Guernsey Railway Company Limited & Guernseybus Limited, St Peter Port

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History

Guernsey Railway Co Ltd was formed in 1889 and took over the tramway operated by Guernsey Steam Tramway Co Ltd.  Guernsey Railway Co started to operate petrol engined double deckers in 1909. Since the withdrawal of the AEC double deckers all buses in Guernsey have been single deckers.

In 1919 Guernsey Motors Ltd was formed and became one of the larger bus operators in the island, buying out several smaller independents. Guernsey Railway Co bought a substantial share in Guernsey Motors. Guernsey Railway Co operated in the north of the island and Guernsey Motors in the south. Guernsey Railway Co and Guernsey Motors merged in 1974

In 1979, Guernsey Railway Co Ltd was taken over by Steiner Investments Ltd. The new management decided to update the ageing fleet of older buses (Albion Victor), with secondhand Bristol SU's previously operated by Western and Southern National. 22 SUs were to see service in Guernsey - 16 buses and 6 coaches. These were prepared for service in Guernsey by Kinross Plant and Construction, Kinross.

Guernsey Railway Co ceased trading in Dec 80 and the operation was taken over by a new company - Guernseybus. Guernsey Bus operated coach services under the name of Deltatours.

SU's Operated

Fleet No Reg No In service Out Service Original Op Remarks
BUSES          
128 EDV 550D Jul 79 >Jun 85 SN 687 Re-registered 2239 & 31901
129 EDV 552D Jul 79 >Jun 85 SN 689 Re-registered 31902
130 346 EDV Sep 79 Mar 85 WN 632 Re-registered 31903
131 BDV 253C Jun 79 <Jun 85 WN 672 Re-registered 31904
132 417 HDV   Mar 85 WN 648 Re-registered 31905
133 EDV 538D Jul 79 Mar 85 WN 683 Re-registered 31906
134 356 EDV   Mar 85 WN 642 Re-registered 31907
135 430 HDV Dec 79 Mar 85 SN 661 Re-registered 31908
136 EDV 537D Jul 79 <Jun 85 WN 682 Re-registered 31909
137 BDV 245C Nov 79 Aug 81 SN 664 Re-registered 31910. Reg No transferred to BDV 244C Aug 81
138 EDV 554D Jul 79 Mar 85 SN 691 Re-registered 31911
139 BDV 251C  <May 80 Mar 85 WN 670 Re-registered 31912
140 EDV 558D Jul 79 Mar 85 SN 695 Re-registered 31913
141 EDV 539D   Mar 85 WN 684 Re-registered 31919
142 BDV 244C Aug 81 Mar 85 SN 663 Re-registered 31910. Reg No transferred from BDV 245C
143 670 COD 1982 >Jun 85 SN 614 Re-registered 6351
COACHES
152 272 KTA Dec 79 >Jun 85 WN 422/1222 Re-registered 31914
153 268 KTA Dec 79 Mar 87 WN 418/1218 Re-registered 31915
154 286 KTA Oct 80 >Jun 85 SN 434/1234 Re-registered 31916
155 278 KTA Dec 79 Aug 86 WN 428/1228 Re-registered 31917
156 271 KTA Dec 79 Aug 86 WN 421/1221 Re-registered 10558 & 31918
157 280 KTA Jun 81 <Mar 87 WN 430/1230 Re-registered 31920

Fleetnames Used

bullet Guernsey Railway Company (until Dec 80)
bullet Guernseybus (From feb 81)
bullet Delta Tours (from Feb 81)

Operating Depots

bullet Grand Bouet