Peak Park Preserved Bus Gathering 2016

Sunday 19th June 2016

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In the fledgeling days of bus rallies I, as secretary of the Sheffield Omnibus Enthusiasts Society, organised my first such event in the Spring of 1976. "Running Days" had yet to be invented, for rallies, in those days, usually involved a road run prior to a display, and our "Crooked Spire Motorbus Rally" began with a convoy from Sheffield to Chesterfield followed by a show alongside Chesterfield's magnificent Town Hall. This new venture brought together enthusiasts from that town some of whom, realising they were not alone in their interest in buses, founded "Transpire - the Chesterfield Bus Society" later that same year. Some 20 years later the bus preservation movement began in Chesterfield when, on 20th June 1996, a few Transpire members held their first meeting to purchase Chesterfield Transport Daimler Fleetline no. 123, and the "123 Preservation Group" was born. Thus our 2016 Peak Park Rally will celebrate two important birthdays for our local enthusiasts.

Our hosts, the Peak Rail heritage railway, include our event as an important day in their calendar and we are delighted at the warm welcome they offer each year. The excellent facilities of their Rowsley South Station contribute to everyone's enjoyment and a bonus is to ride on their steam and diesel hauled trains which connect at all three stations with our frequent preserved bus services. We will again also be operating our most popular service to Bakewell but, as the years progress, the lengthening wheelbase of many preserved buses results in fewer being able to negotiate the hump-backed bridge at the entrance to Chatsworth Park. Thus there will be just a few special runs to the magnificent grandeur of Chatsworth House, but additional short journeys will be added to the popular Peak Shopping Village.

We therefore invite you to take part with your preserved bus. The space available allows for a maximum of 65 buses on site and, as always, we will keep our special atmosphere by admitting only preserved buses ( NOT new vehicles or those still in service unless they form part of a heritage fleet). Buses that have been fully restored are invited to be entered for judging by a distinguished panel of experts from local bus operators. A large grass area is available for sales stalls and a separate entry form is available for stall holders without a bus.

Your bus is also most welcome to join in the preserved bus services which will operate between 11.30 am and 4.00 pm from the station platform entrance. We will express our gratitude to those buses taking part in these runs on the day by refunding your entry fee and presenting a small 'thank you' reward.

We do hope that you, your bus and your friends will enjoy this day. To enter simply download, complete and return the entry form below along with your £2 fee. Looking forward to seeing you in June.


How to find us

The event is held at Peak Rail's Rowsley South Station. This is located just off the A6 between Bakewell and Matlock.

From Bakewell, follow the A6 south for 4.2 miles. Turn right onto Harrison Way (signposted Recycling Centre approx. 100 yards north of the junction and then at the junction a brown tourist sign for Peak Rail). At the roundabout, turn left through the gate.

From Matlock, follow the A6 north for 3.8 miles. Turn left onto Harrison Way (signposted Recycling Centre approx. 100 yards south of the junction and then at the junction a brown tourist sign for Peak Rail). At the roundabout, turn left through the gate.


Entry Form and Information Leaflet

PDF 2016 Entry Form

PDF 2016 Information Leaflet


2016 Entry list (last updated Sunday 12/06/16)

A class number followed by the letter S indicates that the bus was used on the free bus services.

A class number followed by the letter R indicates that the bus was available for use on the free bus services as cover for vehicles that were not available on the day.


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