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  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.

Features of Kingsbridge 2019 include:

  - 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
  - Circular services provided by Coleridge Community Bus (in its 40th anniversary year) operating a route fr Kingsbridge to Beesands, North Hallsands, Kellation and Ford.  Their bus provides low floor access unlike more ‘vintage’ vehicles.
  - Special free vintage bus services to coordinate with the Royal Visit and unveiling of sculptures in Kingsbridge and Salcombe as part of the Salcombe lifeboat 150th anniversary celebrations: http://salcombelifeboat.co.uk/news2/  (0835 feeder service from Salcombe to Kingsbridge with timetable adjustments to suit possible short-term road closures).
  - Other circular services including Kingsbridge to Goveton, via Buckland-tout-Saints and Kingsbridge to Blackawton back through Strete and along the coast.
  - A circular ‘school’ service TNS004 through the Avon Valley combined with pre-war rail replacement route 177 from South Brent.
  - Coach excursions to Bigbury-on-Sea for the sea tractor and facilities on Burgh Island in the morning and to the sheltered bay of Blackpool Sands to the east of Kingsbridge in the afternoon.
  - Short workings with a town service via Rack Park and a circular to Churchstow offering round trip times of less than 30 minutes so enthusiasts can sample a greater number of vehicles in the course of the day.
  - Double-deck open-top rides on the Churchstow and Aveton Gifford services.
  - A number of routes with duplicate vehicles so that passengers can change vehicles at outer termini.
  - Refreshment opportunities with programme advertisers en route such as Burgh Island at Bigbury-on-Sea (Tour and Service 101), Millbrook Inn, South Pool (Service 99), The Sloop Inn, Bantham (102, 161), Salcombe Dairy ice cream (105, 100/109/100, 158), Aune Valley Café, Loddiswell (92/3, 103) and The Creeks End Inn, Kingsbridge
  - Refreshments at Loddiswell Station courtesy of the owners with proceeds going to Loddiswell PTFA to benefit the Pre-and Primary Schools (103).
  - Stagecoach service buses to and from Plymouth will operate through the day to the normal Saturday timetable

Traffic Notice 18 September

New routes have been added to the schedule to avoid access issues currently affecting Hope Cove and East Allington (see below).  Instead the buses will provide more frequent services to the beach at Bantham and go out to Moreleigh.  The traditional route through South Milton also features.  Timings for the revised routes are similar so the services still connect as originally planned.  In addition Service 108 to Soar will set down and pick up passengers at the site of the AONB’s 70th anniversary tractor display.

 
 

Issue

Impact

Road subsidence affecting the two principal routes in and out of East Allington.

Alternative routes to East Allington are not feasible for use on the running day.

Service 106 has been re-routed to go to Moreleigh instead.

Service 102A has been re-routed to avoid East Allington – routing is now outward via Goveton to Buckland tout-Saints turning short of East Allington then returning via Goveton and Ledstone as originally planned.

 

Scaffolding on the turn to Inner Hope at Malborough has been erected leaving a narrower gap than the original notice stated (8ft not 9ft).

Alternative routes to Inner Hope are not feasible for use on the running day other than by the Coast Hopper minibuses (Service 158) which remain as originally scheduled.

Service 100 to Inner Hope has been cancelled.  The buses have been allocated to additional Bantham (102) and Aveton Gifford (101A) services with similar timings.

Service 100/109/100 has been re-routed to be a 104/108A/105 to avoid Inner Hope but take in the coastline South of Thurlestone and South Milton, then continuing to Salcombe as originally.  Departure and overall journey times are similar.

Details have been sent to those who pre-ordered programmes online and inserts are included with programmes on sale on the day 
 
     
 

Feeder services

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. Normal Tally Ho services will also serve the route.

 

Earliest feeders to Kingsbridge (tbc)

 

 

Latest returns from Kingsbridge (tbc)

Ashburton

-

0845

-

 

Kingsbridge

1700

1715

1730

Buckfastleigh

-

0900

-

 

Totnes (Rail)

1735

1750

1805

Totnes (Coronation Rd)

0840

0920

0940

 

Totnes (Coronation Rd)

1740

1755

1810

Totnes (Rail)

0845

0925

0945

 

Buckfastleigh

1800

 

 

Kingsbridge

0920

1000

1020

 

Ashburton

1815

 

 

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

 
     
 

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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 to Dartmouth along the spectacular Service 93 route for visiting vehicles and volunteers to thank them for their efforts – booking essential.  This will be a further celebration of 2019 being the Centenary of bus operations between Kingsbridge and Dartmouth.  A riverboat excursion and lunch have also been arranged.  The activities are timed to end early-afternoon to enable onward travel.

Programmes

To accompany this event a fully illustrated colour programme has been produced.  In addition to timetables and details of the vehicles attending, the programme celebrate the many local and bus-related anniversaries falling in 2019. The centenaries, particularly, illustrate the positive mood and technological changes in the post-first World War period and the consequent benefits for society from increased passenger bus travel.

So you can plan your day, programmes can be purchased in advance as follows:

BY POST for £7.50 including p&p 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) 

Early pre-ordered programmes have been despatched and new orders are being processed daily – final despatch Wednesday 18th September.

IN PERSON from for £6 at the Information Centre on Kingsbridge Quay (available NOW).

Excursion to Dartmouth – one for organisers and volunteers to savour. © Ken Jones

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

 

Fleet No

Reg No

Chassis

Body

Body code

Date

Operator

137

FJ8967

Bl H

BBW

B32R

1933

Western National

333

DOD518

Bl L5G

Beadle

B35R

1939

Western National

SR487

HTT487

AEC Regal

Weymann

B35F

1946

Devon General

279

EMW284

Bl L6B

Beadle

C32R

1947

Wilts & Dorset

1218

JUO983

Bl LL6B

ECW

FB39F

1948

Southern National

2015

HOD66

Bedle-Bd

Beadle

B35R

1949

Western National

2257

JOJ257

Ld Tiger PS2

Weymann

B34F

1950

Birmingham Corporation

2800

NHU2

Bl LSX6G

ECW

B42D

1950

Bristol Omnibus Company

1613

LTA772

Bl LWL

ECW

B39R

1951

Western National

1376

OTT85

Bl LS6G

ECW

C39F

1954

Southern National

SN839

XTA839

Albion Nimbus

Willowbrook

B31F

1958

Devon General

603

675COD

Bl SUS

ECW

B30F

1960

Western National

425

275KTA

Bl SUL

ECW

C33F

1962

Western National

1234

286KTA

Bl SUL

ECW

C37F

1962

Southern National / Guernseybus

1

1RDV

AEC Reliance

Harrington

C41F

1964

Devon Geneal (Grey Cars)

692

EDV555D

Bl SUL

ECW

B36F

1966

Southern National

1254

VOD124K

Bl LHS6L

Marshall

B33F

1972

Western National

1318 BDV318L Bl LH6L Marshall C39F

1973

Western National (Royal Blue)

 

KJD413P

Bl LH6L

ECW

B43F

1976

Tally Ho!

 

RGF231P

Bl LHS6L

Pn

C33F

1976

Sykes, Appleton Roebuck

1557 FDV787V Bl LHS6L ECW B35F

1979

Western National

1560

FDV790V

Bl LHS6L

ECW

B35F

1979

Western National

203

KDL203W

Bl LHS6L

ECW

DP31F

1981

Southern Vectis

300

C862DYD

Fd Tt

RH/Do

B16F

1985

Southern National

401

L401VCV

Ds Dt

Pn

B40F

1994

Western National

628

L628VCV

Merc 709

Pn

B23F

1994

Western National

52529

S529RWP

Merc Vario

Pn

B27F

1998

First Devon & Cornwall

1

YJ10EYY

Optare Solo

Optare

B22F

2010

Coleridge Community Bus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HLG4

VG5541

Bl G

Weymann

O28/26R

1933

Eastern Counties

959

KUO972

Bl K6B

ECW

L27/28R

1950

Southern National

RTL1163

LYF104

LD7RT

Park Royal

H30/26R

1951

London Transport

19992

LRV992

Ld Titan PD2/12

Northern Counties

O33/26R

1955

Portsmouth City Transport

817

VDV817

AEC Regent V

Metro Cammell

H33/26R

1957

Devon General

1943

VDV760

Bl LD6G

ECW

H33/27RD

1958

Western National

1969

468FTT

Bl FLF6G

ECW

H38/30F

1960

Western National

2019

824KDV

Bl FLF6G

ECW

H38/30F

1963

Western National

RM1872

ALD872B

AEC RM

Park Royal

H64R

1964

London Transport

  UWV614S Bl VRT/SL3/6LXB ECW CO43/31F

1967

Southdown

1121

VDV121S

Bl VRT/SL3/6LXB

ECW

H43/31F

1978

Western National

131

STK131T

Ld AN68A/1R

Roe

H43/31F

1979

Plymouth City Transport

1157

AFJ764T

Bl VRT/SL3/6LXB

ECW

H43/31F

1979

Western National

1200

LFJ844W

Bl VRT/SL3/6LXB

ECW

H43/31F

1979

Western National

1203

LFJ847W

Bl VRT/SL3/6LXB

ECW

H43/31F

1980

Western National

1226

LFJ873W

Bl VRT/SL3/6LXB

ECW

H43/31F

1981

Western National

1814

A686KDV

Ld ONLXB/1R

ECW

H45/32F

1983

Devon General

 

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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