Please note this is a site of historical record and does not contain current information
lincolnshire flag

Blands  |  Camplin  |  Crabtree  |  Delaine  |  Girdlestone  |  Gosling  |   Gresswell  |  Kime  |   Milson  |   Pulfrey  |  Reliance  |  Rickett  |  Searson 

    Gem (Blankley)  |  Hunts  |   Sharpe   |   Silver Queen   |  Vale of Belvoir  |  Watson  |   Wing


Timetable booklets dated April 1954 and March 1963 for the Holme Delight bus service, provided from 1953/1955 primarily
by two AEC double-deckers, Regent III/Park Royal HDO661 and Regent III/ Willowbrook FDO573. The latter
is preserved at the LVVS museum at Lincoln. The bus route (but not the coaching business) passed to Kime in 1970.
cover of 1954 Camplin timetable
1954 weekday timetable Camplin
1954 Sunday timetable Camplin
cover of 1963 Camplin timetable booklet
Boston - Donington - Spalding timetable 1963
1963 Sunday timetable Camplin
Return to history page  

cover of Blands of Stamford 1990 timetable leaflet
page 1 of 1990 timetable Blands of Stamford
page 2 of 1990 timetable Balnds of Stamford
page 3 of 1990 timetable Blands of Stamford, Peterborough service
cover of 1990 Rutland Flyer timetable

rear cover of 1990 Rutland Flyer timetable

timetable Rutland Flyer Melton to Corby
timetable 1990 Rutland Flyer from Corby to Melton

Return to history page 


This timetable was current in 1933.  Much more activity on Saturday and Sunday than during the week. Despite the several routes
they could be interworked and covered by one vehicle on Monday to Friday, two on Saturday and one on Sunday. Some very
modest sized villages like Woodnook and Sproxton seem to have been very well served too.
 The routes passed to Lincolnshire Road Car in 1936.

Crabtree of Grantham timeable 1930s

The example timetables below are for the Bourne to Peterborough and Bourne to Stamford routes and cover a wide range of years.
The Peterborough route started
in 1923 and was the most important for the business as Peterborough grew in post-war years.
When first formed as a company the name was Delaine Coaches Limited with a mixed fleet of coaches and buses.
Since 1995 it has traded as Delaine Buses Limited,
operating with an all bus fleet.

                              Three pre-war timetables to start
pre-war Delaine timetable 1930s
emergency timetable 1939 Peterborough route
emergency timetable 1939 for Stamford via Deeping route
                                  List of routes from April 1938 timetable booklet
cover of 1938 timetable

list of routes from 1938 timetable

                                  Continuing with post-war timetables from the 1960s
Timetable Bourne to Peterborough route
Timetable Bourne to Stamford via Essendine
June 1961 timetable for the jointly operated Bourne to Sleaford via Billingborough service. From 1961 to 1980 this Bourne to Sleaford route was unusual in being jointly operated with Lincolnshire Road Car service 34, thought to have been one of the first - if not the first - joint pool operation between an independent operator and a state-owned company. This initiative saved Road Car outstationing vehicles overnight in Bourne.

The mileage split between the two operators was approximately one third Delaine and two thirds Road Car. On Monday to Friday Delaine ran the 7.20, 11.5, 2.0 and 6.0 departures from Bourne, and the corresponding southbound return journeys. On Saturday it was the 7.20, 8.50, 12.30, 2.0, 6.0, 10.10 and their southbound return journeys. Sunday running on the 34 for Delaine was only the 5.0 Bourne-Hacconby and 5.15 return with Road Car providing the other journeys. From August 1980 the service was diverted to run via Quarrington village as it approached Sleaford, and at the end of October 1980 the route was split into two halves at Billingborough, Road Car operating from Sleaford to Billingborough and Delaine from Bourne to Billingborough.

Delaine duplex parcel ticket pre-decimal
1961 timetable joint route 34 Sleaford to Bourne

1961 timetable joint route 34 Bourne to Sleaford
                                                         Local town service timetable for Bourne from 1975 (market day is Thursday)
Bourne town service timetable 1975
                               Lastly into the 1980s and 1990s
introduction og the Deepings Flyer route in 1985
1995 timetable cover 201
1995 route map Dellaine 201
timetable 201 1995 stamford to peterborough
stripmap of routes as displayed in buses
Return to history page


Timetable current in 1933. Arthur Girdlestone (who had driven previously for Whipple) competed with Reliance on these two routes.
He gave up in favour of Reliance in 1933, despite an offer from Lincolnshire Road Car for his business.  Reliance incorporated
his timings in their own services on the routes. One vehicle could cover the workings on both of the routes in the timetable below.
Whipple had sold out to Reliance in 1930 but Whipples Garage in Watergate Grantham continued until the mid-1980s when the
premises became a branch of KwikFit.
Girdlestone of Grantham 1930s timetable


Founded in 1922 the firm ran a modest number of bus services to the nearby market towns of Horncastle,
Boston and Spilsby. This 1933 timetable was conceived to meet the needs of shoppers and market-goers.
The bus routes (but not the garage business) passed to Milson of Coningsby in March 1960.
1933 timetable Gosling

The September 1943 timetable below showed little change over the 1933 timetable above except for the second route to Boston via Tumby Woodside on Wednesday; and a reduction in the number of journeys to Boston on the original route from Mareham via Revesby (from six to five on Wednesday and from seven to five on Saturday). The Skegness service was suspended during the war with anticipated reintroduction in 1946.
Gosling 1943 timetable

The timetable below from June 1959 (probably the last issued by Gosling's) shows surprisingly little change over the 26 years since the 1933 timetable above. The Wednesday service to Boston via Revesby reduced from five to four journeys but a Wednesday service introduced on the alternate route via Tumby Woodside.  On Saturday the Revesby route restored to 1933 levels, increased from five to seven journeys again. The Monday route to Spilsby has gone; but this appears to have been reinstated after the takeover of routes by Milson of Coningsby.
Gosling 1959 timetable

Gosling ticket

Gosling parcel ticket

Gosling ticket

Return to history page  


Pre-war timetables for three of Greswell's routes before the move of operations in 1939 to a new base in Victoria Street, Billingborough.
The starting point in Aslackby was given as Church Corner. The Bourne service below was Thursday daytime for market and Saturday
evening for cinema. There was also another Thurday market route to Bourne via Kirkby Underwood.  The Gresswell business was
acquired by Wings of Sleaford in March 1964 (the proprietor of Wings had once driven for Gresswell).  In the late 1950s and early

1960s, and unusually for a private operator in the shires, Gresswell had a Gibson ticket machine of the type that was used in large
quantity by London Transport. The machine passed to Wings and wa used by them until at least 1965.
Gresswell Sleaford timetable
Gresswell Boston timetable
Gresswell Spalding timetable
Return to history page 

Based in the market town of Alford at the foot of the Lincolnshire Wolds, this business was started in March 1930 by Frederick Hunt with a 14-seater Chevrolet. That first vehicle was employed to run from Alford to and from Boston three times a day, a route continued for many
 years. The illustration below shows the 1974 timetable for the route.  Hunts continue to this day as operators of a fleet of luxury coaches,
and the family firm still provides several bus services in and around the area (but no longer their original route to Boston).
1974 timetable Alford - Boston Hunts
Return to history page


The first timetables below are from 1949 with the extension of the routes from the village to serve Folkingham Camp.
Typically they also show the market day type of operation current at that time in the operator's history,
with services radiating from Folkingham in various directions each day of the week except Friday.
(The timing point 'Blue Harbour' in the Grantham Saturday timetable should be 'Cold Harbour').
Kime 1949 Grantham route timetable
Kime 1949 timetable Bourne route
Kime 1949 Boston route timetable
Kime 1949 Spalding route timetable
Kime 1949 Sleaford route timetable
Return to history page  

The pages below are from a modest but undated timetable booklet. From the routes shown it would be appear to have been
published between 1956 (Spalding route discontinued) and 1972 (introduction of daily Grantham service).
cover of timetable booklet
booklet Boston and Bourne timetables
booklet Sleaford timetable
booklet Grantham timetable
Return to history page

In 1970 Kime's Coaches took over the route from Boston to Spalding previously operated by Camplin of Donington (see above).
This is the timetable from March 1974. This was their first expansion into regular all day daily bus operation.
March 1974 timetable ex-Camplin route Boston-Spalding

In 1972 Kime took over the former Road Car route to Grantham. This was a considerable expansion into another daily operation.

The timetable below from September 1974 shows route revisions and the extension of the route to include Rippingale.
The restrictions on certain journeys relating to Ropsley were to protect the long established Reliance service.

1974 timetable daily to Grantham

1981 saw expansion of the Folkingham to Sleaford service into daily operation as Road Car withdrew from the road.
By this time Kime was also operating
another former Road Car route from Osbournby via Culverthorpe, Oasby and
Welby to Grantham (taken over in 1977).
Hence the reference to connections from Sleaford
to Grantham on Saturdays. Also see the driver's Saturday instruction sheet illustrated below.

1981 Sleaford timetable Monday to Friday
1981 Sleaford timetable Saturdays

Drivers Instruction Sheet for Saturday services, showing the interworking of the vehicle operating Folkingham
to Sleaford
with other routes including both Grantham via Culverthiorpe and Grantham via Ropsley.
A busy day - the only break for the driver being at Grantham from 1115 to 1200.
Through journeys from Sleaford to Grantham possible on Saturdays at 0830, 1025 and 1300.
Returning from Grantham at 0940, 1200 and 1550. Useful alternatives to the limited Road Car service via Ancaster.
These instructions are believed to have been current from 1981 to June 1996 when the Sleaford route was cut back.
Kime Drivers Instruction Sheet Saturdays
Return to history page


A modest sized bus operator until significant growth in 1960 when the routes of nearby Gosling of Mareham-le-Fen
were taken over.
The first three timetables date from 1974 and 1975 respectively, after taking over the Gosling routes;
the fourth from the pre-1960 era.The Monday market service to Spilsby is included in the Skegness timetable.
Although no timetable page available to display presumed that the original
Coningsby to Boston routes continued after 1960.
Milson 1975 timetable Boston route
Milson timetable 1974 Skegness
Milson 1974 timetable Horncastle and Sleaford routes
pre-1960 Milson timetable
Return to history page  


Pulfrey timetable booklet (undated, probably from 1962/1963 because of the reference to works services for Alfred Wisemans,
an engineering firm in Grantham that seems to have only operated there under their own name for those two years).
Market day in Newark was Wednesday and in Grantham it was Saturday, accounting for the extra activity on that day.

Pulfrey timetable cover 1962/1963
Pulfrey middle pages timetable booklet 1962-63
Pulfrey last page timetable booklet 1962-63

Pulfrey timetable dated September 1982.
Lincolnshire Road Car route 22 also ran from Grantham to Newark
but to a more westerly route via Allington, Foston and Long Bennington.
1982 Pulfrey timetable Grantham to Newark route

Pulfrey 2009 timetable for the Grantham to Woolsthorpe route, subsidised by the county council. This was interworked
on a one vehicle basis with Grantham town route 620 to Sunningdale.  The 620 was jointly operated with Centrebus.
Route 605 Woolsthorpe timetable from 2009
Return to history page  


Two pre-war timetables, current in the year 1932 for the Simmons Brothers Reliance services in and around the market town of Grantham..

The frequencies shown for the local routes to Gonerby and to Barrowby incorporate the additional timings which had been obtained with the take-over of competitor Whipple's business (from whom had come the rural routes below too).

Other than Lincolnshire Road Car the other competitor was Girdlestone who was still operating on these two local Grantham routes at the time and his business had yet to be acquired. That occurred in just the following year, 1933.

Local town services in Grantham had been started in the late 1920s by two operators, J Bland and A Crabtree, both of whom sold their businesses and routes to the Road Car in 1936. Work on a corporation-owned bus station on land off St Peters Hill was started in March 1931 as part of the government's unemployed persons grant scheme and it opened in January 1933.

Pre-decimal Bell Punch ticket of Simmons (Reliance)

1932 Reliance timetable town services
1932 Reliance timetable for country routes

Some timetables from 1978 for W J Simmons trading as Reliance, including Grantham town services
and the country routes to Ropsley, and to Bourne via Irnham, Corby Glen and Swinstead.
A complete 1961 timetable booklet can be found here.
1978 Reliance timetable Barrowby weekdays
Reliance 1978 timetable Barrowby weekends
1978 Reliance timetable Ropsley
Reliance 1978 timetable - Bourne via Corby Glen
1978 timetable Reliance Great Gonerby route

For completeness, an example timetable from the Mass Reliance era, dated June 2004, for the Grantham to Sleaford route.
This can be compared with the June 1932 timetable immediately below for the same route when operated  by Rickett of Ancaster.
Mass Reliance timetable 609 route June 2004
Return to history page


Rickett's route between Grantham and Sleaford passed to Lincolnshire Road Car in 1934 although discussions had taken place
previously for the route to be acquired by Wilfred Simmons (Reliance of Great Gonerby). Rickett also operated an express service
to Skegness as well as excursions from Ancaster. The emphasis of the route appears to have been on Sleaford rather than Grantham.
Rickett Letterhead
Rickett Grantham - Sleaford timetable 1932

Return to index page  


Prince Coach Service, undated pre-war timetable but current in 1932.

Their route to Marston left Grantham on the Lincoln road, whereas the
other (Pulfrey) route to Marston left Grantham on the Great North Road.
Founded by Billie Searson the bus route and business was continued by his son
Brian and grandson Stephen until passing to Pulfrey of Great Gonerby in 1969.
pre-war Searson timetable

Prince Coach Service, undated post-war timetable, with the route extended to Brandon.
Although buses arrive at Brandon and depart immediately the possible use of
a circular route returning direct to Marston from Brandon seems not to have been considered.
The road between Grantham and Barkston was also covered by Road Car services to Lincoln and Sleaford.
Post-war Searson timetable
Return to history page  


The first timetable is labelled 'proprietor J. Sharpe' so can be no later than 1947 when the business became Sharpes Motors Ltd.
The timetable is finely tuned to local needs running Monday daytime for the market and Saturday evening for the
cinema, even distinguishing
between when the cinema in Sleaford had one or two evening performances.
The second timetable would have been current circa 1977, possibly until the end of the service.

earlier timetable from Sharpe of Heckington pre-1947
later timetable Sharpe of Heckington c1977
Return to history page

Silver Queen derives from Clacton and District Motor Services, Ltd., started by Mr. William Percy Allen in December 1913. A branch
was established in Lincolnshire in 1922, running as Silver Queen, and becoming a limited company in 1926.  By 1928 ithe fleet in
Lincolnshire numbered sixty and in August of that year the company became Lincolnshire Road Car, with Tilling participation.The
timetable below, from the Grantham Journal, courtesy of the Bus Archive, may have been from the start of operations in the county.
Silver Queen timetable 1922 Grantham


A 1982 timetable booklet from Wings Coaches of Sleaford with special offer fares during the school summer holidays.

The timetables are for the alternative routes to Helpringham and Billingborough, one via Heckington, the other via Scredington.  The 0930 trip from Sleaford worked through to Bourne for the Thursday market, returning to form the 1455 from Billingborough.

The route to Billingborough via Heckington was previously operated by the Lincolnshire Road Car whilst the alternate route via Scredington was amongst the routes that came to Wings in March 1964 when they bought the long established Gresswell business.

Wing's Bellgraphic ticket pre-decimal
Wing 1982
Wing 3
Wing fares offers 1982
Return to index page

The January 1932 timetable for their routes from Plungar through the Vale of Belvoir to Grantham, Newark and Melton Mowbray,
 attuned to the local market days and the needs of schoolchildren to and from Grantham.
Vale of Belvoir timetable 1932
Return to index page

Although described as the shortest service between Melton and Grantham that might not have been the case as the Watson
route diverts from the main road route via Waltham to serve local villages. There is also a reference in the
bottom right hand
corner of the page suggestting a change of both vehicle and operator at Knipton.
1931 timetable for Watson's of Waltham
Return to index page

This is the 1932 timetable of Blankley Bros. of Colsterworth (Cecil and John), trading as The Gem Bus Service, who started up in
1926 with a second hand Chevrolet . The village lies on the
A1 Great North Road just about halfway between Grantham and
Stamford. Competing services were operated by Rex Buses
and Meads Coaches (proprietor B. Porter), also of Colsterworth.
Principal focus for both companies was on routes
to and from Grantham and Melton Mowbray. Both operators sold out
to Lincolnshire Road Car in 1934 or 1935 (sources differ). Cecil Blankley restarted as Gem Luxury Coaches during
 the war, which developed into a substantial private hire and excursions business, lasting until 1986. The coaches are
reputed to have been named after a one time popular brand of cigarettes. Mr Blankney, aged 78, died in 1984.
At one time  he had also owned Bartletts Coaches of Shanklin on the Isle of Wight, which was sold to island
operator Southern Vectis, believed to have been in the 1950s.
Gem Bus Service letterhead
1032 timetable Gem Bus Service Colsterworth
apologies for quality of reproduction - too long to accommodate in one scan
Return to index page

carrier list Spalding 1936
carrier list Spalding 1936
Return to history page