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AEC buses at the Rallies

Most opportunities to ride on AECs these days are the preserved ones giving rides at bus rallies and running days in the UK . "Buses" magazine publishes a full rally guide each year, and a frequently updated list of raliies and running days is on the Classic Buses website at  http://www.classicbuses.co.uk/events.html.

The following organisations have a high proportion of AECs at their running days.

Amersham & District Motorbus Society

https://www.amershammotorbussociety.co.uk/events

Organise running days in and around the former London Country area, featuring preserved buses from 1930s-1980s, with a high proportion of former London Transport/London Country AEC Regals (RF), AEC Regents (RT) and Routemasters. Programmes: £8.00 on the day or £7.50 post free in advance from Amersham & District Motorbus Society, 68 Hitcham Road, Taplow, Maidenhead, SL6 0LZ, or ordered online via the programmes page. Contact: mpcallard216@aol.com Next event:
1st October: Amersham

Country Bus Rallies

http://www.countrybus.org/CBR/CBR01.htm

Organise running days in and around the former London Country area, featuring preserved buses from 1930s-1980s, with a high proportion of former London Transport/London Country AEC Regals (RF), AEC Regents (RT) and Routemasters. Programmes: £8.00 on the day or £7.50 in advance (send a strong A5 envelope with sufficient stamps for the First class return post) from Country Bus Rallies,19 Hampton Way, East Grinstead, RH19 4SG. Next event: 
Check website for possible event at Bromley.

The AEC Society

http://www.aecsociety.com/

The AEC Society exists for the appreciation, preservation and documentation of the products of AEC Limited, late of Windmill Lane, Southall, Middlesex, England. All AEC products are featured, including trucks and railcars. They organise a major AEC road run and rally each year. Next event:
May 2018: Newark

If you would like to mention your rally on this page please email .


         

Seen at Leatherhead was the LBM's RT4779 following a major restoration involving a compelte body rebuild.

RF673 passes through Datchet while on a morning feeder service from High Wycombe to Leatherhead for a running day there in July 2017

Mortons Travel ran a 31st December 2016 "step entrance day" with their current fleet and visitors such as preserved Reading Corporation lowheight AEC Regent MRD 146, seen at Swallowfield. 

London Bus Museum's prototype RF, UMP 227, makes an unlikely appearance at Bembridge on the Isle of Wight during the annual Beer and Buses weekend. 

East Kent full-front AEC Regent V PFN 874 pulls into Tankerton during the Herne Bay anniversary rally in May 2016.

AEC Regal Mk I T792 catches the evening sun as it approaches Chesham on its journey home following a day out at the October 2015 Amersham running day.

Also seen at Chesham was the London Bus Museum's lowbridge AEC Regent RLH48.

East Kent and London Transport meet at Ide Hill in May 2015 as they participate in the Country Bus Rallies Sevenoaks running day.

Routemaster RML2310, one of the Timebus active fleet, seen in Exchange Road, Watford during a running day in April 2015.

Cumbria Classic Coaches AEC Regal JTB 749 was seen in action at the Kirkby Stephen running day in April 2015. It runs scheduled services during the summer.

After dark. The Ensignbus December running day runs until well into the evening. RP90, the last of a batch of 90 Park Royal bodied Reliances bought by London Country for Greenline services, pauses at Brentwood before its last journey of the day in 2014.

The Oxford Bus Museum's former City of Oxford AEC Renown 371 is seen at the start of its journey back to Oxfordshire after a day out at the Alton rally in July 2014.

Routemaster RM2213 of A1 Bus poses at Thorney Abbey in Cambridgeshire during a May 2014 running day based at Whittlesey.

1922 AEC S-type XL 8962, new to London General as S454, is seen returning home over the A31 "Hogs Back" after a day out at the Alton rally in July 2014, one month after being acquired by a new owner for a cool £281,500.

Regal revival. Preserved London Transport Mk I Regal T499 arrives at Upminster during the December 2014 Ensignbus running day. It had recently received a gleaming coat of LT coach livery after running in wartime grey the previous year.

Preserved former Grimsby Cleethorpes AEC Renown NJV 995 was seen giving open-top rides at the 2013 Newbury rally.

Preserved Carris (Lisbon) 255, a left hand drive AEC Regent III, arriving at Cheltenham Racecourse while running a free service in connection with an event organised by Stagecoach in May 2014.


RML2456 rounds the war memorial at Chesham Broadway during the 2011 Amersham running day, an event blessed by an exceptionally warm October day.

The Oxford Bus Museum's former City of Oxford AEC Regal 703 in action at the 2013 Newbury rally.

Preserved JTM 109V, the last AEC service bus to enter service in the UK, seen at Forest Row during a running day in April 2014.

Safeguard's preserved AEC Reliance 200 APB waits beside the traditional bus shelter in Ripley Village on a tour from the London Bus Museum spring event at Wisley in May 2012.

Preserved green RF633 poses at Ide Hill while recreating former London Country services during a running day centred on Sevenoaks in May 2013.

Ensignbus owned RMC1513 was seen at action at Lakeside during the company's X80 running day in December 2012 .

Preserved AEC Regal IV RF319 in action at a rainy 2012 LBM Wisley rally.
. A former King Alfred AEC Renown preserved by FoKAB swings round
A former King Alfred AEC Renown preserved by FoKAB splashes into Sutton Scotney during the 2012 annual New Year Day event. From 2015 this event moves to May.

London Bus Company open-top RT3435 passes the Beachy Head pub during the August 2011 Eastbourne running day.

1951 Eastbourne Corporation AEC Regent III 42 ascends from the seafront towards Beachy Head during a running day in August 2011.
 BKT 821C at the M&D 100thr anniversary rally in 2011
Two preserved Maidstone & District AEC Reliances were seen in action giving rides at the M&D 100th anniverary rally in April 2011.

The prototype Routemaster coach RMC4, one of the London Bus Company's special events fleet, passes through picturesque Great Warley village on an Ensignbus vintage running day in August 2011

London Transport AEC Swift (Merlin) MB641 stands at South Mimms during a running day at St. Albans in October 2010.
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Open-top 1946 AEC Regal Mk I, new to and converted by Maidstone & District, HKL 836 is owned by London Bus Company and was seen operating during the Ensignbus classic running day in August 2011.
A Reliance, Swift and Regals awaiting their turn of duty at
A Reliance, Swift and Regals awaiting their next turn of duty at the May 2010 Country Bus Rallies Sevenoaks running day.

Running preserved buses on services isn't always straighforward. Here the conductor of Southampton Regent 367 assists passing traffic after it ground to a halt at Witts Hill with a fuel supply problem.

367 advertises its predicament in the time honoured style before the advent of hazard lights. The organisers did a great recovery job with a replacement Atlantean arriving within 15 minutes and 367 itself running again within the hour.

AEC Swift (Merlin) MB90 stands at Chipstead Witches Lane in May 2010.
Two interesting subjects in one picture - bad photographic practice!
RF395 passes a runner in Burnham Beeches during the May 2010 Slough/Windsor running day.
STL2377 at Lingfield in April 2009
London Bus Museum's pre-war AEC Regent STL2377 trundles through Lingfield on its return journey to East Grinstead in April 2009 .
Aldershot & District 543 (MOR 583) in traditional territory at Selbourne during the 2009 Alton rally and running day
Aldershot & District 543 (MOR 581) poses in traditional territory at Selbourne during the 2009 Alton rally and running day.

Preserved East Kent AEC Regent V PFN 867, with unusual full front Park Royal body, pulls into Sandwich Guildhall during the September 2009 FotEK running day.
 
RM1990 <font size="-1">at Alton in July 2010
RM1990, preserved in Reading Mainline livery, stands tall in the sun at Alton in July 2010.

RMC1485, newly acquired from Mac Tours, awaits its last departure from Grays station during the Ensignbus December 2009 X80 running day.
Arriva's Heritage Fleet gold RM6 joins the lineup of Routemasters
An uncommon ECW bodied AEC Regal, new to Crosville and still in the heritage fleet of Quantock Motor Service, at Porlock Weir on a QMS running day in 2007
RML2412 loads passengers in the rain for a trip to High Wycombe
Rain fails to deter passengers boarding RML2412 for a trip to High Wycombe during the 2008 Amersham running day.

Willowbrook bodied AEC Swift JRT 82K is a member of the Ipswich Transport Museum operational fleet and works in service on running days.
Ensignbus RT1499 corners in Epping during the joint Ensignbus
Ensignbus RT1499 corners in Epping during the joint Ensignbus and LBC RT event over Easter 2009.
Leicester AEC Renown 190 at Toddinton during the July 2008 GWR rally and running day
Leicester AEC Renown 190 discorges passengers at Toddington station during the July 2008 Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway rally.

 

 

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