EXAMPLES OF PAST DORSETSHIRE

        BUS TIMETABLES OF PRIVATE OPERATORS

                       Please note this is a site of historical record and does not contain current service information
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Adams  |  Bere Regis  |   Blue Comfy Cars  |  Lyne  |  Pearce  |  Poole and District  |  Sprackling  |  Webb  | 






ADAMS OF HANDLEY (VICTORY TOURS)

Based in the unusually named village of Sixpenny Handley near where Dorset meets Wiltshire the Adams family provided local
bus services for the area over many years, with the business founded in the 1920s by Cyril Adams. The timetables illustrated
are from the later years, from the 1980s, when the seemingly inevitable dilution of routes and timings was taking place.

1983 timetable page one
1983 timetable page two

1986 timetable with the Salisbury service adjusted post-deregulation to reflect the daily Wilts & Dorset service which now

entered Handley village (rather than the cross roads a mile or so away) for the first time.
1986 post-deregulation timetable
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BERE REGIS COACHES

This is but a small selection from the myriad timetable leaflets produced over the eighty plus years that the firm ran buses across its home
county of Dorset . . . these few leaflets from the 1980s show a range of rural services, some one day a week, some more frequent.

1983 timetable of some country routes
1983 timetable Piddle Valley routes
1983 timetable Bovington Camp route

In 1988 a town service was introduced by Bere Regis in the county town of Dorchester in competition with the minibuses
of Southern National. Ray Roper, manager of Bere Regis at the time, saw opportunity to take advantage of the restricted
carrying capacity of the competing minibuses. Operation was subsequently extended to include Saturdays.

town service page one
town service page two
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BARTLETT AND NICHOLS (BLUE COMFY CARS) OF SWANAGE

Leonard Nichols in partnership with Reginald Bartlett started their bus service in 1920 from their home village of Langton Matravers. Competition came from Southern National and Safety Coaches of Corfe Castle (Lovell and Ford, previously Hunt). Both of the
private businesses were acquired by Southern National in 1937 and melded to form their route 271.  Five vehicles were in the
fleet at the time and Nichols continued as manager of the new Swanage Southern National depot. The B&N 1936 summer
timetable included service to Worth Matravers village six times a day.

Winter 1935 timetable Swanage to Kingston


LYNE OF TARRANT RUSHTON

From the villages of the Tarrant valley to Blandford with a small fleet of modestly sized vehicles Fred Lyne
was in operation in the area until the outbreak of war in 1939, when the routes seemed to have faded away.

1937 hand written timetable for Blandford route
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PEARCE OF CATTISTOCK (COMFY LUX)
Cattistock lies tucked in the Dorset downs and was famous for the carillion in the village church. Albert Pearce set up in business
in 1919 and acquired his first motor bus in 1923. Originally concentrating on the route to Dorchester operations were
expanded in 1954 to include Yeovil  and Sherborne by the take over of the routes of Legg of Evershot.
1955 timetable page one
1955 timetable page two
1955 timetable page three

After deregulation and the regrettable loss of their traditional routes a fight back on selected 'best timings' ensued.
Comfy-Lux Shopper 1992 page one
Comfy-Lux Shopper 1992 page two

In the summer of 1988 a coastal service was operated for one summer season along the Chesil Beach from Weymouth to Bridport,
now known as part of the Jurassic Coast. The operation was usually with one or other of the two vintage Bedfords.

Comfy-Lux summer 1988 coastal service timetable
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POOLE AND DISTRICT (VENNER AND RUSSETT)

Originally founded by H W Godfrey, and believed to have started in 1926, before Hants & Dorset obtained a near monopoly of
services in Poole and surrounding area. In 1928 Hubert Venner became involved and in March 1929 the ownership
transferred to Russett Brothers of Bristol. Services were operated from Poole to Wimborne; Upton through Poole
to Newtown; Wimborne to Holton Heath; Wimborne to Colehill; and Wimborne to Holt and Woodlands. There
was suggestion at the time that the licencing committee of Poole Council unfairly favoured Hants & Dorset at the
expense of Poole and District and thus their planned expansion was inhibited. Perhaps because of that, and with the
subsequent effects of the Road Traffic Act 1930 looming, t
he routes were sold to Hants & Dorset in September 1930.
Poole and District timetable July 1929
Poole and District July excursions list
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SPRACKLING OF WINTERBOURNE STICKLAND AND MILTON ABBAS

One of several operators based in and around Milton Abbas over the years (others included Lovell, Vacher, Bower and Harmer),
Lewis Spackling developed a considerable fleet of vehicles. Starting with taxis in 1916 he grew by the take over of Bower's routes,
vehicles and depot in 1930, and progressed to include three double deckers used on construction workers transport for Blandford
Camp in the early 1940s. Known also as 'Ivory Coaches' the bus routes were sold to Bere Regis & District Motor Services in
September 1942. The business continued as hauliers into the post-war years.

sprackling milton abbas timetable 1930

WEBB (DORSET QUEEN) OF CHALDON

Based in the tiny village of East Chaldon, incomer Percy Webb from Buckland Newton in 1933 took over the long established
business of  Geoge Goult. The bus service was extended to start from Lulworth Cove in 1952 and the competitive operations
of Bere Regis & District along the Dorchester road were bought out in 1965. The timetable shown was current in 1969.

timetable Lulworth to Dorchester service
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