Four ex-Bournemouth Corporation Transport buses are currently owned of which two are operational during 2019.  In addition, we jointly own a Royal Blue coach which is nearing the completion of its restoration.

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This bus was new to Bournemouth Corporation Transport in May 1950 and was withdrawn from service in 1971, whereupon it passed to the BPTA for preservation.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 and 2018 season routes. It will also be in limited use during 2019.

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This bus was new to Bournemouth Corporation Transport in July 1965 and was withdrawn from service in 1976.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, but is currently awaiting further restoration work.

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 taken in June 2019 at Boscombe Pier. [Credit: Nick Jackson]

CRU184C taken in June 2019 close to Alum Chine. [Credit: Steve Rhymes]

CRU184C taken in June 2019 leaves the Bournemouth Bus Rally with another full load. [Credit: Steve Rhymes]

CRU184C taken in June 2019 waits in Gervis Place, Bournemouth. [Credit: Keith Baynton]

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, after extensive restoration work, entered service in 2019.  Some final restoration work remains outstanding inside, which will be completed during Winter 2019/2020.

Leyland Titan 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.

Bristol RE Coach “RDV433H”


RDV433H undergoing bodywork preparation and painting during May 2019

RDV433H is a Bristol RE with an ECW coach body that seats 45 passengers. It was delivered to Royal Blue in June 1970 as part of the last new batch for this iconic 1960's design.

It was withdrawn from service in 1981 and passed through various owners hands until it was jointly bought by Bear Cross Bus Company and The West of England Transport Collection in 2018.   As it hadn't been on the road since 1985, former owner Roger Burdett undertook a major restoration of the coach. This work is currently in the final stages of  completion and the coach is expected back on the road during early Autumn 2019.