coaches are a big part of our national history.
From Paddington to Penzance, along the corridor tracked by
the Great Western Railway, many famous bus companies both
large and small have helped to shape and even define the
communities they’ve served over the last century. Some
remain to this day, while others have now passed into
Our Trust aims to keep alive the rich history and memories
of these companies, by restoring and preserving surviving
vehicles, developing an archive and providing access to them
for the public.
We have in our care many historically important survivors,
spanning the years from the 1920s to the present day. The
majority are already restored to working order, while others
are undergoing or awaiting restoration.
about the TV&GWOT vehicles.
The Trust organises regular vintage bus running days, where
you’re able to ride on, and learn about, a range of vehicles
which have contributed to the history of the areas served.
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We are keen to pass on to volunteers the specialist skills
and knowledge needed to restore, maintain and drive these
TV&GWOT has a thriving
who support the Trust with donations, as well as
their active involvement in different aspects of
Trust activities. Supporters receive a high quality
quarterly magazine To and fro’ which includes
original articles on the TV&GWOT heritage, reviews
of events and news of upcoming opportunities.
Read more about the To and
fro’ back catalogue.
At our two bases, in Berkshire and South Devon, we have the
use of extensive premises and workshop facilities, as well
as significant archives, records and ephemera, which help us
further in telling the story of road transport through the
Thames Valley & Great Western corridor.
TV&GWOT is a registered charity which was established in
2008 “to advance the education of the public in the history
of public road passenger transport and in particular in the
history of those companies and types of vehicles operated
through the Thames Valley and Great Western road transport
Our defined operating area consists of ten local authority
areas between West London and Cornwall, hence our strap-line
“Fro’ Paddington to Penzance”
reflecting the extent
of the operations of the Great Western Railway Road
Motors and successor companies from 1903 to the
As a registered
charity, TV&GWOT is required to provide public
benefit, an obligation it discharges
enthusiastically. The Annual Report is a public
document and the
demonstration of the depth and breadth of public
engagement is available
TV&GWOT applied successfully to be
part of the 2023 Heritage Compass Programme -
a Business Support Programme funded by the National
Lottery Heritage Fund and the Department for
Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and designed to
grow resilience and invigorate the heritage sector
across England. Heritage Compass provides training,
mentoring and peer learning for organisations such
as TV&GWOT to develop essential skills in business
planning, audience development, leadership and