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The Final Farewell to the Bristol VR - Wilts & Dorset

The Final Farewell to the Bristol VR - Wilts & Dorset


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The Final Farewell - Saturday 28th.March 2009

You can go back to 1940 when the original Wilts & Dorset company first ran ECW bodied Bristols. On Saturday 28th March 2009 an end of an era took place when the current Wilts & Dorset said goodbye to the final combination of that body and chassis – the ECW bodied Bristol VR. This also marked the end of everyday service operation of ECW / Bristol buses with a former Tilling Group / N.B.C. operator. The independent transport videos cameras were on hand to record the event for posterity.

The day starts at the Wilts & Dorset Castle Street depot in Salisbury where the three VRs for the day are prepared for service. They are Wilts & Dorset liveried 4413 (BFX 666T), Poole Tramways commemorative liveried 4422 (ELJ 214V) and Damory Coaches liveried 5069 (GEL 685V).

We then move to the bus station in the city where the first pickups were made, including a photo shoot with the local Salisbury newspaper!

Our first service is duplicating route 8 to Amesbury and back with 4413 and 5069. Service 5 is then covered to Pewsey with 4413 and 4422. Following on from here we do Salisbury local service 57 with 4413 and 5069.

The afternoon starts with the long run to Tidworth with 4413 and 5069 taking up the duty and the run back to Salisbury Blue Boar Row.

For the finale all three VRs run service 44 to Woodfalls Cross, returning to the city as service 43.

Our cameras then join 4413 for the final run through the bus station and back to Castle Street depot for the last time.

There is plenty of action, with road side footage as well as driver and passenger eye views. The evocative sounds of the Gardner engines are also captured as they are now consigned to history.



[Aside - a potted history....

Hants and Dorset had 150 VRTs delivered new between December 1972 and December 1980. The first entered service in Poole on the 1 route to Bournemouth and the last also in Poole for the South Wessex Market Analyis Project.

In April 1983, The National Bus Company (NBC) split Hants & Dorset into smaller areas with Hampshire Bus receiving 69 VRs and Wils & Dorset 81 examples including 6 former Southern Vectic standard VRs which had been swapped for the 6 Convertible Open Tops originally delivered to Hants & Dorset.

Until 1977, many VRs introduced One-Person-Operated (OPO) onto urban services with the inter-urban services being converted to OPO single deck. It was not until the service changed connected with the Market Analysis projects throughout the Hants & Dorset empire in 1979/80 that agreement was reached to work widespread double deck rural OPO routes.

In 1987, Wilts & Dorset was privatised under a management buyout and 18 second-hand VRs were acquired, 3 ECW and 15 MCW bodied examples.

Two Bristol VRs were transferred to sister company Damory Coaches in May 1994 ro operated revised school contracts and Tuesday Market Day service to Salisbury and further examples followed, remaining in service until January 2009.

During 1997, 26 Wilts & Dorset Bristol VRs received a substantial body overhaul with W&D moquette. Two Damory VRs were refurbished with a different moquette and yellow stantions. Refurbishiment was intended to extend their life by a further 10 years. Their original planned service life was 16 years so this meant they far outlived newer Leyland Olympians by several years.

In August 2003, The Go-Ahead Group purchased the Wilts & Dorset group of companies. Despite rumours at that time of the instant demise of the VRs, it was only in late 2008 and into 2009 that they were withdrawn from service with the delivery of new Scania Omnicity Double Deckers. This saw vehicle movements between the fleets rendering surplus not only the last VRs but also the last ECW Olympian and the first life-epired Optare Spectras.]


Filmed by/when: 2009, Denis P Strange
First published on DVD: 2009
Screen aspect ratio: 4:3
Number of discs: 1 DVD-R
Origination: Digital

Running Time: 120-mins (2hr 0min) , Colour, Stereo
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LAST S'OTON ATLANTEAN DAY (??-mins)

LAST S'OTON ATLANTEAN DAY (??-mins)


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Southampton Buses

Southampton Buses


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The bus scene in Southampton has undergone many changes in the last thirty years. This video programme documents the current day operations filmed mostly in 2003. Local services are provided by First Hampshire and Dorset in the now familiar ‘Barbie’ livery, although some of the older vehicles are still in former all-over red of ‘Citybus’ days. Double deck vehicles of the older order are Leyland Atlanteans with East Lancs bodies - probably still the largest Atlantean fleet still in all day service any where in the world!! Single deckers are Leyland Lynx and a variety of Dennis Darts. Giving a remarkable contrast are the Volvo B7LA / Wright Eclipse Fusion Artics, which will soon be moving north to Glasgow. Newer double deckers are Volvo ALX400s and mid-life vehicles are a fleet of Dennis Arrows which have moved down from First London, as well as some second-hand Olympians.

Filming takes place in the city centre, along Abovebar Street, Civic Centre and the busy bus station area. Spectacular shots are obtained on the Itchen bridge, with the QE2 visible in the background as she is about to make her final journey across the Atlantic before being replaced by the newer larger QM2. We take a ride on Atlantean 1268 just for good measure back to the city from the busy bus exchange in Woolston.

Our trip down memory lane is provided by rides on preserved Guy Arab 71 and 164. This was filmed in 2001 on the Town Quay area with other preserved members of the former Southampton City Transport fleet, including AEC Regents 350, 391 and 401. You can also indulge in a Photo Gallery from the 1970’s and 1980’s showing Regents, Atlanteans and Swifts in service in the city centre.

These are just some of the highlights in this video programme, there are guest appearances from Solent Blue Line and Wilts & Dorset vehicles, so sit back and enjoy the ride!



Cover photo: Richard Arthur
Filmed by/when: 2003
First published on DVD: 2004 Denis P.Strange
Screen aspect ratio: 4:3
Number of discs: 1 DVD-R
Origination: Ditital, Stereo

Running Time: 84-mins (1hr 24min) , Colour
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PORTSMOUTH'S BUSES DVD (??-mins)

PORTSMOUTH'S BUSES         DVD (??-mins)


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RELIVING HANTS AND DORSET (??-mins)

RELIVING HANTS AND DORSET (??-mins)


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Southampton Buses Retrospective

Southampton Buses Retrospective


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This is independent transport videos third visit to Southampton. This time for a retrospective look at the buses in this south coast city.

Our programme opens in 1975 with some cine footage from the camera of Bob Gray. Bob managed to capture the AEC Regents in service running alongside the smart fleet of Leyland Atlanteans that went on to serve Southampton up to 2005. These can be seen on our programme ‘The Last Southampton Atlantean’. Staying with Bob’s archive we can then view footage filmed on video in 1987, which features the new name of Citybus, introduced after Deregulation in 1986. Here the Atlantean is king, some now painted in a reversed livery. We continue onto 1992, where Bob has captured yet more Atlanteans, which are now painted in the overall red Southampton Citybus livery. All this is but a distant memory, but is it……?

On Sunday 30th May 2010, Phil Blair of PB Bus Marketing Specialists organised a running day to mark the imminent closure of Portswood bus depot, which was home to Southampton City Transport, and has been associated with public transport since the late 1800’s. A series of routes were ran by former Southampton City Transport vehicles, with a Hants & Dorset route thrown in for good measure, through Portswood to the city centre and other areas of the city. Our cameras were on hand to capture the day for your enjoyment. There is plenty of action, with location filming in Portswood and in the city centre. There are rides on board Guy Arab 71 (LOW 217) and AEC Regent V 353 (373 FCR). Leyland Atlanteans 133 and 274 are in service with Leyland Olympian 289 (E289 HRV) as well as Regents 367, 401 and 402 and not forgetting Park Royal Regent V 318 (318 AOW) making its debut after a long and excellent restoration.

So lets go back in time and enjoy Southampton Buses Retrospective!



Cover photo: David Jukes
Filmed by/when: 1975, 1987, 1992, 2010
First published on DVD: 2010
Screen aspect ratio: 4:3
Number of discs: 1 DVD-R
Origination: Digital, Stereo

Running Time: 71-mins (1hr 11min) , Colour
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Bournemouth Buses (55-mins)

Bournemouth Buses (55-mins)


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A look at the Bournemouth fleet in action in 2003, plus a look back to the days of the trolleybuses, a brief look at '99 and a photo gallery of '93 and '95.




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Wilts & Dorset Bristol VR Vol 3 (120-mins)

Wilts & Dorset Bristol VR Vol 3 (120-mins)


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Features Wilts & Dorset VRs in service around Salisbury in October 2002, action in Poole in 2003, plus a special ride.




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Wilts & Dorset VR Twilight

Wilts & Dorset VR Twilight


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The Bristol VRT has been associated with the original and present Wilts & Dorset companies since 1974. Today’s Wilts & Dorset was formed in 1983 from part of Hants & Dorset Motor Services Ltd., and operates a network of services in the Poole, Salisbury, Lymington, Blandford and Ringwood areas. In 1993 Damory Coaches based in Blandford was purchased – of which a number of VRs have been transferred and are painted in to the attractive Damory livery.

The Bristol VRT is having an extended life with Wilts & Dorset – as a large number have been fully refurbished in recent years – featuring new windows, seat fabric and soundproofing.

This video programme records the Wilts & Dorset VRTs in the Twilight of their careers. Firstly we feature a ‘Photo Gallery’ of VRs in service during the early and latter parts of their lives, so livery changes can be observed. We then take out Damory 5070 (GEL686V) on a tour of the beautiful Dorset countryside – from Poole to Wareham, Corfe, Swanage and through the lanes to Blandford. We then change to W&D liveried 4413 (BFX666T) for a run to Sturminster and back. Then rejoin 5070 back to Poole via Wimborne.

Current operations are observed in Salisbury, Poole, Weymouth, Blandford and on the roads of rural Dorset that have been the home to the VR for over 25 years.


Filmed by/when: 2001
Screen aspect ratio: 4:3
Number of discs: 1 DVD-R

Running Time: 55-mins (0hr 55min)

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Bristol VR on Home Ground

Bristol VR on Home Ground


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The Bristol VR on home ground may no longer mean a City Line example battling for supremacy on congested city streets, instead the VR can be found feeling the wind rushing through its vents as it serves rural communities in northern Somerset.

Between the fields and hedgerows, past dry stone walls and picturesque cottages, along narrow lanes and up steep Mendip hills, VRs that run on once-a-week services 683 and 791 by Abus of Bristol take them through this lush scenery, to Wells and Weston-super-Mare. Names like Blagdon, Priddy, West Harptree and Temple Cloud are among the points served. Additionally, the VRs tackle the narrow streets in the former mining communities of Radstock and Paulton.

Both the 683 and 791 have the same regular driver - well-known “Bristol” fanatic Allan Macfarlane, who is keen to share this marvellous countryside with you, through this video.

Not to overlook the urban days of the VR, we include some of Allan’s footage taken not that long ago within Bristol, Bath and Weston, of City Line and Badgerline buses, together with some from the many small operators who chose the VR, not just for schools work, but on competing services.

We also include a ‘Photo Gallery’ of Bristol Omnibus VR’s taken during their heyday in the 1970’s and ‘80’s.

We would like to thank Alan Peters of Abus for his help during the filming of this video.


Filmed by/when: 2002
Screen aspect ratio: 4:3
Number of discs: 1 DVD-R

Running Time: 90-mins (1hr 30min)

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