PENZANCE RUNNING DAY - 16 April 2017  

The Cornwall Bus Preservation Society in association with the Thames Valley & Great Western Omnibus Trust invites you to come to sunny, warm West Cornwall for our event on Sunday 16 April 2017. Don’t forget that this is Easter weekend in 2017 so bring all the family and friends and enjoy a long weekend break in Cornwall. Book your accommodation early for the widest choice. This will be the 10th vintage bus running day in Penzance following the original Final VR Running Day on 9 December 2006 – yes it’s more than 10 years since VRs were withdrawn from everyday service! For this special milestone event we are aiming to break the record for the number of VRs in service and have already been promised several vehicles which have not appeared at this event before.

With it being Easter, a further feature for 2017 will be a road run on Easter Monday for vehicles, crews, Supporters and other helpers who contributing to Sunday’s running day.   This morning run will set off from the bus station around 09.30 and follow the circular 300 route from Penzance to Marazion, St Ives and Land’s End returning to Penzance in the middle of the day to allow for onward travel. The run will also give photographers the opportunity to see vehicles out on the road along this scenic route.

The Running Day will be based at Penzance Bus Station with vintage bus services running from 10.00 until 17.00. Routes will include Penzance to Camborne, St Ives, St Just, Hayle, Marazion/Perranuthnoe, Praa Sands, Paul/Sheffield and out to Sennen Cove and Land’s End. Last year we introduced a new circular route to Sancreed via Newlyn Bridge, Drift and Tremethick Cross which proved to be very popular so will be included again in 2017 along with an open-top town service round Penzance. A new short working to Relubbus is also being introduced this year.  Again we are planning to run small vehicles into Mousehole, one of the many highlights of previous events. The Penzance Running Day is renowned for the spectacular coastal and country scenery and a new feature will be mystery tours by Royal Blue coach.

A feeder service to Penzance (18A) will leave Camborne Bus Station at 09:20 and return from Penzance at 17:30 (arr. Camborne 18:10). Another feeder service to Penzance (17) will leave St Ives Bus Station at 09:35 and the last return from Penzance departs at 16:00 (arr. St Ives 16:30).  Also at 09:35 a feeder service will run from Goldsithney to Penzance (22), with the final return leaving Penzance at 16:00 (arr. Goldsithney 16:16).

Mousehole in the 1950s – Bedford OB bus No. 517 swings wide to turn into the narrow streets leading out from the harbour   St. Ives – probably the most spectacular bus station site in the UK – three different routes to and fro’ Penzance  

As always, the day will revive memories of VR operations in West Cornwall – some of these plus others, new to the event, will be in service.

To accompany this event there will is a fully illustrated colour programme and timetable which will be on sale on the day or available in advance:

BY POST for £6.50 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)

IN PERSON from 5 April for £5 from the Travel Shop at Penzance Bus Station or the Taxi Office at St Ives Bus Station

  Vehicles booked to attend  
Fleet No. Reg Chassis Body Body code Date Operator
1613 LTA772 Bl LWL5G ECW B39R 1951 Western National
  UAF746 Bd SBG  Duple   C36F 1956 Taylors Coaches
600 672COD Bl SUS4A ECW B30F 1960 Western National
603 675COD Bl SUS4A ECW B30F 1960 Western National
420 270KTA Bl SUL4A    ECW  C33F 1962 Western National
508 THU354G Bl RESL6L ECW B43F 1969 Bristol Omnibus Company
1318 BDV318L Bl LH6L  Marshall    C39F 1973 Western National
1557 FDV787V Bl LHS6L ECW B35F 1979 Western National
1622 F622RTC Ld Lynx Leyland B49F 1989 Bristol Omnibus Company
401 L401VCV Ds Dart Plaxton B40F 1994 Western National
628 L628VCV Merc O709D  Plaxton B23F 1994 Western National
52529 S529RWP Merc O814D  Plaxton    B27F 1998 First Devon & Cornwall
27 S127FTA Ds Dart Plaxton B39F 1998 Plymouth Citybus
  BXO60AE Asn A1012T Asn B70F 2006 Group Travel
1460 OTA632G Bl RELH6G  ECW C45F 1969 Western National
1936 VDV753 Bl LDL6G ECW O33/27RD 1957 Western National
1943 VDV760 Bl LD6G ECW H33/27RD 1958 Western National
1969 468FTT Bl FLF6G     ECW H38/30F 1960 Western National
559 ATA559L BL VRT/SL6G ECW H43/32F 1973 DG / Southern National
1098 PTT98R BL VRT/SL6G ECW H43/31F 1977 Western National
1121 VDV121S Bl VRT/SL3/6LXB     ECW H43/31F 1978 Western National
  UWV614S Bl VRT/SL3/6LXB     ECW CO43/31F 1978 Southdown
1141 AFJ706T 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
171 TTT171X Ld AN68 East Lancs H43/31F 1981 Plymouth City Transport
803 K803ORL Vo YN2RV18Z4 Northern Counties CH39/30F 1993 Western National
34137 L637SEU Vo YN2RC16Z4 Northern Counties H47/29F 1993 First Devon & Cornwall
32027 V124LGC Vo B7TL Alexander H49/29F 2000 First Kernow
  Photos: Geoff Hobbs, Terry Partridge, David Sheppard and Lionel Tancock  
  The event will be centred on Penzance Bus Station

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