Bere Regis & District Motor Services Fleet History, by Stuart Shelton
Booklet published by the Historic Omnibus and Transport trust in 2015, 95 pages. A4 size booklet (N5849)
This book provides a detailed fleet history of the rural Dorset operator Bere Regis. Well over 900 different vehicles were operated by the company during its existence and a large proportion of these were bought second hand. Full details of each vehicle are given, and details recorded include registration number, Chassis make and number, Body make and model, layout, Aquired from, Withdrawn, First disposal, Final display, Orgin and owners prior to Bere Regis, Disposal notes, and more!. The booklet includes around 30 pages of black and white photographs of the vehicles themselves.
From the publishers note on the inside front cover: The fleet of Bere Regis & District Motor Services was mixed and varied. A high proportion of vehicles were bought second-hand. For nearly all its life the company did not use fleet numbers. This listing covers over 1000 vehicle entries and due to the complexities described above, it has been necessary to adopt a 'one vehicle per line' presentation, all appearing in the order in which they came into the fleet. At first sight it may not be easy to find a vehicle you are looking for, so to make the task easier there is an index on pages 6 and 7. There are approximately 72 vehicles to a page, so the search for one will be narrowed down to about one fourteenth the size of the book. Details about each vehicle extends over four pages, with a repeat of the registration number appearing in the first column of each page. The page index refers to only the first page in the group of four except in a few instances of re-registration where a different page number applies. If a photo exists in the book its page and position is indicated, eg 46C page 46 centre. As far as possible all photos appear in the order in which they appear in the listings and not when they were taken.
The condition of the booklet is generally very good. The covers are clean and bright, the staple spine is tight and intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. There is a small price sticker on the rear side cover.