Bus and Coach builders STRACHAN (and BROWN) England UK

STRACHAN

and

BROWN

Strachans, at one time known as Strachan and Brown, was a significant supplier of bus and coach bodies from the ‘Twenties through to the late ‘Sixties. After that they appear to have quit the PSV market but continued to trade as a supplier to the Ministry of Defense. Based for many years in North Acton, London they moved to premises on Hamble Airfield in Hampshire around 1960. The last date I have where any activity is recorded is 1984.

1900 Strachans Coachworks, logo

Their products were particularly prominent before WW2 with many London operators using them, while during the War they were a supplier of “Utility” bodywork. Post-War they were particularly associated with Aldershot and District, but seemed to go into a decline in the late ‘Fifties. The ‘Sixties saw a minor resurgence when they bodied a number of rear-engined single decker chassis including the London Transport XMS class, and provided the coachwork on the only five Dodge chassis sold in the UK.

Surprisingly I have been unable to trace more than passing references to this company anywhere on the web, so a group to record its existence seems appropriate.

History

    1. 1865 Birth of James Marshall Strachan [pronounced Strawn] at Medians, near Aberdeen, Scotland.
    • 1867 Birth of Walter Ernest Brown.
    • 1881 W E Brown is apprenticed to coachbuilders Laurie and Marner (Oxford Street, London).
    • 1894 W E Brown starts his own business at Shepherds Bush.
    • 1896 W E Brown partners with S A Hughes [full name and dates?] as Brown and Hughes (Kensington).
    • 1907 J M Strachan joins the partnership: Brown, Hughes and Strachan, with a large factory at Park Royal.
    • 1915 J M Strachan and W E Brown establish a new partnership as Strachan and Brown Ltd, based at the former Brown and Hughes premises (Holland Gate Garage, High Street, Kensington).
    • 1921 Strachan and Brown move to Wales Farm Road, Acton.
    • 1928 Strachan and Brown partnership dissolved; J M Strachan continues as Strachans Ltd; W E Brown and sons Dennis and Reginald become directors of Duple Bodies and Motors; the rest is WKC history.
    • 1929 Death of J M Strachan; Strachans is renamed Strachans (Acton) Ltd.
    • 1934 Strachans (Acton) is renamed Strachans Successors Ltd.
    • 1944 Death of W E Brown.
    • 1962 Strachans Successors is sold to Giltspur but continues to operate as Strachans (Coachbuilders) Ltd based at Hamble-le-Rice, Hampshire.
        1976 Strachans (Coachbuilders) ceases production.
    • * This info comes from Mrs Jacky Mackenzie, great grand daughter of Walter Ernest Brown

1920-31 Midland Red A177 (OH 1206) Tilling-Stevens TS3 Strachan and Brown B29F

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1926 OC1 Strachan Brown of Acton Daimler CF6 W L

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1927 AEC OC14 Strachan + Brown of Acton

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1928 0827MoTr-Strac1929 OC14 Strachan of Acton on Berliet

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1930 HX 1388 A E C Regent Strachans H2624R

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1930 Leyland LT2 with a Strachan B32R body

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1932 Leyland TS4 originally with Harrington body rebodied in 1949 with this Strachan C33F body

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1933 Gilford Zeus Strachan H24-24R 079-XM

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1936 AEC Regent, originally with L.P.T.B. H30-26R rebodied in May 1956 with the 1947 Strachan L27-28R body, rebodied by Roe

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1939 AEC-Strachan double decker 125, BHJ195

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1939 AEC-Strachan double decker 129, BHJ199

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1939 AEC-Strachan double decker 129, BHJ199a

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1943 Bradford Guy Arab 1, Fleet No 467, Reg No DKY 467.

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1943 Guy Arab had a Strachan L27-28R body

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1943 Strachan utility L27-28R body so extensively rebuilt by Silcox by 1956 into the condition shown that it is no longer recognisable as of Strachan origins

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1944 Bristol K5G Strachan ex Hants & Dorset GLJ971

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1944 Guy Arab II rebodied 1960 Massey L57R & 2005 GYL984 1945 Guy Arab II rebodied 1955 Strachan L56R

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1944 Guy Arab II with a Strachan L27-28R body

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1945 Barton 443, GNN704, was a Guy Arab II with a Strachans L27-28R body

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1945 Bristol K6A - Stranchan.

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Originally bodied Weymann L55R. Acquired by Moores from Birch Bros. 1952.

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1945 Guy Arab II with a Strachan L27-28R (8'0 wide) body

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1945 Guy Arab II with a Strachan L27-28R body

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1945 Guy Arab II with Strachan H56R body

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1945 Guy Arab II with Strachan L27-28RD utility body

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1945 Guy Arab II with Strachan lowbridge body

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1945 Guy Arab ll Strachan

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1947 33 JDE426 Bristol L5G Strachan DP35F

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1947 56 was a Strachan L27-28R bodied Albion CX19 whilst 81 was the Roe L27-26RD rebodied single-deck Albion CX39N chassis

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1947 AEC Regent with Strachan L27-28R body a

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1947 AEC Regent with Strachan L27-28R body

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1947 Dennis J3 Lancet with a Strachan C32R body

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1947 Guy Arab III with a Strachan L27-28R body

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My beautiful picture

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1947 Leyland PS1-1s with Strachans C33F bodi

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1947 Maudslay Marathon III Strachans FC33F , new with Enterprise Coaches of Kenton , Middlesex

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1947 Strachans Coachworks, advert1948 38 JDE 431 Bristol L5G Strachans

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1948 AEC Regal III Strachans B35R JFM575 Crosville

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1948 AEC Regal III with Strachan B35R body a

 

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1948 AEC Regal III with Strachan B35R body

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1948 AEC Regal III-Strachan TA5

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1948 Bristol L5G Strachan DP35F

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1948 Guy Arab 114, NEV609 with a Strachan L27-26R body

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1948 Guy Arab III single decker with Strachans B34F body

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1949 AEC Regal III with Strachan B36F body

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1949 Crossley DD42-3 which was fitted from new with this Strachans FC33F body

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1949 Daimler CVD6 with Strachans bodywork

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1949 Guy Arab III with a Strachan L27-28R

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1949 Guy Arab III with Strachan L27-28R bodywork

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1949 Guy Arab III with Strachans L55R body

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1949 Strachan C35F bodied Guy Arab III

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1950 A.E.C. 9612A Regent III with a Strachans L27-28R body

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1950 A.E.C. 9621E Regal III with a Strachan C33F body

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1950 Albion Venturer CX37S with a Strachan L55R

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1950 Dennis J10 Lancet with Strachan B38R body

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1950 Dennis J10 Lancets with Strachan B38R bodies 175, HOU901

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1950 Dennis Lancet 3 with Strachan B38R body

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1950 Dennis Lancet III Strachan B38R Guildford Onslow Street

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1950 Guy Arab III with a Strachan L27-28R body

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1950 Guy Arab III with Strachan C35F body

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1950 Guy Arab IV with uncommon Strachans FL31-26RD bodywork

 

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1950 Leyland CPO1 Comet with a Strachan C37F body

 

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1950 Leyland Tiger PS2-1 Strachan B34R

 

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1950 Strachan C35F bodied Guy Arab III

 

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1950 Strachans coach and bus bodies, advert, c19501950 Trojan Diesel with a Strachans 14 seat coach body1951 Crossley DD42-8 with a Strachan H31-28RD body

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1951 Dennis Dominant with a Strachans B41C body

 

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1951 Guy Arab III with a Strachan B38F body

 

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1951 Guy Arab III with Strachan B38F body a

 

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1951 Guy Arab III with Strachan B38F body

 

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1951 Guy Arab III with Strachan FL31-26RD body

 

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1951 Leyland Motors Ltd Leyland UK Ad Dublin Ireland Double-Decker Bus1951 Leyland Royal Tiger PSU 1-15 Strachan C4K GVN-952

 

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1952 Ad1953 Bedford Strachans Bus Photo Yugoslavia

 

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1953 Dennis Lancet J10C with Strachan C38F body

 

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1953 Strachan H31-28RD bodied A.E.C. 9613S Regent III

 

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1954 AEC MU3RV Reliances with Strachan 'Everest' C41C bodies a

 

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1954 AEC MU3RV Strachan C41C at Aldershot Garage

 

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1954 AEC MU3RV Strachan C41C in Hampton Court Station Goods Yard

 

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1954 AEC Reliance MU3RV with a Strachan C41C body a

 

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1954 AEC Reliance MU3RV with a Strachan C41C body

 

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1954 AEC Reliance MU3RV with Strachan Everest C41C bodywork

 

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1954 Dennis Falcon LOU65 with Strachan bodywork

 

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1954 Dennis P5 Falcons with Strachan B30F bodies

 

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1954 Leyland PSUC1-2 Tiger Cubs with Strachans Everest C41C bodies

 

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1954 Leyland PSUC1-2 with Strachans C41C body

 

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1954 Leyland PSUC1-2T Tiger Cub with Strachan Everest C41C body

 

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1954 Strachan bodied AEC Reliance

 

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1954 Strachan bodied AEC Reliant

 

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1954 Strachan Everest C41C bodied AEC Reliance

 

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1954 Trojan DT Strachans C15F.

 

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1955 AEC MU3RV Reliances with Strachan 'Everest' C41C bodies

 

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1955 AEC Reliance Strachan C41C

 

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1955 Commer Strachans Everest Transit Bus Brochure1955 Dennis Lancet UFs with Strachan DP41F bodies

 

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1955 Guy Arab IV with a Strachan L27-28R body

 

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1955 Guy Arab IV with Strachans L28-28R body

 

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1955 OC1 Strachans Successors Ltd of Acton on AEC Reliance for Fales Coaches of Bath 1955

 

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1955 Strachan Everest C41C bodywork on its AEC Reliance chassis

 

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1955 Valliant XHN574 AEC Reliance Strachans C41C

 

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1956 Dennis Falcon Strachan B30F in Aldershot Garage yard

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1956 Dennis Falcon with Strachan B30F body a

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1956 Dennis Falcon with Strachan B30F body

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1956 Dennis Falcons with Strachan B30F bodies

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1956 Dennis P5 Falcon 275, POR421, with a Strachan B30F body

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1956 Strachan bodied Dennis Falcon POR428 at Stokes Bay

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1956 Trojan with a Strachan C13F body

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 1958 Strachans bodied batch of Seddons

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1959 Ford 611E - Strachan BxxF

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1962 Albion Nimbus NS3N with Strachan DP31F body

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1962 Barton 442 GNN703 Strachan bodied Guy Arab II

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1962 Guy Arab IV Strachans H72R

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1962 Strachan H37-32RD bodied Guy Arab IV

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1962 Strachans bodied Bedford VAL

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1962 Strachans bodied Bedford VAL14s

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1963 AEC Regent V - Stranchan

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1963 AEC Regent V One of a trio delivered to members of the co-operative all carried this unusual and rare Strachans bodywork

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1963 Ford Thames Traders with Strachans bodies seating 33 upstairs and carrying 23 bikes downstairs a

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1963 Ford Thames Traders with Strachans bodies seating 33 upstairs and carrying 23 bikes downstairs b

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1963 Ford Thames Traders with Strachans bodies seating 33 upstairs and carrying 23 bikes downstairs

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1963 OC14 Strachans Dartford Tun Bus 1963-5

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1963 OC14 Strachans Dartford Tunnel Bus

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1963 OC14 Strachens Successors Ltd. of Hamble on Ford Thames Trader for London Transport Country Buses Dartford Tunnel Service only

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1963 Hutchings & Cornelius Strachans bodied Dennis Lancet TYC 319 lays over after running in from its South Petherton home while CYC 669C, a Bedford SB5-Strachans

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1963 Leyland Titan PD2A-30 - Strachans H61Rd d

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1963 Leyland Titan PD2A-30 - Strachans H61Rd

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1964 Bedford VAL14 Strachan B52F

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1964 Bedford VAL14 with unusual low-height Strachan B52F bodywork a

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1964 Bedford VAL14 with unusual low-height Strachan B52F bodywork

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1964 Daimler 92, DCP836, passing Guy Arab V demonstrator 888DUK on trial with the corporation

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1964 Dodge S307 Strachans C42F by the Kings Arms at Hampton Court

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1964 Dodge S307 Strachans C42F in Hampton Court Station Goods Yard

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1964 Dodge S307-190T Strachan C42F AYV-94B

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1964 Guy Arab V demonstrator 888DUK on trial with Halifax Corporation in summer 1964. It carried a Strachan front entrance body

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1964 Guy demonstrator 888DUK with Halifax Corporation in June 1964. It carried a Strachan front entrance body.

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1964 Leyland Leopard L1 Strachan B45D

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1964 Leyland Leopard L1 with Strachans B45D bodywork

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1964 Leyland Leopard L1, had bodywork by Strachan

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1964 Leyland Leopards in 1964 with unusual but very neat Strachan dual entrance bodywork seating 45

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1964 Leyland PD2A-30 with Strachan H35-28RD bodywork

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1964 Strachan DP49F bodied AEC 2U3RA Reliance

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1964 Strachans bodied Dodge S307-190T coaches

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1964 Strachans Low Bridge bodied Guy Arab IV 53DHK

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1965 AEC Reliance Leyland Lepard Strachans Bus Brochure 1965 Austin Strachans Bus Sales Brochure 1965 Bedford SB Strachan Pacesaver B--F demonstrator parked at Sandown Park Race Course, Esher, Surrey

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1965 Bedford SB Strachan Pacesaver B--F in Windsor

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1965 Bedford SP Strachans Paysaver Transit Bus Brochure 1965 Bedford VAS Strachans 30 Seat Bus Brochure 1965 Bournemouth Transport Bedford VAS Strachan M4

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1965 Dodge BMC Scammell Strachans Bus Brochure 1965 Ford Strachan

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1965 Guy Arab V 6LW built in 1965 with Strachans H41-31F bodywork

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1965 Leyland Leopard Strachans Transit Bus Brochure 1965 Strachans Eiger 63 Bus Brochure England 1965 Strachans Transit Bus Sales Brochure England 1966 AEC Merlin P2R Strachan B25D originally London Transport XMS4

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1966 AEC Merlin P2R Strachan B25D

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1966 AEC Reliance Strachan B39F

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1966 FBR 53D Leyland Panther-Strachans ex Sunderland, Metro Centre

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1966 Ford R192 NPT306D with Strachans B44F bodywork

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1966 Ford R192 with Strachan B44F bodywork

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1966 Ford R226 with Strachan B52D bodywork

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1966 Leyland demonstrator YTB771D on test with Halifax Corporation, a Leyland PSRC1-1 Panther Cub with a Strachans B43D body

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1966 Leyland Panther PSUR1-1R Strachan 53 FBR53D Sunderland Corporation

1966-leyland-panther-psur1-1r-strachan-53-fbr53d-sunderland-corporation

1966 Leyland Panther PSUR1-1R with Strachans B47+19D bodywork

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1966 Leyland PSU3-1R-Strachans

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1966 MBS15, the only Strachans AEC Merlin

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1966 Strachans AEC Merlin

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1966 WMPTE 3661 - Ford R192 with Strachans body ex Birmingham City Transport

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1967 A E C Swift MP2R with Strachan B54D bodywork

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1967 A E C Swift MP2R with Strachans B58F bodywork

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1967 AEC Reliance Strachan B39F

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1967 AEC XMS1 Strachan (JLA51D) from Gillingham Street Garage on Red Arrow Route 500 in Park Lane

1967-aec-xms1-strachan-jla51d-from-gillingham-street-garage-on-red-arrow-route-500-in-park-lane

1967 Bedford SB Strachans J33643

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1967 Bedford VAM14 with Strachan B33D+25 bodi

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1967 Bristol RELL6G Strachan B34D + 218 SRD18 1959 AEC Reliance 2MU3RV Burlimgham B34D

1967-bristol-rell6g-strachan-b34d-218-srd18-1959-aec-reliance-2mu3rv-burlimgham-b34d

1967 Bristol RELL6G with Strachans B34D body

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1967 Daimler Roadliner SRC6 Strachan B54D in Victoria Square Bus Station

1967-daimler-roadliner-src6-strachan-b54d-in-victoria-square-bus-statio

1967 Ford Strachans bus 1967 Guy Arab V with Strachan H41-31F body

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1967 Leyland Panther 88, GBR88E, with Strachans bodywork FBR53D

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1967 Leyland Panther 88, GBR88E, with Strachans bodywork

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1967 Leyland Panther, Strachan,

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1967 Strachan bodied AEC Reliance ex Aldershot & District 273 MOR604

1967-strachan-bodied-aec-reliance-ex-aldershot-district-273-mor604

1967 Strachan-bodied Ford R192

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1967 Two Strachan bodied Guy Arabs are closest - 152N in cream-blue ansd not then yet withrawn, alongside 216N

1967-two-strachan-bodied-guy-arabs-are-closest-152n-in-cream-blue-ansd-not-then-yet-withrawn-alongside-216n

1968 AEC Swift MP2R Strachan B47D at Portswood Garage

1968-aec-swift-mp2r-strachan-b47d-at-portswood-garage

1968 AEC Swift MP2R Strachan B47D originally Southampton Corporation 4 in Guildford Farnham Road Bus Station

1968-aec-swift-mp2r-strachan-b47d-originally-southampton-corporation-4-in-guildford-farnham-road-bus-station

1968 AEC Swift MP2R with Strachan B47D bodywork

1968-aec-swift-mp2r-with-strachan-b47d-bodywork

1968 EYO 885J - Another Bedford VAS Strachans (this one with high backed coach seats)

1968-eyo-885j-another-bedford-vas-strachans-this-one-with-high-backed-coach-seats

1968 Ford R226 with Strachans 53-seater body

1968-ford-r226-with-strachans-53-seater-body

1968 Ford R226 with Strachans bodywork

1968-ford-r226-with-strachans-bodywork

1968 Leyland Panther Cub Demonstrator with Strachans body at the Earls Court Motor Show

1968-leyland-panther-cub-demonstrator-with-strachans-body-at-the-earls-court-motor-show

1968 Leyland Panther Cub PSRC1-1 with Strachan 43 seat bodywork

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1968 Leyland Panther Cub PSRC1-1 with Strachan B43F body

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1968 Leyland Panther PSUR1-1R with Strachan B45F bodywork a

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1968 Leyland Panther PSUR1-1R with Strachan B45F bodywork

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1968nAEC Swift MP2R Strachan B47D MTR-420F

1968 aec-swift-mp2r-strachan-b47d-mtr-420f

1969 Bedford VAS 3 Strachan body Ex-MoD

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1970 Ford Transit with Strachan B16F body

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1972 Ford Transit Strachan DP16F

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1975 The last Strachan - DDA149C,

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That’s it, it’s enough

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Author: Jeroen

In Dutch, my homelanguage: Ik ben Jeroen, tot januari 2015 was ik al dik 26 jaar werkzaam in een psychiatrisch ziekenhuis in een stad vlakbij Werelds grootste havenstad Rotterdam. Eerst als verpleegkundige/begeleider op high care, later op afdeling dubbeldiagnose (verslavingen) en ook nog een tijdje als administratief medewerker. Ik heb een spierziekte "Poli Myositis" (alle spieren zijn ontstoken) daardoor weinig energie. Sinds augustus 2015 is daarbij de diagnose Kanker gesteld, en ben ik helemaal arbeidsongeschikt geworden en zit middenin de behandelfase. Gelukkig ben ik daarnaast getrouwd, vader, en opa, en heb de nodige hobby's. Een daarvan is transportmiddelen verzamelen en daarmee een blog schrijven. Dit blog begon met bussen, maar nu komen ook sleepboten, auto's trucks en dergelijke aan bod. Kijk en geniet met me mee, reageer, en vul gerust aan. Fouten zal ik ook graag verbeteren. In English: I'm Jeroen, till januari 2015 I was already 26 years working as a nurse in a psychiatric hospital, near Rotterdam, Worlds biggest harbour with more than 98 nationalities living within it's borders. First I worked on closed high care ward and the last years on a ward with mainly addicted people. I liked my work very much. In 2007 I got ill. I got the diagnose Poli Myositis, a musscle dissease. Al my mussles are inflamed. And last august I got another diagnose. Cancer. It's plaveicelcel carcinoma and treated with Chemo and radioation. So I've even less energy than the last years. Still I try to make something of my life and the blog is helping with surviving with some pleasure.

9 thoughts on “Bus and Coach builders STRACHAN (and BROWN) England UK”

  1. Hi Hot
    Very interesting article. I always wondered about their history.
    In 1984 I lived in Hampshire and there was a bodybuilders in Hamble called Phoenix. Though knowing that the phoenix rises from the ashes it never occured to me to question the history of the company. I now realise that the ashes were of Strachan. Phoenix closed many years ago.

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  2. A most excellent and interesting collection of photographs.

    I would like to offer a minor correction regarding the photograph ‘1966-aec-reliance-strachan-b39f’ which is Halifax JOC 293 (ECP 953D). This bus was actually bodied by Seddon Pennine rather than Starchans. I imagine the misunderstanding is due to the abbreviated codes used by the PSV Circle (Stn for Strachan and Sn for Seddon.

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  3. i have a AEC 1947 bus which I want to convert into a restuarant. it is running but as it is so old I do not have the confiance to drive it around. Does any one know , where i CAN SELL THIS ENGINE;
    it is a
    6 cylinder 1947 rolls royce in working order. starts at first switch:)

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  4. I was interested to see that 1967 Bristol RE of Reading Corporation Transport. Its destination board was “STATIONS” which dated back to Reading General and Southern being next to each other. However, Southern was closed in 1965 and the platforms became part of Reading General- but the bus blinds stayed the same!

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  5. A very interesting article………. I notice that my research of the company history has been used, please can you either credit me with my work or remove it. I would also be very interested to know where you got my summary of the company timeline.?
    Thank you Mrs Jacky Mackenzie,
    great grand daughter of Walter Ernest Brown.

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    1. I will put the credits with your name with the info. The info comes all from wikipedia, google and the world wide web. With greetings from Schiedam, in the Netherlands. With high regard. Jeroen.

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      1. Thanks you very much Jeroen, that is perfect. Please Also note that it is “Strachan and Brown” and not ” Strachans and Brown”. I have been collecting company details, documents and pictures etc for over 20 years. With warm Greetings from warm and sunny Hampshire UK

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  6. My Aunt Irene Marlow was JM Strachans daughter and is alive and well in a care home in Chichester. Nick Gregory

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