UK Travelogues


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Big City (April 1963)
Narrated by Ed Bishop, this film looks at London. An opening sequence leads into a view of a Routemaster and a roofbox RT on a roundabout. Overhead trolleybus wires are visible, and as a second RT appears, a coach passes on the flyover behind:
There is much footage of traffic in Central London including a Routemaster on route 276, and an RT on route 53
This RT is seen in Park Lane:
A BOAC Bedford SB and a London Country RF are glimpsed passing the Royal Albert Hall; in the City RTLs pass eachother on route 6 and 6A
Another RTL passes St Paul's Cathedral
....and a London Country RT rounds Trafalgar Square

Stories From Lakeland (April 1961)
In Keswick this Cumberland Motor Services Leyland Tiger waits its time:

The Belle of Kent (July 1959)
Little of interest for the bus enthusiast here; this Bedford OB is barely seen!
....but there are plenty of seaside views, and a brief cameo by singing star Petula Clark and her car, registration PET1:

The English Riviera (April 1958)
A view of central Torquay with several AEC Regent IIIs of Devon General:
Actor James Robertson Justice waits to start Torquay's annual Waiters' Race while a Guy Arab passes behind:
A Grey Cars halfcab coach moves along the promenade

In Glorious Devon (December 1958)
Features an excursion by Grey Cars XTA846:

The Plymouth Sound (February 1971)
Has some distant shots of Plymouth's extensive fleet of Leyland Atlanteans:

The Quay To The Tor (November 1964)
This tour through Devon has several scenes of interest. Early in the show we see a Plymouth Leyland Atlantean:
A lowbridge Western National Bristol K/Eastern Coachworks waits at Dartmouth Railway Station, while another approaches:
More Atlanteans appear, this time in Torquay operating for Devon General - this makes an interesting comparison with the earlier 'The English Riviera' (qv):
Not all Torquay's buses were Atlanteans, however, this is an AEC Regent V:
....and an extraordinary sight - among the Atlanteans is Guy Arab V/Strachan demonstrator 888DUK!
Finally, one of Devon General's Sea Dog class open top Atlanteans:

Down Somerset Way (November 1957)
This Bristol Omnibus Bristol K with lowbridge Eastern Coachworks body is seen on a roundabout in Weston super Mare:
A forerunner of the modern Dotto Landtrains plies its trade on Weston's pier?
A Bristol Omnibus Bristol L/Eastern Coachworks moves away from the camera:
A view of Cheddar Gorge looks down on the coaches parked 500 feet below:

Playground Spectacular (September 1960)
Much of interest in this look at the attractions of Blackpool. Two Ribble double deckers, likely Leyland Titans, pass the camera, while a convoy of coaches approaches:
This appears to be a Bedford SB, operator unknown:
Then there are the trams!
Blackpool Corporation buses: these streamlined Leyland Titan PD2/5s unique to Blackpool had centre entrance Burlingham bodies. In the second scene the bus is waiting for a troupe of circus elehants to cross the road:
Later Titans also had full-fronted bodies - this is 341 (PFR341), followed by a distinctive red/cream coach.
Can anyone identify this 'Lost Children Centre'?

The Royal County (December 1958)
Two fleeting glimpses of Eastern Counties double deckers in Norwich, but this look at Norfolk is more interesting for its stately homes and rural views:

Chip Off the Old Rock (1946)
A film about the Isle of Wight. Seen here is a Bristol L of Southern Vectis:
The commentary makes much of the use of 'Vectis' in a number of island-based business names. Among others the 'Southern Vectis' name is shown on the side of a bus.
A Southern Vectis Bedford OWB:

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