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Smith's Coaches Stratford Road

Louis Dalby

The Ham Man
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john70

master brummie
Its listed in Smiths Imperial Coaches book as HON 255, a 1948 29 seat Bedford Duple Vista, but not a photo of it. Heres a photo of sister coach JOF 332, sorry about the glare on it.
 

Louis Dalby

The Ham Man
Its listed in Smiths Imperial Coaches book as HON 255, a 1948 29 seat Bedford Duple Vista, but not a photo of it. Heres a photo of sister coach JOF 332, sorry about the glare on it.

Hi, Have you been able to open my picture ??. Lou.
 

Louis Dalby

The Ham Man
Its listed in Smiths Imperial Coaches book as HON 255, a 1948 29 seat Bedford Duple Vista, but not a photo of it. Heres a photo of sister coach JOF 332, sorry about the glare on it.

Find attached a picture supplied to me by Ron Smith of one of he's OBs. Rgds

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john70

master brummie
Lou. Have opened them now, was my fault, was not clicking on the top. sorry. Thanks for them. John 70
 

motorman-mike

Brum visitor who stayed.
Try Clicking at top of the frame. Lou. Do you still live in Hollywood ?, I lived on the corner of New Road in 1945 and went to Silver Sreet School. Lou.
Hi Lou, Got the pic OK. Interested to see coach was not parked up in the Gorge as most going there were. I live in Hollywood but only since 1967. In the early 60's I worked on Midland Red school buses to Silver Street School.
Mike
 

Graham

GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN
Hi Lou, great photos thanks for sharing. Wasn't Smith's next door to Vale Onslow and on the other side of the Stratford Road was my favourite shop; The Model Aerodrome?
 

Louis Dalby

The Ham Man
Hi Lou, Got the pic OK. Interested to see coach was not parked up in the Gorge as most going there were. I have live in Hollywood but only since 1967. In the early 60's I worked on Midland Red school buses to Silver Street School.
Mike
I also have a copy of that picture. I will also remember going into dinner ( The large end of the building) and the headmaster Mr Matthews had a wireless on !!. I found out during the dinner time it was D Day little did I know at that time I had just lost my uncle, he's aircraft was shot down over the beaches and his grave is at Clavodos Normandy. :(
 

Louis Dalby

The Ham Man
Hi Lou, great photos thanks for sharing. Wasn't Smith's next door to Vale Onslow and on the other side of the Stratford Road was my favourite shop; The Model Aerodrome?
It was on the corner of Farm Road Onslow's were on the same side a bit further down towords Camp Hill, I expect most of us with bikes went in there at some time or other. Rgds Lou.
 

Big Gee

master brummie
I can remember going to Smith's Coaches in about 1956 to be taken on holiday to Cliftonville...my mother, my aunt and cousins, and little me! It took from very early morning until late evening to make the miles to Kent. We did it just the once - never again. Earlier this year i had to go to Ramsgate on business and it took less than four hours, courtesy of modern roads and a car able to do more than the 50 mph maximum of passenger coaches in the fifties.

Big Gee
 

Louis Dalby

The Ham Man
Hi Lou, Got the pic OK. Interested to see coach was not parked up in the Gorge as most going there were. I live in Hollywood but only since 1967. In the early 60's I worked on Midland Red school buses to Silver Street School.
Mike
I lived on Yardley Wood Road near Swanhurst Park ( 1947 ), there was some pre - fab's just before the No 11 crossed, We moved later to Cateswell Road near Hall Green station.
 

john knight

signman
When I was working for Knight Signs (no relation) in the early 60's we were the ones who did the Smiths Imperial Coaches sign on the front of the building, there were 4 of us on the job, the big letters at each end were about 6ft. tall, whilst we were there Mr Smith came to see how we were getting on and left us a fiver between us.
 

Louis Dalby

The Ham Man
When I was working for Knight Signs (no relation) in the early 60's we were the ones who did the Smiths Imperial Coaches sign on the front of the building, there were 4 of us on the job, the big letters at each end were about 6ft. tall, whilst we were there Mr Smith came to see how we were getting on and left us a fiver between us.
If you go to the " Made in Birmingham " site there is a picture of the sign. Look under Smith's. Rgds Lou.
 

john70

master brummie
When I was working for Knight Signs (no relation) in the early 60's we were the ones who did the Smiths Imperial Coaches sign on the front of the building, there were 4 of us on the job, the big letters at each end were about 6ft. tall, whilst we were there Mr Smith came to see how we were getting on and left us a fiver between us.
Hi. John. Did you know a Bob Ward at Knight Signs.
 

nickcc101

master brummie
Did a midnight return to Southsea for Smiths in the early seventies, not very keen as only found it was a midnight return when i got there. Coach was ok until the rooflight blew out on the way (Bedford VAL) spent quite some time fixing back in before we were able to return. No thanks so decided never again.
 
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