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the Devon General Society

The Society was formed in 1982 to perpetuate interest in the former Devon General Omnibus & Touring Company Limited and its successors. It brings together enthusiasts as well as former employees of the company, recalling not just the fleet but also the experiences of those that worked for the company during the ‘golden years’ of bus travel. It also caters for the modern bus enthusiast by recording the current bus scene in Devon.  In 2019 we held a series of DG100 events to mark the centenary of the founding of the company, including the biggest gathering of preserved DG buses in a long time.

Have a browse of our website and if you like what you see, I invite you apply to join the society online or by downloading our application form. Our annual subscription is just £25 and you will soon start receiving our regular publications which all contribute towards retaining interest in Devon General.

I look forward to giving you a warm welcome.

Sam Merrifield




Devon General

The Devon General Omnibus & Touring Company was formed in 1919 and acquired by Torquay Tramways three years later, becoming part of the British Electric Traction group (BET) in 1931.  Its colourful cherry-red and ivory buses and grey and maroon Grey Cars coaches served South Devon for many years and became an essential part of many holiday-makers’ visits to Torquay, Paignton, Brixham, Exmouth and Sidmouth before the age of mass car ownership.

In 1969 Devon General became part of the National Bus Company, taking over Exeter City Transport a year later and coming under the control of Western National in 1971. With the division of Western National in 1983, it re-emerged as Devon General Limited and three years later became the first NBC bus subsidiary to be privatised. In 1992 its Torbay operations became Bayline Limited. In 1996 the companies were sold to the Stagecoach group and recombined as Stagecoach Devon Limited, which now trades as Stagecoach South West.

Since 1982, we have published over 132 issues of our “DiGeSt”  magazine and more than 195 editions of our bi-monthly Newsletter. They are the key membership benefits for Society members, providing you with well-illustrated reading material whether your enthusiasm is for the buses of yesteryear, or the present day. We welcome members’ written and photographic contributions to both!

Download a sample issue of Digest