Delaine Heritage Trust
Delaine Bus Museum, 8 Spalding Road, Bourne, Lincolnshire, PE10 9LE


Delaine Heritage Trust is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation
Registered Charity No: 1164647

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The Delaine Heritage Trust was established in 2015 by the Delaine-Smith family. To establish and maintain a museum for the benefit of the public dedicated to preserving, promoting and displaying in perpetuity the collection of heritage buses, photographs, documents, artefacts and memorabilia of Delaine Buses of Bourne, Lincolnshire, one of England’s oldest independent bus operators for the purposes of education, reference, research and general interest.

The origins of Delaine Buses can be traced back to 1890 when the family introduced horse-drawn vehicles to take people to local markets. The first motor bus was introduced in 1919 and daily services from Bourne to Peterborough, Stamford, Spalding and Grantham were all established by 1923. Today the 32 strong fleet based on the original site in Spalding Road, Bourne, Lincolnshire is managed by the fifth and sixth generation's of the Delaine-Smith family and the core business is still based around some of the original services, with the ethos of quality, continuity and reliability is as important today as its always been.

The Delaine Bus Museum was officially opened in 2019 and the centrepiece are the seven members of the Delaine Heritage Fleet, with all but one spending their entire working lives with Delaine and at least one of them being built in each of the last five decades of the 20th Century and the Millenium year

The Museum also includes:

8 Spalding Road, Bourne, Lincolnshire, PE10 9LE

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday Evenings & Saturdays
between the second Saturday of March and October


Second Saturday of the month (March-October)
12.00pm - 4.00pm

Heritage Bus Rides: 1.15pm & 2.45pm
Light Refreshments available

an ideal opportunity to meet up with family or a like minded friend

take a trip down Memory lane or introduce the younger ones to the buses of yesteryear

enjoy some refreshments and a heritage bus ride in the Lincolnshire countryside

available at other times • standard & hospitality packages available

•  Delaine Timeline from 1890 to the present day
•  Display Office and Workshop
•  Captioned A2 photographs of former fleet members
•  Documents, Artefacts and Memorabilia relating to Delaine and the wider     bus industry
•  Tribute to Coachbuilders, WS Yeates of Loughborough

© Delaine Heritage Trust


Spring: Heritage Running Day
Museum Open: 9.00am - 4.45pm
frequent rides on three routes throughout the day

featuring the Delaine Heritage Fleet and Guest vehicles
Stalls • Snacks & Light Refreshments

Autumn: Twilight Mini Heritage Running Day
Museum Open: 1.30pm - 7.00pm
frequent rides on three routes

featuring the Delaine Heritage Fleet from the 1950s/60s/70s
experience the tungsten lighting of yesteryear

Twilight Mini Running Day: Saturday 15 October
Museum Open 1.30pm - 7.30pm
Heritage Bus rides every 20mins: To Rippingale 1.40-4.20 Mkt Deeping 4.40-7.20
featuring: KTL780, MTL 750, RCT 3 & ACT 540L from the Delaine Heritage Fleet

experience the effects of tungsten lighting


The story of neighbour Raymond Mays:
•  Pioneer Racing Driver
•  Founder of  the ERA & BRM Motor    Racing teams whose factories are    now part of the Delaine premises


Donations can be made to the Delaine Heritage Trust
by using the
 ‘SUMUP’ QR code
Thank you