Awhile ago there was a posting on the Old Bus Photos website of a Brown’s Blue Bus Daimler and I knew I had some of their tickets. I have posted the Insert Setright here I also have some of their punched tickets but they are for another posting.
Brown’s Blue Bus operated a fleet of second-hand double-deckers on a route network which included
Leicester – Whitwick
Leicester – Stanton under Bardon
Coalville – Stanton under Bardon
Coalville – Hinckley
Ibstock – Ashby de la Zouch.
My thanks to Neville Mercer for the above route information.
The advertisement on the reverse is for a sister company Brown’s Blue Coaches with two telephone numbers Markfield and Ibstock. Does anyone know if the Brown’s Blue Bus operated from one village and the Brown’s Blue Coaches from the other?
16/11/11 – 07:36
According to Victor Brumby’s original posting on the Old Bus Photos site, it sounds as though Ibstock was a second (and perhaps subsidiary) operating centre, having been acquired with the business and vehicles of Victory Coaches.
18/11/11 – 15:21
When Browns Blue sold out to Midland Red on March 15th 1963, some former employees formed a new company using five former BB vehicles, two Reliances, two fully fronted Regal III’s and a small Bedford. It was known as Reliant Coaches of Ibstock and operated from a former BB depot on Melbourne Road, Ibstock. Apparently this company is still in business today, operating from an office in Coalville.
24/11/11 – 09:06
I think you will find Reliant ceased trading some time ago. After Roy Briers died his widow ran the business for some years then sold out to Salvator Caetano. They gave up a few years ago.
Reliant was a very reputable operation and when I lived near Ibstock we used them for all our private hires. They operated a lot of school contracts.
Allan T Condie
22/02/12 – 15:31
Hello there, Yes that’s right, Reliant Coaches is still going, We have a travel & booking office located in Coalville (above block busters). Feel free to pop in.