Before the Second World War,, buses and coaches in the King Alfred fleet were always referred to by a name consisting of their type and a number, thus 'Dennis 6' or 'Victor 2', seen below.
From 1945 this system started to fall out of use and was replaced by referring to the vehicles by the numbers on their registration plates. At first, these were just whatever was allocated by the Hampshire County Council licensing office, but this changed after 1949 when John Sincock, latterly Traffic Manager, joined the company.
When a new bus or coach was delivered, John would go to the licensing office and negotiate for the numbers that would suit the creation of little batches of numbers.
For example, Leyland Olympic 708 (JAA 708) was joined by JAA 705-707 (all Leyland Titans).
In this way, duplication was avoided and numbers were kept, more or less, together.
104 - Leyland Tiger Cub
WCG 104 is our Weymann bodied 1959 Leyland Tiger Cub
326 - Bedford SB3
326 CAA is a very rare coach indeed, built in 1961. Her mighty petrol engine helps on hills!
417 - Leyland Panther
One of two preserved, UOU 417H is a 1970 Leyland Panther
419 - Leyland Panther
The second of two preserved, UOU 419H is a 1970 Leyland Panther
494 - Leyland Titan
POU 494 is a 1956 East Lancs Leyland Titan PD2
543 - Bedford CA
BHO 543C is a Martin Walter bodied minibus from 1965.
590 - Leyland Atlantean
One of two preserved, HOR 590E is our open top Leyland Atlantean, built in 1967
592 - Leyland Atlantean
he second of two preserved, HOR 592E is our closed top Leyland Atlantean, built in 1967
595 - AEC Renown
One of two preserved, 595 LCG is a Park Royal bodied AEC Renown built in 1964
596 - AEC Renown
The second of two preserved, 596 LCG is a Park Royal bodied AEC Renown built in 1964
704 - Bedford VAL
New in 1965, CCG 704C, a Bedford VAL twin steer coach, is bodied by Plaxton.
708 - Leyland Olympic
Our most recent restoration. JAA 708 is a 1950 Leyland Olympic
Victor 2 - Albion Victor
This rare petrol engine Albion is very special indeed. AAA 756 was built in 1935
Dennis 6 - Dennis 30CWT
'Dennis 6', OU 9286, was new in 1931 and was used to transport troops in Winchester
849 - Commer Karrier
NKJ 849P is our fleet support unit, often seen in ancillary use at our events
DOR 9C - AMC Rambler Car
Whilst DOR 9C is not a bus, it was in fact the car of the guv'nor's son! She awaits restoration.