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  PENZANCE RUNNING DAY - 21 April 2019  
     
 

The Cornwall Bus Preservation Society in association with the Thames Valley & Great Western Omnibus Trust invited you to come to sunny, warm West Cornwall for our event on Sunday 21 April 2019. This was our 12th vintage bus running day in Penzance following the original Final VR Running Day on 9 December 2006.

The Running Day was based at Penzance Bus Station (adjacent to the main railway station)  with vintage bus services running from 10.00 until 17.30. Routes around West Cornwall included Penzance to Camborne, St Ives, St Just, Hayle, Marazion/Perranuthnoe, Goldsithney, Praa Sands, Paul/Sheffield and out to Sennen Cove and Land’s End (and the airport) with small vehicles going into Mousehole, a highlight for many. 

There were feeder bus services to and from Camborne, Newquay, St Ives and Goldsithney.

Despite competition from Easter gatherings and from the beaches on what was the hottest day of the year, a record number of 6,800 passenger journeys were provided on 32 vehicles over 124 services

 

 

PENZANCE – 19 April 2020 – DIARY DATE

2020 is the centenary year of the formation of the National Omnibus & Transport Company which, in West Cornwall, became the fondly remembered ‘Western National’ so several additional special attractions are being planned alongside the VR Revival and Vintage Bus Running Day on Sunday 19th April.

 
     
 
   

Bristol LHS 1254 (VOD124k) rests alongside Mousehole harbour having successfully been piloted round the narrow turns into the village. © Thomas Drake

  St Ives - despite limited access to the Malakoff in 2019, the setting still makes for a spectacular photograph featuring Bristol SUL 420. (C) David Sheppard Jr  

As always, the day revived memories with a variety of vehicles taking part to the delight of enthusiasts, photographers and the wider public. (C) Helen Billington

 
     
 

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Excursion for Entrants and Volunteers

On Easter Monday five vehicles took many of the 100 plus volunteers who contributed to the running day success on a tour from Penzance to Land’s End via Newlyn to Paul and Sheffield, which involved climbing the long 1 in 6  Chywoone Hill out of Newlyn, then on to Penzance via St Buryan and Porthcurno. After a short stop they took the road down to Sennen Cove with another steep climb out, past Land’s End Airport to St Just  and then on to St Ives. The final stage was to Marazion and back to Penzance

 

The former 300 service route around West Cornwall took volunteers up Chywoone Hill out of Newlyn on Easter Monday - Bristol VRs UWV 614S and C412 HJN took the 1 in 6 gradient in their stride. (C) Helen Billington

 
 

Programmes

To accompany this event a fully illustrated colour programme was produced with a cover based on the Western National timetable for the area in Summer 1989.  In addition to timetables and details of the vehicles attending, the programme includes an illustrated history of the liveries carried by buses forming the West Cornwall scene over the past 100 years and more. 

Programmes were extremely popular but a very few remain.  The article has lasting value and copies can be purchased while stocks remain


BY POST for £4.00 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)

 
 

 

Vehicles attending:

Reg No

Fleet No

Chassis / Body

Body Code

Operator

Year

EMW284

279

Bristol L6B / Beadle

C32R

Wilts & Dorset

1947

LTA772

1613

Bristol LWL5G  /  Eastern Coach Works

B39R

WN

1951

924AHY

2934

Bristol MW5G  /  Eastern Coach Works

B45F

Bristol Omnibus

1958

675COD

603

Bristol SUS4A  /  Eastern Coach Works

B30F

WN

1960

270KTA

420

Bristol SUL4A  /  Eastern Coach Works

C33F later DP33F

WN

1962

OTA632G

1460

Bristol RELH6G / Eastern Coach Works

C45F

SN

1969

VOD124K

1254

Bristol LHS6L / Marshall

B33F

WN

1972

BDV318L

1318

Bristol LH6L / Marshall

C39F

WN

1973

PWS492S

2098

Leyland Leopard / Plaxton

C45F

Bristol Omnibus / Badgerline

1978

AFJ727T

3307

Bristol LH6L / Plaxton

DP41F

WN

1979

FDV787V

1557

Bristol LHS6L / Eastern Coach Works

B35F

WN

1979

FDV790V

1560

Bristol LHS6L / Eastern Coach Works

B35F

WN

1979

D601GHY

2503

Volvo B10M / Van Hool

C45F

Badgerline

1987

L401VCV

401

Dennis Dart / Plaxton

B40F

WN

1994

L628VCV

628

Mercedes Benz 709 / Plaxton

B23F

WN

1994

S529RWP

52529

Mercedes Benz O814D / Plaxton

B27F

First Midland Red

1998

S580GRA

-

Mercedes Benz O814D / Frank Guy

B29F

Group Travel

1999

 

 

 

 

 

LYF104

RTL1163

Leyland 7RT / Park Royal RT8

H30/26R

London Transport

1951

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

AFJ764T

1157

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

LFJ873W

1226

Bristol VRT/SL3/6LXB / Eastern Coach Works

H43/31F

WN

1981

TTT171X

171

Leyland Atlantean AN68 / East Lancs

H43/31F

Plymouth City Transport

1981

C412HJN

4012

Leyland Olympian / Eastern Coach Works

CH42/30F

Eastern National

1986

K803ORL

803

Volvo Olympian / Northern Counties

CH39/30F

WN

1993

L637SEU 34137 Volvo YN2RC16Z4 / Northern Counties H47/29F Badgerline 1993
OIG1794 32027 Volvo B7TL / Alexander H49/29F London General 2000

 

Information about previous events and programme articles can be found here.  

TV&GWOT’s Blog also has an account of the 2016 Penzance event.

 
 

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