Local Coach & Bus Operators
I hope these pictures bring back memories of those old fashioned leviathans that used to ply our streets. Familiar sights and sounds now replaced by the buses of a modern age.
De Luxe Atherstone
Evans Brothers from 1921. (J.I., A.J., T.W. and G.O.C. Evans were in partnership and operating from Mancetter.)
De Luxe Buses Ltd was formed in January 1940.
The main stage service was Atherstone-Baddesley Ensor.
J. Lloyd & Son Ltd.
Joe Lloyd commenced operations in 1924 from 17 George Eliot Street, Nuneaton.
A limited company was formed in March 1941, and a new garage was opened in Avenue Road, Nuneaton.
Most of their business was from Coventry works traffic and it had become one of the largest private operators in the West Midlands by the 1960s.
They acquired the bus operations of the Rugby Co-Operative Society in May 1959 and had a garage at Underwood Service Station, Rugby. They also acquired the old established business of Bermuda Motor Services Ltd in March 1973.
Lucas & Co.
Midland Red (The Birmingham and Midland Motor Omnibus Company Ltd.)
A bad smash occurred in Griff Hollows, Nuneaton on the Coventry Road when a Midland Red bus was hit by a motorcyclist at about 8am on Monday 18th November 1957. The motocyclist died. The remains of his bike can be seen in the foreground but the double decker bus overturned. The bus Type AD2 JHA77 fleet nr. 3176 was based at Hinckley garage from new in July 1950 until November 1960 with AEC Regent II chassis and body by Metro-Cammell Type H30/26R. The bus had to be pulled 120 yards to upright it and the bodywork by Metro Cammell withstood the accident well. The bus was hauled to BMMO's Carlyle Road works for reconstruction the bus survived and was returned to service being transferred in November 1960 to an "engineering float" before being withdrawn in 1962. Investigations carried out at the time suggested the motorcyclist was at fault. (Geoff Edmands)
Monty Moreton of Attleborough, Nuneaton
Monty Moreton purchased his first bus in 1923. He had formerly been a miner at Nuneaton Colliery and when that pit closed in 1922 obtained some agricultural work in the Market Bosworth area, but must have had some cash to purchase his first bus and return to Nuneaton with it to start a service for miners. The bus had a swap body so he could use it for passenger traffic in the morning and the evening, and as a truck delivering coal during the day.
By 1931 ten stage and works services were operated. He acquired the redundant vehicles of the local operator A.J. and A. Kiteley when that concern was taken over by the Midland Red in 1939. A limited company was formed in May 1941, and the business of L. & R. York of Wolvey was acquired before the end of the Second World War.
Two old Monty classics at Nuneaton Bus Station in the late1950's. BHP48 was fitted with a 7.7 litre diesel engine and wasan AEC REgal with a Burlingham body built in 1936 and acquired by Monty in January 1941its subsequent history was with Say of Gloucester by July 1959 but it was new to Bolton of Coventry.
A Monty's bus waits outside Parsons & Sherwins shop in Newdigate Street for a works outing. AKV226 was a Dennis Lancet I with a Willowbrook body new in 1935, acquired by Monty in April 1936 from Bunty of Coventry. It was scrapped from Monty in April 1953 and had done after 17 years in service. (Colin Yorke Collection)
Monty registration number EJP 106 on the Caldwell and Red Deeps Service. EJP 106 was a Bedford SB3 built in 1959 and acquired second hand by Monty from Cotton in Bilton in July 1963 one of three buses Monty bought that month. It was in service with Monty's until the Mid 60's when it returned to its former owners. (maybe Monty had borrowed it?). (John Walker)
Nuneaton & Stockingford Petrol Omnibus Co.
Another Tilling Stevens owned by the Nuneaton & Stockingford Petrol Omnibus Co. in its red and cream livery. Outside Randle's Post Office and shop in Queens Road. AC43 was recorded as a TS3 model but John Seale of the Birmingham & Midland Motor Omnibus Trust suggests it might have been a TTA2 with a TS3 radiator. The advert for the Palace by the way is not the Palace cinema we may remember from years ago but its predecessor a little further up Victoria Street which became a working men's club. (Fred Phillips / Gay Parker Collection)