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  WELCOME TO THE THAMES VALLEY & GREAT WESTERN OMNIBUS TRUST  
  A registered charity committed to keeping alive the rich history of road passenger transport "fro' Paddington to Penzance"  
     
 
Supporter rewards  

Supporters who’ve worked to maintain the TV&GWOT collection all year reaped the rewards on the HCVS London-Brighton Run on 7th May and enjoyed another great day out.  Thames Valley 152 won the trophy for best single deck passenger vehicle.  This financial and volunteer support to the Trust is vital for its work to continue.  The Supporters’ year ends on 31st May so NOW is the ideal time to join us or renew your involvement for the 2017-18 year via the Supporters’ page of the website.

   

A Special Year

Our year of special events and surprises began with our Coach Festival in March, celebrating 85 years of London’s Victoria Coach Station. The 10th Penzance Running Day in April had a record attendance and featured a spectacular tour of the West Cornwall Peninsula on Easter Monday. 2017 also sees our 10th Kingsbridge Running Day in September. Whether you get involved as a volunteer or come along for the ride, expect something special. Entry forms for all our events are available by clicking the links in the listing opposite.
   

Restoration continues

Supporters have been helping with several of the Trust’s restoration projects at our bases in Berkshire and Devon. The extensive work on our 1929 Royal Blue AEC Reliance continues, with the body frame beginning to take shape. Other advancing restorations include the 1927 Leyland PLSC3 Lion, the 1965 Bristol FLF6B and Southern/Western National 692 (EDV 555D), a 1966 Bristol SUL4A saloon, newly placed on loan to the Trust.
 

Didcot Transport Rally – 4th June

The major feature of this year’s Didcot Rally will be the vintage bus services running on five routes all starting from Didcot Parkway Station. New routes for 2017 are a circular service to Chilton via Harwell Village and Harwell Campus. The history of AERE Harwell’s staff transport bus fleet is a main feature of this year’s programme.
The other new route for Didcot will be operated by newly restored former Western National No. 2240 Duple 425 E206BOD which proved to be a big attraction at Victoria Coach Station in March. This route is being numbered 500 which was previously the National Express Rapide service operated by 2240 fro’ London to Penzance and will run up the A34 to Abingdon. It will be the first time that 2240 will have been used in service since its restoration to Rapide livery. Full details here.
   

Penzance Running Day, Easter Sunday

Around thirty vintage buses and coaches will operate free bus services across glorious West Cornwall. Click here to find out what’s coming and where you can go, plus information on feeder services to and from the event. You can also pre-order your event programme to help you make the most of your day. Follow us on Facebook for event updates and live news
   

Something Big, Coming Soon

We will soon be announcing an exciting new acquisition. All will become clear in To and Fro’ 008, landing shortly on the doorsteps of our Supporters. A sneak preview is also given in our Penzance Running Day programme – order your copy now. As ever, we welcome volunteers to help maintain and resource our vehicles – see our Supporters page for ideas on how you could be involved.

   

A Special Season

Our year of special events and surprises began with our Coach Festival in March, celebrating 85 years of London’s Victoria Coach Station. 2017 also sees our 10thPenzance and 10th Kingsbridge Running Days. Whether you get involved as a volunteer or come along for the ride, we’ve plans to make both occasions extra special. Entry forms for all our events are available by clicking the links in the listing opposite.

 

VCS 85th Anniversary Festival – latest update

 

 

 

 

 

 

Victoria Coach Station will be celebrating its 85th birthday with a three-day coach festival from 10th to 12th March.

“Hello...Coastal” Former Coach Station staff and coach crews who operated into VCS will be very welcome throughout the Festival but especially so on the opening day when several have indicated they intend to return to meet old colleagues. A senior TfL representative will open the Festival at just after 11:00 and will be available to answer questions and meet the vehicle owners and former staff.

Featuring vehicles from the 1930s to the newest coaches of today, the festival will also showcase displays on the history of coach travel in England. There will be stalls from current operators, participants and other organisations. Timings for coaches being in place at VCS are:
Friday                 11:00 - 17:00
Saturday            10:00 - 17:00
Sunday               10:00 - 16:00

A new TV&GWOT publication celebrating the VCS coaching history will be available.   – Follow link below for details of how to get your copy.

 

 

 

 

 

There will be a special offer for anyone becoming a TV&GWOT Supporter at the VCS event

 

 

Over 30 preserved coaches are booked to participate over the three day Festival. Click here for further details including a listing of vehicles expected.
A Special Year Ahead
Join us for a year of special events and surprises as we mark our 10th Penzance and 10th Kingsbridge Running Days. Whether you get involved as a volunteer or come along for the ride, we’ve plans to make both occasions extra special. Keep an eye on our events page and follow us on Facebook for the latest news.
   

Entry forms now available for all 2017 Running Days!

  Entry forms for next year’s TV&GWOT Vintage Bus Running Days may be downloaded by clicking on the links in the listing opposite.
   
Look Back With Pride
2016 has been a busy and successful year for the Trust, with 267 vehicle days out, giving almost nineteen thousand free rides. Re-live the year by visiting our Workshop Blog and enjoy the variety of events organised and attended by the Trust. Thanks to all our Supporters who have played a part – perhaps you could join us in 2017?
   
Winter Restorations

Supporters are helping with several of the Trust’s Winter projects, including the extensive restoration of our 1929 Royal Blue AEC Reliance, the body frame of which is beginning to take shape. Other advancing restorations include the 1927 Leyland PLSC3 Lion, the 1965 Bristol FLF6B and Southern/Western National 692 (EDV 555D), a 1966 Bristol SUL4A saloon, newly placed on loan to the Trust.

 

VCS 85th Anniversary Festival – Dates!

In March 2017, Victoria Coach Station will be celebrating its 85th birthday with a three-day coach festival from 10th to 12th March. Featuring vehicles from every decade since the grand opening in 1932, the festival will showcase coaches, artefacts and presentations on the history of coach travel in England. There will be stalls from current operators, as well as a number of competitions raising money for TfL’s chosen charity: The Transport Benevolent Fund. Coach entry forms are now available here.

   
Happy 70th birthday, 446!
Tuesday 20 September marks the 70th Birthday of our Thames Valley Bristol K6A. To celebrate we’d like to gather together as many photos of the bus as possible from its long service career and its many years in preservation. We’ll also be inviting Supporters to join us for a trip to Oxford Festival of Transport in October. Click here for more details
   
Kingsbridge 2016
Thousands of passengers (and sheep!) turned out to enjoy our free bus services through the South Hams. Enjoy the photos and videos on our blog. Our thanks to all those who helped with the preparations and planning, our volunteer crews, marshalls, our sponsors and vehicle owners.
   
Royal Blue 2016
Fourteen coaches completed our long distance coach run in June. Take a virtual trip on the run at our blog.
 
Countdown to Kingsbridge
Our 2016 Kingsbridge Running Day will soon be here, with around forty vintage buses and coaches giving free rides in South Devon. Enjoy our countdown to the big day on Facebook and find out more about the event here.
   
446 at 70  
Our 1946 Bristol K6A celebrates its 70th Birthday on 20 September 2016. To mark the occasion, we'd like to gather together your photos of 446 from the last 70 years for a special display. Whether in service with Thames Valley, Rossmore (Poole) or during its preservation years, we'd be pleased to see what you have for potential display on our website and in our Supporters' magazine. Please contact davidsheppard@tvagwot.org.uk. View the gallery here.
   

TV&GWOT Supporters– 2016-17 Renewals

The new TV&GWOT year begins in June so now is the time for existing Supporters to renew their support and help build on the achievements of the past 12 months.  To renew your support click here.
 
Easter Treats at the SDR
688 passengers enjoyed our network of free bus services at the South Devon Railway over the Easter weekend. Bristol H, SUL, LWL and FLF types could be sampled on three routes, including a new country route to Landscove. Join us again at the SDR for their 1940s weekend on 2-3 July.
   

Entry Forms for 2016 TV&GWOT events

Use the links opposite to download entry forms for our Kingsbridge Running Day.

 

New Supporters 2016-17 – special offer
We’ve a special offer for new Supporters who sign up before our first subscription year ends in May. As a bonus, enjoy issues 3 and 4 of our magazine To and Fro’ as well as future issues 5 to 8 and full supporter benefits for the coming TV&GWOT year from June 2016 to May 2017. Find out more.
   
Supporters' Open Day, Berkshire

New and existing Trust Supporters were invited to an open day at our Berkshire base on Sunday 17 January, to view the work of the Trust and to sample some of the opportunities available. Click here for more information and to enrol as a new Supporter click here. There will be another Supporters’ open day at our South Devon Base during the summer.

 
A Record Breaking Year 
2015 was a record breaking year for the Trust in all regards. We organised several major events and recorded 20,692 passenger journeys on our free vintage bus services. Many more will have seen and enjoyed our vehicles in action, having covered a total of 19,430 miles during 239 vehicle days on the road. Click here to find out more.
 
To and Fro', Issue 3 
Issue 3 of To and Fro', our Supporters' quarterly magazine is out now, including features on our Southern National 1927 Leyland PLSC3 Lion, Thames Valley's Bracknell depot, Royal Blue coaching refreshment stops and more. For a limited time, new Supporters will receive a full set of back editions of To and Fro' with their welcome pack. Click here to join our Supporters' group.
 
Kingsbridge Running Day 2015

Our 2015 Kingsbridge Running Day set new records, with more visitors, more vehicles and more routes than ever before. Read our workshop blog to re-live the day.

 
Thames Valley 100

Thousands turned out to help us celebrate #TV100 in August, with the largest ever coming together of preserved Thames Valley vehicles. Almost four thousand passengers sampled our free bus services between Reading, Maidenhead and Streatley, and many more enjoyed our display of early motorbuses at Reading station.

 

 
Royal Blue Run 2015
Seventeen coaches joined in the June 2015 Royal Blue Run, all returning safely after a round trip of at least 615 miles. Relive the run in photos and film by taking a trip to our blog, and click here to read more about the history of our Royal Blue Coach Runs.
 
Successful first Didcot Transport Rally

TV&GWOT organised vintage bus services to Didcot Parkway, Chilton and Wantage on former GWR Road Motors routes – details here.

 

 
Penzance 2015: A Record Breaker

The sights and sunshine of West Cornwall brought a record number of visitors to our Penzance Running Day on 19 April. We recorded 4,826 passenger journeys, with 26 vehicles in service. Click here to relive the day.

 
446 Supporters' Inaugural Run
Our 1946 Bristol K6A revisited its former bases across the Thames Valley in March, during a special tour for those who enabled the Trust to secure the bus last year. Click here to read more about 446.
 
Apprenticeships

TV&GWOT now wishes to recruit two specialist apprentices to help develop and maintain the vehicle collection. Both on the job training and tuition within a specialist technical academy are components of the scheme. For more information click here.

 
 
     
 

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