The 2019 early May Bank Holiday yet again brought out the King Alfred buses onto the streets of Winchester for another enjoyable Running Day organised by the ‘Friends of King Alfred Buses’ (FoKAB). As in recent years, the independent transport videos cameras were on hand, bright and early, to record the action of the day for you to enjoy!
Our filming begins on the Broadway as the King Alfred and other visiting buses start their duties for the day. Like at last years running day the remodelled bus station was not in use for the event. King Alfred buses used the Broadway as usual, but the country bus services departed from St George’s Street outside the M&S store, or from the Cattle Market near to the railway station where there was a good display of preserved buses. As on our previous video programmes we have filmed at a number of locations around the city. These include the Broadway, Eastgate Street, North Walls, Andover Road and City Road junction, Worthy Lane and the Cattle Market. Our cameras also took up positions in Jewry Street and St George’s Street to give you the best coverage of the buses and coaches in action as they bring alive days gone by in this picturesque Hampshire city. A good variety of buses and coaches were attending the event. Chassis types include AEC, Bedford, Bristol, Dennis, Foden, Guy and Leyland. A good variety of operators were also represented, including Aldershot & District, Hants & Dorset, Hants & Sussex, Mervyn’s Coaches, Southdown, Brighton Hove & District, Portsmouth Corporation and Crosville to name but a few! A recent repaint from the King Alfred fleet was AEC Renown 595 LCG, now smartly turned out in the NBC livery of poppy red with a white band and sporting Hants & Dorset fleet names, numbered 2212. This is to mark the 50th anniversary of the formation of the National Bus Company and 30 years since 596 came back to Winchester from the USA to be restored by FoKAB. Another vehicle attending in the same livery was former Hants & Dorset Bristol FLF Lodekka 1254 (KRU 224F). This FLF has recently received a Gardner engine, replacing its former worn-out Bristol BVW unit. It is also special in that it has semi-automatic transmission (Hants & Dorset operated 22 similar FLFs with either Bristol or Leyland engines), the last one delivered to Hants & Dorset being 1577 (LLJ 443F), which was also seen in service at the event wearing Tilling green livery. This bus received a Gardner 6LXB engine in place of its original Leyland unit when operating with Stagecoach in Scotland after its career on the south coast. You can see the driver in action, as we have put a camera in the cab of 1254 as we travel from St Catherine’s park & ride, through the Broadway to the Cattle Market on this superbly turned out Bristol Lodekka.
As you will see on this programme there is a vast variety of buses on show and in service at this very enjoyable event. A big thank you to the organisers and drivers and we hope that you enjoy this great reminder of the day.
Produced by - Independent Transport Videos
Running time - 59 Minutes
Region - 0 (worldwide) PAL
Aspect Ratio - 16:9 Widescreen
Released - May 2019