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Article in The Cornishman today Thursday, April 07, 2011

On the buses

Thursday, April 07, 2011

On the buses

THE Penzance Vintage Bus Running DayEach year in April CBPG holds an Annual Running Day with free bus trips around West Cornwall - check our Events for more information is now established as an annual event and this year will be held on Sunday, April 17 .

The running day is being organised by the Cornwall Bus Preservation Group in association with First Devon & Cornwall and the Thames Valley & Great Western Omnibus Trustregistered charity which established in 2008 “to advance education of public in history of public road passenger transport and in particular history of those companies and types of vehicles operated through Thames Valley and Great Western road transport corridors”; TV&GWOT's defined operating area consists of ten local authority areas between West London and Cornwall, hence strap-line “Fro’ Paddington to Penzance” reflecting the extent of the Great Western Railway Road Motors operations over the period 1903 to 1929 and successor companies from then until the present day.

Last year almost 2,000 passengers were carried during the day which included many local people reminiscing about days gone by as well as visitors from afar afield as the USA and Scandinavia and an army of bus spotters complete with cameras, notebooks and anoraks.

More than 20 preserved buses dating from 1950 to the early 1980s will return to Penzance to run a network of services from the bus station.

Destinations include Route 1 to Land's End, 5 to Sheffield and Paul, 7 to Perranuthnoe, 10/10A/10B to St Just, 14, 16 and 17 to St Ives, 18 to Loggans Mill and 20 to Praa Sands. The first bus will leave Penzance Bus Station at 10am and the last at 4.15pm with all services scheduled to be back by 5.05pm. Also for this year Route 9 to Mousehole will be reinstated. This was last run at the 2008 event and proved extremely popular with full loads all day.

Travel on the buses will be free to all who would like to come for a ride and experience travel as it was 50 years ago.

The full timetable will be available in a 16-page illustrated souvenir programme on sale in the bus station on Sunday for £3.

Mel Williams, chairman of the Cornwall BPS, said: "Many of the vehicles at the running day will have travelled hundreds of miles at their owners' own expense to take part. Programme sales help to cover the costs of putting on the event so please support us by buying one."