Saturday 19 May 2012

Felix Coaches EX6644

Another restored former Great Yarmouth vehicle has come to my attention through the East-Anglia-Buses-Photo Google Group.

© Mick Turpin
It is a former Felix Coaches Crossley SD42/7 with Yeates C35F bodywork.

New to Felix in January 1950, it was last recorded with South Bucks Coaches of Slough in August 1969 and a photo of EX6644 in existence then can be seen here

Mick Turpin came across her whilst visiting the Bounty Country Buses Collection at Nantwich in Cheshire

The collection, which represents a number of independent operators from the 1920's onwards, has been put together by the Emerton family. Mick tells me that a friend of the Emertons owns EX6644.

After some research I have found that it was acquired by Dave Plant of Brerton in Cheshire as a long term project beginning in 1974! Its first outing following restoration was to the Potteries Omnibus Preservation Society's rally earlier this month.

Felix of Great Yarmouth (or Felix Sun Saloon Coaches as they were known as) was owned by W. J. Haylett & Sons with the company being named after the cartoon cat I am led to believe! The fleet was later sold in the 1960s to another local operator Seagull Coaches (subsequently to amalgamate with Caroline Coaches to become Caroline Seagull)

My thanks to Mick Turpin for his help with this and for his consent to use the photograph.


  1. What an absolute joy to sea this coach returned to its former Felix glory.

    My great grandfather is aforementioned Walter James Haylett. One of the 'sons' Walter Thomas Haylett (my grandfather) took over the business in the 50s.

    It was indeed named after the cat!


  2. Thanks for the comments and information James

    It would be lovely to see it running on the streets of Great Yarmouth again - unfortunately I was too young to remember seeing her the first time around!

    However, it was quite a surprise to see this little bit of Great Yarmouth transport history remaining after all those years