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KINGSBRIDGE VINTAGE BUS RUNNING DAY - 18 September 2021 – 11am to 6pm
Returning for our 14th year (the 13th having been a Covid compliant trip shared virtually via Facebook), the Kingsbridge Running Day on Saturday 18th September will, once again operate a range of routes with a variety of vintage buses and coaches for the public to enjoy.
Special features will be:
SU60+1 A celebration (delayed a year due to Covid) of the Bristol SU, 60 years after the first vehicles entered service
Just 7’6” wide the marque was ideally suited to the narrow lanes of the South Hams – at the peak 9 were based at Western National’s Kingsbridge garage in Rack Park (in 1968 and then again just as the depot was being closed in September 1971) – remarkably that total is set to be matched at the running day with a special display by the former depot
Rail-Bus Connections: Totnes-Kingsbridge-Salcombe. Opportunities to sample the whole or part of the route
As of summer 2021, this is once again a through bus route now operated by Tally Ho connecting the rural South Hams to the mainline railway, part funded by South Hams District Council and GWR. It was GWR who introduced a Kingsbridge-Salcombe motor bus service on 21 July 1909 (when Kingsbridge was served by rail by the branch line from South Brent) and a Totnes-Kingsbridge bus service on 12 July 1927. These became Western National (WN) services in 1929 when the GWR and National Omnibus & Transport Company (NOTC) formed this joint venture as part of the wider rail/bus consolidation. Western National created the through service but it split again into Kingsbridge-Totnes (Service 164) and Kingsbridge-Salcombe (Service 105) portions on 1 November 1971. So history repeats in 2021 as they are joined once again as a through service – the new 164.
The Running Day will be centred on Kingsbridge Bus Station on the Quay, operating services from 11.00 until 18.00 – note a slightly later start than normal.
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 Noyce, Tally Ho Coaches and the Coleridge Community Bus.
Features of Kingsbridge 2021 include:
● Increased frequency of Totnes rail connections including feeder services at start and end of the day. (see below). ● Services and short workings to sample the Totnes-Kingsbridge-Salcombe connection ● Services to Slapton, Totnes, East Portlemouth, South Pool & Sherford, Goveton, Frogmore, Salcombe, Hope Cove, Soar, Thurlestone, Loddiswell (Station), Modbury, and Moreleigh ● Circular services including Kingsbridge to Goveton via Buckland-tout-Saints and Kingsbridge to Blackawton back through Strete and along the coast. ● A special service to coastal villages East of the Kingsbridge Estuary courtesy of the Coleridge Community Bus (low floor access). ● Additional short workings on popular routes including a circular to Churchstow and another to Aveton Gifford so a greater number of vehicles can be experienced in the course of the day. ● Coach tours to Blackpool Sands and services to Bigbury-on-Sea giving a break to enjoy the seaside. ● Refreshments and an opportunity to enjoy the grounds at Loddiswell Station courtesy of the owners with proceeds going to Loddiswell PTFA to benefit the Pre-and Primary Schools (103). ● Revised timetables, routes and operations reflecting direct and indirect effects of Covid: ● Facemasks to be worn when queuing in close proximity to others and on-board vehicles ● Windows open for ventilation ● Spaced seating (approx. 50% of full vehicle capacity) ● More, shorter trips ● Sanitisation of hand rails between trips ● Avoidance of pinch points due to additional ‘stay-cation’ traffic
Feeder services (free) for the Kingsbridge Running Day will operate to and from Totnes Railway Station, co-ordinated with connecting train and bus services.
A frequent Tally Ho service 164 will also serve the route – normal fares apply.
Earliest feeders to Kingsbridge
Latest returns from Kingsbridge
- Coronation Road
- Coronation Road
Stagecoach service 3 to and from Plymouth will operate through the day to the normal Saturday timetable – normal fares apply
Vehicle entries are now closed.
Bristol SU buses and coaches are particularly well suited to the South Hams. 286KTA (1234) at Soar. SU credentials for a Dartmoor tour are obvious. A Bristol SUS bus expected at the 2021 running day photographed by Ken Jones at Inner Hope in 2010. SUs loading passengers in Kingsbridge bus station – similar but different.
Another SU, here above Salcombe Estuary on a trip marking the 110th anniversary of the route’s inauguration(21 July 1909-2019)
A fully illustrated 52-page A5 colour programme accompanies the event. In addition to timetables and details of the vehicles attending, the programme celebrates the subtleties of the Bristol SU and its role in Kingsbridge services, and charts the evolution of the Totnes-Kingsbridge-Salcombe rail-bus connection from 1904 origins as it is once again a through service in 2021. These original illustrated articles, together running to 23 pages, ensure this is a Souvenir Programme for local and transport historians and vehicle enthusiasts alike.
So you can plan your day, programmes can be purchased in advance as follows:
BY POST for £8.00 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)
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Pre-ordered programmes will be despatched on 7th September with later orders being despatched through until 15th September.
IN PERSON from 8th September for £6 at the Information Centre on Kingsbridge Quay.
Vehicles anticipated will be attending include:
279 EMW284 Bl L6B Be C32R 1947 Wilts & Dorset EAS956 Ld Tiger PS1 Crossley B32F 1948 Blackburn Corporation
Warrens of Alton
Southern National / Guernseybus
1324 LTA958 Bl LL6B Du C37F 1951 Southern National
Park Royal RT8
Ld An PDR1/1
Plymouth City Transport
Information about previous events and programme articles can be found here.
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