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News and Views from the Devon General Omnibus Trust

Restoration Workers Required

Iat this stage of the trust’s development we are focusing on the restoration of our vehicles. Much work will be undertaken during the winter months at our current storage site in mid-Devon, usually on Tuesdays. We will warmly welcome any assistance  no matter what your level of experience, and transport from Exeter can be provided if required. Please do get in touch using our contact number or by e-mail.

December 8th  2016: Phil Platt

It is with great sadness that we announce the death on 8 December of Philip Platt, a lifelong Devon General enthusiast and a founding trustee of the Devon General Omnibus Trust. Click HERE for a full obituary.

October 2017 - New Home for 1RDV

Following the sad death of Philip Platt during December 2016 the Trust was offered an opportunity to acquire, from his estate, the 4 remaining vehicles which were in his possession. We are pleased to announce that 1RDV has found a secure home with the South Devon Railway (Buckfastleigh and are delighted to confirm that two of the other vehicles (661 and 817) have been obtained by the DGOT. This would not have been possible without the extremely generous response to our appeal for funds and the trustees wish to record our sincere thanks to all who responded. We are also pleased to advise that Regent V, No 513, has been bought for preservation and is likely to be placed on loan to the Trust

Route 217  (Exeter - Minehead) Recreation

This  took place on Monday, 2nd April 2018 as 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). It is hoped that such joint ventures can be repeated in the future. Please see the Events Page for a report about this special day!

Minehead Vintage Bus Running Day

1965 AEC Regent V CTT513C, on long-term loan to the Trust, travelled to deepest West Somerset on Sunday 12th May 2019 to take part in the Minehead Vintage Bus Running Day, where all the vehicles were at least 50 years old. 136 passengers enjoyed the warm Spring sunshine on the two round trips 513 made to nearby Porlock Weir and Timberscombe. Travel was free, of course, but souvenir bus tickets issued from a classic Setright ticket machine completed the Devon General experience.

Devon General Omnibus & Touring Company Centenary

2019 sees the centenary of the founding of the Devon General Omnibus & Touring Company Limited and the Devon General Society (DGS) committee has been working on a programme of events to commemorate this historic anniversary. The Trust assisted with vehicles for the Torquay Launch Event during April, the Devon County Show in May and the Civic Run during July.  

The main event was a Rally and Running Day based at Newton Abbot Racecourse on Sunday, 4 August 2019 at which we saw some 60 buses and coaches in attendance and certainly the largest gathering of preserved former DG vehicles in many years. The Trust assisted by providing Regent Vs 817 and 513, both of which performed faultlessly throughout the day. Most recently, a mini Running Day was held in Torquay on Sunday, 8 September at which 817 provided transport for enthusiasts and members of the public around a short circuit of Torquay’s sea front.  For a full write-up of all the events visit:

 Photo credit: Ray Parnaby

We hope you're all staying safe in these difficult times. Our collection of Devon General buses remains in storage for now. To keep you going, here's a view of 513 and 817 at Newton Abbot during the DG100 Bus Running Day last August.

Click  HERE to see reports on our  recent  events

DGOT behind the scenes video

What lies behind those fabulous Devon General buses you see at rallies or running days? A dedicated band of volunteers, that's what! Whether it's restoring, repairing, painting or cleaning, there's a lot of work needed to bring these old buses back to life. To see what it's like in Ken Baker's 'behind the scenes' video, filmed at DGOT's North Devon base between 2014 and 2019 click the You-Tube Icon.

Behind the Scenes