Wakes Services Limited

Document 3 of 3  -  January 1985 - December 1999



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




B155 AYD

Michael Wadman

B155AYD at Evercreech 17 Dec 99

Michael Wadman

B155AYD at Yeovil Bus Station on 17 Dec 99

History

      Mar 85 New to Wake, Sparkford

      By Aug 95 - Reseated to C57F and fitted with Volvo engine

      Jan 00 Transferred to South West Coaches

      Apr 01 Issued Fleet number 009

      Feb 03 Re-registered DKZ4602

      Jan 09 Written off when damaged a house in Ilminster

Technical information

      C537F/Re-seated toC57F

      Chassis Leyland Tiger TRCTL11/3RZ  8400307

      Body Plaxton  8512LTP2C025


OFA 2P



John Hammond

OFA 2P at Wincanton

History

      Apr 65 New to Trent 7 (ECH 7C) with Plaxton C49F body

      May 76 Acquired by Baker, Biddulph; chassis rebuilt and

           re-bodied Plaxton C51F, and re-registered OFA 2P

      ? Acquired by Brown, Birmingham

      Dec 79 Acquired by Horlock, Northfleet

      Jul 82 Acquired by Regent, Whitstable

      By Dec 83 Acquired by Delahaye, Gillingham

      By May 84 Acquired by Regent, Whitstable

      May 85 Acquired by Wake, Sparkford

      Jan 00 Transferred to South West Coaches

      Apr 01 Issued Fleet number 022

      Jul 02 or 03? Acquired by Taxi Company in Castle Cary
            (re-registered?)

Technical information

      C51F

      Chassis Leyland Leopard PSU3/3RT  L22721

      Body Plaxton (1976)  7611LC042/S


 

OPS 550X

Michael Wadman

OPS550X in Castle Cary on 17 Jun 97

Michael Wadman

OPS550X in Castle Cary on 17 Jun 97

History

      Sep 81 New to Mills, Baltasound, Orkney

      May 86 Acquired by Wake, Sparkford

      Jan 00 Transferred to South West Coaches

      Apr 01 Issued Fleet number 024

      Jul 02 Acquired by Highway Travel of Henstridge (not operated)

      Sep 03 Acquired by John Hembry, Hazelbury Bryan, Dorset and in remains in dry storage

      ? Acquired by Adrian Leighfield, Grittenham, Wilts

Technical information

      C35F

      Chassis Bedford YMQ  LW451538

      Body Duple  151/1575




A831 PPP

Michael Wadman

A831PPP in Sparkford on 26 Sep 92

Michael Wadman

A831PPP in Salisbury on 2 Oct 99

History

      Mar 84 New to Armchair, Brentford

      May 86 Acquired by Wake, Sparkford

      By Mar 97 Reseated C57F

      Jan 00 Transferred to South West Coaches and re-registered LUI 2527

      Apr 01 Issued Fleet number 004

      By Oct 07 Acquired by ?

Technical information

      C53F later C57F

      Chassis Leyland Tiger TRCTL11/3R  8300219

      Body Plaxton  8412LTP1C001




XBJ 860

Michael Wadman

XBJ860 at Yeovil Bus Station on 13 Aug 93

John Hammond

XBJ860 at Wincanton in Aug 99

History

      Apr 81 New to Armchair, Brentford as UUR 341W

      Feb 85 Re-registered XBJ 860

      Mar 87 Acquired by Wake, Sparkford

      By Apr 94 Re-seated to C35F

      Jan 00 Transferred to South West Coaches

      Apr 01 Issued Fleet number 031

      Jul 07 Acquired by ? and restored to original Armchair, Brentford livery

      By May 08 Acquired by Nostalgic Transport, Broadhempston,

Technical information

      C22F/C35F

      Chassis Bedford YMQ LW452465

      Body Plaxton  818QC005



ETL 545T

Michael Wadman

ETL545T at Yeovil on 26 May 89

Michael Wadman

ETL545T at Shepton Mallet on 28 May 91

History

      Dec 78 New to Delaine, Bourne 83 

      By Sep 87 Acquired by Booth, Hyde

      Sep 87 Acquired by Wake, Sparkford

      Jan 00 Transferred to South West Coaches

      Apr 01 Issued Fleet number 012

      By Sep 02 Withdrawn

      By Sep 04 Acquired by ?

Technical information

      C45F

      Chassis Bedford YRQ GW455933

      Body Plaxton  7910QC502



KUP 14T

Michael Wadman

KUP14T at Yeovil Bus Station on 24 May 89

Michael Wadman

KUP14T at Castle Cary on 26 Sep 92

History

      Sep 78 New to Langley Park Motor Co (t/a Gypsy Queen)

      Oct 80 Acquired by Osmond, Curry Rivel

      By Jan 88 Acquired by Wake, Sparkford

      Jul 96 Burnt out and scrapped

Technical information

      B47F

      Chassis Bedford YLQ HW456117

      Body Duple  819/2907


KUP14T was to suffer an unfortunate fate in 1996. While parked up at the Sparkford depot it was stolen by joyriders one night. As the joyriders drove out of the depot they tore off the front of Bedford YLQ Duple Dominant coach RYB370R and damaged the front of another vehicle parked up. Having got out of the depot the joyriders drove around the back lanes behind Queen Camel tearing off the doors on a bridge in the village of Wales. Once the joyriders got bored they burned KUP out in a field in Sutton Montis. Those joyriders cost Wakes a lot of money that night as KUP was written off and RYB was damaged.



UYD 950W

Michael Wadman

UYD 950W at Yeovil Bus Station on 3 Mar 89

Michael Wadman

UYD 950W at Shepton Mallet on 31 May 91

History

      Feb 81 New to Osmond, Curry Rivel

      Jan 88 Acquired by Wake, Sparkford

      Jan 00 Transferred to South West Coaches

      By Sep 00 Withdrawn as the final surviving Bedford in the fleet after running for 21 years of the 79 years of Wakes/SW Coaches

Technical information

      B55F

      Chassis Bedford YMT  KW453621

      Body Duple 120/2954



E529 VYD



Michael Wadman

E529 VYD in Mere on 3 Aug 82

History

      Jan 88 New to Wake, Sparkford

      Apr 97 Acquired by Kingdom, Tiverton

      Mar 01 Re-registered  TIL 8709

Technical information

      C19F

      Chassis MB 609B  668063-20-826097

      Body Reeve Burgess  16845


PWJ 497X

Michael Wadman

PWJ 497X at Yeovil Bus Station on 3 Mar 89

Michael Wadman

PWJ 497X at Salisbury New Canal on 19 Mar 96

History

      Mar 82 New to Wigmore, Dinnington

      Sep 86 Acquired by Cowdrey, Gosport

      By Sep 88 Acquired by Wake, Sparkford

      Jan 00 Transferred to South West Coaches

      Apr 01 Issued Fleet number 023

      Aug 08 Withdrawn and acquired by ?

Technical information

      B55F

      Chassis Bedford YNT  CT102872

      Body Duple  220/2952


F555 FYD



Michael Wadman

F555 FYD at Yeovil Bus Station on 13 Oct 89

History

      Feb 89 New to Wake, Sparkford

      Jan 00 Transferred to South West Coaches

      Mar 01 Re-registered GLZ 7465

      Apr 01 Issued Fleet number 013

Technical information

      C53F

      Chassis Volvo B10M-61 18343

      Body Plaxton  8812VMP3C060


F990 FYB



Michael Wadman

F990FYB in Hindon 14 Feb 94

History

      Feb 89 New to Wake, Sparkford

      Jan 00 Transferred to South West Coaches

      Dec 00 Re-registered ANZ4374

      Apr 01 Issued Fleet number 008

Technical information

      C35F

      Chassis Dennis Javelin 8.5SDL1903/220

      Body Plaxton  888DJP3C008




FNM 862Y

Michael Wadman

FNM862Y in Sparkford on 10 Aug 90

Michael Wadman

FNM862Y in Wincanton on 4 Mar 96

History

      Jan 83 New to Goldenport, SW16  

      May 85 Acquired by Lodge, High Easter

      Jul 89 Acquired by Wake, Sparkford

      Jan 00 Transferred to South West Coaches

      Apr 01 Issued Fleet number 014

      May 01 Re-registered LUI2528

Technical information

      C53F

      Chassis Leyland Tiger TRCTL11/2R 8200601

      Body Plaxton  8311LTP1C002


G183 OYC (TIL 9685)



Michael Wadman

G183OYC at Sparkford on 10 Aug 90

History

      Mar 90 New to Wake, Sparkford

      Jan 00 Transferred to South West Coaches

      Mar 01 Re-registered TIL 9685

      Apr 01 Issued Fleet number 015

      09 Withdrawn?

Technical information

      C53F

      Chassis Volvo B10M-60 20787

      Body Plaxton  9012VCB0874


G518 EFX



Michael Wadman

G518EFX in Shepton Mallet on 11 Aug 92

History

      Apr 90 New to Excelsior, Bournemouth  (G520 EFX)

      Dec 91 Re-registered G518 EFX 

      Jan 92 Acquired by Wake, Sparkford

      By Mar 97 Re-seated to C57F

      Jan 00 Transferred to South West Coaches

      Mar 01 Re-registered UIL 1335

      Apr 01 Issued Fleet Number 016

      Oct 07 Withdrawn

Technical information

      C53F/C57F

      Chassis Volvo B10M-60  24077

      Body Plaxton 9012VCAP1822




OFX 170P

History

      Jun 76 New Shaw, Coventry (NWK 1P)

      ? Acquired by Rendell, Parkstone (Cosy Coaches)

      Mar 79 Acquired by Adams, Handley (Victory Tours) and re-registered as 931 ELC

      ? Acquired by Levers

      Mar 94 Re-registered OFX 170P and acquired by Wake, Sparkford.  Not operated

      By Dec 99 Stripped for spares and remains scrapped

Technical information

      C53F

      Chassis Bedford YMT  FW452324

      Body Plaxton 7611TC070 (purchased without seats)




BDF 205Y (WSV 868)

Michael Wadman

WSV868 in Castle Cary on 17 Jun 97

Michael Wadman

WSV868 in Evercreech 12 Dec 99

History

      Jan 83 New to National Travel West 205

      Jun 84 Transferred to Black & White Motorways 205

      Apr 85 Transferred to Cheltenham & Gloucester no 2402

      By May 88 Acquired by Len Munden, Bristol (Crown Coaches)

      Aug 92 Acquired by Northern Bus, Anston 1355

      Apr 94 Acquired by Wake, Sparkford

      Feb 95 Rebodied East Lancs B59F and re-registered WSV 868

      Jan 00 Transferred to South West Coaches

      Apr 01 Issued Fleet number 028

      Jan 05 Withdrawn

      By Oct 07 Acquired by ?

Technical information

      C53F/B59F

      Chassis Leyland Tiger TRCTL11/3R  8200917

      Body ECW  25467

      Rebodied East Lancs B13301





A799 REO

Michael Wadman

A799REO in Queen Camel on 19 Feb 99

Michael Wadman

A799REO in Sparkford on 20 Feb 99

History

      Oct 83 New to the MoD (20 KB 46)

      Oct 92 Acquired by Holmeswood Coaches A799 REO 

      By Sep 94 Acquired by Wake, Sparkford

      Jan 00 Transferred to South West Coaches

      Apr 01 Issued Fleet number 003

      May 01 Sold to ?

Technical information

      DP52F

      Chassis Leyland Tiger TRCTL11/3R  8300116 (Volvo engine)

      Body Marshall Campaigner 280900


A130 EPA



Michael Wadman

A130EPA at Frome on 18 Dec 99

History

      Jan 84 New to LCBS TP30

      Sep 86 Transferred to London Country South West TP30

      By Oct 91 Acquired by Venner, Minehead (Scarlet Coaces)

      Jan 95 Acquired by Wake, Sparkford

      Jan 00 Transferred to South West Coaches

      Apr 01 Issued Fleet number 002

      By Sep 04 Withdrawn

Technical information

      C49F

      Chassis Leyland Tiger TRCTL11/2RH 8301029

      Body Plaxton  8411LTP1X538



A256 VYC

Michael Wadman

A256VYC at Shepton Mallet on 2 Aug 96

Michael Wadman

A256VYC at Yeovil Bus Station on 14 Jun 97

History

      Mar 84 New to US Air Force (CK 5669)

      Jan 95 Acquired by Wake, Sparkford

      May 95 Rebuilt to B59F

      Jan 00 Transferred to South West Coaches

      Apr 01 Issued Fleet number 005

Technical information

      C40D rebuilt to B59F

      Chassis Leyland Tiger TRCTL11/3RH  8400186

      Body Wadham Stringer  8936/85



JIL 8319

Michael Wadman

JIL 8319 in Shepton Mallet on 18 Mar 99

Michael Wadman

JIL 8319 in Frome 18 Dec 99

History

      Feb 83 New to South Yorkshire, Pontefract, no 21 (GNW121Y)  

      Mar 95 Acquired by Torr, Gedling

      Jun 95 Re-registered JIL 8319

      Dec 95 Acquired by Wake, Sparkford

      Jan 00 Transferred to South West Coaches

      Apr 01 Issued Fleet number 017

      By Mar 08 Withdrawn

Technical information

      C53F

      Chassis Leyland Tiger TRCTL11/2R  8200918

      Body Plaxton  8311LTP1X519


LIL 2167



Michael Wadman

LIL 2167 in Frome on 2 Aug 96

History

      Feb 83 New to South Yorkshire, Pontefract, no 22 (GNW122Y)  

      Mar 95 Acquired by Torr, Gedling

      Jun 95 Re-registered LIL 2167

      Dec 95 Acquired by Wake, Sparkford

      Jan 00 Transferred to South West Coaches

      Apr 01 Issued Fleet number 019

      By Nov 07 Withdrawn

Technical information

      C53F

      Chassis Leyland Tiger TRCTL11/2R 8201011

      Body Plaxton  8311LTP1X520



A109 EPA

Steve Oxbrow

A109EPA at South West Coaches Wincanton in Apr 04

Paul Welling

A109EPA at South West Coaches Wincanton on 4 Feb 11

History

      Nov 83 New to LCBS TP9

      Sep 86 Transferred to London Country South West TP9

      Apr 89 Transferred to London Country North West TP9

      Oct 90 Transferred to Luton & District TP9

      Feb 93 Acquired by Q Drive Buses (Bee Line) 728 

      Jan 96 Acquired by Wake, Sparkford

      By Mar 97 Re-seated to C53F

      Jan 00 Transferred to South West Coaches

      Apr 01 Issued Fleet Number 001

      10 Withdrawn

Technical information

      C49F/C53F

      Chassis Leyland Tiger TRCTL11/2R  8300935

      Body Plaxton  8411LTP1X517




M375 MRU



Michael Wadman

M375MRU in Wincanton on 18 Nov 99

History

      Apr 95 New to Excelsior, Bournemouth no 325 (A17 EXC)

      Nov 95 Re-registered M375 MRU

      Jan 96 Acquired by Wake, Wincanton

      Jan 00 Transferred to South West Coaches

      Dec 00 Re-registered ANZ 4373

      Apr 01 Issued Fleet number 007

Technical information

      C53F

      Chassis Volvo B10M-62  42513

      Body Plaxton  9512VUM3491




EGV 695Y



Michael Wadman

EGV695Y in Frome 23 Apr 99

History

      Mar 83 New to Hanson Coach Service, Huddersfield (EVH240Y)

      ? Acquired by Traject, Huddesfield

      By May 86 Acquired by Deeble, Upton Cross

           (Caradon Riviera Tours)

      Oct 92 Acquired by Leiston Motor Hire

      By Dec 93 Re-registered 448 HWT

      By Nov 96 Re-registered EGV 695Y

      Nov 96 Acquired by Wake, Wincanton

      Jan 00 Transferred to South West Coaches

      Apr 01 Issued Fleet number 011

      By Feb 08 Withdrawn

      By Aug 08 Used for spares

Technical information

      C53F

      Chassis Leyland Tiger TRCTL11/2R  8200874

      Body Plaxton  8311LTP1X525



WJB 490 (RIL 1475)



John Hammond

RIL1475 at Yeovil Bus Station in Feb 00

History

      Jan 85 New to LCBS TP68 (B268 KPF)

      Sep 86 Transferred to London Country North West TP68

      Oct 90 Transferred to Luton & District TP68

      Mar 92 Acquired by Docherty, Auchterarder

      Sep 97 Acquired by  Edwards, Tiers Cross and re-registered WJB 490

      Mar 99 Acquired by Wake, Wincanton and re-registered RIL 1475

      Jan 00 Transferred to South West Coaches

      Apr 01 Issued Fleet Number 25

Technical information

      C53F

      Chassis Leyland Tiger TRCTL11/2RH  8400685

      Body Plaxton  8511LTP2X508


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