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Penzance Vintage Bus Running Day 2019

Apr 21 , 2019 - Sun - 10:00 am

Cornwall Bus Preservation Society's Annual Penzance Running Day in association with Thames Valley & Great Western Omnibus Trust .

The Cornwall Bus Preservation Society in association with the Thames Valley & Great Western Omnibus Trust invites you to come to sunny, warm West Cornwall for our event on Sunday 21 April 2019. This will be our 12th vintage bus running day in Penzance following the original Final VR Running Day on 9 December 2006.

The Running Day will be based at Penzance Bus Station (adjacent to the main railway station) with vintage bus services running from 10.00 until 17.00. Routes around West Cornwall will include Penzance to Camborne, St Ives, St Just, Hayle, Marazion/Perranuthnoe, Praa Sands, Paul/Sheffield and out to Sennen Cove and Land’s End with small vehicles going into Mousehole, a highlight for many.

There will be feeder bus services to and from Camborne, St Ives and Goldsithney – timing tbc.


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 will revive memories of VR operations in West Cornwall – some of these plus others, new to the event, will be in service.


The spectacular view of the Cornish coastline enjoyed on the 2017 excursion seen from the (open) top of Western National Bristol LDL VDV753 (1936) with Barbie liveried VR 1203 (LFJ847W) just disappearing over the horizon. © Colin Billington



To accompany this event a fully illustrated colour programme is being produced. In addition to timetables and details of the vehicles attending, the programme will include an illustrated history of the liveries carried by buses forming the West Cornwall scene over the past 100 years and more. So you can plan your day, programmes can be purchased in advance as follows:

BY POST for £6.50 including p&p (programmes will be despatched from 8th April) by either:

- Sending a cheque payable to ‘TV&GWOT’ to Ledger Farm, Forest Green Road, Fifield, Maidenhead SL6 2NR, or

- Paying by Paypal (including any postal / delivery instructions in the notes)


IN PERSON from 10th April for £5 at outlets in Penzance and St Ives to be announced in due course.