NATIONAL BUS COMPANY Running Day & Rally Plus Indoor Transport Fair & Open Day Bank Holiday Monday 27th May 2013 - Winchester
A Truly Spectacular Event !!!!
Nearly two thousand enthusiasts, families and tourists visited this truly remarkable event in Winchester on Bank Holiday Monday.
Although some entries were unable to attend, a memorable and enjoyable day was had by all as a fleet of preserved NBC liveried vehicles were displayed and provided free rides. Bristol VRT's, Leyland Nationals, Bristol RE's & LH's plus Leyland Leopard, Tiger and Atlantean gave the enthusiasts a great selection and difficult choices on which to ride on first.
One of the main highlights of the day was the 1415 National Express departure to Southampton. A Bristol RE, Leyland Tiger and Leopard left in convoy with 150 passengers between them. Other highlights included two 'fish faced' Bristol RE's operating a service to Alresford together, plus open top rides given by Bristol VRT's UFX858S & UWV623S owned by the Wilts & Dorset/Hants & Dorset Group and Mortons Travel respectively.
The indoor transport fair proved to be very successful with the additional entertainment for children specially laid on by the Vineyard Centre. Stagecoach opened the doors of the depot and many heritage vehicles were on display.
Many requests have been made for a repeat next year - we will certainly consider it!!!
To all who helped and supported the event, we thank you.
Vehicles Which Attended:
Hants & Dorset Bristol RE XLJ726K Southdown Bristol VRT UWV623S Southdown Bristol VRT PUF586R Southern Vectis Bristol LHS KDL202W Devon General Bristol LHS FDV793V Alder Valley Leyland National KPA369P Alder Valley Leyland National KCG627L Alder Valley Bristol VRT CJH141V Western National Bristol RE POD830H Southdown Leyland National PCD80R Southern Vectis Bristol RE HDL 23E Southern Vectis Bristol RE HDL 25E Southern Vectis Bristol RE Coach XDL122L Black and White Leyland Tiger A509HVT Hants and Dorset Bristol VRT UFX 858S Western National Bristol VR no.1106 SFJ 106R Western National Bristol LH KTT 38P City of Oxford Bristol VR NUD 105L Black and White Leyland Leopard KAD 359V Southdown Leyland Atlantean SCD 731N Southdown Bristol VR AAP651T
These two vehicles operated a shuttle service from the railway station to the rally site throughout the day: King Alfred Leyland Panther UOU 419H King Alfred Leyland Panther UOU 417H
Mike took care of catering for the Transport Fair and also arranging a wide range of childrens entertainment which included: - Face Painting - Balloon making - Catch the duck - Live band entertainment - Decorate your own cake.... and much, much more. Our thanks go to Mike as a lot of his time and effort was another input into making the event successful.
Steve Simister, Hants and Surrey Bristol RE Group:
Our thanks go to our friends who have supplied us with lovely pictures.