|The company ceased to be privately owned in
December of 1973 when it was sold to the Derby Corporation.
Under their ownership the Willington garage was where the private
hire fleet was based, with the regular service buses operating from
the depot on Ascot Drive, Derby. The story of the blue Bus
Company ended in 1976 when a fire destroyed the Willington garage
and 19 vehicles. However the rotes pioneered by the service
are still with us, run by Trent Buses.
If you are interested in finding out more about The Blue Buses
there is information on the Willington
Village Website. In addition an excellent pamphlet has
been recently published and is for sale in local post offices along
the former route, or contact the Repton Village History Group
directly. In 1985 David Stanier wrote a book, 'Blue Bus
Services' which gives further detail and provided pictures for this
MEMORIES OF THE EARLY BLUE BUSES ON THE DERBY TO BURTON ROUTE VIA REPTON AND WILLINGTON FROM ROSALIND HUDSON.
recently left Repton in 2005 to move South at the age of 90 years. She
has now written these reminiscences of the early days of the Blue Bus
I was born in 1915 and
remember when I was quite small, before we had a car, Father and
Mother used to take me to Burton shopping on a Saturday afternoon. If
the seats with the driver were not taken, Father and I used to sit in
the front. The two long seats were up each side of the bus and the
passengers faced each other.
There was always a
conductress on the bus who collected our fares and then stood on the
steps to open the doors at the next stop. I think ours was called
As a great treat
Father would buy me a large bag of sweets or chocolates. I was not
allowed to eat one until we were on the bus and until I had offered
one to the conductress.
I also remember later,
Mrs Tailby and all the hard work she did for the Blue Buses. She used
to get on the Derby bus at the Willington depot and travel as far as Findern where she would
change buses and travel to Burton. At Burton she
would travel on the Burton to Derby bus via Etwall to Derby and then
would return to the depot and deal with the shifts and the rest of the
office work. I donít really know why she travelled like this. We
always thought it was to see her employees were smartly dressed and