PENZANCE RUNNING DAY - 15 April 2018  

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 15 April 2018. This will be our 11th vintage bus running day in Penzance following the original Final VR Running Day on 9 December 2006.

 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. Again we are planning to run small vehicles into Mousehole, a highlight of the last 6 years’ events. 

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.

Entry Form
Click here for the vehicle entry form
To accompany this event a fully illustrated 32-page colour programme has been produced.  In addition to timetables and details of the vehicles attending, the programme includes an illustrated history of Penzance bus station over the past 115 years.  Inevitably bus station pictures include views of the buses that have operated around the peninsula over the decades.  Pre-ordered programmes are being despatched from 30th March – order your copy here.

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 for £5 from the Taxi Office at St Ives Bus Station or from Sullivan’s Diner opposite the Bus Station in Penzance.

  Vehicles anticipated will be attending are as follows:  
Reg No Fleet No Chasssis / Body Body Code Operator Year
EMW284       279 Bristol L6B / Beadle    C32R   Wilts & Dorset 1947
MHU49  207 Bedford OB / Duple  B30F Bristol Tramways & Carriage Co. 1949
LTA772  1613 Bristol LWL5G  /  Eastern Coach Works  B39R WN 1951
UAF746   Bedford SBG / Duple     C36F King Harry Coaches 1955
VCO984   Bedford / Duple Vista     C29F King Harry Coaches 1958
672COD    600 Bristol SUS4A  /  Eastern Coach Works  B30F WN 1960
675COD    603 Bristol SUS4A  /  Eastern Coach Works  B30F WN 1960
270KTA    420 Bristol SUL4A  /  Eastern Coach Works C33F later DP33F WN 1962
VOD124K    1254 Bristol LHS6L / Marshall  B33F WN 1972
BDV318L 1318 Bristol LH6L / Marshall  C39F WN 1973
AFJ727T 3307 Bristol LH6L / Plaxton  DP41F WN 1979
FDV787V 1557 Bristol LHS6L / Eastern Coach Works   B35F   WN 1979
D503GHY      2503 Volvo B10M / Van Hool  C45F Badgerline 1987
F622RTC 1622 Leyland Lynx  B49F Bristol Omnibus 1989
L401VCV 401 Dennis Dart / Plaxton  B40F WN 1994
L628VCV  628 Mercedes Benz 709 / Plaxton  B23F WN 1994
N465TPR   Dennis Dart / East Lancs EL2000 B40F Yellow Buses 1996
S529RWP 52529 Mercedes Benz O814D / Plaxton  B27F First Midland Red 1998
W604PAF 48264 Volvo B6BLE / Wright  B37F WN 2000
BX06OAE     Autosan A1012T ‘Eagle’ Integral     B70F Group Travel 2006
OTA632G  1460 Bristol RELH6G / Eastern Coach Works     C45F SN 1969
VDV760  1943 Bristol LD6G  /  Eastern Coach Works  H37/23RD WN 1958
468FTT    1969 Bristol FLF6G  /  Eastern Coach Works  H38/30F WN 1960
824KDV    2019 Bristol FLF6G  /  Eastern Coach Works  H38/30F WN 1963
PTT98R   1098 Bristol VRT/SL3/654 / Eastern Coach Works H43/31F WN 1977
VDV121S    1121 Bristol VRT/SL3/6LXB  / Eastern Coach Works H43/31F WN 1978
UWV614S    Bristol VRT/SL3/6LXB  / Eastern Coach Works CO43/31F Southdown 1978
AFJ706T     1141 Bristol VRT/SL3/6LXB / Eastern Coach Works H43/31F WN 1978
FDV780V   1168 Bristol VRT/SL3/6LXB / Eastern Coach Works  H43/31F WN 1979
LFJ844W 1200 Bristol VRT/SL3/6LXB / Eastern Coach Works H43/31F WN 1980
LFJ847W 1203 Bristol VRT/SL3/6LXB / Eastern Coach Works H43/31F WN 1980
TTT171X 171 Leyland Atlantean AN68 / East Lancs H43/31F Plymouth City Transport 1981
K803ORL    803 Volvo Olympian / Northern Counties CH39/30F WN 1993
L637SEU 34137 Volvo YN2RC16Z4/ Northern Counties     H47/29F First Kernow 1993
V124LGC         32027 Volvo B7TL / Alexander     H49/29F First Kernow 2000


  Photos: Geoff Hobbs, Terry Partridge, David Sheppard and Lionel Tancock  
  The event will be centred on Penzance Bus Station

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