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  ROYAL BLUE - 17 June - 19 June 2016  
     
   
     
 

Day 1 (RED) – London (Victoria Coach Station) to Bristol via Reading

Day 2 (PURPLE) – Bristol to Poole via Bath and Evercreech Junction ending in Bournemouth. Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the closure of the Somerset & Dorset Railway

Day 3 (GREEN) – Bournemouth to Lulworth Cove then Bournemouth through the New Forest to Lyndhurst via Milton on Sea, Lymington, Beaulieu and Brockenhurst. Reliving the Glory Days of Elliott Brothers / Royal Blue Tours see here for some more background on the 1920s tours

Our Royal Blue Runs were established in 2002 so that owners and their passengers can relive the pleasures of long distance luxury coach travel for which their carefully preserved vehicles were originally intended. The aim is to follow original Royal Blue routes as closely as possible and to travel at a leisurely pace redolent of the times. The runs also create a wonderful spectacle for innocent bystanders and dedicated photographers alike, thanks to the hard work and resources the owners have devoted to restoring and maintaining their fine coaches.

A lot of work goes into planning the runs from selecting routes from the extensive Royal Blue network and researching the original drivers’ instructions and passenger timetables, preparing maps and outline routing, driving the routes to develop detailed instructions allowing for modern day features and constraints, organising refreshment stops, obtaining parking permissions, to identifying potential accommodation for some 15 or more coaches and their passengers. Despite all the preparations final timings are hard to judge whether due to roadworks or things that might pique the interest of crews along the way. The coaches do not travel in close convoy so as not to inconvenience other road users. Some drivers have also been known on occasion to deviate from the intended route (unintentionally!). The focus is on education and enjoyment and we hope that however you take part you share in the pleasure.

An illustrative overview of the routes is given above. The principal routing and probable stopping points are tabulated with indicative timings, below. These may be subject to change and anyone wanting to see the run pass is advised to recheck the website on 16 June for the latest plan.

 

Day 1 – London (Victoria Coach Station) to Bristol via Reading

Time

Location and routing

0945

London Victoria Coach Station

1030

Depart VCS - 8 coaches will start from VCS – Royal Blue Bristol LL, LS, MW and RE examples

Royal Hospital Road / Embankment A3212 / Warwick Road to Kensington

A315 to Hammersmith/Chiswick

Sutton Court Road / A4 (Great West Road) to Heathrow, Colnbrook and Slough 

Through Slough on Upton Court Road / A412 / A332 /A4

A4 to Maidenhead

1245

Through Maidenhead - Forlease Road / Bridge Avenue / High Street / St Ives Road / York Road / Frascati Way / A4

A4 to Reading

1315

Through Reading - Southampton Street / Bridge Street / Castle Street / Inner Distribution Road / Great Knollys Street to Reading Buses

Please note: Sorry, but there is no pedestrian/photographer access to Reading Buses site.

1400

 

 

 

 

1530

Depart Reading Buses- 15 coaches will continue from Reading a further 7 having joined en route from London

Inner Distribution Road to Castle Hill (A4)

A4 to Theale

Through Theale - Hoad Way / High Street / Church Street / The Green

A4 to Newbury

Through Newbury - London Road / Oxford Street / Oxford Road

A4 via Hungerford to Marlborough

1615

A4 via Calne to Chippenham

Through Chippenham - London Road / The Wharf / Gladstone Road

A4 to Bath

1700

Through Bath – Bathwick Street / Pulteney Road / North Parade Bridge / Manver Street / Great Park Road / Midland Bridge Road / Lower Bristol Road

1730

A4 to Keynsham

Through Keynsham - B3116 / A4175

A4 to Bristol

1800

Through Bristol to M Shed, Princes Wharf, Wapping Road - Bath Road / Clarence Road / Commercial Road / Wapping Road

 

Some coaches may circuit the Downs to view the Avon Gorge on dispersal via The Portway, Bridge Valley Road, Downs perimeter road

 

Day 2 – Bristol to Poole via Bath and Evercreech Junction ending in Bournemouth. Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the closure of the Somerset & Dorset Railway

Time

Location and routing

0915

First Bristol Buses, Lawrence Hill Sorry, but there is no pedestrian / photographer access to the Lawrence Hill site.

1000

Depart Lawrence Hill

A4320 to Arno’s Vale and A4.

Through Keynsham - A4275/B3116

A4 to Bath entering along Lower Bristol Road

1050

 

1130

Central Bath - at gyratory over River Avon onto A367

Though Peasedown St John

A367 to Radstock

A362 to Midsomer Norton

B3355 to Chilcompton

B3139 to Old Down

A37 toward Shepton Mallet

 

 

 

1250

Through Shepton Mallet - B3136/A371

A37 then A371 to Prestleigh

B3081 to Evercreech

A371 to Evercreech Jn (Natterjack Inn)

1340

Depart Evercreech Jn

A371 to Castle Cary

Through Castle Cary - B3152 / North Street

A371/A359 to Bruton

B3081 to Wincanton

A371/A357/A350 to Blandford Forum

1530

Through Blandford Forum B3082 / West St / Bournemouth Rd

A350/A31/B3074/A349/A35/B3093 to Poole

Mount Pleasant Rd/A350/North Road/B3061/A35 to Bournemouth

1645

Poole Road and finish at Queen’s Road Coach Park, Bournemouth

 

Some coaches may circuit the original Royal Blue Coach Station site on dispersal – Poole Road / Terrace Road / B3066

 

Day 3 – Bournemouth to Lulworth Cove then Bournemouth through the New Forest to Lyndhurst via Milton on Sea, Lymington, Beaulieu and Brockenhurst - Reliving the Glory Days of Elliott Brothers / Royal Blue Tours

Time

Location and routing

0830

Assembly at Bournemouth coach park, Queen’s Road

0900

 

 

 

 

 

1045

Depart Bournemouth

Poole Road / A35 to Upton

Through Upton - B3067 to Lytchett Minster

A351 to Wareham

Through Wareham - B3075/B3070

A352 to Wool

B3071 to Lulworth Camp

B3070 to Lulworth Cove and Coach Park

1115

Depart Lulworth Cove

B3070 to East Lulworth / West Holme

A352 Wareham

Through Wareham - B3070 / B3075

A351 to Baker’s Rbt

A35 / A350 / A3049 to Bear Cross on Ringwood Road (Express routing!)

A341 / A3060 / A35 to Christchurch

1245

 

 

1330

Through Christchurch High Street / Bridge Street / Stony Lane

A35 to Hinton

B3055 / B 3058 to New Milton

B3058 to Milford on Sea and Cliff top car parks for picnic lunch

1400

1415

1445

Depart Milford on Sea car parks

B3058/A337 to Lymington

B3054 / B3056 to Beaulieu

1510

 

1530

B3056 / B3055 to Brockenhurst

A337 to Lyndhurst

Through Lyndhurst A337 / High Street to coach park

 
     
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  Vehicles that are booked  
 

Fleet No

Reg No

Chassis

Body

Body code

Year

Operator

279

EMW284

Bl L6B

Beadle

C32R

1949

Wilts & Dorset

1250

LTA729

Bl LL6B

Duple

C37F

1951

Royal Blue

1286

MOD973

Bl LS6G

ECW

C39F

1952

Royal Blue

1299

OTT98

Bl LS6G

ECW

C39F

1953

Royal Blue

2200

OTT43

Bl LS6G

ECW

C39F

1953

Royal Blue

2246

625DDV

Bl MW6G

ECW

C39F

1960

Royal Blue

2267

56GUO

Bl MW6G

ECW

C39F

1961

Royal Blue

2270

253KTA

Bl MW6G

ECW

C39F

1962

Royal Blue

420

270KTA

Bl SUL4A

ECW

DP33F

1962

Western National

2351

837SUO

Bl RELH6G

ECW

C45F

1964

Royal Blue

2138

BHU92C

Bl MW6G

ECW

DP39F

1965

Bristol Greyhound

1420

EDV502D

Bl MW6G

ECW

C39F

1966

Royal Blue

1423

EDV505D

Bl MW6G

ECW

C39F

1966

Royal Blue

RC968

OAX9F

Bl RELH6G

ECW

C45F

1968

Red & White

1460

OTA632G

Bl RELH6G

ECW

C45F

1969

Royal Blue

CRG103 AFM103G Bl RELH6G ECW C47F 1969 Crosville
 
     
     
 
 
  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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