There are several bus-related events taking place in the Peterborough area in the coming months.
Sunday April 26th - Delaine Heritage Running Day
Bourne, Lincolnshire,-based bus company Delaine Buses is staging a Heritage Running Day between Bourne-Market Deeping-Peterborough. The two rear-entrance Leyland PDs along with a Volvo Olympian and the company’s Leyland Atlantean will be in use, which along with the normal hourly Sunday service will provide a 20 minute frequency on the route. A special £5 Heritage Day Rover allow unlimited travel during the day. Concessionary travel passes not valid on the Heritage operated services.
Saturday May 9th - Fenland Vintage Vehicle Gathering
Once again the Eastern Bus Group are holding a Heritage Vehicle event in Whittlesey & Thorney (Peterborough), organised by us at the Eastern Bus Group. The event will take place at Whittlesey & Thorney on 9th May 2015.
This event will be take place between 10:00 until 17:00 with Free vintage bus services operating between Whittlesey and Thorney up to every 20 Minutes, where there will be a display of heritage cars and lorries. There will also be other Free vintage bus services from Whittlesey to Glatton, Turves (Three Horseshoes) and Crowland!
There will also be a Mystery Tour to a secret Fenland location.
At the end of the day there will be a cavalcade of buses from Whittlesey to Peterborough for those wishing to partake. Passengers can travel on any vehicle (with owners/drivers) permission however, usually only one vehicle returns to Whittlesey and all the other vehicles usually make their way home from Peterborough. The cavalcade is not mandatory for vehicle owners or drivers, but it does turn heads.
Judds Travel will operate their Open top Bristol VR "BKE861T" on their Service 701 from Peterborough - Whittlesey - Coates (Weather permitting). Dependant on fleet availability they usually operate another bus of "heritage interest" on the other duty alongside the VR, This year a former 701 vehicle (pre-dating Judds) is hoped to be operated alongside BKE861T.
Sunday July 12th – Peterborough Bus & Commercial Vehicle Rally
This annual event will again take place at Sacrewell Farm, where vehicles will be on display. Celebrating its’ 125 anniversary as a passenger carrying company, Delaine Buses will be operating a free hourly shuttle service between Peterborough Queensgate Bus Station and Sacrewell Farm using its Leyland Atlantean and Volvo Olympian vehicles. A variety of vintage and modern vehicles will be used on a free shuttle service linking the rally site and the Nene Valley Railway at Wansford.
Steven Knight is a Transport Specialist who has over 40 years experience in the bus and rail industries as well as in specialist transport journalism. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Journalists.