Unfortunately the weather was not the best which Cornwall could offer, the rain intensity increasing as the cavalcade arrived at the Lizard.
The Thames Valley & Great Western Omnibus Trust celebrated the inaugural service of the GWR bus with a cavalcade of historical buses along the original route. The 1927 GWR Guy bus was brought from Maidenhead specially for this event. The bus which originally operated from Penzance depot later became a hoilday home at Perranporth and suvived mechanically intact until rescued by Colin Billington in 1997. Since then it has been completely restored to its original condition.
It came to Cornwall in for the centenary in 2003 at which time the body was just a skeleton and again in April 2011 when it was displayed at the Penzance Vintage Bus Running Day.
The Cornwall Bus Preservation Society’s 1978 Bristol VR double decker, which was painted in GWR livery for the centenary of this famous bus service in 2003, also taking part was one of First Kernow’s modern low floor buses, which has been specially painted in traditional GWR livery.
First, who operate this route today are the successors to the GWR, operating both buses and railways, the latter under the First Great Western franchise, in Cornwall.
This information obtained from the web press release. Every congratulation to the Thames Valley & Grate Western Omnibus Trust for the display.
We are most grateful to Roger Salter for the pictures which follow.