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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:

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  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

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

Totnes

- Coronation Road

1005

1020

1035

1120

Kingsbridge

1730

1745

1800

1805

Totnes

 - Rail

1010

1025

1040

1125

Totnes

 - Rail

1805

1820

1835

1840

Kingsbridge

1045

1100

1115

1200

Totnes

- Coronation Road

1810

1825

1840

1845

 

Stagecoach service 3 to and from Plymouth will operate through the day to the normal Saturday timetable – normal fares apply

 

 
 

Entry Form

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)

 
     
 

Programmes

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)

PayPal – The safer, easier way to pay online!

 
 

 
 

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

Vehicles anticipated will be attending include:

Fleet No

Reg No

Chassis

Body

Body code

Date

Operator

137

FJ8967

Bl H

Bl

B35R

1933

Western National

333

DOD518

Bl L5G

Be

B35R

1940

Western National

279 EMW284 Bl L6B Be C32R 1947 Wilts & Dorset
  EAS956 Ld Tiger PS1 Crossley B32F 1948 Blackburn Corporation

1218

JUO983

Bl LL6B

ECW

FB39F

1948

Southern National

2015

HOD66

Beadle-Bd

Beadle

B35R

1949

Western National

 

GOU732

Tilling-Stevens

Scottish Aviation

C35F

1950

Warrens of Alton

1613

LTA772

Bl LWL

ECW

B39R

1951

Western National

1376

OTT85

Bl LS6G

ECW

C39F

1954

Southern National

600

672COD

Bl SUS

ECW

B30F

1960

Western National

603

675COD

Bl SUS

ECW

B30F

1960

Western National

301

862RAE

Bl SUS

ECW

B30F

1962

Bristol Omnibus

SMA5

811BWR

Bl SUL4A

ECW

B36F

1962

West Yorkshire

420

270KTA

Bl SUL4A

ECW

DP33F

1962

Western National

424

274KTA

Bl SUL4A

ECW

C33F

1962

Western National

425

275KTA

Bl SUL4A

ECW

C33F

1962

Western National

1234

286KTA

Bl SUL4A

ECW

C37F

1962

Southern National / Guernseybus

692

EDV555D

Bl SUL4A

ECW

B36F

1966

Southern National

1254

VOD124K

Bl LHS6L

Marshall

B33F

1972

Western National

1557

FDV787V

Bl LHS6L

ECW

B35F

1979

Western National

1560

FDV790V

Bl LHS6L

ECW

B35F

1979

Western National

300

C862DYD

Fd Transit

RH/Do

B16F

1985

Southern National

357

L357VCV

Merc 811D

Pn Beaver

B31F

1994

Western National

401

L401VCV

Ds Dart

Pn

B40F

1994

Western National

628

L628VCV

Merc 709

Pn

B23F

1994

Western National

1324 LTA958 Bl LL6B Du C37F 1951 Southern National

 

W656FUM

Volvo B10M

Pn

C55F

2000

Wallace Arnold

RTL1163

LYF104

Ld 7RT

Park Royal RT8

H26/30R

1951

London Transport

358

MCO658

Ld PD2/12

Metro-Cammell

O30/26R

1956

Plymouth Corporation

1969

468FTT

Bl FLF6G

ECW

H38/30F

1960

Western National

201

DDR201C

Ld An PDR1/1

Metro-Cammell

H43/34F

1965

Plymouth City Transport

1056

OTA290G

BL VRT/SL6G

ECW

H39/31F

1969

Western National

1121

VDV121S

Bl VRT/SL3/6LXB

ECW

H43/31F

1978

Western National

1157

AFJ764T

Bl VRT/SL3/6LXB

ECW

H43/31F

1979

Western National

1203

LFJ847W

Bl VRT/SL3/6LXB

ECW

H43/31F

1980

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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