KINGSBRIDGE 7'6" VINTAGE BUS RUNNING DAY - 16 September 2017  

We have organised vintage bus running days in Kingsbridge every year since 2008 so this will be our tenth event in the South Hams. For this special milestone event we are expecting several vehicles which have not appeared at Kingsbridge before and will introduce at least two new routes.

The Running Day, centred on Kingsbridge Bus Station on the Quay in the town centre, will be on Saturday 16th September with services running from 10.00 until 17.30. This gives the visiting public the opportunity to ride on a range of vehicles to spectacular coast and country destinations all around Kingsbridge and the South Hams. On Sunday 17th there will be a road run for visiting vehicles from Kingsbridge to Dartmouth and Buckfastleigh before they travel homeward.

The routes we plan to use are those formerly operated by the Great Western Railway Road Motors, the Western National Omnibus Company and other local operators such as Tally Ho Coaches. Services to East Portlemouth, South Pool, Goveton, Slapton, Salcombe, Hope Cove, Thurlestone, Bantham, Loddiswell, California Cross and East Allington are being scheduled, some with additional journeys and/or with changed timing due to recent timetable changes on Stagecoach services. The circular services will include Coleridge Community Bus route 1 from Kingsbridge to Slapton, East Allington, Goveton and Ledstone and ‘school’ service TNS004 through the Avon Valley coupled with pre-war rail replacement route 177 from South Brent. In addition there will be several short workings including a town service with round trip times of less than 30 minutes to enable sampling a greater number of vehicles over the course of the day. A number of routes will also have duplicates so that passengers can change vehicles at outer termini. There will also be coach excursions to Blackpool Sands.

Feeder services will run to and from Totnes Railway station. Please check the times in early September as the 2016 times may need adjustment due to changes in connecting train and bus services. In 2016 early pick-ups were at:

From Totnes (Coronation Road): 08:40, 09:20, 09:40

From Totnes (Railway Station): 08:45, 09:25, 09:45

Latest departures from Kingsbridge (and arrival times at Totnes) were at 1700 (1735), 1715 (1750) and 1730 (1805).

Most vehicles in use will be limited to those with a width not exceeding 7’6” (apart from mirrors). This is necessary because of the width of many of the roads in the area over which we are planning to operate. Full width vehicles will be able to be used on the routes to Slapton, Salcombe, Bigbury, Modbury and Totnes. Owners of other visiting vehicles are welcome to come to Kingsbridge and we expect to be able to organise additional parking by arrangement – please contact the organisers below if you wish to avail yourself of this.


The event will be centred on Kingsbridge Bus Station


286 KTA on service 177

  Entry Forms may be downloaded from here.  


To accompany this event there will be a fully illustrated colour programme and timetable which will be on sale on the day and will be available (from 1 September 2017) to purchase in advance:

BY POST for £8 including p&p by either

   -  Sending a cheque payable to ‘TV&GWOT’ to the address below, or
   -    Paying by Paypal (including any postal / delivery instructions in the notes)


IN PERSON from 4 September 2017 from the Kingsbridge Information Centre on the Quay for £6.

Colin Billington
Running Day Entry Co-ordinator

For more information contact: Colin Billington, by email to: colinbillington@tvagwot.org.uk or write to TV&GWOT, Ledger Farm, Forest Green Road, Fifield, Maidenhead, SL6 2NR

  (C) Len Wright  
  Entry Form  
  Click here for the 2016 entry form  
A Bristol SUS bus of the type appearing at the 2013 running day photographed at Inner Hope in 2010 by Ken Jones   Lively activity in Kingsbridge bus station during the 2011 event with a variety of buses and destinations for the many passengers to chose from.

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