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  WEB NEWS 7, 8 and 9  
  In this issue of WHOTT Web News we take a brief look at the last Bristol manufactured by Bristol Commercial Vehicles, Bygone Haulage Companies and the regular Pangs of Nostalgia.  


Manufacturing History -  Last Bristol - The last Bristol chassis to leave the Brislington Works was A686 KDV -. former Devon General and Southern National Olympian 1814. Being the last it was signed by the workforce prior to leaving Bristol Commercial Vehicles. 1814 later saw service in the Isle of Man as MAN 57N. She returned back to the mainland on 19th August 2001 and made her first appearance at the Bristol Vintage Bus Group's Open day.



The last Bristol returns home, seen here on 19 August 2001 at the Bristol Vintage Bus Group's Open Day.

  Pangs of Nostalgia as Bert Looks Back - Bert looks back at Bournemouth Bus Stations which opened in 1931 and was used by Hants & Dorset and Royal Blue Express Services. The bus station was on two levels; the upper being used for bus services operated by H&D and the lower level being used by coach services. The bus station was advanced in its construction and layout when built, but on the 25th of July 1976 was devastated by fire with the loss 14 vehicles (12 coaches, 1 minibus and a staff car) and 4 other coaches were damaged. With the bus station now out of use, Bert looks at how a full service was maintained with the help of other operators. In Newsletter 8 he looks at operators and depots in the West Country. Buses were operated by two corporations, Plymouth and Exeter, the Devon General Company in south and east Devon and Western and Southern National based at Exeter with 31 depots stretched across all four counties (and beyond) not to mention the not inconsiderable number of independent operators of which one, Bere Regis & District was arguably the largest in Britain. In addition to Western/Southern National depots they had a large number of outstations. Bert looks at these small outstations and how they provided a link (and parcel service) to the community.  
  Bygone Haulage Companies - There have been many large and small haulage companies operating in the West Country. Many of these companies have now ceased trading. Are you interested in West Country Haulage, or do you have information, photos or just memories of them, then become a member and share these memories with other friends and visitors to the new planned permanent museum. Listed below are some bygone haulage operators:  
Bazelbys, St Columb Ambrosia, Lifton Rowe & Co, Exeter
Richard Benney, Helston Annis, Budleigh Salterton Sanders, Bow
Bullen Bros, St Dennis Bowdens, Sticklepath Scotts Quarry, Bampton
H K Collins, Launceston Bradley Transport, Ivybridge Tancocks, Exeter
Concrete Products, Redruth Co-0rdinated Traffic Services, Exeter Teign Cyder, Netherton
Cornish Meat, Probus John Derrick, Otterton Frank Tucker, Exeter
Cornish Road Services Eastmonds, Exeter Tulley, Christow
ECC Transport, Par EEC Quarries, Rockbeare Western Petroleum, Plymouth
Falmouth Transport Exeter Cattle Transport Westlake, Plymouth
Fistral, Newquay Gibbs, Chudleigh White & Goodman
Glover & Uglow, Callington Harris & Miners Whiteways Cider, Whimple
Grose, St Austell Brian Harris, Bovey Tracey Whittons, Cullompton
Hitchens, Newlyn Fred G Heale, Exeter DORSET
Hodder Bros, St Ives John Hill, Fremington Perry & Perry, Beaminster
John Julian Removals, Newquay H J T, Kingsteignton Stone Firms, Portland
Kemp, Newquay Holmans Haulage, Clyst St Marys SOMERSET
Knight, Saltash Kivells, Exeter Central Road Transport, Crewkerne
M C Haulage, Fraddon Lameys Transport, Appledore EEC Quarries, Mendip
Morcorm, Fraddon Mannings, Dawlish AD Forsey, Weston-super-Mare
Dennis Oates, St Ives Masons, Exmouth Gould, Castle Carey
Suttons, Newlyn Miners, Ashburton Goviers, Blagdon
Treverva, Constantine North Devon Meat, Torrington Kings, Bishops Lydeard
Vian, Nanpean Reed & Smith, Silverton Showering, Shepton Mallet
Wadland, Stoke Climsland Reeves, Totnes Small's Transport, Wiveliscombe
Western Express Haulage Rick & Sons, Crediton Viney, Bruton


WHOTT's Royal Blue Run

WHOTT update 2002

Jubilee Celebrations

Recalling an Exmouth Coach Tour

How it all began - Friend's interest in buses

Reason to become a bus driver

Establishing a vehicle database

Points of View - Friend's memories

Restoration update

Archive update

The Future (events and activities for Trust friends)


Devon General Leyland Tigress 341 (AOD 605) which later carried the Grey Cars logo.


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Web News 4, 5 & 6

Web News Index

Web News 10


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