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Royal Blue Coach

By pamelajean
Thankyou for looking, for your interest, your comments and votes on my Leyland Titan Double-decker.

Despite the registration, there was nothing OTT about this lovely old preserved coach.
King Alfred is keeping an eye on the timetables again.

Royal Blue History:
Founded in the horse drawn era of wagonettes, lanaus, brakes and stagecoaches, Thomas Elliott obtained his hackney-carriage driver's licence in September 1880 and established his business in Avenue Road, Bournemouth. The business expanded rapidly and Royal Blue gained a reputation for attention to detail and the turnout of its coaches and teams of horses. Royal Blue converted from horsedrawn carriages to motorised char-a-bancs before the First World War and was a pioneer in the development of long distance express services in competition with the railways.
Continued by Thomas Elliott’s sons, the business was eventually sold, on 1 January 1935, to Thomas Tilling Ltd and merged with the express services of subsidiaries Western and Southern National who continued to use the Royal Blue name. The Tilling Group was nationalised in 1948 and formed a major constituent of the National Bus Company from January 1969. Royal Blue routes were absorbed into the National Express Network in the 1970s but the Royal Blue name continued to be used on Western and Southern National coaches even after de-nationalisation, the final Royal Blue liveried vehicle being withdrawn in 1994.


Tags: Transport Ride Preserved Winchester Classic Running Public transport Bus stop Nostalgia Restored Hampshire

Voters: woolybill1, leo_nid, ddolfelin and 59 more

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ddolfelin Plus
10 103 3 Wales
14 Mar 2018 2:46PM
Good to see, PJ - thank you.
Fefe Plus
10 73 41 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2018 3:00PM
Would love a long trip on that!
Mollycat Plus
8 21 2 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2018 4:33PM
Travelled on them times in the '50s from Southampton to Bournemouth. Lovely old coaches Pamela.
Peter GrinGrin
JuBarney Plus
10 36 5 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2018 5:22PM
A beautiful old coach in my colour too!
danbrann 17 640 17
14 Mar 2018 6:02PM
A fine example and very well recorded.
saltireblue Plus
12 12.9k 82 Norway
14 Mar 2018 6:58PM
Cor blimey, guv! Royal Blue...that brings back memories!

14 Mar 2018 7:59PM
Great shot ***** SmileSmileSmileSmileSmile
14 Mar 2018 8:34PM
I bet that turned a few heads Pamela, what a great vehicle. Pam
14 Mar 2018 8:59PM
Great capture of a legendary coach, Pamela.Smile
RB Coach definitely; but not OTT, except for the plate. SmileWink
femape 5 Argentina
14 Mar 2018 11:31PM
Muy interesante.
LynneJoyce Plus
13 22 101 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2018 1:48AM
Lovely old vehicle and the old bus stop sign adds authenticity.
TrevBatWCC Plus
13 13 19 England
15 Mar 2018 4:24PM
Great to see all these old buses and coaches Smile A very fine example here too Pamela, looks quite a posh one! And the old style bus stop to go with it too Smile
Trev Smile
bliba Plus
16 1 2 Austria
16 Mar 2018 8:50AM
beautiful old coach
Mike_Smith Plus
14 889 2 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2018 5:39PM
What a stunning old coach Pam, I really like old vehicles of any sort. I would have enjoyed seeing this one, and also hearing its engine. Superb capture
Chinga Plus
11 60 3 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2018 7:16PM
Your Royal Blue is beautiful...
Excellent transport image, IsabelGrinGrin

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