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AEC Regal III - The Indiaman.

Evidently for the ladies shown in this photograph, day trips by bus to Skegness, or maybe Blackpool, weren't anything like exciting enough for their adventurous spirits. In this photograph they're stood with a high-mileage AEC Regal III, called The Indiaman, somewhere en route to Calcutta from a starting point in London.
This Indiaman overland service from London to Calcutta first ran in 1957, the first four trips being undertaken in this well-used AEC bus, a Harrington-bodied example that had already covered 300,000 miles before being chosen for these early trips by Paddy Garrow-Fisher. Tickets for the early London-Calcutta bus journeys with Garrow-Fisher Tours cost 80 per passenger.
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The Indiaman AEC bus service
The first four trips were undertaken by the Regal, covering some 20,000 miles per return trip, after which a new, purpose-built, AEC Mandator was used.
The inaugural run departed London on April 15th 1957 and drove overland to India, passing through France, Italy, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Iran and Pakistan.
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