TV&GWOT is again supporting the Great Western Society organising a vintage bus running day as part of the Transport Rally alongside the Didcot Railway Centre on Sunday 2nd June. TV&GWOT is co-ordinating bus and coach entries and organising vintage bus services on former Great Western Railway Road Motors, Thames Valley and City of Oxford bus routes from Didcot. Bus and coach entrants will have two complimentary tickets for entrance to the Railway Centre.

The Transport Rally will be based at the Foxhall Road APCOA car park (OX11 7HJ), a short walk from Didcot Parkway station.  A shuttle bus with 10 minute frequency will connect the rally site and the Railway Centre and mainline station.

Running day bus services will run on authentic routes which in previous years included:

Didcot – Wantage via Harwell, East Hendred and Ardington

Didcot – Wallingford via Brightwell

Didcot – Blewbury and Upton via East Hagbourne

Didcot – Chilton Circular via Harwell, Harwell Campus and West Hagbourne

Didcot – Abingdon

All buses will start from and return to Didcot Parkway station where passengers will be able gain access to the Railway Centre through the station building. All services are free and may be boarded at the bus stops on the transport rally site, on Didcot Parkway Station forecourt or at outer termini.

As well as the buses and coaches, the 2017 transport rally included a steam road roller, vintage cars and commercial vehicles, together with miniature railway rides and trade stands.  There was a vintage plane fly past during the afternoon. Admission to the Rally included access to Didcot Railway Centre, for train rides, and shops and the refreshment room for souvenirs and sustenance.  Further details for the 2019 event will be available in due course.

Running Day services pass the former AERE site at Harwell.  A 1960s photo of staff transport shows a Bristol K, Guy Arab and Bedford OB [© John Whitehead Collection].  “To Work at Harwell by Bus” was the feature article in the 2017 programme.   A scene at the Didcot Transport Rally including Thames Valley Tilling-Stevens 152 and City of Oxford AEC Regal II (NJO703)   Thames Valley D40 runs the service to  Wantage during the 2016 Didcot Rally.  © Richard Stubbings

Entry Form

Click here for the vehicle entry form.

NOTE: This is a new style of pdf form for completion.  If you encounter any problems, please email enquiries@tvagwot.org.uk for help.


To accompany this event a fully illustrated colour programme is being produced.  In addition to timetables and details of the vehicles attending, the programme will include an illustrated history of aspects of bus operations in the area.  So you can plan your day, programmes can be purchased in advance as follows:

BY POST for £5.50 including p&p (programmes will be despatched from 20th May) by either

  -   Sending a cheque payable to ‘TV&GWOT’ to Ledger Farm, Forest Green Road, Fifield, Maidenhead SL6 2NR, or

  -   Paying by Paypal (including any postal / delivery instructions in the notes) 


IN PERSON at the rally site on the day.

Vehicles anticipated will be attending will be listed here in due course.

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Information about previous events and programme articles can be found here.  

TV&GWOT’s Blog also has an account of the 2016 Didcot event.  


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