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TV&GWOT has supported the Great Western Society and Didcot Railway Centre in organising heritage transport events and vintage bus days in recent years.
The events are based adjacent to the Railway Centre and Didcot Parkway station and typically take place in May/June.
The network of routes traces former Great Western Railway Road Motors, Thames Valley and City of Oxford bus routes and includes destinations like Wantage, Blewbury, Chilton, Wallingford and Abingdon, many passing through pretty rural villages.
In 2022, 22 buses and coaches complemented a display of vintage cars, commercial vehicles, a model railway and a steam traction engine in nearby Ladygrove Park. Transport attractions within the Didcot Railway Centre itself included unlimited steam train rides. Free bus trips ran over a network of six routes to and from Didcot Parkway Interchange giving nearly 3,000 passenger journeys and providing a shuttle service between the station and park.
Find out about plans for the 2023 event (on 14 May) here.
Programmes are produced by TV&GWOT for each event. Beyond a record of the vehicles in service and the routes for the running day, these programmes include newly researched articles on aspects of the local transport scene over the years, lavishly illustrated with old photographs and ephemera from the Trust’s Collection.
Themes addressed in the pages of Didcot Vintage Bus Day programmes to date include:
While stocks remain past event programmes are available to purchase at the discounted price of £3 each including p&p.
TV&GWOT’s Blog also has an account of the 2016 Didcot event.
The Gallery below shows examples of the vehicles and scenery to be enjoyed at Didcot:
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