Thursday 25 February 2016

#TBT Beach Coach Station 1987/8 ~ Part Three

Today sees the final part of our trilogy concerning visitors to Beach Coach Station during the years 1987 and 1988 with photos kindly supplied by 'Reg Vardy'

The first helping this week is of a Plaxton Paramount bodied Leyland Tiger from the Wallace Arnold fleet. The coach has Southdown registration 404DCD previously carried by a Southdown Queen Mary and more recently by a Stagecoach South Enviro400. A quick internet search didn't reveal any clue to its previous registration - so I would be interested to hear from anyone with information on its original identity

Wallace Arnold was founded in 1912 and was named after its founders Wallace Cunningham and Arnold Crowe. By 1980 it operated 290 coaches from its headquarters in Leeds and in April 2005, merged with Shearings to become WA Shearings. Two years later the Wallace Arnold name was dropped with the company becoming now known as Shearings Holidays.

The last offering is of, believe it or not, a Duple bodied Dennis Javelin! A former demonstrator, E321FPE was new to Dennis SV of Guildford in October 1987. The vehicle is significant in being the third chassis built and the first to eleven metre length. Re-registered as RIL 9160, it was noted operating for Huggins of Wallasey in September, 2000.

It later moved on to RS Travel of Middlewitch in Cheshire and then to the GHA Group of Ruabon when they acquired that business. It was advertised for sale on eBay three years ago and was thought to have gone for scrap in September 2013

My thanks to 'Reg Vardy' for the photos used over the past three weeks and I hope they have been of interest



  1. Was the Wally's Trolley really a Trolley or did it belong to Southdown and work for Wally?

  2. Unfortunately I am unable to ascertain that from the Internet - can anyone else provide an answer?

  3. New to Southdown as XUF 534Y (fleet number 1004), then 404 DCD before becoming BYJ 919Y a year or two later. Took some digging out for this one!

  4. It actually says operated by southdown on the side just above the nearside front wheel :)

  5. Thanks Nigel and Brian for the info