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The Golden Age of Coach Travel

Timeshift, Series 10 Episode 6 of 9

Documentary which takes a glorious journey back to the 1950s, when the coach was king. From its early origins in the charabanc, the coach had always been the people's form of transport. Cheaper and more flexible than the train, it allowed those who had travelled little further than their own villages and towns a first heady taste of exploration and freedom. It was a safe capsule on wheels from which to venture out into a wider world.

The distinctive livery of the different coach companies was part of a now lost world, when whole communities crammed into coach after coach en route to pleasure spots like Blackpool, Margate and Torquay. With singsongs, toilet stops and the obligatory pub halt, it didn't matter how long it took to get there because the journey was all part of the adventure.

1 hour

Last on

Tue 13 May 2014 01:05

Credits

Role Contributor
NarratorJune Whitfield
ProducerDebbie Martin
Series ProducerBen Southwell
Executive ProducerMichael Poole

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