Who we are...
The Devon General Omnibus & Touring Company was formed in 1919 and soon became associated with the Great Western Railway before being acquired by the British Electric Traction Company (BET) in 1931.  Its colourful cherry-red and ivory buses continued to serve South Devon for many years and became an essential part of many holiday-makers' visits to Torquay, Paignton, Brixham, Exmouth & Sidmouth before the age of mass car ownership.  

When the industry was nationalised in 1969, Devon General
became part of the National Bus Company and came under the
control of Western National.  It gradually became clear that the
reputation, familiar name and traditions of the old company were
soon to disappear.  Discussions took place between some
enthusiasts and these led to the formation of the Devon General
Society during 1982. Since that time the Society has seen over 600 members with current membership standing at nearly 300.

If you recall those heydays and wish to re-live them, perpetuating
those memories, why not join us?  Have a browse over our website and if you like what you see, I invite you to print off the application form and send it off with the modest annual fee.  You will soon hear from us and start receiving our regular publications which all contribute towards retaining interest in the Devon General Omnibus & Touring Company Limited as we all remember it. 

I look forward to giving you a warm welcome.


Sam Merrifield

Chairman