SCT '61 Photo Index
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The first Bedford VAL14 to be bodied by Plaxton, 7999MD, carried this Embassy II C44F body and it was seen on an Omnibus Society study tour. It was in the fleet of Bloomfield, London S.E.5
Rowson (Embassy Coaches) of Hayes in West London owned BMK 345A, one of very few MCW 'Topaz' C49F bodied Bedford VAL14 built to this original design.
Photo taken Sunday 6 June 1965, Susans Road Coach Station, Eastbourne
Wallace Arnold Bedford VAL/Plaxton 132FUA of 1963
Photo taken Autumn 1963, Wallace Arnold Donisthorpe Street (rented from LCT) Depot, Hunslet, Leeds
1347LG a 1963 Bedford VAL14/Plaxton C52F new to Abbott of Timperley
Photo taken Wednesday 27 August 1975, Llanfairfechan, Gwynedd
A rear view of a Plaxton Panorama C49F body on a Bedford VAL14 new in 1963 is provided by 1462TF of Monks, Leigh seen here in Blackpool.
Photo taken Monday 15 April 1963, Blackpool
Edinburgh 217, 217SC, a Bedford VAL14 built in 1963/4 with Duple Vega Major C52F bodywork.
Photo taken June 1970, Waverley Bridge
Reliance, Newbury 87, 504EBL, was a Bedford VAL14 with a Duple Vega Major C52F body was seen in Coventry.
Photo taken Sunday 10 May 1964, Coventry
This Bedford VAL14, 5188RU, has a Plaxton Panorama 52 seat body. It was new to Excelsior of Bournmouth in 1963 and is now in the fleet of Johnson Brothers of Hodthorpe.
Photo taken Sunday 20 September 2009, Meadowhall, Sheffield
Barnard Castle Coaches (Burrell) 51JMJ, a Bedford VAL14 built in 1963 with Duple Vega Major C52F bodywork. This had been new to Stringer, Ampthill.
Photo taken June 1974, College Square, Stokesley
Scarlet Band, West Cornforth, 56, 7104UP, a Bedford VAL14 built in 1963 with Duple Vega Major C52F bodywork.
Photo taken July 1971, Guisborough
Barton 964, 964RVO, was one of four Bedford VAL14s fitted with Yeates C50D bodywork - three more had DP56D bodies - new in 1963 and is seen at the Chilwell garage.
Photo taken Sunday 18 July 1971, Barton's Chilwell Depot
Barton, Chilwell 964, 964RVO, seen in Huntingdon Street Bus Station was a Bedford VAL14 with a Yeates Europa C50D body, and was one of seven new in June 1963, although the last three of them were DP56D, having bus seats in the rear half.
Photo taken Friday 14 April 1972, Huntingdon Street Bus Station, Nottingham
John Rannock 965RVO, Bedford VAL with Yeates C50D body, originally with Barton, new in July 1963.
Photo taken June 1974, St. Margaret's Street, Ipswich
Barton 969, 969RVO, a Bedford VAL14 from 1963 with Yeates Europa DP56D bodywork
Photo taken June 1969, Barton's Chilwell Depot
Barton 971, 971SRR, a Plaxton C52F bodied Bedford VAL14 new in 1963 is seen alongside GWW41 on the parking ground in Mount Street opposite the bus station.
Photo taken Saturday 27 March 1965, Mount Street, Nottingham
BML870A new in May 1963 to Conway Hunt, Ottershaw with Plaxton Val C52F body operating London Transport route 285 (Kingston - London Airport Central). More than twenty routes were operated by hired coaches at this time due to a staff overtime ban.
Photo taken Thursday 17 February 1966
Bedford VAL14 BMX296A new in June 1963 with Plaxton Val C52F body with Shaw & Kilburn (dealer) seen at Victoria Coach Station. It passed after demonstration work to Hume, Hockley.
Photo taken Sunday 28 July 1963, London Victoria Coach Station
Tours (Isle of Man) 9, MAN615, Bedford VAL14 built in 1963/4 with Plaxton Val C52F bodywork.
Photo taken July 1976, Viking Aparthotel, Ramsey, Isle of Man
JD Peace, Kirkwall, Orkney, 225HUM, a Bedford VAL14 from 1964 with Plaxton C49F bodywork.
Photo taken August 1973, Peace's Garage, Burnmouth Road, Kirkwall, Orkney
AA Motor Services, Ayr, and Dodds (Troon) 4, 27GWX, a Bedford VAL14 built in 1964 with Duple B54F bodywork.
Photo taken June 1971, A.A. Bus Station, Boswell Park, Ayr
Tex Tours of Bournemouth 426CEL, a seemingly brand new Bedford VAL14 with Duple Vega Major body of 1964.
Photo taken Monday 18 May 1964, Horse Guards Avenue, London Whitehall
Smith of Slaithwaite, 995VRR Bedford VAL14 built in 1964 with Harrington Legionnaire C52F bodywork. This had been new as Barton 995 and had an unladen weight of 6tons 7hundredweight and 2quarters.
Photo taken June 1974, Redcar Racecourse
Barton 996, 996VRR, seen approaching Mount Street Bus Station in Nottingham was a Harrington Legionnaire I C52F bodied Bedford VAL14.
Photo taken Saturday 27 March 1965, Mount Street/Granby Street, Nottingham
Continuing the Grindle theme, here we have Roy Grindle & Son of Cinderford ADG479B, their first 36 footer, a Bedford VAL14/Duple Vega Major, new to them in May 1964. They sold it to Bennett of Gloucester in July 1978. It is parked close behind (a bit too close for a good photograph) a Plaxton bodied coach of their fleet in Locking Road Coach Park, Weston-super-Mare in the summer of 1974.
Photo taken Summer 1974, Locking Road Coach Park, Weston-super-Mare
Seaview Services, Ryde, ADL321B, a Bedford VAL with Willowbrook B54F body, seen at Ryde. The crowd on the walkway over the railway is watching a hovercraft.
Photo taken Monday 11 August 1969, Ryde Esplanade, near Bus Station
North Western Road Car Company 132, AJA132B, a Bedford VAL14 with unusual low-height Strachan B52F bodywork, built in 1964 and withdrawn in 1971.
Photo taken 1966, Stamford New Road, Altrincham
Former North Western 132, AJA132B, a Bedford VAL14 with unusual low-height Strachan B52F bodywork, one of 10 built in 1964 and withdrawn in 1971.
Photo taken London Trafalgar Square
Recorded by Baker as being ex-Tanners International, Banbury, AJA132B, a Bedford VAL14 with a Strachan B52F body seen at the Bordon premises of E.J. Baker (dealer) had been new as North Western 132 and was withdrawn by them in 1971, with no disposal seemingly recorded beyond Cowley (dealer), Salford.
Photo taken Sunday 26 November 1978, Bordon
North Western 132, AJA132B, a Bedford VAL14 with a Strachans B52F body was seen in Warrington.
Photo taken Saturday 17 April 1971, Bold Street, Warrington
A rear view of North Western 132, AJA132B, a Bedford VAL14 with a Strachans B52F body which was seen in Arpley Bus Station, Warrington.
Photo taken Saturday 17 April 1971, Arpley Bus Station, Warrington
Rigby's, Patricroft AJA134B a 1964 Bedford VAL14/Strachans B52F originally North Western 134. Rigby's operated a couple of these for several years, seen at their depot surrounded by some other vehicles of interest.
Photo taken Saturday 11 August 1973, Rigby's depot, off Liverpool Rd, Patricroft
Orange Luxury Coaches, London N.16 ALR452B was a Bedford VAL14 with a Duple Vega Major C51F body seen at Gloucester Green Bus Station in Oxford.
Photo taken Sunday 27 March 1966, Gloucester Green Bus Station, Oxford
Leon, Finningley 65, ARR720B, was the second Bedford VAL14 in the fleet, the first being registered, appropriately, 448VAL. The first one, 64, had a Duple Vega Major coach body but 65 was bodied by Willowbrook with a B53F body and is seen in Glasgow Paddocks, Doncaster.
Photo taken Saturday 24 July 1965, Glasgow Paddocks bus station, Doncaster
Provincial, Leicester B8, ARY693B, was a Bedford VAL14 with a Plaxton Panorama C52F body seen arriving at Wembley Stadium. This later became Barton 1060 when the Provincial business was acquired in May 1966.
Photo taken Saturday 13 March 1965, Wembley Stadium
DeLuxe, Mancetter AUE857B was a Bedford VAL14 with a Plaxton Val C52F body new in July 1964. It was seen in Bedford Way in central London.
Photo taken Sunday 8 November 1964, Bedford Way, Central London
Astons Coaches (Marton) Ltd AWD217B, a Bedford VAL14 with Harrington Legoinnaire C52F body, new in June 1964.
Photo taken 1964, Marton, Warwickshire
Sheard's of Halifax. On the left, EWU587C, a 1965 Bedford VAL14 with Plaxton Panorama C52F body and on the right, AWR969B, a 1964 Beford SB5 with Plaxton Embassy III C41F body.
Photo taken February 1974, Gibbet Street, Halifax
Baddeley Bros. 82, BWU710B, a Bedford VAL14 with Duple Vega Major C52F body, new in 1964. This was one of the vehicles that passed to West Yorkshire PTE with the sale of the business in March 1976. Nominally WYPTE's 1382 it never actually carried this number, and was withdrawn the same year.
Photo taken 1973, Holmfirth
Seen at Taylor's Garage in Meppershall was CTU888B, a Plaxton Panorama Continental C52F bodied Bedford VAL14 new in 1964 to Jackson, Altrincham and acquired by Taylor in June 1966.
Photo taken Sunday 11 September 1966, Meppershall
Frank Harris of Grays, Essex coaches were always to be seen on the South Coast on both express service work and excursion and private hire duties. One year old CVW928B was at Susans Road Central Coach Station, Eastbourne on 28th July 1965. It is a Bedford VAL14 with Harrington 'Legoinnaire I' C52F coachwork
Photo taken Wednesday 28 July 1965, Susans Road Central Coach Station, Eastbourne
Seen in Colombo with Leylands Super Travels, Velanai West was 29Sri6734, a Bedford VAL14 with a Plaxton Val C52F body which had been new as ERE878B in February 1964 to Mills, Gornal Wood.
Photo taken Friday 12 February 1982, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Barton Transport 1122, BCU282C, a Bedford VAL14 with Duple Vega Major C52F body, new to Hall Bros., South Shields in 1965.
Photo taken Thursday 17 September 1970, Drummond Road Parking, Skegness
BNW617C, a Plaxton-bodied Bedford VAL of 1965, was allocated to Feather Brothers (a subsidiary of Wallace Arnold Tours).
Photo taken 1965, Stirling Castle
Seen on a railway replacement service at Wimbledon Station is Mitcham Belle's BOT371C, a Bedford VAL14 with a Duple Vega Major C52F body.
Photo taken October 1967, Wimbledon Station
BSN700C, a Bedford VAL14 built in 1965 with Duple Vega Major bodywork, owner unknown.
Photo taken October 1983, Dorchester
Irvine, Salsburgh BVD829C ran this Bedford VAL14 fitted with a Duple Midland B54F body seen here in Airdrie
Photo taken Saturday 31 July 1965, Airdrie
CCG704C is a former King Alfred 1965 Bedford VAL14 with a Plaxton Panorama C49F body, seen here participating in the 2012 Worthing Bus Rally.
Photo taken Sunday 29 July 2012, Marine Parade, Worthing
A rear view of a now much photographed preserved Bedford VAL14 with Plaxton Panorama C49F body CCG704C, new in 1965 to King Alfred of Winchester seen here at Southampton whilst in service with Hants & Dorset as fleet no 2051
Photo taken Southampton
Rennison's Tours, Stockton, CNW154C, a Bedford VAL14 built in 1965 with Harrington Legionnaire C44F bodywork. This combination weighed in at 7 tons 1 hundredweight and had been new to Heaps Tours of Leeds.
Photo taken August 1972, William Street Coach Park, Scarborough.
Kenzies of Shepreth CNW155C, a Bedford VAL14 with Harrington Legionnaire body, new to Heaps Tours of Leeds in May 1965.
Photo taken Saturday 26 May 2012
Geddes of Brixham (then operating as Burton's Cars) operated this unusual Marshall-bodied Bedford VAL, COD925C, of 1965.
Photo taken 1966, somewhere between Kingswear and Brixham
COD925C, a Bedford VAL with Marshall B52F body sits at the Kingswear turning circle perched above a glorious backdrop of the River Dart. Burton Coaches ran from here to Brixham.
Photo taken Wednesday 24 March 1976, Kingswear, Devon
Economic 10, FPT440C, a Bedford VAL14 built in 1965 with Duple Vega Major C52F bodywork.
Photo taken June 1974, Redcar Racecourse
Howard's Tours of Whitby, FWW809C, a Bedford VAL14 built in 1965 with MCW Topaz II C52F bodywork.
Photo taken July 1972, Redcar Racecourse
This fine example of a Duple "Super Vega" C52F bodied Bedford VAL14 GMB200C built in January 1965 reminds me of the Dinky Toys model. The example in my collection is in these colours.
Photo taken Sunday 14 March 1971, Depot, Cheadle
Kenzies of Shepreth GUP743C a Bedford VAL14 with Plaxton C52F body dating from April 1965.
Photo taken Saturday 26 May 2012
Carr's of New Silksworth, GUP743C Bedford VAL14 built in 1965 with Plaxton Panorama C52F bodywork.
Photo taken August 1975, Rectory Lane, Guisborough
Terrier Coaches JLG326C, a Bedford VAL14 with Plaxton Panorama C52F body, new to Bostock's of Congleton in 1965.
Photo taken Sunday 31 March 1968, Lower Promenade, Blackpool
B.E.A. 6548 & 6549 (LMG155C & LMG156C), Bedford VAL14's with Marshall B40C bodies (centre doors both sides and perimeter seating), new in 1965.
BEA LMG162C, a Bedford VAL with Marshall body.
Photo taken Thursday 23 June 1966, Heathrow Airport
British European Airways C556, LMG163C, was one of the ten Bedford VAL14s with Marshall B40C bodies delivered in 1965. They were non-P.S.V. Terminal transfer buses at London Airport and had centre entrances on both sides and perimeter seating. It had been renumbered from 6556 in April 1971.
Photo taken Heathrow Airport
Seen near their garage in Grays is LVX320C, a Bedford VAL14 with a Harrington Legionnaire II C49F body of Harris, Grays.
Photo taken Sunday 27 April 1975, Grays
Barton 1124, CCU277D, a Duple Vega Major C52F bodied Bedford VAL14, one of four new to Hall Bros. in 1966 is seen at Barton's Chilwell garage in company with Harrington (993) and Yeates (964) bodied VALs. new to Barton.
Photo taken Sunday 18 July 1971, Barton's Chilwell Depot
Roberts Tours, Wingate, EHL470D, a Bedford VAL14 built in 1966 with Plaxton Val C52F bodywork.
Photo taken August 1974, Redcar Racecourse
West Riding 3, EHL472D, a 1966 Bedford VAL14 with a Leyland engine. A Plaxton Val body is carried.
Photo taken 1996, Dewsbury Bus Museum
Embankment, Plymouth EJY328D, photographed at around the time that the Embankment Motor Company Ltd., Plymouth was acquired by Wallace Arnold in May 1974. EJY328D was a Plaxton Panorama C52F bodied Bedford VAL14 that was new to Embankment in 1966.
Photo taken Spring 1974, Locking Road Coach Park, Weston-super-Mare
Tours (Isle of Man) 3, JMN111, a Bedford VAL14 built in 1966 with Plaxton Panorama C52F bodywork.
Photo taken July 1976, Peel, Isle of Man
Hutchinson Bros of Husthwaite LUP418D, a Bedford VAL14 built in 1966 with Duple Vega Major C52F bodywork.
Photo taken May 1974, William Street Coach Park, Scarborough
Martindale, Ferryhill, LUP846D, a Bedford VAL14 built in 1966 with Duple Vega Major C52F bodywork.
Photo taken March 1972, Ferryhill Garage
Mallam's Coaches of South Shields ECU583E, a Bedford VAL14 with Duple (Northern) Viceroy 36 C52F body, new in 1967. Seen taking part in the 1967 Blackpool Coach Rally.
Photo taken Sunday 2 April 1967, Lower Promenade, Blackpool
Southern, Barrhead, GSN710E, a Bedford VAL14 built in 1967 with Duple Viceroy 36 C52F bodywork.
Photo taken June 1971, Girvan
Delaine, Bourne 62, GTL825E, a Bedford VAL14 with a Duple Vega Major C52F body had been new in May 1967 and is seen at their garage.
Photo taken Sunday 13 August 1967, Delaine Garage, Bourne
Bedford VAL14 with Willowbrook B53F body JNT252E was in the fleet of Wake, Sparkford when seen in Yeovil. It had been new to Whittle, Highley.
Photo taken Saturday 18 May 1968, Yeovil
Roberts of Wingate JUA321E, a Bedford VAL14 built in 1967 with Plaxton Panorama I C52F bodywork.
Photo taken July 1974, Guisborough
British European Airways 6566, OYF266F, was one of ten Bedford VAL14s with Marshall B40D bodies new in 1967.
Photo taken Sunday 5 October 1969, Heathrow Airport
Leon of Finningley operated this 1967 Bedford VAL70 with Willowbrook body B56F. They acquired it from Wigmore of Dinnington who were keen users of the Bedford VAL. SWU654F peeps out from the gloom of Doncaster's old southern bus station prior to heading for the village of Misson.
Photo taken 1972, Doncaster Southern Bus Station
Leon Motors 80, SWU654F, a Bedford VAL70 with Willowbrook B56F bodywork, one of two purchased from Wigmore of Dinnington to whom it was new in November 1967.
Photo taken c. 1973, Leon's Depot, Finningley
Bee-Line Roadways of Middlesbrough 22, GEF595F, a Bedford VAL70 built in 1968 with Duple Viceroy 37 C52F bodywork.
Photo taken December 1970, Linthorpe garage, Middlesbrough
SELNEC Plaxton bodied Bedford VAL JND210F on the Trans Lancs Express service at Ashton Bus Station, probably shortly after the service started. It was new in 1968 to Manchester.
Photo taken Ashton Bus Station
Seen in Leeds near the former West Yorkshire Road Car bus station is Wilts and Dorset 923, LMR734F, a 1968 Bedford VAL70 with Duple Northern bodywork. This was one of four coach bodied VALs bought in that year.
Photo taken Saturday 19 July 1969, Edward Street, Leeds
Tours (Isle of Man), 10 PMN111, a Bedford VAL70 built in 1968 with Plaxton Panorama I C52F bodywork.
Photo taken July 1976, Douglas, IOM
Seen on the forecourt of the Earls Court Exhibition Hall in the white and purple livery of Timpson, London S.E.6 is SJJ589F, a Bedford VAL70 with a Plaxton Panorama I C49F body, one of four such coaches. New in June 1968, these were the first to be delivered in the grey and green livery adopted for the fleet, the change to white/purple being made in 1972.
Photo taken Saturday 21 July 1973, Earls Court, London
Hemlington Royals JJB used VWT145F Bedford VAL70 built in 1968 with Plaxton Panorama C52F bodywork as their transport to and from events and competitions. Suitably liveried in red, white and blue, this had been new to Billies of Mexborough.
Photo taken May 1987, Middlesbrough
WRA316F, a Bedford VAL70/Plaxton C52F, new to Branson's of Brampton (Chesterfield), in June 1968. Seen on the approach road to Bridgnorth Station on the occasion of an Institute of Transport Yorkshire section visit to the Severn Valley Railway and Ironbridge.
Photo taken Sunday 11 May 1975, Bridgnorth Station
Seen at Thirsk Racecourse is Martindale, Ferryhill XUP457F, a Bedford VAL70 with a Plaxton Panorama II C52F body new in May 1968.
Photo taken May 1972, Thirsk Racecourse
Blue Bus BRB674G, Bedford VAL with Willowbrook B56F body on the route to Derby via Repton.
Photo taken early 1970s, Wetmore Bus Park, Burton
1969 was a watershed year for British coach builders as it marked the entry of Caetano into the previously insular British market. One of the first to enter service was this Bedford VAL14 owned by Dewsbury independent Stanley Gath, FHD856G.
Photo taken Saturday 17 May 1969, Trowell Services M1 Motorway
SELNEC Express 214, MND214G, a Bedford VAL70 built in 1969 with Plaxton Panorama Elite C52F bodywork. New as Manchester 214 and a relatively unusual purchase for a municipal operator. Taken here on Manchester Airport duties and not the Crack o' Dawn Express to London.
Photo taken April 1973, Victoria Station, Manchester
Morleys Grey Coaches NCF794G, a Bedford VAL 70 with Plaxton 53 seat body, new to them in 1969 and subsequently spent all its working life with them, seen here hiding in the Autumn leaves.
Photo taken October 1979
Looking most unlike a "Tilling" group purchase and far from home, Wilts and Dorset 925, PEL904G, a 1969 Bedford VAL with Duple Northern C49F body sits in the sun at Killermont Street parking area. What was it doing up there?
Photo taken Jul 1971, Killermont Street, Glasgow
R.W. Appleby of Conisholme, North Somercotes, Lincolnshire took delivery of Plaxton C50F Bedford VAL70 PFU163G in March 1969.
Photo taken Friday 2 April 1971, Appleby's Depot
Durbin, Patchway (trading as Western Roadways of Bristol) RDF880G, a Bedford VAL70 with Caetano Estoril C53F body, new in 1969.
Photo taken Monday 21 July 1969, Coach Park, Riversdale Avenue, Ilfracombe
Galloway of Harthill, VVA259H, a Bedford VAL70 built in 1969/70 with Duple Viceroy 37 C53F bodywork.
Photo taken May 1972, Middlesbrough
Blaydonian Coaches, Blaydon-on-Tyne, VYT430G, a Bedford VAL70 built in 1969 with Plaxton Panorama Elite C53F bodywork.
Photo taken August 1974, Guisborough
Steelhouse Lane Youth Project, Wolverhampton, VYT493G, a Bedford VAL70 built in 1969 with Duple Viceroy 37 C53F bodywork.
Photo taken August 1984
Abbey Coaches of Selby bought WWY115G, a Leyland engined Bedford VAL70 in 1969; Plaxton Panorama Elite bodywork is fitted.
Photo taken Sunday 20 September 2009, Meadowhall, Sheffield
Abbey Coachways, Selby, FYG663J, a Bedford VAL70 built in 1970 with Duple Midland C53F bodywork.
Photo taken April 1976, Station Car Park, Bridlington
Seen in Pond Street, Sheffield outside the Bus Station is A. & C. Wigmore, Dinnington GWX159J, a Bedford VAL70 with a Willowbrook B56F body.
Photo taken Friday 13 April 1973, Pond Street, Sheffield
RAR690J was a Bedford VAL70 with Van Hool Vistadome C51F body new to All Seasons Travel Agency, London W.2 in February 1971 after being an Arlington demonstrator from August 1970 and is seen at Stratford-upon-Avon.
Photo taken Saturday 10 April 1971, Stratford-upon-Avon
Edinburgh Corporation 237, SSF237H, a Bedford VAL70 built in 1970 with Duple Viceroy 37 C53F bodywork.
Photo taken June 1970, Waverley Bridge, Edinburgh
Hopley's of Mount Hawke operated URL450H, a Bedford VAL 70 with Plaxton C53F bodywork, on their Truro to Porthtowan service. It had been new in 1970 to Mrs J Stevens of St Ives.
Photo taken mid 1970s, Porthtowan Beach
Daisy Bus Service, Broughton, VAA107H, a Bedford VAL70 built in 1970 with Caetano Estoril C53F bodywork.
Photo taken May 1972, Bridlington Coach Park
At this yearís North Weald Rally, one vehicle which I donít remember seeing before was Bedford VAL coach VBD310H, new in 1970 to Coales,Wollaston.
Photo taken Sunday 7 July 2013, North Weald
Liptrot, Bamfurlong, Wigan, LEK68J, a Bedford VAL70 built in 1971 with Plaxton Panorama Elite II C53F bodywork.
Photo taken July 1972
This view should go into the "mystery" gallery! Its actually behind a more modern vehicle and with the help of cropping, it has become the subject. YSN10K was a Bedford VAL70 built in 1971 with SMT DP 16CL body and operated by the Broomhill and Lanfine Hospital, Kirkintilloch.
Photo taken Monday 6 May 1985, Callander Car Park, Stirlingshire
An anonymous Bedford VAL DWN253K was photographed in the centre of Watford.
Photo taken December 1986, High Street, Watford