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Days out in Oxfordshire – Oxford Bus Museum

As a well-established Oxfordshire home improvement company, we’re often contacted by people who are in the process of moving to our area from afar. The world famous city of Oxford needs no introduction from us – instead then, we would like to share some ideas for days out around the beautiful county of Oxfordshire.

If you’re stuck for something to do on the bank holiday, how about a trip in one of Oxford Bus Museum’s running fleet? On the two May bank holidays this year, the museum is running an hourly vintage bus service from Oxford Parkway station to Long Hanborough station, via Kidlington Woodstock and Witney. These are great opportunities to experience local travel the way some of us remember.

Now in its 34th year at Long Hanborough railway station, Oxford Bus Museum houses a collection of 40 vehicles, including buses and coaches that once served Oxfordshire routes and destinations. Oxford Bus Company’s handsome pre-nationalisation tri-colour livery is well represented here, and there is also a display of the products of Lord Nuffield’s Morris Motors, whose business began in 1912 from a small garage at 21 Longwall Street.

Hitching a Ride

Photograph © Brown, A.W. (2012)

The bus pictured isn’t one of the museum’s fleet by the way – it’s a 1966 Leyland PD3 that used to run services in Rossendale, before passing into preservation and then to Nostalgia Travel of Kingston Bagpuize, who maintain it to PCV standards and use it for private hires. Here, it awaits a wedding party outside Oxford’s Pembroke College. Your correspondent has driven many miles in this splendid vehicle – including a memorable day trip from Oxford to central London and back, following which my left leg went dead for a week.

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