SCT '61 Photo Index
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Thirlwell's Coaches, Swalwell, 20, JCN764, a Bedford VAS built ca 1958 with Plaxton Consort C29F bodywork.
Photo taken July 1970, Prissick School Base (Marton Road), Middlesbrough.
Ipswich Coach Company SRS132, Bedford VAS, ex-Alexander (Midland).
Photo taken September 1972, Old Cattle Market, Ipswich
Sutherland Transport & Trading Company NS5024, a Bedford VAS with SMT B16FM bodywork, stands alongside the southbound station buildings at Lairg.
Photo taken c.1970, Lairg Station
Seen at the garage of Redwood, Hemyock was 301AYG, a Bedford VAS1 with a Plaxton Embassy C29F body which had been new in 1962 to Pyne, Harrogate.
Photo taken Tuesday 27 July 1971, Hemyock
David MacBrayne 75, 376FGB, was a Bedford VAS1 with Duple Bella Vista C29F bodywork which had been new in May 1962. It is seen on Fort William pier (with Loch Linnhe in the background) about to set off on the Ardgour Circular Tour.
Photo taken c.1969, Fort William Pier Terminal
With the transfer of MacBrayne's services to Highland Omnibuses, in 1971 Highland acquired former MacBrayne 76, 377FGB, a Bedford VAS1 with Willowbrook B30F bodywork which had been new in May 1962.
Photo taken September 1971, Kyleakin, Isle of Skye
David MacBrayne 82, 381FGB, was a Bedford VAS1 with Willowbrook B30F bodywork. It had been new in May 1962. In 1971 it passed to Highland Omnibuses who numbered it CD46. It was withdrawn in 1973.
Photo taken 1969, Fort William Bus Station
W Gash, Newark, B18, 752MRR, a Bedford VAS1 built in 1962 with Duple Bella Vista C29F bodywork.
Photo taken July 1972, Redcar Racecourse
Gash, Newark B18, 752MRR, was a Bedford VAS1 with Duple Bella Vista C29F bodywork built in 1962.
Photo taken Saturday 9 February 1963, St Margaret's Bus Station, Leicester
Seen on Madeira Drive, Brighton is 8000MD a Bedford VAS1 with a Plaxton Embassy II C18F body new in 1962 to Bloomfield, London S.E.5
Photo taken Sunday 19 April 1964, Madeira Drive, Brighton
Thomas Ireland & Sons, Lancaster, VBA681 Bedford VAS1 built in 1962 with Plaxton Embassy C29F bodywork.
Photo taken June 1977, Ripon Racecourse
Seen at Ascot races on hire to G.H. Yeomans was YAW656, a Bedford VAS1 with a Plaxton Embassy C29F body, new in February 1962 in the Corvedale, Ludlow fleet.
Photo taken Saturday 21 July 1962, Ascot
Wilson's Coaches, Helmsley, YRV604, Bedford VAS1 built in 1962 with Duple Bella Vista C29F bodywork.
Photo taken 1972, High Street, Helmsley
Eastern Scottish Bedford VAS1, YWS860, C11, built in 1962 with Duple 24 seat body operating an extended tour from Edinburgh (Western Highlands and the Isle of Skye), where a smaller bus was particularly useful. These vehicles are noted in BBF 22 as front entrance but it could be argued they were centre entrance. Some of this batch were maroon and cream when new.
Photo taken Saturday 15 August 1970, St Andrew Square Bus Station, Edinburgh
Sutherland Transport and Trading Company NS5451, a Bedford VAS2 / SMT B16F with mail compartment of 1963.
Photo taken c.Summer 1969, Lairg
4595DW, seen at Hyde Park Corner, was a Bedford VAS1 with a Plaxton Embassy II C33F body which had been new to Shamrock, Newport in March 1964 but which is seen here with Darch & Willcox (Comfy-Lux), Martock.
Photo taken Monday 3 April 1972, London Hyde Park Corner
Richmond, Epsom (t/a Epsom Coaches) 537NHO was a Bedford VAS1 with a Plaxton Embassy C29F body new in November 1964.
Photo taken Saturday 27 February 1965, Chertsey Road at Twickenham
Highland Omnibuses CD76, 847HUS, a Bedford VAS1 with Duple Northern B28F bodywork, new to David MacBrayne in June 1964 as their 94. It was acquired by Highland in 1971 and was withdrawn later in 1973.
Photo taken 1973, Farraline Park Bus Station, Inverness
Roseland Motors (G A Morse & Son) of Veryan operated ABE542B, a Bedford VAS1 with Duple Bella Vista C29F bodywork which had been new in 1964 to Sheffield of Cleethorpes. It passed to Marfleet's Coaches of Binbrook. It was withdrawn by Marfleet's in 1971 and subsequently acquired by Roseland. It is seen parked at the back of what was then the independent bus station in Truro.
Photo taken mid 1970s, Truro, The Green
British Transport Hotels operated AGE562B, a Bedford VAS2 built in 1964 with Duple B30F bodywork.
Photo taken June 1971, Girvan
Western SMT acquired a number of Bedford VAS1 with Willowbrook and Duple bodywork when they took over some of the MacBrayne fleet in 1969. One such was AYS736B, a 1964 example with Willowbrook B28F body
Photo taken August 1973, Guildford Square/Albert Place, Rothesay, Isle of Bute
Highland Omnibuses CD56, AYS737B, was a Bedford VAS1 with Willowbrook B28F bodywork which had been new in June 1964 to David MacBrayne as their 191. Acquired by Highland in 1971, it was withdrawn in 1973.
Photo taken c.1971, Fort William
CWX274B was a Bedford VAS1 the chassis of which had been extended so as to increase the seating capacity. The C33F body was to Plaxton's Embassy II styling and it is seen on Epsom Downs whilst with Davlen, Tonbridge.
Photo taken Wednesday 7 June 1972, Epsom Downs
Thames Weald, West Kingsdown ran HMK140B, a Plaxton Embassy II C29F bodied Bedford VAS1, seen here at Welling whilst operating both the B1 service Bexley Stn - Blackfen and the B2 service Welling - Blackheath.
Photo taken Thursday 17 February 1966, Welling
Despite not competing with any other operator the Thames Weald route did have one busy section, between Romford and Aveley, as at that time Aveley (with quite a large London overspill population) had no other direct service to Upminster and Romford. (Such a service was later, for a time, to be provided by London Country service 373, a variant on the Romford-Grays route 370.) One of the vehicles used regularly on this section was Bedford/Plaxton HMK140B, seen here in Romford.
Photo taken Romford
Highland Omnibuses CD2, WST501, was one of a batch of Bedford VAS1s with Duple Midland DP28F bodies which were delivered in 1964. Originally numbered C23 it was changed to CD2 to reflect its diesel engine.
Photo taken c.1969, Bus Station, Wick
Coventry 508, CRW508C, Bedford VAS1 built in 1965 with Marshall B30F was an unusual choice for a municipal operator, and my pencilled note in BBF 7 indicates that 508 was one man operated and this is confirmed by this view at Pool Meadow. 294RW sits behind with the new Cathedral in the background.
Photo taken August 1968, Pool Meadow
Turnbull of Lockerbie traded for many years as Blue Band Motors and had a service roughly along the former A74 trunk road north through Annandale to Moffat. Bedford VAS1 DCG631C has just arrived with me, it was new in December 1965 to Winn (Sportsman Coaches) of Whiston with military-style Marshall B30F body and purchased in May 1970.
Photo taken Saturday 27 March 1971, High Street, Moffat, Dumfries-shire
A rear view of Turnbull (Blue Band), Lockerbie DCG631C which was a Bedford VAS1 with a Marshall Cambrette B30F body new in December 1965 to Winn, Whiston.
Photo taken Thursday 6 August 1970, Lockerbie
MacBrayne, Glasgow 85, EGA830C, was a Bedfod VAS1 with a Duple Midland B29F body seen at Fort William.
Photo taken Friday 30 July 1965, Fort William
Sapphire, London W.1 operated HAR210C, seen at Tower Hill by the Tower of London, hence the S.I.T.A.(Sapphire International Travel Agency) as the destination It was a Bedford VAS1 with a Plaxton Embassy C22F body which had been new in May 1965.
Photo taken Monday 7 June 1965, Tower Hill, London
Jersey Motor Transport 653, J34653, a Bedford VAS1 with a Pennine B30F body, seen passing the Weighbridge Bus Station in St. Helier, was new in April 1965 and was the third of four new that year.
Photo taken Thursday 24 May 1973, Weighbridge Bus Station, St. Helier
J34654, Jersey Motor Transport 654, was the last of four Bedford VAS1 with Pennine B30F bodies new in April 1965.
Photo taken Monday 6 June 1966, Weighbridge Bus Station, St Helier
Sayer of Ipswich MMD686C, Bedford VAS / Plaxton.
Photo taken December 1972, Ipswich
Douglas Corporation Transport 6, 899EMN, a Bedford VAS1 built in 1966 with Duple (Midland) B30F bodywork.
Photo taken July 1976, Douglas Bus Station
Douglas 7, 900EMN, a Bedford VAS1 built in 1966 with Duple Midland B30F bodywork.
Photo taken July 1976, Douglas Bus Station, Isle of Man
Former Highland Omnibuses CD69, HGA981D, by now in the ownership of the Sutherland Transport & Trading Company, a Bedford VAS1 with Willowbrook B24FM bodywork, sits astride the railway tracks at Lairg whilst the driver loads mailbags off the mid-morning train from Inverness into the mail compartment at the back.
Photo taken mid 1970s, Lairg Station
Bullocks coach NTU500D, a Bedford VAS with C29F Duple Bella Vista body. Seen here in 1966 at the rear of Ralph Bullocks garage when Cheadle was in Cheshire, before someone moved it into Greater Manchester (not to be confused with Cheadle, Staffordshire).
Photo taken Sunday 10 April 1966, Cheadle, Cheshire
BTF725E was a Bedford VAS1 with a Plaxton Embassy C29F body, new to Hacking, Morecambe in March 1967 and seen here at Wembley Stadium with Brightly, Rainham.
Photo taken Saturday 9 August 1980, Wembley Stadium
Pennine B30F bodywork was fitted to two Jersey Motor Transport Bedford VAS1 buses in 1967 with the first one 675, J36675, new in March, seen passing the Weighbridge Bus Station in St. Helier.
Photo taken Wednesday 23 May 1973, Weighbridge Bus Station, St. Helier
Priory Motor Coach, North Shields, 35, LTY642E, a Bedford VAS1 built in 1967 with Plaxton Embassy C29F bodywork. This had been new to Rowell, Prudhoe.
Photo taken March 1975, Racecourse, Redcar
MHN705E new to the Royal Signals, Catterick and seen in Barry was a Bedford VAS2 with a Plaxton Embassy C29F body.
Photo taken Sunday 1 August 1971, Barry
Cheek (t/a Elms Coaches), Kenton bought the last Thurgood bodied coach and OUC658F, a Bedford VAS5 with Thurgood C29F body new in July 1967 and registered from August 1967 is seen at the garage. It joined, among others in Cheek's fleet, UKN 200/8/9 ex- Maidstone & District Harrington-Commer Contenders with B42F bodies dating from 1955 which Cheek used on the 98b service between Rayners Lane and Ruislip Station via Hatch End and Pinner.
Photo taken Saturday 2 September 1967, Kenton
PMM391E was a Bedford VAS2 with Duple (Midland) B30F bodywork built in July 1967 at the Willowbrook factory for the Greater London Council, fleetnumber 391. In the picture it is seen in what was a basically pink livery as a mobile fish and chip van for a special episode of Last of the Summer Wine made in 1983.
Photo taken Sunday 1 May 1983, Holmfirth
Weardale Motor Services TUP5E, a 1967 Bedford VAS1 with Plaxton C29F bodywork, is seen at the Stanhope depot.
Photo taken c.1969, Stanhope Depot
Bostock's of Congleton VMA466E, a Bedford VAS1 with Plaxton Embassy C29F body, new in 1967. Seen - looking rather lonely all on its own - taking part in the 1967 Blackpool Coach Rally.
Photo taken Sunday 2 April 1967, Lower Promenade, Blackpool
In 1968 Jersey Motor Transport put into service three Seddon Pennine 4s with Pennine B32F bodies and the last one 683, J1683, new in April 1968, is seen passing the Weighbridge Bus Station in St. Helier. The three were 681-683 registered J1681, J7682 and J1683
Photo taken Wednesday 23 May 1973, Weighbridge Bus Station, St. Helier
Hylton Castle Coaches, Sunderland, JGR465F, a Bedford VAS5 built in 1968 with Duple Vista 26 C29F bodywork.
Photo taken June 1972, Redcar Racecourse
Cleveland Transit S352, KDK937F, a Bedford VAS5 built in 1968 with Plaxton Panorama I C29F bodywork.
Photo taken August 1976, High Street, Stockton
Dodds Coaches of Troon operated this Bedford VAS5 with Duple Vista 25 coachwork, KSD916F, new in 1968.
Photo taken Sunday 23 June 1968, Troon
Harris Tours, Bromsgrove TWP149F, a Bedford VAS5 with Duple Vista 25 C29F body, new in 1968. Behind is Warburton's of Tottington KTC 330C, an AEC Reliance 2MU4RA with Harrington Grenadier C41F body, new in 1965.
Photo taken Sunday 31 March 1968, Lower Promenade, Blackpool
Sheard's of Halifax. Nearest the camera is UWW618F, a 1968 Bedford VAM14 with Plaxton Panorama I C45F body and furthest away is EDC316D, a 1966 Bedford VAS1 with Duple Bella Vista C29F body.
Photo taken February 1974, Gibbet Street, Halifax
Weardale Motor Services DPT8G was a 1969 Plaxton C29F bodied Bedford VAS5.
Photo taken c.1969, Cowshill Hotel
Weardale Motor Service, Frosterly DPT8G seen in Stanhope was a Bedford VAS5 with a Plaxton Panorama I C29F body.
Photo taken Thursday 31 July 1969, Front Street, Stanhope
Stanhope MS DPT9G, a Bedford VAS5 built in 1969 with Plaxton Panorama I C29F bodywork.
Photo taken July 1970, Bondgate, Bishop Auckland
Stanhope Motor Services DPT9G was a Plaxton C29F bodied Bedford VAS5 from 1969.
Photo taken c.1969, Stanhope Market Place
Armstrong of Westerhope 165, RNL429G, a Bedford VAS5 built in 1969 with Plaxton Panorama I C29F bodywork.
Photo taken August 1972, Guisborough Old Station Yard
Tantivy, St. Helier 29, J26408, a Bedford VAS5 with a Duple Vista 25 C29F body was new in 1970 to Jersey Tours, St. Helier and was acquired by Tantivy in December 1970.
Photo taken Sunday 27 May 1973, St. Helier
Ryburn Foam, Ripponden, UAY568H, a Bedford VAS5 with Plaxton Panorama C29F body, new to Alpha Coaches of Brighton in 1970. Used as a non-PSV staff bus.
Photo taken Saturday 20 April 1985, Station Road, Sowerby Bridge
Primrose Valley Coaches of Filey TVN663J, a Bedford VAS5 built in 1971 with Plaxton Panorama C29F bodywork.
Photo taken August 1976, Primrose Valley depot near Filey
YHP760J, a Bedford VAS with Duple C29F body with, in the background, Llandudno UDC (Aberconwy UDC) Dennis Pax FJC737F on Great Orme and Marine Drive duty. YHP760J was new to Bonas, Coventry in June 1971.
Photo taken Wednesday 29 May 1991, Llandudno Pier
Moor-Dale Coaches, Newcastle, BNL635K, a Bedford VAS5 built in 1972 with Plaxton Panorama III C29F bodywork. Actually new to the Curtis part of the group but seen here with Moor-Dale fleetname in corporate colours.
Photo taken August 1972, Guisborough
Sutherland Transport & Trading Company's DNS354L, a Bedford VAS5 with Willowbrook B16FM bodywork has arrived from Lochinver on the west coast and waits just below the Post Office on Lairg's Main Street for the arrival of the bus from the railway station with mail, parcels (and maybe the odd passenger) from the south. Then the daily ritual will be enacted and the sleepy village of Lairg will become (briefly) a hive of activity until the buses depart and all is peaceful again.
Photo taken mid 1970s, Lairg, Post Office
CIE (Bus Eireann) SS710, 710ZI, was a Bedford VAS5 with a Van Hool McArdle/MSL B33F body dating from 1973. It was scrapped in 1995.
Photo taken September 1990, Thomastown station, Co. Kilkenny
This late model Bedford VAS5 (Leyland engine) AUP651L carries a Plaxton Panorama body. It was new to Weardale of Frosterly in 1973 and they sold it to a Devon firm some two years later.
Photo taken Sunday 9 October 2011, Jerry Croft, Skipton
An ugly duckling in beautiful surroundings, Bournemouth M3, ERU403L, was a Bedford VAS3 with Strachans B27F body built in 1973 to provide transport in pedestrian areas and to/from car parks in the town centre, when such services were thought to be necessary.
Photo taken Tuesday 7 October 1975, Avenue Road, Bournemouth
Northern Clubs Federation Brewery operated NTY742M, a Bedford VAS5 built in 1973 with Plaxton Panorama IV C29F bodywork. This had been new to Rochester & Marshall of Great Whittington.
Photo taken Thursday 16 July 1987, Newcastle Central Station
Perhaps this view of Bournemouth M4, OLJ404M, will redeem the inclusion of identical bus M3 in the "Ugly Buses Ball" gallery , perhaps due to the stunning sea front location. (or maybe not)!
Photo taken Sunday 12 October 1975, Sea Front, Bournemouth
Seen at the Wigan Athletic F.C. ground at Springfield Park, Wigan is Bostock, Congleton 1, PMA596L, a Bedford VAS5 with a Plaxton Panorama IV C29F body which is about to commence the road section of the National Coach Rally which will take it to Blackpool for the driving tests and the Concours d'Elegance.
Photo taken Saturday 7 April 1973, Springfield Park, Wigan