The origins of Delaine Buses of Bourne Lincolnshire can be traced back to 1890 when
the family introduced horse-drawn vehicles to cater for local people wishing to travel
to markets throughout the surrounding area.
The first motor bus was introduced in
1919, initially operating Market Day services to surrounding towns including Stamford,
Spalding and Grantham. In 1923 a daily service was introduced between Bourne and
Peterborough which continues to be the company’s trunk route.
The core business is
still based around some of those original services and today our fleet of 30 buses
operates a network of commercial services predominately serving four South Lincolnshire
Market Towns and the City of Peterborough, complimented with a network of school
day services serving most villages throughout the surrounding area.
The company is
operated by the fifth and sixth generations of the Delaine-Smith family, who have
continued to develop and tailor the business using a careful blend of tradition and
acting on current market demands. The sight of the familiar blue and cream buses
now dates back beyond living memory and the Delaine brand has acquired an enviable
reputation based on the ethos of quality, continuity and reliability which the family
view as important today as it’s always been.
In 2015 the family founded the Delaine
Heritage Trust and established the Delaine Bus Museum which houses the extensive
Delaine Archive, with the centrepiece being the Delaine Heritage Fleet which consists
of six former Delaine vehicles dating back to the 1950s.