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The 2022 Royal Blue Run
     
The 2022 Royal Blue Run was organised by the Thames Valley & Great Western Omnibus Trust as it has been for the past twenty-one years.  The 2022 event combines services run by Royal Blue, Greyhound and Associated Motorways over routes from the Elliot Bros. and Tourist days.  It also celebrates the 90th anniversary of the opening of London’s iconic Victoria Coach Station that occurred in March 1922. With this in mind the route this year starts at Victoria Coach Station with the coaches running north to Birmingham on the first day, from Birmingham to Salisbury on the second and from Salisbury to Henley-on-Thames on the third and final day. The independent transport videos cameras were invited to take part in the run and we are pleased to present some of the highlights of this spectacular three-day run.  

We begin our filming at Victoria Coach Station early on Friday 17
th June as the coaches arrive to take up their positions for the start of the run.  We film the mass-departure at 10.30am using two cameras so you don’t miss any of the action!  The next time we see the coaches is as they arrive at Salisbury Coach Station on the second day - Saturday evening.  On Sunday, the third and final day, our cameras are with the coaches for the entire day.   We board former Western National Bristol RELH6G/ECW C45F coach 1482 (RDV 433H) in Royal Blue livery at Verwood, Dorset as the coach begins its journey towards and through Southampton and on to a well earned mid-morning break at the D-Day Museum on Southsea sea front, Portsmouth.  One of our cameras captures the passenger’s eye view and we see what it is like to travel in luxury on these well-appointed Bristol/ECW RELH coaches as well as drive by views as the coaches travel through Southampton, Portchester and Southsea.  We stay on this coach until the lunch break at Bordon in Hampshire.  From here you are in for a treat!  We have put a camera in the full-fronted cab of former Bristol Greyhound 2815 (NHY 947), a 1951 Bristol LWL6B with an ECW FC35F body for part of the journey towards Henley-on-Thames.  We see the driver’s eye view of the road and get some impression of what it was like being a coach driver in the early 1950s.  We also see the LWL in action from the RELH as it passes by.  We are then back on the RELH as we drive into Henley and onto our final destination at the superb private Fawley Hill Railway Museum that was established in the 1960s by the late Sir William McAlpine.  We take refreshments and have a ride on the railway.  The coaches then leave for their respective homes after yet another successful Royal Blue Run.
   
 We hope that you enjoy our ‘Highlights’, so settle into your favourite armchair and be transported back in time as the past is recreated on The 2022 Royal Blue Run.



 
 Filmed :  2022
   
 Duration :  107 mins
   
 Price :  Within UK - 16
   Rest of world - 18
   
 Format :  DVD -R
   Picture Aspect 16:9
   
 Order Ref :  D409

 

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