Mini running day, max success

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Bluestar, part of Go South Coast, was running its Winchester-Southampton service on New Years Day. Alexander Dennis Enviro400 HF64 BPK, new in 2014, contrasts with preserved vehicles. NICK LARKIN

A highly successful mini running day began 2024 for the Friends of King Alfred Buses (FoKAB), amid hopes that a unique group vehicle gutted by fire last month might just be save-able. Nick Larkin reports

Classic buses and coaches operated on a network of routes from Winchester for the New Year Mini Running Day organised by FoKAB, the Friends of King Alfred Buses – but one of the group’s vehicles not at the event was on the minds of many.

Eight members of the FoKAB collection, representing King Alfred Motor Services, the legendary independent which ran in Winchester prior to takeover by Hants & Dorset in 1973, were in use, joined by four ‘visiting’ vehicles.


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