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Event organised in association with

Mid Hants Railway 'Watercress Line'

Steam and heritage diesel trains run for 10 miles through the beautiful Hampshire countryside between the market towns of Alton and Alresford. Visit the website for more information about the railway, Real Ale and Dining Trains, special events and train times.

Event supporters

Alton Town Council

The website contains a wealth of local information including details about shopping, markets, museums, events, days out and open spaces.


For more information about events in Alton and the surrounding area visit the Alton Events website.

Aldershot & District Bus Interest Group

For anyone interested in the Aldershot & District Traction Co. Ltd. and its successors, which operated in Surrey and Hampshire. Aldershot & District was the main bus operator in Alton.

Supporters of the Alton Bus Rally & Running Day since the first event in 1995.The Group operates selected former Aldershot & District routes with former Aldershot & District buses at the event each year.

S.K. Engineering

Mobile Commercial Vehicle Engineer

Kindly providing breakdown assistance at the Alton Bus Rally & Running Day.

Local information

Visit Hampshire -  The Official Tourism Website for Hampshire

Visit Hampshire

The official tourism website for Hampshire.

Includes details of places to stay in Alton and the surrounding area.


DVDs of the Alton Bus Rally & Running Day


Links to websites of groups and organisations who's buses and coaches regularly appear at the event

  • 3238 (P238 MKN) Preservation Group owners of two Dennis Dart buses.

  • Aldershot & District Omnibus Rescue & Restoration Society (ADORRS) formed to save two 1928 former Aldershot & District Dennis E buses from a field. Nine buses are now owned.

  • Bristol Vintage Bus Group have a collection of vehicles either built or operated in the Bristol area.

  • Bromley Bus Preservation Group have a collection of vehicles that operated in the Bromley area and some from London and further afield too.

  • City of Portsmouth Preserved Transport Depot (CPTTD) is one of three separate and operationally independent bus preservation projects in Hampshire and West Sussex that are administered by the Working Omnibus Museum Project Ltd.

  • Friends of King Alfred Buses (FoKAB) was formed to preserve King Alfred Buses & Coaches and anything and everything to do with King Alfred Motor Services of Winchester. Organisers of the annual Winchester Buses Running Day.

  • Hampshire Bus & Coach Preservation are a small family from Winchester with a genuine interest in Buses and Coaches that have operated in or around Hampshire during the 70's & 80's.

  • Hants & Surrey Bristol RE Group a group of individuals who own a large collection of Bristol RE buses and coaches. Organisers of the annual Alton Bristol RE Running Day, usually held the day before our event.

  • Isle of Wight Bus Museum home to a collection of former island buses. Organisers of various bus events throughout the year.

  • London Bus Museum (LBPT) home of The London Bus Preservation Trust dedicated to preserving and restoring its collection of historic London buses. Organisers of various bus events throughout the year.

  • Oxford Bus Museum home to a collection of former Oxfordshire buses and the Morris Motors Museum. Organisers of various bus events throughout the year.

  • Provincial Society was formed to bring together people interested in all aspects of the operation and vehicles of the former Provincial Tramways Company, Gosport and Fareham Omnibus Company and Provincial Bus Company, together with all successor and associated companies from 1878 to the present day. Organisers of the annual Provincial Society Bus Rally at Stokes Bay, Gosport.

  • Ridings Travel have a collection of former West Riding Automobile Company coaches.

  • Southampton & District Transport Heritage Trust was established in 2001 and is dedicated to looking after ex-Southampton buses and other vehicles from around the local area.

  • Southdown Historic Vehicles a collection of vehicles that operated with Southdown Motor Services and neighbouring operators. They have formed a company and some of their buses are available to hire.

  • South London Bus Preservation Society have a collection of modern and older vehicles, most of which used to operate in South London.

  • Swindon Vintage Omnibus Society formed in 1968 by a small group of enthusiasts from the Swindon area. Owners of two former Swindon buses.

Links to websites of bus and coach operators who's buses and coaches regularly appear at the event

Links to websites of groups and organisations who's vehicles regularly appear at the event


Other bus related websites

  • Bus & Coach Preservation magazine published monthly by Presbus Publishing it contains all-round coverage of all that's happening with old buses today.

  • The Classic Buses website featuring an Events Diary listing the many bus events and rallies that are held each year as well as Links to other Classic British Bus websites.

  • Independent Transport Videos filmed by enthusiasts for enthusiasts.

  • Loughborough Model Centre (Derby) / WWW.TTCDIECAST.COM retailer and stall holder selling new and pre-owned model buses and model railway items. Supporter of our event.

  • UK Buses a bus enthusiasts' website providing information about bus fleets in the United Kingdom.

  • FBHVC - The Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC) exists to uphold the freedom to use historic vehicles on the road. It does this by representing the interests of owners of such vehicles to politicians, government officials, and legislators both in the UK and (through membership of Federation Internationale des Vehicules Anciens) in Europe. There are over 500 subscriber organisations representing a total membership of over 250,000 in addition to individual and trade supporters.

  • NARTM - The National Association of Road Transport Museums (NARTM) is the representative body for organisations or individuals with collections of historic buses and coaches, goods vehicles and other large road vehicles who wish to make their collections accessible to the public. NARTM represents the large majority of UK road transport collections and now has nearly 100 members with more than 3,000 historic vehicles in their collections. We're a member!