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

Last Updated: 27 November 2023

Why not spread some TV&GWOT joy this festive season?

Looking for Christmas Gift ideas?  Well look no further……. this is the special offer you’ve been looking for to enrol a friend or relative as a TV&GWOT Supporter through to Summer 2025 with a 25% discount.

Recent copies of To and fro’ will be their present to open and enjoy at Christmas and your gift will keep on giving each quarter as well as offering Supporter opportunities in between.

By the way, the offer isn’t just for others – perhaps this is your opportunity to become a Supporter too?!

Full details can be found here.

The deadline for the bundle of goodies to meet last posting dates is 17th December – so hurry!
Just out from the (TV&GWOT) Works….









From cover to cover TV&GWOT Supporters are being indulged with another exclusive array of articles to suit a range of interests.  40 years after the closure of Bristol Commercial Vehicles, fascinating insight is shared from the Works, inside and out.  To and fro’s covers mirror this.  On the front Olympian 1814, the final chassis to leave the Works, is in action with TV&GWOT.  On the back, the H 137, one of the oldest remaining Bristol buses, is giving free passenger rides in Kingsbridge for a TV&GWOT vintage bus day.

Through the pages of To and fro’, follow the road west from London by coach over the decades or visit Tavistock to see the changes since the depot closed 50 years ago.

TV&GWOT also pays tribute to the late Michael Plunkett whose endeavours ensure the Thames Valley Traction Co. heritage survives long into the future.

Click here to find out more.
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 September.

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 Ukulele players….

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 Facebook post.

Royal Blue Run – West Country Delights 16-18 June

© Chris Drew

The 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 available here for you to re-live the experience.

Further live coverage (including views from the cab) is still available on Facebook with supplementary updates on Twitter (@HeritageBuses).

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 Souvenir Booklet.
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 Cornwall Peninsula.

Souvenir programmes all but sold out but the few remaining can be purchased online 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 here.

The programme cover design is based on the Cornwall area timetable from 70 years ago – Coronation year 1953!


Previous News

TV&GWOT Events 2024

Sunday 21 April Penzance Vintage Bus Day with the Cornwall Bus Preservation Society
Friday 21 to Sunday 23 June Royal Blue and Associated Motorways long-distance coach run

Saturday 21 September

Kingsbridge Vintage Bus Day with a focus on 7’6” wide buses for the lanes to coast and country destinations


Events TV&GWOT hopes to attend in 2024

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

Donations enable the Trust to put on events for public enjoyment, showcasing our transport heritage and the origins of sustainable bus and coach travel today.

You can donate easily here via Paypal and the Donations page gives details of other cost-effective ways to contribute.


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