Topless at Seaton

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It’s been a glorious summer for open-top bus services, and Andy Izatt thoroughly enjoyed what the Jurassic Mule has to offer on the Dorset-Devon border

Nick Larkin has highlighted some of the challenges facing Derek Gawn, who reintroduced his Jurassic Mule open-top coastal tour on the Dorset-Devon border at the end of July (CBW, Industry Heritage, 31 July 2018). Derek explained to Nick that 2018 might well be the last year that it operates in its current form, so when an opportunity came up to try it and the Seaton Tramway with which it connects, it seemed too good to miss.

The beautiful Dorset Jurassic coastline from the top-deck of the Jurassic Mule Bristol VRT. ANDY IZATT

We joined the Jurassic Mule – on this occasion a former Dublin Bus 1997 Alexander-bodied Volvo Olympian open topper that had previously operated for Seaford & District – at Charmouth Road car park just before 1100hrs as it returned to Lyme Regis from Charmouth for the first time that day. Parking here is £2 for the day. The Mule operates between Newlands Holidays Park on the outskirts of Charmouth to Beer through Lyme Regis, Rousdon, Axmouth and Seaton on a roughly hourly basis, daily until 2 September. Joining the Olympian that day on what is registered route 124 was a part open-top ECW-bodied Bristol VRT/SL3 new to Hants & Dorset in 1977. […]

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