Bristol FL 13AAX at Newport
Bristol FL 14 + 20AAX at Bulwark Chepstow
Bristol FL 16AAX at Bulwark Chepstow
Bristol FL 16AAX at Cardiff Bus Station
Bristol FL 4AAX at Bulwark Chepstow
Bristol FL 8AAX at Ely Cardiff
Bristol FL 8AAX at Ely Cardiff (2)
Bristol FS 168HAX + AAX24B at Bulwark Chepstow
Bristol LD VAX504 at Bulwark Chepstow
Bristol LD VAX505 at Abergavenny
Bristol MW 102CWO at Southampton Coach Station
Bristol MW 107CWO at Southampton
Bristol MW 107CWO at Southampton (2)
Bristol MW 107CWO at Southampton (3)
Bristol MW 113CWO at Foys Corner, Southampton
Bristol MW 21FAX at Chepstow Bus Station
Bristol MW 31FAX at Foys Corner Southampton
Foys Corner, Southampton. By the time that I had started taking photographs, the MWs were generally only used as duplicates.
Bristol MW 4 coaches at Monmouth
Bristol MW AAX13B at Newport
Bristol MW Early coach at Monmouth
Bristol MW JAX102D at Brecon
Bristol MW JAX104D at Monmouth
Bristol MW JAX104D at Monmouth (2)
Bristol MW TWO80 leaving Chepstow Bus Station
Bristol MW UWO704 at Bulwark Chepstow
Bristol MW x 4 at Cinderford
Cinderford Bus Station/Depot – Even into the second half of the 1970s, the Bristol MW made up a significant proportion of the Red & White fleet. Here, 4 are seen at Cinderford – the depot had only 11 buses, so almost 40% of the allocation – including a rare coach conversion. Red & White did not do very many such conversions, particularly where a revised destination window box was included. R&W did at least make some effort to style the new destination box, unlike the majority of operators, who seemed content with something that was literally a ‘box’.
Bristol RELH GWO7D – RC766 at Salisbury
Salisbury Coach Station – An Instamatic 126 shot, grainy, taken from too far away – wondering why I bothered to include it. Salisbury Coach Station, probably summer 1972. When I get around to scanning the other old photos, I think there are more of GWO7D – watch this space, but be patient!
Bristol RELH OAX1F at Bulwark Road Chepstow
Bulwark Road, Chepstow – In the summer of 1973, I paid my first visit to R&W HQ at Bulwark – only brief, I had an hour in the town. Reaching Bulwark, OAX1F, still resplendent in cream and red, was just departing, so I took a photo, only to realise that I had forgotten to close the aperture ring on my Zenit B SLR – resulting in over-exposed photo. Frustration – by then, several of the RELHs had been repainted in the dreaded white. However, it was only a short test run, and she returned shortly afterwards, so I at least managed this shot. Subsequently, OAX1F appeared in Southampton several times before being repainted white.
Bristol RELH OAX8F at Southampton
Southampton Coach Station, Bedford Place – Another grainy Instamatic shot, OAX8F is seen in Southampton Coach Station one summer Sunday afternoon, working to Portsmouth.
Bristol RELH SAX1G -1999
September 1999 – the rope was the ‘transmission’, the ‘motive power’ a few strong men! For fairly obvious reasons, the photo was not taken by me, but by Ian Hunter. Hmmm…still dirty as well! Further details about this vehicle are being added to this
Bristol RELH SAX1G at Foys Corner Southampton (1)
Southampton, Foy\’s Corner 1972 – not a particularly good shot, and the vehicle was rather dirty. Happily, there are more photos, …oh, and the vehicle itself! A website relating specifically to this vehicle, can be found
Bristol RELH SAX3G at Victoria Coach Station London
Victoria Coach Station, London – I had a couple of hours free in London one Saturday, while visiting a Salvation Army event, so had a look in at Victoria Coach Station. This Red & White RELH naturally caught my eye – and the lens of my rather basic camera. It was winter, and the light wasn’t the best! SAX3G had quite a long life after R&W, but was eventually scrapped in 1995.
Bristol RESL LAX112E at Chepstow
Chepstow Bus Station – The 21 Bristol RESLs of 1967 were principally allocated to Aberdare depot for much of their lives – but RS1267 (LAX112E) was the exception. This one was at Newport depot, and operated on the 73 Cardiff-Gloucester service as an OMO (OPO) bus, and sometimes on the Newport valleys services to Brynmawr, often with a conductor. Here she is seen in the autumn of 1973, in a rather wet Chepstow Bus Station.
Red & White came to my attention as they operated an express service from South Wales (usually Aberdare or Treherbert) to Portsmouth. The slightly paler than usual shade of cream used (closer to white, presumably) set the vehicles apart from other THC/Tilling operators, as did the Leyland engines of some of the RELH coaches.
The Bristol RE vehicles operated by Red & White are described and depicted in more detail