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  PREVIOUS TAVISTOCK MINI VINTAGE BUS RUNNING DAYS  
       
 

For TV&GWOT a vintage bus running day is not just about riding on heritage vehicles, it is about recreating the authentic experience of bygone times.  This means operating over original routes researched from contemporary timetables and using vehicles of the types and in the liveries that would have been in service at the time.

Tavistock mini running days have exemplified that purpose and provide an occasional treat for the public to enjoy with specific period themes:

  2018 A Day Out in 1968
  2019 A day out in the late 1960s

The events are based on Tavistock Bus Station in the centre of the town.

A network of 11 routes, taken from Western National Tavistock area timetables of the late 1960s, venture to Calstock by the Tamar, Lydford, Princetown and Two Bridges on Dartmoor, and Yelverton.  Fourteen specially invited vehicles recreated the scene giving 2,500 passenger journeys to visitors in 2019.

Programmes produced for the events provide context and history with original articles and extensive illustrations.

Themes addressed in the pages of Tavistock Running Day programmes include:

              

Tavistock Bus Station 2018. [ D T Sheppard]

 

Bristol LL6B on Dartmoor. [ Chris Drew]

 
     
 

2019

A day out in the late 1960s

 

1969s Bus of the Future the Bristol VR double deck bus

Charting the evolution of bus designs leading to the Bristol VRs arrival in the Tavistock area in 1969 and TV&GWOTs restoration of local vehicle No. 1056 (10 pages).

 

Scenes from 1968. Or was it 2018?

Images from the 2018 Tavistock Vintage Bus Running Day recreating the scene 50 years earlier (4 pages).

 

Number Blind?

An introduction to the world of vintage buses and the meaning of the numbers and innumerable abbreviations and acronyms (2 pages).

 

Vehicle Types Allocated to Tavistock in the 1960s

An update on the types and specific vehicles operating in Tavistock and their representation at the running day (5 pages)

 

Route Details and History

An expanded list of routes and features in the late 1960s retraced in the event timetables (2 pages).

 

The Charts of Change

Chart topping records from 1967 to 1970 to rekindle memories

2018

A Day Out in 1968

 

Number Blind?

An introduction to the world of vintage buses and the meaning of the numbers and innumerable abbreviations and acronyms (2 pages).

 

Setting the Scene Tavistock Bus Station in 1968

Development of the bus station site and period photographs (2 pages).

 

The Tavistock Fleet in 1968

An account of the Tavistock vehicle allocations in 1968 and their representation at the running day (7 pages).

 

The Music Scene in 1968

The 24 No. 1 hits from 1968 to get visitors in the groove

 

The way we were in 1968

Reflections on everyday features of life in 1968 to put the event in context remember lava lamps? (2 pages.)

 

but how was Tavistock served before 1968?

The evolution of bus services around Tavistock from the GWR era and local independent operators to Western National (6 pages).

 

Route Details and History

A list of routes and features specific to 1968 services retraced in the event timetables (2 pages).

 
     
 

While stocks remain past event programmes are available to purchase at the discounted price of 3 each including p&p.

The Gallery below shows examples of the vehicles and scenery enjoyed at Tavistock:

 
     
 
     
     
 
     
 

Photos: Helen Billington, Bryan Gibson, Geoff Hobbs, Peter Legg, David J Sheppard, David T Sheppard, Kevin Smith.

 
     
 

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