Another one day event, fully open to the public, and again building on the success of our previous nine years of Bus Rallies. We already have 21 historic buses booked in for this year, ranging in age from 1939 through to 1998. We have buses travelling from as far as Runcorn in the north to Weston super Mare in the south; Bourne in the east and Cardiff in the west. Programmes in full colour will be on sale giving you some detail of the buses booked to be appearing. We are also hosting the 2807 Supporters Day which should make is a very full and busy event.
We have a number of stalls attending, selling books, bus and railway memorabilia and models of buses and trains, also a small number of stalls where the proceeds go towards maintenance of their respective vehicles.
We have currently secured the attendance of three vehicles that are unique in their construction and usage in their previous lives – and hoping for more. A Morris J –type mini bus, The Morris Motor Works Band bus and a Hants & Dorset bus was loaned to London Transport 1949-50 to cover for post wartime shortages. The Buses will be on display in Toddington Carpark between about 11.00 and 16.00 on the day.
Ride on a bus
About half of the busses will be operating a half-hourly FREE shuttle bus service from Toddington to Broadway Village for shopping and walking the High Street. There will also be a series of four FREE runs to Broadway Station to show you our progress there in anticipation of rails and trains arriving in March 2018. You get such a wider view of the countryside from a bus, even a single deck one, rather than sitting in a car – and it’s often a new experience to our children and grand-children!
If you enjoyed your bus journey, your appreciation can be shown by any donation put into collection boxes on the buses and help towards the upkeep of these superb samples of our transport heritage, or support their owners’ nominated charity.
Ride on a train
The railway will be running a full RED timetabled service with the advertised normal fare structure from Laverton, north of Toddington right down to Cheltenham Race Course Station, using steam hauled trains and a Diesel Multiple Unit from Toddington to Winchcombe & Laverton. The North Gloucestershire Railway, (2ft Narrow Gauge) to the west of the main carpark is operating and would be pleased to see you and have you ride on their line as well. Their line, runs for three-quarters of a mile to Didbrook Road Bridge from the main line Station end of the carpark, by their Booking Office. Historic steam and diesel hauled trains will be operating, with a frequent timetable – listen for announcements.
ALL public parking will be in the field adjacent to the railway, with the buses occupying the carpark. Where practicable, the remaining un-allocated spaces at the back of the Flag & Whistle café will be used as an overflow for the Disabled (Blue Badge) Bays by the loading bank.
Public transport is available from Cheltenham to Cheltenham Race Course, Winchcombe and Toddington stations. You can find all the details here.
Why not save time and buy your all-day rover ticket now?
Event Organiser 2017