The Trust organises regular vintage bus running days, where you are able to enjoy free rides and sample a wide range of vehicles in their former habitats.

At our running days, you observe first-hand how the vehicles performed in service and build your own sense of how bus and coach travel has developed through the generations.

Our events have gained a nationwide reputation for authenticity and adventure, recreating the full experience of road transport in bygone days. They have become established, popular attractions for local communities and enthusiasts alike.

Why not come along and join us for a free bus ride?

Our principal events for 2019 are:


Sunday 2 June
Didcot Transport Rally and Vintage Bus Running Day
(with the Great Western Society)
Services run on former GWR Road Motors routes from Didcot, adjacent to the station and Railway Centre
Friday to Sunday 21-23 June
Royal Blue Run
Former Royal Blue and Associated Motorways coaches re-create the bygone spectacle of long-distance coach travel, following authentic routes.
Sunday 14 July
Tavistock mini-Vintage Bus Running Day
All change! The passage from 1968 to 1969
A selection of specially invited vehicles faithfully recreate a day out in the late 1960s around Tavistock and onto Dartmoor
Saturday 21 September
Kingsbridge 76 Vintage Bus Running Day
(with an excursion of participants on Sunday 22 September)
Free bus services down the narrow country lanes and to coastal villages in South Devon.
Date tbc
Reading Corporation motor bus service Centenary
(started 6 December 1919)

In addition to these and other events organised by the Trust for Supporters, our vehicles also attend events across the country throughout the year. Details are published here and on our Facebook page.


To get a flavour of TV&GWOT Events from previous years, follow the links below:

Penzance VR Revival and Bus Running Days

Didcot Transport Rally and Vintage Bus Running Days

Royal Blue Runs

Kingsbridge 76 Vintage Bus Running Days

Reading-centred Thames Valley Displays and Vintage Bus Running Days

Supporter excursions


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