For more information about the Rossmore Bus Company
Dingwall, see Horsewoman: the
extraordinary Mrs D by Alan R.
Bennett. Particularly Chapter 3, pages
44-46. ISBN 0 902129 34
9. Published in 1979 by Dorset Publishing
For more information about Bere Regis and District
see A History
of Western National by R C Anderson and G G A Frankis.
pages 163-164. ISBN 0 7153 7771 X.
Published in 1979 by David
& Charles. Also History
Hants & Dorset
Motor Services Limited by Colin Morris.
112-113. ISBN 0 7153 60541 5.
Published in 1973 by David
& Charles. A further
book on Bere Regis was published by Hobnob Press in December
2012. Written by the late Andrew Waller and titled Bere Regis & District Motor Services -
the life and times of country busmen. ISBN 978-0-946418-85-5.
Further information on both Rossmore
(pages 117-128) and Bere Regis (pages 111-117 and
205-206) appears in Trams
and Buses of Poole by C G Roberts and B L Jackson, published in
Oakwood Press. ISBN 0 85361 572 1. Brian
book Isle of Portland Railways,
volume three, Railway, Associated and
Other Bus Services, also published by Oakwood Press (in 2000),
information on the several independent bus operators of earlier years
Weymouth and Portland area. ISBN 0 85361 566 7. A
further book by Brian Jackson Rail
and Road Transport on the Isle of
Portland - a pictorial survey brings the bus history of the
and Portland area up to date to 2001. (Oakwood Press, ISBN 0
85361 581 0).
And for more general information about the country buses
classic work is of course The Country Bus by John
in 1986 by David & Charles. ISBN 0 7153 8687
5. A general
work with a selection of histories of private operators around the
country is The Independent Bus by Keith Turns, also
published by David &
Charles in 1974. ISBN 0 7153 6438 3.
Another book by John Hibbs, published in autumn 2003,
his career in the rural bus business in years gone by. It
struck many a chord with me and my own career in running a bus
company. A Country Busman - the
story of two young men who purchased an old established business called
Corona Coaches Ltd., based near Sudbury in Suffolk. This is a
book that contains humour, pathos and tragedy but is also a month by
month record of what it was like (and still is like) to run a country
bus and coach business and raises questions about the rural bus
business and rural transport problems that are relevant
today. Published by DTS, Croydon. ISBN 1 900515 30
A very interesting work (but hard to find) on the
history of the Manche département is Quand les
petits trains faisaient la Manche by Alain de Dieuleveult
and Michel Harouy. Published in France by Editions Cenomane
of Le Mans in 1988. ISBN 2-905596-29-5.
For more information on Hutchings & Cornelius and
Safeway Services please consult Somerset's Buses by
Laurie James, this develops the story of these two operators in far
more depth. It was published by Tempus in the spring of
2004. ISBN 0 7524 3171 4.
More information about the SOA rota services can be
found in Independent Buses in
Neville Mercer, published in 2011 by Venture. ISBN 978 1905 304 417.
Paul Lacey has
books about the independent operators of Berkshire, including
Maidenhead; Henley & Marlow; Bracknell, Crowthorne & Wokingham;
and White Buses.
A book by Jeff Grayer about the closure of the
& Dorset rail line in 1966. It has information and
about the replacement buses too. Sabotaged
and Defeated was
published in 2006 by Kingfisher Productions.
ISBN 0-946184-78-X. In 2010 Jeff returned to the theme with Sabotaged and Defeated Revisited: Pre and
Post Closure Views on the Somerset and Dorset ISBN 1 9064
For those with an interest in country buses (especially
Dorset, Wiltshire, Devon
and Cornwall) my friend
and colleague Roger Grimley
has researched and written an informative
set of operator histories for the county of Dorset. Along the Dusty Road
is a series of four volumes which were reissued during the
early part of 2009, priced £6 per volume. Part One - The Piddle Valley,
Hazelbury Bryan, Bulbarrow and the Blandford Road; Part Two - The Poole
and Wareham Roads; Part Three - The Yeovil Road and Sydling St
Nicholas; Part Four - The Cerne Valley and The Bridport Road.
If you would like details of how to contact Roger
to purchase copies or obtain a
catalogue, follow this
link. Two other titles of interest worth looking out for are Village Buses of East Dorset and Bere Regis & District Motor Services,
written and published by Peter Roberts in June 2008.
Remembering Silver Star
by Terry Grace, published in June 2021, remembers the Wiltshire
operator from his youth through nearly 40 years of business until the
company sold out to Wilts & Dorset in June 1963.
For a perceptive and interesting story of the bus industry from another
perspective across the years from 1920 to 1970, Ben Colson tells of the
trials and tribulations of bus operations in East Anglia in his book A
Journeys End, published in the summer of 2021.