A day out in the late 1960s



Join us for a time warp in this historic Devon market town, as a specially invited selection of vintage buses and coaches recreate scenes from some 50 years ago.

Radiating from the former Western National Tavistock Bus Station, free vintage bus services will operate to Princetown, Yelverton, Calstock, Metherell, Milton Abbot, Lamerton, Lydford and others, taking in the beautiful scenery of Dartmoor and mid-Devon.

Feeder services will run from Plymouth and Okehampton (times tbc) and there will be connections to train services at Gunnislake.  Travel on all services will be on a first come, first served basis.

Vehicles are being assembled to represent the allocation of Western National’s Tavistock depot in the late 1960s, plus one or two representatives of local independent operators, all giving free rides on authentic routes.

Vehicle owners: Please note that, because of the nature of this recreation and limitations on layover space, participation in this event is by invitation only. However, we’d be delighted to welcome your vehicle to our other running days throughout the year and hope that you'll enjoy the opportunity to come along to Tavistock as a passenger, perhaps taking advantage of our feeder services as detailed above.

Tavistock stalwarts: Bristol LS saloon 1723 and rebodied Bristol LL 1206 form a typical 1968 depot scene. © John Barley

The proliferation of green and cream in Tavistock bus station at the first mini-running day – was it 1968 or 2018?

© Colin Billington

Bristol SUL 420 re-creates the service to Calstock.  Much admired as passengers await the steep climb back to Tavistock.   © David T Sheppard


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.


To accompany this event a fully illustrated colour programme is being produced.  In addition to timetables and details of the vehicles attending, the programme will include an illustrated history of aspects of bus operations in the area.  So you can plan your day, programmes can be purchased in advance as follows:

BY POST for £7.50 including p&p (programmes will be despatched from 1st July) 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 3rd July for £6 at outlets in Tavistock to be announced in due course.

Vehicles anticipated to be attending will be listed here in due course.

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Information about previous events can be found here.


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