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Past Events...

Sunday, 5 September 2021:

Our 'Devon General Remembered' Running Day saw classic buses take to the roads in and around Tiverton, recalling the Devon General routes of the 1960s. Nine preserved Devon General buses took part:

  • OD 7497 AEC Regent open-top, from 1934
  • MTT 640 Leyland Titan PD2, from 1951
  • NTT 661 AEC Regent III, from 1952
  • ETT 995 AEC 'Light Six' Rebuild, from 1953
  • ROD 765 AEC Regent V, from 1956
  • VDV 798 AEC Reliance, from 1957
  • VDV 817 AEC Regent V, from 1957
  • MSJ 499 Leyland Atlantean convertible open-top, from 1961
  • TUO 74J AEC Reliance, from 1971

Also present were Western National Bristol LWL LTA 772 and Stagecoach South West ADL400 open-topper MX07 HMF.

The first departure from Tiverton bus station was waved off by the Mayor of Tiverton, and during the day over 1,300 passengers travelled on the bus serv
ices. There were many smiling faces to be seen!

Here are a few photos from the day, with many thanks to Russell Ayre:

Tiverton 1

Tiverton 2

Tiverton 3

Tiverton 4

Tiverton 5

Sunday, 1 August 2021:

2021 marks the 60th anniversary of introduction of the 'Sea Dog' Atlanteans to the 12A, 12C and 12D routes around Torbay.  The occasion was marked by recreation of the routes using two of the remaining vehicles: 932 (932GTA) and 925 (MSJ499, formerly 925GTA).  Some 25 members/guests were in attendance and, despite the weather, an enjoyable day was had by all


St Marychurch

DG100 Celebrations (2019):

2019 saw the centenary of the founding of the Devon General Omnibus & Touring Company Limited and the Society arranged a full programme of events to commemorate this historic anniversary - click here to see full details of all the events which took place during 2019

Sunday, 15 July 2018:

Society members, family and friends were invited to join us on the annual Devon Coastal Run organised by the Historic Transport Club.

Former DG vehicles in attendance were 1RDV, VDV817, CTT513C and 925GTA.

Forty or more passengers joined us on one of the hottest days of the year for a most enjoyable trip from Exeter, along the former '2' route to Dawlish where we stopped for a short break.  The journey continued through Teignmouth, Newton Abbot, Kingskerswell, Torquay, Paignton and Totnes before stopping for lunch at either Buckfastleigh Station or Buckfast Abbey.  A short leg through to Bovey Tracey enabled us to join the remainder of vehicles at the rally site before returning to Exeter.

A very pleasant day was enjoyed by all.

See the Devon General Omnibus Trust page for photographs of the day.

Monday, 2 April 2018:

Monday, 2nd April 2018 saw a joint event organised by the DGOT and our friends in the Thames Valley and Great Western Omnibus Trust (TVaGWOT).  We re-created the old ‘217’ route between Exeter and Minehead using 3 single-deck vehicles from the 1950s and 1960s (1 from Devon General and 2 from Western National).  Please see the attached poster for full details.


Despite the indifferent weather, the event was enjoyed by around 60 people and went according to plan.  It was great to take-in the country views through mid Devon and enjoy the sounds and experience of 1950s and 60s vehicles doing what they were designed to do!

Sunday, 19 March 2017:

The final farewell to Exeter Bus Station.  See the Devon General Omnibus Trust website for full details. Despite being early in the 'season' and the date having to be changed, the day was very well supported with 24 vehicles in attendance.

Sunday, 9 October 2016:

The DGS 2016 Autumn Tour ... a trip from Exeter to Torbay using restored 1951 Leyland Titan, MTT640.  A well supported and most enjoyable event.

Sunday, 11 October 2015:

An outing to the bus museum at Barry using Phil Platt's beautifully preserved ex-Yelloways AEC coach.  We were allowed to view the Group's 'overflow' storage facility at Barry Docks and then journeyed by way of Stephen Wren's Grey CarsBarry Museum coach, 960HTT, to the main museum site in the centre of Barry.  After viewing the excellent selection of vehicles on display, we were treated to an extended run on 960 which happened to coincide with one of the last ever flights of the one surviving airworthy Vulcan bomber - a wonderful sight.

Sunday, 31 May 2015:

A running day was
held in Teignmouth, marking the 35th anniversary of the withdrawal of AEC Regents from the picturesque '2' Newton Abbot - Exeter route.  This event was operated jointly by the Society and the Devon General Omnibus Trust and was kindly sponsored by Stagecoach.  A number of former Devon General vehicles attended and most operated in service on various routes around Teignmouth, Dawlish Warren, Shaldon and Newton Abbot.

Saturday, 5 July 2014:

A celebration of the 50th anniversary of the opening of Exeter Bus & Coach Station.  The event took the form of a static display of a wide variety of vehicles that would have used the facility over the past 50 years along with freeExeter 50th rides, starting from the Bus Station and following established local routes.  There was also be a complement of trade stands featuring photographs, models and other bus-related items.  Radio Exe broadcast from the site during the morning and Radio Devon in the afternoon.  The day was very well supported by enthusiasts and the general public alike and around 1,500 passenger journeys were completed.  Grateful thanks are due to Stagecoach South West for allowing us to use the site and for their help in organising the event (photo also courtesy of Stagecoach).

Saturday & Sunday, 27th & 28th April 2013:

A weekend to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Grey Cars.  On the Saturday there was an Open Day at the premises of Millman's Coaches (the current owners of the Grey Cars name) with a bus service provided to & fromDartmouth Newton Abbot by 'traditional' Devon General vehicles.  The following day (Sunday, 28 April) comprised a trip from Newton Abbot to Dartmouth using preserved Grey Cars coaches with an optional ride on the Dartmouth Paddle-Steamer for those that were interested.  Alternatively, 3 preserved Grey Cars vehicles (1RDV, 960HTT & LTA629) carried-on for a short tour around the South Hams, arriving back at Dartmouth in time for the return journey.

Saturday, 20 October 2012:

A slide show of the Devon General photographs from the Alan Cross Collection took place at 14:00 hrs in the City Gate Inn, Exeter - this was a joint meeting with members of the Omnibus Society.  The pictures, now in the Westcountry Historic Omnibus and Transport Trust (WHOTT) archive, were taken in August 1952 and members of the WHOTT team gave a brief commentary on the photographs as they were shown.  Prints of any of the pictures can be purchased from WHOTT for a small fee.

Sunday, 29 April 2012:

Our main vehicle event of the year was held at Exmouth and was largely a repeat of the very successful Running Day held during 2010.  The day was be based on Exmouth Bus Station (courtesy of Stagecoach South West) and  saw several former Devon General vehicles, plus some others, operating services around the Exmouth locality.  Members of the public were welcome to ride on any of the services free of charge and these proved to be very popular.  Programmes with full details of the services and vehicles in use were available for purchase on the day.

Sunday, 1 May 2011:

3 Sea Dogs2011 marks the 50th anniversary of the
introduction of the 'Sea Dog' Atlanteans to the Devon General fleet and to celebrate this notable anniversary a running day featuring no fewer than 4 of these iconic vehicles, now in preservation, was held in Torbay.

The day was based on the car park at Clennon Valley,  Goodrington, where all the participating vehicles assembled and laid-over between duties.  Services were run throughout the day re-creating the former DG Open-Top routes:

  • 12A: Babbacombe - Broadsands
  • 12C: Babbacombe - Kingswear
  • 12D: Babbacombe - Brixham

Vehicles attending on the day were:

  • 925GTA ("Admiral Blake" (now MS499))
  • 927GTA ("Sir Martin Frobisher" (now 724XUW))
  • 931GTA ("Sir Thomas Howard")
  • 932GTA ("Earl Howe")
  • OD7497 (1934 AEC Regent - a forerunner of the Sea Dog Atlanteans)
  • VDV137S ("Victory" - one of the Bristol VRT 'Warship' class that replaced the Sea Dogs)
  • LFJ862W (a Series 3 Bristol VRT)
  • MCO658 ("Sir Francis Drake" - a former Plymouth City Transport 1955 Leyland PD2/12)
  • BUF425C (a former Southdown 1965 Leyland PD3)
  • VDV760 (a former Western National 1958 Bristol Lodekka)
  • WJY758 (a former Plymouth City Transport 1962 Leyland Atlantean)
  • J829HMC ("John Hayes" - a Scania from the current Stagecoach Devon fleet)

Despite inauspicious weather forecasts, good numbers of enthusiasts and visiting members of the public attended the event and much positive feedback has since been received.

We extend our grateful appreciation to Stagecoach Devon for their assistance with the event.

Click here to see photographs of the day