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  PREVIOUS PENZANCE VR REVIVAL & VINTAGE BUS RUNNING DAYS      
     
 

The Cornwall Bus Preservation Society in association with the Thames Valley & Great Western Omnibus Trust has been inviting visitors to sunny, warm West Cornwall for vintage bus running days since the original Final VR Running Day on 9 December 2006.

The events are based at Penzance Bus Station and typically take place on the third Sunday in April.  Information about the next event can be found here.

The network of routes has expanded as the event has grown over the years and routes around West Cornwall now include Penzance to Camborne, St Ives, St Just, Hayle, Marazion/Perranuthnoe, Praa Sands, Paul/Sheffield and out to Sennen Cove and Land’s End with small vehicles going into Mousehole

In 2018, 34 buses and coaches plied 17 routes through the day, with a record breaking number of 6763 passenger journeys being made.

Programmes are produced by TV&GWOT for each event.  Beyond a record of the vehicles in service and the routes for the running day, these programmes include newly researched articles on aspects of the local transport scene over the years, lavishly illustrated with old photographs and ephemera from the Trust’s Collection.  Recent covers echo local timetable booklets from years gone by. 

Themes addressed in the pages of Penzance Running Day programmes to date include:

2018

Penzance Bus Station Remodelled and Reviewed – 115 years as a motorbus terminus

Illustrated history of Penzance bus station over the past 115 years showing changes not just in layout but in the vehicles operating.

     
2017

By Bus and Coach (and Air) to the Isles of Scilly

Examples of the vehicles operating feeder services within Cornwall as well as those on the islands.

     
2016

A Century of Coach Tours in and around the Penwith Peninsular

A review of tours from the 1920s to 1980s illustrated by the vehicles and accompanying publicity leaflets.

     
2015

Re-Creating bygone Travel at Running Days

Photographs from the 1950s and 60s illustrating the locations served by the Penzance Running Days to re-create the scenes more than 50 years on.

     
2014

From Nationalised Uniformity to First Bus – The years between 1985 and 1995

The visible changes in vehicle types and liveries through this important 10 year period.

     
2013

Memories of advertising seen on buses in West Cornwall

The types of advertising, design styles and colours as applied to West Cornwall buses from the 1930s to 80s.

     
2012

Remembering Penzance and West Cornwall Buses in Pictures.

Comparison of buses serving Penzance photographed by one observed in 1952 and another 25 years later.

     
2011

1927 GWR Guy FBB No. 1268 – YF714 Returns to Penzance after a 10 Year Restoration.

The story of the operational life, rescue and restoration of 1268 as it returns for display at Penzance.

     
2010

Return of Bristol LH 716 to Penzance after 29 Years

The LH type and the specific history and preservation of Penzance-based 716.

     
2008 The Mouzel Bus The Mouzel bus traced from its origins in 1919 through a series of diminutive vehicle types to the 1990s.

While stocks remain current programmes and past programmes (at discounted prices) are available to purchase

The Gallery below shows examples of the vehicles and scenery to be enjoyed at Penzance:

     

     

     

     

     

   

   

     

     

Photos: Luke Farley, Jack Gordon, Robert Hawkin, Geoff Hobbs, Scott Hunnisett-Croft, Neil Markwick, Peter Nicholls, Alasdair Page, Terry Partridge, David Sheppard, Lionel Tancock and Shane Webster

 
 

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