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Buses to Portland 2022 & 2023

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We welcome you to this unusual video presentation featuring buses operating onto the Isle of Portland in the county of Dorset in southern England. Portland is connected to the mainland by Chesil Beach, a major shingle beach that stretches some 18 miles from West Bay to the Isle of Portland. It is home to the famous Portland Bill lighthouse, a destination for the many who enjoy spectacular views of the sea. The independent transport videos cameras have been out and about filming two very interesting events for your enjoyment. The ‘Port Shuttles’ – as the name suggests is a shuttle service operated by Go South Coast’s Damory subsidiary linking the cruise ship dock at Portland Port with Weymouth’s attractive harbour area and the ‘Buses to The Bill’ event which features a running day of mostly preserved and some contemporary buses from local operators running along the Dorset coast via Weymouth to Portland Bill Lighthouse.

We begin our programme with the ‘Port Shuttles’ featuring just two days, one in 2022, the other in 2023. (We should point out that this service runs most days during the summer months when the cruise ships call into Portland). Filming takes place along Lerret Road and Portland Beach Road on Portland and at Spring Road in Weymouth where the buses terminate. During our 2022 filming Damory operated an interesting fleet of buses. A fleet of former London buses in the shape of Enviro400 double-deckers and Wright-bodied Volvo B7TL and B9TL double-deckers smartly turned out in either Damory all over blue or ‘morebus’ red and blue liveries but with Damory fleetnames. Added to the mix was a former ‘Vectis Blue’ Envio400 1507, now in the Damory fleet. We also see the operations of First Hampshire, Dorset & Berkshire with their Wessex brand in a smart two-tone green and yellow livery as well as ‘Coaster’ branded open-toppers. Moving to our 2023 visit we see similar Damory buses augmented with the huge 8101 (HF08 TKX), a Scania N230 UD with East Lancs Olympus 86 coach-seat bodywork and a number of Excelsior coaches.

The second part of our video programme features some of the highlights from the 2022 and 2023 ‘Buses to The Bill’ event. A most popular event in the preserved buses calendar, we start at the Weymouth Coach Park for the 2022 event with a superb line up of Bristol REs. With bus, dual-purpose and coach examples in the line-up in the liveries of Bristol Omnibus, Hants & Dorset, Eastern Counties, Royal Blue and Crosville. Other fleets represented are London Transport, Bournemouth Corporation, Wilts & Dorset and preserved coaches from various independents. Go South Coast also sent a representation from their current ‘morebus’ and ‘Salisbury Reds’ fleets, the latter including 8102 (HF08 TKY), sister to 8101. Our 2023 visit to the event begins at Seldown Coach Park in Poole with a great variety of buses including an RF, RT and RM from London Transport plus many more. At Weymouth Coach Park we join former Bournemouth Transport (Yellow Buses) 208 (E208 GCG), a 1988 Volvo Citybus with an Alexander H74F body for a ride to Portland Bill. We see the superb vista of Chesil Beach and views of the sea as we make the journey to Portland Bill Lighthouse and see some of the buses assembled at the small coach park. We return to Weymouth on board 208 and see the final departures after a most enjoyable day.

Our final location on this programme is just a few miles to the west of Portland. At West Bay near Bridport we see First Wessex Volvo B7TL and B9TL Wright-bodied buses in service in their smart green and yellow livery and in Jurassic Coaster livery in both open and closed-top form.

Produced by - Independent Transport Videos
Duration - 66 minutes approx
Region - 0 (worldwide) PAL
Aspect Ratio - 16:9 Widescreen
DVD only
Released - January 2024

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