O Dreamland (1953, dir Lindsay Anderson)


This short from one of the leaders of the 'Free Cinema' movement looks at the attractions of the seaside resort of Margate. There is fascinating footage of coaches arriving, also a panning shot of the coach park. Individual vehicles seen include full-fronted Leyland Tiger PS2/3/Burlingham OPH360 of Thatched House Coaches, fleet number 3.
DXF612, identified by David Simpson as a TSM HA39A7 with Duple body owned by Grey Coaches of Peckham:
Bedford OB/Duple LTW461 of Leighton Coach Company of Ilford, later seen parked:
WMP131, a full-fronted AEC Regal 9621A with Strachan coachwork of Enterprise of Kenton, Middlesex, also seen later from behind:
JD9523, a Strachan-bodied AEC Regal 662 halfcab of Gilberts of London EC1:
This Leyland Tiger TS4/Harrington, OY2567, operated by John Bennetts of Croydon, fleet number 7, is followed by a second identical vehicle:
Many more coaches are seen from behind parked up, including this from Rainham Luxury Coaches of Rainham in Essex, seen alongside OPH360:
...and BFK251, an AEC Regal/Burlingham of Maryland Coaches (?)
Mears Coaches and Black and White are represented:
There are even a Crossley and a Foden in the lineup:
Many thanks to Lester May for this sighting.

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