AEC Regal III
This is a 1948 Regal III coach with PRV bodywork for GNRI (the Great Northern Railway of Ireland).
This is another 1948 Regal III coach with PRV bodywork for the South American market.
This is a 1949 Regal III coach with PRV bodywork for the Danish State Railways.
The following are AEC Regal Mk III's dating from the early 1950's (Can anyone add more information?)
Björn Forslund writes "these images are of the first AEC Regal Mk III chassis imported to Sweden by ANA of Nyköping. The chassis was probably No. 9621E937 dating from 1949. It was initially demonstrated at a bus exhibition and then provided with bodywork by Hägglunds of Örnsköldsvik. It was run as a demonstrator before it was handed over to Linjebuss for operation in February 1951; remaining in use until 1965. You can se the 'H' symbol in the front denoting Hägglunds".
Preserved at the Finnish Museum Mobilia (in storage) is this AEC Regal Mk III with Valmet body from 1950 (in service until 1971). To the left is a British Thomson-Houston trolleybus, with Valmet body, from 1949 (in service to 1976, when trolleybus operation ceased in Tampere). Both buses belonging to the traffic company of Tampere. © Björn Forslund
A719 is a PRV bodied (Body No. B34618) AEC Regal III built December 1951 for Linjebuss, Stockholm.
A759 is a PRV bodied (Body No. B34675) AEC Regal III built May 1951 for Linjebuss, Stockholm. Pictured new hear the PRV works it is from the same batch as the bus below.
A761 is a Regal III with PRV bodywork (Body No. B34676) built June 1951. It was used by Linjebuss of Stockholm as a long distance (international) coach. Björn Forslund of the Svenska Omnibusföreningen (Swedish Omnibus Association) advises that, during the 1950s, about a hundred AECs were imported to Sweden. Approximately seventy were pre-built in the UK with PRV bodies and the rest were bodied in Sweden. The majority (about eighty), including all the PRV bodied buses, went to the Linjebuss company. However, when Sweden converted to right hand traffic in the autumn of 1967, almost all AECs were scrapped. A few survived for some years converted for other duties and, since the mid 60's, one of them (No. 506) has been "resting" at a former scrap-yard in Värmland, near the Norwegian border; however, after an accident, 506 was rebuilt with a Swedish Arvika body.
This is a 1954 Regal III (Body Nos. B37190-3). One of a batch of four in service with COPSA in Pando, Uruguay.
- is an historical province of Sweden in the mid-west bordering Norway. The
words used above "a former scrap-yard" being the resting place for an
AEC bus rather dulls ones view of the area and I think it a golden opportunity
to right this wrong with some tranquil music. Kurt
Atterberg (1887-1974) was a Swedish composer (also a cellist &
conductor) and an electrical engineer, who divided his genius between music
(he wrote nine symphonies) and his employment at the Swedish Patent Office in
Stockholm. Here is his Värmlands Rhapsody composed in 1933 and bearing
the hallmarks of a composer steeped in musical romanticism and shunning the
contemporary modernist style of the period.
Enjoy! It is a beautifully reflective piece.
Click here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Di4MTpoCWuo) to listen to Kurt Atterberg's Värmland Rhapsody.
(As usual I make no apologies for finding opportunities to introduce serious music into this website - It's my site and I care not!)