Posts by Tom Wotton

  1. 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,…

  2. DG100 Bus Rally and Running Day at Newton Abbot racecourse Sunday 4th August 2019

    We were pleased to assist with the centrepiece of the Devon General Society centenary celebrations held at Newton Abbot racecourse on Sunday 4th August 2019. Both DR817 and 513 attended, and ran free trips to Bovey Tracey, Chudleigh, and the railway station. Large crowds attended the event and both buses ran with full loads throughout…

  3. Restoration News January 2019 to March 2020

    Read about the progress with our vehicle restorations as reported in the Devon General Society newsletters: Restoration News January 2019 to March 2020

  4. 2018 Devon Coastal Run

    On Sunday 18th July 2018 we entered our AEC Regent Vs VDV 817 and  CTT 513C in the annual Devon Coastal Run organised by the Historic Transport Club. Devon General Society members, family and friends were invited to travel with us free of charge and we were joined by AEC Reliance 1 RDV and Leyland…

  5. Recreation of Service 217 Exeter – Minehead

    On Easter Monday 2nd April 2018 a joint event organised by the DGOT and the Thames Valley and Great Western Omnibus Trust (TVaGWOT) saw a recreation of the old 217 route between Exeter and Minehead. This route was at one time jointly worked by Devon General and Western National, so vehicles from both fleets were…

  6. Obituary – Phil Platt

    Philip Leslie John Platt (1948 – 2016) Phil Platt was one of our founding trustees. He passed away on 8 December 2016 after a courageous battle with cancer. Phil was born in Exeter in the immediate post-war years and lived in Devon throughout his life. He developed an interest in buses from a very early…

  7. Teignmouth Running Day – Sunday 31st May 2015

      DGOT organised a running day in Teignmouth on Sunday 31st May 2015 as part of the Teignmouth Heritage Transport & Bike Festival. It marked the 35th anniversary of the withdrawal of AEC Regents from the picturesque Service 2 Exeter to Newton Abbot route. A number of former Devon General vehicles attended and most operated…