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Fleet Lists

Red & White Services

The total number of vehicles that passed through the Red & White fleet between its formation in 1930 and merger with Western Welsh in 1974 was around 1600. From 1930 to 1951 the vehicles were numbered in a continuous series starting at 1, and in 1951 the whole fleet was renumbered into a series which indicated the year of delivery and general type of vehicle. The following document lists the vehicles in number order for both series:



In order to appreciate the variety of the fleet, the vehicles have also been grouped under the following general headings:

1. Single Deck Buses

2. Coaches

3. Double Deck Buses

The earliest vehicles were single deck buses. Coaches followed soon after but many of the first coaches were miscellaneous acquisitions and “one offs” or were rebodied later as buses. The body type on some of the early vehicles has also not been established. They have all therefore been included with the single deck buses. The coach section starts around the early- to mid-1930s when Red & White was expanding rapidly and was purchasing vehicles in significant numbers. Double deckers appeared during the late 1930s and in 1950/51 the underfloor-, and later rear-engined buses and coaches replaced the half-cabs of the previous decade.

Vehicles falling under the general headings above have been further classified under chassis type as follows with hyperlinks to pages which give more details and some photographs showing the variations within each type.

2. Coaches

2.1    1931-33 Albion Valiant PV70

2.2    1933 Gloster

2.3    1935-36 Albion Valiant PV71

2.4    1936 Albion Valkyrie PW69

2.5    1936-38 Albion Valkyrie PV141

2.6    1938-39 Albion Valkyrie CX13

2.7    1947-48 A.E.C. Regal

2.8    1936-49 Bedford WTB and OB

2.9    1949-50 Leyland Comet

2.10  1947-48 Albion CX13

2.11  1949-50 Albion CX39

2.12  1947-50 Leyland Tiger PS1/1

2.13  1951 Leyland Royal Tiger PSU1/15

2.14  1951-52 Leyland Royal Tiger PSU1/13

2.15  1952 Guy Arab / Duple

2.16  1952 Guy Arab / Lydney

2.17  1953-54 Bristol LS

2.18  1958-59 Bristol MW

2.19  1962-63 Bristol MW

2.20  1966-74 Bristol RELH

2.21  1963 Leyland PSU3/3RT


3. Double Deck Buses

3.1    Pre-1935 Miscellaneous

3.2    1935/42 Bristol

3.3    1939 Albion / Weymann

3.4    1938-41 Albion / Duple

3.5    1940-47 Daimler

3.6    1942-44 Guy Arab

3.7    1948 Albion / W.M.I.

3.8    1942-50 Leyland

3.9    1948 Albion / E.C.W.

3.10  1948-50 Guy Arab

3.11  1954-59 Bristol LD

3.12  1960 Bristol FL

3.13  1961-63 Bristol FS


1. Single Deck Buses

1.1    Pre-1935 Miscellaneous

1.2    1923-30 Albion 24

1.3    1928-29 Albion LB40

1.4    1926-30 Albion Viking 26

1.5    1927-32 Albion Viking 28

1.6    1931/35 Albion Victor

1.7    1931 Albion Valkyrie PX65

1.8    1931-32 Albion Valkyrie PW65

1.9    1927-35 Leyland Lion

1.10  1929-37 Leyland Tiger TS

1.11  1929-32 A.E.C. Reliance 660

1.12  1931-32 A.E.C. Renown 664

1.13  1930-38 A.E.C. Regal 662 and 642

1.14  1934-37 A.E.C. Q

1.15  1933-38 Bristol

1.16  1935 Daimler

1.17  1936 Albion Valkyrie PW69

1.18  1936-38 Albion Valkyrie PW141 and PV141

1.19  1939-40 Albion Valkyrie CX11 / Duple

1.20  1938-42 Albion Valkyrie CX13 / Duple

1.21  1940 Albion Valkyrie CX11,13 / Weymann

1.22  1942-43 Bedford OWB

1.23  1946-47 Albion CX13

1.24  1948 Albion CX13

1.25  1947-50 A.E.C. Regal

1.26  1947-50 Leyland Tiger

1.27  1950 Leyland Olympic

1.28  1951 Leyland Royal Tiger PSU1/9

1.29  1952-53 Leyland Royal Tiger PSU1/13

1.30  1953-54 Bristol LS

1.31  1957 Bristol SC

1.32  1957-66 Bristol MW

1.33  1965-71 Bristol RELL

1.34  1967-72 Bristol RESL

1.35  1971-72 Bristol RELH

1.36  1974-75 Leyland National

United Welsh Services

About 570 vehicles were included in the United Welsh fleet between its formation in 1938 and absorption by South Wales Transport in 1971. The fleet was initially allocated blocks within the Red & White fleet list but later additions from 1956 were given new number series. The following document lists the vehicles in fleet number order.

Cheltenham District Traction

Newbury & District Motor Services

South Midland Motor Services

Venture, Basingstoke

These four companies were much smaller operations, the number of vehicles passing through the fleets when in Red & White ownership numbering 78, 144, 53 and 75 respectively. The fleets were all numbered in separate numerical series which are set out in the following documents:

Red & White Fleet List.pdf United Welsh Fleet List.pdf Cheltenham District Fleet List.pdf Newbury & District Fleet List.pdf South Midland Fleet List.pdf Venture Fleet List.pdf

I would like to thank the following for kindly allowing me to use their photographs to illustrate the above pages:

Martin Bott, Glyn Bowen, Alan Cross, Dick Dapré, Peter Davey, Cliff Essex, Clive Jones, Thomas Knowles, Kevin Lane, Andrew Mann, Chris Nash, Andrew Porter, Paul Redmond, Peter Relf, Colin Routh, Mike Street, Stuart Turner, John Walker, NA3T, *Omnibus Society, Stilltime Collection.

I have not been able to contact the copyright holder of all of the images but they have been credited where known. Please contact me if I have used your image without permission and I will credit it or remove it if you so wish.


*Prints from the Omnibus Society collection are available from  osphoto@joxley.co.uk