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

Last Updated: 10 September 2020


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

It was on 10 July 1920 that the Thames Valley Traction Company Limited was registered. Its legacy is celebrated 100 years on, particularly by TV&GWOT. Sadly the Centenary event planned for 12 July cannot go ahead but planning and preparations for a Centenary+1 occasion on 11 July 2021 are underway.
A 100th birthday surprise is the announcement that TV 556, the Bristol LL (FMO938), is now owned by TV&GWOT. 556, like Tilling-Stevens 152 and Bristol K 446, now has a secure future and long-term basis for preservation and use, taking the TVTCo. heritage into its second century with style.
Acquisition has been made possible by Supporter donations in response to an appeal which is now seeking further funds for an extensive restoration.
There is a window of opportunity, with your help, to restore 556 for it to take pride of place at TVTCo. Centenary+1, 12 months from now. Find out more

(C) Chris Drew







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.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Kingsbridge Running Day Cancelled

With regret TV&GWOT’s ever-popular Kingsbridge vintage bus running day planned for 19 September 2020 is cancelled. It is always a day of fun and fundraising that we are disappointed to miss but TV&GWOT has to act responsibly. We must play our part to maintain social distancing and protect everyone’s health.
In place of the physical gathering an alternative form of event is being planned…….
Please check this website regularly for updates and visit our Facebook page for announcements

Supporter Benefits

TV&GWOT Supporters are enjoying special ad hoc Newsletters, Service-19, prepared to interest, entertain and help fellow Supporters through lock-down. With the latest edition running to 20 pages, each is filled with illustrated memories, interesting objects, mysteries etc. To and fro’ TV&GWOT’s flagship magazine also continues to be produced as normal.
The Supporter’s year runs from May 2020 to June 2021 so why not join us now and share in TV&GWOT’s benefits.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Events Cancelled

TV&GWOT Trustees have taken the difficult decision to cancel further events: the Royal Blue Run in June and the Thames Valley Traction Co. centenary event in Reading in early July. We share the disappointment but it is important to heed advice and ensure we can go on to enjoy events in 2021. The NOTC, Royal Blue, and Thames Valley Traction Co. milestones will be marked then.
Please check this website regularly for updates on our later 2020 events, and visit our Facebook page for announcements

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Penzance Running Day Cancelled

We have taken the very difficult decision to cancel our 2020 Penzance Running Day, scheduled for 19 April. Along with our event partners at the Cornwall Bus Preservation Society, we have been closely following developments with the spread of Coronavirus COVID-19, in particular, the UK Government's advice on mass gatherings and events, and do not feel it is appropriate to go ahead with the event given the current situation. We regret the disappointment this will cause, but feel sure you will understand our decision.

Please check this website regularly for updates on our other 2020 events, and visit our Facebook page for regular announcements.


IMPORTANT NOTICE: South Devon SU Tour Postponed

With regret, but in light of the Government’s latest COVID-19 advice, we have to postpone the South Devon SU Tour planned for 29 March.  Many weeks of work have been put into the preparations by a number of Supporters so we are confident it will be an excellent trip once a new date can be confirmed.

Please check this website regularly for updates and visit our Facebook page for announcements.


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.



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TV&GWOT Events 2020

TV&GWOT is pleased to announce the following programme of events for 2020.  Details will be confirmed as plans develop.  See the Events page for more 2020 details and information about previous events.



Sunday 19 April 

Penzance VR Revival & Vintage Bus Running Day

A collaboration between the Cornwall Bus Preservation Society and TV&GWOT gives free rides around the spectacular scenery of the West Cornwall Peninsula. Find out more...

Cancelled - back in 2021

Friday 19-21 June

Royal Blue NOTC Centenary 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.

Postponed to 2021

Sunday 12 July

TVT Centenary Vintage Bus Running Day

The Thames Valley Traction Company centenary falls on 10 July and it is intended that TV&GWOT’s running day to mark the occasion will be on the adjacent Sunday centred on Reading.

Postponed to 2021

Saturday 19 September

Kingsbridge 7’6” Vintage Bus Running Day

The narrow lanes of the South Hams will again see vintage buses covering traditional routes to beautiful coast and country destinations

Cancelled - back in 2021


Events TV&GWOT hopes to attend in 2020


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


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