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  WEB NEWS 10  
  We have the building and have now identified a site for a permanent home for the WHOTT Museum in the West County  
  Site Identified - After much searching in the West Country by trustees a permanent home for the WHOTT Museum has been identified in the West Country. The trustees have been in discussion with the Devon County Agricultural Association to construct a permanent museum at Westpoint near Exeter. On 1st March 2003 some 70 friends of WHOTT assembled at the Devon Driver Training Centre at Westpoint to hear the proposed plans to transform the site into the new West Country transport museum. After the meeting, friends toured the site. Are you interested in West Country transport heritage; then why not become a member of WHOTT.



WHOTT's museum bus overlooks Westpoint - the intended site for WHOTT's permanent home lies on open land beyond the existing arena buildings.



Road Haulage - ANYTHING, ANYWHERE, ANYTIME - Road haulage in the 1950s and 1960s was an important factor in the growth of the West Country and many haulers were established. In Newsletter 10 we look at the many hauliers that existed, both independent and larger companies and discuss the various items that were transported to and from the West Country. Many different types of vehicles were used, so converted for specific needs. 

Nearly everything we used in those days would have been transported by lorry at some stage.



The horse box body of the 'Pride of Clyst' owned by W A Ellis of Broadclyst was mounted on a Bedford coach chassis. Visible in the cab is a spray of flowers and the interior also sported a fox's brush.

  Pangs of Nostalgia as Bert Looks Back - In Newsletter 9, Bert looked at the conversion of many of the Western/Southern National/Royal Blue vehicles. Many vehicles had chassis modifications, including lengthening of chassis in addition to body modification and complete body rebuilds. Several vehicles were purchased from other operators as parts for the conversion, as well as chassis from dealers. During the conversions, six vehicles were modified with upswept rears to avoid grounding on the Saltash and Torpoint ferries. In Newsletter 10 we move further north to Exeter, where Bert looks at the variety of bus stations that have been built in Exeter over the years. To read the full story of how these conversions were achieved or read in greater detail about Exeter's Bus Stations, then become a member of WHOTT.  
  Points of View - This is now a regular part of the Newsletter in which Friends of WHOTT discuss items in previous issues. This has brought back memories for many and is also helping WHOTT to gain more information about things that happen in Friends local areas.  
  Friends - There are currently 250 Friends of WHOTT, many who live in the West Country, but others who live outside who have an interest in West Country transport. A visit to WHOTT's Mobile Museum will show you just how vast our coverage is - we even have friends overseas. WHOTT's Mobile Museum attends many events throughout the year - why not drop in and have a chat!  

Restoration of 1836 (LTA 946) - What a difference a year makes

Holidays in the West Country

Bus Shape & Bristol Fashion

Road Haulage in the 1950s and 1960s - Anything, Anywhere, Anytime

The Future (events and activities for Trust friends)

Archive update


Plymouth Corporation Transport 84 (NDR 84) - One of ninety similar buses in the Plymouth Fleet, PD2 No. 84 waits in Brentonside Bus Station to depart on its regular route to Yelverton and Milton Combe.


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Web News 7, 8 & 9

Web News Index

Web News 11


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