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 Hants & Dorset / Wilts & Dorset Integration

  A complete renumbering scheme involving the Hants & Dorset and Wilts & Dorset fleets was introduced during September 1971.

Basically blocks of numbers were allocated to types of vehicle and these blocks were the same for both fleets, except that those for Hants & Dorset were 1000 higher than those for Wilts & Dorset.

At the time of the renumbering , Nos. 327/43/59/74, 540/53/4/9/66 (Wilts & Dorset), 664-6/72/5/6/8/81, 789-96, 854-6, 929, 1137, 1248/55/7/9/62/7-9/73/7/9/83/4/8, 1302/20/3/6 (Hants & Dorset) were owned but were awaiting disposal; these were not allocated new fleet numbers.

    It should be noted that vehicles Nos. 21/2/63, 1060/2/95/6, 1901-6 were delivered with numbers within the new scheme and therefore retained them. The combined undertakings were divided into three areas and they were as follows:-


GARAGE ALLOCATION CODES

(Coloured spots carried above fleet numbers)


EASTERN AREA GARAGE COLOUR CODE
SOUTHAMPTON YELLOW
FAREHAM YELLOW & BLACK
WINCHESTER YELLOW & ORANGE
WOOLSTON YELLOW & PINK
EASTLEIGH YELLOW & GREY
NORTHERN AREA
SALISBURY BLUE
BASINGSTOKE BLUE & BLACK
ANDOVER BLUE & ORANGE
AMESBURY BLUE & PINK
PEWSEY BLUE & GREY
WESTERN AREA
POOLE WHITE
BOURNEMOUTH WHITE & BLACK
LYMINGTON WHITE & ORANGE
RINGWOOD WHITE & PINK
BLANDFORD WHITE & GREY
SWANAGE WHITE & BROWN

NB Wilts & Dorset now use single spots above their fleet numbers
(more or less the Western area codes, but without the first white spot).



SUMMARY OF FLEET RE-NUMBERING SCHEME

The underlined numbers, below are links:-


WILTS & DORSET HANTS & DORSET
COACHES 1-99 1001-1099
BRISTOL FS 101-199 1101-1199
BRISTOL FL, FLF, LDL 201-299 1201-1299
BRISTOL KS, KSW 301-399 1301-1399
BRISTOL LD 401-499 1401-1499
BEDFORD & BRISTOL LH 501-599 1501-1599
BRISTOL RE 601-699 1601-1699
BRISTOL LL, LS 701-799 1701-1799
BRISTOL MW 801-899 1801-1899
OTHERS 901-999 1901-1999



 Coaches 1-99 : 1001-1099
Separated completely from other single deckers. This block is split further by confining 10- metre vehicles between 1 - 50 and 11 metre vehicles between 51-99. Shamrock & Rambler vehicles allocated the last ten numbers of each block in the Hants & Dorset range.
  Bristol FS, 101-199 : 1101-1199
Numbered in age sequence.
  Bristol FL, FLF, LDL 201-299 : 1201-1299
Numbered in age sequence. The LDL vehicle has been placed in this group for the benefit of the traffic department, but is separated from the other vehicles by being numbered 1299.
  Bristol KS, KSW 301-399 : 1301-1399
Numbered at the back of the block but still in age sequence. Allows for any new type of double deck to start from 301 / 1301.
  Bristol LD, 401-499 : 1401-1499
Numbered in age sequence. The LDL vehicle transferred to the 1200 block.
  Bedford & Bristol LH, 501-599 : 1501-1599
These two types of vehicles are are numbered in the same block as they are of similar type from a traffic point of view, 1-20 are reserved for the bedfords, with the LH`s numbered from 21 onwards.
  Bristol RE, 601-699 : 1601-1699
1601 and 1602 reserved for the two ECW bodied coaches on conversion to stage work, to retain age sequence.
  Bristol LL, LS, 701-799 : 1701-1799
All LS`S, regardless of type, in the fleet numbered in age sequence, numbered at the back of the block to allow for any new type of single deck to start from 701 / 1701.  The LL`s are numbered in this block for convenience.
  Bristol MW, 801-899 : 1801-1899
All MW`s regardless of type, in the fleet numbered in this block in age sequence. The vehicles which at present are coaches will take their numbers in this block only after they have been converted for stage use.
  Others, 901-999 : 1901-1999
This block is for vehicles which do not fit into any of the other categories. It contains the ex Silver Star Leylands, in the Wilts & Dorset fleet, and the Daimler Fleetlines diverted from Gosport & Fareham.

    It should be noted that Wilts & Dorset 369 and Hants & Dorset 699, 807/50, 1274/5/80/2/94, 1303/7/8 ( Old series numbers) were withdrawn probably without being renumbered