- The Aldershot & District Traction Company Ltd
- A Brief History of the “Tracco”
- The Aldershot & District Traction Company Ltd started life in 1906
as the "Farnborough and Aldershot Omnibus Company" operating a
bus service between Aldershot and Farnborough. In 1912 this company was
bought out by British Electric Traction, (BET), and a new company "Aldershot
& District Traction Company Ltd" was formed.
- After the first world war Aldershot & District expanded rapidly until
the late 1950s when it was at the height of its powers, operating a network
of comprehensive local bus services in North Hampshire, West Surrey, parts
of West Sussex and Berkshire, together with frequent daily express coach
services between Farnham, Aldershot and London Victoria Coach Station and
a full programme of Coastal Express Services and day excursions to many
destinations during the summer months.
- During the early and middle parts of the 20th century when car ownership
was more limited, many hundreds of thousands of local people, not to mention
members of armed forces and national servicemen who were based in the area
during and after the second world war, all relied on A&D, or "Tracco"
as it was affectionately known, to transport them for business, work, school
and pleasure trips, quite often travelling in the same A&D buses that
are so carefully preserved by some ADBIG members today.
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