We are Public Transport Geeks. However, when we attended the geek-out that was the Gloucestershire Running Day where vintage buses are put on a bunch of routes between the three major towns in the county we seemed quite normal compared to our co-passengers. Every trip included at least one guy with a complicated chart he was filling in of each feature from each bus (including the ones passing or meeting us en route). There were endlessly dull conversations on the esoterica of buses. Some folks even discussed international trips to do vacations where similar events take place annually. And, people on the routes were out waiting to take photos (it’s pretty rural out there, so make your own inappropriate assumptions about those folks).
For my part here are a few photos from our day out (we also went to an ancient pub and even older church, by the way). To start, you used to be required to smoke on the bus, especially upstairs. Here is one of the smoking amenities:
We had a conductor on each bus:
The interiors were well-preserved (geek note…screw-in light bulbs superceded in the next version of this Routemaster by fluorescents).
A herd of buses in Tewkesbury while we haunted antiques stores:
Our bus from Tewkesbury to Cheltenham approacheth:
And, here’s the one that brought us back from Cheltenham to Gloucester:
Awesome day out for the price of a bus ticket (which I already had for work, anyway).