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Last Updated: 09 November 2019

 
 

8 December Reading Corporation Motorbus Centenary

Marking 100 years since the first Reading Corporation motor bus operated from Tilehurst to Caversham Heights via central Reading, TV&GWOT is arranging for vintage buses to offer free rides along the route on Sunday 8th December.  A special publication will be on sale charting the development of the Reading routes and fleet decade by decade.  Find out more.

 

21 September – 7’6” vintage buses serve the South Hams

Kingsbridge has been a market town for 800 years and the hub of bus services to Dartmouth for 100 years and Salcombe for 110 years. Known for the rolling hills, narrow lanes and stunning seascapes, the location is a favourite with passengers and crews alike. The running day saw 45 vintage buses & coaches operating.  The souvenir programme celebrates the many centenaries and anniversaries in bus travel   Find out more.
 

14 July - Tavistock for a day out in the late 1960s

Visitors relished the time warp that transformed Tavistock bus station on 14 July into a scene from the late 1960s. Buses and coaches from the era and of the types that operated there, gave rides on original routes through mid-Devon and over Dartmoor. Tavistock’s Mayor kindly launched the VR - the bus of the future - featured in the souvenir programme. Find out more
 

Royal Blue Run, 20 & 21-23 June 2019

TV&GWOT’s 2019 Royal Blue Run, was an epic re-creation of Royal Blue, Associated Motorways and TrawsCambria services.  Whether you enjoyed it in person or unfortunately missed it, just click here for details or go to our Facebook page for more photos and action footage.  The success is testament to the dedication of the owners of the fine coaches taking part.
 

Road & rail trips from Didcot on 2 June

Vintage bus trips were enjoyed in and around Didcot on 2 June on former Great Western Road Motors, Thames Valley and City of Oxford routes.  Organised by TV&GWOT in conjunction with the Great Western Society’s Transport Rally, it was a day combining buses, coaches, cars and steam trains.    Find out more.

 

Easter weekend in Penzance

Record-breaking numbers of vehicles and passengers turned out in glorious sunshine for the ever-popular CBPS/TV&GWOT Penzance Running Day over Easter weekend.  A very few copies of the souvenir programme remain showcasing changing liveries in the Cornish bus scene.  Find out more

 

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TV&GWOT Events 2019

TV&GWOT organised a full programme of running days in 2019 at Penzance, Didcot, Tavistock, and Kingsbridge.  The final 2019 event is in Reading.  Information will be updated as the event approaches but follow us on Facebook for the very latest information

   
Sunday 8 Dec

Reading Corporation motor bus service centenary

(inaugural civic run was on 5 December 1919)

Trips on buses from subsequent decades on the original route from Tilehurst to Caversham Heights.

   

Events TV&GWOT hopes to attend in 2019

TV&GWOT attended a range of events in 2019 and plans to do the same in 2020.  Details will be confirmed once third party event dates become available.

   
 
     
 

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