SCT '61 Photo Index
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J S Mowbray, South Moor, was one of the last two members of the consortium operating the Diamond Bus Service. Their 33, MUP833J, a Bedford YRQ with Willowbrook DP45F bodywork, is seen at the Millburngate terminus of the Durham service.
Photo taken mid 1970s, Millburngate, Durham
Edinburgh City Transport 242, VSC242J, a Bedford YRQ with Duple Viceroy C45F body
Photo taken 1972, Waverley Bridge
Bartleys YUA840J, a Bedford YRQ with Plaxton C45F body, new in September 1970 to Shilton, Leeds.
Photo taken Sunday 7 June 1992, Potteries Rally
York Pullman, York 99, BDN499K, seen outside the De Grey Rooms in York, is ready to deliver the evening papers to the newsagents along the route to Helperby. It was a Bedford YRQ with a Plaxton Derwent II B49F body.
Photo taken Tuesday 18 April 1972, St Leonards Place, York
Grenville Motors' DXE137J was a Bedford YRQ with Willowbrook B45F bodywork which was new in 1971, originally as a demonstrator, before operating for two years for Blue Bus Services (Tailby & George) of Willington. On 1 December 1973 Blue Bus sold out to Derby Corporation who numbered it 43. Grenville purchased it from Derby (by then Derby Borough Transport) in 1975. It is seen at Grenville's Camborne terminus outside the company's office in Cross Street.
Photo taken mid 1970s, Cross Street, Camborne
Richards of Moylgrove had a large number of Bedfords over the years. Seen at the depot is MHK798J, a former Harris of Grays Bedford YRQ with Plaxton bodywork, new to Harris in 1971 and seen here at Richards depot in 1992 when twenty odd years old.
Photo taken August 1992, Moylgrove, South West Wales
OK Motor Services, Bishop Auckland, OPT124J, probably a Bedford YRQ from 1971 with Willowbrook C45F coachwork.
Photo taken July 1971, College Square, Stokesley
Gypsy Queen, Langley Moor, OPT226J, a Bedford YRQ built in 1971 with Duple Viceroy C45F bodywork.
Photo taken July 1974, Guisborough, off Rectory lane
Burrell's Coaches, Newsham, OPT247J, a Bedford YRQ built in 1971 with Willowbrook DP45F bodywork.
Photo taken September 1973, Richmond Market Square
Blaydonian Coaches, Blaydon-on-Tyne, OUP281K, a Bedford YRQ built in 1971 with Duple Viceroy bodywork.
Photo taken May 1972, Redcar Racecourse
Sheard's of Halifax PJX914K, a Bedford YRQ with Plaxton Panorama Elite II C45F body, bought new in 1971, seen descending the upper part of Broad Street, Halifax, with the old Cross Field Bus Station in the background.
Photo taken Late 1971, Broad Street, Halifax
Bedford YRQ RJE501J had a Willowbrook DP45F body and was new to Mansfield, Burling & Welsh (Burwell & District), Burwell in July 1971.
Photo taken Sunday 5 September 1971, High Street, Burwell
O.K. Motor Services, Bishop Auckland RUP170K, taking part in the National Coach Rally, was a Bedford YRQ with a Plaxton Elite Express II C45F body and is seen in Wigan at the start of the road section before departing for Blackpool.
Photo taken Saturday 15 April 1972, National Coach Rally, Wigan
The Eden (Summerson), West Auckland, RUP587K, a Bedford YRQ built in 1971 with Plaxton Panorama Elite II C45F bodywork.
Photo taken August 1976, Rectory Lane, Guisborough
Gypsy Queen of Langley Park, RUP958K, a Bedford YRQ built in 1971/2 with Plaxton Derwent B49F bodywork.
Photo taken March 1973, Millburngate, Durham
Parish's MS, Morda, Oswestry, TUX913J, a Bedford YRQ built in 1971 with Duple Viceroy C45F bodywork.
Photo taken July 1978, High Street, Llanfyllin
Brown, Donnington Wood UNT111J was new in February 1971 and was a Bedford YRQ with a Willowbrook B45F body.
Photo taken early 1971
Brown, Donnington Wood UNT915J was the second of two Bedford YRQs with Wilowbrook B45F bodies new in February 1971.
Photo taken early 1971
UUJ447J of Cooper, Oakengates was a Bedford YRQ with a Willowbrook B45F body.
Photo taken Friday 6 August 1971
Richards Brothers of Moylgrove WUX658K, a 1971 Bedford YRQ with Willowbrook bodywork. The bus which was originally owned by Brown of Donnington Wood and is seen in Fishguard bound for Haverfordwest.
Photo taken August 1992, Fishguard
Malta Y-0335, a Bedford YRQ built in 1971 with Plaxton Panorama Elite II C45F bodywork. This had been new to Hampson of Oswestry registered XAW326K and was operated by Mifsud, Qormi, when taken at Cirkewwa ferry terminal with a load for Valletta. It subsequently became DBY335.
Photo taken January 1997?, Cirkewwa Ferry Terminal, Malta
Parish's MS, Morda, Oswestry, XJR108J, a Bedford YRQ built in 1971 with Plaxton Panorama Elite II C45F bodywork.
Photo taken July 1978, Oswestry
Wansbeck Motor Services, Ashington, XTY616J, a Bedford YRQ built in 1971 with Plaxton Panorama Elite II C45F bodywork.
Photo taken July 1973, Redcar Racecourse
Malta route bus Y-0351, a Bedford YRQ built in 1971 with Plaxton Panorama Elite II C45F bodywork. Operated by Nazzareno Caruana, Zabbar, this had been new as York Pullman 98, registered XVY198J. It was beginning to acquire Maltese livery flourishes whilst it was losing trim.
Photo taken 1993, Valletta bus station
Armstrong of Westerhope YJR591J, a Bedford YRQ built in 1971 with Duple Viceroy C45F bodywork. Stokesley was a convenient stopping place for Tyneside excursions to Helmsley and Pickering with its Fish and Chip shop, cafe and toilets.
Photo taken May 1973, College Square, Stokesley
Don Smith, Murton, YOF40J, a Bedford YRQ built in 1971 with Caetano Cascais C45F bodywork.
Photo taken July 1972, Redcar Seafront
Edinburgh Corporation 244, AFS244K, a Bedford YRT built in 1972 with Duple Viceroy C51F bodywork.
Photo taken August 1973, Waverley Bridge, Edinburgh
J Leask & Son, Lerwick, Shetland, BPS987K, a Bedford YRQ built in 1972 with Plaxton Panorama Elite Express II C45F bodywork, evidence that operators in Orkney/Shetland did sometimes buy new vehicles.
Photo taken August 1973, Lerwick
York Pullman 103, DDN403K was a 1972 Bedford YRQ with Plaxton C45F bodywork which operated for Pullman between 1972 and 1975.
Photo taken c.1975, Exhibition Square, York
Ingrow Scouts & Guides, DFU95L, a Bedford YRQ built in 1972 with Willowbrook DP45F bodywork.
Photo taken July 1986, Legoland, Billund, Denmark
EUT158L, a Caetano Cascais bodied Bedford YRQ with Housden Caldwell of Loughborough.
Photo taken Sunday 11 May 1975, Bridgnorth Station
Plaxton Panorama Elite III C45F bodywork was carried by LDC465L of Begg, Thornaby which was a Bedford YRQ seen at William Street coachpark in Scarborough.
Photo taken Thursday 16 August 1973, William Street Coach Park, Scarborough
Berresford purchased a selection of vehicles from East Kent between 1977 and 1979. One of these was AFN598B and AEC Reliance 2U3RA with Park Royal C49F bodywork.
Photo taken Sunday 10 May 1981, Berresfords Depot, Cheddleton
Seen on Horseguards Avenue, Whitehall was MRO191L of Spanish Speaking Services, London N.W.1. This rear view shows the styling of the Plaxton Panorama Elite III C53F body on a Bedford YRT chassis.
Photo taken Saturday 17 March 1973, Horse Guards Avenue, London Whitehall
A seasonal view of Pennine Motor Services MYG759K, a 1972 Plaxton bodied Bedford YRQ. This vehicle had been new to Laycock of Barnoldswick who Pennine took over in August 1972.
Photo taken Wednesday 3 January 1973, Skipton Bus Station
Pennine Motor Services, Gargrave MYG761K, a Bedford YRQ with Plaxton Panorama Elite III C45F body, new to Ezra Laycock of Barnoldswick in 1972.
Photo taken 1973, Car and coach park, Jerry Croft, Skipton
Martindale, Ferryhill, SPT270K, a Bedford YRQ built in 1972 with Willowbrook DP47F bodywork. Fairly newly arrived at Martindale's Ferryhill depot.
Photo taken March 1972, Martindale Garage off Durham Road, Ferryhill
A & C Wigmore of Dinnington operated SWY336L, a Bedford YRT with Willowbrook B53F bodywork, one of four new in 1972. It is seen on Wigmore's stand at Sheffield, Pond Street.
Photo taken 1973, Pond Street Bus Station, Sheffield
Bond Bros, Willington, TPT115K, a Bedford YRQ built in 1972 with Duple Viceroy C45F bodywork.
Photo taken August 1974, College Square, Stokesley
UFX520L was a Bedford YRT with a Plaxton Elite Express III C53F body belonging to Rossmore, Sandbanks seen at Wembley Stadium. This was fitted with the optional roof mounted destination box referred to as the "Bristol Dome" since it was normally fitted to Bristol models.
Photo taken Saturday 1 September 1973, Wembley Stadium
J H Hammel of Stanley, one of the operators of the Diamond Bus Service, owned UPT329K, a Bedford YRQ with Willowbrook B47F bodywork which was new in 1972. Here it is seen climbing out of Durham on its way to Stanley.
Photo taken mid 1970s, North End, Durham
Lockey, St Helen Auckland, UPT529K, a Bedford YRQ built in 1972 with Willowbrook DP47F bodywork.
Photo taken June 1976, Bishop Auckland Market Place
Rochester & Marshall, Great Whittington, WTL938K, a Bedford YRQ built in 1972 with Plaxton Derwent DP43F bodywork.
Photo taken August 1984, Hexham Bus Station
F Lockey & Sons, St Helen Auckland, WUP428L, a Bedford YRT built in 1972 with Willowbrook C51F bodywork.
Photo taken August 1974, off Rectory Lane, Guisborough
Riley Coaches of Rotherham 40, XET970K, a Bedford YRQ built in 1972 with Plaxton Panorama Elite II C45F bodywork.
Photo taken July 1973, Redcar Racecourse
Chambers XGV685K, a Bedford YRQ with Plaxton Elite Express body.
Photo taken March 1973, Colchester Bus Station
Saltburn MS 61, YAJ895K, a Bedford YRQ built in 1972 with Plaxton Panorama Elite II C45F bodywork.
Photo taken April 1973, Saltburn MS Saltburn Garage
Unique Coaches, Brighton 41, YCD880K, a 1972 Bedford YRQ with Duple C45F waiting for passengers for Goodwood races.
Photo taken Saturday 11 September 1976, Marine Parade, Brighton
Parish's MS, Morda, Oswestry, CAW481L, a Bedford YRQ built in 1973 with Plaxton Panorama Elite Express III C45F bodywork.
Photo taken July 1978, Oswestry
Seen in Spennymoor is CPT196L, a Bedford YRQ with a Plaxton Derwent II B45F body of Summerson, West Auckland.
Photo taken Tuesday 7 August 1979, Spennymoor Bus Station
The Eden (Summerson Bros) operated CPT197L, a Bedford YRQ with Plaxton B49F bodywork, which was new in June 1973. It is seen on layover outside the depot, the terminus of the hourly service to Spennymoor.
Photo taken c.1975, The Eden Garage, Staindrop Road, West Auckland
Arran Transport, Brodick, CSJ400L was a Bedford YRQ with Plaxton Elite Express C45F body new in April 1973, sold to a Lochgilphead operator in August 1984.
Photo taken Friday 23 May 1975, Whiting Bay, Isle of Arran
A Plaxton Elite Express III C45F body was fitted to this Bedford YRQ of Bland, Cottesmore new in 1973. The registration number was carried previously by Bland's A.E.C. 9822S Regal IV with a Willowbrook DP41F body new in July 1953.
Sonners, Rainham 7, GKM406N, was a Bedford YRQ with an Autokori C45F body seen in Fleming Way, Crawley at the start of the road section of the British Coach Rally.
Photo taken Saturday 19 April 1975, Fleming Way, Crawley
A rear view of Sonners, Rainham 7, GKM406N, which was a Bedford YRQ with an Autokori C45F body, seen on Madeira Drive at Brighton.
Photo taken Sunday 20 April 1975, Madeira Drive, Brighton
Hutchison, Overtown JVA944L was a Bedford YRT with a Willowbrook '002' Expressway C30FT body whish was photographed whilst taking part in the 13th National Coach Rally at Blackpool.
Photo taken Sunday 8 April 1973, Lower Promenade, Blackpool
Hedingham & District PPU783M, a Bedford YRQ with Willowbrook B47F body, new in 1974, with Eastern National MW 1361, OWC610 alongside.
Photo taken October 1974, Colchester Bus Station
A slightly newer than normal vehicle in order to show the livery of Byrnes of Leek, a company acquired by Berresfords in 1960. A number of coaches were maintained in Byrne's blue livery and RRF232L a 1973 Plaxton C53F bodied Bedford YRT is seen in the coach park at Blackpool in October 1982.
Photo taken Oct 1982, Blackpool Coach Park
Wright Bros RRM915M is a Bedford YRQ with Plaxton Panorama III C45F bodywork, new in 1973, is still in daily use. It is seen outside Nenthead depot.
Photo taken Wednesday 4 March 2015, Central Garage, Nenthead
Rear view of VWC477L, a Bedford YRQ with Marshall DP45F body in use with the Stronghold Tug-of-War Club, new to Sible Hedingham & District in early 1973.
Photo taken Sunday 27 September 1992, (probably) Great Wakering
Hedingham & District Bedford L77 VWC477L at the Great Yeldham terminus of route 89. This carries the cream with red trim version of the livery used on single deckers.
Photo taken Great Yeldham
VWY841L was a Ford R226 with Duple C53F body new in 1973 to Baddeley Bros. Holmfirth as their 114.
Photo taken early 1980s
Tillingbourne, Gomshall GPA846N was a Bedford YRQ with a Plaxton Derwent II B45F body seen at Putney Bridge Station whilst operating a rail replacement service for London Underground. It was one of eight such buses built in 1974 spread among five operators.
Photo taken Sunday 22 June 1975, Putney Bridge Station
Douglas Corporation Transport 17, MAN52B, a Bedford YRQ built in 1974 with Willowbrook B47F bodywork.
Photo taken July 1976, Douglas Bus Station
Seen outside Pond Street Bus Station in Sheffield is RWX180M of A. & C. Wigmore, Dinnington. It was a Bedford YRT with a Plaxton Derwent II B54F body.
Photo taken Thursday 11 April 1974, Pond Street Bus Station, Sheffield
Wents Bedford YRQ/Willowbrook SCF344N in the layover area of Colchester Bus Station in 1984.
Photo taken 1984, Colchester Bus Station
JDW (Norwich) STC982M, Bedford YRT / Moseley.
Photo taken September 1981, Norwich
A rear view of Rickards, Brentford TJH685M, a Bedford YRT with a Plaxton Panorama Elite III C53F body, and CAR163K an A.E.C. 6U3ZR Reliance with a Plaxton Panorama Elite II C51F body seen at St. Paul's Cathedral in London.
Photo taken Saturday 20 July 1974, near St. Paul's Cathedral, City of London
Premier (Harold Wilson) of Stainforth operated HWF534N, a Bedford YRT with Duple C53F bodywork which was new in March 1975.
Photo taken c.1975, Premier Depot, East Lane, Stainforth
National Travel South East, London S.E.6 entered KUW533P in the National Coach Rally in 1976. This was a Bedford YMT with a Willowbook '008' Spacecar C49F body seen here in Blackpool.
Photo taken Saturday 10 April 1976, Lower Promenade, Blackpool
Kenzie's of Shepreth PEB2R, a Bedford YMT with Plaxton Supreme body, owned by them from new.
Photo taken Saturday 26 May 2012
Hookway, Meeth DFJ324T was a Bedford YMT with a Unicar C53F body entered in the British Coach Rally and seen on Madeira Drive at Brighton.
Photo taken Saturday 21 April 1979, Madeira Drive, Brighton