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Saturday 18th of August 2018.
Imberbus
The Churches Conservation Trust
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St Giles' Church
 
18 August 2018
The road through the village of Imber is open to the public on just a few days each year.
On one of these, a group runs bus services from Warminster railway station to Imber and to other villages on Salisbury Plain.
A fleet of old London Transport Routemaster buses is used with some newer buses to give greater accessibility.
The 2018 event was held on a rather chilly and grey Saturday in August, but the weather did not prevent large numbers of people enjoying the day.

Profits from the day's bus fares help with the church's preservation.

 

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Imber Village
The Bell Inn
 
Council Houses
 
Imber Court
Nag's Head Cottages
 
Seagram's Farm
 
St Giles' Church
Urban Warfare
 
Imber
The village of Imber is on Salisbury Plain, an extensive area of Wiltshire which has been used for military training since 1897.

In December 1943, as preparations were made for the invasion of Europe, the people of Imber were ordered to leave so that the village could be used to train for the fight to come. The villagers were tenatnts of the War Office and were entitled to only limited compensation. They hoped that when the war ended they would be allowed to return. This did not happen.

The army still use the village which is closed to the public except on a small number of occasions. Most of the buildings are gone with new ones built for urban warfare training. Much of the area is off limits because of the risk of unexploded ordinance.
St Giles' Church is maintained by The Churches Conservation Trust.
Imberbus
461 CLT
 
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485 CLT
510 CLT
 
654 DYE
 
ALD 941B
ALD 978B
 
CUV 344C
 
JJD 451D
JJD 583D
 
KGJ 339A
 
SMK 734F
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VLT 242
 
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WLT 613
 
KJD 260P
 
X173 FBB
LTZ 1000
 
LTZ 1001
 
LTZ 1264
LTZ 1700
 
Imberbus
In 2009, a group of bus industry professionals achieved a long standing ambition to run a vintage bus service from Warminster in Wiltshire, to the abandoned village of Imber on the Salisbury Plain. It proved to be so popular that it has now become an annual event, with most journeys continuing across the Plain to parts of Wiltshire rarely seen by ordinary public transport users.
As the buses were operating an ordinary bus service, there was no need for passengers to book in advance they just turned up and paid the conductor on the bus.
 
Battlebus
LH 8186
 
LH 8186
New in 1914 as an AEC B with London General bodywork.
Used by the War Department during World War 1, it returned to London General as fleet number B2737. It was later owned by the National Omnibus Co..
The 'Battlebus' as it is now known belongs to the London Transport Museum and can be seen at a wide range of public events.
This restored version includes the original chassis plus bodywork and mechanical parts from many sources.
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