KINGSBRIDGE 7'6" VINTAGE BUS RUNNING DAY - 21 September 2019  

Returning for our 12th year, the Kingsbridge Running Day on Saturday 21st September is going to include some interesting new routes as well as a different mix of vehicles for both regular and new visitors to enjoy.

The Running Day will be centred on Kingsbridge Bus Station on the Quay, operating services from 10.00 until 17.30.

The extensive network and full timetable give visitors the opportunity to ride on a range of vehicles to spectacular coast and country destinations all around Kingsbridge and the South Hams. The routes we plan to use were formerly operated by the Great Western Railway Road Motors, the Western National Omnibus Company and/or other local operators such as Tally Ho Coaches and the Coleridge Community Bus. In 2018 road closures affecting routes to the east of Kingsbridge encouraged us to explore the network to the west of the town.  These were popular and will feature again in the 2019 timetable.

Planning for Kingsbridge 2019 is ongoing but it is expected that:

  - Services to East Portlemouth, South Pool & Sherford, Goveton, Slapton, Salcombe, Hope Cove, Thurlestone, Bantham, Loddiswell, California Cross, Bigbury on Sea, East Allington, Kingston and Ringmore will be scheduled
  - Circular services will include Coleridge Community Bus operated routes from Kingsbridge to Ledstone, Goveton, East Allington, and Slapton, and from Kingsbridge to Beesands, North Hallsands and Ford.
  - The circular ‘school’ service TNS004 will run through the Avon Valley and be combined with pre-war rail replacement route 177 from South Brent.
  - Coach excursions will be offered (destinations tbc)
  - There will be several short workings including a town service with round trip times of less than 30 minutes so enthusiasts can sample a greater number of vehicles in the course of the day.
  - A number of routes will also have duplicates so that passengers can change vehicles at outer termini.

As in recent years, feeder services for the Kingsbridge Running Day will operate to and from Totnes Railway station, co-ordinated with connecting train and bus services. One service will also serve Ashburton and Buckfastleigh.

  - Stagecoach service buses to and from Plymouth will operate through the day to the normal Saturday timetable.

Western National Bristol LD 1872 takes the Slapton turn

back out onto the causeway for the return to

Kingsbridge – a route the running day re-creates.

The scene in Kingsbridge’s bus station with buses

from across the decades taking part in the running day. © Colin Billington

FTT704 (353) traversing the spectacular

 Slapton causeway – one of the most popular running day routes. © Allan MacFarlane


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.

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 if you wish to avail yourself of this.        


Excursion for Entrants and Volunteers

On Sunday 22nd there will be a road run for visiting vehicles and volunteers to thank them for their efforts.  Previous excursions have included Dartmoor tours and trips to Dartmouth and the South Devon Railway.  Plans for 2019 are being formulated with information available in due course.  The excursion is timed to end mid-afternoon to enable onward travel.


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 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 £7.50 including p&p (programmes will be despatched from 9th September) 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) 

The 2017 Dartmoor tour was very much a 7’6” vehicle event. © Colin Billington



IN PERSON from 11th September for £6 at the Information Centre on Kingsbridge Quay.

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 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 Kingsbridge events.


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