VULCAN Motor Vehicles Southport England Cars 1902 – 1928 Commercial Vehicles until 1953

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Vulcan, based in Southport, England, made cars from 1902 until 1928 and commercial vehicles until 1953.


Brothers Thomas and Joseph Hampson trading as Vulcan Motor Manufacturing and Trading built the first Vulcan car which was a 4 hp (3.0 kW) single-cylinder belt-driven type in 1902. In 1903, this grew to 6.5 hp (4.8 kW) and the chassis was now “armoured ash”. Twin-cylinder 1.5 L models followed in 1904 now with steel chassis and in 1905, 2 and then 3 L four-cylinder types appeared and the company moved from Yellow House Lane to Hawesside Street both in Southport. Things kept growing and a van version of the twin came in 1906 along with large 4.8 L six-cylinder models and a move to even larger premises at Crossens, Southport with a change of company name to Vulcan Motor and Engineering. The six-cylinder model grew to 6 L in 1908. In 1912, a new small car — the 10/12 of 1.8 L with two-cylinder Aster engine — was added, the first use of a bought in engine.

At the outbreak of World War I, the ranges consisted of the 2.4 L four-cylinder 10/15, the 2.6 L 15.9, the 3 L 15/20 and the last of the old sixes, the 25/30. As a sign of things to come, a 30 cwt truck was also offered. During the war, the factory concentrated on munitions. In 1916, the Hampson brothers left the company and it was reformed as Vulcan Motor Engineering (1916) under the control of C.B. Wardman.

In 1918, the company bought Southport F.C. which was renamed Southport Vulcan — becoming the first club to take a sponsor’s name.

In 1919, Harper Bean acquired 75% of the company under a complex cash and shares deal and went into the British Motor Trading Corporation with the intention Vulcan be responsible for commercial vehicles; nevertheless, car production continued.

1922 Vulcan 20 HP TourerA 1922 Vulcan 20 HP Tourer

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1924 Vulcan demonstration van, £360 in 1924. Shown in Ireland.Vulcan demonstration van, £360 in 1924. Shown in Ireland.

With peace the first new launch was the 16 with 2.6 L Dorman engine. The cars now had a flat radiator replacing the pre-war “bullnose” type. There was also a nominal 12 model which became the main product from 1920 to 1927, which was available with a range of engines from Dorman (1.8 L), Meadows (1.5 L), and British Anzani (1.5 L). The model was also sold as the Lea-Francis Kirkstone as from 1922 the companies shared some manufacturing and a dealer network. The 20 available from 1920 to 1922 with 3.3 L Vulcan engine and from 1923 to 1925 with 3.7 L shared mechanical components with the 1½ and 2 ton trucks. The final car was the 14/40 (1927–28) and 16/60 (1928–29) with their own design twin camshaft six of 1.7 and 2 L.

In 1924, Hermann Rieseler invented the first automatic transmission, which had two-speed planetary gearbox, torque converter, and lockup clutch; it never entered production. (The less-sophisticated Hydra-Matic, which used a simple fluid coupling, would only become an available option on Oldsmobiles in 1940.)

Financial problems came in 1928 and C. B. Wardman resigned and officially no more cars came from Southport but some badged as Lea-Francis may have been made. From 1930, production was solely of trucks and buses which had been made seriously since 1922. Many of the trucks were aimed at the municipal market and road sweepers and refuse trucks sold well.

Amongst the buses twenty seater buses were sold from 1922 on the two-ton chassis. A 6.6 L Vulcan-engined 32-seat Brisbane came in 1928 and the Emperor double decker in 1930.

In 1931, the company went into receivership but the receiver managed to keep production going until 1937, when the remains of the company was sold to Tilling-Stevens of Maidstone, Kent. Tilling-Stevens was taken over by the Rootes Group in 1950 and a new 7 tonner appeared at that year’s Commercial Motor Show in London. Rootes had their own established commercial makers in Commer and Karrier and both Vulcan and Tilling-Stevens vanished finally in 1953.

The original factory premises at 13 Yellowhouse Lane were finally demolished on 25 March 2010 as a result of the British government policy to levy business taxes on the owners of empty buildings.

The second factory which was built in 1907 in Rufford Road, Crossens, Southport has been partially demolished but some of the building still remains standing. The old boardroom and administration block are still in situ as is a small part of the original factory. The last occupiers, Vitrathene Ltd (a plastic manufacturer) ceased trading on 30 September 2011 and the building is now unoccupied. The future of the building remains uncertain.

1903 0530AC-Vulc 1904. Two-seater, Twin-cylinder, 10 h.p. Reg No AW 432 1905 0218Auto-Vulcan 1905 0909Auto-London 1906 Mot-Vulcan5 1906 Vulcan ad 1908 1103Mot-Vulvan1 1908 1119Mot-Vulcan2 1908 1119Mot-Vulvan1 1909 1106Auto-Vulcan1 1910 0723Auto-Vulcan 1913 Autocar-Vulcan 1916 0304Auto-Vulcan1 1916 0304Auto-Vulcan2 1919 Auto-Vulcan Motor 1920 EnV130-p132a 1920 EnV130-p132b 1920 EnV130-p136a 1920 EnV130-p136b 1922 1104MC-Vulc 1922 Vulcan 20 HP Tourer Auto Despeckle while scanning 1922 Vulcan Thomas W Bean Bus Company Rockhampton Australia 1924 Vulcan demonstration van, £360 in 1924. Shown in Ireland. 1925 EnV139-p378 1925 EnV139-p574 1925 Vulcan Thomas W Bean Bus Company Rockhampton Queensland  1925 Australia 1927 vulcan 144-p452 1928 Lea-Francis Motor Hyper Sport SS Car by Vulcan 1929 Vulcan Duchess 1930 14 seat Vulcan, UX 6439 Danny Gittins 1st bus. 1930 0311CM-Vulc 1930 0509ERBT-Vulcan 1930 Bombay Vulcan Refuse Truck 1930 Vulcan bus Leigh 1952 Vulcan Chassis ad Lea-Francis radiator badge Vulcan AJS Pilot bus Vulcan Australië Vulcan Classic Bus Vulcan Saloon Bus on the Treharris, Quakers Yard, Pontypridd service MerthyrTydfil Buses JonesBrosTreharris CMS Vulcan Saloon Bus on the Treharris, Quakers Yard, Pontypridd service. Jones Brothers Vulcan truck Vulcan ts5468

1910 vulcan old Minolta DSC 1913 Vulcan truck, from The Automobile, May 15 1914 Vulcan Demonstration Van 1914 Vulcan Driggs-Seabury 1918 Vulcan Clarinda 1922 Vulcan Au 1923 Vulcan Bestel 1926 Vulcan 2T flatbed 1926 Vulcan 4cyl Trucks 1935 Vulcan 2 ton retriever model truck with dropside body 1944 VULCAN DVJ 44 1945 Vulcan 7 GF Mark II 1946 VULCAN (TILLING STEVENS) TYPE 6 VF TRUCK LORRY SALES BROCHURE 1946 1947 Vulcan (1) 1947 Vulcan a FOT544013 1949 Vulcan Truck mfrd 4195 cc OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA 1950 Vulcan truck10 THK55 1951 Vulcan 6VF Flatback Truck - ('Diane') 1951 Vulcan SONY DSC 1952 Vulcan 1953 Vulcan, with a Gardner engine Vulcan lorry

TILLING – STEVENS Ltd. Maidstone, Kent, England UK 1897

1920 Tilling Stevens logo




since 1930

1907 46, Tilling Stevens TS3 AT 5306 1907 Tilling Stevens Bus K1536 1907 Tilling Stevens Charabanc - Britains Motoring History Card 1907 Tilling Stevens Open

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W.A. Stevens was established in Maidstone, Kent in 1897 by William Arthur Stevens and had by 1906 built its first petrol-electric vehicle using designs patented by Percival (Percy) Frost-Smith. A petrol engine was connected to an electrical generator and the current produced passed to a traction motor which drove the rear wheels. According to the website of the Birmingham and Midland Motor Omnibus Trust the simpler to operate petrol-electric transmission was popular among bus drivers rather than the conventional crash gearbox (in the days before synchromesh) as few bus staff had previously driven motor vehicles.

1908 X2 with the very ornate Tilling 34 seat open top body with Quorn station as the backdrop

1908 X2 with the very ornate Tilling 34 seat open top body with Quorn station as the backdrop


Tilling-Stevens factory was situated in St Peter’s St, Maidstone. The factory buildings, built in the 1920s in the Daylight style, survive as of 2012. They were Listed as Grade II in July 2011. It is described as “one few buildings of this style not to have undergone significant alteration from the original”.

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The petrol-electric transmission was fitted to chassis built by J.E. Hall and Co, of Dartford, (who used the trade name “Hallford”, so these were known as “Hallford-Stevens”) and Dennis Bros, of Guildford (as “Dennis-Stevens”), until an arrangement was agreed with a large bus operator, Thomas Tilling, who wanted to produce their own vehicles which were named Tilling-Stevens. The ease of driving and soundness of construction of these vehicles soon led to the company supplying chassis to many bus operators in the UK, and several abroad as well.

1910 Pa-MC5 Tilling 1910 vulcan old


Tilling-Stevens Motors Ltd consolidated its position with bus operators in World War I because the petrol-electric chassis were not considered suitable by the Army for use in France. However, many men were trained to drive in the War on vehicles with conventional gearboxes which led to a decline in popularity of Tilling-Stevens’ system. By the 1930s, chassis were being produced with conventional petrol/diesel engines, gearboxes and transmission.

Minolta DSC


Tilling-Stevens split from Thomas Tilling in 1930 and renamed itself T S Motors Ltd (TSM) in 1932, but were again renamed Tilling-Stevens before World War II had broken out.

1912 Transport Postcard - Bus - Tilling-Stevens TTA1 No.K1631 - December 1912 2873


Tilling-Stevens was still manufacturing buses after World War II, with a large order built in 1947/1948 for export to Hong Kong (China Motor Bus (108) & Kowloon Motor Bus (50)).

Goods vehicles

Tilling-Stevens also produced goods chassis available with either petrol-electric or conventional gearbox transmissions and built many trucks during World War I. Their cast aluminium radiators were distinctive, with “Tilling-Stevens” cast into the top and either “Petrol-Electric” or “Maidstone” into the bottom tanks.

Vulcan lorryPost-war Vulcan truck fitted with Perkins diesel engine. On show at Bromyard, England in 2008

After the war, they failed to invest in updating their products and acquired Vulcan Trucks of Southport, Lancashire in 1930 to extend their range (and use Vulcan petrol engines). Production stayed at Maidstone.

Tilling-Stevens petrol-electric searchlight lorry

petrol-electric searchlight lorry

The unusual electric transmission became less of an advantage as other makers developed their simpler mechanical transmissions to be reliable and easier to drive. Tilling-Stevens specialised in some unusual markets where the transmission could offer a particular advantage, by also using it as a generator. Some early turntable ladder fire engines were produced where arc lamps for lighting and the electric motors to raise the ladder could be powered by it.

1913 Autocar-ThosTilling 1913 Chassis Tilling-Stevens TTA2 Engine Tilling-Stevens petrol Transmission Electric Traction Motor Body Thomas Tilling 34 seatsvo9926 1913 Vulcan truck, from The Automobile, May 15


In the 1930s the lorries also lost the large cast radiators in favour of first a thinner cast aluminium shell and then a cheaper steel pressed bonnet and a small diamond-shaped “TSM” badge.

1914 Craftsmen at work on an StevensTillingL bus, Chiswick Works 1914 POSTCARD RP LIVERPOOL CORPORATION TILLING STEVENS BUS TTA1 NO K 1593 1914 POSTCARD TILLING STEVENS 46 SEAT DOUBLE DECKER BUS ISLE OF MAN 1914 Tilling Stevens Petrol Electric Bus 1914 Tilling Stevens TS3 Petrol Electric with 1908 Bus Body 1914 Tilling--Stevens petrol electric omnibus London 1914 tilling-stevens petrol-electric 1914 Tilling-Stevens TS3 1914 Tilling-Stevens 1914 Transport Postcard - Liverpool Corporation - Tilling-Stevens TTA1 1914 U778 1914 Vulcan Demonstration Van 1914 Vulcan Driggs-Seabury


Leading up to World War II they specialised in the searchlight trucks for which they are probably still best known today.

1914 Bus Postcard - B.C.T. 1914 Tilling Stevens - Petrol-Electric Bus U130

1914 Bus Postcard – B.C.T. 1914 Tilling Stevens – Petrol-Electric Bus U130

Rootes Group

In 1950, the company was sold to Rootes Group, and complete vehicle production ceased soon afterwards. The plant continued to produce light commercial engines (particularly the iconic Commer TS3 2 stroke diesel) and vehicle bodies, before finally closing in the 1970s, some years after the group had been acquired by Chrysler.

1918 (DA 1551) Tilling-Stevens TS3 Fleming B30R in service 1918-1929 Wolverhampton 1918 Tilling Stevens 1918 Vulcan Clarinda



The Tilling-Stevens petrol-electric bus is interesting as an early example of a hybrid vehicle, although without any direct engine propulsion or battery storage. As the petrol engine ran continuously, it was almost certainly less fuel efficient than a competing petrol engine, which may have contributed to its demise. However hybrid petrol-electric cars, such as the Toyota Prius, are now seen as being a partial solution towards cutting carbon dioxide emissions and reducing the risks of damaging global warming.

1919 Tilling Stevens bus in Amberley

1919 Tilling Stevens bus in Amberley


Bus and Coach builders STRACHAN (and BROWN) England UK




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.


    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


1926 OC1 Strachan Brown of Acton Daimler CF6 W L


1927 AEC OC14 Strachan + Brown of Acton


1928 0827MoTr-Strac1929 OC14 Strachan of Acton on Berliet


1930 HX 1388 A E C Regent Strachans H2624R


1930 Leyland LT2 with a Strachan B32R body


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


1933 Gilford Zeus Strachan H24-24R 079-XM


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


1939 AEC-Strachan double decker 125, BHJ195


1939 AEC-Strachan double decker 129, BHJ199


1939 AEC-Strachan double decker 129, BHJ199a


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


1943 Guy Arab had a Strachan L27-28R body


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


1944 Bristol K5G Strachan ex Hants & Dorset GLJ971


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


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


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


1945 Bristol K6A - Stranchan.


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


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


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


1945 Guy Arab II with Strachan H56R body


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


1945 Guy Arab II with Strachan lowbridge body


1945 Guy Arab ll Strachan


1947 33 JDE426 Bristol L5G Strachan DP35F


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


1947 AEC Regent with Strachan L27-28R body a


1947 AEC Regent with Strachan L27-28R body


1947 Dennis J3 Lancet with a Strachan C32R body


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


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1947 Leyland PS1-1s with Strachans C33F bodi


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


1947 Strachans Coachworks, advert1948 38 JDE 431 Bristol L5G Strachans


1948 AEC Regal III Strachans B35R JFM575 Crosville


1948 AEC Regal III with Strachan B35R body a



1948 AEC Regal III with Strachan B35R body


1948 AEC Regal III-Strachan TA5


1948 Bristol L5G Strachan DP35F


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


1948 Guy Arab III single decker with Strachans B34F body


1949 AEC Regal III with Strachan B36F body


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


1949 Daimler CVD6 with Strachans bodywork


1949 Guy Arab III with a Strachan L27-28R


1949 Guy Arab III with Strachan L27-28R bodywork


1949 Guy Arab III with Strachans L55R body


1949 Strachan C35F bodied Guy Arab III


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


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


1950 Albion Venturer CX37S with a Strachan L55R


1950 Dennis J10 Lancet with Strachan B38R body


1950 Dennis J10 Lancets with Strachan B38R bodies 175, HOU901


1950 Dennis Lancet 3 with Strachan B38R body


1950 Dennis Lancet III Strachan B38R Guildford Onslow Street


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


1950 Guy Arab III with Strachan C35F body


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



1950 Leyland CPO1 Comet with a Strachan C37F body



1950 Leyland Tiger PS2-1 Strachan B34R



1950 Strachan C35F bodied Guy Arab III



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


1951 Dennis Dominant with a Strachans B41C body



1951 Guy Arab III with a Strachan B38F body





1951 Guy Arab III with Strachan B38F body a



1951 Guy Arab III with Strachan B38F body



1951 Guy Arab III with Strachan FL31-26RD body




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



1952 Ad1953 Bedford Strachans Bus Photo Yugoslavia



1953 Dennis Lancet J10C with Strachan C38F body



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



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



1954 AEC MU3RV Strachan C41C at Aldershot Garage



1954 AEC MU3RV Strachan C41C in Hampton Court Station Goods Yard



1954 AEC Reliance MU3RV with a Strachan C41C body a



1954 AEC Reliance MU3RV with a Strachan C41C body





1954 AEC Reliance MU3RV with Strachan Everest C41C bodywork



1954 Dennis Falcon LOU65 with Strachan bodywork



1954 Dennis P5 Falcons with Strachan B30F bodies



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



1954 Leyland PSUC1-2 with Strachans C41C body



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



1954 Strachan bodied AEC Reliance



1954 Strachan bodied AEC Reliant



1954 Strachan Everest C41C bodied AEC Reliance



1954 Trojan DT Strachans C15F.



1955 AEC MU3RV Reliances with Strachan 'Everest' C41C bodies



1955 AEC Reliance Strachan C41C



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



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



1955 Guy Arab IV with Strachans L28-28R body



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



1955 Strachan Everest C41C bodywork on its AEC Reliance chassis



1955 Valliant XHN574 AEC Reliance Strachans C41C




1956 Dennis Falcon Strachan B30F in Aldershot Garage yard


1956 Dennis Falcon with Strachan B30F body a


1956 Dennis Falcon with Strachan B30F body


1956 Dennis Falcons with Strachan B30F bodies


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


1956 Strachan bodied Dennis Falcon POR428 at Stokes Bay


1956 Trojan with a Strachan C13F body


 1958 Strachans bodied batch of Seddons


1959 Ford 611E - Strachan BxxF


1962 Albion Nimbus NS3N with Strachan DP31F body


1962 Barton 442 GNN703 Strachan bodied Guy Arab II


1962 Guy Arab IV Strachans H72R


1962 Strachan H37-32RD bodied Guy Arab IV


1962 Strachans bodied Bedford VAL


1962 Strachans bodied Bedford VAL14s


1963 AEC Regent V - Stranchan


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


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


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


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


1963 OC14 Strachans Dartford Tun Bus 1963-5


1963 OC14 Strachans Dartford Tunnel Bus


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


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


1963 Leyland Titan PD2A-30 - Strachans H61Rd d


1963 Leyland Titan PD2A-30 - Strachans H61Rd


1964 Bedford VAL14 Strachan B52F


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


1964 Bedford VAL14 with unusual low-height Strachan B52F bodywork


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


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


1964 Dodge S307 Strachans C42F in Hampton Court Station Goods Yard


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


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


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


1964 Leyland Leopard L1 Strachan B45D


1964 Leyland Leopard L1 with Strachans B45D bodywork


1964 Leyland Leopard L1, had bodywork by Strachan


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


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


1964 Strachan DP49F bodied AEC 2U3RA Reliance


1964 Strachans bodied Dodge S307-190T coaches


1964 Strachans Low Bridge bodied Guy Arab IV 53DHK


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


1965 Bedford SB Strachan Pacesaver B--F in Windsor


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

1965-bournemouth-transport-bedford-vas-strachan-m4 © Richard Godfray

1965 Dodge BMC Scammell Strachans Bus Brochure 1965 Ford Strachan


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


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


1966 AEC Merlin P2R Strachan B25D


1966 AEC Reliance Strachan B39F


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


1966 Ford R192 NPT306D with Strachans B44F bodywork


1966 Ford R192 with Strachan B44F bodywork


1966 Ford R226 with Strachan B52D bodywork


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


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


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


1966 Leyland PSU3-1R-Strachans


1966 MBS15, the only Strachans AEC Merlin


1966 Strachans AEC Merlin


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


1967 A E C Swift MP2R with Strachan B54D bodywork


1967 A E C Swift MP2R with Strachans B58F bodywork


1967 AEC Reliance Strachan B39F


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


1967 Bedford SB Strachans J33643


1967 Bedford VAM14 with Strachan B33D+25 bodi


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


1967 Bristol RELL6G with Strachans B34D body


1967 Daimler Roadliner SRC6 Strachan B54D in Victoria Square Bus Station


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


1967 Leyland Panther 88, GBR88E, with Strachans bodywork FBR53D


1967 Leyland Panther 88, GBR88E, with Strachans bodywork


1967 Leyland Panther, Strachan,


1967 Strachan bodied AEC Reliance ex Aldershot & District 273 MOR604


1967 Strachan-bodied Ford R192


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 originally Southampton Corporation 4 in Guildford Farnham Road Bus Station


1968 AEC Swift MP2R with Strachan B47D bodywork


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 bodywork


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


1968 Leyland Panther Cub PSRC1-1 with Strachan B43F body


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


1968 Leyland Panther PSUR1-1R with Strachan B45F bodywork


1968nAEC Swift MP2R Strachan B47D MTR-420F

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

1969 Bedford VAS 3 Strachan body Ex-MoD


1970 Ford Transit with Strachan B16F body


1972 Ford Transit Strachan DP16F


1975 The last Strachan - DDA149C,


That’s it, it’s enough

SHORT BROTHERS Buses (Rochester and Bedford) England UK

Short Brothers


(Rochester and Bedford)


1914 Tilling Stevens TS3 Petrol Electric with 1908 Short Brothers Bus Body

1914 Tilling Stevens TS3 Petrol Electric with 1908 Short Brothers Bus Body

Coach builders of Rochester, Bedford and London.

1916 Short Brothers concentrated on the construction of heavier-than-air aeroplanes in the Isle of Sheppey/Rochester area, whilst balloon and dirigible construction was concentrated at Cardington. The housing estate built by the company in Cardington to house its employees still bears the name Shortstown.

1920 Leyland N Type Short Brothers (1928 rebody) 1920

1919 The Short Brothers partnership was incorporated as Short Brothers (Rochester and Bedford)Limited with Oswald Short as chairman and joint managing director

1919 Nationalisation ended the Short Brothers’ involvement with the airship company, which became the Royal Airship Works.

1920 Leyland N Type Short Brothers (1928 rebody) a 1920 Leyland N Type Short Brothers (1928 rebody) b 1920 Leyland N Type Short Brothers (1928 rebody) c 1920 Leyland N Type Short Brothers (1928 rebody) d

1920 Leyland N Type Short Brothers (1928 rebody)

1923 Short Brothers EnV136-p102a


1923 Short Brothers EnV136-p102aa


1925 Short Brothers (Rochester and Bedford) September 1925.
1927 1124Fl-Short Brothers Flying Boat
1927  1124Fl-Short Brothers Flying Boat
1927 Dennis Bus with Short Brothers Body 1927 Dennis 30 cwt. Short Bros. Single Decker
1927 Dennis Short Bros Bus UF 1517
1927 Dennis 30 cwt. Short Bros. Single Decker
1928 SOS QLC Short Bros Ch29 new 1928 Gateshead c 1930 See Gateshead
1928 SOS QLC Short Bros Ch29 new 1928 Gateshead c
1929 0515Loco-Short Brothers
 1929 Inside 0515Loco-Short Brothers
1930 Tilling Stevens B10A2 'Express', Short Bros. bodied Single Decker
1930 Tilling Stevens B10A2 ‘Express’, Short Bros. bodied Single Decker
1930 Shorts Brothers-Singapore MKII-Flying Boat
 1930 Shorts Brothers-Singapore MKII-Flying Boat
1931 AEC Regent Short Brothers H26-24R RV-719_lr
1931 AEC Regent Short Brothers H26-24R RV-719
1931-built Dennis 30cwt (1.5 ton) bus fitted with Short Brothers body for King Alfred Motor Services a
1931-built Dennis 30cwt (1.5 ton) bus fitted with Short Brothers body for King Alfred Motor Services c 1931-built Dennis 30cwt (1.5 ton) bus fitted with Short Brothers body for King Alfred Motor Services d 1931-built Dennis 30cwt (1.5 ton) bus fitted with Short Brothers body for King Alfred Motor Services e 1931-built Dennis 30cwt (1.5 ton) bus fitted with Short Brothers body for King Alfred Motor Services f 1931-built Dennis 30cwt (1.5 ton) bus fitted with Short Brothers body for King Alfred Motor Services b
1931-built Dennis 30cwt (1.5 ton) bus fitted with Short Brothers body for King Alfred Motor Services

1932 Oswald became sole managing director on Eustace Short‘s death

1935 Public company incorporated; principally involved in manufacture of large flying boats for civil and military purposes

1936 Short Brothers (Rochester and Bedford) and Harland and Wolff agreed to form a new company to build aircraft in Belfast; Shorts would own 60 percent of the company; the shares would be distributed to existing shareholders. The company was named Short and Harland.

1938 First flight of the innovative Short-Mayo composite aircraft.

20 July: The first “heavier than air” commercial crossing of the North Atlantic took place using the Short-Mayo composite – Imperial Airways‘s Short S20 floatplane G-ADHJ was launched from the Short S21 flying boat G-ADHK near Foynes and flew non-stop to Montreal, a distance of 2,930 miles in 20 hours 20 minutes. The return flight was via the Azores and Lisbon.

1939 Established Kent Alloys Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary, to handle the company’s activities in non-ferrous metal casting

1937 Aero-Short Bros
1937 Aero-Short Bros
1939 1215Aero-Short Bros
1939 1215 Aero-Short Bros

1943 Company nationalized; after much delay it was decided that the price should be the mid-market price before the announcement but many shareholders disputed this and went to arbitration.

1946 The arbitrator decided a much higher price would have been appropriate but this was overturned on appeal

1947 Decided to concentrate its activities at Belfast. Short and Harland Ltd changed their name to Short Brothers and Harland and decide to acquire parts of Short Brothers (Rochester and Bedford) which was then liquidated. Oswald Short became Life President of the new company.

1934 AEC Regent built with a conventional double deck body by the Short Brothers a