berkshire County Council
Last Chance Lodekkas   Photographs revealing the various cover-ups and modifications made in the latter years of Lodekka operations
Degrees of Coaching   A study of express coach services between London and Oxford, a contrast to the more usual services across the TV&GWOT area from the South West to London or the Midlands
A Tour of 1980 – Part 5   The final instalment of a photographer’s West Country Tour as it reached East Devon and Dorset in September 1980

To and Fro' Season Title   Brief Description
023 Winter 2020/21 Obituary – John Whitehead   A reflection on the John’s life and his contributions to vehicle preservation and TV&GWOT archives
Plymouth City Transport’s Country Routes – A pictorial journey   The origins of Plymouth’s rural routes and travels from the 1960s to 1991
Safe at Last: Royal Blue Bristol LL6B No. 1264 (LTA893)   The operational history and its epic recovery by TV&GWOT
Thames Valley – An employer for life   Examples of Thames Valley’s care for its employees and families
Coach Air Services   Connections between Royal Blue and flying
SU Diamond Jubilee – A personal reflection   The owner of Western National SUS 603 reflects on the diamond anniversary celebrations that 2020 should have marked
Town Service – with a difference – The Fowey Bus & Taxi Service in 1973   The evolution of services and vehicles down into the narrow streets of Fowey
262 on Tour   A lucky passenger recollects the 1978 tour by the Cotswold PSV group in Western National 262 deep into the West Country as 5o years in preservation are celebrated

To and Fro' Season Title   Brief Description
022 Autumn 2020 Service 19 minus 1   A short history of Thames Valley Route 18, Maidenhead to Marlow
A Tour of 1980 – Part 4   The tour continues into South Devon with photographs evoking the scene 40 years ago
Deregulation, Demonstrations and Diversions   The TV&GWOT archive reveals the complexities of running a service from Reading, through London to Southend in the early 1980s
The Red & White Legacy – South Midland’s Guys   The progress of Guys from Thames Valley’s Oxford-based fleet to South Midland
More wish you were there?   A collection of vintage West Country (South Devon) postcards, each featuring contemporary buses
Face coverings   A topical look at the ‘face’ coverings worn by buses over the years

To and Fro' Season Title   Brief Description
021 Summer 2020 Peter Pribik 1932-2020   A Thames Valley man, perfect gentleman, and long term owner of Thames Valley KSW as well as stalwart Trust Supporter remembered
Wish you were there?   Postcards with bus and coach interests from around Devon and Cornwall provide consolation in place of a 2020 Royal Blue Run
Green National Express Coaches   On the centenary of the formation of the NOTC, Peter Delaney combines rich archive material to explain the complex dealings
South Midland Coach to Brighton – with a difference   In place of the annual HCVS London to Brighton Run Paul Lacey recalls a special journey to Madeira Drive in 1958
More Sightseeing in Plymouth   The double-deck bus tours operated by Plymouth City Transport for nearly 40 years explored by David Burch
Great Western Road Motors – Depot Allocations 1919-1929   Colin Billington reveals fascinating insights to be gleaned from GWR Road Motors records for nearly 500 vehicles and over 60 depots

To and Fro' Season Title   Brief Description
020 Spring 2020 That Double Decker Buzz   Recollections of the fast changing Thames Valley bus scene of the 1980s and 90s thanks to the Bee Line
In Memory of Trevor Leach   Memories of Trevor, a loyal Supporter, and of his SU which regularly appeared at Trust events
From Paul to Paris   As a new skyline emerges at the site of Exeter’s former Bus & Coach Station, Peter Delaney examines the origins and history of coach stations in the city
A Tour of 1980 – Part 3   The tour continues into Cornwall with photographs evoking the scene now nearly 40 years ago
50 Years Ago in Trowbridge   A collation of Supporters’ photographs mark 50 years since Western National’s hold on Trowbridge’s Conigre depot was relinquished to Bristol Omnibus
Sightseeing Around Britain’s Ocean City   Andy Richings gives a flavour of the operations and vehicles that have shown visitors the breath-taking views and history that Plymouth has to offer.

To and Fro' Season Title   Brief Description
019 Winter 2019/20 Work and Play at Kingsbridge   A pictorial round-up of the fun had by all at the Kingsbridge Running Day in September
Express Reading: Part 2   Post-war development of local ‘express’ services for travel around the Reading area
Reading Motorbus Centenary   Reflections on TV&GWOT’s running day on 8th December, with 5 buses traversing the original route to mark 100 years since the first Reading Corporation Motorbus service
A Tour of 1980 – Part 2   The tour continues into North Devon with photographs evoking the scene now nearly 40 years ago
Thames Valley Joint Workings – Route 75: Reading to Guildford   The development of this joint operation from its origins in 1954, long before the Thames Valley and Aldershot & District merged, is described
30 Years’ Service: Part 4   To and fro’ Editor, David Sheppard’s ascendance in the world of bus preservation and operation are brought up to date in this final episode

To and Fro' Season Title   Brief Description
018 Autumn 2019 Our 2019 Royal Blue Run   A stunning reminder of the 24 coaches, 650 miles and 16 counties of this ambitious run
A Tour of 1980   Illustrated memories of a touring holiday through Western National territory in September 1980
Car 866: Thames Valley’s MW Coach   Continuing a tale from To & Fro’ 002, the destiny of 866 (520ABL) is revealed
Wish you were there?   A collection of vintage West Country postcards, each featuring contemporary buses
All change in Tavistock   Reflections on the ‘Day out in the Late 1960s’ staged by TV&GWOT in Tavistock in July 2019
Flaming June ….and July!   Special events supporting Reading Buses, and marking 100 and 110 years since the first GWR Road Motor services to Dartmouth and Salcombe
Express Reading: Part 1   The emergence of local ‘express’ services for travel around the Reading area
30 Years’ Service: Part 3   To and fro’ Editor, David Sheppard’s progression through teenage years is matched by growth in the family fleet

To and Fro' Season Title   Brief Description
017 Summer 2019 From Coast to Coast   The genesis of Royal Blue on the Birkenhead-Didcot-Newbury-Southampton axis, perpendicular to the Paddington to Penzance one
The Road to Brighton   Tracing TV&GWOT’s Bristol SUL 692 on its prize-winning trip on the HCVS run to Brighton
Record Breakers   Stunning photographs from TVG&WOT’s record breaking events at Penzance and Didcot in early 2019
On behalf of GWR – Thames Valley to Ascot Races   The mammoth task of transporting race goers from the railhead at Windsor to Royal Ascot from the 1920s to ’50s
30 Years’ Service: Part 2   To and fro’ Editor, David Sheppard, progresses from eager child to the responsibilities of bus ownership and restoration

To and Fro' Season Title   Brief Description
016 Sprimg 2019 Pride of the Peninsula   Remembering the Millbrook Steamboat Company, 90 years after incorporation – a significant provider of both river and road transport on the Rame Peninsula in SE Cornwall
The Red&White Legacy   The Lydney-bodied Regals
Thames Valley Coaches in Colour   Visualising unique liveries of the small batches of pre-war coaches taken by the Thames Valley
Catering for the Passengers   How suitable refreshment stops used by Royal Blue services were found
30 Years’ Service: Part 1   To and fro’ Editor, David Sheppard, gives an amusing and enlightening account of his first encounters with buses and preservation

To and Fro' Season Title   Brief Description
015 Winter 2018/19 More…..Driving “The Blues”   More tales from Royal Blue drivers who, for reasons of deviation, are anonymous

Trolleybus Gold

  The many celebrations marking the trolleybus operations in Reading which ceased 50 years ago brought together in pictures
Vehicle Profile   A closer look at FDV 790V, a vehicle in the TV&GWOT Collection
The Red&White Legacy   The interesting trio of AEC Regents that passed through the Newbury & District fleet
Remembering Reading’s Trolleybuses 50 years after departure   Memories from a man who was there contrasting then and now
Christmas selection box   Different flavours of West Country vehicles in pictures

To and Fro' Season Title   Brief Description
014 Autumn 2018 Big Bertha   A look back at a Thames Valley legend, their only 'long' rear entrance Lodekka, Bristol LDL Car 779

Kingsbridge 2018   Pictorial review of the 11th vintage bus running day in Kingsbridge
The Year of the Trolley   Pictures from the BTS celebration of Reading Trolleybuses at Sandtoft
Highways to the West   The history of Highways' motor coach service from London, through the Thames Valley to the West Country in the late 1920s / early 1930s
On the Buses - For Real - Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered   How passengers on buses from Taunton in the early post-WWII period could turn every journey into its own pantomime

To and Fro' Season Title   Brief Description
013 Summer 2018 Our Day Out in 1968   The inspiration for and realisation of the dream of re-creating the 1968 scene in Tavistock for the 2018 mini running day

Thames Valley & Reading Running Day   Pictorial review of the running day and trolleybus commemoration in June 2018
Moorland Adventures  Past and Present   A wry comparison between experiences of Tavistock's bus running day and travellers making their way to Goosey Fair
Tickets Please!   Royal Blue ticketing and system developments through the 1940s and '50s
Hand Picked MW: Southern National 2625   Glimpsed in To and fro' 013, the history (and future) of Southern National 2625, a remarkable MW survivor, is revealed
Room for 8 standing (or 1 horse)   An amazing account of transporting a horse with a Thames Valley Bristol KSW6B
Royal Blue Reflections   Pictorial review of the 2018 Royal Blue Run

To and Fro' Season Title   Brief Description
012 Spring 2018 Follow Things Worthy of You   Vehicles and experiences travelling on Thames Valley Traction's Service 25 between Flackwell Heath and High Wycombe in the late 1940s / early 1950s

Scenes from a Special Monday   Pictorial review of the Exeter-Minehead trip following the joint DG/WN service 217
The Jolly Boys' Outings   The challenges and camaraderie that retrieving an abandoned Western National Beadle-Bedford from deepest Wales entails
Routing the Run   The many stages in researching and planning a Royal Blue run are unveiled

To and Fro' Season Title   Brief Description
011 Winter 2017 That Tavistock Feeling   Pictorial view of the 1968 scene in Tavistock that the mini Running Day is set to re-create

Vehicle Profile   A closer look at LTA 995, a vehicle in the TV&GWOT Collection
The Red&White Legacy   The influence of Red&White on South Midland under Thames Valley in the guise of Coach 85
Driving "The Blues"   Tales from Royal Blue drivers who, for reasons of the content, are anonymous
On the Buses - For Real - A Winter's Tale   How a 1950s' bus driver based at Taunton kept his body warm, if not always his heart
Caught-a Supporter!   More or less flattering but all amusing photos of Supporters through year

To and Fro' Season Title   Brief Description
010 Autumn 2017 Double Dates   Pictorial review of summer occasions where TV&GWOT managed to be in two places at once.

Perfect Picture   The lengths Royal Blue went to to capture spectacular photographs for its publicity and timetables
Vehicle Profile   A closer look at MO 9324, a vehicle in the TV&GWOT Collection
Thames Valley's Smallest Garage   In the 1920s and 30s, long before the Middletons brought fame to the village, Bucklebury held claim to the smallest TV bus garage
On the Buses - For Real - The Original B10   Recollections of driving Tilling-Stevens B10s, stalwarts of the Taunton single deck fleet
Kingsbridge 2017: The Big Day   Pictorial review of the 10th running day
Kingsbridge 2017 - a Day Out With the Little Ones   Pictorial review of the Supporters' tour across the narrow bridges of Dartmoor

To and Fro' Season Title   Brief Description
009 Summer 2017 Supporters' Scrapbook   Photos from 2017 events, so far: fro' Penzance to Brighton, Didcot, Taunton, Buckfasleigh and Exmouth

Tough Times at High Wycombe in the 1960s   Complexities of operating the TV High Wycombe Depot from the perspective of the Traffic Superintendent's assistant in the late 1960s
Vehicle Profile   A closer look at JUO 992, a vehicle in the TV&GWOT Collection
From Boadicea to Alfred the Great - A Thames Valley Oddity   The role of a lone Thornycroft BC which transferred to TV as Car 257 from the GWR Road Motors
The Cheltenham Co-ordination Scheme   Background to the co-ordination scheme which saw Cheltenham become a key hub for Associated Motorways operations
On the Buses - For Real - Right and Forward   The characteristics of Bristol's 5-speed overdrive gearbox and techniques for mastering it, shared by a driver

To and Fro' Season Title   Brief Description
008 Spring 2017 The London Terminus   A look back at the history of VCS following TV&GWOT's Coach Festival marking the 85th anniversary of the London terminus

Vehicle Profile   A look back at the history of VCS following TV&GWOT's Coach Festival marking the 85th anniversary of the London terminus
The Vincent-bodied Bristol Coaches of Thames Valley   The lengths TVT went to to refurbish surviving war-torn Leylands and new vehicle orders to provide post-war services
Supporters' Day, Devon   Pictorial Review of the Devon Day for Supporters in early 2017
Royal Blue…..still in Reading?!   Modern day use of "Royal Blue" branding in Reading
On the Buses - For Real - Hunting Reliances   Recollections of ex-Royal Blue AEC Reliances in their last days of service for Western National in Taunton

To and Fro' Season Title   Brief Description
007 Winter 2016/17 Special Agents   The work of local agents (and all the paperwork) for passengers to book long distance coach travel

Vehicle Profile   A closer look at EDV 555D, a vehicle in the TV&GWOT Collection
After the Ball   Pictorial review of Volunteers' post-Kingsbridge tour over Dartmoor
Wanderings of a Road Motors Man   Research reveals one man's links with Great Western Road Motors operations from Slough to Penzance a century ago
An Overview of Thames Valley Bristol FLF History   Cataloguing the TV FLFs from start to finish - 1960 to 1985

To and Fro' Season Title   Brief Description
006 Autumn 2016 Scheduling the 'Valley   The characters and vehicles witnessed by a TV scheduler from 1949 into the 1950s

A Day Like No Other   Pictorial review of the Kingsbridge running day, September 2016
Vehicle Profile   A closer look at MRD 147, a vehicle in the TV&GWOT Collection
Double Decked in Bournemouth (Part 2)   Bournemouth's bus and coach station - remodelling, use through the mid 20th century and destruction in a fire now 40 years ago
What's in a Number?  

Some remarkable coincidences in the fleet number digits of TV&GWOT vehicles.

Western Wanderings   A contemporary account of West Country bus operations from 1955

To and Fro' Season Title   Brief Description
005 Summer 2016 Double Decked in Bournemouth (Part 1)   Bournemouth's bus and coach station - origins in 1931 and early years

A Fascinating Journey   Alder Valley's struggles with vehicle reliability in the early 1970s
Vehicle Profile   A closer look at MOD 973, a vehicle in the TV&GWOT Collection
The GWR Road Motors at Newbury   GWR Road Motors operations at Newbury where uncharacteristically  things were anything but smooth
Dennis the Men-Ace   A modern day perspective of grappling with driving a preserved Dennis Mace
Supporters' Scrapbook   Pictorial Review of events in the year so far - Penzance, Didcot, London to Brighton, Taunton, Fawley and the Royal Blue Run
On the Buses - For Real - Master Aces   Pictorial Review of events in the year so far - Penzance, Didcot, London to Brighton, Taunton, Fawley and the Royal Blue Run

To and Fro' Season Title   Brief Description
004 Spring 2016 Reading's Colonnade Coach Station   The arrival of refreshment stops for coach services through Reading and The Colonnade

Supporters' Day, Berkshire   Pictorial Review of the Berkshire Day for Supporters in early 2016
Vehicle Profile   A closer look at GRX  140D, a vehicle in the TV&GWOT Collection
Pure as the Driven Snow   Intrigue surrounding the departure of Bristol SUL 420 from Trowbridge defeating even the most diligent sleuth
Suspended for the Duration   The effects of WWII on coaching and the revival of coach services 70 years ago
Piggy Backs and Pulls   Buses that know how to make an entrance are followed to their new West Country home
On the Buses - For Real - The Regulator   The hub of Taunton Depot's early post-WWII operations from Tower Street and the officials to be found there

To and Fro' Season Title   Brief Description
003 Winter 2015/16 "20 minute stop - we leave at 11.40"   A tour of Coaching Refreshment Stops frequented by Royal Blue

Vehicle Profile   A closer look at VW 2013, a vehicle in the TV&GWOT Collection
Project Fares Please!   Introducing a project to overhaul ticket machines for running day use
Supporting 2015   Pictorial review of events in 2015
The Origins of Bracknell Garage   How TVT came to set up in Bracknell - prompted by the recent closure of First Group's depot there
Season's Greetings   Bus operations in the snow past and present - in pictures
On the Buses - For Real - The New Boy   The first day of a new bus driver reporting for duty at Hamilton Road depot, Taunton

To and Fro' Season Title   Brief Description
002 Autumn 2015 Thames Valley 100 - Our Celebration of an Important Centenary   Pictorial review of TV&GWOT's TV100 celebration

Coaching the Old Bath Road   Transition of the London to Weston-super-Mare service from joint operation with Royal Blue to Bristol Greyhound alone
Kingsbridge 2015 - A record-breaking running Day in South Devon   Pictorial review of the Kingsbridge Running day 2015
The Final Day of First Devon   Pictorial high/low lights marking the end of former Western National operations in the Plymouth area on 5 September 2015
Vehicle Profile   A closer look at DBL 154, a vehicle in the TV&GWOT Collection
The High-Floor RE Prototype - South Midland Car 867   Unusual twists which brought about the high-floor prototype Bristol RE
On the Buses - For Real - The Test   An aspirant Western National Driver presents for his PSV test at Taunton Depot in 1947

To and Fro' Season Title   Brief Description
001 Summer 2015 Origins and Early Days of British Reading Branch   The origins of what would become Thames Valley Traction Co. Ltd - a local branch of British Automobile Traction established in Reading in 1915

Vehicle Profile   A closer look at YF 714, a vehicle in the TV&GWOT Collection
446 Inaugural Run   An illustrated account of the first run of DBL 154 in TV&GWOT ownership
Express Relief   Royal Blue destination labels through the years
On the Buses - For Real - The Beginnings   A young man returns from WWII service working first as a lorry driver then applying for a job with Western National in Taunton

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