Friends of King Alfred Buses


In the light of the Government's current 'road map' out of lockdown, we had little option but to abandon plans for a Running Day in early May.  Instead, we are working towards a very substantial event as part of Winchester Heritage Open Days on Saturday and Sunday 11th and 12th September 2021. On the Saturday, we plan a vehicle display at the Winchester cattle market car park between 12:00 and 17:00, with a free bus service to and from Winchester Broadway.  For the Sunday, we are working on a Running Day of free vintage bus services on the traditional King Alfred routes based on Winchester Broadway and using all available vehicles from the Friends of King Alfred Buses collection.  Services will operate broadly between 10:00 and 16:00.  Two notable milestones in 2021 are the 100th anniversary of the bus service between Winchester and Owslebury and the 90th of our Dennis OU 9286.  We are hopeful of featuring the original bus from the Owslebury service!

The first public outing of our vehicles will be on Sunday 4th July 2021 for a free vintage bus service from Alresford station on behalf of the Medstead Depot Owners' Group (MDOG).  Planned vehicles for this event are AEC Renown 596 LCG and Leyland Titan POU 494.  The service is expected to operate between 11:00 and 15:30, generally every half-hour.       

All arrangements must, of course, be subject to local and national Government policy regarding the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and may be subject to short notice alteration or cancellation.

Pictures of our previous event for Heritage Open Days on 19th September 2020 can be seen by clicking on King Alfred and then going to the Picture Gallery.

Meanwhile, the task of keeping our unique collection of historic vehicles in running condition continues and as a registered charity we welcome donations to help keep them on the road!  For only £21 you can become a Friend of King Alfred Buses.  Click on 'Membership' for more details.

You can read more about what we do in an article on pages 34 and 35 of Coach & Bus Week magazine dated 13th April 2021, describing the ongoing renovations to our 'high bridge' Leyland Titan and Leyland Panther.

If you would like to buy one of our sales items by mail order, click on 'Souvenirs & Books' to see details of what we have and how to order.            

Mini Running Day 1st January 2020 Video

Thanks to Bob Hodges for his great video.
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Founded in 1985, we are a Winchester based transport heritage charity whose volunteers aim to preserve the memory of R Chisnell & Sons, trading as King Alfred Motor Services.


We meet regularly to celebrate our work and to enjoy the vehicles we preserve. Our friendly group is always welcoming of new members and are always keen to share!

As a registered charity we rely heavily on donations to continue our work, especially in these difficult times.


The company that served Winchester for over 50 years
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What we do

Find out more about the work of the Friends of King Alfred buses
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Our Fleet

Find out about the buses and coaches in our collection
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Upcoming events and shows we are attending
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Watch some of the fantastic videos of our events and running days
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We preserve all known remaining vehicles which worked for King Alfred - some 16 to be precise! We show our vehicles and often give free rides at events across the South.

® The "statue" device and "King Alfred" are registered trademarks of the "Friends of King Alfred Buses"

Together they form part of the charity logo and appear on our preserved vehicles.