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

Last Updated: 06 January 2019

 
 

The Road Ahead in 2019

TV&GWOT is pleased to announce a full programme of running days and events for you to enjoy in 2019.  Make a note in your diary to join us for:

Penzance on 21 April

Didcot on 2 June

Royal Blue Run on 21-23 June

Tavistock on 14 July

Kingsbridge on 21 September

Reading Corporation motor bus service centenary – date tbc

Find out more on our Events pages and return for updates through the year

 

To and fro' is in the shop

To and fro’ TV&GWOT’s Supporters’ magazine, like our event programmes, contains historic photos and articles of lasting interest

In response to demand for back-copies, we have a new online shop.

Click in and browse the To and fro’ index and programme contents before you buy.

 

Kingsbridge Success

Tremendous work from our Supporters and volunteers resulted in a fitting finale to the Trust’s 2018 events season. A record 6,581 journeys were recorded at Kingsbridge Running Day, with 43 buses operating on 25 routes in glorious weather. Volunteers were treated to a day out on Dartmoor the following day; enjoy the photos on our Facebook page.
 

Royal Blue Run, 2018

For our 2018 Royal Blue Run some thirteen vintage coaches enjoyed a three-day adventure from London’s Victoria Coach Station to Sussex, Hampshire, Dorset, Somerset, Devon and beyond. Find out more about the run and get an insight to the trip from the video posts on our Facebook page
 

Tavistock in Sunny June

Tavistock on Sunday 24 June was a perfect ‘Day Out in 1968’.  An authentic line-up of vehicles created a nostalgic scene within this fine stannary town.  Some 1,900 passenger journeys were made across the unspoilt scenery of Dartmoor. A few programmes are still available including extensively illustrated histories of local bus operations.  

 

Thames Valley & Reading Success

Our Thames Valley & Reading Running Day proved to be a great success, with over 4,500 passenger journeys recorded. Thames Valley and Reading Corporation vehicles were joined by those from neighbouring fleets to recreate routes including those of the former Reading Trolleybus network, closed 50 years ago.

 

An All-time Record

Our 2018 Penzance Running Day resulted in 6763 passenger journeys, a record for our events to date. Thanks go to all our volunteers and to our friends at Cornwall Bus Preservation Society who, working together, brought a huge amount of interest and happiness to South West Cornwall in April.
 

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TV&GWOT Events 2019

Building on the successes enjoyed by many last year, TV&GWOT is organising the following events for 2019.  Vehicle entry forms and programmes for the running days can be obtained from the individual event web pages.  Information will be updated as events approach but follow us on Facebook for the very latest information
   
Sun 21 April

Penzance VR Revival and Bus Running Day

(joint event with CBPS with an excursion for participants on Monday 22 April)

   
Sun 2 June

Didcot Transport Rally and Vintage Bus Running Day

 (with the Great Western Society)

   
Fri-Sun 21-23 June

Royal Blue Run

Birmingham-Liverpool-Treherbert-Cheltenham-Tour

   
Sunday 14 July

Tavistock mini-Vintage Bus Running Day

All change! The passage from 1968 to 1969

   
Saturday 21 Sept

Kingsbridge 7’6” Vintage Bus Running Day

(with an excursion of participants on Sunday 22 September)

   
Date tbc

Reading Corporation motor bus service centenary

 (started 6 December 1919)

   

Events TV&GWOT hopes to attend in 2019

   
Sunday 12 May HCVS London-Brighton Commercial Vehicle Run
   
Sunday 4 Aug Devon General Centenary, Newton Abbot
 
     
 

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