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About Us This site aims to recreate something of the romance of Stroud district’s bus services in bygone eras, when Stroud’s buses were green (and even red). We specialise in the years 1950 onwards. We include a potted history from 1900 and information on some of the vehicle types used. We illustrate this with images of older and contemporary vehicles taken at Stroud generally since 2000, including at the Stroud Classic Bus Running Days 2000 – 2012. Why Stroud? Operations at the Stroud depot of the Bristol Omnibus Company were unique in the 50s, 60s, 70s & 80s for at least three reasons: 1. Stroud operated largely 100% Bristols until the late seventies and even till the mid-1980s the town remained a Bristol vehicle stronghold long after most others, with the Bristol RE type reigning supreme. 2. The drivers were renowned for their service and dedication, being the “gentlemen” (for at that time all the drivers were male) of Bristol Omnibus’ Northern Division and latterly of the Cheltenham & Gloucester Omnibus Company. 3. The topography of the area, with its five valleys and settlements atop the high Cotswold scarp edge, lends itself magnificently to memorable operations. We’d also like to add the romance of the names of the villages and their pubs that adorn Stroud’s bus timetables; the fascinating 1950 structural reorganisation; the site of the first Western National operation; and, from 1983-1993, the erstwhile Stroud Valleys brand. Where’s Stroud? Find out where we are
Gloucestershire’s buses in Stroud since the 1900s
Cotswold Green RED & WHITE RED BUS _____
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