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Event organised in association with

Mid Hants Railway 'Watercress Line'

Steam and heritage diesel trains run for 10 miles through the beautiful Hampshire countryside between the market towns of Alton and Alresford. Visit the website for more information about the railway, Real Ale and Dining Trains, special events and train times.

Event supporters

For anyone interested in the Aldershot & District Traction Co. Ltd. and its successors, which operated in Surrey and Hampshire. Aldershot & District was the main bus operator in Alton.

Supporters of the Alton Bus Rally & Running Day since the first event in 1995.The Group operates selected former Aldershot & District routes with former Aldershot & District buses at the event each year.

For more information or to join, visit www.adbig.co.uk

S.K. Engineering

Mobile Commercial Vehicle Engineer

Kindly providing breakdown assistance at the Alton Bus Rally & Running Day.

Local information

Visit Hampshire -  The Official Tourism Website for Hampshire

The official tourism website for Hampshire.

Includes details of places to stay in Alton and the surrounding area.

 

DVDs of the event

Alton Bus Rally & Running Day 2010 by Next Stop Productions

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Alton Bus Rally & Running Day 2010 by PMP Transport Films

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Alton Bus Rally & Running Day 2013 by PMP Transport Films

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Alton Bus Rally & Running Day 2014 by PMP Transport Films

 

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Alton Bus Rally & Running Day 2015 by PMP Transport Films

 

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Alton Bus Rally & Running Day 2016 by PMP Transport Films

 

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Alton Bus Rally & Running Day 2017 by PMP Transport Films

 

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Links to websites of groups and organisations who's buses and coaches regularly appear at the event

Aldershot & District Omnibus Rescue & Restoration Society (ADORRS) formed to save two 1928 former Aldershot & District Dennis E buses from a field. Nine buses are now owned.

Bristol Vintage Bus Group have a collection of vehicles either built or operated in the Bristol area.

Bromley Bus Preservation Group have a collection of vehicles that operated in the Bromley area and some from London and further afield too.

City of Portsmouth Preserved Transport Depot (CPTTD) is one of three separate and operationally independent bus preservation projects in Hampshire and West Sussex that are administered by the Working Omnibus Museum Project Ltd.

Friends of King Alfred Buses (FoKAB) was formed to preserve King Alfred Buses & Coaches and anything and everything to do with King Alfred Motor Services of Winchester. Organisers of the annual Winchester Buses Running Day.

Hampshire Bus & Coach Preservation are a small family from Winchester with a genuine interest in Buses and Coaches that have operated in or around Hampshire during the 70's & 80's.

Hants & Surrey Bristol RE Group a group of individuals who own a large collection of Bristol RE buses and coaches. Organisers of the annual Alton Bristol RE Running Day, usually held the day before our event.

London Bus Museum (LBPT) home of The London Bus Preservation Trust dedicated to preserving and restoring its collection of historic London buses. Organisers of various bus events throughout the year.

Oxford Bus Museum home to a collection of former Oxfordshire buses and the Morris Motors Museum. Organisers of various bus events throughout the year.

Provincial Society was formed to bring together people interested in all aspects of the operation and vehicles of the former Provincial Tramways Company, Gosport and Fareham Omnibus Company and Provincial Bus Company, together with all successor and associated companies from 1878 to the present day. Organisers of the annual Provincial Society Bus Rally at Stokes Bay, Gosport.

SNB543 Group owners of London Country's last Leyland National bus.

Southampton & District Transport Heritage Trust was established in 2001 and is dedicated to looking after ex-Southampton buses and other vehicles from around the local area.

Southdown Historic Vehicles a collection of vehicles that operated with Southdown Motor Services and neighbouring operators. They have formed a company and some of their buses are available to hire.

Swindon Vintage Omnibus Society formed in 1968 by a small group of enthusiasts from the Swindon area. Owners of two former Swindon buses.

Links to websites of bus and coach operators who's buses and coaches regularly appear at the event

Ages Past, Eversley - Has vintage buses and cars for hire.

Bluestar

Brighton & Hove Bus and Coach Company - Has vintage buses for hire.

Cardinal Buses, Egham - Has vintage bus for hire.

Dave's Buses, High Wycombe - Has vintage bus for hire.

Farnham Coaches - Has vintage bus for hire.

First Portsmouth, Fareham & Gosport

First Southampton

Ingles Coaches, Bournemouth

Metrobus

Mortons Travel, Berkshire & North Hampshire - Has vintage and open top bus for hire.

Reading Buses

Southdown Historic Vehicles, Worthing - Has vintage and open top buses for hire.

Stagecoach South

Thamesdown Transport, Swindon

Top Marks Coaches, Alton - Has vintage bus for hire.

White Bus Services, Windsor

Xelabus, Eastleigh - Has vintage and open top bus for hire.

Links to websites of groups and organisations who's vehicles regularly appear at the event

British Made Car Club a club for owners of classic British built cars.

Southern Ambulance Preservation Society is concerned with the restoration and preservation of Ambulance vehicles, in the south of England - and beyond.

Thornycroft Society was founded to establish an interest in the works and products of John I Thornycroft & Co. Ltd. Organisers of the annual Basingstoke Festival of Transport.

 

Other bus related websites

Bus & Coach Preservation magazine published monthly by Presbus Publishing it contains all-round coverage of all that's happening with old buses today.

The Bus Station contains links to thousands of bus, coach, tram, trolleybus and transit websites all over the world.

Busweb.co.uk claims that "Everything to do with Public Transport is right here!", why not check out its claim.

The Classic Buses website featuring an Events Diary listing the many bus events and rallies that are held each year as well as Links to other Classic British Bus websites.

Loughborough Model Centre (Derby) / WWW.TTCDIECAST.COM retailer and stall holder selling new and pre-owned model buses and model railway items. Supporter of our event.

FBHVC - The Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC) exists to uphold the freedom to use historic vehicles on the road. It does this by representing the interests of owners of such vehicles to politicians, government officials, and legislators both in the UK and (through membership of Federation Internationale des Vehicules Anciens) in Europe. There are over 500 subscriber organisations representing a total membership of over 250,000 in addition to individual and trade supporters. We're a member!

NARTM - The National Association of Road Transport Museums (NARTM) is the representative body for organisations or individuals with collections of historic buses and coaches, goods vehicles and other large road vehicles who wish to make their collections accessible to the public. NARTM represents the large majority of UK road transport collections and now has some 90 members with more than 3,000 historic vehicles in their collections. We're a member!

 

                   

 

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