SCT '61 Photo Index
Royal Blue
See also the Southern National and Western National index.

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1. HOD100
Southern National (Royal Blue) 1237, HOD100, seen on the spare ground at the top end of Victoria Coach Station was a Bristol L6A with a Beadle C31F body new in 1948.
Photo taken Saturday 28 June 1958, Victoria Coach Station
2. HOD28
Former Royal Blue 1226, HOD28, a Bristol L6A with Beadle C31F body, new in 1948 and withdrawn in 1960.
Photo taken Sunday 6 October 1974, WETC, Winkleigh, Devon
3. HOD30
The Shipley-based Yesteryear Coaches fleet includes former Royal Blue 1228, HOD30, a Bristol L6A with an unusual Beadle C31F body dating from 1948.
Photo taken Saturday 24 June 2017, Bradley, Skipton
4. HOD30
Royal Blue 1228, HOD30, a 1948 Bristol L6A with Beadle coachwork.
Photo taken Sunday 14 October 2007, Bolton Abbey Station
5. HOD30
Former Royal Blue 1228, HOD30, a Bristol L6A with Beadle C31F body, new in 1948. Withdrawn in 1960 it passed, along with HOD28, to a china clay works for staff transport with whom it survived until 1968.
Photo taken early 1974, WETC, Winkleigh, Devon
6. HOD30
Royal Blue were the owners of this AEC engined Bristol L6A carrying attractive but uncommon Beadle bodywork. New to Royal Blue as their 1228, HOD30, in 1948; the bus has been in preservation for over 30 years, far longer than it spent in revenue earning service!
Photo taken Sunday 9 October 2011, Jerry Croft, Skipton
7. HOD30
Two preserved Royal Blue Bristol Ls, 1228, HOD30, and 1250, LTA729.
Photo taken Sunday 10 August 2008, Brislington
8. HOD31
Western National 1229, HOD31, a Bristol L6A with a Beadle C31F body new in 1949 and part of the Royal Blue fleet.
Photo taken Saturday 28 June 1958, The Wharf, Newbury
9. LTA750
Royal Blue 1411, LTA750, a classic Duple bodied Bedford OB dating from 1949.
Photo taken Sunday 13 June 2010, Chatsworth
10. 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
11. 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
12. LTA727
Western National 1248, LTA727, a Bristol L6B with a Duple C33F body was new in 1950.
Photo taken Sunday 15 June 1958, rear of Hyde Park Road Southdown Garage, Portsmouth
13. LTA729
LTA729, a Western National 1250 / Royal Blue Bristol LL6B with Duple C37F body, part of the Colin Billington collection. Taken on the 2012 Royal Blue run from the following Royal Blue coach - a timeless shot.
Photo taken Sunday 1 July 2012, Somerset
14. LTA759
Former Southern National 1420, LTA759, a Bedford OB with Duple C27F body of 1950 is seen operating for Tremains.
Photo taken 1968, Truro
15. LTA729
Two preserved Royal Blue Bristol Ls, 1228, HOD30, and 1250, LTA729.
Photo taken Sunday 10 August 2008, Brislington
16. LTA895
LTA895 was brought out for us to inspect on the last morning of the 2015 Royal Blue run. We were following the old A30 route and this vehicle is based near Summercourt. It's in working order but has lost it's seats and fittings to some more modern 8 seats or so. Dating from 1951 it's a Bristol LL6B with Duple C37F body. I last saw it in 1974.
Photo taken Sunday 21 June 2015, A field near Summercourt
17. LTA898
LTA898 is a Bristol LL6B with Duple C37F body, new to Royal Blue / Southern National in 1951 as fleet number 1269. It was made famous when it appeared in the jigsaw puzzle in front of The Greyhound Inn at Corfe Castle.
Photo taken Thursday 31 January 2013, private site in Staffordshire
18. LTA872
Western National 1284, LTA872, a Bristol LS6G with the early style of ECW C39F body new in 1952 is seen here in Plymouth in Royal Blue livery.
Photo taken Sunday 19 May 1968, Plymouth
19. LTA873
Royal Blue 1285, LTA873, a Bristol LS coach built 1952, location unknown.
Photo taken early 1960s
20. MOD973
Now fully restored, it was great to see Southern National / Royal Blue 1286, MOD973, on this year's Royal Blue run. It's a Bristol LS6G - one of the earlier LS coach designs and entered service in 1952 with ECW C41F body. Changed over to Western National in 1962, it was withdrawn by them in 1968.
Photo taken Sunday 19 June 2016, Lulworth Cove
21. OTT43
Homeward Bound are Western National Bristol LS6G 2200, OTT43 with ECW C41F body and Bristol L6A 1228, HOD30, with Beadle C31F body, picture taken from leading Royal Blue coach.
Photo taken Sunday 1 July 2012, Somerset
22. OTT43
Royal Blue 2200, OTT43, a 1953 Bristol LS6G with ECW body heads towards Kirkby Stephen. The vehicle has the famous Royal Blue roof mounted luggage rack, a feature of Royal Blue coaches until the late nineteen fifties.
Photo taken Sunday 4 April 2010, Kirkby Stephen
23. OTT96
Seen at Victoria Coach Station having operated as a Royal Blue relief car to London is OTT96 which was number 1297 in the Southern National fleet.
Photo taken Saturday 9 May 1959, Victoria Coach Station, London
24. OTT98
Southern National 1299, OTT98, a Bristol LS6G with ECW C41F body, preserved by WHOTT and in the care of John Grigg and BVBG.
Photo taken Saturday 30 June 2012, Salcombe
25. VDV746
Royal Blue coach 2203, VDV746, a Bristol LS6G with ECW C41F body, new in 1957.
Photo taken c. 1960, London Victoria Coach Station
26. VDV749
Ensign's VDV749 makes a photostop outside Sutton Cemetery on its return journey to Southend.
Photo taken Sunday 1 January 2012, Sutton Cemetery, Southend
27. VDV749
Ensign's ex-Royal Blue Bristol LS coach VDV749 at Canewdon on the morning working of service 12 from Southend.
Photo taken Sunday 1 January 2012, Canewdon
28. XUO721
Western National XUO721, 2238 in the Royal Blue fleet, was a Bristol MW6G with an Eastern Coachworks C41F body new in 1958 and was heading for Birmingham on an Associated Motorways service when seen in Newbury.
Photo taken Saturday 25 October 1958, The Wharf, Newbury
29. 615DDV
Royal Blue 2248, 615DDV, was a Bristol MW6G with ECW C39F bodywork which was new in June 1960 to Southern National. It is seen outside Camborne depot which adjoined the town's bus station.
Photo taken mid 1970s, Camborne Bus Station
30. 617DDV
617DDV is a 1960 Bristol MW / ECW C39F and was new to Southern National / Royal Blue as 2250 based at Bournemouth. Transferred to WN in 1969 and withdrawn after the 1975 season. It has had several owners in preservation - the current owner acquiring it in 2013 since when it has been repainted.
Photo taken Saturday 20 September 2014, Kingsbridge
31. 625DDV
Royal Blue 625DDV, a Bristol MW with ECW bodywork new in 1960.
Photo taken August 1973, Hyde Park Road, Portsmouth
32. 625DDV
Former Royal Blue 1960 Bristol MW6G/ECW C39F 2246, 625 DDV, seen in the Marsh and Ham car park, Blandford Forum on the second day of the three day Royal Blue Run.
Photo taken Saturday 21 June 2014, Marsh and Ham public car park, Blandford Forum
33. 56GUO
Fareline 56GUO, Bristol MW6G / ECW C39F coach, named "The Royal", ex Royal Blue, new to them in 1961.
Photo taken September 1981, Felixstowe
34. 56GUO
On the second afternoon of the 2015 Royal Blue run and with the help from First group who still had to run service buses of 6 per hour, the organisers arranged for coaches to come down to St Ives bus station in small groups for pictures - not the easiest of things to do with crowds etc but here is one of my shots. The aim was where possible to recreate pictures of the coach and St Ives Bay / harbour. 56GUO is a Bristol MW6G dating from 1961 with a ECW C39F body. In 2010 it became part of the Roger Burdett collection but is on long term loan to his close friend and best man, Graham Clifford. The vehicle was also driven during the weekend by Steve Morris of Quantock heritage and for this trip into St. Ives it was driven by Alex Lawson from WYRCC preservation group. The vehicle is based near Brighton.
Photo taken Saturday 20 June 2015, St. Ives Cornwall
35. 56GUO
ex Royal Blue 2267, 56GUO a 1961 Bristol MW6G with ECW C39F body, seen in Winchester on the first day of the 3 day Royal Blue Run 2014.
Photo taken Friday 20 June 2014, The Broadway, Winchester
36. 253KTA
Royal Blue 2270, 253KTA, a 1962 Bristol MW6G with ECW C39F body
Photo taken Thursday 21 May 1964, London Victoria Coach Station
37. 766MDV
Former Royal Blue coach 2278, 766MDV, a Bristol MW5G with ECW C39F body which entered service in 1963.
Photo taken Sunday 20 July 2003, Alton
38. 759MDV
Southern National 1410, 759MDV, a Bristol MW with C39F ECW body from 1963 preserved and driven by Peter Delaney
Photo taken Saturday 30 June 2012, Teignmouth
39. 766MDV
Seen en-route on the summer Saturdays only service from Cheltenham to Brighton in about 1966 is Royal Blue Bristol MW No 2278, 766MDV.
Photo taken August 1966, Kingsway, Portslade
40. 766MDV
766MDV, preserved Royal Blue (SN) Bristol MW6G with ECW C39F new in 1963
Photo taken Monday 27 August 2007, Stokes Bay Gosport
41. 837SUO
Preserved Royal Blue 2351, 837SUO, a Bristol RELH6G with ECW C45F body, new in May 1964, was the first of this type in the fleet
Photo taken Sunday 2 April 2006, Wisley Aerodrome
42. 837SUO
Royal Blue 2351, 837SUO, a Bristol RELH6G with ECW C45F body, was the first of this type in the fleet and was brand new when this picture was taken.
Photo taken Thursday 21 May 1964, London Victoria Coach Station
43. 837SUO
A second shot of Royal Blue 2351, 837SUO, a Bristol RELH6G with ECW C45F body.
Photo taken Tuesday 11 August 1964, London Victoria Coach Station
44. 837SUO
Royal Blue 2351, 837SUO, a Bristol RELH6G with ECW C45F body, is captured at St. Ives bus station - also known as Malakoff bus station. It was there to recreate a 1960s photo shoot as part of the 2015 Royal Blue run.
Photo taken Saturday 20 June 2015, St. Ives Cornwall
45. EDV502D
Western National 1420, EDV502D, a Bristol MW6G with ECW C39F body, ending it's life as a school bus where it was known as the Foster Flyer. Preserved by John Handford who has kept the tables fitted by the school, hence the reverse seating part way down the vehicle,
Photo taken Sunday 1 July 2012, private property in Devon
46. EDV502D
Bristol MW6G EDV502D seen awaiting start of Royal Blue Run. It had just arrived from its base in Coventry and I include it because it now has the correct style and colour for the Western National lettering.
Photo taken Friday 20 June 2014, London Victoria Coach Station
47. EDV505D
Western National EDV505D, a Bristol MW6G with ECW C39F body, new in June 1966.
Photo taken Sunday 5 September 2010, Bus & Coach Wales Event, Merthyr Tydfil
48. LDV467F
First of three pictures of former Southern National RE coach LDV467F, now owned by Mark Stokes for preservation and restoration. It was built in December 1967, a Bristol RELH6G with ECW C45F body, for Southern National with fleet number 1457.
Photo taken 2006, Ramsey, Essex
49. OTA632G
Preserved Southern National 1376, OTT85 and Royal Blue 2372, OTA632G seen parked in the oddly named Marsh and Ham car park in Blandford Forum on day two of the Royal Blue Run 2014 with some of the other participants in the run behind these two fine coaches.
Photo taken Saturday 21 June 2014, Marsh and Ham public car park, Blandford Forum
50. OTA640G
A rather more modern vehicle present at the Kingsbridge Running Day was Royal Blue Bristol RE/ECW coach 2380, OTA640G. This did not operate on any local routes (rather too long and wide for the local lanes), but ran a connecting service from and to Totnes before and after the event. It is seen here in Totnes on its way back to Coventry, where it is based.
Photo taken Saturday 21 September 2013, Totnes
51. OTA640G
Following the adoption of white as the colour for NBC coaches Royal Blue became just a fleet name rather than a statement of fact. Southern National 2380, OTA640G, is a 1969 Bristol RELH6G with 45 seat ECW body.
Photo taken Sunday 19 July 2009, Elland Road, Leeds
52. OTA641G
Royal Blue 2381, OTA641G, a Bristol RELH6G built in 1969 with ECW C45F bodywork.
Photo taken June 1969, Newcastle under Lyme
53. OTA645G
Former Midland Red D9 5415, EHA415D, new in 1966, and former Royal Blue Bristol RELH6G OTA645G, new in 1969, both in the ownership of Midland Red Coaches.
Photo taken Thursday 22 May 2014, Mallory Park Circuit, Leicestershire