18/06/2015

Wilts and Dorset Centenary photo special - part 1

Sunday 14th June 2015 saw Wilts and Dorset hold their big centenary celebration in Salisbury, the event saw over 60 vintage and modern buses in attendance, around 50 of which were used on a network of free local bus services around the town allowing passengers to take a trip down memory lane, others buses were on static display in the Market Square where bus memorabilia stands, catering and family fun day activities including old fashioned games, a bouncy castle and face painting could be found.

Our regular correspondent David Bell made the long journey South to attend the event and has sent us a superb selection of photographs showing a selection of the fascinating vehicles in attendance, they will spread across two parts - enjoy!

Wilts and Dorset Centenary pt1 (c) David Bell
We'll start with this very smart, newly preserved open top ECW bodied Leyland Olympian A990 XAF, new to North Devon as a closed top bus in 1984 it was later converted to convertible open top by Wilts and Dorset (c) David Bell.

Wilts and Dorset Centenary pt1 (c) David Bell
The first of two Bristol REs in this part is ECW dual purpose bodied TRU 947J, this bus was new in 1971 as Wilts & Dorset 846 (c) David Bell.

Wilts and Dorset Centenary pt1 (c) David Bell
Another Bristol RE at the event was dual door ECW bodied MMW 354G, this was new to Wilts and Dorset in 1969 as 824, interestingly in later life it saw use as an airport transfer bus with Servisair at Stansted, Heathrow and Manchester Airports (c) David Bell.

Wilts and Dorset Centenary pt1 (c) David Bell
The penultimate photo in this part shows an interesting Weymann bodied Leyland Atlantean, 1013 MW was new to Silver Star Motor Services in 1962 where it saw use on services transporting passengers between Salisbury and the surrounding army camps (c) David Bell.

Wilts and Dorset Centenary pt1 (c) David Bell
To conclude the first part of this post we have a modern bus, Salisbury Reds / Wilts and Dorset heritage liveried Scania Omnidekka YN06 JWW (c) David Bell.

Many thanks to David Bell for the photographs used in the first part of this feature, look out for the second part which should be online in the next few days along with the second part of Philip's Ipswich guest post.