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1906-2006 - 100 years of buses in Aldershot
1906-2006
On 1st June 1906 the Aldershot & Farnborough Motor Omnibus Company, predecessor of the Aldershot & District Traction Company, introduced the very first motor omnibus service between Aldershot Station and Farnborough, Queens Hotel.

In celebration of the centenary of this momentous event, on Sunday 4th June 2006 the Aldershot & District Bus Interest Group join forces with Stagecoach in Hants and Surrey to stage a unique and very special joint event.

Colonel and Mrs Joslin and Andrew Dyer
Queens Hotel Farnborough on 4th June 2006 - was this the original terminus site?
Colonel Nigel Joslin (Officer Commanding Aldershot Garrison) and Mrs Joslin with Andrew Dyer (Managing Director, Stagecoach South).

Colonel Joslin and Andrew Dyer officially opened the Centenary Running Day by travelling over the original Aldershot - Farnborough route in Dennis Lance 220 to celebrate the one hundred years since the first bus ran.


The ADBIG
Centenary Running Day
of Buses in Aldershot
4th June 2006
 
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Centenary Running Day of Buses in Aldershot
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Back in the Green and Cream
The three green and cream buses. (photo Les Smith)
The three green and cream buses line-up at Aldershot Bus Station
on Sunday 4th June 2006

For the 100th anniversary of the Aldershot & Farnborough Motor Omnibus Company, predecessor of the Aldershot & District Traction Company, the two company successors, Stagecoach in Hants & Surrey and Arriva in Guildford and West Surrey have painted three of their modern buses using a traditional Aldershot and District livery. Stagecoach have repainted theirs in an accurate reproduction of the classic livery while Arriva have used a little artistic licence with a version of their corporate livery using the Aldershot and District colours. The two Stagecoach vehicles are a Northern Counties bodied Volvo Olympian P228 VCK and a Plaxton bodied low floor Dennis Dart T593 CGT. Arriva also chose a Plaxton bodied low floor Dennis Dart P288 FPK.

This is keeping with a tradition started by Alder Valley in 1987 when they celebrated the 75th anniversary of Aldershot and District by painting a Bristol VR and a Leyland National in the traditional colours. It only remains to be seen what may happen in 2012 for the true centenary of the formation of the Aldershot & District Traction Company Ltd.

Stagecoach
Stagecoach, Dennis Dart with in A&D livery (photo Les Smith)
A reproduction of the traditional A&D single deck livery
 
Stagecoach, Volvo Olympian with in A&D livery (photo Bill Tutty)
A reproduction of the traditional A&D double deck livery
 

Arriva
 
Arriva, Dennis Dart with in A&D livery (photo Brian Aris)
Arriva, Dennis Dart with Reproduction of the A&D livery
 
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On the back of the Arriva's Dennis Dart
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