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Links

Click here for a website about Bristol RELH/ECW mark-1 coaches.

Click here for a website about Bristol Commercial Vehicles in preservation.

Click here for a website about the Bristol Vintage Bus Group.

Click here for pictures of Red&White buses & coaches in the 1950's, '60's & '70's.

Click here for pictures of Red&White buses & coaches in service.

Click here for a page about LAX 101E, Red&White Bristol RESL/ECW bus.

Click here for a website about SAX 1G, Red&White Bristol RELH/ECW coach.

Click here to visit Swansea Bus Museum, owners of SWO 986, Red&White
Bristol MW/ECW coach.

Click here to visit Cardiff Transport Preservation Group, owners of TAX 235
and 20 AAX Red&White Bristol 'Lodekkas' .

Click here for a full history of Red&White Services Ltd.

YouTube clip - hear 'Ruby' roar (enjoy!)

OAX 9F interior

Everyone enjoys a relax in Ruby's comfortable seats.
"Gosh they're just so comfy, like arm chairs!" is a frequent comment.
They had to be, coach journeys were often long before motorways!

Unique fleet numbering system

From 1951 RED & WHITE used a unique alpha-numeric numbering system. It was really ingenious, but requires some explaination. First there was the vehicle letter. For single deckers the codes were:-

  • S = Single deck bus;
  • C = Coach;
  • U = Underfloor engined bus;
  • UC = Underfloor engined Coach;
  • R = Rear engined bus;
  • RS = Rear engined Short bus;
  • RC = Rear engined Coach (this is what Ruby is);
  • RD = Rear engined Dual-purpose.
    • Then the last two numbers represented the year that the vehicle was new. In Ruby's case the '68' stands for the year 1968.

      The number between the letter(s) and year indicated the vehicles' sequence in deliveries that year. So Ruby was the 9th Rear-engined Coach delivered in 1968 hence: RC.968. Easy when you know!

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RC968 fleet no

RED & WHITE FLEET LISTS

Click here to view complete details of their bus and coach fleet from 1930 to 1975.

Thanks very much to Richard Smith who has prepared these very detailed fleet lists for us all to enjoy.

OAX 9F offside (flat)

Travel office & depot contacts

Before the internet, if you wanted to contact a bus company, like RED & WHITE, then you either went to one of their Travel Offices in town, telephoned the Travel Office or post a letter to them.

The image (left) is the first page of the 1968 RED & WHITE 'Official Timetable'. It lists all their depots and offices. Sadly, none of these exist - the last to close was Brynmawr depot in 2015.

COMMERCIAL MOTOR magazine, 13th February 1959, (page 43):

Big New Depot for Red & White
A new Bus Station capable of handling the I50 vehicles serving the Glamorgan and Monmouthshire valleys from Tredegar has been opened for the operators Red and White Services Ltd., by Mr Aneurin Bevan MP.

The new Tredegar Bus Station, comprising eleven “saw tooth" platforms, offices and a garage for 80 vehicles, adjoins Commercial Street. It will be used not only by Red & White, but also by Associated Motorways for their express services and by other undertakings serving the district.

In addition to providing cover for passengers, the station offers much improved staff amenities and maintenance facilities. The workshops have five repair pits, two greasing pits, an automatic bus-washing plant and steam cleaner and extensive stores. The site, which was taken over from the National Coal Board, will reduce dead mileage and relieve congestion in the town centre.

Below is a picture of the entrance to Tredegar Bus Station taken in early 1959.
The depot where our Ruby was garaged, was behind this Bus Station.

Click on the images to enlarge them and read the captions.

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Tredegar Bus Station

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