The only UK museum dedicated to the story of an independent operator has been officially opened, revealing a collection of everything from ticket rolls to double-deckers and a historic inspector’s cap

Yeates-bodied Leyland Titan PD3/1 50 (RCT 3) at St Andrew’s Church, Rippingale after the opening ceremony. NICK THOMSON

Buses editor Alan Millar officially opened the Delaine Bus Museum at Bourne, Lincolnshire on 8 June. Currently the only UK bus museum dedicated to the story of a single commercial operator, the purpose-built facility — on part of the site occupied by the independent operator’s garage and head office — is the responsibility of a charity, the Delaine Heritage Trust, which was established in 2015 to display in perpetuity the collection of heritage buses, photographs, artefacts and memorabilia of the company, which introduced its first motorbus 100 years ago in 1919.

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