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PENZANCE RUNNING DAY - 16 April 2017

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Cornwall Bus Preservation SocietyCornwall Bus Preservation Society - formed by a group of bus and coach enthusiasts who are involved in maintaining, restoring and preserving a number of buses which saw operational service in Cornwall that have been bought, donated or even loaned to members of the group in association with 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. http://www.tvagwot.org.uk/about.htm invited you to come to sunny, warm West Cornwall for our event on Sunday 16 April 2017. This was Easter weekend in 2017 so many brought all the family and friends and enjoyed a long weekend break in Cornwall. This was the 10th vintage bus running day in Penzance following the original Final VR Running DayEach year in April CBPG holds an Annual Running Day with free bus trips around West Cornwall - check our Events for more information on 9 December 2006 – yes it’s more than 10 years since VRs were withdrawn from everyday service! For this special milestone event we were aiming to break the record for the number of VRs in service and had been promised several vehicles which have not appeared at this event before.

With it being Easter, a further feature for 2017 was a road run on Easter Monday for vehicles, crews, Supporters and other helpers who contributing to Sunday’s running day.    This morning run set off from the bus station around 09.30 and followed the circular 300 route from Penzance to Marazion, St Ives and Land’s End returning to Penzance in the middle of the day to allow for onward travel. The run gave photographers the opportunity to see vehicles out on the road along this scenic route.

The Running Day was based at Penzance Bus Station with vintage bus services running from 10.00 until 17.00. Routes included Penzance to Camborne, St Ives, St Just, Hayle, Marazion/Perranuthnoe, Praa Sands, Paul/Sheffield and out to Sennen Cove and Land’s End. In 2016 we introduced a circular route to Sancreed via Newlyn Bridge, Drift and Tremethick Cross which proved to be very popular so was included again in 2017 along with an open-top town service round Penzance. A new short working to Relubbus was also introduced in 2017.  Again we ran small vehicles into Mousehole, one of the many highlights of previous events. The Penzance Running Day is renowned for the spectacular coastal and country scenery and a new feature for 2017 was mystery tours by Royal Blue coach.

A feeder service to Penzance (18A) left Camborne Bus Station at 09:20 and returned from Penzance at 17:30 (arr. Camborne 18:10). Another feeder service to Penzance (17) left St Ives Bus Station at 09:35 and the last return from Penzance departs at 16:00 (arr. St Ives 16:30).   Also at 09:35 a feeder service ran from Goldsithney to Penzance (22), with the final return leaving Penzance at 16:00 (arr. Goldsithney 16:16).

 
   
   
Mousehole in the 1950s – Bedford OB bus No. 517 swings wide to turn into the narrow streets leading out from the harbour   St. Ives – probably the most spectacular bus station site in the UK – three different routes to and fro’ Penzance  

As always, the day revived memories of VR operations in West Cornwall – some of these plus others, new to the event, were in service.

 

Programme

To accompany this event there was a fully illustrated colour programme and timetable

 

 
Vehicles booked to attend  
   
Fleet No. Reg Chassis Body Body code Date Operator
1613 LTA772 Bl LWL5G ECWEastern Coach Works Ltd was a bus and railbus body building company based in Lowestoft, England. ECW closed in 1987 B39R 1951 Western National
  UAF746 Bd SBG  Duple   C36F 1956 Taylors Coaches
600 672COD Bl SUS4A ECW B30F 1960 Western National
603 675COD Bl SUS4A ECW B30F 1960 Western National
420 270KTA Bl SUL4A    ECW  C33F 1962 Western National
508 THU354G Bl RESL6L ECW B43F 1969 Bristol Omnibus Company
1318Royal Blue; BDV 318L | Bristol LH | Fleet No. 1318 | CBPG BDV318LRoyal Blue; BDV 318L | Bristol LH | Fleet No. 1318 | CBPG Bl LH6L  Marshall    C39F 1973 Western National
1557 FDV787V Bl LHS6L ECW B35F 1979 Western National
1622 F622RTC Ld Lynx LeylandLeyland Bus was a British bus manufacturer. It emerged from the Rover Group (formerly British Leyland) as a management buyout of the bus business. It was subsequently acquired by Volvo Buses in 1988 and the name finally disappeared in 1993 B49F 1989 Bristol Omnibus Company
401Badgers and Flags Pointer Dart L401 VCV | Dennis Pointer Dart | Fleet No. 401 | CBPG L401VCVBadgers and Flags Pointer Dart L401 VCV | Dennis Pointer Dart | Fleet No. 401 | CBPG Ds Dart Plaxton B40F 1994 Western National
628 L628VCV Merc O709D  Plaxton B23F 1994 Western National
52529529 became 52529 in national numbering system, fitted with 27 seats and soon received her current livery; S529 RWP | Mercedes Vario | Fleet No. 52529 | CBPG S529RWP Merc O814D  Plaxton    B27F 1998 First Devon & Cornwall
27 S127FTA Ds Dart Plaxton B39F 1998 Plymouth CitybusLivery used on Plymouth City Buses
  BXO60AE Asn A1012T Asn >B70F 2006 Group Travel
             
14601969 Bristol RELH6G with ECW C45F coachwork; New to Southern National March 1969, transferred to Western National, remained in service until May 1981 when became part of BaMMOTT collection at Wythall. Purchased by WHOTT May 2005 OTA 632G | Bristol RELH | Fleet No. 1460 OTA632G1969 Bristol RELH6G with ECW C45F coachwork; New to Southern National March 1969, transferred to Western National, remained in service until May 1981 when became part of BaMMOTT collection at Wythall. Purchased by WHOTT May 2005 OTA 632G | Bristol RELH | Fleet No. 1460 Bl RELH6G  ECW C45F 1969 Western National
             
1936 VDV753 Bl LDL6G ECW O33/27RD 1957 Western National
1943 VDV760 Bl LD6G ECW H33/27RD 1958 Western National
1969 468FTT Bl FLF6G     ECW H38/30F 1960 Western National
559 ATA559L BL VRT/SL6G ECW H43/32F 1973 DG / Southern National
1098 PTT98R BL VRT/SL6G ECW H43/31F 1977 Western National
1121 VDV121S Bl VRT/SL3/6LXB     ECW H43/31F 1978 Western National
  UWV614S Bl VRT/SL3/6LXB     ECW CO43/31F 1978 Southdown
1141 AFJ706T Bl VRT/SL3/6LXB   ECW H43/31F 1978 Western National
1157 AFJ764T Bl VRT/SL3/6LXB   ECW H43/31F 1979 Western National
1203 LFJ847W Bl VRT/SL3/6LXB     ECW H43/31F 1980 Western National
171 TTT171X Ld AN68 East Lancs H43/31F 1981 Plymouth City Transport
803 K803ORL Vo YN2RV18Z4 Northern Counties CH39/30F 1993 Western National
34137 L637SEU Vo YN2RC16Z4 Northern Counties H47/29F 1993 First Devon & Cornwall
32027 V124LGC Vo B7TL Alexander H49/29F 2000 First Kernow
 
     
     
 
   
Photos: Geoff Hobbs, Terry Partridge, David Sheppard and Lionel Tancock  
   
Location  
   
The event was centred on Penzance Bus Station