Worthy Lane car park, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 7AB
In addition to the King Alfred Vintage Bus Twilight Running Day, the Friends of King Alfred Buses are also hosting this year a display of vintage buses/coaches during the afternoon at the Cattle Market car park, Worthy Lane.
R. Chisnell & Sons Ltd (trading as King Alfred Motor Services) was the major bus and coach operator in Winchester from 1920 until 1973 when the company’s road transport operations passed to the National Bus Company (Hants & Dorset).
Friends of King Alfred Buses (FoKAB) was set up in 1985 to preserve the vehicles, artefacts and memory of this company and has no less than 14 original King Alfred vehicles in its care. It is now a registered heritage charity.
Of the 14 vehicles which date from 1931 to 1971, 13 are currently in roadworthy condition and are to be seen from time to time at vintage vehicle rallies, running days and similar events. The 14th vehicle is actively under restoration and may appear for the first time at this event, where FoKAB will join forces with other vehicle preservationists to give a rare opportunity to travel on a range of historic vehicles operating over their traditional routes. So far as is known, all surviving King Alfred vehicles have now found a safe, long-term home with FoKAB which seeks to make them available to the public whenever suitable opportunities exist.
● Saturday 15 September: 1300-1700
No booking required.
Due to the historic nature of the vehicles generally they do not feature wheelchair access whilst there is limited space on the buses for buggies, pushchairs etc which must be folded.
The display is in addition to the twilight bus running day.