Two Olympians are pictured outside the Bus Station at Anstey Park whilst two Leyland Nationals layover between services in the Bus Station during the 2018 event. Andi North

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Alton Bus Rally & Running Day


The event is one of Britain's biggest Bus Rallies & Running Days.


Established in 1995, the event is held on the third Sunday in July each year.


The 'Rally' features a display of around 150 Buses and Coaches of all shapes and sizes from a variety of eras and operating areas. In addition there is also a large display of other types of vehicles including Classic Cars, Lorries, Motorcycles, Vans, Emergency Services and Military vehicles.


The 'Running Day' consists of a network of free bus services operating from Alton to surrounding villages and towns, re-creating the 50's, 60's, 70's and 80's era of bus operation in East Hampshire. Buses also connect with Steam and Heritage Diesel Trains at certain Mid Hants Railway Stations.


From strolling around the exhibits on display in the pleasant setting of Anstey Park, to riding on the free bus services through the beautiful Hampshire countryside and watching or travelling on the Mid Hants Railway's Steam and Heritage Diesel Trains there is always plenty to see and do whatever forms of land transport you are interested in.


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The 2018 Event


Over 150 buses and coaches attended the event and 45 of these were used to operate the network of free bus services which consisted of 15 routes. In addition there were also more than 200 other vehicle exhibits and 50 sales stands. Over 5,000 visitors attended the event and more than 30 volunteer members of staff did their best to ensure everything ran smoothly and everybody had an enjoyable day.


A big thank you to everyone who attended the event, especially all the vehicle owners. You helped to make the event a huge success. We hope you enjoyed your day and look forward to seeing you next year.


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Pictures from previous Alton Bus Rally & Running Day events

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Event organised in

association with the

Mid Hants Railway

'Watercress Line'

Event supported by

Alton Town Council





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