The Plymouth City Transport Preservation Group was formed in July 2006. Our aim is to preserve the history of local public transport through vehicle preservation and archiving of photos, documents and artifacts and making the vehicles accessible to all.
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We have been working on some events for this upcoming year and should prove to be quite an interesting 2019.
2019 is the 40th anniversary of 131 "Henry Winstanley" entering service for Plymouth City Transport 1979 and we will running several trips to celebrate.
We will be attending a few rallies and events around Devon and Cornwall. Penzance running day,
Devon General's centenary celebration rally at Newton Abbott race course, Plym Valley Railway running days and a re run of our own Dartmoor running day.
Some details and events to be finalised
31ST MARCH: PLYM VALLEY RAILWAY RUNNING DAY
131 + (another vehicle t.b.c) running a shuttle service from Royal Parade
21ST APRIL: PENZANCE RUNNING DAY
Vehicle 1557 Blue Bus Bristol LHS leaving Milehouse 7am. Limited numbers so contact ian byrne
MAY DARMOOR RUNNING DAY re run of our successful day last November
Vehicles t.b.c but 131 40th anniversary
13TH JULY: PLYM VALLEY RAILWAY HERITAGE RUNNING DAY
14TH JULY: THAMES VALLEY TAVISTOCK RUNNING DAY
Transport to and from Tavistock (we hope to use Atlantean 9 t.b.c)
4TH AUGUST DEVON GENERAL 100TH ANNIVERSAY NEWTON ABBOTT RACECOURSE
25TH AUGUST P.C.T.P.G BUS RALLY PLYMOUTH CITYBUS MILEHOUSE BUS DEPOT
We can also arrange 1 or 2 summer evening "fish n' chips" trips around the local area at shorter notice
At last we have some vehicle news to tell you about. Firstly leyland Atlantean NDR509J "9" now 48 years old has been at Plymstock commercials for the last 6 months have major mechanical overhaul. We are very excited to announce she is back on the roads of plymouth after 33 years away. We had a test run around Plymouth on Sun 3rd feb and she performed amazingly, powering up some of plymouth's steepest hills. We thank the staff of Plymstock commercials for their knowledge and hard work.
We still have alot of work to continue with. But we hope to have it fit for passengers by the summer. Any help always appreciated when we organise the next stage of work
Next Leyland Olympian formerly 34812 C412HJN has passed its M.O.T and is currently with Car to Coach bodyworks being repaneled and repainted to its original Eastern National livery.Will put pictures up when available.
On a sad note Atlanean STK 133T after a M.O.T has left our shores for a new life in southern France or maybe even Africa. Bristol LH NFJ592M 19 has left the group but is nearer to home, being brought by Daniel Shears at Winkleigh and will restored back to western national era, at least we will be able to enjoy seeing her in the local area
We are pleased to annouce that P.C.T.P.G will be holding the Plymouth bus rally again this year on Bank holiday SUNDAY 25TH AUGUST.
We are indebted to Richard Stevens and Plymouth Citybus who have agreed to let us hold the rally within Milehouse depot. It will be centered around the last remaining tramshed and celebrating 50 years one man operated buses in the city.
There will be vehicle exhibits, stalls and we will be running trips around the Hoe and other routes plus guided tours of the workshops. Details to follow......
Our sales bus volvo dart 7552 M52HOD today passed an m.o.t at Milehouse bus depot and is ready to get our presence out and about at events across the region.
Another group vehicle has hit the road in 2019!!
C412HJN ex first Torpoint has been beautifully restored and repainted by Car to Coach bodyworks back its original 1985 livery when first based with Eastern national.
Owner Laurence Mayhew took members on Sat 2nd March to torbay and Kingswear, sun 3rd March to Rame penisular Cawsand and Cremyll (pictures to follow)
We are running shuttle buses from Royal Parade park and ride stop to P.V.R in conjunction with their running session. We will be using Leyland Atlanteans 131 and 171 in a 1981 cream and red day. 7552 will be at Marsh Mills station for sales and Membership renewals (its that time of year again)
Ian Byrne Owner of 47 successfully passed m.o.t. Another one of our fleet ready for the road this summer
WE HAVE CONTACTLESS AND PAYPAL
We have been kindly made available Bristol LHS 1557 for our trip to Penzance from Richard Stevens
Depart: Milehouse 7a.m via Saltash new rd pick up.
Limited seats available, contact Ian Byrne events@plymouthcitytransport for booking