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Last Updated: 10 November 2021

 
 

Diamond SUs seemingly run forever

Just like in the 1960s, the (former) Western National depot in Kingsbridge was the backdrop for SUs of all shapes and sizes on 18 September 2021. Marking 60+1 years since Bristol first manufactured the SU, coach and bus variants, long and short, carried passengers around the South Hams demonstrating their physical (7’6” wide) and mechanical (gearing) suitability. Authoritative articles by SU aficionado David Sheppard in the running day programme and Supporters’ magazine To and fro’ 026 give technical insight and a richly illustrated record of SU operations in the West Country and Thames Valley.
© David Sheppard
 
Celebrating the introduction (!) of integrated transport
Before the Kingsbridge Running Day got underway on 18 September, TV&GWOT’s museum hosted Anthony Mangnall MP, Kingsbridge and Salcombe Councillors, Tally Ho Coaches’ MD Don McIntosh and colleagues, together with Devon Country Councillors and officials from GWR, to inaugurate their new through bus service numbered 164: Totnes-Kingsbridge-Salcombe. Service timings and frequency now make ‘days out’ connections to the national network practicable. Formative services on the route over the preceding century and more are chronicled in the running day programme.
© Colin Billington
 
Restoration gathers momentum
Despite the constraints of the pandemic, TV&GWOT Supporters have pulled together to fund the acquisition and transformational restoration of 1950 Thames Valley LL 556 (FMO938). Government restrictions twice delayed our celebration of the centenary of Thames Valley Traction Co. Ltd’s formation but gave time to bring the internal refurbishment to original configuration within scope. The ‘Final Push’ appeal target is within reach and having returned 556 to Trust workshops (via Princes Risborough), Supporter working groups are refurbishing and fitting seat frames anticipating the first ride out. Find out more about this Final Push and support you can give.
© Colin Billington
 
TV&GWOT firing on all cylinders – in the archives too
TV&GWOT events, restoration working groups, and archive days are all back up and running with appropriate Covid-safe precautions. Archive teams meet monthly in Devon and every three weeks in Berkshire. TV&GWOT has been grateful to receive donations from collectors and the estates of notable photographers and researchers giving plenty of interest for archive teams to explore and record. This recently acquired map shows trolleybus proposals for Paignton and is stamped for return to the Chief Engineer, GWR, Paddington.
We are always eager to hear from people with enthusiasm or expertise wanting to get involved.
 
 

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TV&GWOT Events 2022 - all dates provisional

   

Sunday 17 Apr

Penzance VR Revival & Vintage Bus Running Day – with the Cornwall Bus Preservation Society (CBPS)

   

Sunday 22 May

Didcot Transport Gala - with the Great Western Society

   

Friday 17 to Sunday 19 June

Royal Blue Run

   

Weekend of 9/10 July

Thames Valley Traction Co. Centenary Revival

   
Saturday 17 September Kingsbridge 7’6” Vintage Bus Running Day
   

Events TV&GWOT hopes to attend in 2022

 

Details of other events will be confirmed once third party dates become available.

 

 

   
 

 

 
     
 

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