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Photographs of classic coaches in use.

Several coaches, and a good number of char-a-bancs, already feature in the photographic section of the site. This page will contain photographs of as-yet un-identified coaches and/or operators, from the 1930s and later.

1. Phoceens coach, Nice, 1938.

The first is this fine high-up shot of an open-top coach, operated by Phoceens Cars of Nice. The date was 29th June, 1938. In the background is Monte Carlo, in the Principality of Monaco. Does anyone recognise the make of coach shown here? Hopefully its distinctive bonnet and louvres will look familiar to someone.
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1930s coach overlooking Monaco
This was a popular stop for the Phoceens' coaches, as a number of 1930's photographs featuring different coaches at this precise location can be found online, namely (external links) here, here, and here.

2. A line-up of coaches in Scotland, 1960s.

Next, a line-up of interesting old coaches parked outside Edinburgh Castle, with each vehicle sporting its own individual coachbuilt bodywork. I can make out two registrations. The third coach from the left hasn't travelled far - it's registered KSC 542 - an Edinburgh issue of 1953 or thereabouts. Next along, is a coach from Barnsley, registered VHE 211 in 1961.
Coaches outside Edinburgh Castle

3. Outside Blair Atholl Castle, 1958.

This came from the same batch of photos as the previous example, but appears to date from 1958, so a few years earlier. The location is Blair Atholl Castle. To the left is a smart motor-coach - possibly a Bedford SB? - with a number of classic cars also in evidence. These include a brace of Standard 10s, a Mk2 Consul, a black Austin Sheerline, and a rare Singer Hunter. The Castle looks like it was ready for a lick of paint!
Coach and cars at Blair Atholl Castle

4. To pre-war Germany.

The following photo was taken in Nürnberg (Nuremberg), Bavaria in the 1930s. The coach is in the process of being loaded up with luggage on its roof, a hatted chap is perched high up on the vehicle's rear corner, and is being passed a passenger's hat box.
A coach being loaded in Bavaria

5. Coaches plus ship.

The location of this next photo is believed to be Naples, with the Castel Nuovo in the background. A line-up of classic coaches is parked up alongside the sizeable vessel, its passengers disembarking down the steps - interestingly liveried with the initials P. & O. S. N. Co., for the Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Company, or P&O for short. A Commonwealth flag can be seen attached to the ship's flagpole. No name is visible on the side of the ship, nor on any of the vehicles in view. A section of signwriting that has been applied to the sides of the coach nearest the camera can be seen, through the unidentified car's windows, but I doubt that there is enough to aid the identification of the vehicles' owner(s):
Signwriting on one of the coaches
Several 1930s coaches and a P&O ship

6. Blue Cars coach trip.

Handily the passengers stood outside this "Blue Cars" motor coach had positioned themselves in such a way that the livery on its side, for "Blue Cars", was clearly visible. At the time the ladies and gents were looking over to the right, perhaps while a formal group photograph was being taken. Perhaps the operator of the camera that took this snapshot was a little camera-shy themselves? I just wish they'd captured more of the coach's front end styling, as it is a fine looking machine, with an imposing bonnet, large - almost streamlined - front wings, and a curved radiator grille. Chrome or aluminium strips have been added to the front wings, giving it an exclusive, upmarket, look. Is there enough of the vehicle visible to help identify this vehicle?
Coach in use with Blue Cars Ltd

7. Citroen Type C6 Long with NLA of Lourdes, France.

This coach, or autobus as it should be called, was photographed in September 1935 in the ownership of N.L.A. Lourdes, of France, during a trip to the Pyrenees. The style of coachwork at the front end is very reminiscent of an early 1930s Citroen, most likely the Type C 6 Long. I've seen a photograph online of a similar vehicle, in a similar livery, operating in Lourdes, although it had a fixed rather than opening roof. It may be the angle of the photo, but it looks like it could be righthand drive, which for a French vehicle would be unusual. The only benefit I can see to it being RHD is that the driver would have been able to hop out of his seat, straight onto the pavement, in order to open the three side doors for his passengers.
Citroen Type C 6 Long in Lourdes
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