We produce eight different colour print sets on this legendary bus operator, concentrating on the unique BMMO designed and built vehicles but with a selection of bought-in designs such as the LS18 or Fords. Each set consists of 10 6x4 ins colour prints, and you can order one set or several sets. The details of the sets are as follows.
BMMO Buses Set A; 10 6x4 ins colour prints.
This was one of our first and most popular bus sets, featuring the legendary Midland Red built buses. It opens with S10 single-decker 3635 at Leamington Spa in June 1970, and then covers 5057, a 1962 S15 single-decker at Rugby in 1971. BMMO 5519, a rare S16 of 1964 is in spotless condition at Leamington garage on 9 April 1972. BMMO 5595, a 1964 S17 development of the S16 with 10.5 litre engine turns into Wood St, Rugby still carrying the small Midland Red insignia. 4363 is a tin fronted D7 with the old upper case Midland title and is at Banbury bus station. 4908, a D9 double-decker on 1960/61 is passing the BMMO St Margaret’s depot in Leicester in July 1971. BMMO 3341, a C1 30 seat luxury coach with centre entrance dated from 1949, and was the company’s first post war coach design, and is at Rugby in 1971. BMMO 4833, formerly at 85 mph CM5 Motorway Express coach is on more humble bus duties at Coventry Pool Meadow bus station in 1970. BMMO fans may be interested in BMMO Colour Photo Sets, B, C, D, E, F and G, and Black+White sets BW1, 2 and 3. A copy of these notes accompanies the set. These views are copyright. Reproduction by any means is prohibited without our prior written permission
BMMO Buses Set B; 10 6x4 ins colour prints.
For many years the Birmingham & Midland Motor Omnibus Co, or Midland Red, blazed a trail in bus design with its own purpose built vehicles, the last of which was withdrawn from regular service in 1981. This selection of 10 colour views takes a nostalgic looks at a mixture of BMMO’s own designs and commercially built types from the 1960s to the end of the 1970s. It opens with an immaculate D7 double-decker, 4397, at Leicester St Margaret’s Bus station on 30 March 1971, and then looks at S14 single-decker 4674 at Banbury in August 1969. BMM) 4793, one of the revolutionary C5 motorway express coaches, which were capable of 85 mph in the halcyon days before the 70 mph limit, is at Coventry Pool Meadow, and carries the short lived maroon roof of the express services fleet. A BMMO D9, No 4960, is in NBC poppy red at Leicester in 1974, whilst 5784, at Pool Meadow, is a Leyland Leopard coach, BMMO class LC7.BMMO 5825 is a later LC9 Leyland Leopard, which became a yellow livered tow wagon when its coaching days were over, and is helping a disabled Leyland National in 1979. BMMO 5875, a BMMO S21, displays the imposing radiator grill of these later delivery BMMO designs. The remaining three vehicles show the growing outside element in the fleet. They comprise 6001, an Alexander bodied Daimler Fleetline, or DD12 in BMMO parlance, which is travelling along the elegant Parade in Leamington Spa, 6201, another Fleetline, but this time with twin entrances, making it a DD13, which is caught at Nuneaton, whilst the final view is of 6333, a Ford R192, otherwise known as a BMMO class F2. BMMO fans may be interested in BMMO Colour Photo Sets, A, C, D, E, F and G, and Black+White sets BW1, 2 and 3. A detailed leaflet giving details of the subjects covered accompanies the set. These views are copyright. Reproduction by any means is prohibited without our prior written permission
BMMO Midland Red Buses Set C 10 6 x 4 ins Colour Prints.
For many years the Birmingham & Midland Motor Omnibus Co, or Midland Red, blazed a trail in bus design with its own purpose built vehicles, the last of which was withdrawn from regular service in 1981. This selection of 10 historic colour scenes opens with an elderly but spotless C1 coach on training duties at Leicester St Margaret’s on 30 March 1971. The vehicle has been modified with twin steering wheels for the driver and instructor, and both wheels are clearly visible. A gleaming S15, 5047 leaves Pool Meadow on 14 October 1969, whilst an equally smart D7, No 4531 with old large MidlanD title is caught in the low winter sun. D9 double-decker 4929, also with MidlanD title is seen at Banbury on 16 August 1970. The S21, with its massive radiator grill, was a luxury semi coach vehicle of which just thirty were built. 5872, with its chrome trim, looks every inch a thoroughbred as it enters Leicester on a Limited Stop express service in September 1974. Our next shot is of S22 No 5887 at Malvern on 22 June1974. Just 37 of the S22s were built. Another semi luxury bus, this view was used as the cover shot on ‘The Omnibus 1940-1980’, which was published some 25 years ago. The S23 was visually similar, but fitted with 51 bus seats, rather than the 45 seats of the S22. 5928 is caught at Banbury in August 1969. Dual entrance Daimler Fleetline DD13 No 6170 is on a Rugby town service on 15 April 1971, whilst Ford R192 No 6358 is pulling away from a convenient and popular bus stop in the now pedestrianised High Street in Rugby, in the days before town planners decreed that it was more helpful to the elderly, or mothers with small children, to be dropped off far away from central shopping areas. Although buses that have been converted to service vehicles are sometimes photographed, non-bus vehicles usually escape the camera, so the final view of WHA202H, lorry No 13, a 1970 Austin 350FG, which is in BMMO red and prominently branded LEAMINGTON, is of especial interest. BMMO fans may be interested in BMMO Colour Photo Sets, A, B, D, E, F and G, and Black+White sets BW1, 2 and 3. These views are copyright. Reproduction by any means is prohibited without our prior written permission
BMMO Buses Set D, S23 Finale, 10 6x4 ins Colour Prints
From 1923, the Birmingham & Midland Motor Omnibus Co, or Midland Red, built its own sophisticated buses that were years ahead of commercial designs, but after the formation of NBC, this independence was ruled out. Construction ended in 1970, and with NBC orders to stop production of spare parts, the final S21, S22 and S23 classes enjoyed just a decade of service, the last four S23s being withdrawn from Rugby, Leamington and Nuneaton garages on 28 February 1981. This selection of ten Copy Colour Views recalls the last day of operation of the S23s, and commences at Rugby where 5930 and 5937 are drawn up en echelon prior to going into service on the 571 route to Leamington. 5930 pauses at a rustic boarded shelter in the pouring rain as it was a dismal morning, and both vehicles are seen side by side at Leamington bus station on the site of the old LNWR railway station road. 5937 is caught on the return journey near Princethorpe, whilst 5930 waits to enter Rugby garage at the end of her last stage carriage run. Two shots in the garage show 5930 with the commemorative 1923-1981 FINAL DAY OF BMMO BUILT BUSES destination blind that was used for the last run on a public road by an S23 in Midland Red service. Our next shot is not up to the usual high quality of our range due to weather conditions, but is the only action view known to us of 5930 on the farewell trip from Rugby Garage to Nuneaton depot for storage prior to disposal. 5930 is passing beneath the 1840s Eleven Arches Railway viaduct just outside Rugby. After a dull day, the sun allowed its face to shine on 5930 after arrival at Nuneaton depot, whilst a final view shows 5930 flanked by 5935 and 5953, in the last-ever S23 line up in Midland Red service. BMMO fans may be interested in BMMO Colour Photo Sets, A, B, C, E, F and G, and Black+White sets BW1, 2 and 3. These views are copyright. Reproduction by any means is prohibited without our prior written permission.
BMMO Midland Red Buses Set E, 10 6x4 Colour Prints
The Birmingham & Midland Motor Omnibus Co, or Midland Red, was a celebrated company, which is deservedly popular with enthusiasts. In this, our fifth BMMO colour print set, we take a further look at some of the diverse fleet operated by the company, starting with a rare colour view of CL3 coach 4233 at Pool Meadow on 25 June 1970. The C3 was a 30 foot long 1953/54 version of the earlier C1/C2, but in 1962/63 a number of C3s were rebodied with Plaxton Panorama 36 seat coach bodies, and designated CL3. They were disposed of in 1970/71. No 4801, which is seen near Rugby Cattle Market on 2 July 1971, is one of the magnificent C5 motorway coaches S15 single-decker 5063 is at Leicester St Margaret’s on 30 July 1971. Our next view was taken inside Rugby Garage on 6 July 1971, and captures S16 No 5096, D7 No 4445, and a pair of CM6 motorway coaches 5656 and 5660, both of which have the maroon coach roofs. S22 dual purpose saloon No 5895 is a rather luxurious vehicle for the R79 town service and is seen in Clifton Road, Rugby on 21 March 1972 in a nice low sun winter shot with the trees still bare. Daimler Fleetline DD12 No 6045 is receiving attention at Leicester Southgate garage in this pleasant rear three quarters view taken on 24 July 1971.The engine bustle has been removed, providing a glimpse of the engine itself. The NBC prohibited BMMO from building its own vehicles, so the company selected the Leyland Leopard PSU3A/4R. Thirty C11 coaches were built in 1970, receiving Plaxton 49 seat bodies. 6238 is on a Lakes tour at Bowness on 9 July 1972. BMMO operated into Stratford, but until the NBC ordered BMMO to absorb its local subsidiary, Stratford Blue, it was not the predominant operator. This view, taken on 21 May 1971 shows a former Stratford Blue exposed radiator Leyland Titan, No 2027, D7 double-decker No 4725 and Ford A25, later F1 No 6361 at the now demolished Stratford Bus station. In 1967-70, BMMO purchased five second-hand military trucks, four Humber and one Thames. Humber 4x4 No 17, with trade plates 378HA, is at Rugby on 6 July 1971. Averaging just 3 mpg they were disposed off quite quickly, making this a valuable historical shot. The Leopard chassis was succeeded by the Leyland National for bus work, and BMMO 623 is a 1977 11351A/1R National. It is picking its way along a snow-covered Clifton Road in winter sunshine on New Year’s Day in 1979. BMMO fans may be interested in BMMO Colour Photo Sets, A, B, C, D, F and G, and Black+White sets BW1, 2 and 3. A copy of these notes covers accompanies the set. These views are copyright. Reproduction by any means is prohibited without our prior written permission.
BMMO Midland Red Buses Set F, 10 6x4 Colour Prints
The Birmingham & Midland Motor Omnibus Co, or Midland Red, is one of the most popular operators in our range of bus colour prints, and in response to requests, this, our sixth BMMO colour print set, includes an LS18, a Ford, and an S24, as well as the much-loved BMMO-built types. We open with a classic portrait of a 1950s S14, No 4700 at Coventry Pool Meadow on 25 June 1970. BMMO 4765 is one of the last D7 double-deckers, and dates from 1957. This classic design is seen at Leicester St Margaret’s on 24 July 1971. One of the legendary C5 motorway coaches, 4801 is caught outside Rugby Midland station on 2 July 1971. In 1962-63, BMMO could not complete sufficient buses for fleet renewals, so ordered 100 Leyland Leopard PSU3/4Rs with Weymann or Willowbrook bodies. 5197, with 53 seat Willowbrook body, is BMMO class LS18, and is departing from Rugby garage on 2 July 1971. BMMO 5387, seen at Pool Meadow on 25 June 1970, is a D9 double-decker with BMMO H40/32RD bodywork. Whit Monday, 31 May 1971, caught BMMO 5894, an S22 single-decker at Pool Meadow. It carries the June 1970 livery, with the fleet number in 2 inch dull gold characters above the first saloon window. Daimler Fleetline, DD12 No 6063 runs along Clifton Road, Rugby on 18 April 1971. With an NBC directive to cease building its own buses, Midland Red acquired a batch of Ford R192 single-deckers with Plaxton B45F bodies in 1970-71, and Ford class F1 No 6363 is seen at Willersey in the Cotswolds on 10 March 1971. For heavyweight types, the Leyland Leopard remained the preferred choice. 6399 is a PSU3A/2R of 1971, with Willowbrook DP49F body, and is at Rugby Garage on 19 January 1972. In 1972-73, Midland Red started a new number series at No 101. Mo 190 is a 1973 Leyland Leopard PSU4B/4R with Plaxton 49 seat coach bodywork, and is in National Express coaching white at Lichfield on 3 July 1976. BMMO fans may be interested in BMMO Colour Photo Sets, A, B, C, D, E, and G, and Black+White sets BW1, 2 and 3. A copy of these notes covers accompanies the set. These views are copyright. Reproduction by any means is prohibited without our prior written permission.
BMMO Midland Red Buses Set G, 10 6x4 Colour Prints
This SEVENTH colour print set on Midland Red is a testimony to the popularity of the legendary Birmingham & Midland Motor Omnibus Co. We open with a BMMO classic, D7 No 4370 at Banbury bus station on 16-09-70. Because of their own mechanical parts, BMMO buses rarely appeared on the second hand market, so we are pleased to include D9 double-decker No 4917, 917KHA, of 1961 in open top form as OM7 with Prince Marshall’s Obsolete Fleet in Parliament Square on 28-09-76. This bus had come to London in 1975, and carries pure LT livery, including the bullseye sign, as the Round London service licence was shared with LT. The S16 was built to the 36-foot length but with an 8 litre engine was somewhat underpowered so just 50 appeared in 1962/63, including 5113, seen in Church St Rugby in July 1972, in a classic BMMO portrait. 5147 was the third of the Weymann bodied LS18 Leyland Leopard PSU3/4R single-deckers of 1962/63, the use of the Leyland chassis being to relieve pressure on Carlyle works. 5147 is in Railway Terrace, Rugby on 11-08-72. Fifty Daimler CRG6 Fleetlines of 1963, which became Class DD11 were acquired for the same reason, and carried stylish Alexander bodies. 5285 is at York Rd bus station, Leicester on 22 July 1971. No 5560 is a “proper” BMMO bus, as it is an S17 single-decker of 1964 and is passing a 25 kV electric on a Ravenhead sand train at Rugby station on 1 July 1971. No 5899, CHA99C, is a Leyland Leopard PSU3/4R with Duple C49F body, and was accorded class LC7. It is in company with a D9 outside Leamington Railway station on 30-07-70. No 5843, JHA843E, carries the dual-purpose maroon roof, and is a Leyland Leopard PSU3/4R with Willowbrook DP49F bodywork in Railway Terrace Rugby in August 1973. It became BMMO class LS20. It is en route to West Haddon on the fringes of BMMO territory. BMMO 5923 is a Class S23 single-decker, and is seen in Warwick en route for Stratford. This was the final design of BMMO bus. After reaching 6473, Midland Red started again at 101, with numerous batches of Leyland Nationals. No 504, JOX504P reveals how the cherished association with HA registrations had also ended. It was a 1976 National 11351A/1R, classed N5 by Midland Red, and is seen soon after delivery at Banbury. BMMO fans may be interested in BMMO Colour Photo Sets, A, B, C, D, E, and F, and Black+White sets BW1, 2 and 3. A copy of these notes accompanies the set. These views are copyright. Reproduction by any means is prohibited without our prior written permission.
BMMO Midland Red Buses Set H, 10 6x4 Colour Prints
Our eighth set of ten 6x4 inch colour views on Midland Red opens with 3308, KHA308, a class C1 coach of 1949, with a Duple C30C body, seen on driver training duties after fitting with dual steering wheels in Clifton Road, Rugby in February 1970. The BMMO monogram on the “tin front” of D7 double-decker No 4750, 750BHA, of 1957 with a Metro Cammell H37/26RD body, stands out well in our view at Leicester St Margaret bus station on 30 July 1971. It carried the old MidlanD title. BMMO 4783, 483GHA, is a C5 coach with BMMO C37F body, and is at Banbury on 16 Sept 1970. No 5071, 5071HA, is seen in Wood St, Rugby on 1 July 1971 on a private hire with an unlikely L route number display, which was unusual for a Rugby vehicle. It is an S15 with DP40F bodywork dating from 1962. Warwick is the setting for a 1974 view of an LS18 single-decker, No 5237, 5237HA, a Leyland Leopard PSU3/4R, with Willowbrook B53F body. It had been raining heavily, and the reflection of this immaculate bus in a pool of water now that the sun has come out is dramatic. 5907, PHA507G, is an S22 single-decker of 1968 with a DP45F body, the WS coding on the destination screen for Wigston Depot being clearly visible. It is at York Rd bus station, Leicester on 22 July 1971. Classed as a DD12 by Midland Red, Daimler Fleetline CRG6LX, No 6011, GHA411D, carries an Alexander H44/33F body, and is at Hinckley in 1976. Cradley garage on 3 July 1976 is the setting for No 299, PHA299M, a Leyland Leopard PSU3B/4RT, classed C14 by Midland Red, with a Plaxton C44FT body. This Birmingham based coach is in National Bus Co white coaching livery. Leyland National 11351/1R, Midland Red type N3, No 406, GOL406N, is bathed in sunshine but has heavily frosted windows as it rolls through the deserted streets on a snowy New Year in Rugby in 1979. Two classic BMMO enamel signs head a timetable board at Moreton in March in 1976. One is a Parcels Agency sign with the celebrated tyre device, the other a rectangular sign with MIDLAND on which RED appears in a sausage. A lovely reminder of the company seldom photographed in colour. BMMO fans may be interested in BMMO Colour Photo Sets, A, B, C, D, E, F and G, and Black+White sets BW1, 2 and 3. A copy of these notes accompanies the set. These views are copyright. Reproduction by any means is prohibited without our prior written permission.