This delightful event organised by the Thames Valley & Great Western Omnibus Trust, often known as the ‘Kingsbridge 7’ 6” Vintage Bus Running Day’ is now in its twelfth year. In previous years the event just featured buses and coaches built to that width due to the narrow lanes, but more recently larger vehicles have joined the ranks of superbly turned out buses and coaches that operate in and around the area of the pretty town of Kingsbridge in Devon on one Saturday in September. This is the second time, the independent transport videos cameras have attended the event to record the operation of over 40 preserved buses and coaches in action for you to enjoy. As with most of our DVD programmes featuring running days, we start bright and early in the centre of Kingsbridge where we record the arrivals and departures of the buses and coaches at the small bus station.
There are a wide variety of vehicle types and bus companies represented, as you will see in this programme. For example, double-deckers are represented by a London Transport RTL, a Leyland Atlantean, Olympian, Bristol G and K types, LD and FLF Lodekkas and a number of Bristol VRTs. Single-deckers include a Leyland Tiger PS2, AEC Regal, Reliance, a rare Bristol H type and Bristol L types featuring both bus and coach bodywork, Bristol SUs with ECW bodywork and Bristol LHs with a variety of body types and sizes! A modern Dennis Dart and Optare Solo are also seen together with an unusual Beadle-Bedford with Beadle bodywork, in fact too many to mention here. Our cameras take a ride on Western National 1969 (468 FTT), a 1960 Bristol Lodekka FLF6G with an ECW H68F body on service 101A to Aveton Gifford. Not only do we get the passengers’ view from the upper and lower deck, but we have put a camera in the cab so you can see first hand what it is like for the driver as he skilfully navigates the Lodekka around the narrow roads of south Devon. Another ride is taken on the beautifully restored Western National 692 (EDV 555D), a Bristol SUL4A with an ECW B36F body on service 106 to Moreleigh. These lovely little buses were ideally suited for the rural services they were intended for, easily negotiating the narrow Devon and Cornish lanes. Again you will get two perspectives of the journey. A camera is in the cab to see what the driver sees, another is in the saloon to see the passengers point of view. Superb scenery and narrow lanes are the order of the day - you will not be disappointed! There is plenty of filming in Kingsbridge in and around the bus station as well as some dramatic footage as the buses ascend and descend the hill on Ilbert Road. Our filming concludes at the bus station as the final buses arrive and depart for home ending a most enjoyable day. A big thank you to Colin Billington and his team for organising this event.
Produced by - Independent Transport Videos
Running time - 120 Minutes
Region - 0 (worldwide) PAL
Aspect Ratio - 16:9 Widescreen
Released - October 2019