Bus Museum - Hants & Dorset / Wilts & Dorset
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Timetables
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Holidays
Leaflets
Rule Book
Unused Tickets
Used Tickets
Uniform Items
Other Items
Employment
 
 
 
 
 
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Timetables
 
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Fare Charts
 
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Holidays
 
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Leaflets
 
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Rule Book
 
 
 
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Unused Tickets
 
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Used Tickets
 
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Employment
 
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Timetables   Ancient and modern, timetable books and amendments from 1920 to 1983.
Fare Charts   Some old, some not so old, from 1948 to 1981.
Holidays   Coach touring holiday brochures from the 1930s to 1964.
Leaflets   Ideas for travel by bus and coach.
Rule Book   Compulsory reading for drivers and conductors, the 1960 version.
Unused Tickets   A collection of unused tickets.
Used Tickets   And some that have been used.
Uniform Items   Various badges.
Other Items   There's more.
Employment   Contracts, pay and conditions.
Hants & Dorset started out in 1916 as Bournemouth & District and became Hants & Dorset in 1920. During the nineteen twenties it spread up through the rest of Hampshire and into Dorset, covering Bournemouth, Poole, the New Forest, Hythe, Southampton, Romsey, Eastleigh, Winchester and Fareham. BET, the Tilling group and the Southern Railway became major shareholders, BET's shares passing to Tilling in 1942. With railway nationalisation in 1947, the British Transport Commission owned the railway company's shares and in 1949 Tilling sold their bus interests to BTC and Hants & Dorset became a state owned company. When I started with the company in 1967 some older vehicles had BTC ownership plates, complete with the British Transport lion emblem.
Following the setting up of the National Bus Company in 1969, the company's Tilling green buses were repainted in poppy red. During the NBC's brief existence, Hants & Dorset was combined with Wilts & Dorset, Shamrock & Rambler coaches and in 1970 the Gosport and Fareham company (Provincial). The coach operation became part of National Travel.
The NBC was broken up, then privatised. The bus services of Hants & Dorset were split into Wilts & Dorset in the south and west, Provincial in the Gosport and Fareham area and Hampshire Bus for the remainder. Shamrock & Rambler, which had become part of National Travel, was taken back and the engineering department was set up as a separate company. The Southampton coach operation was set up as Pilgrim Coaches.
Hampshire Bus and the Pilgrim coach company were bought by the Stagecoach Group in April 1987. In July of that year they sold the West Marlands bus station to be redeveloped as The Marlands Shopping Centre and also disposed of the Grosvenor Square garage and the Bedford Place coach station. In October Stagecoach sold the Southampton area routes of Hampshire Bus to Solent Blue Line, a new company owned by Southern Vectis.
Provincial was sold to its management and staff and bought by the First Group in 1995. Wilts & Dorset was bought by its management and was sold to Go Ahead in 2003. In 2005 Go Ahead bought Southern Vectis and with it Blue Line and (Southampton) Unilink.
Shamrock & Rambler and Hants & Dorset Engineering were also sold and Hants & Dorset was wound up in 1990. However, the name was resurrected by Wilts & Dorset as a subsidiary company trading as Damory Coaches.
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