On the buses for nostalgic look at Torbay transport

AEL Regal started service in 1946 and ran on routes like Torquay to Teignmouth.

AEL Regal started service in 1946 and ran on routes like Torquay to Teignmouth. - Credit: Stephen Coombes

Photographer Stephen Coombes served 41 years on the buses - and here, he celebrates |Torbay's transport over the years.

Retired bus driver Stephen, who lives in Torbay, spends a great deal of his spare time taking photographs of our #NaturallyInspiring Torbay and South Devon. In this feature, Stephen shares the beauty of the Bay and surrounding area with Torbay Weekly readers.

This week, Stephen shares his images of the sorts of buses he travelled around on, first as a conductor and then as a driver for 40 years.

Stephen would like to dedicate his pictures to the NHS frontline and support staff for all the tremendous life-saving work they are doing. Our Heroes.

An open-top 1949 Regent.

An open-top 1949 Regent. - Credit: Stephen Coombes

The good old days.

The good old days. - Credit: Stephen Coombes

The Devon General book I am holding I ask drivers, inspectors, mechanics to sign it - a nice souvenir.

The Devon General book I am holding I ask drivers, inspectors, mechanics to sign it - a nice souvenir. - Credit: Stephen Coombes

A preserved  AEC Regent V524.

A preserved AEC Regent V524. - Credit: Stephen Coombes

Albion Nimbus used on rural routes like Daccombe to Newton Abbot.

Albion Nimbus used on rural routes like Daccombe to Newton Abbot. - Credit: Stephen Coombes