Old Bus Tickets

Western & Southern National – Setright Speed

western national ss

Here are a couple of Setright Speeds, and a circular tour ticket from Western and Southern National. The Setrights show two separate printing types. For many years the rolls were common for both the Western and Southern National networks, which corresponded largely with the areas served by the former Great Western and Southern Railways in the West Country (Somerset, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall in the main).
As you will see one of the tickets is a return showing the double punch, and also the impress on the back from cancellation button on the ticket machine used to cancel the ticket on the return journey.

southern national circular

The circular tour ticket above covered a round trip in the North Devon area of Southern National. From memory the Lynton – Barnstaple (route 308) and Ilfracombe – Lynton (306) sections were Bristol MWs, and the Barnstaple – Ilfracombe run was made on a Lodekka on route 301 (Westward Ho! – Bideford – Barnstaple – Braunton – Ilfracombe). At the time there were actually two other routes from Barnstaple to Ilfracombe – 302 via Muddiford and 309 via Kentisbury and Coombe Martin.

Photographs and Copy contributed by Stephen Ford


12/06/11 – 10:41

There was a long range of the Circular tickets with child versions as well. On family holidays in the West Country, I remember studying the list in the timetables but pocket money did not allow affording any of them.
The printers, Wheatons of Exeter also printed WNOC/SNOC timetables for many years.

David Harman