This is an interesting one.

After featuring what we thought was a double decker bus going up South Street, Dorchester in last week's Dorset Echo, Peter Foster of Dorchester has been in touch.

He thinks that the picture taken by the late Echo photographer Harry Green is showing a furniture van, not a bus.

He writes: "This appears to me to be a furniture van, either loading or unloading, probably at the shop of Shepherd and Hedger, located in Cornhill. Again, in my opinion, the vehicle shown is not a double decker bus.

"Double decker buses were, indeed, a regular sight in Dorchester’s Cornhill and South Street. The double decker buses I recall were on the Dorchester Town Service routes 71 Maiden Castle Road to Edisons, 72 Coburg Road to Bishops. The 71 route was later extended to Came View Estate and 72 to Culliford Road South and South Court Avenue. Long distance double deck buses in Cornhill and South Street I recall were:- 32 Axminster and Bridport to Weymouth; 34 Salisbury to Weymouth; 36 Bournemouth to Weymouth and 42 Exeter to Weymouth. All the foregoing were operated by Southern National. Route 34 was jointly operated with Wilts and Dorset; Route 36 jointly with Hants and Dorset, Route 11 and Route 42 jointly with Devon General. All these services would use the bus stop in Cornhill, just beyond the Town Pump, the bus stop being outside the gas show rooms."

Thanks to Peter for the bus expertise.