Our seaside resorts are many & varied, but all were served by a myriad of bus & coach operators, Lets remind oueselves of those far off family holidays by the sea.
Where better to start than in my home town of Worthing?, where this magnificent line up of Charabancs is seen on the seafront adjacent to the pier. This scene is virtually unchanged today & the pier still well worth a visit.
Several miles to the East is Eastbourne where we find this 1961 AEC Regent V operating the town tour. Seem here at Eastbourne Pier, this batch of buses had upper deck windows that could be wound down into the bodywork. The last of the Regents were withdrawn in 1981.
Barrow seemed to be one of those operators frequently overlooked, probably due to its geographical position. It did have quite an attractive seafront area as this equally attractive Massey bodied Leyland Titan demonstrates on the prom ay Walney Island.
For many, Blackpool is the ultimate in British seaside resorts & its easy to understand why. In this timeless shot a Balloon car trundles along the prom in front of the equally famous Tower, whilst holiday makers enjoy a few days away from their usual routines for a few days on the beach.
Another place where you can still enjoy a tram ride is Douglas on the beautiful Isle of Man, ezcwpt here, the trams are horse drawn. The prom is flat & both the trams & more importantly, the horses are very well looked after indeed.A most enjoyable way to spend a day in Douglas.
A much more up to date form of transport here, in the shape of a Leyland Atlantean in the Great Yarmouth fleet. Seen here on Marine Drive & showing to good effect the attractive livery favoured by Great Yarmouth.
A trip to Llandudno finds these three delughtful little buses waiting to go off on their next journey. The two nearest the camera are Guy Otters & they are seen at the North Pier. The glorious seafront at Llandudno must surely be one of the finest that the British Isles can muster.
Back to the South Coast & we find ourselves on South Parade in Southsea to witness this superb Burlingham bodied BUT 9511T of Portsmouth Corporation. This is another scene that has changed very little over the years except there are no trolley buses. They last ran in 1963.
On yet another Marine Drive, this time in Southport, we find a Leyland PD2/3 dating from 1947 & converted to open top. Seen here on a lovely sunny day, with lots of folk seemingly enjoying the weather.
One of Ribbles superb Burlingham bodied Leyland PD3/4s pauses on the prom at Morecambe. These buses were long lived & many saw further service. The illuminations look a fair effort & would have looked good after dark.
The legendary Corner Cafe at Scarborough is the setting for this wonderful shot featuring a bevy of United vehicles. The seafront at Scarborough was a smashing place to be and I'm sure if you walked the length of it, the Corner Cafe & its wares would have been a most welcome sight.
This delightful scene was recorded on the prom at Swanage, near the pier. The vehicle is a Hants & Dorset Bristol L6G with Beadle body & is a fine looking vehicle. The lady looks very pleased to be boarding it, as would any of us.
A trip to the delightful town of Dunoon, finds is on the Quayside to witness this lovely Leyland Tiger of Dunoon Motor Services. I wonder how many such vehicles have stood on the Quay over the years?. A lovely part of the world, well worth a visit.
This scene was recorded at the Crumbles terminus of Modern Electric Tramways at Eastbourne. The whole line was moved to Seaton in Devon after the 1969 season. I had many enjoyable forays on these little trams. The whole area is now lost under a large shopping centre & Eastbourne Marina.
A reminder of trips to the seaside finds a Plaxton bodied Bedford OB standing on the seafront at Hastings. It was owned by Empress Coaches who still operate & their coaches are just as immaculate now as they were then. Wouldn't it be nice to settle dowm in this coach for an afternoon mystery drive?.
At Pleinmont on the beautiful isle of Guernsey we find a lovely Reading bodied Albion Victor from the fleet of Watsons Greys. The Black & grey livery was a superb dignified one that worked much better than one might think. An operator sadly missed.
We call in on Bournemouth to see one of their Sunbeam MS2s with Park Royal dual entrance body sitting at the pier. The seafront at Bournemouth has changed very little. It is sobering to think that Britains last new trolleybuses were still four years away, yet the whole system was abandoned elevem years after this shot.
Not a fleet that would readily come to mind when thinking of the seaside but this Exeter Corporation Leyland Titan is seen sitting on the seafront in Exmouth. It must have been on a private hire to have found its way to this charming spot.
A rather dull August day in Morecambe finds a new Seddon Pennine RU with Seddon's own body sitting on the Esplanade. These were very good looking buses, but sadly their reliability was more than a bit suspect & they had very short lives compared to Morcambe's double deckers.
Under the trolley wires at Cooden Beach is Maidstone & District's first Atlantean. The trolley buses were replaced by the Atlanteans shortly after this shot. Cooden Beach has changed very little to this day, even retaining the trolleybus turning circle.