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TV&GWOT Supporters receive a high quality quarterly magazine To and fro’.  Each edition runs to 36 pages and includes original articles relating to passenger transport history in the Thames Valley and the West Country with connecting services covered by Royal Blue research.  The full colour magazines are extensively illustrated and include regular features like a spirited Editorial, Trust Traffic Notices, Any Questions and pictorial reviews of recent events.  Copies for the current year are only available to Supporters but back numbers (where copies remain) can be purchased online.

The original articles, over and above the regular content, are summarised below. 

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What’s in To and fro’?

Articles in addition to regular features are catalogued below.

 
 
         
To and Fro' Season Title   Brief Description
015 Winter 2018/19 More…..Driving “The Blues”   More tales from Royal Blue drivers who, for reasons of deviation, are anonymous

Trolleybus Gold

  The many celebrations marking the trolleybus operations in Reading which ceased 50 years ago brought together in pictures
Vehicle Profile   A closer look at FDV 790V, a vehicle in the TV&GWOT Collection
The Red&White Legacy   The interesting trio of AEC Regents that passed through the Newbury & District fleet
Remembering Reading’s Trolleybuses 50 years after departure   Memories from a man who was there contrasting then and now
Christmas selection box   Different flavours of West Country vehicles in pictures
     
     

To and Fro' Season Title   Brief Description
014 Autumn 2018 Big Bertha   A look back at a Thames Valley legend, their only 'long' rear entrance Lodekka, Bristol LDL Car 779

Kingsbridge 2018   Pictorial review of the 11th vintage bus running day in Kingsbridge
The Year of the Trolley   Pictures from the BTS celebration of Reading Trolleybuses at Sandtoft
Highways to the West   The history of Highways' motor coach service from London, through the Thames Valley to the West Country in the late 1920s / early 1930s
On the Buses - For Real - Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered   How passengers on buses from Taunton in the early post-WWII period could turn every journey into its own pantomime
     
     
     
 
 

To and Fro' Season Title   Brief Description
013 Summer 2018 Our Day Out in 1968   The inspiration for and realisation of the dream of re-creating the 1968 scene in Tavistock for the 2018 mini running day

Thames Valley & Reading Running Day   Pictorial review of the running day and trolleybus commemoration in June 2018
Moorland Adventures  Past and Present   A wry comparison between experiences of Tavistock's bus running day and travellers making their way to Goosey Fair
Tickets Please!   Royal Blue ticketing and system developments through the 1940s and '50s
Hand Picked MW: Southern National 2625   Glimpsed in To and fro' 013, the history (and future) of Southern National 2625, a remarkable MW survivor, is revealed
Room for 8 standing (or 1 horse)   An amazing account of transporting a horse with a Thames Valley Bristol KSW6B
Royal Blue Reflections   Pictorial review of the 2018 Royal Blue Run
     
 
 

To and Fro' Season Title   Brief Description
012 Spring 2018 Follow Things Worthy of You   Vehicles and experiences travelling on Thames Valley Traction's Service 25 between Flackwell Heath and High Wycombe in the late 1940s / early 1950s

Scenes from a Special Monday   Pictorial review of the Exeter-Minehead trip following the joint DG/WN service 217
The Jolly Boys' Outings   The challenges and camaraderie that retrieving an abandoned Western National Beadle-Bedford from deepest Wales entails
Routing the Run   The many stages in researching and planning a Royal Blue run are unveiled
     
     
     
     
 
 

To and Fro' Season Title   Brief Description
011 Winter 2017 That Tavistock Feeling   Pictorial view of the 1968 scene in Tavistock that the mini Running Day is set to re-create

Vehicle Profile   A closer look at LTA 995, a vehicle in the TV&GWOT Collection
The Red&White Legacy   The influence of Red&White on South Midland under Thames Valley in the guise of Coach 85
Driving "The Blues"   Tales from Royal Blue drivers who, for reasons of the content, are anonymous
On the Buses - For Real - A Winter's Tale   How a 1950s' bus driver based at Taunton kept his body warm, if not always his heart
Caught-a Supporter!   More or less flattering but all amusing photos of Supporters through year
     
     
 
 

To and Fro' Season Title   Brief Description
010 Autumn 2017 Double Dates   Pictorial review of summer occasions where TV&GWOT managed to be in two places at once.

Perfect Picture   The lengths Royal Blue went to to capture spectacular photographs for its publicity and timetables
Vehicle Profile   A closer look at MO 9324, a vehicle in the TV&GWOT Collection
Thames Valley's Smallest Garage   In the 1920s and 30s, long before the Middletons brought fame to the village, Bucklebury held claim to the smallest TV bus garage
On the Buses - For Real - The Original B10   Recollections of driving Tilling-Stevens B10s, stalwarts of the Taunton single deck fleet
Kingsbridge 2017: The Big Day   Pictorial review of the 10th running day
Kingsbridge 2017 - a Day Out With the Little Ones   Pictorial review of the Supporters' tour across the narrow bridges of Dartmoor
     
 
 

To and Fro' Season Title   Brief Description
009 Summer 2017 Supporters' Scrapbook   Photos from 2017 events, so far: fro' Penzance to Brighton, Didcot, Taunton, Buckfasleigh and Exmouth

Tough Times at High Wycombe in the 1960s   Complexities of operating the TV High Wycombe Depot from the perspective of the Traffic Superintendent's assistant in the late 1960s
Vehicle Profile   A closer look at JUO 992, a vehicle in the TV&GWOT Collection
From Boadicea to Alfred the Great - A Thames Valley Oddity   The role of a lone Thornycroft BC which transferred to TV as Car 257 from the GWR Road Motors
The Cheltenham Co-ordination Scheme   Background to the co-ordination scheme which saw Cheltenham become a key hub for Associated Motorways operations
On the Buses - For Real - Right and Forward   The characteristics of Bristol's 5-speed overdrive gearbox and techniques for mastering it, shared by a driver
     
     
 
 

To and Fro' Season Title   Brief Description
008 Spring 2017 The London Terminus   A look back at the history of VCS following TV&GWOT's Coach Festival marking the 85th anniversary of the London terminus

Vehicle Profile   A look back at the history of VCS following TV&GWOT's Coach Festival marking the 85th anniversary of the London terminus
The Vincent-bodied Bristol Coaches of Thames Valley   The lengths TVT went to to refurbish surviving war-torn Leylands and new vehicle orders to provide post-war services
Supporters' Day, Devon   Pictorial Review of the Devon Day for Supporters in early 2017
Royal Blue…..still in Reading?!   Modern day use of "Royal Blue" branding in Reading
On the Buses - For Real - Hunting Reliances   Recollections of ex-Royal Blue AEC Reliances in their last days of service for Western National in Taunton
     
     
 
 

To and Fro' Season Title   Brief Description
007 Winter 2016/17 Special Agents   The work of local agents (and all the paperwork) for passengers to book long distance coach travel

Vehicle Profile   A closer look at EDV 555D, a vehicle in the TV&GWOT Collection
After the Ball   Pictorial review of Volunteers' post-Kingsbridge tour over Dartmoor
Wanderings of a Road Motors Man   Research reveals one man's links with Great Western Road Motors operations from Slough to Penzance a century ago
An Overview of Thames Valley Bristol FLF History   Cataloguing the TV FLFs from start to finish - 1960 to 1985
     
     
     
 
 

To and Fro' Season Title   Brief Description
006 Autumn 2016 Scheduling the 'Valley   The characters and vehicles witnessed by a TV scheduler from 1949 into the 1950s

A Day Like No Other   Pictorial review of the Kingsbridge running day, September 2016
Vehicle Profile   A closer look at MRD 147, a vehicle in the TV&GWOT Collection
Double Decked in Bournemouth (Part 2)   Bournemouth's bus and coach station - remodelling, use through the mid 20th century and destruction in a fire now 40 years ago
What's in a Number?   Bournemouth's bus and coach station - remodelling, use through the mid 20th century and destruction in a fire now 40 years ago
Western Wanderings   A contemporary account of West Country bus operations from 1955
     
     
 
 

To and Fro' Season Title   Brief Description
005 Summer 2016 Double Decked in Bournemouth (Part 1)   Bournemouth's bus and coach station - origins in 1931 and early years

A Fascinating Journey   Alder Valley's struggles with vehicle reliability in the early 1970s
Vehicle Profile   A closer look at MOD 973, a vehicle in the TV&GWOT Collection
The GWR Road Motors at Newbury   GWR Road Motors operations at Newbury where uncharacteristically  things were anything but smooth
Dennis the Men-Ace   A modern day perspective of grappling with driving a preserved Dennis Mace
Supporters' Scrapbook   Pictorial Review of events in the year so far - Penzance, Didcot, London to Brighton, Taunton, Fawley and the Royal Blue Run
On the Buses - For Real - Master Aces   Pictorial Review of events in the year so far - Penzance, Didcot, London to Brighton, Taunton, Fawley and the Royal Blue Run
     
 
 

To and Fro' Season Title   Brief Description
004 Spring 2016 Reading's Colonnade Coach Station   The arrival of refreshment stops for coach services through Reading and The Colonnade

Supporters' Day, Berkshire   Pictorial Review of the Berkshire Day for Supporters in early 2016
Vehicle Profile   A closer look at GRX  140D, a vehicle in the TV&GWOT Collection
Pure as the Driven Snow   Intrigue surrounding the departure of Bristol SUL 420 from Trowbridge defeating even the most diligent sleuth
Suspended for the Duration   The effects of WWII on coaching and the revival of coach services 70 years ago
Piggy Backs and Pulls   Buses that know how to make an entrance are followed to their new West Country home
On the Buses - For Real - The Regulator   The hub of Taunton Depot's early post-WWII operations from Tower Street and the officials to be found there
     
 
 

To and Fro' Season Title   Brief Description
003 Winter 2015/16 "20 minute stop - we leave at 11.40"   A tour of Coaching Refreshment Stops frequented by Royal Blue

Vehicle Profile   A closer look at VW 2013, a vehicle in the TV&GWOT Collection
Project Fares Please!   Introducing a project to overhaul ticket machines for running day use
Supporting 2015   Pictorial review of events in 2015
The Origins of Bracknell Garage   How TVT came to set up in Bracknell - prompted by the recent closure of First Group's depot there
Season's Greetings   Bus operations in the snow past and present - in pictures
On the Buses - For Real - The New Boy   The first day of a new bus driver reporting for duty at Hamilton Road depot, Taunton
     
 
 

To and Fro' Season Title   Brief Description
002 Autumn 2015 Thames Valley 100 - Our Celebration of an Important Centenary   Pictorial review of TV&GWOT's TV100 celebration

Coaching the Old Bath Road   Transition of the London to Weston-super-Mare service from joint operation with Royal Blue to Bristol Greyhound alone
Kingsbridge 2015 - A record-breaking running Day in South Devon   Pictorial review of the Kingsbridge Running day 2015
The Final Day of First Devon   Pictorial high/low lights marking the end of former Western National operations in the Plymouth area on 5 September 2015
Vehicle Profile   A closer look at DBL 154, a vehicle in the TV&GWOT Collection
The High-Floor RE Prototype - South Midland Car 867   Unusual twists which brought about the high-floor prototype Bristol RE
On the Buses - For Real - The Test   An aspirant Western National Driver presents for his PSV test at Taunton Depot in 1947
     
 
 

To and Fro' Season Title   Brief Description
001 Summer 2015 Origins and Early Days of British Reading Branch   The origins of what would become Thames Valley Traction Co. Ltd - a local branch of British Automobile Traction established in Reading in 1915

Vehicle Profile   A closer look at YF 714, a vehicle in the TV&GWOT Collection
446 Inaugural Run   An illustrated account of the first run of DBL 154 in TV&GWOT ownership
Express Relief   Royal Blue destination labels through the years
On the Buses - For Real - The Beginnings   A young man returns from WWII service working first as a lorry driver then applying for a job with Western National in Taunton
     
     
     
 
 

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