A registered charity committed to keeping alive the rich history of road passenger transport "fro' Paddington to Penzance"  

Last Updated: 17 June 2021


Royal Blue Run 18-21 June 2021

Where we left off – coaches at the end of the RB Run 2019

© Peter Delaney

The news many have been waiting for – the Royal Blue run is set to go ahead on midsummer weekend 2021.  With important anniversaries from 2020 in focus (Royal Blue 140 years and 100 years for the National Omnibus & Transport Co.), the route takes in important historic locations and principal operating hubs such as Chelmsford, Bournemouth, Newquay and Stroud.  Specific roads and approximate timings are now available.

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#Busflyby – Penzance and Counting

Driver in uniform by bus wearing a facemask

We counted them out and we counted them back… the 22 local buses & coaches participating in the CBPS/TV&GWOT Penzance & West Cornwall Vintage #Busflyby on Sunday 18 April.  Buses ranged in age from 15 to 70 years and represented a range of local and more distant fleets. 

Scheduling ensured buses passed through Helston, Penzance, Hayle, St Just and Marazion at 15 minute intervals creating a spectacle for locals and those watching online.

Vehicles were immaculately turned out and crews adhered to Covid restrictions and social distancing, showcasing just what can be achieved.  We were sorry not to be able to carry passengers but hope the third Sunday in April 2022 (17th) will bring that opportunity once again.

The event may have passed but the atmosphere can still be enjoyed by watching the videos on Facebook with some additional images on the event page

#Busflyby – Penzance Countdown continues

We're counting down to our Penzance Vintage #Busflyby next Sunday 18 April, when more than 20 locally-based vintage buses will be on the roads of West Cornwall. Although we cannot carry passengers, we hope the buses will make a fine sight for local people to capture and share with the world using #Busflyby.

Buses can be seen at 15 minute intervals passing through Helston, Penzance, Hayle, St Just and Marazion. We expect to bring some live footage to our Facebook page for those following online, as well as photos and video highlights.

Further details including vehicles, routes and timetables can be found here. Further updates will appear on our Facebook page.



Penzance & West Cornwall Vintage #busflyby 2021

Although it will not be possible to stage our usual Penzance Running Day in April, we are pleased to announce plans for a one-off Penzance & West Cornwall Vintage Bus Flyby on Sunday 18 April 2021. We hope this socially-distanced run for locally-based vintage buses and coaches will bring some well-deserved smiles to the people of West Cornwall as they pass by. With overnight hotel/B&B stays not possible and travel discouraged, we hope others will enjoy following the run from their homes, both via our Facebook page and by following the hashtag #busflyby. For the safety of all, we regret that passengers will not be carried by vehicles at this event.

Is Service-19 coming your way?

Supporters have just received some relief from lockdown in the form of an 8th edition of their ad-hoc Newsletter, keeping in touch while normal activities are curtailed.  This is 22 pages of conversation with memories, interesting pictures and conundrum shared and commented on.  Why not become a Supporter and see what’s going on.  The exclusive newsletter is in addition to the flagship To and fro’ magazine.

Why relief?  Well, the logistics of relief services on the Royal Blue / Southdown / East Kent South Coast service Bournemouth-Margate are revealed in Service-19.

Rescued from lockdown

TV&GWOT is delighted to announce that, after a lockdown of more than 50 years, Royal Blue 1264 (LTA 893) has joined the Trust's Collection.

Watch our (socially distanced) Supporters in action completing 1264's rescue from a field near Sidmouth, where it had been parked since 1969. Facebook link

The full story of rescue and recovery is told in the Autumn edition of TV&GWOT Supporters' magazine To and fro'. If you'd like to find out more, support us in bringing these vehicles back to life, or get involved yourself, join us now.

TV&GWOT is grateful to The Oxford Bus Museum for this 'opportunity'!


Thames Valley Traction Co. Ltd Centenary+1







It was on 10 July 1920 that the Thames Valley Traction Company Ltd was registered. Its legacy is celebrated 100 years on, particularly by TV&GWOT. The Centenary event planned for 2020 couldn’t go ahead but planning for a Centenary+1 occasion on 11 July 2021 is underway.
TV 556, the Bristol LL (FMO938), was acquired by TV&GWOT in 2020 and, like Tilling-Stevens 152 and Bristol K 446, now has a secure long-term future taking the TVTCo. heritage into its second century with style.
A significant restoration is well advanced thanks to generous donations but further funds are needed. There is a window of opportunity, with your help, to ensure 556 takes pride of place at TVTCo. Centenary+1, in July. Find out more


Virtual Bus Running Day

Enjoy the sights and sounds of a running day with a difference from the comfort of your home. Join us on Facebook to enjoy a virtual TV&GWOT Running Day, featuring rides on board ten of our regular performers, filmed during happier times. They will return.

Reading 100 celebrated in style

TV&GWOT’s celebration of the Reading Motorbus centenary on 6/8 December 2019 was a great success see more.

The Trust’s new book “100 years of Reading Motorbuses” was very well received.  It presents new material charting the development of the Reading routes and fleet decade by decade from the first Tilehurst to Caversham Heights venture.  Copies of the book can be purchased exclusively from TV&GWOT. Find out more.



Previous News

TV&GWOT Events 2021

TV&GWOT is planning activities for 2021 with flexibility to suit prevailing Covid precautions. Our dates are certain but the nature of events will be confirmed nearer the time.


Friday 18-21 June

Royal Blue NOTC Centenary+1 Run

The Royal Blue long distance coach run will double as a celebration of the centenary of the National Omnibus & Transport Company (formed on 13 February 1920).  The concept is to visit the company’s principal operating hubs across the breadth of England. Route and timing estimates now available.

Sunday 11 July

TVT Co. Centenary +1

The Thames Valley Traction Company centenary was 10 July 2020.  The Centenary+1 event will bring TV and associated company vehicles together to celebrate in style.

Saturday 18 September

Kingsbridge and Bristol SU60+1

The narrow lanes of the South Hams will again see vintage buses covering traditional routes to beautiful coast and country destinations.  Well-served by the Bristol SU, the mark’s 60th anniversary in 2020 will be celebrated one year on with SUs out in force.


Events TV&GWOT hopes to attend in 2021


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






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