Devon General Society - 'Sea Dog' Running Day


Some photographs of vehicles attending the Society's Running Day based at Clennon Valley, Paignton, on Sunday 1 May 2011

(all photographs courtesy of Ben Beaver)


3 Sea Dogs

The 3 Sea Dogs in traditional livery await service


925GTA (Admiral Blake): this vehicle is now in the ownership of Jonathan Hawkins and after a period carrying the yellow livery of Yellow Buses (Bournemouth) it has recently been re-painted back into the original 'reverse' DG livery carried by all of the Sea Dogs when new.  Note also that the destination blind box has been restored to the original position and the two-part blind re-installed


927GTA (Sir Martin Frobisher): 927 was acquired during late 2009 by Ray Anderson who has since spent much time and effort in restoring it to its current condition


931GTA (Sir Thomas Howard) on service: now in the ownership of Warwick Hulme, 931 carries the 'overall advert' livery once applied to various DG vehicles, promoting local glazing and windows specialist, Launa Windows.  The Chairman is seen acting as conductor on this particular working!


932GTA (Earl Howe): the only one of the 5 preserved Sea Dogs which escaped conversion to One Man Operation, 932 passed to its new owner in preservation, Bob Follwell, after a period of service with East Yorkshire Motor Services.  Bob has maintained the vehicle in excellent condition ever since


OD7497 (DR210): one of the batch of open-top Regents that were the forerunners of the Atlanteans.  Now 77 years old, DR210 is owned by local preservationist Ron Greet


VDV137S (Victory): by the late 1970s the Sea Dogs were coming to the end of their working lives with Devon General and were replaced by a batch of convertible open-top Bristol VRs.  These were given the names of prominent warships with 937 being allocated that of Nelson's flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar.  937 is now owned by the West Country Historic Omnibus and Transport Trust


LFJ862W (1215): 1215 was one of a large batch of Bristol VRs delivered to Western National during 1980 and is now owned by local preservationist James Pratt.  It is seen in the NBC 'Poppy Red' livery applied to most of the fleet from the early 1970s through to de-regulation in the early 80s


VDV760 (1943): a good example of a 1958 Bristol Lodekka with Eastern Coachworks body (H33/27RD)


MCO658: a 1955 Leyland PD2/12 (O33/27R) which saw extensive service with Plymouth City Transport and is still retained by Plymouth Citybus for use on special occasions.  The vehicle started life as 'closed top' but was converted in time for the 1961 season following severe roof damage.  In a similar fashion to the Devon General Sea Dogs, 358 was given a livery which mirrored that of the main closed-top fleet - in this case, cream with red lower banding


BUF425C: a former Southdown PD3 dating from 1965, now in the ownership of Andrew James Vintage Travel, Malmesbury.  The bus has Torbay connections as it was formerly owned by Wallace Arnold and could often be seen travelling along the sea front masquerading as 'Uncle Wally'.  This and sister vehicle 'Uncle Arnold' were used for publicity purposes and were the last 2 buses purchased by Wallace Arnold


J829HMC: an open-top Scania from the modern day fleet of Stagecoach Devon