Michael Wadman recalls the thirty years service to the people of North Dorset, and the end of an era
Please note - this is a site of historical record and does not contain current service information
Of two eras, actually. At Yeovil bus station on Saturday 31st August
2002 at a little after the booked 17:30, GCL 349N duly departed
for Sturminster Newton on Ray Cuff's last journey as an operator,
marking the end of thirty years' service to the people of north Dorset
and bits of Somerset, and also the end of regular use of the Bristol RE
on bus services in the south-west.
New service 1 OKEFORD FITZPAINE - Shillingstone - Child Okeford - Manston - Rixon - Sturminster Newton - Lydlinch - Stourton Caundle - Bishops Caundle - Sherborne - YEOVIL F; also one Yeovil - Sturminster Newton journey at 12:00 S
Service 4 withdrawn. Section between Bruton and Glastonbury passed to Smiths of Pylle.
Service 5 renumbered 4.
Service 7 extended from Sturminster Newton to Rixon, increased to TuS, and renumbered 3.
Service 13 renumbered 2.
Service 1 Friday service renumbered 241.
Service 2 (previously service 13) renumbered 242.
Service 3 (previously service 7) and the S journey on service 1 renumbered 243.
Service 4 (previously service 5) renumbered 244.Service 6 renumbered 245.
21/12/88 Service 244 (previously 4, originally 5) W SDO journeys withdrawn.
13/2/89 Service 245 (previously 6) withdrawn between Gillingham and Todber. One journey from Sturminster Newton diverted from Marnhull via Stalbridge to HENSTRIDGE. (Note that the last day of the Gillingham section was actually 24/10/88 as there were no operational Mondays during the Christmas school holidays.)
23/10/89 Service 245 (previously service 6) Henstridge journey withdrawn.
19/2/90 Service 244 (previously 4, originally 5) diversion via Stourton Caundle increased from M SDO to M.
23/7/90 Service 245 (previously service 6) increased from M NSD to M replacing Bere Regis & District 117 on schooldays.
20/8/90 Service 245 (previously service 6) withdrawn.
23/11/98 Service 244 (previously 4, originally 5) withdrawn, and replaced by Cudlipp Coaches.
31/8/02 All services withdrawn. Passed to Cudlipp Coaches (Linco Travel).
JBO 124 Leyland PSUC1/1
AOR 379C Bedford VAL14
URO 928F Bedford VAL70
NUF 438G Bristol RELL6G
NCN 813L Bristol RELH6G
SJB 113M Bristol RELH6G
GCL 349N Bristol RELH6L (6LX)
GCL 348N Bristol RELH6L (6LX)
SAH 851M Bristol RELH6G
YDC 24Y Dennis Falcon
Stringer 9487/83 B50F
LHT 171L Bristol RELL6L
YAZ 6393 AEC Reliance
Plaxton 8011AC006/S C53F
An aside - with Ray himself most often the driver, holidays could present a problem - Geoff Toomer of Stanbridge and Crichel
the routes in the summer of 1985 to cover Ray's week away on
As well as the photographs below, a fully detailed and illustrated fleet list of Ray Cuff's vehicles
by Paul Welling (a former Brutonian employee 1980-82) can be found here
|A fully detailed and illustrated fleet list of Ray Cuff's vehicles by Paul Welling (a former Brutonian employee 1980-82) can be found here|