Damory Coaches


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Ex-Southern Vectis Leyland Olympian, 710 (TIL 6710), in the new Damory livery.

Damory Coaches is a bus and coach operator based in Blandford Forum in Dorset, England. Officially registered as Hants & Dorset Motor Services Limited, Damory Coaches is a subsidiary of Wilts & Dorset, which is itself part of the much larger Go-Ahead Group. As part of Wilts & Dorset, Damory is in of the Go South Coast division of Go-Ahead.

As well as providing coach hire, Damory provides a number of bus services in Dorset, linking up rural communities and providing an important service to residents.

Damory was notable in being one of the last remaining bus operators to run Bristol VRs in daily service until 2009 when the influx of ex Southern Vectis Olympians finally pushed them out. 3 VR's were retained but used for the GSC Events Fleet (inc. Glastonbury,IOW Festival,Bestival),[1] with a number of vehicles being transferred from Wilts & Dorset a few years ago. Damory also operate a number of other unusual vehicles, as noted below.

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History

Damory was established originally by Vic Kimber in the early 1970s in Blandford, where it is still based. It took over the rural bus routes of the Blandford Bus Company, Oakfield Travel and Stanbridge & Crichel Bus Company. Subsequently it became part of the Go-Ahead Group in 2003 and immediately became an operating subsidiary of Wilts & Dorset. After Go-Ahead bought Southern Vectis and Solent Blue Line in late 2005, Damory (along with Wilts & Dorset), was put in the new Go South Coast division.[2]

Current operations

Coaches

There are two different uses for Damory's coaches. Coaches can be hired privately for a number of uses, with varying members of the fleet available.[3] Damory also offer a number of excursions, with a tour brochure released each year.[4][5]

Bus services

Damory operates a number of rural bus services in Dorset, these being the only services in many areas. It is of note that Damory does not compete against Wilts & Dorset to win tenders.[3] The following services are currently operated:[6]

No. Places served on route[ Notes
Route7 Tower Park circular
11 Poole, Foxholes Estate, Alderney, Bear Wood Monday-Friday only. Run by Wilts & Dorset on Sunday.
14 Chard, Thorncombe, Marshwood
34 Todber, Bedchester, Shaftesbury Thursday only.
36 East Stour, Marnhull, Todber, Shaftesbury Thursday only.
38 Gillingham, Shaftesbury, Cranborne, Ringwood, Bournemouth Friday only.
40 Gillingham, East Stour, Todber, Shillingstone, Winterborne Whitechurch, Dorchester Wednesday only.
40 Bridport, Melplash, Beaminster
42 Bridport, Broadwindsor, Drimpton Wednesday and Saturday only.
44 Bridport, Bothenhampton Circular service.
47 Bridport, Beaminster, Broadwindsor, Crewkerne, Yeovil Operated jointly with First Hampshire & Dorset.
59 Shaftesbury, Gillingham
61 Wyke Regis, Chickerell, Abbotsbury, Dorchester Wednesday only.
71 Lyme Regis town service
74 Yeovil, Bradford Abbas, Yetminster, Thornford, Sherborne Operated jointly with South West Coaches.
74A Yeovil, Bradford Abbas, Yetminster, Thornford, Chetnole Operated jointly with South West Coaches.
76 Catherston Leweston, Bridport Wednesday only.
83 Wimborne Minster, Sturminster Marshall, Blandford Forum, Stourpaine, Iwerne Minster, Sutton Waldron, Fontmell Magna, Compton Abbas, Shaftesbury
88/89 Queen Elizabeth School, Wimborne Minster, Coleshill, Leigh Park
97 Ringwood, Verwood, Cranborne, Fordingbridge Monday-Friday only.
101 Dorchester, Broadmayne, West Knighton, Crossways, Overmoigne
103 Bovington, Wool, Lulworth Cove, Dorchester
104 Winfrith Newburgh, Dorchester
128 Poole, Sterte, Fleetsbridge, Upton
152 Poole, Poole Quay, Hamworthy, Rockley Park
158 Shaftesbury, Mere, Gilingham One journey per day. No return service.
185 Blandford Forum, Pimperne, Blandford Camp
204 Thorncombe, Crewkerne, Yeovil Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday only.
210 Bridport, Shipton Gorge, Litton Cheney
212 Dorchester, Charminster, Maiden Newton, Melbury Osmund, Yeovil Operated jointly with South West Coaches.
213 Broadwindsor, Beaminster, Maiden Newton, Dorchester Wednesday only.
216 Dorchester, Charminster, Cerne Abbas, Sherborne, Yeovil
253 Bridport, Abbotsbury, Weymouth
275 Swanage, Corfe Castle, Furzebrook, Wareham Thursday only.
300 Cranborne, Verwood / Moor Crichel, Witchampton, Wimborne Minster
301 Salisbury, Martin, Damerham, Cripplestyle, Verwood, Horton, Holt, Wimborne Minster Tuesday only
302 Salisbury, Woodyates, Wimborne St Giles, Cranborne, Verwood, West Moors, Ferndown, Colehill Tuesday and Saturday only
307 Sturminster Newton, Holwell, Piddlehinton, Dorchester
309 Blandford Forum, Shillingstone, Okeford Fitzpaine, Child Okeford, Rixon, Hinton St Mary, East Stour, Gillingham, Shaftesbury
310 Blandford Forum, Shillingstone, Okeford Fitzpaine, Child Okeford / Fiddleford, Sturminster Newton
311 Blandford Forum, Winterborne Stickland, Milton Abbas, Dewlish, Puddletown, Dorchester
314 Broadstone, Sturminster Marshall, Blandford Forum, Iwerne Minster, Tarrant Hinton, Woodyates, Salisbury Tuesday only. Extended to Poole during school holidays.
315 Blandford Forum, Charlton Marshall, Sturminster Marshall, Wimborne Minster, Colehill, Ferndown, Ringwood Wednesday only
316 Bere Regis, Winterborne Whitechurch, Winterborne Stickland, Blandford Forum Thursday only
317 Stalbridge, Lydlinch, Hazelbury Bryan, Ibberton, Okeford Fitzpaine, Shillingstone, Durweston, Blandford Forum Thursday only
318 Stourpaine, Pimperne, Blandford Forum Thursday only
319 Cranborne, Witchampton, Tarrant Monkton, Blandford Forum Thursday only
320 Tarrant Keyneston, Shapwick, Pamphill, Wimborne Minster Friday only
321 Ringwood, St Leonards, West Moors, Wimborne Minster Friday only
322 Milton Abbas, Winterborne Stickland, Winterborne Whitechurch, Winterborne Zelston, Lytchett Matravers, Wimborne Minster, Poole Friday only
323 Dorchester, Piddlehinton, Mappowder, Hazelbury Bryan, Fifehead Neville, Sturminster Newton Monday only
324 Cranborne, Cripplestyle, Alderholt, Verwood, Three Legged Cross, West Moors, St Leonards, St Ives, Matchams, Hurn, Bournemouth, Boscombe, Southbourne, Christchurch Monday only
325 Blandford Forum, Iwerne Minster, Tarrant Hinton, Farnham, Woodcutts, Sixpenny Handley, Wimborne St Giles, Gussage St Michael Thursday only
326 Sturminster Newton circular Monday only
327 Wimborne Minster, Longham, Ferndown, West Moors, Ringwood Wednesday only.
328 Wimborne Minster, Kingston Lacy Friday and Saturday only.
329 Bournemouth, Westbourne, Poole, Spetisbury, Charlton Marshall, Blandford Forum Saturday only. Connects with route 309.
330 Poole, Corfe Mullen, Blandford Forum, Okeford Fitzpaine, Child Okeford, Hinton St Mary, Stalbridge, Sherborne, Yeovil, Street, Glastonbury Friday only (Yeovil - Glastonbury section runs during Dorset School Holidays Only)
347/387 Poole, Fleetsbridge 347 / Hamworthy 387, Lytchett Matravers, Bere Regis, Dorchester
368 Blandford Forum, Durweston, Shillingstone, Rixon, Stalbridge / Hazelbury Bryan, Caudle, Sherborne, Yeovil
400 Cann Common, Ashmore, Farnham, Sixpenny Handley, Salisbury Tuesday only.
688 Thorncombe, Hawkchurch, Axminster Thursday only.
ASDA Poole, Poole Asda, Poole Circular service run under contract to Asda

Fleet

A vehicle illustrating the Damory coach livery. Usually, vehicles have large "Damory" names adjacent to the waves: however, when this vehicle was photographed, they had been removed following transfer to Southern Vectis. This vehicle is a Volvo Palatine Coach
One of Damory's Bristol VRs still in the fleet only used for special events within the GSC region.

Damory was well known for its fleet of Bristol VRs: however, they no longer run any of the type, all examples having been replaced by Leyland Olympians transferred from Southern Vectis. Other notable vehicles include DAF SB220/Ikarus Citibus (480), some LDV Convoy and two Volvo B10B/Northern Counties Paladin. A Scania/Darwen Olympus arrived in mid-2008.

Fleet details are as follows:[1]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Damory Coaches fleetlist
  2. ^ "About Damory Coaches". Damory Coaches. 2007. Archived from the original on 11-06-2008. http://web.archive.org/web/20080611144514/http://www.damorycoaches.co.uk/about.asp. Retrieved 2011-07-22. 
  3. ^ a b "Coach Hire". Damory Coaches. 2007. Archived from the original on 20-09-2008. http://web.archive.org/web/20080920074648/http://www.damorycoaches.co.uk/coachhire.asp. Retrieved 2011-07-22. 
  4. ^ "Excursions". Damory Coaches. 2007. Archived from the original on 4-10-2008. http://web.archive.org/web/20081004001702/http://www.damorycoaches.co.uk/prodtype.asp. Retrieved 2011-07-22. 
  5. ^ "UK and European Tours (2008)". Damory Coaches. 2007. Archived from the original on 12-04-2008. http://web.archive.org/web/20080412194639/http://www.damorycoaches.co.uk/prodtype.asp?PT_ID=78&strPageHistory=cat. Retrieved 2011-07-22. 
  6. ^ Damory routes and timetables Wilts & Dorset. Retrieved 2 November 2011.

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