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  ROYAL BLUE - 19 June - 21 June 2015  
     
   
  Vehicles at Exeter Coach Station on the 2015 Royal Blue Run  
     
 

In 2015 we started near Windsor, to take an alternative route to that taken in 2010 between Slough and Salisbury and then on to Exeter via the A30 through Shaftesbury, Yeovil and Chard. Day 2 took us to the far West via the North Cornwall Coast using the reverse of the route we used ten years ago in 2005 to Penzance. On the final day we returned to Exeter along the spine of Cornwall and then to Plymouth using the pre Tamar Bridge route through Launceston and Tavistock. The run will ended in Exeter after which coaches dispersed to many parts of the country with round trips between 615 and over 870 miles.

Enjoy a virtual trip on our 2015 Royal Blue Run, using photos and film from throughout the journey.

An overview of the run route and approximate timings is given here. The actual timings achieved were quite close to the schedule on Day 1. On Day 2 we were on time as far as St Ives but then dallied over photos at the Malakoff! On Day 3 we had an added attraction at Summercourt when Bill Hawke brought out his Royal Blue LL6B 1266 to pose with 1250 and the rest of the fleet. Thanks to First for allowing us the use of St Ives and Penzance Bus Stations, to Stagecoach for the use of Exeter Coach Station on the Friday evening, Saturday morning and Sunday afternoon and to Plymouth City Council for use of Bretonside Bus Station on Sunday on the way to Exeter.

Exeter More detailed discussion of the route is currently taking place on our Facebook page

 
     
  Vehicles Booked  
     
 

Fleet no

Reg No

Type

Year new

Company

279

EMW284

Bristol L6B/Be C32R

1947

Wilts & Dorset

2467

NAE3

Bristol L6B/ECW C31F

1950

Bristol Greyhound

1250

LTA729

Bristol LL6B/Duple C37F

1951

Royal Blue

1299

OTT98

Bristol LS6G/ECW C39F

1953

Royal Blue

2246

625DDV

Bristol MW6G/ECW C39F

1960

Royal Blue

2267

56GUO

Bristol MW6G/ECW C39F

1961

Royal Blue

2270

253KTA

Bristol MW6G/ECW C39F

1962

Royal Blue

420

270KTA

Bristol SUL4A/ECW C33F

1962

Western National

425

275KTA

Bristol SUL4A/ECW C33F

1962

Western National

2351

837SUO

Bristol RELH6G/ECW C45F

1964

Royal Blue

1420

EDV502D

Bristol MW6G/ECW C39F

1966

Western National

1423

EDV505D

Bristol MW6G/ECW C39F

1966

Western National

RC.968

OAX9F

Bristol RELH6G/ECW C45F

1968

Red & White

CRG103

AFM103G

Bristol RELH6G/ECW C47F

1969

Crosville

1460

OTA632G

Bristol RELH6G/ECW C45F

1969

Southern National

2380

OTA640G

Bristol RELH6G/ECW C45F

1969

Royal Blue

1318

BDV318L

Bristol LH6L/Marshall C39F

1973

Royal Blue

 
     
 

All vehicles subject to availability

 
 
 
  Previous Royal Blue Runs  
     
  We have been organising vintage coach runs for Royal Blue and Associated Motorways ‘on-hire’ vehicles over traditional routes since 2002 and so far have covered:  
     
 
2002 Taunton – Ilfracombe – Tiverton
   
2003 Bournemouth – Weymouth – Exmouth
   
2005 125th Anniversary Run - London (Victoria) - Bournemouth - Exeter
   
2005 125th Anniversary Run - Exeter - Penzance - Exeter
   
2006 Cheltenham – Weston-super-Mare – Exeter
   
2007 Cheltenham – Bath – Trowbridge – Blandford Forum – Weymouth
   
2008 Cheltenham – Radstock – Taunton – Westward Ho! – Bude – Polzeath –   Tintagel – Exeter
   
2009 Cheltenham – Bath – Yeovil – Weymouth – Swanage – Bournemouth – Portsmouth
   
2009 National Centenary Run - Penzance – Plymouth – Taunton – Bristol – Cheltenham – Cannock – Newcastle-under-Lyme – Manchester – Glasgow – Dundee – Aberdeen
   
2010 Stevenage – Hitchin – Luton – Slough – Reading – Newbury – Andover – Salisbury – Yeovil – Taunton – Minehead – Bude – Newquay – Porthleven – Penzance – St Ives – Princetown – Exeter
   
2011 Oxford – Weston-super-Mare – Taunton – Exeter – Bude – Padstow – Newquay - Hannafore – Looe – Tavistock – Lewdown – Exeter
   
2012 High Wycombe - Reading - Hungerford - Salisbury - Wincanton - Exeter - Torbay - Salcombe - Plymouth - Bodmin - Exeter - Taunton - Wells - Bath
   
2013 London - Sidcup - Maidstone - Canterbury - Margate - Ramsgate - Dover - Folkestone - Rye - Hastings - Eastbourne - Brighton - Worthing - Arundel - Chichester - Portsmouth - Southampton - Salisbury - Marlborough - Swindon - Cirencester - Cheltenham
   
2014 London  (Victoria) - Esher - Guildford - Farnham - Alresford - Winchester - Romsey - Bournemouth - Wimborne Minster - Blandford Forum - Yeovil - Mantacute - Langport - Bridgwater - Taunton - Exeter - Minehead - Wheddon Cross - Dunkery Beacon - Porlock Weir - Minehead - Watchet - Bridgwater
   
2015 Windsor – Bracknell – Wokingham – Hartley Wintney – Basingstoke – Andover – Salisbury – Yeovil – Exeter – Launceston – Davidstow – Wadebridge – Newquay – Portreath – Hayle – St Ives – Penzance – Camborne – Redruth – Bodmin – Launceston – Tavistock – Plymouth – Exeter
 
     
  You can take a virtual trip on our 2014 and 2015 runs on our Workshop Blog  
     
   
  Royal Blue coaches at Exeter Coach Station  
     
 
   
The line up for the 2011 Royal Blue Run departure from Polperro – many of the same vehicles will take part in 2012.   Stopping for a comfort break and photo opportunity in Callington later on 19th June 2011   The ascent and subsequent descent through Cheddar Gorge was spectacular for passengers and photographers alike, despite the rain.
    2012 Royal Blue Run    
   
Day 1, the coaches assemble prior to departure from Hughenden Manor, High Wycombe, courtesy of the National Trust.   Coaches two rows deep park up in Teignmouth early in Day 2   Towards the end of Day 2, coaches draw in to the bus station at Kingsbridge
   
Day 3 began in Plymouth bus & coach station with another extensive line-up   Day 3, en route   The end of the Royal Blue Run 2012 in Bath coach station, although many had a hundred miles or more to travel home
 
 

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