Wings and Wheels Society.

Imber village Bus Trip 19-8-2023.

It is without a shadow of doubt, that the Imberbus event held each year is a major attraction down here in the south-west and is based outside Warminster Railway Station. A fleet of over 30 buses from old London Routemasters to more modern-day open toppers to the infamous Boris Buses seen operating in the capital today. This year's event was well attended to the point that the organisers were overwhelmed by the number of people. The buses work to a timetable and operate over differing routes to outside villages via the M.O.D. route across the western edge of Salisbury Plain. This road is normally closed to the public but is opened especially for this event (see map).We began after queuing for 50 minutes with the converted 1960 built Bristol Lodekka 452 XVE to Imber. And then back on for a round trip via Gore to the Lavington's and back to Gore Cross. Then a short wheelbase Routemaster, new to London Transport in 1959, from Gore cross to New Zealand Camp and back. Then on with the same vehicle to Chitterne. Afternoon tea was taken at the village hall and then back to Warminster via Knook Camp for another long queue to join a 1950 built RT LLU 957 for a final fling to Imber. Coming back we had a 2016 built Volvo bus used at Swanage on the Purbeck Breezer service. All in all, a good day out albeit being oversubscribed. Next year, we may well stop down there in the Green Dragon Pub at Market Lavington and take the whole weekend in. Enjoy the pics Ian & Jill.

Copyright of all pictures in this gallery belong to I and J Thomas.