|CG 9607, a 1934
AEC Regal 4 (mark I Regal with four-cylinder diesel engine),
second of a batch of eight with Harrington 32 seat bodies
for Gosport and Fareham Omnibus Co. (Provincial). They
were later fitted with 7.7 litre six-cylinder engines and
this vehicle is seen after being rebuilt as a 34 seater by
Provincial in 1961, lasting well into the 1960s. An
example of the original bodywork on sister CG 9606 can be
seen in Alan Townsin's book "Blue Triangle". This
bus is now in preservation. Photo
by Gerry Cork
|One of a pair of
1946 Regal Mark IIIs with Beadle bodies converted to open
top, which were for many years a feature of the Hastings town
tour, Maidstone & District 8003 was seen in August 1981
at the old town. This vehicle is now with the London Bus Company
for weddings and private hires, after a stint with West Coaches
of Wood Green. Two other members of the batch are now privately
preserved (see the Preserved page).
Howsham sent these photos of his grandfathers coach, an AEC
Regal Mk 3 new to Sheffield United Tours in 1950. Reg No.
LWE 895, fleet No. 195, bodywork by Windover, 33 seats. Photos
by John Howsham.
Burlingham bodied Regal III LPT 328 has
been restored and returned to service by Silver Star of
Caernarfon. It runs day and half-day tours in the area,
and was photographed at their depot in April 2003. Photo
by Derek Thomson.
ECW bodied AEC Regal TA5 is in the heritage fleet of Quantock
Motor Services, and is licensed for private hires and tours.
It was seen at Porlock Weir on one of their running days in
May 2007. Photo by Stephen Gow.
||Another fine AEC
Regal in the Quantock Heritage Fleet is Windhover bodied ACH
441. It was pictured at a running day at Kingsbridge in September
2011. Photo by Ken Jones.
||Blue Saloon of
Guildford operated former London Country Regal IV RF679 on
their Guildford town service for a while. It was captured
on camera in July 1980. This bus is now preserved in London
Country livery by the RF/RT Register.
|Metrobus of Orpington
ran preserved ex LT Regal IV RF255 on a summer service between
Bromley and Tunbridge Wells in 1994. It is seen taking layover
at Bromley North station having just arrived with a standing
load of Londoners returning from a day out in Kent. This RF
is now preserved in Metrobus livery.
|A rather different
Regal IV, EX 7666 was new to Seagull, Great Yarmouth in 1953
and featured an unusual and elaborate Gurney-Nutting centre
entrance coach body. It was seen at Cleethorpes in July
1969 whilst operating with Bestway. Note the rather
more flamboyant than usual AEC badge. In the background
is another Regal, a Reliant Regal Mk IV. Photo
by Gerry Cork, car identification by Bob Wingrove.
Memory Lane Travel ran former RF315, which
they acquired from the London & Country heritage fleet,
on Sunday service 32 between Guildford and Dorking for a
number of years before Surrey County Council withdrew the
service in January 2004. It was seen at Gomshall in August
2000. This bus has now joined the Ensignbus heritage fleet
and has been repainted into LT red livery.
ex LT Regal IV, RF401 pictured at Braintree in September 1991
whilst working with Blue Triangle of Rainham on an Essex County
Council Sunday service from Romford to Colchester. This bus
remains with London Bus Company, which continued the heritage
operations following sale of the main Blue Triangle business
to Go-ahead London, and is used on private hires and weddings.
Photo by Mike Penn.
Former London RF421 is in the operational
fleet of Dorset operator Shaftesbury & District. It
is usually confined to private hire duties but in April
2011 it was a guest vehicle on a service run by Verwoodbus
from West Moors to Poole, duplicating AEC Regent RT4777!
The Verwoodbus service was withdrawn in July 2011 following
the loss of an associated school contract on retendering.
Photo by Peter Legg.
||Another ex London
Transport Regal to migrate westwards is RF269. Formerly privately
preserved (in fact by the gentleman who took the photo of
RF421 above!), it has returned to PSV use as a private hire
vehicle with London Bus 4 Hire in South Wales, but took time
out to participate in the 2013 Warminster runing day.