Fancy taking a trip in a heritage London bus through the middle of a military firing range? In 3 months time, you can – so keep Saturday 26th August free in your diary.

Once a year, a small fleet of vintage buses, and maybe a few modern ones are allowed to run trips through the middle of Salisbury Plains, past burnt out tanks and unexploded ordinance, to a deserted village – this is the Imber Bus day.

In the middle of the firing range

It’s one of the rather odder heritage bus days, and unlike most heritage runs, this one uses a specially created, but fully official bus Route 23A, which is only in use on this one day of each year.

At least 7 former London Transport Routemaster buses, plus probably a new one or two, will provide a bus service from Warminster Station to Imber and other isolated locations on the Salisbury Plain. As the buses will be providing an ordinary bus service, there will be no need to book in advance – just turn up and pay the conductor on the bus.

Unwise to wander off

If you fancy a fine day out in the countryside, to visit an abandoned village, and do so in a fleet of London buses, then keep the 26th August free.


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  1. Becca Robinson says:

    I would be interested in 2 seats on the Route 23A tour of Salisbury Plain on August 26th. Please would you let me know availability and cost.

    Thank you

    Becca Robinson

  2. Graham says:

    Becca, you can’t book. Just turn up and pay.

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