Many thanks to all vehicle owners, volunteers and supporters who joined us for a great day in Exeter on Sunday, 19 March. Although the much-heralded closure of the Bus Station had been postponed by another few months, the event went ahead as planned and was a fitting tribute to Philip Platt who originally suggested the idea. Some 24 vehicles took part and free bus rides were given throughout the day to a range of destinations.
Sunday 19 March 2017
Exeter Bus Station - The Final Fling!
5 July 2014
Exeter Bus & Coach Station Anniversary
A celebration of the 50th anniversary of the opening of Exeter Bus & Coach Station. The event took the form of a static display of a wide variety of vehicles that would have used the facility over the past 50 years along with free rides, starting from the Bus Station and following established local routes. There was also a complement of trade stands featuring photographs, models and other bus-related items.
Photo Courtesy of Stagecoach
The day ran from 10:00 to 16:00 with free bus rides operating from Stand 2 in the Bus Station between 10:30 and 15:00. Radio Exe was in attendance all day and, as well as 40+ vehicles, there were displays of old photographs and other items showing the history of this landmark site.
Many thanks to all who attended and to the many vehicle owners for allowing us to enjoy their buses and coaches.
Newton Abbot Bus Display
We were asked by Sally Henley, Newton Abbot’s Town Centre Manager, whether we would like to organise a small display of former Devon General buses in the area around the Clock Tower, to coincide with the annual Town Crier’s competition.
The temptation to bring a few of our vehicles back to their ‘home territory’ was just too much to resist so Atlantean 913DTT and Regent Vs ROD765 and CTT518C made the journey, along with John Lacey’s superbly preserved Ford Transit and James Pratt’s very smart Volvo B6.
913 and 518 proved to be very popular with the travelling public, offering half-hourly trips around Newton Abbot between 10:30 and 3:30. All in all a very enjoyable day in excellent weather
Newton Abbot Classic Bus Display
5 September 2015
A repeat of last year’s Classic Bus display adjacent to the Clock Tower in Newton Abbot with free bus rides available throughout the day.
Early September saw us return to Newton Abbot having been given a further opportunity to display some former Devon General vehicles, very much on their ‘home turf’ and to provide free rides to members of the public. We were grateful to 4 vehicle owners for bringing their buses on the day and were able to complete 18 journeys carrying 180 passengers as a result. The weather was again kind to us and the day seemed to be enjoyed by all present.
Our friends in the West Country Historic Omnibus and Transport Trust have traditionally held a rally each year during September at the Westpoint Showground, near Exeter. In a break from that tradition they decided this year to hold a Running Day in the Top of Town Car Park, Dorchester which was attended by 25+ vintage vehicles and was well supported by enthusiasts and the general public alike
Former DG Regent V, CTT518C made an appearance and undertook 5 service journeys to Frampton and Poundbury.
Dorchester Vintage Bus and Coach Running Day
16 August 2015
Transport to WW1 Exhibition
It proved a popular additional attraction and resulted in no less than 96 passengers travelling on this bus. Many thanks to Ron Greet for the loan of his wonderful 1946 AEC Regal for the occasion.
The Curator of Newton Abbot Town Museum asked the DGOT if it could provide period transport for visitors to reach an exhibition about the First World War which was being displayed at a nearby venue.
A new feature in our calendar this year was an invite to attend the Torbay Motor Show held on Paignton Green. 913 made the journey and provided trips to both Broadsands and Torquay for a modest number of interested parties.
Torbay Motor Show - 4 April 2015
Teignmouth Running Day
May 31 2015
A running day was held in Teignmouth, marking the 35th anniversary of the withdrawal of AEC Regents from the picturesque '2' Newton Abbot - Exeter route. This event was operated jointly by the Society and the Devon General Omnibus Trust and was kindly sponsored by Stagecoach. A number of former Devon General vehicles attended and most operated in service on various routes around Teignmouth, Dawlish, Dawlish Warren, Kingsteignton, Shaldon and Newton Abbot.
Photos Courtesy of
of Tudor Thomas
Exeter – Plymouth Cavalcade 16 July 2016
To mark the forthcoming closure of both Exeter and Plymouth Coach Stations, we organised (in conjunction with our friends at the Plymouth City Transport Preservation Group) a cavalcade of coaches and buses between Exeter and Plymouth on the morning of 16 July.
The vehicles started assembling before 09:00 and left promptly ‘in convoy’ for Plymouth at 10:30.
Over 20 buses and coaches attended and, blessed with excellent weather, the event was a great success. We are grateful to Stagecoach for the use of their premises and help organising the event and to all the vehicle owners and drivers who attended.
Thanks to the co-operation of the latter, many passengers were able to enjoy a free ride to Plymouth on board a vintage vehicle, re-creating scenes from many years ago.
Route 217 (Exeter - Minehead)
Re-creation - Monday 2nd April 2018
We re-created the old ‘217’ route between Exeter and Minehead using 3 single-deck vehicles from the 1950s and 1960s (1 from Devon General and 2 from Western National). The buses left Exeter at 10:45 am and followed the former 217 route which was, at one time, jointly-worked by Devon General and Western National. Stopping-off points included Tiverton, Dulverton and Dunster before our final arrival in Minehead for a lunch stop.
Monday, 2nd April 2018 saw the first in what we hope will be regular joint events organised by the DGOT and our friends in the Thames Valley and Great Western Omnibus Trust (TVaGWOT).
The return journey followed the same route and we were back in Exeter Coach Station shortly after 6pm. The day was enjoyed by some 60 DGS and TVaGWOT members.