2015’s Event

2015’s event saw a considerable increase in visitors to 2014’s event, and our apologies to anyone who was not able to get on the journey of their choice – despite a fair number of duplicate buses being scheduled, and a number of extras being arranged at short notice, we couldn’t always meet demand on every journey!

The event included the unveiling of a Transport Trust ‘Red Wheel‘ plaque at Taunton Bus Station by the Mayor of Taunton, marking its significance as one of a dwindling number of 1950s bus stations still in use.

The event included buses ranging from the 1940s to the 1990s, with many traditional ‘half cab’ double deckers with open rear platforms, some to ‘low-bridge’ layout which enabled double deck buses to pass under low railway bridges including that in Taunton.

The day’s coaches included representatives of the ‘Royal Blue’ fleet which for many years were a common sight linking the South West with London and other parts of the country.

While many buses are from the former Western National company, which historically was the main operator in and around Taunton (and evolved into today’s Buses of Somerset operations), others represented many English regions.

The following buses / coaches ran ‘in service’ at the event  (* indicates that this vehicle was making its first appearance in service at a Taunton event)

Double Deck buses ‘in service’

Barton 851 (851 FNN) – 1960 AEC Regent V / Northern Counties
Bath Services 8089 (OHY 938), 1952 Bristol KSW6B / ECW
* Bristol Tramways C3386 (JHT 802) – 1946 Bristol K5G / ECW
* Buses of Somerset 36300 (BF63HDC) Volvo B5TL / Wright Gemini 3
* Damory Coaches 5070 (GEL 686V) – 1980 Bristol VRT / ECW (new to Hants & Dorset)
Darlington Corporation 4 (304 VHN) – 1964 Daimler CCG5 / Roe
Huddersfield 178 (JVH 378), 1955 AEC Regent III / East Lancs
‘London Transport D130′ (CCX 777), 1945 Daimler CWA6 / Duple
London Transport RTL 1163 (LYF 104), 1951 Leyland PD2 / Park Royal
* Southern Vectis 573 (YDL 318) – 1962 Bristol FS6G Lodekka / ECW
Stockport 65 (HJA 965E) – 1967 Leyland Titan PD2 / Neepsend
* Western National 1121 (VDV 121S) – 1978 Bristol VRT / ECW
* Western National 1411 (AFJ 706T) – 1978 Bristol VRT / ECW
Western National 1935 (VDV 752) – 1957 Bristol LDL6G Lodekka / ECW (open top)
Western National 1969 (468 FTT) – 1960 Bristol FLF6G Lodekka / ECW

* Western National 2019 (824 KDV) – 1963 Bristol FLF6B Lodekka / ECW

Single Deck buses / coaches ‘in service’

* Badgerline / Bristol Omnibus 1212 (YHY 592J) – 1970 Bristol RELL / ECW
* Badgerline 2098 (PWS 492S) – 1978 Leyland Leopard / Plaxton Paramount
Bournemouth 44 (JLJ 401) – 1949 Leyland Tiger PS2 / Burlingham

* Bristol Tramways 207 (MHU 49) – 1949 Bedford OB / Duple

* Carmel Coaches LOD 495 – 1950 Albion Victor / Duple
* Crosville KA 244 (LFM 320) – 1950 Leyland Tiger PS1 / Weymann
* Crosville KG 131 (KFM 893) – 1950 Bristol L5G / ECW
Crosville TA5 (JFM 575) – 1948 AEC Regal III / Strachans
* Delta Tours 154 (286 KTA) – 1962 Bristol SUL4A / ECW (new to Southern National)
Devon General (Exeter Minibus) 1053 (M245 UTM) – 1995 Mercedes 709D / Marshall
* Exeter Corporation 173 (JFJ 873) – 1950 Daimler CVD6 / Weymann
* Hawkeys Tours 100 VRL – 1964 AEC Reliance / Harrington
* Moss Tours ‘Island Queen’ WKJ 787 – 1955 Commer / Beadle Rochester coach
* North Western 206 (CDB 206) – 1950 Bristol L5G / Weymann
Southern National (Royal Blue) 1299 (OTT 98) – 1953 Bristol LS6G / ECW

* Thames Valley S 302 (GFM 882) – 1948 Bristol L6A / ECW (new to Crosville)
* Western National 420 (270 KTA) – 1962 Bristol SUL4A / ECW
* Western National 3307 (AFJ 727T) – 1977 Bristol LH / Plaxton (coach)

Several other buses and coaches were on display on the day.

Some sets of pictures from 2015 can be seen at –

Brian Garrett Photography

Heikoworld Photography

Ken Jones on Flickr

Event pool on Flickr

Videos by Admiralscorner on Youtube – Part 1Part 2

Video by Scott Goodwin films on Youtube – here

Videos by Triflingcorner on Youtube – Town ServiceWellington Service

If you have a photo set / video you would like us to link to, please get in touch!

 

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7 Responses to 2015’s Event

  1. Royston Morris says:

    Hi, I didn’t know about the event last year, so I am looking forward to tomorrow and taking lots of photos and riding on some of the vintage buses as well. My appetite was wettted earlier today (Saturday 9th) when I saw what I think was York Pullman 66 in Wellington High Street – it was only a glancing view as I came out of a shop and saw the back end of it in the traffic, could see the word pullman under the back window and part of the registration. Hopefully the weather won’t be as bad as they have forecast it to be.

  2. Royston Morris says:

    Hi, I didn’t know about the event last year, so I am looking forward to tomorrow and taking lots of photos and riding on some of the vintage buses as well. My appetite was wetted earlier today (Saturday 9th) when I saw what I think was York Pullman 66 in Wellington High Street – it was only a glancing view as I came out of a shop and saw the back end of it in the traffic, could see the word pullman under the back window and part of the registration. Hopefully the weather won’t be as bad as they have forecast it to be.

    • Hope you enjoy the day tomorrow.

      York Pullman 66 has been out and about today so that would have been it.

      • Liz Greene says:

        Who owns York Pullman JVY 516 now as my Dad drove it from new. Would love to know its new location as my Dad will be 90 next year and he still talks about his 51 years with York Pullman

  3. Frank O'Brien says:

    I attended the running day yesterday 11 May and loved every minute. Please promise to do it again next year. Congratulations to all involved, to owners for allowing us to see and ride on their precious vehicles, to the volunteers who crewed them and the many backroom personnel without whom this event would not be run as smoothly as it did!!!! Once again well done to all.

  4. mr Sidney Cope says:

    i remember the royal blue coaches when I was evacuated to Aller Somerset when the yanks were getting ready for the evasion 1943 or 4 all the kids stood outside the manor house that was turned into a home for us Londoners behind the tanks jeeps was a royal blue coach that was carrying Italian P O W that coach has stuck in my mind good memories as a boy of 9-10

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