A Winchester event in September will see classic buses out on the streets of Winchester in large numbers, reports Nick Larkin
An extremely busy Saturday is planned by the Friends of King Alfred Buses (FoKAB), the organisation keeping alive the memory of the legendary Hampshire independent. FoKAB is taking part in the Winchester Heritage Open Days event on 10 September, which will begin with as many buses and coaches as possible from the Friends’ 15-strong collection displayed at Winchester’s St Catherine’s park & ride site from 0930 to 1100hrs. A free service from the site to and from Winchester Broadway will run all day using new to King Alfred, and subsequently converted to open-top, Roe-bodied Leyland Atlantean HOR 590E .
From 1130hrs FoKAB will run an intensive service between Winchester Broadway and Sutton Scotney via Three Maids Hill.
There will be five buses an on the former King Alfred service 11, along with an hourly journey taking the longer route via Springvale and Stoke Charity, service 10.
Last departures from Winchester will be 1612 and 1554hrs respectively. Further free rides will be available through the afternoon on three pre-war vehicles in FoKAB’s collection, namely the recently launched 1929 Leyland Lion RU 8678, new to Hants & Dorset but presented as a King Alfred vehicle, 1931 Short-bodied Dennis 18-seater OU 9286, and 1935 Abbot-bodied Albion Victor coach AAA 756.
Buses will set down and pick up at any bus stop.[…]
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