READING Buses England UK


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Reading Buses

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Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 on route Purple 17 in December 2013
Parent Reading Borough Council
Founded 31 October 1901
Headquarters Reading
Service area Berkshire
Service type Bus services
Routes 92
Destinations Reading
Fleet 165 (May 2013)
Fuel type Diesel
Natural Gas
Chief executive Martijn Gilbert

Reading Buses is a bus operator serving the towns of Reading, Newbury and the surrounding area in the county of Berkshire, England. It is owned by Reading Borough Council.


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Horse tram era

04 1893 Oxford Road, Reading,

The origins of Reading Transport can be traced back to 1878, when the privately owned Reading Tramways Company (part of the Imperial Tramways Company) was formed. They were initially authorised to construct and operate a horse tram route on an east–west alignment fromOxford Road through Broad Street in the town centre to Cemetery Junction. Significantly, this route formed the core of what became known as themain line of the tram and trolleybus network.

Construction started in January 1879, with the entire line being open by May. A fleet of six single-decked cars were initially used, with 31 horses, providing a 20-minute frequency. The cars operated from a depot on the south side of the Oxford Road, immediately to the east of Reading West railway station. By the 1890s the whole fleet had been replaced by double-decked cars operating at a 10-minute frequency. The company made several proposals to extend the system, add routes and electrify the system. But none of these came to anything, and in 1899 the borough corporation decided to purchase the system.

The purchase deal was completed on 31 October 1901, and the Reading Corporation Tramways came into being. The corporation set out about first extending, and then electrifying the system. The extensions were completed by December 1902, and the last horse cars ran in July of the following year.

Electric tram era

05 1903 Reading Corporation Tramways

Reading Corporation Tramwaysopening ceremony on 22 July 1903

The new electric trams started operating in July 1903. Extensions were constructed to the Wokingham Road and London Road (both from Cemetery Junction), and new routes added to Whitley, Caversham Road, Erleigh Road and Bath Road. The trams operated from a new depot in Mill Lane, a site that was to remain Reading Transport’s main depot until it was demolished to make way for The Oracle shopping mall in 1998.

The electric tram services were originally operated by 30 four-wheeled double decked cars supplied by Dick, Kerr & Co. In 1904, six bogie cars and a water car (used for keeping down the dust on the streets) were added to the fleet, also from Dick, Kerr & Co. No further trams were acquired, and a planned extension from the Caversham Road terminus across Caversham Bridge to Caversham itself was abandoned because of the outbreak of World War I. The war also led to a significant maintenance backlog.

In 1919, Reading Corporation started operating its first motor buses. These ran from Caversham Heights to Tilehurst, running over the tram lines and beyond the tram termini. Because of the state of the track, the Bath Road tram route was abandoned in 1930, followed by the Erleigh Road route in 1932. Eventually it was decided that the tramways should be abandoned and replaced by trolleybuses, operating over extended routes. The last tram ran on the Caversham Road to Whitley route in July 1936, and last car on the main line ran in May 1939.

Trolleybus era

The first trolleybus wiring erected was a training loop on Erleigh Road, which opened in early 1936. This loop was never used in public service, and was subsequently dismantled. Public service commenced on 18 July 1936, on a route replacing the tram route from Caversham Road to Whitley Street. In May 1939, the remaining tram routes from Oxford Road to Wokingham Road and London Road were converted to trolleybus operation, with a short extension from Wokingham Road to the Three Tuns, and a much longer extension from the Oxford Road through the centre of Tilehurst to the Bear Inn. The extended main line from the Three Tuns to the Bear, still exists today as bus route 17, the town’s busiest and most frequent route, and the first to be designated a premier route.

Reading Transport Depot

During World War II a trolleybus branch was constructed from the Oxford Road to Kentwood Hill, enabling trolleybuses to replace motor buses with a consequential saving in precious oil based fuel. In 1949 the Whitley Street line was extended to Whitley Wood and Northumberland Avenue and a short branch was built to Reading General station. Subsequent short extensions took the system to its full extent, with the Kentwood route running to Armour Hill and the Northumberland Avenue line running to the junction with Whitley Wood Road.

By 1965, most UK trolleybus systems had closed, and the manufacturers of the overhead equipment gave notice that they would cease production. At the same time the trolleybuses came in for some bad publicity in the local press because they cost more to operate compared to motor buses and they were inflexible, even though the trolleybuses were profitable (Reading’s motor buses made a loss), faster and less polluting. Reading Corporation decided to abandon the trolleybus system, and the routes were phased out between January 1967 and November 1968.

The UK’s first contra-flow bus lane was instigated along Kings Road, when that road was made one-way in the early 1960s. The trolleybuses continued to operate two-way, as it was considered uneconomic to erect wiring on the new inbound route, London Road. The concept of the contra-flow bus lane was proved successful, and adopted in other places for motor buses.

Expansion and competition

17 1985 Reading Transport offices

Reading Transport offices in 1985 now The Oracle shopping centre

The Transport Act 1980 deregulated long distance bus services. Reading Transport took advantage of this new freedom to start a service from Reading through London to Southend. The service was numbered X1 and was run jointly with Southend Transport. In 1982 the X1 was shortened to run from Reading to Aldgate in East London, under the “Gold Line” brand, and joint operation ceased.

As a result of the legislation that accompanied the deregulation of local bus services in 1986, the operations of Reading Transport were transferred to Reading Transport Ltd, an “arms length” company whose shares were held by Reading Borough Council. Bus deregulation also meant that the local council no longer had any power to regulate the routes and fares of Reading Transport, nor could they prevent other operators from starting competitive services within the borough.

In 1992 Reading Transport acquired the Reading and Newbury operations of BeeLine, one of the privatised successors to the state-owned Alder Valley. These acquisitions led to Reading Transport operating buses in Newbury, and in the rural areas around Reading and Newbury, for the first time. Additionally, BeeLine had operated a Reading to London service under the LondonLink name, and that was merged into the Gold Line service and the resulting service renamed London Line. The Gold Line name was retained for use by Reading Transport’s non-scheduled service business. The London Line service ceased in 2000.

Reading Transport faced competition on Reading urban routes from 1994, when[Reading Mainline, an independent company, started operations with AEC Routemasters acquired from Transport for London. Labour shortages created problems for the competitor, and Reading Transport acquired Reading Mainline in 1998. Reading Transport continued to operate the Routemasters under the Reading Mainline brand until they were finally withdrawn in July 2000.

Premier and vitality routes

08 1999 Reading Buses bus 908 Optare Excel P908 EGM Low Rider branding Route 15

Optare Excel LowRider in 1999 in a variant of the livery used until the introduction of premier routes

Since 2004, Reading Buses and Reading Borough Council have made a significant investment in upgrading the quality of Reading’s main urban bus routes. In autumn of that year, Reading Buses introduced its first branded Premier Route in the form of the number 17, running between the Three Tuns on Wokingham Road and the Bear Inn at Tilehurst via the town centre and Oxford Road, and the linear descendent of the old main line. This was intended as the first in a series of such routes, each providing a weekday daytime frequency of between 3 and 8 buses per hour. Each premier route, or group of routes, would be allocated a distinctive colour, to be used used on the buses on that route, and also on maps and other publicity.

Since then the premier route concept has been rolled out on most of Reading’s urban routes. In April 2009, a similar concept was introduced to some of Reading Buses’ longer distance rural routes. These were rebranded as Vitality Routes, using specially branded green and silver or red and silver buses. In 2014, these too were changed to a colour brand, becoming ‘Lime Routes’.

Biofuel controversy

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Ethanol fueled Scania OmniCity in May 2008 in the livery it carried when used on the 17

Reading Buses has a history of experimenting with biofuels, including biodiesel and alcohol fuel. By 2008, all but one of Reading’s bus fleet was fuelled by a mix of 5% biodiesel and 95% conventional diesel.

In late 2007, Reading Buses placed an order with Scania for 14 ethanol fuelled double decker buses to replace the existing fleet of biodiesel powered vehicles operating premier route 17. At the time the order was placed, this was the largest order for ethanol fuelled buses in the UK. These buses started work on 26 May 2008.

In October 2009, it was discovered that instead of the bio-ethanol fuel having been sourced from sugar beet grown in the English county of Norfolk (as had been advertised), it was actually made from wood pulp imported from Sweden. On learning this Reading Borough councillors launched an investigation into how they and the Reading Transport Board could have been deceived. All the ethanol-powered buses have since been converted to run on the same bio-diesel mix as the rest of the fleet.

Hybrid buses

Reading Buses has over 30 hybrid (diesel-battery-electric) buses which are used on routes 17, 20, 20a, 21 and 26.

Current operations

Reading Central Station

Reading Buses

Reading Transport operates public service buses under the Reading Buses brand throughout the town of Reading, and to a lesser extent in the rural area around Reading. Most of the urban routes have been branded as Premier Routes, with each route or group of routes allocated a distinctive colour. These colours are used on the buses used on that route, and also on maps and other publicity. Premier routes provide a weekday daytime frequency of between 2 and 8 buses per hour, depending on the route.

Other routes, including some rural routes and non-premier urban routes, operate at lower frequency, varying from several buses a day to two buses an hour. They are allocated a grey colour in maps and publicity, and are currently operated by a mixture of vehicles in a new silver based fleet colour scheme similar to that used on the premier routes, together with vehicles in various previous colour schemes.

Reading Buses also operates the NightTrack network under contract to Reading Borough Council. These services run on their own routes from 23:45 until late into the night. Premier route 17 also operates at these times, but all other routes finish by then.

1931 AEC Regal 1 with Reading FB35F body GOU-449


1935 A.E.C. Regal ATD 898 after rebuild with Reading bus body atd898


1936 Albion rebodied in 1955 with a Reading B32F body and gaining a Morris engine-radiator in 1963


1938 AEC Regal 4 with Reading B35F Bodywork


1942 AEC Regent with Park Royal body dating from 1936 and Provincial 55, EHO228, a Guy Arab I with Reading body dating from 1942


1943 AEC Regal-Regent I EHO-282 Reading H


1943 built Guy Arab II 5LW originally with Park Royal utility bodywork but by now fitted with a Reading C030-24RD body.


1947 AEC Regent II with Reading H56R body fho602


1948 Albion Nimbus 89 (11675) was one of many such vehicles with Reading bodywork


1949 Albion FT3AB with Reading B36F bodywork


1949 Albion Victor with a Reading B36F body


1949 Crossley DD42-5 with Reading H52R body EBK28 a

1949 Crossley DD42-5 with Reading H52R body EBK28 b


1949 Dennis Lancet III Reading C33F inside 1949 Dennis Lancet III Reading C33F 1949 Dennis Lancet III with Reading coachwork of Safeway Services of South Petherton photo 1

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1950 Reading C32F bodied Commer Avenger


1951 Leyland PS1 with a Reading B34F


1952 Albion FT39N with Reading B36F body


1952 Albion Victor FT39N-Reading B36F withdrawn by GR in 1980


1953 Karrier Reading body MDU-14


1954 Albion FT39AN with Reading B36F body gu1787


1954 Albion Victor FT39AN with Reading B36F body


1958 Albion Victor (YFO 127  originally Guernsey 8226  Victor FT39 KAN  Reading B35F)


1958 Albion Victor FT39KAN with Reading FB39F body


1958 Albion Victor Reading-bodied


1958 Leyland PD2 52, J1528 and ex-LT RTL260, now JMT 655, J34655 jm655


1958 Reading bodied Dennis Lancet J3JXK-540


1958-59 Leyland PD2-31s with Reading H31-28R bodies


1960 Albion Nimbus with Reading bodywork


1960 Albion NS3N with a Reading B35F body


1963 Albion Victor of Guernsey Railways with Reading body gu78


1963 Albion's 76, reg 8226, and 94, reg 12726 with Reading B35F body


1964 Albion Nimbus NS3AN Reading B35T body EBW-112B


1964 Albion Nimbus with Reading B35F bodywork


1964 Bedford in the mid sixties J4 chassis with Reading bodywork gu100


1967 Bedford J4EZ1 with Reading bodywork gu102


AEC Regal after rebuit with Reading FB34F body  cg9609

AEC Regal after rebuilt with Reading FB34F body cg9609

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That’s it

Buses EAST LANCS Lancashire Coachbuilders England

EAST LANCS Lancashire Coachbuilders England





Bus building




BlackburnLancashire, England


Bus bodies


Metroline SEL762 LK07BCZ

East Lancs Olympus Metroline SEL762 LK07 BCZ

An East Lancs Olympus, one of the last East Lancs badged products, this one run by Metroline.

002 1987 high capacity East Lancs body on Scania K92 chassis

A 1987 high capacity East Lancs body on Scania K92 chassis: one of the last built to this flat-fronted style.

003 Lolyne run by Transdev Yellow Buses.

Lolyne run by Transdev Yellow Buses.

East Lancashire Coachbuilders Limited was a manufacturer of bus bodies and carriages founded in 1934 in BlackburnLancashireEngland.

In 1994 the company expanded in to new premises and commenced a programme of development that resulted in a range of single and double deck buses which was the primary source of income for the company.

On August 17, 2007 the company went into administration, but was saved and bought out by the Darwen Group the next day. It is thought that the problem was a direct consequence of changing to the Euro 4 chassis, with a shortage of Scania chassis being a factor.[1] After the purchase, the Darwen Group rebranded the company as Darwen East Lancs.

In 2008 Jamesstan Investments, an investment company controlled by the Darwen Group purchased another bus manufacturer Optare. Later, in June 2008, a reverse takeover was performed, with the Darwen name disappearing in favour of Optare’s. This brings East Lancs name into the Optare Group, now providing an expanded range of vehicles.

East Lancs has had many different styles of bodywork. They had a tradition of using misspelt product names which continues until the Esteem and Olympus series.Past

Older past bodies

037 Leyland East Lancs Greenway

Leyland East Lancs  Greenway

042a East Lancs EL2000 body on Dennis Dart.

East Lancs EL2000 body on Dennis Dart.

042 East Lancs Flyte body on Scania K112 chassis

East Lancs Flyte body on Scania K112 chassis

EL2000 predecessor to the Flyte

052  Scania N113  East Lancs Cityzen

 Cytizen ^ predecessor to

064 Scania OmniDekka

the OmniDekka ^

053 Volvo Olympian  East Lancs Pyoneer

Pyoneer ^ predecessor

054 East Lancs Lolyne

to the Lolyne ^

000 a 42 seat East Lancs Spryte body on its Dennis Dart

a 42 seat East Lancs Spryte body on its Dennis Dart chassis

Lolyne and Spryte series

In the early 1990s, East Lancs created a new style of bus body. Like most East Lancs buses, this body style didn’t have a definite name and was named by its chassis as follows:


Lolyne for Dennis Trident

Vyking for Volvo B7TL

Lowlander for DAF/VDL DB250

Nordic for 3-axle Volvo B7L/B9TL


Spryte for Dennis Dart and Volvo B6BLE chassis

Flyte for longer step-entrance and high-floor buses.

Myllennium series


An Myllennium Vyking owned by Wilts & Dorset.

In 2001, a new body was launched. Again, the product didn’t have a definite name, it varied according to the chassis.


058 East Lancs Myllennium Lolyne

Myllennium Lolyne for Dennis Trident

000e Millenium Vyking Transdev Yellow Buses

Myllennium Vyking Transdev Yellow Buses

060 East Lancs Myllennium Lowlander DAF

Myllennium Lowlander for DAF/VDL DB250LF

061 East Lancs Nordic-bodied Volvo B7L

Nordic for 3-axle Volvo B7L/Volvo B9TL


Myllennium for DAF SB220MAN 14.220Scania N94UB and Alexander Dennis Dart

Hyline, a high-floor variant of the standard Myllennium single-decker body but used to re-body older chassis

Until bought by Darwen

The generation until East Lancs went into administration continues the tradition of misspelt names but each has a different name and does not vary on the chassis.

Scania series


Scania OmniDekka in London, run by Transdev London.

000a A Reading Transport Olympus, an example bodied by Darwen Group

Reading Transport Olympus, an example bodied by Darwen Group

000b The first Olympus Delaine_Buses_141_AD56_DBL

The first Olympus built, run by Delaine Buses.

This series are the last surviving variants of the myllennium series. They are now part of their own series. These have the standard body but with Scania own front styling.


OmniTown for Scania N94UB chassis


OmniDekka for Scania N94UD/N230UD/N270UD chassis

Esteem and Olympus series

The Esteem was launched early in 2006. The Olympus was launched at the Euro Bus Expo 2006 and its lower dash is the same as the Esteem. The Visionaire launched in summer 2007 with Arriva’s Original London Sightseeing Tour.


Esteem for Alexander Dennis Enviro200 DartMAN 12.240Scania N94UB and Alexander Dennis Enviro300 chassis


Olympus for Alexander Dennis Enviro400VDL DB250Volvo B9TL and Scania N230UD chassis

Visionaire open-top body for Volvo B9TL chassis

Production of these buses continued under Darwen ownership.

Kinetec series

006 The only Kinetec+ built, run by Reading Buses.

The only Kinetec+ built, run by Reading Buses.

The Kinetec series was launched at the Euro Bus Expo 2006. They are designed as low-floor bodies for MAN chassis. They have the Esteem/Olympus body but with MAN’s own Lion’s City design front and rear.

EAST LANCS subsidiaries




East Lancs also ran sub-divisions of the company, in addition to the production of buses:

British City Bus

East Lancs Overseas – The export of East Lancs buses

NW Bus & Coach Repairs – A bus and coach repairs business in the North West of England


1939 Bristol L5G rebodied 1952 East Lancs B35R


1946 Karrier W with modern East Lancs body


1946 Karrier W with modern East Lancs body dating from 1957


1946 Karrier W with modern East Lancs body


1948 BUT 9641T East Lancs H67R at Victoria Park


1948 BUT 9641T East Lancs H67R in Mill Lane


1948 Sunbeam F4 with modern East Lancs Body


1948 Sunbeam F4 with modern East Lancs Body


1949 BUT 9641T East Lancs Bruce H67R Llandaff Fields terminus


1949 BUT 9641T East Lancs H67R at Roath Park


1949 BUT 9641T East Lancs H67R in St Mary Street


1949 Crossley DD42-7 Scottish Commercial L53R + 316 MUH316 1956 Guy Arab IV East Lancs H63R leaving Central Bus Station


1950 AEC Regal III East Lancs Edward J Busst


1950 Dennis Lance III East Lancs L51R and 345 SOU453 1958 Dennis Loline I East Lancs H68RD at Alton Station


1951 Leyland PD2-1 East Lancs FL53RD originally Ribble 1247 in Drummer Street


1953 East Lancs  UK


1953 Guy Arab LUF East Lancs B41R Hindhead Garage


1953 Leyland Royal Tiger PSU1-13 East Lancs B41F


1954 Daimler CVD6 East Lancs H56R in Stalybridge


1955 BUT 9641T East Lancs H70R in Havelock Street


1956 AEC 2D3RA East Lancs H63R Cardiff Central Bus Station


1957 Bradford 792 was an ex Darlington Karrier W of 1944 rebodied for Bradford by East Lancs in 1957


1958 Guy Arab IV East Lancs H63R


1959 ex-Darlington Karrier W(1945) carrying a new Double Deck East Lancs body dating from 1959


1959 Leyland Tiger Cub East Lancs Edward J Busst


1959 Leyland Tiger Cub PSUC1  1 East Lancs BxxF AndrewHA’s foto


1960 Dennis Loline II East Lancs H63F in Henley


1960 Guy Wulfrunian East Lancs H72F


1961 Dennis Loline II East Lancs H63F


1963 East Lancs  UK


1963 ex-Mexborough & Swinton Sunbeam F4 dating from 1951 and carrying a modern East Lancs Body dating from 1963


1964 AEC Renown 3B3RA with East Lancs H72F body new in 1964


1964 Dennis Loline III East Lancs H68F


1966 East Lancs Leyland Malta


1966 East Lancs UK


1967 Daimler Roadliner SRC6 East Lancs B45D Royal Parade


1967 Leyland PD2A-30 East Lancs H60R in Terminus Road


1968 Leyland Panther Cub East Lancs Edward J Busst


1969 East Lancs-bodied Leyland Titan


1969 Leyland Leopard East Lancs Edward J Busst


1970 Leyland Leopard East Lancs Edward J Busst


1972 East Lancs bodied Leyland Leopard, number 68 in the Rossendale Fleet


1972 Seddon Pennine RU East Lancs Edward J Busst


1973 Leyland Leopard East Lancs Edward J Busst


1975 East Lancs-bodied Bristol RESL


1976 Bristol RESL East Lancs Edward J Busst


1976 Bristol RESL East Lancs Edward J Busst


1979 Leyland Leopard East Lancs Edward J Busst


1981 East Lancs bodied Dennis Falcon HC’s Bryan A Smith


1982 East Lancs UK


1983 Dennis Falcon HC East Lancs Edwar J Busst


1984 East Lancs 1984-style double-deck body


1985 Leyland Olympian East Lancs Edward J Busst


1985 Volvo Citybus East Lancs Edward J Busst


1986 Leyland Olympian East Lancs Edward J Busst


1987 high capacity East Lancs body on Scania K92 chassis


1987 Leyland Olympian East Lancs Edward J Busst


1989 Leyland Tiger East Lancs 2000 Edward J Busst


1989 Scania N112DR East Lancs Edward J Busst


1991 East Lancs bodied Dennis Lances L706 HFU Bryan A Smith


1991 Leyland National East Lancs Greenway Edward J Busst


1991 Volvo B10M-55 East Lancs 2000 Edward J Busst


1992 Volvo B10M-50 East Lancs 2000 Edward J Busst


1994 Dennis Dart East Lancs 2000 Edward J Busst


1994 East Lancs EL2000 UK


1996 East Lancs Cityzen Kings Ferry Volvo B10


1996 East Lancs Spryte UK


1996 Scania N113 East Lancs Cityzen Edward J Busst


1996 Scania N113DRB East Lancs Edward J Busst


1996 Scania N113DRB East Lancs Cityzen Edward J Busst


1997 Dennis Dart SLF East Lancs Spryte Edward J Busst


1997 East Lancs Lolyne UK


1998 East Lancs Cityzen UK


2001  Dennis Trident East Lancs Thomas de Laine


2001 Dennis Falcon HC SDA442 . – East Lancs EL2000 B48F


2002 East Lancs Myllennium Spryte bodied Transbus Dart SLF 49


2002 Volvo B7TL East Lancs Myllennium Vyking Edward J Busst


2002 Volvo B7TL East Lancs Myllennium Vyking Edward J Busst


2003 Dennis Trident East Lancs Lolyne Edward J Busst


2003 East Lancs Vyking


2004 East Lancs OmniTown UK


2005 East Lancs Greenway Leyland National Greenway nearside


2006 East Lancs Nordic Weavaway Travel


2007 East Lancs Esteem UK


2007 EAST LANCS KINETIC MAN Reading Transport 501


2007 East Lancs Myllennium UK


2007 Scania East Lancs Edward J Busst


2008 East Lancs Olympus UK


2008 East Lancs Visionaire UK


2008 Volvo B7RLE Optare Esteem (East Lancs) Edward J Busst


2008 Volvo B9TL Optare Olympus (East lancs) Edward J Busst


AEC Regent III  East Lancs


Blue Bus East Lancs EL2000 bodied Leyland Leopard SCH 150 X


Bristol RESL6L  East Lancs


Dennis Dart East Lancs EL2000 N465TPR Yellow Buses on Route 18




East Lancs bodied Bristol RESL6L Bryan A Smith


East Lancs bodied Leyland Leopard with OK Travel Bryan A Smith.


East Lancs bodied Leyland Leopard Bryan A Smith


East Lancs bodied Leyland Tiger Cub Bryan A Smith


EAST LANCS Bus Drawing


Ex NCT 555 Leyland Atlantean East Lancs Sprint


First Leicester Dennis Falcon East Lancs


Leicester AEC Renown FJF 40D, East Lancs body


Leyland Leopard PSU3C  2R – East Lancs . B51F


Leyland Titan PD2  East Lancs POU 494


Leyland Titan PD2A-24  East Lancs


Wilson’s East Lancs bodied Bristol RESL OCW 454 P. Ian R Simpson.


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Buses ALBION Glasgow Schotland UK I


Albion Motor Car Company Badge

Toch nog een start met het eerste hoofdstuk over het van oorsprong uit Glasgow Schotland afkomstige merk ALBION. Een merk wat motorfietsen, trucks, auto’s en autobussen heeft gefabriceerd, maar helaas niet meer bestaat. Om te beginnen het prachtige Embleem/Logo/Badge: Dan een prachtige open bus uit 1929.

Albion PR28 (chassis number 7047A) with Wray C31F Body PK 9850 1929
Albion buses had names beginning with the letter V, such as Valkyrie

Dit is de Albion Valkyrie:
Dit is dan de Albion Victor:

Albion Victor (YFO 127, originally Guernsey 8226 in 1958, Victor FT39 KAN  Reading B35F)

Vervolgens een Prachtige Single Decker Bus uit 1934, en dan sluit ik hoofdstuk I voor vandaag af met een bus die in 1977 rondreed in Durban Zuid Afrika. Met een beetje mazzel morgen hoofdstuk II

Albion Durban SH1032 1977 uit Zuid Afrika  Andrew Johnson

Buses ALBION England IV

An Albion Nimbus badge, seen on Berresfords 25...
An Albion Nimbus badge, seen on Berresfords 25 (NSG 869), at Wirral Bus & Tram Show 2008. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Albion NS3L Nimbus with Alexander C29F body 1960
Albion Aberdonian with Harrington C41F body

Vandaag een wat langer blog over ALBION. Gisteren bleek het veel te druk en had ik beter kunnen overslaan, maar vandaag tijd voor single decker’s.

Albion Hainje 1952 B-30004 uit Nederland
Bussen Albion Aberdonian Plaxton Consort II C41F 1958
Albion Aberdonian Plaxton Consort II C41F 1958
Albion Aberdonian with Park Royal body 1957
Albion Nimbus (1955) Registered NSG 869. This 32 seat bus
Albion Nimbus 89 (11675) was one of many such vehicles with Reading bodywork 1948
Albion Valiant PV70 was one of the last built in 1934 LJ9501, a post war Harrington body
Albion Valiant with post war Harrington bodywork is the famous Harrington dorsal fin roof 1934
Albion Victor 26 seat bus by Harrington
Albions formed the core of Charlies Cars fleet and this is 68, ORU263, an FT39AL with FC35F Harrington body 1954
Albion Victor Ad
Albion Victor of Guernsey Railways with Reading body 1963
Albion 1946 B-30470 LABO Nederland
Albion FT39N Victor with Duple FC33F body 1952
Albion model 136 137 1
Albion Barbara 1960 (1967) Malta
Albion Victor FT39N-Reading B36F new in 1952 and withdrawn by GR in 1980