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BY ROUTEMASTER TO THE LOST VILLAGE OF IMBER


Saturday 17th August 2024

This tour is fully booked. Please contact the office to be added to the waiting list.

Our last visit to Imber for the Imberbus event was way back in 2019, and since then we’ve been itching to return. With the support of our friends at GB Railfreight and Hastings Diesels Ltd, we are delighted to announce that it’s finally happening!

Credit: Andrew Harker/Alamy Live News

Hidden from view on Salisbury Plain, the village of Imber is no longer inhabited as the residents were evicted just before Christmas 1943 by the MoD, in order to step up army training in advance of D-Day. The villagers were promised that their village would be returned to them after the war but this was not to be and over seventy-five years on it is still uninhabited, much of it having been destroyed. It remains in use for army training purposes but the connecting road over the Plain is open to the public on a very limited number of occasions each year.

Imberbus is an unusual event by any standards. Since 2009, on just one day a year, an intensive service of London Routemaster Buses has operated between Warminster and Imber, continuing to remote spots such as New Zealand Farm and the curiously-named Brazen Bottom.

The annual event has raised many thousands of pounds for the British Legion and for the upkeep of Imber Church, one of the very few buildings to survive intact. The event has grown and the 2023 running hosted up to 25 buses running at once, around 4,000 visitors carried and more than £38,000 raised for charity.

In a change from previous years, in 2024 we will be using the Hastings DEMU 1001. This means we will have a buffet car onboard as well as adding extra capacity to what is sure to be a popular railtour.

Our special train will run from Tonbridge, pausing to pickup passengers at East Croydon, London Waterloo, Woking and Basingstoke en-route to Warminster via Salisbury. On the way home we take a slightly longer route, travelling via Romsey, Southampton and Winchester before our first set down at Basingstoke. An Imberbus rover ticket is included in your fare so you can travel to each of the Imberbus destinations aboard your choice of Routemasters – old and new, long and short, red and green! You can access parts of Imber itself, and the church will be open. We plan to be at Warminster for around five hours.

Visit the Imberbus website by clicking HERE.

A buffet car is available. There is no First Class Dining on this tour. 

ClassPriceAvailability
Standard Class Adult£129Fully Booked
Standard Class Junior£107Fully Booked
First Class Non Dining£159Fully Booked

Please note timings are provisional until confirmed. 

StationDepartArrive
Tonbridge07.3021.45
East Croydon08.3020.45
London Waterloo09.0020.15
Woking09.3019.30
Basingstoke10.0019.00

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