On Sunday 26th June, 25 DGS members and guests enjoyed a tour of a number of the Exeter bus routes operated by Devon General and Exeter City Transport during the 1950s and 1960s. The tour belatedly marked the 50th anniversary of the takeover of ECT by DG in 1970, which brought to an end the 1947 Joint Services Agreement that had governed their operations within a 12 mile radius of Exeter.
In April 1970 the City of Exeter Passenger Transport Department was sold to the National Bus Company. Control of the operation was vested in Devon General, which had been party to a Joint Services Agreement with the council since 1947. 65 ECT buses joined the Devon General fleet, along with 230 staff.
Preserved Devon General buses will take to the roads at Exmouth on Sunday 4th September 2022, from 1000 to 1600.
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Our ‘Devon General Remembered’ Running Day saw classic buses take to the roads in and around Tiverton, recalling the Devon General routes of the 1960s.
2021 saw the 60th anniversary of the introduction of the ‘Sea Dog’ Leyland Atlanteans to the 12A, 12C and 12D routes around Torbay.
After the success of the Newton Abbot rally and running day, we closed the centenary year with a modest event set in the heartland of Devon General territory.
Our setpiece event of the Devon General centenary year was the Rally and Running Day held at Newton Abbot Racecourse.
The ‘Civic Run’ saw representatives of the local communities along one of Devon General’s original routes join Society members on a trip from Exeter to Torquay.
Committee members of the DGS joined Stagecoach South West staff on the newly-painted ‘Exhibition Bus’ (a retired Stagecoach Solo) at the Devon County Show.