There are currently four buses owned by the company, one of which was operational during summer 2017.  We're currently planning to bring both our open-top buses into operation during 2018.

Leyland PD2 “KEL133”


KEL133 at the Ringwood Bus Rally in 2014


Two photos of KEL133 travelling along Bournemouth sea-front while undertaking Route 11 on 27th August 2017. [Credit: Steve Rhymes]

KEL 133 is a 1950 Leyland PD2/3 with a Weymann body that seats 48 passengers. It’s fairly low passenger capacity is due to the fact it has both a front and back staircase.

This bus was new to Bournemouth Corporation Transport in May 1950 and was withdrawn from service in 1971, whereupon it passed to the BPTA for preservation.

It was bought by Bear Cross Bus Company during late 2014 and was re-certified for commercial use during late 2016.

This bus undertook all of our Summer 2017 season routes. It will be given a refurbishment during Spring 2018, including a full repaint using a traditional coach-painting finish.

Daimler Fleetline (open-top) “CRU187C”


CRU187C at Solent Commercials in December 2016


CRU187C with its top on near Bear Cross on the number 3 route. [Credit: Keith Baynton collection]


CRU187C in London Transport's Aldenham Works 1976/77. [Credit: Keith Baynton collection]

CRU187C is a 1965 Daimler Fleetline CRG6LX with a Weymann body that seats 74 passengers. It originally had a detachable roof that allowed open-top operation during summer and closed top operation in winter, but the roof has long since vanished.

This bus was new to Bournemouth Corporation Transport in July 1965 and was withdrawn from service in 1976. It was then used by London Transport for sightseeing tours between 1977 and 1981.

After service with Billingshurst Coaches it was acquired by the BPTA and used for operations for a number of years.

It was bought by Bear Cross Bus Company during August 2016 for preservation and operational service.

Although it was scheduled for Summer 2017 season operation we felt that it couldn't be prepared to a high enough standard in time, so we took the decision to delay it's introduction into service until the Summer 2018 season.

Daimler Fleetline (open-top) “CRU184C”


CRU184C at our initial garage near Chilmark, Wilts. during 2015


CRU184C prior to collection after purchase from Ensignbus, Purfleet.


Two photos of CRU184C taken in August 1965 at Hengistbury Head on what was believed to be its first day in service. [Credit: Keith Baynton collection]

CRU184C is a 1965 Daimler Fleetline CRG6LX with a Weymann body that seats 74 passengers. It originally had a detachable roof that allowed open-top operation during summer and closed top operation in winter, but the roof has long since vanished.

This bus was new to Bournemouth Corporation Transport in July 1965 and was withdrawn from service in 1976.

It was then used by London Transport for sightseeing tours between 1977 and 1981, before passing to Guide Friday for further sight-seeing work.

It was bought by Bear Cross Bus Company during 2014 and is undergoing extensive restoration work. It is hoped that it will be introduced into service sometime during the Summer 2018 season.

Leyland PD3 “8154EL”


8154EL at Winkleigh prior to delivery during May 2015

8154EL is a 1960 Leyland PD3/1 with a Weymann body that seats 62 passengers.

It also has the twin-staircase layout that KEL133 has but, being a longer bus, is able to seat more passengers.

This bus was new to Bournemouth Corporation Transport in October 1960 and was withdrawn from service in 1976, whereupon it passed to the BPTA for preservation.

It was bought by Bear Cross Bus Company during March 2015 and hasn’t been used for over 20 years.

It’s currently undergoing extensive restoration.