Posts by Paul Jenkins

  1. DGOT trustees thank donors to the DR705 appeal

    The DGOT trustees would like to thank everyone who donated to the DR705 appeal – your support has been greatly appreciated. DGOT is submitting its claim to HMRC for Gift Aid next, so it will be a while before the final amount collected is known. However, at the moment we are still short of the…

  2. DR705 appeal deadline extended to 31st March 2021

    The DGOT trustees have been delighted with the response so far to their appeal for funds to enable the trust to acquire ‘Light Six’ DR705. To allow more time for supporters to donate, the appeal’s closing date has been extended to 31st March 2021. To donate, visit https://www.dgot.org.uk/support-us/ Issued 20th January 2021  

  3. DGOT appeals for funds to acquire unique Devon General ‘Light Six’

    The Devon General Omnibus Trust has launched a fundraising appeal to help it purchase a unique Devon General bus – ETT 995 (DR705), the sole Saunders-Roe bodied ‘Light Six’ AEC Rebuild. DR705 has a remarkable story. In 1953, faced with a need for extra double deckers, Devon General’s workshops married the mechanical units of twenty…

  4. 2019 Kingsbridge Running Day

    VDV 817 attended the Kingsbridge Running Day on Saturday 21st September 2019. We ran on free services to Aveton Gifford, Slapton Village, and Totnes and carried 210 passengers in all.  

  5. DG100 Torquay seafront nostalgic bus rides 8th September 2019

    The final event arranged by the Devon General Society to mark the centenary of Devon General was on Sunday 8th September 2019. We contributed our 1957 AEC Regent V DR817 to a ‘mini running day’, giving free rides from the stops near the Pavilion on a circuit along the seafront, turning at the Grand Hotel,…

  6. DG100 Civic Run Thursday 18th July 2019

    18th July 2019 marked the exact centenary of the start of Devon General’s bus services and the Devon General Society marked the occasion by recreating a trip on one of the first routes, Service 2 fron Exeter to Torquay via Dawlish, Teignmouth and Newton Abbot. We were delighted to contribute DR661 and 513 to the…

  7. 2019 Minehead Vintage Bus Running Day

    Our 1965 AEC Regent V CTT 513C 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…

  8. DG100 Devon General staff reunion Sunday 21st April 2019

    Easter Sunday 2019 saw the first event organised by the Devon General Society to mark the centenary year of the company, with a staff reunion at the site of the head office and depot in Newton Road Torquay, now an Asda store. We provided 513 to be on display, and Jonathan Hawkins brought along his…

  9. 2018 Dorchester Vintage Bus Running Day

    On Sunday 12th August 2018 our AEC Regent V CTT 513C attended the annual Dorchester Vintage Bus Running Day organised by the West Country Historic Omnibus & Transport Trust. Although the weather was not brilliant, the bus was nevertheless enjoyed by some 225 passengers during the day on free services from Dorchester to Winterbourne Steepleton,…

  10. 2017 Exeter Spring Running Day

    Originally planned to mark the closure of Exeter Bus & Coach Station for redevelopment, the Exeter Running Day organised by DGOT on Sunday 19th March 2017 went ahead despite postponement of the closure, as a memorial to our founding trustee Philip Platt, who passed away in December 2016. Some 24 vehicles took part in the…

  11. Exeter to Plymouth – Farewell cavalcade to mark the closure of two bus & coach stations Saturday 16th July 2016

    In a joint venture with the Plymouth City transport preservation group, DGOT organised a cavalcade between the two bus and coach stations in Devon whose closure was imminent. To celebrate the heyday of coaching, 20 coaches gathered at Exeter to drive to Plymouth Bretonside, along the traditional route that was used before the A38 South…

  12. Exeter Bus & Coach Station 50th anniversary celebration Saturday 5th July 2014

    The bus and coach station in Paris Street, Exeter was opened on Sunday 5 July 1964 and leased to Devon General by the city council.  DGOT marked the 50th anniversary of this popular facility with a bus rally and rides to destinations around the city.  The event was supported by Stagecoach South West and over…