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A day out in the late 1960s

TAVISTOCK MINI-RUNNING DAY – 14 July 2019

 
     
 

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, Two Bridges, Yelverton, Calstock, Gunnislake, Milton Abbot, Plaster Down, Lamerton, Lydford and others, taking in the beautiful scenery of Dartmoor and mid-Devon.

A feeder service from Plymouth will depart from Royal Parade (Stop A21) at 0910 (arr. Tavistock 1000), with return departing Tavistock Bus Station at 1645 (arr. Plymouth 1735). This service will run via Plymouth Railway Station in each direction.  Another feeder service will operate from Okehampton, departing Fore Street Arcade (Stop C) at 0900 (arr. Tavistock 1000) with return departing Tavistock Bus Station at 1700 (arr. Okehampton 1800). Travel on all services will be on a first come, first served basis.

Service buses now connect with train services at Gunnislake. 

Vehicles have been 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 re-creation 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

 
     
 

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Programmes

To accompany this event a fully illustrated colour programme has been produced.  In addition to timetables and details of the vehicles attending, the programme includes photographic comparisons of the Tavistock bus scene some 50 years ago. It also examines the significant changes in vehicle design emerging in the late 1960s and takes a look at the bus of the future….. as it appeared in 1969.  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 3rd 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 5th July for £6 from Wendy’s Kiosk in Tavistock Bus Station

Vehicles attending

Fleet No.

Registration

Chassis

Year

Body

Original Operator

959

KUO 972

Bristol K6B

1950

ECW

Western National

1943

VDV 760

Bristol LD6G

1958

ECW

Western National

2019

824 KDV

Bristol FLF6G

1963

ECW

Western National

1218

JUO 983

Bristol LL6B

1948

ECW

Southern National

1613

LTA 772

Bristol LWL5G

1951

ECW

Western National

1376

OTT 85

Bristol LS6G

1954

ECW

Southern National

603

675 COD

Bristol SUS4A

1960

ECW

Western National

420

270 KTA

Bristol SUL4A

1962

ECW

Western National

425

275 KTA

Bristol SUL4A

1962

ECW

Western National

1234

286 KTA

Bristol SUL4A

1962

ECW

Western National

495

LOD 495

Albion Victor

1950

Duple

Carmel Coaches

 

100 VRL

AEC Reliance

1964

Harrington

Hawkeys Tours

1157

AFJ 764T

Bristol VRT/SL3/6LXB

1979

ECW

Western National

 

Information about previous events can be found here.

 
 

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