SCT '61 Photo Index
Bedford OB
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1.
Taken on a boiling hot day trip to the Isles of Scilly is the c.1936/7 Bedford OB/OWB of Vic's Tours. The driver is the curly haired man in the picture and he had stopped at "Motorway Services" (his description!).
Photo taken Wednesday 29 June 1966, St. Mary's, Isles of Scilly
2. DAY146
Browns Blue, Ibstock. DAY146, a 1945 Bedford with Duple B32F bus body, with coach seats 6/1946 ex Hipwells, Ibstock. 8/1956 to Hawkins, Loughborough.
Photo taken July 1950, Browns Blue Garage, Ibstock
3. DCA574
Bedford OB DCA574 with Mulliner body. Owner not known
4. EOT404
Odiham Motor Services EOT404 was a Bedford OB with a Duple body new in 1945 when it had been B32F. By the time of this photograph in Basingstoke it had been altered to B30F.
Photo taken Thursday 21 August 1958, Wote Street, Basingstoke
5. GMN145
Isle of Man Road Services Bedford OB 26, GMN145, with Duple B32F body, new in 1945. It lasted until 1967.
Photo taken Saturday 1 August 1964, Port Erin Station
6. ACF181
Norfolk, Nayland ACF181, a Thurgood C29F bodied Bedford OB new in August 1946 is seen at the garage in Nayland.
Photo taken Sunday 14 February 1965, Bear Street/Mill Street, Nayland
7. BUD522
Slatter, Long Hanborough 20, BUD522, a Bedford OB with Duple C29F body dating from September 1946 is seen here at Gloucester Green, Oxford. It was withdrawn in April 1961 and sold for further service to Grainge, Westbury.
Photo taken Wednesday 20 August 1958, Gloucester Green, Oxford
8. CDP235
Stout (Valentine Coaches), Shalbourne CDP235, seen at The Wharf, Newbury, was a Bedford OB with a Duple B30F body which had been new in May 1946 as Reading 17 and was converted to B28F at an unknown date.
Photo taken Saturday 28 June 1958, The Wharf, Newbury
9. CDY294
Dengate, Beckley CDY294, a Duple B30F bodied Bedford OB new in 1946, seen in Hastings alongside Maidstone & District S273 (273DKT) an AEC Reliance with Park Royal DP40F body new as SO273 in 1959 and renumbered in July 1961.
Photo taken Saturday 21 July 1962, Wellington Square, Hastings
10. DBY329
Malta Route Bus 2059 DBY329. I am sure you all spotted that this was a Bedford OB built in 1946/7 though I must admit that I didn't.
Photo taken Monday 16 May 2011, Valletta Bus Station
11. DDL924
Reliance, Newbury 41, DDL924, a Duple B29F bodied Bedford OB which had been acquired in from Chard & District, Chard in 1955 and is seen in Newbury.
Photo taken Saturday 28 June 1958, The Wharf, Newbury
12. EP9388
Mid-Wales Motorways EP9388, a Bedford OB with a Duple C27F body was one of two new in December 1946. It was later upseated to C29F and is seen here in Welshpool.
Photo taken early 1971, Welshpool
13. GV9970
Bought new in 1946, GV9970 a Bedford OB with a 30 seat bus body by Thurgood of Ware had recently been withdrawn and put out to grass on Theobald's estate, a field on the edge of Hartest. This would have been quite a rarity had it been preserved. Behind is Duple coach bodied GPT207.
Photo taken Saturday 5 June 1965, Hartest
14. JLG991
Tillingbourne Valley operated JLG991 a Plaxton FC30F bodied Bedford OB new in 1946 to Altrincham Coachways. It was acquired from Holder, London S.E.8 in November 1955 and is seen in Onslow Street Bus Station in Guildford on the Peaslake service.
Photo taken Saturday 14 June 1958, Onslow Street Bus Station, Guildford
15. KTW241
City Coach B28, KTW241 was a Bedford OB with a Perkins P6 oil engine and a Mulliner B32F body, new in August 1946. Passed to WMS in 1952 but was never renumbered and sold to Hipperson (contractor), Dagenham c. August 1952.
Photo taken Laindon Station
16. AEB204
Green, Thorney AEB204 was a Bedford OB with a Duple C29F body which had been new to them in November 1947. It was withdrawn in June 1961 and is seen here at Bishop's Road Bus Station, Peterborough.
Photo taken Saturday 24 January 1959, Bishop's Road Bus Station, Peterborough
17. AGV194
AGV194 was Premier Travel, Cambridge 64 and was a Bedford OB with a Duple Vista C29F body acquired in December 1949 with the business of Burgoin, Haverhill to whom it had been new in 1947.
Photo taken Sunday 12 August 1962, Haverhill Depot
18. BCB96
BCB96, a Bedford OB built in 1947/8 with full front Plaxton bodywork.
Photo taken August 1973, near Brae, Shetland
19. CRD593
Reading 70, CRD593, seen at Reading Stations was a Bedford OB with a Mulliner B32F body, one of six new in 1947.
Photo taken Saturday 28 June 1958, Reading Stations
20. DBU889
Felix of Long Melford 1947 Bedford OB DBU889 with Duple C27F body.
Photo taken Sunday 6 June 2010, Clacton
21. DUX160
Dengate, Beckley 25, DUX160, a Mulliner B32F bodied Bedford OB new in 1947 to Jones, Market Drayton 14 was acquired in May 1954 from Perrin, Paddock Wood to whom it had passed from Jones in November 1948. It was seen in Hastings.
Photo taken Saturday 21 February 1959, Wellington Square, Hastings
22. EDL445
Safeguard acquired EDL445 in January 1951 from Moss. Sandown to whom it had been new in 1947. The Duple Vista C29F bodied Bedford OB is seen in Onslow Street Bus Station in Guildford.
Photo taken Saturday 14 June 1958, Onslow Street Bus Station, Guildford
23. EDY44
Empress of Hastings EDY44, a Bedford OB with Plaxton body which was less common in the South of England on OB chassis. Photographed on Hastings Seafront with a fine selection of chalkboards advertising available tours, one of my very first colour photos.
Photo taken Sunday 28 August 1966, Marine Parade, Hastings
24. EX6148
Farrans' EX6148 is a real rarity, a Bedford OB with a full front Plaxton body. It would presumably have entered service with a Great Yarmouth operator about 1947.
Photo taken Saturday 20 February 1965, Reed Hall, Colchester
25. FDL802
The Bedford OB was long the stalwart of many East Anglian fleets.Theobald's FDL802 had served Southern Vectis from 1949 to 1957. Although showing Bury St Edmunds on the blind, it was simply being backed out for photographers, seemingly causing chaos to passing traffic.
Photo taken Sunday 5 September 1965, Little St. Mary's, Long Melford, Sudbury
26. FER241
Premier Travel, Cambridge 23, FER241, was a Bedford OB with a Duple B32F body new in February 1947. It was withdrawn in February 1961 and sold for use as a site hut.
Photo taken Sunday 5 July 1959, Harston depot
27. FWW596
A pair of West Yorkshire Road Car coaches provide a contrast in size. Nearest the camera is CP1, FWW596, a 1947 Bedford OB with Duple body originally numbered 646 while the full size coach is CUG27, 8124WX, a 1961 Bristol MW6G with ECW body.
Photo taken Sunday 11 October 2009, Bolton Abbey
28. FWW596
For many years the only non-Bristol in the West Yorkshire fleet was this Bedford OB with classic Duple bodywork. It owed its longevity to its use on the York City Tour. Dating from 1947 CP1, FWW596, is seen at the Skipton rally and running day.
Photo taken Sunday 8 October 2017, Coach Street, Skipton
29. FWW956
West Yorkshire 646, FWW596, a 1947 Bedford OB with classic Duple body. This vehicle was for many years the York City Tour bus hence the quarter lights.
Photo taken Sunday 14 October 2007, Ilkley Bus Station
30. GRU104
Brady (Brown Motor Services), Forest Green started in 1924 with a model T Ford and a later coach, GRU104, a Duple C29F bodied Bedford OB dating from 1947 which Brady acquired in May 1955 from Shamrock & Rambler, Bournemouth was seen at Horsham Carfax on the service to Ewhurst which operated daily except for Good Friday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
Photo taken Saturday 7 February 1959, Horsham Carfax
31. HFM34
Blue Bus, Slough HFM34 was one of two Beadle B28F bodied Bedford OBs which Blue Bus acquired from Crosville in 1954. Dating from 1947 this one had been Crosville S8 and when seen at Ascot had been fitted with a Perkins engine.
Photo taken Saturday 21 June 1958, Ascot
32. HUO698
Western National 545, HUO698, was a Duple C27F bodied Bedford OB dating from 1947 seen at Victoria Coach Station.
Photo taken Saturday 19 July 1958, London Victoria Coach Station
33. HYF531
United Service Transport, London S.W.17 number 1064, HYF531, was a Bedford OB with a Duple Vista C29F body which had been new to them in March 1947. It is seen alongside another of their OBs at Ascot races.
Photo taken Saturday 21 July 1962, Ascot
34. HYM685
Eastern National KN025, HYM685, still in Moore Bros livery. HYM685 was a Bedford OB with Duple C29F body, new in 1947 to Fallowfield & Britten and bought by Moores in 1951, which passed to Eastern National with the rest of the Moore Bros fleet in February 1963.
Photo taken 1963
35. JDD680
Cheltenham provides the setting for this shot of Bedford OB JDD680 with Duple C29F body of Gillett, Winchcombe.
Photo taken Sunday 13 July 1958, Cheltenham, Royal Well Bus Station
36. JDV752
Duple bodied Bedford OBs JDV754 and KPW986, new in 1947 and 1950 respectively.
Photo taken Sunday 7 October 2012, Warminster
37. JDV754
Rear view of Duple bodied Bedford OB numbers JDV754 and KPW986 slows slight differences between the vehicles.
Photo taken Sunday 7 October 2012, Warminster
38. JTB262
New in 1947 to Cornish, Denton JTB262 was acquired by Tillingbourne Valley in January 1956 and is seen in Guildford (Farnham Road) Bus Station on the service to Farley Green. It was a Plaxton FC30F bodied Bedford OB.
Photo taken Saturday 14 June 1958, Farnham Road Bus Station, Guildford
39. KDH801
Brook Bros, Castle Gresley, Bedford OB KDH801, new in 1947 to Boults Walsall with a Plaxton C29F body. Withdrawn in March 1955.
Photo taken July 1950, opposite Brooks Garage, Castle Gresley
40. LPG191
Yellow Bus Services bought LPG191 in 1947 and the Bedford OB had a Duple Vista C29F body. It was involved in a serious accident in 1952 and the body written off. It was then fitted with a Gurney Nutting C29F body resembling the Duple one as seen in Guildford (Farnham Road) Bus Station.
Photo taken Saturday 14 June 1958, Farnham Road Bus Station, Guildford
41. LPH482
LPH482, a Duple Vista C20F bodied Bedford OB, was operated by Walton-on-Thames Motor Co. Ltd. on a service from Walton (Bridge Street) to Walton Station which operated daily. It was their first post-war vehicle, being new in October 1947.
Photo taken Saturday 14 June 1958, Walton on Thames
42. LPU616
Eastern National 3925/187, LPU616, one of a batch of six Bedford OBs with Beadle B30F bodies, new in 1947. It was withdrawn in 1958.
Photo taken outside Prittlewell Garage, Southend
43. LPU616
New in 1947 as Eastern National 3926, LPU616 was the second of a batch of six Bedford OBs with Beadle B30F bodies. It was renumbered to 187 in July 1954 and, after withdrawal, passed to A.M.C.C. Limited (dlr), London E15 in 11/59 and to the yard at Southend in 3/60. It is seen here in Ingrave Road, Brentwood.
Photo taken Saturday 14 February 1959, Ingrave Road, Brentwood
44. NRE234
Reliance, Newbury ran this Bedford OB, registered NRE234, with a Duple C29F body which was number 29 in their fleet. New in 1947 it had arrived in January 1952 from Greatrex, Stafford 32 and is heading for Brightwalton in this view in Newbury.
Photo taken Saturday 25 October 1958, The Wharf, Newbury
45. AEP551
Photographed here in Shrewsbury with Green (Worthen Motorways), Worthen, whilst displaying the incorrect registration AEP 51 (one of the 5s has fallen off), AEP551 was a Bedford OB with a Duple C29F body which had been new to Mid-Wales Motorways in October 1948.
Photo taken early 1971, Barker Street Bus Station, Shrewsbury
46. EAJ679
EAJ679 is a Bedford OB with Plaxton C29F bodywork. This vehicle was new to Howard of Whitby in Feb 1948, and is one of only two known Plaxton bodied OB's to survive.
Photo taken Sunday 31 July 2011, Marine Parade, Worthing
47. EP9548
Photographed in the yard of Mid Wales Motorways of Welshpool is this Bedford OB, EP9548.
Photo taken Sunday 11 August 1963, Welshpool
48. ERX284
Reliance, Newbury 23, ERX284, was a Duple C29F bodied Bedford OB new in December 1948 seen in Newbury.
Photo taken Saturday 28 June 1958, The Wharf, Newbury
49. FFS878
Acquired in 1956 from Scottish Omnibuses where it had been C178, FFS878, a Bedford OB with an S.M.T. C24F body new in 1948 became Highland Omnibuses C19.
Photo taken Saturday 25 July 1959, Needlefields Central Works, Inverness
50. FFS879
Highland C20, FFS879, a Bedford OB with S.M.T. C24F body seen at Farraline Park Bus Station, Inverness was new in 1948 to Scottish Omnibuses (C179) and was acquired in November 1956.
Photo taken Friday 24 July 1959, Farraline Park Bus Station, Inverness
51. GER422
Premier Travel, Cambridge 39, GER422, new in June 1948, was a Bedford OB with a Duple C29F body and is seen here, engineless, although not being recorded as withdrawn until 1963 and then sold to Passenger Vehicle Sales (dealers), Ilford in March 1964.
Photo taken Sunday 12 August 1962, Chrishall Depot
52. JXT483
Carruthers, New Abbey 3, JXT483, was a newly acquired Duple B27F bodied Bedford OB seen in Dumfries. It had been new to the Metropolitan Police in 1948 and was recorded as passing to Carruthers in June 1962.
Photo taken Tuesday 5 June 1962, Whitesands, Dumfries
53. KBP749
Mitchell, Warnham KBP749 was a Duple C29F bodied Bedford OB new in December 1948 which is seen at Horsham Carfax on one of Mitchell's three services.
Photo taken Saturday 7 February 1959, Horsham Carfax
54. KCV688
To compliment my earlier postings of 60's shots of independents (Claribel Birmingham), I include some pictures taken around that time (61-62) of Cornwall independents. This Duple bodied Bedford OB, KCV688, was owned Roseland Motors, Veryan (Morse) and built in 1948.
Photo taken c.1961/2, Roseland Garage, Veryan
55. LBH757
Seen at Wembley Arena was LBH757, a Bedford OB with a Thurgood C29F body new in June 1948 which was number 12 in the fleet of Dell (Rover), Chesham.
Photo taken Saturday 18 April 1959, Wembley
56. MNU689
Tillingbourne Valley ran this 1948 Bedford OB, MNU689, with Woodhall Nicholson B29F body acquired in January 1951 from Booth & Fisher, Halfway. It is seen in Guildford (Farnham Road) Bus Station on the Warren Road service.
Photo taken Saturday 14 June 1958, Farnham Road Bus Station, Guildford
57. MPE59
MPE59 of Brady, Forest Green was a Bedford OB with a Duple C29F body new to him in June 1948 and is seen here in the Farnham Road Bus Station in Guildford operating his service to Forest Green. Brady, who had started in 1924 with a Ford model T with a 14 seat bus body, traded as Brown Motor Services.
Photo taken Monday 31 August 1959, Farnham Road Bus Station, Guildford
58. BGV845
New to Norfolk, Nayland in August 1949, BGV845 was a Bedford OB with a Duple Vista C29F body seen at Egerton Road, Twickenham.
Photo taken Saturday 16 March 1963, Egerton Road, London Twickenham
59. DFR987
Canham, Whittlesey DFR987 was a Bedford OB with a Duple Vista C29F body new in 1949 and was acquired in July 1962 from Dew, Somersham.
Photo taken Sunday 20 September 1964, Scaldgate, Whittlesey
60. FAJ851
Ryedale Motors FAJ851, a Duple-bodied Bedford OB built in 1949.
Photo taken 1959, Hartoft End, Rosedale, North Yorkshire
61. FAW523
Rochester & Marshall, Great Whittington, FAW523, a Bedford OB built in 1949 with Duple B30F bodywork. It had been new to Shropshire County Council.
Photo taken mid 1960s?, Priestpopple, Hexham
62. FAW532
Acquired by Safeguard, Guildford in November 1952, FAW532 had been new in 1949 to Salopia Saloon Coaches, Whitchurch. The Duple C29F bodied Bedford OB is seen in Onslow Street Bus Station, Guildford operating to that well known place 'Relief'.
Photo taken Saturday 14 June 1958, Onslow Street Bus Station, Guildford
63. HCG581
Banstead Coaches started operation in 1950 with the limited company being formed in 1958 and HCG581 was a Bedford OB with a Mulliner B31F body which had been new in 1949 to Ford, Silchester. Banstead acquired it in November 1958.
Photo taken Saturday 4 April 1959, Western end of High Street, Banstead
64. HCG581
Banstead Coaches started operation in 1950 with the limited company being formed in 1958 and HCG581 was a Bedford OB with a Mulliner B31F body which had been new in 1949 to Ford, Silchester. Banstead acquired it in November 1958 and it is seen here outside The Mid Day Sun in Outwood Lane at Chipstead.
Photo taken Saturday 4 April 1959, Outwood Lane, Chipstead
65. HOD75
Mervyns Coaches HOD75, a Bedford OB / Duple Vista from 1949.
Photo taken Friday 1 January 2010, The Broadway, Winchester
66. HOD79
Western National 1400, HOD79, was a Bedford OB with Duple C29F body new in 1949.
Photo taken Sunday 15 June 1958, rear of Hyde Park Road Southdown Garage, Portsmouth
67. JEL278
I took this snapshot in the fifties at (I think) the Southampton depot of this lovely Bedford operated by Hants and Dorset, 983, JEL278, a Bedford OB with Beadle B20F body that was new in 1949. It was withdrawn in 1957.
Photo taken 1950s, Grosvenor Square Depot, Southampton
68. JEL580
Hants & Dorset 567, JEL580, a Bedford OB with Beadle B20F body was new in 1949, the body being rebuilt to B28F in 1952. Withdrawn in August 1957 it was used until December 1958 as the crew room during the reconstruction of Bournemouth Bus Station.
Photo taken Saturday 6 September 1958, Bournemouth Bus Station
69. JFJ939
Seen at the Clacton Transport Fair and Running Day on Sunday 2nd June is Bedford OB/Duple JFJ939 which has been converted into a caravan. It was new to Greenslades in May 1949
Photo taken Sunday 2 June 2013, Clacton Shopping Village
70. JTG280
Silver Service, Darley Dale, JTG280, a Bedford OB with Duple Vista C29F body, originally new to L. H. Starkey, Ton Pentre in 1949.
Photo taken 1967, Silver Service's garage, Darley Dale, Derbyshire
71. JVF447
New in 1949 to Colin Pegg, Caston, Norfolk, KVF447 came to Theobald's in 1959. The setting is the sleepy picturesque village of Hartest where there was a small garage, possibly acquired from Cook's in the 1930s.
Photo taken Saturday 5 June 1965, Hartest
72. JXU538
Bedford OB JXU548 Duple, new in 1949
Photo taken Sunday 6 June 1993, Arley Hall, Nuneaton
73. KAL683
Barton 532, KAL683, seen in the yard at Chilwell, was a Bedford OB with a Duple Vista C29F body new in March 1949.
Photo taken Sunday 10 May 1959, Chilwell
74. KKN752
Moody's KKN752, Bedford OB/Duple C29F
Photo taken February 1969, Rose Street, Northfleet
75. KKN752
KKN752, Duple Vista bodied Bedford OB with Moody's Northfleet
Photo taken 1968, Rose Street, Northfleet Kent
76. LSM44
J Watt, Reawick, Shetland LSM44, a Bedford OB from 1949 with Duple Vista C29F bodywork.
Photo taken August 1973, Lerwick, Shetland
77. LSM44
J Watt & Son, Reawick, Shetland, LSM44, a Bedford OB built in 1949 with Duple Vista C29F bodywork.
Photo taken August 1973, Esplanade, Lerwick, Shetland
78. LTA750
Royal Blue 1411, LTA750, a classic Duple bodied Bedford OB dating from 1949.
Photo taken Sunday 13 June 2010, Chatsworth
79. LTA906
LTA906 is a Southern National Bedford OB, fleet number 1430, of 1949.
Photo taken Sunday 22 September 2013, Kingsbridge
80. LTA908
Former Royal Blue 1432, LTA908, with a new owner at Exeter Bus Station in about 1971, a Bedford OB / Duple C27F of 1949; BBF8 of 1961 says that Western/Southern National had 59 OB's at that time.
Photo taken 1971, Exeter Bus Station
81. LTA909
Southern National 1433, LTA909, a Duple Vista C29F bodied Bedford OB new in 1949 seen in Royal Blue livery loads for Swanage at Victoria Coach Station.
Photo taken Saturday 10 September 1960, London Victoria Coach Station
82. LTA909
Southern National 1433, LTA909, a Duple C29F bodied Bedford OB, new in 1949, at Victoria Coach Station.
Photo taken Saturday 19 July 1958, London Victoria Coach Station
83. LYC731
Express Motors of Bontnewydd Caernarfon operate this Bedford OB with Duple bodywork. LYC731 dates from 1949 and was new to Blagdon Lioness of Blagdon.
Photo taken Sunday 19 June 2011, Rowsley
84. MHU49
Newly restored Bedford MHU49 seen at the BVBG/Avon Valley Railway Brislington rally/running day. It was Bristol Tramways’ first new post war Bedford, and their first new OB, taking the fleet number 207. It entered service in December 1949, fitted with a Duple B30F body, and saw service in Weston-super-Mare and Stroud before being withdrawn in 1958, retaining its petrol engine throughout.
Photo taken Sunday 12 August 2012, Brislington
85. MHU49
Mid-Wales Motorways MHU49, acquired in February 1959 from the Bristol Omnibus Company, was a Bedford OB with a Duple B30F body and is seen in Welshpool alongside a Crosville Bristol/ECW.
Photo taken early 1971, Welshpool
86. MHU50
Whiteway of Waunfawr MHU50 was the former Bristol Tramways Bedford OB 228 with Duple B30F body which served Whiteway from 1957 to 1973. It was out of use in this photograph although had only been withdrawn fairly recently.
Photo taken 1974, Waunfawr
87. MNW300
MNW300, a Bedford OB with Wilks and Meade bespoke special build of 1949.
Photo taken Thursday 15 August 1963, Middleham Moors, North Yorkshire
88. NPJ349
This Duple Vista C29F bodied Bedford OB was new in 1949 to Cooke, Stoughton and was acquired by Yellow Bus Services in 1952. NPJ349 is seen in Onslow Street Bus Station, Guildford.
Photo taken Saturday 14 June 1958, Onslow Street Bus Station, Guildford
89. NPJ349
A nearside shot of NPJ349 a Duple Vista C29F bodied Bedford OB new in 1949 to Cooke, Stoughton and acquired by Yellow Bus Services in 1952 and seen in Guildford.
Photo taken Saturday 14 June 1958, Farnham Road, Guildford
90. OEV889
Seen in the Farnham Road Bus Station in Guildford is Tillingbourne Valley, Chilworth OEV889, acquired in July 1959 from Rippingale, Gestingthorpe. It was a Bedford OB with a Duple Vista C29F body which had been new in 1949.
Photo taken Monday 31 August 1959, Farnham Road Bus Station, Guildford
91. SS7376
Sandwick Transport, Shetland, SS7376, a Bedford OB from 1949 with Duple Vista C29F bodywork.
Photo taken August 1973, Sandwick, Shetland
92. TMY26
Tillingbourne Valley TMY26 was a Duple C29F bodied Bedford OB seen at Farnham Road Bus Station in Guildford. It had been new to Beach, Staines in January 1949, passing to Tillingbourne in January 1960.
Photo taken May 1962, Farnham Road Bus Station, Guildford
93. TMY700
Preserved Bedford TMY700, a 1949 Bedford OB with Duple Vista bodywork.
Photo taken Sunday 18 September 2011, Duxford
94. 1949MN
Tours Isle of Man were operating this 1950 Bedford OB with classic Duple bodywork in 1985. Reregistered 1949MN, it was new to Baily of Turvy as HTM20.
Photo taken July 1986, St Johns, Isle of Man
95. 1949MN
Both former Tours (Isle of Man) Bedford OBs with Duple coachwork, 1949MN and 1950MN, pose together in preservation on the mainland while attending the 48th East Coast Run from Hull to Bridlington.
Photo taken Sunday 12 June 2016, Sewerby Fields, Bridlington
96. 1950MN
Protours (Isle of Man) Duple bodied Bedford OB Registration 1950MN, new (appropriately) in 1950.
Photo taken Friday 18 July 2008, opposite Villa Marina, Promenade, Douglas, Isle of Man
97. 1950MN
Both former Tours (Isle of Man) Bedford OBs with Duple coachwork, 1949MN and 1950MN, pose together in preservation on the mainland while attending the 48th East Coast Run from Hull to Bridlington.
Photo taken Sunday 12 June 2016, Sewerby Fields, Bridlington
98. ACC712
Whiteways Bedford OB ACC712
Photo taken Thursday 15 April 1976, Waenfawr
99. ACC712
ACC712 was new to Williams (Whiteway) in 1949 and withdrawn in 1979. It was a regular on the stage service right up to the end. In front is LTT913 which was acquired in October 1958 and lasted until 1977, having been new to Sunbeam of Torquay but then passing to Wallace Arnold.
Photo taken 1974, Waunfawr
100. ATS689
One of a number of vehicles giving rides round the site was Bedford OB 1, ATS689 of Keelings. The body does not look quite right for Duple – is this one of the SMT bodies? The Scottish registration and the destination suggest that the operator was from somewhere in the Dunfermline area – does anyone know anything about him?
Photo taken Sunday 29 June 2014, Hertfordshire Showground, Redbourn
101. BJV590
BJV590, a 1950 Bedford OB with Duple C24F bodywork new to Blackburn of Grimsby now in the livery of and operated by Taw and Torridge Coaches, Merton near Okehampton. Devon
Photo taken Sunday 6 October 2013, Winkleigh
102. BJV590
BJV590, a Bedford OB from 1950 with Duple C24F body at Callander on the "Trossachs Trundler" service (try saying that after a wee dram), a tourist board inspired connecting service between various visitor centres in Stirlingshire in 1993. Taken at this angle the body looks like it has been pushed back and the engine fitted as an afterthought!
Photo taken Monday 3 May 1993, Callander, Stirlingshire
103. CCF669
H.C. Chambers & Son of Bures, Suffolk operated CCF669, this superb Duple C29F bodied Bedford OB. It was new in June 1950.
Photo taken Monday 29 March 1971, Depot, Bures
104. DJR264
Mid-Wales Motorways DJR264, photographed in the yard at their Newtown garage, was a Bedford OB with a Duple C29F body new in 1950 which had been acquired from Hoskin, Blackwood in March 1967.
Photo taken early 1971, Newtown Garage
105. EBW300
Slatter, Long Hanborough 22, EBW300, a Bedford OB with Duple C29F body new in January 1950 is seen here at Gloucester Green, Oxford. Withdrawn in February 1963 it became a mobile shop.
Photo taken Wednesday 20 August 1958, Gloucester Green, Oxford
106. EDY44
Seen on Horse Guards Avenue in London was Phillips (Empress), Hastings EDY44, a Plaxton C29F bodied Bedford OB new in 1950.
Photo taken Saturday 13 February 1965, Horse Guards Avenue, London Whitehall
107. EDY44
A rear view of Phillips (Empress), Hastings EDY44, a Plaxton C29F bodied Bedford OB new in 1950.
Photo taken Saturday 13 February 1965, Horse Guards Avenue, London Whitehall
108. ETL221
Bedford OB ETL221, a 1950 Plaxton 29 seater coach with 28HP petrol engine.
Photo taken Llanon, Ceredigion, West Wales
109. GCA747
Warstone Motors/Green Bus Service 15, GCA747, a Bedford OB built in 1950 with Duple Vista C29F bodywork.
Photo taken June 1981, Great Wyrley Garage
110. GCE413
Moore, Saffron Walden acquired GCE413, a Bedford OB with a Thurgood C29F body in June 1955 and withdrew it in April 1958. It came from Harris, Cambridge.
Photo taken Sunday 5 July 1959, Saffron Walden
111. GDL779
Southern Vectis 219, GDL779, a Bedford OB with Duple C29F body new in June 1950
Photo taken June 1960, Newport, Isle of Wight
112. GFU700
With a Duple Vista C29F body, GFU700 was a Bedford OB, new in 1950, which had been acquired in April 1961 from Farmery, South Elmsall and was numbered 130 in the Premier Travel, Cambridge fleet.
Photo taken Sunday 12 August 1962, Haverhill Depot
113. GWF358
Connor & Graham, Easington, 16, GWF358, a Bedford OB built in 1949 with Duple Vista C29F bodywork. Probably preserved when photographed at the end of the East Coast run in 1972.
Photo taken June 1972, Scarborough
114. GWP577
GWP577 was a standard Bedford OB/Duple C29F new to Ketley, Stourport and acquired by O R Williams & Son (Whiteway) of Waenfawr/Waunfawr in 1958.
Photo taken 1974, Waunfawr
115. HGE219
J Watts of Reawick, HGE219, a Bedford OB built in 1950 with Duple Vista C29F bodywork.
Photo taken August 1973, Lerwick, Shetland
116. HOT808
Dell Chesham t/a Rover ran this Bedford OB with a Duple Vista C29F body which had been acquired from Fox, Amersham. HOT808 had been new in 1950 and was seen at Ascot races.
Photo taken Saturday 21 July 1962, Ascot
117. HYG870
Smith (t/a Blue Bell), March HYG870, a Bedford OB with a Duple Vista C29F body had been acquired from Yates, Morecambe in August 1960.
Photo taken Sunday 20 September 1964, March
118. JHP985
JHP985, a Duple Vista C29F bodied Bedford OB new in 1950 was acquired by Brady, Forest Green (Brown Motor Services) in October 1956 and is seen at Guildford (Farnham Road) Bus Station.
Photo taken Saturday 14 June 1958, Farnham Road Bus Station, Guildford
119. KEL679
Former Hants & Dorset 1950 Duple C24F bodied Bedford OB 687, KEL679, pictured outside the Forge Mill Needle Museum in Redditch (more interesting than it sounds!!) sometime in the late 1980s. The coach appeared to be on a connecting service between museums although who it was operated by is unknown.
Photo taken late 1980s, Forge Mill Needle Museum, Redditch
120. KEL94
Preserved Shamrock & Rambler KEL94, a 1950 Bedford OB with Duple C29F. This vehicle was new as KEL95 but following reregistration and a spell in Ireland has become KEL94.
Photo taken Sunday 21 July 2013, Anstey Park, Alton
121. KNY731
Photographed in the yard of Mid Wales Motorways of Welshpool in August 1963 is KNY731 a Bedford OB with Duple 29 seat bodywork.
Photo taken Sunday 11 August 1963, Welshpool
122. KPW986
Lewis Coaches of Henstidge, Somerset, own KPW986, a classic Duple bodied Bedford OB. New in 1950 to Eagle Coaches of Norfolk in 1950 and was owned by them for 28 years. It spent ten years of the road before being bought and restored for further service by Lewis
Photo taken Sunday 16 August 2015, Top O Town Car Park, Dorchester
123. LNA367
W.Gell 1950 Bedford OB / Duple Vista coach LNA367
Photo taken Saturday 14 September 2002, Duxford
124. LRO296
The Mountain Goat, Windermere, LRO296, a Bedford OB built in 1950 with Duple Vista C29F bodywork.
Photo taken late 1970s, Windermere?
125. LRR655
Barton 594, LRR655, a Duple bodied Bedford OB at a rally in the Doncaster area in June 1971 on the St. Leger Run which ran from Doncaster to Sandtoft.
Photo taken Sunday 13 June 1971, Doncaster
126. LTA750
Preserved ex-Southern National 1411 LTA750, a Bedford OB with Duple C27F body, new in 1950.
Photo taken Sunday 26 September 2004, Duxford
127. LTA752
Preserved Bedford LTA752, a 1950 Bedford OB with Duple Vista bodywork.
Photo taken Sunday 18 September 2011, Duxford
128. LTA752
Lodge's Coaches, High Easter, LTA752, aBedford OB built 1950 with Duple Vista bodywork modified by Lincolnshire Road Car. New as Western National 1413.
Photo taken Wednesday 20 November 2013, Middlesbrough
129. LTA759
Former Southern National 1420, LTA759, a Bedford OB with Duple C27F body of 1950 is seen operating for Tremains.
Photo taken 1968, Truro
130. LUR446
Duple bodied Bedford OB LUR446, new to Kirby’s of Bushey Heath in 1950.
Photo taken Sunday 14 October 2012, Canvey Island
131. LUR446
Profile view of Duple bodied Bedford OB LUR446, new to Kirby’s of Bushey Heath in 1950.
Photo taken Sunday 14 October 2012, Canvey Island
132. MHU52
Worthen Travel, Shrewsbury, MHU52, a Bedford OB built 1950 with Duple B30F bodywork. Taken in the Ironbridge area, this had been new as Bristol Tramways 210.
Photo taken Ironbridge
133. MHU52
Mid-Wales Motorways MHU52, acquired in February 1959 from the Bristol Omnibus Company, was a Bedford OB with a Duple B29F body which was pictured in the yard at their main garage in Newtown.
Photo taken early 1971, Newtown Garage
134. MYB33
Bedford OB/Duple C29F MYB33 was new in 1950 to Safeway Services, South Petherton, Somerset. Delivered in October of that year it must have been one of the last OB's built, at least with a coach body.
Photo taken Sunday 20 July 2014, Normanby Hall Country Park, near Scunthorpe
135. OBB327
OBB327 appears to be built on a Bedford OB chassis, or possibly an O series goods chassis, but in any event I can't find anything about it on the web. The side mouldings are reminiscent of contemporary coach bodies. It is seen at the Huddersfield Bus Rally in Geenhead Park in 1974.
Photo taken Sunday 11 August 1974, Greenhead Park, Huddersfield
136. PPU767
Dell, Chesham (t/a Rover Bus Service) PPU767, a Bedford OB with a Duple Vista C29F body rests in Clacton. It had been new to Lansdowne Luxury Coaches, London E.11 in 1950 and was acquired by Dell in November 1952.
Photo taken Tuesday 1 September 1959, Clacton
137. REV213
Moore, Saffron Walden bought REV213 in August 1950 and the Duple C29F bodied Bedford OB is seen in the garage.
Photo taken Sunday 5 July 1959, Saffron Walden
138. SS7486
Preserved Stark's of Dunbar C22, SS7486, a Bedford OB built in 1950 with Duple Vista C29F bodywork.
Photo taken August 1978, Trans-Pennine Rally, Harrogate
139. SW8039
Bee-Line Roadways, Middlesbrough, SW8039, a Bedford OB built n 1950 with Duple Vista C29F bodywork.
Photo taken April 1972, Eston, Middlesbrough
140. BEP882
In the yard at their Newtown garage is Mid-Wales Motorways BEP882 which was a Bedford OB with a Duple B30F body new in March 1951.
Photo taken early 1971, Newtown Garage
141. JBY804
Duple bodied Bedford OB JBY804, new in 1951 to Barber of Mitcham and bought by Cyril Kenzie of Shepreth in 1966 for private hire work
Photo taken Saturday 26 May 2012
142. MFM39
Preserved Crosville SL71, MFM39, a 1951 Bedford OB with Duple Vista C29F coachwork. It is colloquially known as Bosworth.
Photo taken Sunday 11 August 2013, Brislington Park & Ride
143. MPT410
AJ Eunson, Virkie, Shetland MPT410, a Bedford OB built in 1951 with a Duple Vista C29F body.
Photo taken August 1973, Near Sumburgh, Shetland
144. OPH528
Taylor, Caterham 54, OPH528, a Bedford OB with a Duple Vista C29F body.
Photo taken late 1962/early 1963
145. RHK843
Not quite what it seems, preserved Bedford OB RHK843 posing as Eastern National 4065. It was actually new to Wents of Boxted in March 1951 and also has been re-registered 1950MN, running for Protours in Douglas.
Photo taken 1979, Aldenham Open Day
146. RVW100
RVW100, a Bedford OB with Duple C29C body operated by H.Boon, new to Ashdown, Danbury in early 1951.
Photo taken Saturday 22 May 1965, Seaway Car Park, Southend