Following the success of the main Winchester Buses Running Day on 1st May 2017, the Friends of King Alfred Buses (FoKAB) confirms its plans for the services it will operate on Saturday 9th September 2017 as part of the Winchester Heritage Open Days weekend.
This will be essentially a Twilight Running Day, involving about four King Alfred buses. Most journeys will start from Winchester Broadway between 16:00 and 21:00 covering many of the traditional King Alfred routes, and giving a rare and atmospheric opportunity to travel on them into the hours of darkness. As an additional feature, there will be a full-length journey over the old King Alfred Service 11 route, leaving Winchester for Basingstoke at 12:45 and arriving back in Winchester about three hours later.
2017 is the 50th anniversary of the introduction into Winchester by King Alfred Motor Services of Leyland Atlantean double deckers, the first time the now-commonplace rear-engined, front entrance type of bus had been regularly used in the city. There are two of the original vehicles in FoKAB’s collection and it is planned to feature at least one of them on this day to mark the occasion.
A full timetable will be available in late August 2017. Copies may be obtained in advance by post from:
David Morgan, 34 High Street, Nutfield, Redhill, Surrey RH1 4HQ.
Price: £2.00 (Cheques payable to ‘Friends of King Alfred Buses)