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Wilts and Dorset by John Hypher
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This is the latest edition in the "Glory Days" series examines the history of Wilts & Dorset Motor Services Ltd. The company was set up as long ago as 1915. Some of the people active in its formation had earlier been involved in the establishment of the Southdown Company further along the coast. It came under the control of a precursor of the Tillings Group and the Southern Railway in 1931. In terms of the buses, it operated as elsewhere within the Tilling empire, the combination of a Bristol Chassis and ECW bodywork was common. By the late 1940s however, Wilts & Dorset had a more varied fleet than most with examples of Leyland, Daimler and AEC vehicles in its ranks. As with other Tilling Group companies, Wilts & Dorset became part of National Bus Company in the late 1960s. Unusually, it retained its separate identity post deregulation and privatisation and has only recently sold out to one of the larger groups. The fact that the name, Wilts & Dorset, remained in use for so long will increase the interest in this title.
Release date NZ
February 28th, 2007
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
125 Mono and Colour photographs
Ian Allan Publishing
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