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Friday 17th, Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th of June 2016.
Thames Valley & Great Western Omnibus Trust
"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."
(From the TVAGWOT website).
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The coaches gather for a lunch break at Milford on Sea on Sunday.
 
Thames Valley & Great Western Omnibus Trust
Royal Blue Run
2016
Day 1 - London (Victoria Coach Station) to Bristol via Reading.
Photos taken at Newbury.
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.
Photos taken at Castle Cary.
Day 3 - Bournemouth to Lulworth Cove then Bournemouth through the New Forest to Lyndhurst via Milford on Sea, Lymington, Beaulieu and Brockenhurst. Reliving the glory days of Elliott Brothers Royal Blue Tours.
Photos taken at Milford on Sea.
  Day 1 - Friday 16th June - Newbury Clock Tower top of the page
OTT 43 - Royal Blue 2200
1953 Bristol LS6G / ECW.
 
OTT 43 - Royal Blue 2200
1953 Bristol LS6G / ECW.
 
837 SUO - Royal Blue 2351
1964 Bristol RELH6G / ECW.
837 SUO - Royal Blue 2351
1964 Bristol RELH6G / ECW.
 
EMW 284 - Wilts & Dorset 279
1947 Bristol L6B / Beadle.
 
LTA 729 - Royal Blue 1250
1951 Bristol LL6B / ECW.
BHU 92C - Bristol Greyhound 2138
1965 Bristol MW6G / ECW.
 
56 GUO - Royal Blue 2267
1961 Bristol MW6G / ECW.
 
EDV 502D - Royal Blue 1420
1966 Bristol MW6G / ECW.
EDV 502D - Royal Blue 1420
1966 Bristol MW6G / ECW.
 
Photos taken at the clock tower at the end of The Broadway. Front views are of coaches in London Road. Rear views are of coaches leaving via Oxford Street.
MOD 973 and OTA 632G were also seen in Newbury but traffic prevented taking photos.
   
  Day 2 - Saturday 17th June - Castle Cary top of the page
253 KTA - Royal Blue 2270
1962 Bristol MW6G / ECW.
 
253 KTA - Royal Blue 2270
1962 Bristol MW6G / ECW.
 
56 GUO - Royal Blue 2267
1961 Bristol MW6G / ECW.
56 GUO - Royal Blue 2267
1961 Bristol MW6G / ECW.
 
837 SUO - Royal Blue 2351
1964 Bristol RELH6G / ECW.
 
837 SUO - Royal Blue 2351
1964 Bristol RELH6G / ECW.
BHU 92C - Bristol Greyhound 2138
1965 Bristol MW6G / ECW.
 
EDV 502D - Royal Blue 1420
1966 Bristol MW6G / ECW.
 
EDV 502D - Royal Blue 1420
1966 Bristol MW6G / ECW.
EDV 505D - Royal Blue 1423
1966 Bristol MW6G / ECW.
 
EDV 505D - Royal Blue 1423
1966 Bristol MW6G / ECW.
 
EMW 284 - Wilts & Dorset 279
1947 Bristol L6B / Beadle.
EMW 284 - Wilts & Dorset 279
1947 Bristol L6B / Beadle.
 
LTA 729 - Royal Blue 1250
1951 Bristol LL6B / ECW.
 
LTA 729 - Royal Blue 1250
1951 Bristol LL6B / ECW.
MOD 973 - Royal Blue 1286
1952 Bristol LS6G / ECW.
 
OTA 632G - Royal Blue 1460
1969 Bristol RELH6G / ECW.
 
OTT 43 - Royal Blue 2200
1953 Bristol LS6G / ECW.
OTT 43 - Royal Blue 2200
1953 Bristol LS6G / ECW.
 
OTT 98 - Royal Blue 1299
1953 Bristol LS6G / ECW.
 
Photos taken at the end of Woodcock Street and in front of the Market House.
In some photos, the scaffolding around the George Inn (opposite the Market House) can be seen as it has its thatched roof renewed.
  Day 3 - Sunday 18th June - Milford on Sea top of the page
Arriving at the car parks for a lunch stop.
OTT 43 - Royal Blue 2200
1953 Bristol LS6G / ECW.
 
OTA 632G - Royal Blue 1460
1969 Bristol RELH6G / ECW.
 
56 GUO - Royal Blue 2267
1961 Bristol MW6G / ECW.
EDV 502D - Royal Blue 1420
1966 Bristol MW6G / ECW.
 
LTA 729 - Royal Blue 1250
1951 Bristol LL6B / ECW.
 
EMW 284 - Wilts & Dorset 279
1947 Bristol L6B / Beadle.
837 SUO - Royal Blue 2351
1964 Bristol RELH6G / ECW.
 
625 DDV - Royal Blue 2246
1960 Bristol MW6G / ECW.
 
MOD 973 - Royal Blue 1286
1952 Bristol LS6G / ECW.
EDV 505D - Royal Blue 1423
1966 Bristol MW6G / ECW.
 
253 KTA - Royal Blue 2270
1962 Bristol MW6G / ECW.
 
OTT 98 - Royal Blue 1299
1953 Bristol LS6G / ECW.
Passing through Milford on Sea village on the way to Lymington and Lyndhurst.
837 SUO - Royal Blue 2351
1964 Bristol RELH6G / ECW.
 
OTA 632G - Royal Blue 1460
1969 Bristol RELH6G / ECW.
 
625 DDV - Royal Blue 2246
1960 Bristol MW6G / ECW.
OTT 43 - Royal Blue 2200
1953 Bristol LS6G / ECW.
 
253 KTA - Royal Blue 2270
1962 Bristol MW6G / ECW.
 
56 GUO - Royal Blue 2267
1961 Bristol MW6G / ECW.
EDV 502D - Royal Blue 1420
1966 Bristol MW6G / ECW.
 
EDV 505D - Royal Blue 1423
1966 Bristol MW6G / ECW.
 
OTT 98 - Royal Blue 1299
1953 Bristol LS6G / ECW.
LTA 729 - Royal Blue 1250
1951 Bristol LL6B / ECW.
 
MOD 973 - Royal Blue 1286
1952 Bristol LS6G / ECW.
 
EMW 284 - Wilts & Dorset 279
1947 Bristol L6B / Beadle.
Photos taken at the two cliff-top car parks and in Milford-on-Sea village centre. The Bristol Greyhound did not appear on the last day but we gained Royal Blue 2246 (625 DDV). The morning started sunny but quickly clouded over. The afternoon was damp but the coaches brightened everbody's day.
Three days spent spotting the coaches. It's always a challenge as timings and routes can change and I have to find good locations, often in strange towns. But that's part of the fun. Let's see what route they take next year!
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