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  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. 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,…

  5. 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.  

  6. 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,…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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

  12. 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,…