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Step aboard for a trip back in time

VINTAGE buses and coaches brought back memories of passenger transport from a bygone age in Dartmouth on Sunday.
A selection of old transport rolled into town as part of a vintage bus event that was staged at Kingsbridge over the weekend.
The festival, which is now in its eighth year, was organised by the Thames Valley and Great Western Omnibus Trust.
The trust is a registered charity that is committed to keeping alive the rich history of road passenger transport, from Paddington to Penzance.
More than 40 buses and coaches showed off their livery and style as they drove through the South Hams lanes using bus routes from days gone by.
Some new routes were added to the ­programme this year, including a coach tour to Blackpool Sands.
A feeder service also ran from Totnes.
The routes used were those operated formerly by the Great Western Railway Road Motors, the Western National Omnibus Company and other local operators, including Tally Ho! Coaches.
Services to East Portlemouth, South Pool, Goveton, Slapton, Salcombe, Hope Cove, Thurlestone, Bantham, Loddiswell, California Cross and East Allington were all scheduled as they were then.
New services introduced in 2013 – the Coleridge community bus circular route,
from Kingsbridge to Slapton, East Allington, Goveton and Ledstone, and school bus route TNS004 through the Avon Valley, coupled with pre-war rail-replacement route 177 to and from South Brent – proved to be very popular last time round, and so were repeated this year.
In addition, there were several short round trips of less than 30 minutes to enable passengers to sample a greater number of ­vehicles over the course of the day.
Dartmouth photographer Jim Brown ­captured the vehicles that visited Torcross and Dartmouth on their way to the South Devon Railway at Buckfastleigh.

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