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Offline grandarog

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Re: West Country express coach services.
« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2010, 06:24:28 »
My mother and father in law came to stay on holiday with us in 1970 on the Friday overnighter when wife and I lived at Newquay.

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Re: West Country express coach services.
« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2010, 23:04:01 »
http://www.flickr.com/photos/30517988@N06/2857772528/

some family members coming home at Bournemouth square Coach Station onboard M & D CO377, in 1964.


http://www.flickr.com/photos/30517988@N06/2857772270/in/photostream/

Me sitting in drivers seat 1964, approx twelve hours into journey on Cornish border.

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West Country express coach services.
« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2010, 22:50:16 »
I wonder if any poster's went on Maidstone & Distict express coaches to the west country in the 50's and 60's. These started from Gillingham bus station and picked up in Chatham, Maidstone, West Malling then westwards along the A25. These services were very popular until increasing car ownership started their demise. The overnight Friday service to Newquay was a marathon fourteen hours, you had to admire the driver's who were mostly in their sixties who had to drive at 30 MPH (no motorways) and did not get a relief Royal Blue driver until they had reached Exeter at breakfast time nine hours later! The return trip was on Saturday evenings so you got an extra day on holiday but after travelling all night outbound the first day was a bit of a haze!

 

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