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  ROYAL BLUE - 21 - 23 June 2019  
     
 

Background

Our Royal Blue Runs were established in 2002 so that owners and their passengers can relive the pleasures of long distance luxury coach travel for which their carefully preserved vehicles were originally intended. The aim is to follow original Royal Blue routes as closely as possible and to travel at a leisurely pace redolent of the times. The runs also create a wonderful spectacle for innocent bystanders and dedicated photographers alike, thanks to the hard work and resources the owners have devoted to restoring and maintaining their fine coaches.

A lot of work goes into planning the runs from selecting routes from the extensive Royal Blue network and researching the original drivers’ instructions and passenger timetables, preparing maps and outline routing, driving the routes to develop detailed instructions allowing for modern day features and constraints, organising refreshment stops, obtaining parking permissions, to identifying potential accommodation for a dozen or more coaches and their passengers. Despite all the preparations, final timings are hard to judge whether due to roadworks or things that might pique the interest of crews along the way. The coaches do not travel in close convoy so as not to inconvenience other road users. Some drivers have also been known on occasion to deviate from the intended route (unintentionally!).

Overall the focus is on education and enjoyment and we hope that however you take part you share in the pleasure.

From the earliest days of Elliott Brothers’ Royal Blue luxury services, coaches frequented Cheddar Gorge

as this c. 1928 photograph recording a visit to

Gough’s Caves shows.

Part of the authentic re-creation of TV&GWOT’s

Royal Blue Runs saw 1951-vintage Bristol LL6B

(Fleet No. 1250) descending Cheddar Gorge in 2012.

© Colin Billington

 

Spectacular scenery on the 2018 Royal Blue Run with MW6G 253KTA (2270) on of the 12 participating coaches © Chris Drew

2019 Route

Planning for the 2019 Royal Blue and Associated Motorways’ Run is ongoing and updates will be posted here in due course.  In outline the route is expected to be:

           Birmingham – Liverpool –Wales to Treherbert – Cheltenham with a tour from Cheltenham on the Sunday.

The authenticity can be seen from the map on this 1934/5 Associated Motorways’ timetable leaflet.  At stages in the history, Royal Blue services specifically operated to Liverpool and to Treherbert.

Entry Form

Click here for the vehicle entry form.

NOTE: This is a new style of pdf form for completion.  If you encounter any problems, please email enquiries@tvagwot.org.uk for help.

 

 

 

 

 

Vehicles anticipated to be taking part will be listed here in due course.

Reg No

Fleet No

Chassis / Body

Body Code

Operator

Year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Information about previous events can be found here.   

You can take a virtual trip on our 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 runs on our Blog and our Facebook page has video coverage from the 2018 run. 

 

 

 

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Company Registered in England No. 5035702.  Registered Charity No. 1125980