Crosville Bus & Steam Rally – a date for your 2017 diary

Following a reasonably successful Bus & Steam Rally in September, the team at Crosville Motor Services has pledged to run a similar event next year and the date will be Sunday September 10th, 2017 from 10:00 until 16:30.

crosville-rally-2014-general-view

Once again, I’m looking forward to taking part in this rally. Not only does it give me the chance to browse among the many visiting vehicles, it also allows me to drive several of Crosville’s own heritage buses as well as those belonging to the Bristol Omnibus Vehicle Collection. Those who know me well will probably know that the Bristol marque is my favourite!

This time the rally will return to the seafront at Weston-super-Mare, the static displays and vintage bus rides all being based at the Beach Lawns. The biggest benefit for everyone of course is that now the whole event will be free to enter. Understandably, there were moans this year that “…we shouldn’t have to pay!” as entry to the Helicopter Museum rally site this year was £10 per adult. Although admission tickets were sold by the Museum, Crosville received a proportion of the gate takings. Most (but not all) vintage bus running days and rallies don’t levy an entry charge and enthusiasts have been used to this format for years. Also, and this is neither new nor even confined to the bus world, enthusiasts are notoriously ‘thrifty’ and many resent having to part with cash in order to enjoy a rally. What they perhaps fail to realise is that rallies and running days don’t just happen by themselves. Much time, effort and expense is needed to put these events on and operators like Crosville like to cover their costs if at all possible. As I mentioned, the 2017 event will be free so, if you attend and see a programme for sale, please buy one as this will help to offset costs.

Continue reading

Bus Running Days at Quantock

The dates for this year’s Depot Open Days and Bus Running Days have been announced by Quantock Motor Services. They are to take place over the Whitsun weekend, May 28 & 29. I’m likely to be conducting on the Saturday. Even though I hope to have my PCV Driver’s Licence by then, I suspect there will be a greater need for conductors than for drivers!

Photo © 2010 Bob Brimley (http://bobbrimley.fotopic.net/)

As last year, the depot at Bishops Lydeard will be cleared and a number of heritage vehicles will be on static display, along with some trade and society stands. Free rides will also depart from the depot, where a useful entry/exit lane can be set up right through the building. More details can be found on the QMS Bus Rallies page.

I will probably be involved in the design of the programmes and will update the Quantock website as new information is released. A new feature that may be trialled this year is a Twitter feed, where the Depot Regulator can give instant updates on late changes to the programme or substitute vehicles. This could be useful in the days leading up to the event and, for those with SmartPhones, during the weekend itself. Confirmation of this feature and how to ‘follow’ the QMS Twitter feed will appear on the QMS website. I’ll also post them here too, if I remember!

Here’s a taster of last year’s event: