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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 29 - Autumn 1976

Red Rover

For the first few years we were at Quainton the Society did not have a diesel multiple unit service from Aylesbury on Open Days. Instead we chartered a bus from Red Rover which met the trains from Marylebone at Aylesbury station and gave an express service to the site. Double deckers were used and usually seven return trips were run. Mick Rolley was our driver for the hired vehicle but we dispensed with the unnecessary luxury of a conductor. Passengers were normally persuaded to buy an Open Day programme at a mutually satisfactory sum and honour was satisfied on both sides!

However, we made a bad mistake. We though folks would appreciate knowing about the facilities we had arranged. So we advertised! And this meant we had transgressed against the licensing regulations; so the service had to be stopped.

At this time the City of Oxford Motor Services operated on market days only between Aylesbury and Quainton but the regular daily service was run by Red Rover along the main Bicester road, some taking the route via Westcott.

Red Rover are one of the fairly rare breed of independent operators still in existence and own sixteen vehicles, mostly single deckers. They have four double deckers in their present fleet, two having been purchased recently from Nottingham Corporation.

Incidentally, the double decker which we used to hire is still in service in 1976; it was bought from Devon General and is an AEC Regent V and can be found at home at the Red Rover garage behind Keith's Garage at Bicester Road, Aylesbury.

Departures (Mondays to Saturdays), from Aylesbury Bus Station to Quainton Green are at 9.43, 13.05, 16.15, 17.05, 17.25, 19.15 and 21.30, and return times from Quainton Green are at 8.24, 8.59, 14.,24, 15.19 and 17.30, 18.54, all via Quainton Road station and Waddesdon Baker Street. These times are from Red Rover's latest timetable. Further details can be obtained by telephoning them on Aylesbury 5354. But encourage all visitors to travel by DMU on Bank Holidays!

The Red Rover timetable above was applicable in 1976, Red Rover are no longer the Bus Company serving Quainton and Aylesbury, ceasing to exist as an independent company in 1987.

The text in this Quainton Railway Society publication was written in 1976 and so does not reflect events in the 39+ years since publication. The text and photographs are repeated verbatim from the original publication, with only a few minor grammar changes but some clarifying notes are added if deemed necessary. The photos from the original publication are provided as scans in this internet version of this long out of print publication.

Red Rover - Quainton News No. 29 - Autumn 1976

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