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The chassis of this Aldershot & District vehicle dates from 1954, but the body we see ("MCW" in the PSVC listings) was fitted in 1967.The seating is of the B40F layout, and we see it in the Alton Rally on 18 July 2010.I was a passenger on an A & D Loline 111 service 20 travelling from Aldershot to Woodbridge road Guildford to attend technical college. ) and I suspect that the fifteen Strachans Reliances selected for rebodying might well have been chosen on the basis of body condition, the better ones being retained as they were.Certainly those that kept their Strachans C41C bodies continued in service for several years after 1965.These Strachans MU3RV coaches were powered by the small AH 410 engine of 6.754 litres, a direct (though updated) descendant of the A172 “bootlace” wet liner engine of the 1935 Regal II.
The initial buses had opening windscreens for the driver, but the 1960 and subsequent batches incorporated fixed windscreens which had just become legal.My memories are of the No.19 which turned up on time every weekday morning to take me to Haslemere Station and then onto a train to Waterloo.The railway part of my journey was much less reliable until the elderly pre-war 4-CORs were replaced by 4-CIGs.Pete, I seem to recall that there were quite a number of them and one bus magazine, it may have been ‘Passenger Transport’ commented that it was surprising that such a dated style was being adopted.
I take their point, but I actually liked this style.It is also carrying the retrograde ‘simplified’ fleetname style that appeared in that same year.