|Sheffield United Tours AEC Reliance YWA271 at a then extant Beach Railway |
Station - which was later demolished with the site forming Beach Coach Station
Rather than keep them to myself, I thought I would share them with you with the hope that I might stir some memories and receive some comments.
So that is how the new occasional 'Down Memory Lane' series was born!
The first photo to fall out of the album was that of a Sheffield United Tours (SUT) AEC Reliance with a Burlingham C37C body. YWA271 was one of a batch of twelve taken into stock by SUT in 1957 and is pictured inside the then existing former Great Yarmouth Beach railway station premises
I can remember many of this operator's coaches laying over at Beach Coach Station during their daily summer service to Great Yarmouth in the early 1960s. At the time, I was still at school and was lucky to have a Brownie 127 camera as a birthday present. With film being quite expensive (I only had half a crown a week pocket money!) I was limited to the amount of photos I could take.
On finding this gem, I thought I would see if there was information out there on the world wide web! Two interesting sites came up; the first one is established by the company's ex employee preservation group which includes a brief history of SUT
A second site, by Peter Gould, also contains a brief history of SUT between 1935 and 1974 plus incorporates a fleet list of the vehicles operating during the same period
What became of YWA271 and SUT in particular? Well 271 was withdrawn from service in 1965 and SUT became part of the nationalised Transport Holding Company which, on 1st January 1969, became the National Bus Company
I would be interested to receive readers' thoughts on this article and the feature in general - apologies to our younger readers who may wonder what all the fuss is about!!