Crosville Bus Rally 2017 update #1

A change of plan – the 2017 Crosville Bus & Steam Rally is returning to the Helicopter Museum venue.


The last time I mentioned the rally it was going to be held on the Beach Lawns, Weston-super-Mare but, since then, there have been changes behind the scenes. After a lot of negotiation the good news is that admission will be 100% free for visitors to the rally, which will again be sited within a self-contained ‘paddock’. The Control Tower, which is in the centre of the field and was undergoing renovation last year, is now complete and may be open for visitors. For those who wish to go round the Helicopter Museum itself there will be a separate charge.

Many people will have been disappointed that ‘Elizabeth’ the Sentinel DG6P Steam Bus didn’t show up as planned at last year’s rally. I was one of them – I’ve never seen her in steam, although I’ve walked past her in the garage many times on my way to pick up a bus. During the refurbishment a lot of worn parts and rot were discovered and so much more work was required than anticipated. As I write, the bus is being re-assembled and a boiler test should have been completed successfully. There is still some confusion as to which colour she will wear when she returns. An early suggestion was that she would be outshopped in Tilling Green and Cream to match the other members of the Crosville heritage fleet. But then I heard that she would retain her maroon colour to complement Crosville’s Clayton & Shuttleworth road locomotive ‘Sonsie Quine’. Which will it be? You’ll have to wait and see. Ooh, I do love a good livery debate!


Some readers may remember that I’m also a proud owner of a Morris Minor convertible. To top it all, the Avon Branch of the Morris Minor Owners Club is having a day out at the Helicopter Museum at the same time as the Crosville Rally, but not on the same field. It’s going to be a busy day!

Among the other entries likely to attend is this rather lovely all-Leyland Exeter Corporation PD2/1 bus. I’m helping to coordinate the event and I’ll let you know about some of the other highlights as they are confirmed. You can also check out the Rally page on the Crosville website for latest info.

6 comments on “Crosville Bus Rally 2017 update #1

  1. Alan Roberts says:

    Hope that they don’t rip the public off like last year with the addmision charge .

    • busmanjohn says:

      Alan, you need to re-read my post. It’s free this year. Last year’s charge was not a rip-off. It included admission to the Helicopter Museum which admittedly not everybody wanted, hence the change. Also, you should not begrudge paying for a darned good day out.

      • Alan Roberts says:

        I don’t begrudge paying for a day out at all .I have brought my bus to many rallies and have never payed that much for entrance to any bus rally.

      • busmanjohn says:

        It has been good to read your comments, Alan. Last year’s event was partly experimental, operated in partnership with the Helicopter Museum for the first time. The admission fee included access to the Museum and the use of its facilities but you, along with many others, have commented that most bus rallies are free to enter. Most of these take place in public areas and are organised entirely by volunteers so the Crosville event last year can’t really be compared on a like-for-like basis.

        As you will already have read, Crosville this time is not making a charge for admission as the rally will be completely self contained. Anyone who does want to visit the Helicopter Museum can still do so by purchasing a ticket at the Museum’s reception desk. I do hope we have not put you off and that you’ll be able to come along on September 10th.

  2. NRB Furness says:

    Where can the vehicle entry forms be downloaded from, please? I’d like to enter my vehicle for this rally.

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