The event will still only be the one day and I am hoping that it will be building on the success of our previous Bus Rallies. This year again we clash with other bus orientated events, but none of them really local. As our event has reached a milestone, we hope to make this one a little bit more special, seeking out some additional and unusual vehicles as extra attractions – not all details finalised as yet – this announcement will be changed to reflect the updates as and when confirmed.
Our event this year again will be running a half-hourly shuttle bus service, subject to there being enough willing bus drivers; Toddington to Broadway Village for shopping and walking the High Street and a series of four runs to Broadway Station to show you our progress there in anticipation of trains arriving there in 2018, following on from the continued track laying between Laverton & there.
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 two steam hauled trains and a Diesel Multiple Unit. This will enable both the drivers and ‘crew’ of the display buses to travel the full length of the line sampling both the diesel rail-car at Toddington and Steam Operations. Should you choose to sit by a side window or behind the driver or at the back of the DMU train you will get a totally different perspective of our beautiful line and countryside we pass through.
The format for bus parking will be similar to the previous events, in Toddington Station Yard on tarmac, and in anticipation of the number of buses attending with associated traffic movements, and commercial stalls, a one-way system will be enforced. All parking for volunteers & visitors apart from a very few staff members will be in the field. The stall-holders’ vehicles that cannot be parked within their pitches will also be directed to behind the Flag & Whistle or the field. The remaining un-allocated spaces at the back of the Flag & Whistle will be used as an overflow for the Disabled Bays by the loading bank.
Note for potential stall holders – the main Bus Rally event will ONLY be on the Sunday but you are welcome to attend on two days if you so wish, but there will be only the RED timetable of ‘steam and diesel service’ running at Toddington on the Saturday.
The registration forms for the Bus and Stall Entries are on the website and can you follow the links below as appropriate. The event is also advertised on the Classic Buses Events Diary website at http://www.classicbuses.co.uk/events.html together with a link to the GWSR Website for forms and further details. Also through this site I have endeavoured to coordinate with other railway and local events to try and make sure there are no obvious local clashes of dates.
Event Organiser 2017