31/07/2014

Looking back... Torquay in '73 - part 3

Today our regular guest blogger Philip Slynn concludes his latest enjoyable three part Looking back... feature, this time taking in somewhere a bit further from home, photographs taken on a holiday in Torquay in '73 - This batch covers non Devon General vehicles also photographed in Torquay in 1973.

Torquay 73 part 3 (c) Philip Slynn
56 GUO - This now preserved Royal Blue Bristol MW6G dating from 1961 was still on active service when photographed at Torquay coach station in 1973 © Philip Slynn.

Torquay 73 part 3 (c) Philip Slynn
UNG 179 - English Family Services which from memory was a language school was operating this ex Eastern Counties Bristol LD5G. Originally LKD 179 in the ECOC fleet © Philip Slynn.

Torquay 73 part 3 (c) Philip Slynn
KDD 283E - Also at Torquay coach station is Black and White Motorways 283, a 1967 Leyland Leopard with Plaxton bodywork. Similar vehicle 280 was also photographed at the time but that was in standard National Express coach Livery © Philip Slynn.

Torquay 73 part 3 (c) Philip Slynn
UOM 708H Flights of Birmingham were on tour with this 1970 Plaxton bodied AEC Reliance © Philip Slynn.

Torquay 73 part 3 (c) Philip Slynn
5 RDV - Greenslades also had a garage in Torquay and this example is a 1964 Harrington bodied AEC Reliance. I think by this time Greenslades were managed by Devon General who in turn were managed by Western National. Or did Greenslades become part of National Travel West? Mergers and rationalisations were taking place, and things got a little confusing! © Philip Slynn.

Many thanks to Philip for supplying the photos and captions used in this three part guest feature, hope you enjoyed it.