SCT '61 Photo Index
Smith, Reading
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1. WS8059
Ken has virtually no information on this picture other than it is captioned Smiths of Reading. It is scanned from a very poor 3x2 print. It is obviously Scottish in origin, and he's ascertained that Smiths had some Leyland Cheetah's from which they removed the bodies and transferred them to other chassis. Apart from that it's open to you all to fill in the blanks.
Photo taken 1950's
2. FXT229
Smith, Reading FXT229 was an A.E.C. O661 Regent, which had been new in 1939 as London Transport RT54, with an LPTB H30/26R body. Smith acquired it in February 1956 and fitted the platform doors and it is seen outside the garage.
Photo taken Sunday 27 March 1966, Smith's Garage, Reading
3. GAT69
Smith, Reading GAT69, was acquired from Lloyd, Nuneaton in November 1958. It was a Leyland TD5, new in 1939 as East Yorkshire 383, with an Eastern Coachworks H26/26R body which had been replaced in 1948 with a new Eastern Coachworks H28/26R body and passed to Lloyd 11/56 via P.V.D. (dealer), Dunchurch.
Photo taken Saturday 22 August 1959, Castle Street, Reading
4. FXT229
Smith, Reading FXT229, was one of four A.E.C. O661 Regents acquired from London Transport in 1956. It had an L.P.T.B. H30/26R body and had been new in 1940 as RT54.
Photo taken Saturday 22 August 1959, Castle Street, Reading
5. FXT229
FXT229 seen here with Smith, Reading was an A.E.C. O661 Regent with an L.P.T.B H30/26R body new in January 1940 which had been RT54 when with London Transport from whom it was acquired in June 1956 via North (dealer), Leeds to whom it had been sold in December 1955.
Photo taken Saturday 31 August 1963, St Mary's Butts, Reading
6. FXT283
Smith, Reading bought four of these wartime RTs in 1956 and FXT283 was an A.E.C. O661 Regent with an L.P.T.B. H30/26R body new in 1940.
Photo taken Saturday 31 August 1963, St Mary's Butts, Reading
7. JFC776
Jefferys (Grayshott Coaches), Grayshott JFC776 was an A.E.C. O662 Regal which had been new in 1940 as City of Oxford EB47 with a Weymann B32F body.
Photo taken Sunday 2 May 1965, Liss
8. JUG626
JUG626, seen outside Smith’s garage, was a Leyland PD1, new in May 1946 as Leeds 326, with a Roe H31/25R body. Withdrawn in April 1960 it was one of six which passed to Smith, Reading in May 1961, entering service in January 1962 and was fitted with platform doors by May 1962.
Photo taken Sunday 27 March 1966, Smith's Garage, Reading
9. JUG628
Guildbury Players, Guildford acquired JUG628 from Smith, Reading in 1966 for use as a mobile caravan by the theatre company. New in 1946 as Leeds 328 it was a Leyland PD1 with Roe H31/25R body and passed in 9/61 to Smith who fitted it with platform doors.
Photo taken Wednesday 7 June 1972, Epsom
10. ACP410
Smith, Reading acquired three 1947 A.E.C. O961 Regent IIIs from Halifax in 1959, two with Roe bodies and ACP410 with a Park Royal H33/26R body.
Photo taken Saturday 22 August 1959, Castle Street, Reading
11. ENT709
Smith, Reading acquired ENT709 in June 1957 from Lowe & Son, Trench. It was a Dennis J3 Lancet III with a Yeates C35F body which had been new in 1948 to Lowe.
Photo taken Sunday 17 May 1959, Whipsnade Zoo
12. MWL972
Reliance, Newbury 85, MWL972, was acquired in November 1963 from Smith, Reading.
Photo taken Sunday 27 March 1966, Reliance Garage, Newbury
13. EDP95
Smith, Reading EDP95 seen outside Reading Station was a Duple C29F bodied Bedford OB.
Photo taken Saturday 31 August 1963, Reading Station
14. OFC383
Originally new to City of Oxford in 1949 as H383, and later renumbered H882, OFC383 was a Weymann H30/26R bodied A.E.C. 9612A Regent III which was acquired by Smith, Reading in January 1961 and fitted with platform doors along with OFC 385-388 acquired at the same time.
Photo taken Saturday 31 August 1963, St Mary's Butts, Reading
15. OFC386
OFC386 seen here with Smith, Reading, outside their garage, was an A.E.C. 9612A Regent III, which had been new as City of Oxford H885 in 1949, with a Weymann H30/26R body. Smith acquired it in November 1960 and fitted platform doors.
Photo taken Sunday 27 March 1966, Smith's Garage, Reading
16. NTG135
New as Rhondda 282, NTG135 was an A.E.C. 9613S Regent III with a Weymann H30/26R body acquired by Smith, Reading in November 1965, fitted with platform doors in December 1965 and is seen outside the garage.
Photo taken Sunday 27 March 1966, Smith's Garage, Reading
17. 84DLW
Seen on the forecourt of the Earls Court Exhibition Centre, with Smith, Reading, was 84DLW, an A.E.C. 2MU3RA Reliance which had been new to Glenton, London S.E.14 in April 1962 with a Plaxton Panorama C34F body, passing to Smith in March 1970.
Photo taken Saturday 28 July 1973, Earls Court Exhibition Centre forecourt, London
18. MRO133D
Smiths of Reading MRO133D, an AEC Reliance, new in 1966
Photo taken 1975, Clarence Pier Coach Park, Southsea
19. KRW608E
Smiths of Reading KRW608E Duple bodied AEC Reliance, new in 1967
Photo taken 1973, Clarence Pier Coach Park, Southsea