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Bournemouth’s Preserved Buses

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In the twenty-first century we are very lucky to have a large number of buses and coaches saved for preservation in the United Kingdom. A substantial selection of bus and coach companies are represented in the growing collections thanks to the expertise of the people giving up their time and money to preserve the vehicles for generations to come and to give happy memories to the present generation of the buses and coaches from the past. This DVD programme looks at preserved buses from the southern coastal town of Bournemouth, featuring the erstwhile Bournemouth Corporation and Yellow Buses fleets.

We begin with a superb 1939 Bedford coach, loving restored by Tim Salter. The independent transport videos cameras had the pleasure of being invited to a ‘photo-shoot’ when the coach was taken on a tour of the Dorset lanes and the towns of Bere Regis and Wareham. The vehicle in question is 15 (FEL 218), a 1939 Bedford WTB with Burlingham C25F bodywork. You will enjoy a ride on this coach and hear the sounds of the Bedford engine taking you back to a bygone age. A series of photographs follow this section showing FEL in its early days and later in its various stages of reconstruction.

We then pay a brief visit to the 2022 Bournemouth Bus Rally and we see the Bedford in action as well as other preserved Bournemouth buses. We also see some of the contemporary Bournemouth Yellow Buses, filmed just 26 days before the company went into administration and eventually ceased trading on Thursday 4th August ending 120 years of familiar yellow buses serving this seaside town. After the final Yellow Buses arrived back at the Yeomans Way depot members of the Hants & Bournemouth Bus Preservation Group invited our cameras to join them when they took out their preserved 1996 Dennis Dart with an East Lancs B40F body for a trip around Bournemouth that evening. The bus is 465 (N465 TPR) and looks resplendent in it’s ‘Yellow Buses’ livery and sounds good as we pass the former Bournemouth Corporation Mallard Road depot, now a B&M store, and other familiar landmarks in the town.

The final section on this programme features another Dennis Dart, 455 (M455 LLJ), with a similar East Lancs body built in 1995 when it took a trip to Exmouth in Devon to meet up with two other former preserved Bournemouth buses, namely Leyland Titan PD3, 159 (8159 EL) and East Lancs-bodied Dennis Dominator 262 (H262 MFX). We follow the two double-deckers on the roads around Exmouth before the Dart returns to it’s Bournemouth home.

We would like to convey our thanks to all concerned whilst filming this programme and we hope you enjoy watching it as much as we did filming.

Produced by - Independent Transport Videos
Duration - 50 minutes
Region - 0 (worldwide) PAL
Aspect Ratio - 16:9 Widescreen
DVD only
Released - October 2022

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