Sunday, August 31 2014:
Running day and display at Lytham Hall organised by RVPT. Plan is to take most RVPT vehicles, some for display while others will operate a park & ride service. There will be also be free bus service around Lytham.
See blog for report
Sunday, September 7:
Trans-Lancs Transport Show at Heaton Park, Manchester. Organised by the Museum of Transport, Greater Manchester. Planned RVPT vehicle attending is Olympian 2101.
Sunday, September 14:
Annual running day organised by the Merseyside Transport Trust. Based at Liverpool South Parkway bus station there will be various services including to the Pier Head. Again it is planned that 2101 will attend.
Sunday, September 14:
Autumn Transport Show at the British Commercial Vehicle Museum at Leyland. RVPT plans to take Tiger Cub 452.
Sunday, October 12:
Aire Valley running day at Skipton. At least two RVPT buses will attend. This popular event is based on Skipton bus station with various former Ribble routes operated as well as others. Plenty of variety on display as well as our buses. Last year this included a Manchester Panther Cub and an Albion of South Yorkshire.
Thursday, February 19th 2015
The Trust is to operate a free service in Preston on Thursday, February 19th to link four museums. This will be the third time the service has been provided and it has proved to be very popular. A circular route is followed from the Ribble Steam Railway on Preston Docks to the Lancashire Infantry Museum at Fulwood. Next stop is the Museum of Lancashire and then to the Harris Museum in the city centre. Return is then to the railway.
The service begins from the railway at 10.30 and runs every 30 minutes until 16.30. Former Ribble double deck buses (Atlantean 1481 and Olympian 2101) will operate many of the services but an innovation this year will be the use of a former London Routemaster. All, of course, subject to availability on the day.
Another change this time is that an additional route will be operated. For the first time the South Ribble Museum in Leyland will participate and a separate service will link the railway site with the museum in Leyland; this will operate hourly. Most appropriately one of the buses on this service will be a former Fishwick double decker.
Saturday, March 29, 2015
The Museum of Transport, Manchester will be holding its Spring Transport Festival on Saturday (and Sunday) March 28th. This features a collectors’ fair. RVPT will attend using Cavalier 1036. If anyone would like to travel with us please get in touch via this website.
Kirkby Stephen, April 5 2015
Cavalier 1036 will attend this running day on Sunday, April 5th. From our depot the coach will call in at Lancaster and then to Brough where it will be on display. RVPG members who wish to travel can find details on our Forum. If anyone else is interested please make contact via this website.
May 24th, 2015
Sunday, May 24th is the date of the 5th Morecambe Running Day. As in previous years a free service will operate from Carnforth to Heysham Village via Morecambe sea front from about 10.00 to 18.00. Passengers can board the buses at either end of the route and at bus stops near the Winter Gardens in Morecambe. In addition a ‘Bare Circular’ will operate using traditional double deck buses and a number of ‘mystery tours’ will operate in the afternoon using a vintage coach.
In addition to the service, buses and coaches will be on display at two locations; the promenade close to the Midland Hotel and the Festival Market car park which is opposite the Midland. The day provides a good opportunity to experience bus travel as it was in the past and to examine close up the design of vehicles which have long since ceased to operate in regular service. There will be something of an NBC theme this year as we plan to run several former Ribble buses in the colours adopted when the company became part of the National Bus Company. We hope this will include the first appearance of Park Royal bodied Atlantean 1397 after its thorough restoration.
We do have a number of guest vehicles attending this event but any owners wishing to bring a bus must arrange this with us in advance as space is very limited.
Lytham Hall. August 31st, 2015
Following the success of our first Running Day held at Lytham Hall last year, we will be returning there on Bank Holiday Monday, 31st August. The event will run from 10.00 to 16.00.
The Hall and its vast parkland provides a perfect setting for our vehicles and this year there will be an expanded free bus service which will connect the Hall with Lytham Town Centre and onwards to Fairhaven Lake which is a popular local tourist destination. This will necessitate a quite intensive service using many of RVPT’s preserved Ribble buses and a number of other preserved buses which originated with local operators so there will be much to enjoy. Lytham Hall is a grade 1 listed building which is undergoing extensive renovation (details at lythamhall.org.uk) .
We will have a display of our buses and coaches in front of the building as well as the free bus service described above. Access to the grounds of the hall is free but please note that no parking is available at the hall (except for disabled). Car parking is available in the car park adjacent to Ribble House on Ballam Road opposite the main entrance to the Hall grounds. Parking is free on bank holidays. You can then walk across the road to the entrance and use our frequent service to take you to the Hall. Alternatively you can use the (pay) car park at Fairhaven Lake and travel on our vintage buses to the Hall.
(Please note that as this event is held on private grounds and space is very limited it is not possible to have any guest buses.)
Thursday, October 29 2015
Thursday, October 29th will see us once again run a free service linking four museums in Preston who run special events for families at half term. These are the Ribble Steam Railway on Riverside, the Infantry Museum on Watling Street Road, Museum of Lancashire and the Harris.
The first departure from the Railway is at 10.30 and then every 30 minutes until 16.30. The service operates in one direction only in the order listed above. Please note that as these are vintage buses they are unable to accommodate wheelchairs and there is a step up into the bus. Buggies can be carried but need to be folded. We do, however, have conductors so assistance is provided to all passengers.
A separate service operates from the Railway to Leyland to link with the South Ribble Museum and the British Commercial Vehicle Museum. This service will operate hourly.
Lytham Hall, August 29th, 2016
After a very successful event at Morecambe in May we are now looking forward to our next major running day and display at Lytham Hall on bank holiday Monday, August 29th. This will follow a similar pattern to previous years with a display of vintage buses and coaches in the grounds of the Hall and a free bus service from the Hall to Lytham and St Anne’s. A change this year is that the service will run through to the centre of St Anne’s via Fairhaven Lake. The event will run from about 10.00 to 16.00. Many RVPT vehicles will be in service or on display and there will be several guest vehicles. However, owners of preserved buses should note that space at the site is extremely limited so no additional buses can be accommodated.
Please note that no parking is available at the Hall (apart from disabled spaces) so visitors should park offsite and travel up to the Hall on our free bus service. A cafe and other facilities are available at the Hall and there are, of course, many cafes etc in both Lytham and St Anne’s.