COUNTRYBUS

A historic and nostalgic look at country buses

    
including Dorset, Normandie and the Faroe Islands

         as well as Somerset, Hampshire, Wiltshire and Lincolnshire too 

Welcome aboard!


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When you have worked in the bus industry for most of your life, it gets in your blood in a way that is sometimes hard to explain.

There are many sites on the internet about buses but the interest for me has always been in the history, routes, timetables and service planning rather than the vehicles themselves. 
That is not to say that the hardware, the buses and the coaches, are devoid of interest, but rather that I tend to look to the uses to which they are being put, and how well they (and their drivers and conductors) are being employed, utilised and scheduled.

Over the years, I have worked for several of the Dorset operators in the list below, and although I have always preferred the country bus to its urban counterpart,  I have not let the name of the web site preclude me from including some town services with which I have been acquainted.  Also included are some of the other interesting British and European operations that I have come across in my travels and researches over the years. 

Many children of my generation dreamed of becoming an engine driver when they grew up, but as a child I dreamed instead of running my own bus company.  That ambition was realised in part as I was fortunate enough that my transport career led me to become manager for a time of  two of  my "favourite" operations (Rossmore and Stanbridge).

Before all is forgotten, why not click on a link or two and take a pleasant ride with me down and along the winding lanes of nostalgic memory?

DORSET (RURAL)
DORSET (URBAN)
SOMERSET
WILTSHIRE
HAMPSHIRE
FAROE ISLANDS
FRANCE (NATIONAL)
NORMANDIE
ISLE OF SKYE
LINCOLNSHIRE



SOME OF THE COUNTRY BUSES OF DORSET

Bere Regis & District Motor Services  -  the ubiquitous brown buses on Dorset's roads

            List of operators acquired by Bere Regis & District over the years

            Route development of Bere Regis & District bus services from 1949 to 1979

            1949 timetable booklet of Bere Regis & District Motor Services

            Pictures of Bere Regis vehicles  -  the brown buses and coaches remembered

Mid Dorset Coaches - the buses run by the three brothers House from Hilton

A Pearce & Co. - the story of the buses of Cattistock     

             Passenger with Pearce - reminiscences of some rural rides in 1972

             F Legg & Sons - the Evershot Bus Service

             J Crabb and A Lovell - the buses of Sydling St Nicholas

 Ernie Toomer - the first buses that served Witchampton and  Crichel

 Stanbridge & Crichel  -  later buses around Witchampton and  Crichel

             Saturday Driver - a Saturday in the 1970s on the Crichel - Wimborne route 

Victory Tours - the Adams family and the buses of Sixpenny Handley 

Wimborne and Cranborne - the other independent bus operators in the east of the county

Dorset Queen - the buses that were run by Percy Webb and his family

Herrison Hospital - the daily bus that ran without a licence for 42 years

Interbus  -  from Thomas Hardy's Casterbridge across the Dorset heaths

             Dorchester - a bit of serious history about the development of country bus routes

             Dorchester 1932 - a list of routes of the Dorchester and District Carriers Association

             Can you help me? - you may have information of interest for this site

bere regis double decker

Stanbridge & Crichel in Wimborne

Victory Tours garage Handley



MORE (AND NEWER) COUNTRY BUSES IN DORSET

Blandford Bus Company - a new start in the deregulated 1980s, John Cumming's buses

Weaverbus - the tale of Rory's buses and the Dorset Linkrider services

Oakfield Travel - based in Blandford Forum - like Topsy, they just grew and grew and grew

Shaftesbury & District - operating around where Dorset meets Somerset and Wiltshire

Verwood Transport - blue buses around Verwood over the years

Ray Cuff - thirty years service to the people of North Dorset recalled by Michael Wadman

            Ray Cuff  -  an illustrated fleet list by Paul Welling 

blandford bus

DORSET (RURAL)
DORSET (URBAN)
SOMERSET
WILTSHIRE
HAMPSHIRE
FAROE ISLANDS
FRANCE (NATIONAL)
NORMANDIE
ISLE OF SKYE
LINCOLNSHIRE

Take a look at our other website

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 covering an interesting selection of operations past and present!




THE COUNTRYBUS WEBSITE  -  TWELVE YEARS ON THE INTERNET

RESEARCHING AND RECORDING THE HISTORY OF RURAL TRANSPORT


My friend and colleague ROGER GRIMLEY has published many books recording the history
of bus and coach operators in the West Country, from Cornwall and Devon to Somerset, Dorset and Wiltshire.

If you share these interests you will find it well worthwhile to take a look at his website
www.rogergrimleyomnibus.com

 

If you would like to write to me or have any further information about the operators featured please e-mail peterATcountrybusDOTcom

 The latest updates and additions to this website were made on 30th September 2014

Please note: this is a site of historical record and does not contain current service information

Grateful thanks for all the help and encouragement over the years from Roger Grimley, Henry Frier, Derek Persson, Mervyn House,
Geoff Toomer, John Pitfield, Michael Wadman, David Grimmett, Simon Brown, Dave Crowter, Allan Frost, Jon Stagg, Chris Warn,
ParisLJM, Eric Steil, Martial Leroux, Jean-Louis Wahart, Clive D'eath, John Carman, Malcolm Chase, Richard Burton, David Gillard,
Maurice Norman, PA Menant, Sylvain Gardie, Andrew Waller, Colin Miller, Valerie Woodcraft, Michael Marshall, Peter Archer,
CÚdric Auvrouin, John Cummings, Margaret Beards, Barrie Edwards, John Brogden, Laurie James, Andrew Tucker,Richard Ward,
Trevor Kenward, Geoff Currie, Clare Staines,
Nick Webster, Colin Hallett, Mike Watts, Gordon Sharp, Steve Oxbrow,
Gerard Delpeuch, Peter Brown, Peter Messer, John Law, Mark Self,  Andrew Wood, Paul Welling,
Ken Jubb, Mike Burt,
Barry Thirlwall, Jason Hartley, Kenneth Marvin, Jeff Grayer, Mike Lanham, Ken Cameron, Malcolm Knight,Tony Ethridge,Busing,
Patrick Collins, Nick Phillips, James Bunting, GG, Jean-Paul MachurÚ, Jean Pierre Choubrac, Maurice Combes, Richard Jacquemin,
  Bruno Cassin, ASPTV,Thomas Salazar, Norman Hudson, Brian Hague, Malcolm Thompson, David Quayle, J.Tschill, Gerard Destrais,
Mikkjal Helmsdal,
V°gg Guttesen, Jens Tummas Naess, Poul Laust Christiansen, Finnur Johansen and Sˇlv°r Henriksen.


All copyrights and trade marks freely and gratefully acknowledged.   Information compiled with thanks from a miscellany
of sources including many of my own recollections and experiences.  Any errors are mine alone.
Further  information is welcomed on any of the operators, routes and  services featured on the web site,
or indeed any other similar interesting bus operations in the areas described!  Peter Roberts, Countrybus

DORSET (RURAL)
DORSET (URBAN)
SOMERSET
WILTSHIRE
HAMPSHIRE
FAROE ISLANDS
FRANCE (NATIONAL)
NORMANDIE
ISLE OF SKYE
LINCOLNSHIRE