TV&GWOT has supported the Great Western Society and Didcot Railway Centre in organising a transport Rally and vintage bus running day in recent years since an initial trial in 2015.

The events are based adjacent to the Railway Centre and Didcot Parkway station and typically take place on the first Sunday in June.  Information about the next event can be found here.

The network of routes trace former Great Western Railway Road Motors, Thames Valley and City of Oxford bus routes and include destinations like Wantage, Blewbury, Chilton, Wallingford and Abingdon, many passing through pretty rural villages. 

In 2017 a small focussed running day involved just 12 vehicles, due to space restrictions caused by ongoing construction and engineering works around the station, but future events are returning to the 2016 format where 32 buses and coaches complemented a display of vintage commercials, cars and even steam.

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 Trustís Collection. 

Themes addressed in the pages of Didcot Running Day programmes to date include:

2017 To Work at Harwell by Bus The history of the bus services to Harwell (AERE) and photographs of the changing fleet.
2016 The Story of the Local Routes being operated The origins of the routes re-created in the running day timetable.

While stocks remain current programmes and past programmes (at discounted prices) are available to purchase

The Gallery below shows examples of the vehicles and scenery to be enjoyed at Didcot:

Photos: David J Sheppard and David T Sheppard

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