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  DIDCOT TRANSPORT RALLY AND VINTAGE BUS RUNNING DAY – 02 JUNE 2019     
     
 

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.

Visitors arriving by car should follow signs to Didcot Railway Station to park.  There may be free parking in the streets opposite the station or for a fee in the car parks to either side of the Prince of Wales public house.  Note that Julians car park only accepts payment via Mobile Phone using Ringo.  Alternatively the new multistorey car park to the West of the Station and Railway Centre is open.  These locations provide ready access to the bus services in front of the station, the Railway Centre, and shuttle bus services to the static display in Ladygrove Park (there is no visitor parking at Ladygrove Park).

The running day bus services will operate from outside Didcot Parkway station with the Transport Rally a short walk away at Ladygrove Park (off Tyne Avenue), nearest post code OX11 7GA.  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 including:

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 Didcot Parkway Station forecourt, from shuttle buses serving the transport rally site, or at outer termini.

As well as the buses and coaches, the Transport Rally will include a display or vintage cars and commercial vehicles, together with miniature railway rides, trade stands and refreshments.  Admission to the Rally site at Ladygrove Park is free but standard Great Western Society fees apply at Didcot Railway Centre, for steam train rides, the shop and refreshment room.

Supporters – There is an opportunity for TV&GWOT Supporters to get involved with the event by conducting, helping in the bus station, marshalling or any number of jobs to suit your skills – if you would like to volunteer please contact Peter : supporters@tvagwot.org.uk.

 
     
 
   
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. Running Day vehicle entries being accepted until 5 May.

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

Programmes

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 21st 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.

A selection of the vehicles anticipated will be attending.

Reg No

 

Chassis / Body

 

Operator

Year

DOD518

 

Bristol L5G / Beadle

 

Western National

1940

EMW284

 

Bristol L6B / Beadle

 

Wilts & Dorset

1947

FMO938

 

Bristol LL6B  /  Eastern Coach Works

 

Thames Valley

1950

PPH698

 

Bedford SBG / Duple Vega

 

Epsom Coaches

1951

SHN301

 

AEC Regal IV  /  Burlingham

 

Scotts Greys

1952

EDV555D

 

Bristol SUL4A  /  Eastern Coach Works

 

Southern National

1966

JAX117E

 

Bristol MW  /  Eastern Coach Works

 

Red & White

1967

NBD311F

 

Bristol RELL  /  Eastern Coach Works 

 

United Counties

1967

OAX9F

 

Bristol RELH  /  Eastern Coach Works 

 

Red & White

1968

GJW43N

 

Leyland Leopard  /  Marshall

 

Midland Red

1974

NPJ472R

 

Leyland National

 

Alder Valley

1976

KDL203W

 

Bristol LHS6L  /  Eastern Coach Works

 

Southern Vectis

1981

D601GHY

 

Volvo B10M / Van Hool T8 Alizee

 

Badgerline

1987

E206BOD

 

Duple 425 

 

Western National

1988

 

 

 

 

 

 

RD7127

AEC Regent (0661)  / Park Royal

 

Reading Corporation

1935

DBL154

Bristol K6A  /  Eastern Coach Works

 

Thames Valley

1946

JRX823

 

Bristol KSW  /  Eastern Coach Works

 

Thames Valley

1955

304KFC

 

Dennis Loline  /  East Lancs

 

City of Oxford

1960

527CLT

 

AEC Routemaster / Park Royal

 

London Transport

1963

GRX140D

 

Bristol FLF6G  /  Eastern Coach Works

 

Thames Valley

1966

JJD440D

 

AEC Routemaster / Park Royal

 

London Transport

1966

OTA290G

 

Bristol VRT  /  Eastern Coach Works

 

Western National

1969

NUD105L

 

Bristol VRT  /  Eastern Coach Works

 

Oxford, South Midlands

1973

NDP38R

 

Bristol VRT  /  Northern Counties

 

Reading Transport

1976

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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