Wakes Services Limited

Document 1 of 3  -  January 1964 - December 1969



The research into the Wakes Services Limited fleet of Sparkford and Wincanton was completed in April 2011 mainly by Paul Welling and Michael Wadman with support from  Roger Grimley and Ian Trotter.

R E Wake started operating in 1930 and further research and a book are being written on this period before Wakes Services Limited was established in January 1964.  Roger Grimley has recently published his book with the full story of "Wakes - The Early Years (1930 - 1964)".

In January 2000, South West Coaches was established and Hulberts of Yeovil took over Wakes Services Limited and combined the operations.  Some of the Wakes vehicles are still running today.  Wherever possible we have accurately tried to trace and seek permission from the owners of different vehicle pictures.

You can find Groups on the photo sharing site Flickr for both Wakes Services and South West Coaches:

http://www.flickr.com/groups/1524665@N20/

http://www.flickr.com/groups/1586906@N24/

If you have any information updates or want to get in touch, please contact Paul Welling by email:

welling.paul@yahoo.com







KYB 576

Ian Trotter

KYB576

Countrybus.co.uk Peter Brown

KYB576 damaged in Wakes Wincanton depot in 63

History

      Dec 48 New to Wake, Sparkford

      Nov 64 Withdrawn after accident and scrapped

Technical information

      C35F

      Chassis Dennis Lancet III 447J3

      Body Duple A  47187




KYD 771

Ian Trotter/R Marshall Bristol Vintage Group

KYD771

Ian Trotter/P Yeomans

KYD771

History

      Jun 49 New to Wake, Sparkford

      Feb 67 Acquired by Shirley, Meriden (D)

Technical information

      C33F

      Chassis AEC Regal III 9621E742

      Body Burlingham I




LYA 449

David Gillard (Ian Trotter)

LYA449 in Yeovil in Jul 61

R Marshall, Bristol Vintage Bus Group (Ian Trotter)

LYA449

History

      Jul 49 New to Wake, Sparkford

      Jan 68 Withdrawn

      Dec 68 Scrapped at Trowbridge

Technical information

      L28/27R

      Chassis AEC Regent III 9612E5421

      Body Reading


MYA 524

LEAD Technologies Inc. V1.01

Peter Relf Wakefield Files

MYA524 at Sparkford

David Beardmore

MYA524 in Audley by Top on 4 Nov 07

History

      Jul 50 New to Wake, Sparkford

      Apr 71 Withdrawn

      By Nov 81 Acquired by George, Hare Street, for preservation

      By Dec 90 Acquired by Sworder, Walkerm, Herts

      By Feb 91 Acquired by Hunter, Tarleton, preservationist, for spares

      By Feb 06 Acquired by Atkin, North Owersby preservationist for spares

Technical information

      C29F

      Chassis Bedford OB 140818

      Body Duple Vista II  48070


MYA 525

Countrybus.co.uk Peter Brown

MYA525

History

      Jul 50 New to Wake, Sparkford

      Apr 71 Withdrawn

      Jun 71 Acquired by Warren, Ticehurst (not used)

      Feb 78 Acquired by Lemon, Banstead (for preservation)

      Mar 85 Acquired by Banstead Coaches, Banstead (for preservation)

      Jul 96 Acquired by Andrew Higgs, Cheltenham (for spares) or possibly restored

Technical information

      C27F

      Chassis Bedford OB 141556

      Body Duple  56478




RYB 496

P Yeomans (Ian Trotter)

RYB496 at Wincanton

History

      Jun 54 New to Wake, Sparkford

      Jan 69 Withdrawn

Technical information

      C38F

      Chassis Bedford SBO 27461

      Body Duple Vega 54 1051/87


RYC 496

History

      May 54 New to Wake, Sparkford

      Sep 72 Withdrawn

Technical information

      C38F

      Chassis Bedford SBO 27121

      Body Duple Vega 54 1051/142


 

TYD 888

David Gillard (Ian Trotter)

TYD888  in Jul 65

Countrybus.co.uk Peter Brown

Castle Cary in 63

History

      May 55 New to Wake, Sparkford

      May 74 Acquired by Gunn, South Petherton (Safeway)

      Dec 79 Acquired by West of England Transport Collection, Winkleigh

      80 Acquired by George et al, Edinburgh, for preservation

      By Dec 87 Acquired by Gascoine, Edinburgh, for preservation

      By Sep 95 On loan to Scottish Vintage Bus Museum

Technical information

      C43F

      Chassis AEC Reliance MU3RV390

      Body Duple Elizabethan  225/1


VYC 571

Ian Trotter/R Marshall Bristol Vintage Group

VYC571 at Sparkford

History

      May 56 New to Wake, Sparkford

      Apr 63 Converted to SB1 spec (i.e. Bedford engine vice Perkins)

      Jun 72 Withdrawn after two accidents (Jan 70 and Jun 72)

Technical information

      C41F

      Chassis Bedford SBO 43767

      Body Duple Vega 1060/150




KDD 846

Roger Grimley Collection

KDD846

John Wakefield Files

KDD846 at Newport being restored

History

      Nov 50 New to Miller, Cirencester

      Nov 56 Acquired by Wake, Sparkford

      By May 81 Acquired by Alldis, Wimbledon, for preservation

      By Dec 82 Acquired by Hoskin, Blackwood, for preservation

      By Jun 88 Acquired by Ball, Bristol (Eagle Coaches) (not operated)

      Oct 89 Lewis, Llanvihangel Crucorney, Gwent for preservation

Technical information

      C27F

      Chassis Bedford OB 144940

      Body Duple Vista II 56238

 

 

813 BYB

Robert F Mack (Ian Trotter)

813BYB at Sparkford

Mr Candy (Ian Trotter)

813BYB at Sparkford in May 66

History

      May 58 New to Wake, Sparkford

      Jan 74 Withdrawn

      By Apr 78 Scrap yard near Somerton

Technical information

      C41F

      Chassis Bedford SB1 63145

      Body Duple Vega  1090/235

 


14 BYB

Ian Trotter

14 BYB at the Sparkford Depot

History

      Jun 58 New to Wake, Sparkford

      73 Acquired by Chilton Cantelo House School

Technical information

      C41F

      Chassis Bedford SB1 63235

      Body Duple Vega  1090/238


 

 

GBY 567

Roger Grimley Collection

GBY567

History

      47 New to Bennett, Croydon (no. 2)

      ? Acquired by Withers, Gillingham (Grosvenor)

      Nov 58 Acquired by Wake, Sparkford

      Jan 66 Acquired by Lewis, Stalbridge

Technical information

      C29F

      Chassis Bedford OB 57469

      Body Duple Vista IA 44524



273 EYA

History

      Jun 59 New to Wake, Sparkford

      May 78 Acquired by T S Mantle Sea Cadets

Technical information

      C41F

      Chassis Bedford SB1 70219

      Body Duple Super Vega 1105/419



 


718 FYA

Paul SA Redmond

718FYA in the garage (YRV301 left)

History

      Oct 59 New to Wake, Sparkford

      May 66 Acquired by Watts, Isle Brewers

Technical information

      M12R

      Chassis Austin J2VA 49641

      Body Kenex



 

500 FYC

Ray Cuff (Ian Trotter)

500FYC

History

      Dec 59 New to Wake, Sparkford

      Nov 78 Withdrawn

      By Feb 82 Converted to mobile caravan

Technical information

      C41F

      Chassis Bedford SB1 74996

      Body Duple Super Vega 1120/188



KHU 623

David Gillard

KHU623 in Jul 61

David Gillard

KHU623 at Sparkford in Sep 65 (RYB496 right)

History

      Sep 47 New to Bristol Tramways & Carriage Co. Ltd L4102

      Oct 51 Gardner engine replaced by AEC 7.7

      Jul 59 Acquired by Say, Hardwicke, Gloucester

      Jun 60 Acquired by Wake, Sparkford

      Dec 65 or Feb 66? Withdrawn

Technical information

      L27/28R

      Chassis Bristol K5G (AEC) 64027

      Body ECW 1590/2



336 KYC

Roger Grimley Collection

336KYC at Wincanton

R Marshall, Bristol Vintage Bus Group (Ian Trotter)

336KYC at Sparkford

History

      Feb 61 New to Wake, Sparkford

      Aug 78 Withdrawn

Technical information

      C41F

      Chassis Bedford SB1 85439

      Body Duple Supa Vega 1133/38



YRV 140

Michael Wadman

YRV140 at Wincanton in 1975

 

YRV140 at Glastonbury Festival in 90

http://www.travellerhomes.co.uk/?p=937



History

      Jan 62 New to Byngs, Southsea, Portsmouth

      Jan 63 Acquired by Wake, Sparkford

      By Dec 82 Withdrawn

      By Jun 86 Converted to mobile home

Technical information

      C41F

      Chassis Bedford SB5 89532

      Body Duple Super Vega  1145/230



YRV 301

Ian Trotter

YRV301 next to LJB693E

History

      Jan 62 New to Byngs, Southsea, Portsmouth

      Jan 63 Acquired by Wake, Sparkford

      By Mar 83 Withdrawn

      By Aug 88 Converted to mobile home

Technical information

      C41F

      Chassis Bedford SB5 89545

      Body Duple Super Vega 1145/232



The following vehicles after this point were acquired after the creation of Wakes Services Limited in Jan 64


561 WYA

Roger Grimley Collection

561WYA at Sparkford

History

      Feb 64 New to Wake, Sparkford

      Aug 68 Acquired by Simpson SE20,  London

      May 73 Acquired by Austerfield SE20, London

      Oct 77 Broken up for spares

Technical information

      C52F

      Chassis Bedford VAL14 1164

      Body Duple Vega Major  1172/18



312 KYC

Ian Trotter

312KYC

History

      Mar 61 New to Bowerman,Taunton

      Dec 64 Acquired by Wake, Sparkford

      By Jul 82 Withdrawn

      ? Acquired by?

      By Aug 83 Converted to mobile home

Technical information

      C41F

      Chassis Bedford SB1 87193

      Body Duple Super Vega 1133/349



CYC 669C

R Marshall, Bristol Vintage Bus Group (Ian Trotter)

CYC669C

G Lumb (Ian Trotter)

CYC669C at Yeovil Pen Mill Station

History

      Mar 65 New to Wake, Sparkford

      Sep 72 Acquired by Walker, Wiveliscombe (Wivey Coaches)

      Mar 79 Acquired by Harding, Bagborough

Technical information

      B39F

      Chassis Bedford SB5 96722

      Body Strachan 52187



FYC 126C

Ian Trotter

FYC126C in Sparkford  on delivery in 65

R Marshall, Bristol Vintage Bus Group (Ian Trotter)

FYC126C in Sparkford 

History

      Dec 65 New to Wake, Sparkford

      By Jul 89 Withdrawn

      ? Acquired by Gantley

      Last taxed to the end of Jun 94 (listed as non PSV rate) assumed to have been used as a mobile home

Technical information

      DP45F

      Chassis Bedford VAM5 1029

      Body Willowbrook CF1272


In 1965, Wakes won the contract for the main replacement bus service for the Somerset & Dorset Railway, from Glastonbury to Blandford. At the last moment, however, Reggie Wake had second thoughts and withdrew his licence application. The contract had to be retendered and was eventually awarded to Somervale Coaches; as a result not only was the closure of the railway delayed for two months, but so was D (for Diesel) Day on the Western Region, the date when steam was supposed to have been eliminated on the Region.

Wakes had ordered three Bedford VAM5 / Willowbrook to operate the service; instead they were generally used on the main Yeovil - Shepton Mallet service, and, as they were fitted with coach seats, on excursions at weekends and during the summer.


FYC 127C

Ray Cuff (Ian Trotter)

FYC 127C in Sparkford on 26 Apr 70

History

      Dec 65 New to Wake, Sparkford

      Jul 75 Withdrawn

      Jun73 Acquired by Partridge, Garndiffaith

      ? Acquired by Peter Smith, Garnswllt near Ammanford

      Jan 79 Acquired by Lewis ,Maenclochog, West Wales

      By Jul 86 Acquired as mobile caravan, Ringwood

Technical information

      DP45F

      Chassis Bedford VAM5 6801391

      Body Willowbrook CF1273



HYC 624D

History

      May 66 New to Wake, Sparkford

      Jun 70 Withdrawn

      76 Acquired by Marsh's Coaches, Wincanton

      By Jan 80 Disposed of

Technical information

      M11F

      Chassis Bedford CALZ 6319023

      Body Martin Walter


 

JYC 600D

R Marshall Bristol Vintage Group (Ian Trotter)

JYC600D at Yeovil Bus Station

History

      Jul 66 New to Wake, Sparkford

      Aug 73 Acquired by Knightswood, Watford

      ? Acquired by Pandora Holidays, St Leonards

      Sep 78 Acquired by Budden, Woodfalls

      Feb 79 Seat store

      Jul 81 Sold for scrap

Technical information

      C52F

      Chassis Bedford VAL14 6804400

      Body Duple Vega Major 1202/20



FUJ 54D

Roger Grimley Collection

FUJ54D

History

      66 New to Evans, Minsterley

      Feb 67 Acquired by Wake, Sparkford

      Aug 76 Acquired by ?

Technical information

      C45F

      Chassis Bedford VAM5 6822946

      Body Duple Bella Venture 1205/224





                                                                                                            JNT252E

Stephen Purkiss (Paul Welling)

JNT252E at Yeovil Bus Station in service with Wakes c72

History

      66 New to Phillipson of Goldthorpe Rotherham trading as Dearneways in 1966 as LWY820D and not operated

      Apr 67 Acquired by Whittle Highley who re-registered it as JNT252E

      Feb 68 Acquired by Wakes, Sparkford

      Nov 73 Acquired by Brutonian

      Jan-78 Acquired by Kingsforth (dealer),

      Apr 78 Acquired by Thistle, Doncaster

      Apr 79 Withdrawn and presumed scrapped


Technical information

      B53F

      Chassis Bedford VAL14 1687

      Body Willowbrook (Duple Midland) CF1111

Information

JNT was originally delivered to Phillipson of Goldthorpe Rotherham trading as Dearneways in 66 as LWY820D. (Not Phillips of Shiptonthorpe which was a different operator).  Phillipson didn't use the vehicle and it was sold to Whittle of Highley in Apr 67 who re-registered it as JNT252E. 

Although JNT has a Willowbrook body, the badge on the radiator grille is definitely a Duple badge.  The PSV Circle show it as Duple Midland.  Wake's bought it to replace the last Wake's double-decker LYA449 an AEC Regent III with Reading L27/27R bodywork which was withdrawn in Jan 68. The Bedford VAL had 53 seats the decker 54!  Although there were many coach bodied VALs bus bodied examples were comparatively rare.  With the introduction of one man operation on the main route from Yeovil to Shepton Mallet when the double deckers were finally withdrawn in 68, the usual vehicles to be found on this service was JNT252E.  The second bus was usually one of the two dual-purpose VAMs with Willowbrook bodies, FYC 126/127C.


GDF 469D

Paul Welling

GDF469D in Wincanton in 80 (GKR796D in front and VWG406 behind)

History

      66 New to Lock, Eastington

      Jul 68 Acquired by Wake, Sparkford

      cNov 82 Acquired by ? for conversion to mobile cafe, Popham, Micheldever

Technical information

      C45F

      Chassis Bedford VAM5 1034

      Body Duple Bella Venture1205/63



NUR 888D

Paul Welling

NUR888D used in the Wakes letterhead?

History

      Jan 66 New to Shirley, Meriden

      Jun 69 Acquired by Wake, Sparkford

      Aug 73 Acquired by Sheppard, Broad Town

      Aug 82 broken up on premises

Technical information

      C52F

      Chassis Bedford VAL14 6808799

      Body Duple Vega Major  1202/31


ARL 89B

History

      64 New to Penvor Motors, Pendeen

      Oct 69 Acquired by Wake, Sparkford

      By Jul 82 Acquired by Lewis, Stalbridge

Technical information

      C41F

      Chassis Bedford SB13 96043

      Body Duple Bella Vega 1183/136



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